U.S. Senate delays vote on jobless benefits bill until Tuesday

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to the media following a Senate cloture vote on budget bill on Capitol Hill in Washington December 17, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to the media following a Senate cloture vote on budget bill on Capitol Hill in Washington December 17, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led U.S. Senate abruptly postponed until Tuesday a vote on a White House-backed bill to renew jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid obtained the delay just as the chamber was to begin a roll call vote on whether to begin consideration of the measure. It had been unclear whether the bill would get the support of 60 senators needed to overcome a Republican procedural hurdle.

(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro)

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