Vice President Biden emerged at about 11:05 p.m. from his meeting with Senate Democrats, nearly two full hours after it had begun.

“I feel really very, very good about how things are going to go," Biden told reporters. "Having been in the Senate as long as I have, there’s two things you shouldn’t do: You shouldn’t predict how the Senate’s going to vote before they vote. You’re not going to make a lot of money. And number two, you surely shouldn’t predict how the House is going to vote. So I feel very, very good. I think we’ll get a very good vote tonight. But Happy New Year and I’ll see you all maybe tomorrow.”
 
Asked what he said to wavering members of the Democratic caucus, Biden smiled: “I said, 'This is Joe Biden and I’m your buddy.'”