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Calls pour in as debt stalemate continues

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans are again flooding congressional offices with phone calls, letting lawmakers know how they feel about the debt limit. Officials say the main phone circuit is near capacity, and that outside callers are occasionally getting busy signals.

Earlier this week, phone lines and websites became overloaded after President Barack Obama asked people to contact their lawmakers about the stalemate.

Today's calls come as House Speaker John Boehner continues to try to get enough Republican votes to pass a revised deficit-cutting measure. The biggest sticking point is a call for congressional votes to raise the debt ceiling, in two stages, before next year's elections. Obama wants one vote before then.

One House Republican says the failure to vote on Boehner's plan yesterday cost the GOP "some leverage."

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is moving ahead with his own bill -- but his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, is dismissing that effort, saying it has no chance in the Republican-controlled House.

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