Pompeo says Budget Control Act first step to reining in spending

Pompeo equated Boehner's (R-Ohio) bill to the first step in a long fight, a rationale that Republicans are likely hoping will resonate with the roughly two dozen GOP members who have said they would not support it.

"This bill is the Lexington and Concord of the American Revolution," he said. "It is the Antietam to our Civil War, it is D-Day to World War II. It is the first skirmish in a very long battle."

He also said Americans have largely rejected President Obama's vision of increased spending, and have embraced the contrary view held by Republicans.

"It's one that offers liberty and freedom from government instead of control by government," he said of the GOP position. "It recognizes that the left's morally misguided policies will expand government, suffocate growth, further depress job creation and push millions of people farther away from any hope of rising out of poverty."

He also criticized Obama for arguing against this vision.

"We said we would not raise taxes," he said. "This bill does not do that. Our president complains.

"We said we would not increase the debt limit beyond the amount of spending reductions that we undertake," he continued. "This bill does that, and our president complains."