House GOP leaders decided Wednesday to delay until next week a contentious vote on keeping government funding going, senior Republicans said.

Rank-and-file Republicans had not fully endorsed their leadership's complicated plan to keep federal agencies operating at current austerity levels while forcing a Senate vote on whether to defund President Obama's health-care initiative. Under that plan, the Democratic-led Senate would likely dismiss the Obamacare rider and keep the government running, a scenario that outside conservative groups have lambasted in the last 24 hours.