Senate to Remain in Session Until Debt Legislation Sent to the President

Jul 18, 2011 1:20pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller (@sunlenmiller) reports:

Attempting to bring fresh urgency in the debt debate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will announce today that he will keep the Senate in session every day – including weekends – until Congress sends President Obama legislation to avoid a defaulting on the nation’s debts.

Reid’s office says that the Senator will make this announcement on the Senate floor at 2 p.m. today, when he calls the Senate into session.

Negotiations continue on the Hill and with the White House as Congressional leaders work towards raising the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling before the administration’s August 2 deadline for action.

There were no formal meetings between the bicameral, bipartisan Congressional leadership negotiating team and the White House this weekend, despite President Obama saying that the group would meet every day until a deal is made. The last time the whole group were together was last Thursday.

On Sunday Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio., and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.,  met with the President Obama Sunday morning at the White House as part of the continuing dialogue.

 -Sunlen Miller

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