Boehner: U.S. House Republicans will not block Senate fiscal plan

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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (R) arrives with his security detail for a House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (R) arrives with his security detail for a House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 16, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner said on Wednesday that his chamber will not block the Senate plan to end the government shutdown and raise the federal debt.

In a brief statement, Boehner said his Republican lawmakers would continue the fight against President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul and for fiscal responsibility.

"But," Boehner added, "blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us."

(Reporting By Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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