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.) — 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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.