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Tea party takes its turn in debt battle

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House and tea-party-backed freshman RepThe House and tea-party-backed freshman Republicans are the center of attention early this week in the debt showdown with the administration. Republicans are the center of attention early this week in the debt showdown with the administration.
They're expected to pass a plan tomorrow that's likely to stall in the Senate. The plan would require passage of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution as part of any deal.
A bipartisan alternative is emerging in the Senate to give President Barack Obama sweeping power to order increases in the debt limit without approval by Congress.


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