Republicans in the House of Representatives are working on their own plan to end the fiscal stand off in the US and avert a possible default, NBC News reports.
It comes as the Senate is putting the finishing touches to a bipartisan plan to raise the debt ceiling - the latest in a series that have foundered on Republican opposition in the House.
NBC News reports that House Republicans will vote on the plan - which would delay certain aspects of Obamacare - as early as today.
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