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Senate delays key debt vote until later on Sunday

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin arrive at a news conference in Washington
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin arrive at a news conference in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Saturday delayed a test vote on the Democratic debt limit increase plan until 1 p.m. EDT Sunday to give negotiators more time to work out a deal.

In brief remarks on the Senate floor, Reid, a Democrat, said that negotiations between congressional leaders and the Obama administration were ongoing, but that there was "still a distance to go" before a deal might be reached.

The Senate had been scheduled to take a 1 a.m. EDT test vote on Sunday on the Democratic debt limit plan that Republicans said they opposed and could have blocked.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan and Rachelle Younglai; editing by Anthony Boadle)

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