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McConnell calls for U.S. Democrats to support debt limit, funding plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday called on Democrats to support a bipartisan plan to reopen the government and extend federal borrowing authority, while keeping spending cuts in place.

In a statement, McConnell said the plan has support from Democratic and Republican senators, and would cut a medical device tax associated with "Obamacare" and improve anti-fraud provisions in the health insurance reform law. Democrats on Saturday rejected the plan and want more relief from the so-called "sequester" across-the-board spending cuts.

"It does all this while maintaining our commitments to reduce spending, cutting an Obamacare tax and improving anti-fraud provisions in the law. It's time for Democrat leaders to take ‘yes' for an answer," McConnell said.

(Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Bill Trott)

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