U.S. Senate Republican leader to oppose budget deal-source

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Posted: Dec 12, 2013 10:56 AM
U.S. Senate Republican leader to oppose budget deal-source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, an influential voice among fellow Republicans, is expected to oppose a bipartisan budget deal that attempts to ease passage of government funding bills in 2014.

A source close to McConnell said the Republican leader plans to vote against the legislation because it repeals some of the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts enacted into law.

Despite McConnell's opposition, the Democratic-led Senate is expected to approve the deal next week, if the House of Representatives passes it on Thursday.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by James Dalgleish)