Reid: Senate Is Open Until Debt Deal Done

Obama says he will veto proposed budget amendment to Constitution
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2011 4:34 PM CDT
Senate to Stay in Session Until Debt Deal Done
Senate will remain in session until legislation is passed to raise the federal debt limit.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – So much for the weekend plans of the United States Senate: The Chicago Tribune notes that Harry Reid said today he'll hold session every single day "from now until Congress passes legislation that prevents the United States from defaulting on our obligations." While little progress was made last week, President Obama met with John Boehner and Eric Cantor in secret yesterday in an effort to get deficit talks back on track before the Aug. 2 deadline, adds Politico. “We're making progress,” he said today.

Republicans are expected to vote tomorrow on a measure requiring congressional approval of a budget amendment to the Constitution before the debt ceiling is raised—a measure Obama bluntly says he would veto, reports the Washington Post. But some 40 House GOPers say they won't touch the debt ceiling without such a "cut, cap, and balance” measure. “There will be a fringe that believes that playing with Armageddon is a good idea, but I don’t think that’s where the majority will be,” says Obama's budget director. (Read more debt ceiling stories.)

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