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U.S. Senate Republican leader to oppose budget deal-source

File photo of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaking outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., September 8, 2003. REUTERS/Stefan Zak
File photo of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaking outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., September 8, 2003. REUTERS/Stefan Zak

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, an influential voice among fellow Republicans, is expected to oppose a bipartisan budget deal that attempts to ease passage of government funding bills in 2014.

A source close to McConnell said the Republican leader plans to vote against the legislation because it repeals some of the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts enacted into law.

Despite McConnell's opposition, the Democratic-led Senate is expected to approve the deal next week, if the House of Representatives passes it on Thursday.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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