Pence: Two House votes on balanced-budget amendment seals his support for Boehner plan

The latter is aimed at winning over Democratic support for the Boehner bill. Pence said earlier in the week that he believes several Democrats would support an amendment to balance to budget.

Pence called the "clean" amendment an "historic" proposal that fell one Senate vote short of approving in the 1990s. He also reiterated that he would support a debt-ceiling increase only if the House does "all we can" to send a balanced-budget amendment to the Senate and the states, and said holding two votes meets that threshold.

"I believe that by bringing that historic balanced-budget amendment to the floor of this Congress this week, we are doing all we can to send a balanced-budget amendment to the Senate and to the states," he said.

"And with that, I inform my colleagues today that I will support the Boehner plan, I will support the Budget Control Act, and I urge all of my colleagues to join me in doing the same."