The House of Representatives planned to vote today on adebt-limit increase proposal that confronts unified Democraticopposition in the Senate, setting the stage for a congressionalshowdown to avert a U.S. default.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gained support among fellowRepublicans for his plan to raise the debt ceiling after reworkingthe legislation to cut $917 billion over 10 years, more than hisoriginal approach. All 51 Senate Democrats and two independentssigned a letter yesterday pledging to oppose the measure.

As congressional leaders continued to wrangle with less than aweek before a potential U.S. default on Aug. 2, stock marketsshowed jitters. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index fell 2 percentyesterday, the biggest drop in almost two months, and the cost ofinsuring against a U.S. default climbed to the highest level sinceFebruary 2010.

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