The GOP plan, which will come up for a vote in the House on Tuesday as part of the "cut, cap and balance" proposal, would only accept an increase in the federal debt ceiling if immediate cuts are made, federal spending is brought back into balance over the next several years, and a balanced-budget amendment is approved by Congress.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.), however, retorted in his own floor speech that he does not believe the proposed constitutional amendment should provoke controversy.

“The American people sent us here to make tough choices," McConnell said. “Agreeing to balance the budget shouldn’t be one of them. This should be an easy one."