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Senate Republicans Say Debt Limit Increase Should Include Measure To End Government Shutdown

10/10/2013 02:49 pm ET | Updated Dec 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Several Republican U.S. senators on Thursday voiced support for House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner's plan for a short-term debt limit increase, but said it should also provide for an end to the 10-day government shutdown.

"It's fine with me, but it's the shutdown of the government right now that's uppermost in my constituents' mind," said Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican.

Boehner's plan, which he will present to President Barack Obama on Thursday, would subject funding for government agencies to further negotiations.

"To me we cannot ignore the fact that the government is shut down," said Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who is promoting an alternative proposal in the Senate. "I think a package with both issues on a short term basis would have more appeal."

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