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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- What looked like a bipartisan deal in the Senate is now on hold and it is far from clear that the plan has any path forward at all. 

House Republican leaders are struggling now to put together a plan to win the votes of the majority of even their own members.

There are a lot of opinions about what direction to go. There have been no decisions about what exactly we will do," said House Speaker John Boehner. 

It had looked like Senate Democrats and Republicans had together agreed on a short-term deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling but Republicans backed away when the House Speaker announced he was working on his own plan.

Democrats are furious.

"What you heard was a plan to default," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. 

If the speaker fails to muster enough votes for his plan by the end of the day, he may be left with two choices: accept the senate deal or default.

Democrats say all of this might have been avoided, but for a parliamentary rule changed pushed through the House just before the shutdown. 

Republicans say the rule change is designed to keep democrats from quote, "hijacking the house floor." 

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