Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), PResident Obama's nominee to be secretary of Health and Human Services, met with members of the Senate Finance Committee behind closed doors Monday to discuss the $140,000 in back taxes he had to pay during the vetting process for his Cabinet nomination.

After the meeting, Daschle made a statement to the press. He did not take questions.

Let me begin my thanking my colleagues for their strong endorsement and their support and their friendship. The Obama administration has put a very high standard on public service. The American people have high expectations for those of us who serve the public good. That