US Congress votes on debt compromise
America's politicians are poised to start voting on a deal to stop the country potentially defaulting on its debts.
The last-minute plan, thrashed out between President Obama and party leaders, would raise the US debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion but also includes the same amount in spending cuts.
The President described the last few weeks as "messy" but urged everyone to back the deal.
Paul Adams reports.
01 Aug 2011