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Jun 19, 2011 3:55 PM by Matt Stafford

McConnell: Debt-ceiling deal may be for short-term

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate's top Republican is suggesting a short-term increase in the nation's borrowing limit unless there's deal soon that includes changes to big entitlement programs.

Economists and Obama administration officials are warning of a calamity if the government defaults on its obligations. The default deadline is Aug. 2.

Vice President Joe Biden is leading bipartisan talks on the debt limit and cuts in federal spending.

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says that if a deal doesn't include significant entitlement program changes, then legislation raising the borrowing limit for just a few months is likely.

He says lawmakers would return to what he calls "the same discussion" this fall.

McConnell appeared Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation."

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