"I urge you to consider voting yes but I completely respect the hesitation that members have about this," she said.

Pelosi cited two main reasons Democrats could find comfort in the bill. One is that it would ensure the debt ceiling is increased for two years, avoiding further congressional logjams, and the second is that it guarantees that spending cuts Republicans might want to make over the next few years would be made equally among defense and social-service programs.

While House Democrats are known to be split on the bill, Pelosi ended her comments with a jab at Republicans, who are also known to be split.

"I hear that our Republican colleagues have said they got 98 percent of what they want in the bill," she said. "I hope that their votes will reflect that."