WASHINGTON, July 29, 2011 (AFP) – Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday the security of United States was at stake as US lawmakers wrangle over a deal to raise the debt ceiling.

“The stakes could not be higher. The security of our nation, and every family is at stake,” Reid told reporters, urging rival Republicans to back his plan, which would raise the debt limit by $2.4 trillion until March 2013.