WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate can tackle efforts to narrow budget deficits and cut spending over the long term separately from a vote to raise the country's debt limit, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Thursday.
Republicans have insisted they will not support any move to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling unless it is paired with a provision to lower government spending over the long term.
While he said he wants to improve the country's fiscal health long-term, Reid added at a press conference: "We don't have to have a lot of things attached to raising the debt ceiling. We can do that separately."
(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Sandra Maler)