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WASHINGTON, DC- Dec. 08: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., talks to reporters after the House Democratic caucus meeting which Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.  attended to convince unhappy Democrats to accept President Obama's bipartisan tax deal.  (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

WASHINGTON, DC- Dec. 08: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., talks to reporters after the House Democratic caucus meeting which Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. attended to convince unhappy Democrats to accept President Obama's bipartisan tax deal. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

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