GOP senators: Obama's five-year freeze insufficient

In a briefing with reporters, Sen. Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSenate confirms first nominees of Trump era The new Washington elite schmoozes over lunch Trump takes first official acts at signing ceremony MORE (R-Ky.) and other members of the Republican leadership said the president’s reported plan, which he is expected to announce during his Tuesday address, would freeze into place what they called the excess spending of the last two years. 

“That's probably not going to inspire a lot of people who are serious about — who want to see meaningful efforts to reduce — to reduce spending and reduce the debt,” said Sen. John ThuneJohn ThuneSenate confirms first nominees of Trump era Senate gears up for battle over Trump's CIA pick GOP, Dems hear different things from Trump MORE (R-S.D.).

For his part, McConnell complimented the House’s direction on the deficit. That chamber approved a measure on Tuesday instructing Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanHispanic Caucus members slam Trump after inaugural address When Trump says 'Make America Great Again,' he means it The new Washington elite schmoozes over lunch MORE (R-Wisc.), the House Budget Committee chairman, to cap spending at 2008 levels. 

The House’s effort, McConnell said, “would be the direction to go if we really wanted to have an impact on our annual deficit problem.”

ABC News has reported that, a year after calling for a three-year freeze in non-security discretionary spending, the president plans to up that proposal to five years on Tuesday night. Obama is also expected to call for a ban on earmarks, a plan that Sen. Harry ReidHarry ReidThe DC bubble is strangling the DNC Dems want Sessions to recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe Ryan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare MORE (D-Nev.), the majority leader, took issue with on Tuesday.  

This year’s proposal, ABC News estimated, would save roughly $400 billion.