A protester demonstrates against the debt ceiling debate in front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Republican lawmakers Thursday pressed ahead with a vote on a plan to avert a calamitous US debt default, ignoring White House warnings of a veto as the political wrangling infected global markets. Republican House Speaker John Boehner was to put his two-step plan to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt limit to the House of Representatives, even though a majority of senators have vowed to block it in the US Senate led by the Democratic Party.
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