(Washington, DC) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to introduce a "clean" bill to raise the federal debt ceiling. Reid said it will have no strings attached. The government risks default without a boost in the debt limit by October 17th. On the Senate floor, Reid said, "It's time for us, members of this august body, to stand before the American people and publicly discuss the path forward." Reid's statement came a week into the partial shutdown of the federal government. It is unclear whether a clean hike in the debt ceiling could overcome an expected Republican filibuster. Many Republicans want to link a debt ceiling hike to further spending cuts.