Reid: Balanced-budget amendment 'radical'

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 McConnell (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."