July 31, 2011 / 2:17 AM / in 8 years

Senate delays key debt vote until later on Sunday

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (C) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) (L) arrive at a joint news conference about the Republican Filibuster of Reid's debt plan on Capitol Hill in Washington July 29, 2011. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Saturday delayed a test vote on the Democratic debt limit increase plan until 1 p.m. EDT Sunday to give negotiators more time to work out a deal.

In brief remarks on the Senate floor, Reid, a Democrat, said that negotiations between congressional leaders and the Obama administration were ongoing, but that there was “still a distance to go” before a deal might be reached.

The Senate had been scheduled to take a 1 a.m. EDT test vote on Sunday on the Democratic debt limit plan that Republicans said they opposed and could have blocked.

Reporting by Richard Cowan and Rachelle Younglai; editing by Anthony Boadle

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