GOP senator: Debt-ceiling deal may come too late

July 26, 2011 - 11:59 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator says there's a real possibility that Congress will fail to agree on how to raise the federal debt ceiling before the nation's borrowing powers expire next week.

Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania says "it's increasingly possible we will not have raised the debt ceiling by Aug. 2."

Toomey is pushing a bill to require the government to first pay interest on its debts, Social Security benefits and military payrolls if that happens. Toomey and other conservatives say there is no need for the nation to default on its debts if the deadline is missed.

Senate Democrats seem unlikely to pass his bill.