The Senate will stay in session until the debt ceiling is raised, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared Monday.
"The Senate has no more important task than making sure the United States does not fail to pay our bills for pre-existing obligations like Social Security for the first time in our history," Reid said in a statement. "To ensure that we meet this responsibility, the Senate will stay in session every day, including Saturdays and Sundays, from now until Congress passes legislation that prevents the United States from defaulting on our obligations."
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has already declared his intention to use every procedural weapon he can to filibuster an increase in the debt limit being negotiated by Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ó potentially forcing Reid's hand to get something signed by the president before the Aug. 2 deadline.
Earlier this month, Reid bowed to pressure from the president and Senate Republicans to cancel the chamber's Fourth of July recess.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.