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House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., center, talks about the "cut, cap and balance" plan proposed by tea party-backed House Republicans (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a default deadline drawing ominously near, House Republican leaders are giving the tea party what amounts to a symbolic floor vote on a “cut, cap and balance” debt-limit plan while behind the scenes work continues on a fallback measure that could become the framework for a compromise. [See House bill requires spending cuts, balanced budget]

The chamber will vote Tuesday on the plan to let the government borrow another $2.4 trillion — but only after big and immediate spending cuts and adoption by Congress of a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget.

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