McConnell said many Senate Democrats ought to be able to support the part of the bill that would require the federal government to balance its budget through a constitutional amendment.  

“At least 23 of them have either said or suggested they support the idea or told their constituents that they’ll 'lead' on the issue," said McConnell. “I urge my colleagues in the strongest possible terms to join us.”

McConnell also took a dig at President Obama, claiming the president’s commitment to big government is standing in the way of long-term reform. 

“Republicans have tried to persuade the president of the need for a serious course correction, but weeks of negotiations have shown that his commitment to big government is simply too great to lead to the kind of long-term reforms we need to put us on a path to balance and economic growth," said McConnell from the Senate floor.