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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.