McConnell calls for US Democrats to support debt limit, funding plan


WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leaderMitch McConnell on Sunday called on Democrats to support abipartisan plan to reopen the government and extend federalborrowing authority, while keeping spending cuts in place.

In a statement, McConnell said the plan has support fromDemocratic and Republican senators, and would cut a medicaldevice tax associated with "Obamacare" and improve anti-fraudprovisions in the health insurance reform law. Democrats onSaturday rejected the plan and want more relief from theso-called "sequester" across-the-board spending cuts.

"It does all this while maintaining our commitments toreduce spending, cutting an Obamacare tax and improvinganti-fraud provisions in the law. It's time for Democrat leadersto take 'yes' for an answer," McConnell said.

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