Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHouse gears up for Mueller testimony Trump's no racist — he's an equal opportunity offender Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank MORE (R-Ala.) on Monday introduced legislation that, if approved, would make it harder for the Senate to consider any bill to raise the debt ceiling until it has been made publicly available for seven days.

While his bill is unlikely to be approved, it does signal that Senate Republicans want to ensure that a final agreement is not sprung on members at the last minute. Senate Republicans have complained in recent weeks that they do not have a good sense of how the talks are going, and are worried that they might not be able to support an agreement that raises taxes.

Sessions said earlier this month that he fears President Obama will seek a last-minute deal and then try to win quick approval by Congress.

ADVERTISEMENT

Obama "continues to rely on secret meetings, and it's clear that the White House expects to thrust a last-minute deal on Congress under the threat of panic," Sessions said July 1. "They assume lawmakers will support such a deal with no time to review it, no time to amend or revise it, no time for the public to weigh in, and no time for national opinion to form as meaningful discussion and analysis unfold."

"We shouldn't 'have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,' " he added, referencing a comment House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calf.) made about last year's controversial healthcare bill.

Sessions's request for a seven-day layover may prove unrealistic, as there are now just three weeks left before the Aug. 2 deadline set by the Treasury Department for reaching an agreement on the debt ceiling. After that date, Treasury has warned that the U.S. is at risk of default on its debt and/or being forced to significantly cut back spending.

His bill, S. 1341, would allow for a point of order to be raised against consideration of any bill to increase the debt ceiling "unless that measure has been publicly available for a full seven calendar days before consideration on the floor of the Senate."

Aside from Sessions, the bill is co-sponsored by Sens. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteKey endorsements: A who's who in early states Sinema, Gallagher fastest lawmakers in charity race New Hampshire senator to ask 2020 Dems to back repeal of state residency law MORE (R-N.H.), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonMystery surrounds elusive sanctions on Russia Trump may intervene in Pentagon cloud-computing contract: report Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp MORE (R-Wis.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Health care moves to center stage of Democratic primary fight | Sanders, Biden trade sharps jabs on Medicare for All | Senate to vote on 9/11 bill next week | Buttigieg pushes for cheaper insulin Senate to vote on 9/11 victims bill on Tuesday Meghan McCain slams Rand Paul over blocking 9/11 compensation funding: 'This is a disgrace' MORE (R-Utah), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump faces new hit on deficit Overnight Defense: US shoots down Iranian drone | Pentagon sending 500 more troops to Saudi Arabia | Trump mulls Turkey sanctions | Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Health care moves to center stage of Democratic primary fight | Sanders, Biden trade sharps jabs on Medicare for All | Senate to vote on 9/11 bill next week | Buttigieg pushes for cheaper insulin MORE (R-Ky.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and David VitterDavid Bruce VitterLobbying World Senate confirms Trump judge who faced scrutiny over abortion views Collins votes against Trump judicial pick MORE (R-La.).

-- This story was updated at 7:52 p.m. to add co-sponsors.