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Key U.S. lawmaker won't support $967 billion short-term spending plan

U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD) talks to the media on Obamacare following a Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 14
U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD) talks to the media on Obamacare following a Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 14

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday he would not support a stop-gap funding measure aimed at avoiding a January government shutdown that keeps automatic spending cuts in place.

Representative Steny Hoyer told reporters that a short-term $967 billion fiscal 2014 spending plan contemplated by the majority House Republicans for such a measure was unacceptable.

"There is not a positive engagement by our Republican friends" in talks aimed at reaching a budget deal before a January 15 deadline for new government spending authority, Hoyer said.

(Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Bill Trott)

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