Obama defends tax deal, says he's kept promises

By Ben Feller

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 7 2010 1:43 p.m. MST

He also said he believes the jobless rate will recede because the economy is growing, even if businesses haven't yet picked up the pace of hiring enough to send large numbers of people back to work.

Obama spoke as Vice President Joe Biden met at the Capitol with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and then other Democratic senators. House Democrats were holding their own closed-door meeting later Tuesday.

"It's something that's not done yet," said Reid, D-Nev. "We're going to have to do some more work," he said after the meeting with Biden and members of the Democratic rank-and-file.

Across the Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that said merely, "We will continue discussions with the president and our caucus in the days ahead."

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