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Tue Jul 30, 2019, 06:09 PM

Senate leaders scramble to lift Republican support for budget deal

Source: Reuters

POLITICS JULY 30, 2019 / 5:47 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

Senate leaders scramble to lift Republican support for budget deal

Richard Cowan
3 MIN READ

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leaders, pushing for passage of a two-year federal spending and debt deal, scrambled on Tuesday to pump up support among their membership despite President Donald Trumpís backing.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a planned long summer recess would not begin at weekís end without the approval of a budget deal suspending the U.S. debt limit through July 2021 and adding billions of dollars in deficit-spending.

The measure passed the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives last week with tepid Republican support, despite Trumpís having appealed on Twitter for the support of fellow Republicans.

McConnell and fellow Senate leaders clambered for the support of more Republican senators to avoid the embarrassment of a weak showing after Trump went out on a limb to cut the deal with congressional leaders, Senate Republican aides said.

Nevertheless, several conservative Republican senators leveled withering attacks against it.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-debt/senate-leaders-scramble-to-lift-republican-support-for-budget-deal-idUSKCN1UP2I7

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