December 6, 2012 / 6:21 PM / 5 years ago

Senate Republican leader blocks debt limit vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday prevented a simple majority vote on a proposal to give Democratic President Barack Obama unilateral power to raise the debt limit.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks to a podium to deliver remarks to the press on Capitol Hill in Washington November 14, 2012. \. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid brought the measure to the floor for consideration at the request of McConnell. But McConnell refused to permit a vote after Reid said it could pass with 51 votes in the 100-member Senate. McConnell demanded 60 votes needed for passage.

The jockeying played out as Democrats and Republicans seek to end a stalemate on how to resolve spending and tax issues by year’s end.

Reporting by Thomas Ferraro and Richard Cowan; Editing by Stacey Joyce

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