House Republican: Debt Bill Will Pass

A Republican U.S. House of Representatives member who had resisted a bill to raise the U.S. debt ceiling said on Friday that there has been progress on the measure and predicted it would pass.

``I think we made progress last night,'' Representative Trey Gowdy told CNN. ``What we'll do today, and I predict it will be done today, is for the third time send a plan that raises the debt ceiling in a responsible way.''

Urgent efforts to avoid an unprecedented U.S. debt default were set back Thursday when some fiscally hard-line House Republicans blocked a budget deficit plan proposed by their own congressional leaders.