McConnell wants to force Obama's hand on debt-aides

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Posted: Jul 12, 2011 2:44 PM
McConnell wants to force Obama's hand on debt-aides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republican Mitch McConnell plans to offer legislation to force President Barack Obama to formally request an increase in the fast-approaching $14.3 trillion U.S. debt limit, congressional aides said on Tuesday.

With lawmakers divided over how to reduce U.S. spending, the measure would also require Obama to come up with $2.1 trillion in cuts, the aides said.

(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Sandra Maler)