She said Obama's only plan was a budget proposal that would have led to another $1.5 trillion deficit.

"Now is the time for the president to show leadership, and the only leadership that he's showing is one that's saying 'tsk, tsk, tsk,' trying to bring us to the brink, when in fact we're trying to be responsible and bring this to a successful conclusion," she said. "We call on the President of the United States to finally engage in the process."

Bachmann spoke in debate just before a planned House vote on the Senate Democratic debt ceiling plan; the House was expected to reject that plan.