Senate Republicans say will block Reid debt bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) arrives at a news conference on the Republican Filibuster of Reid's debt plan on Capitol Hill in Washington July 29, 2011. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly all Republicans in the Senate signed a letter saying they will not vote for a Democratic plan to raise the debt limit in a sign that the measure does not have the support it needs to advance in Congress.

Forty-three of the chamber’s 47 Republicans signed the letter, released on Saturday.

Democrats need at least seven Republican votes to clear a procedural vote in the 100-seat chamber. That vote is scheduled for 1 a.m. EDT on Sunday.

(Reporting by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

This story was corrected to specify that most, not all, Republicans signed letter