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Republican Kyl Said to Drop Out of Today’s U.S. Debt Talks

June 23, 2011

June 23 (Bloomberg) -- Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, the No. 2 Republican leader, is withdrawing from today’s deficit- reduction talks with Vice President Joe Biden, one of his aides said, a decision that means the only two Republican party participants won’t attend.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, said earlier he is boycotting today’s session.

Six lawmakers -- four Democrats along with Kyl and Cantor - - were appointed by congressional leaders to work with Biden on a plan to cut record-high deficits and debt. Republican leaders are demanding such a plan in exchange for enough votes to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling later this summer.

--Editors: Laurie Asseo, Robin Meszoly.

To contact the reporter on this story: Laura Litvan in Washington at llitvan@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Laurie Asseo at lasseo1@bloomberg.net


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