U.S. Senate Republicans expected to block bill to raise debt limit-source

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Republicans in the Senate areexpected to block on Saturday a bill by President Barack Obama'sDemocrats to increase the U.S. debt limit through 2014, a seniorcongressional aide said.

The aide said Democrats were prepared to try to build upsupport and bring up the bill again in coming days. The bill wasexpected to be blocked on Saturday by a Republican proceduralhurdle that takes 60 votes to clear in the 100-member chamber.Democrats control the Senate, 54-46.

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