Senate can separate spending cuts, debt hike: Reid

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Posted: Apr 14, 2011 1:59 PM
Senate can separate spending cuts, debt hike: Reid

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)