WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic bill to raise the U.S. debt limit fell short in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives Saturday as it failed to get the supermajority vote needed for quick passage.

By a vote of 173 to 246, the bill fell short of the two-thirds needed to pass under rules designed to limit debate and pass bills quickly. Those rules are usually reserved for noncontroversial measures such as naming courthouses.

(Reporting by Dave Clarke and Andy Sullivan; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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