Senate Democrats emerged from their meeting shortly before 11 p.m. and predicted that the deal would pass the Senate tonight.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said the Senate would vote after the Congressional Budget Office completed scoring the measure.
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) said the deal “looks great.”
“I think there were some questions, but there is very strong support in the Democratic caucus for this agreement. The vice president was given a tough assignment and he handled it brilliantly.”
“There are many, many reasons people don’t like the proposal, but there’s virtual, very close to unanimity that it’s better than going over the cliff,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, adding that he expected “a very strong vote from our caucus” tonight.
“The disagreements on this provision...are large and wide, but the number of people who believe that we should go over the cliff rather than vote for this is very small,” Schumer added.
Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Del.) said Vice President Biden “expressed clearly the broad outlines and then went through all the specifics and answered questions in a clear and forthright manner.”