In the speech Burr also called the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling “financially unsustainable” and suggested the upcoming battle between the White House and Congress over whether to raise it would be a “Kabuki dance" with a predetermined outcome, the Morgantown News Herald reported on Thursday. 

In exchange for raising the debt ceiling, however, Burr said Republicans would manage to exact cuts in federal spending and systemic changes to entitlement programs.

The House on Tuesday voted down a bill that would have raised the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion without making cuts to federal spending.