Sunday, May 21, 2023

Biden Suggests He Can Raise Debt Ceiling Without GOP Support Using 14th Amendment | NTD

President Joe Biden says he believes he can raise the debt ceiling unilaterally under the 14th Amendment even without GOP support.

“I’m looking at the 14th Amendment as to whether or not we have the authority [to raise the debt ceiling without congressional backing]—I think we have the authority,” Biden said during a May 21 press conference at the G-7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan.

Specifically, Biden is referencing a little-known portion of the 14th Amendment which reads: “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.”

Particularly important to Biden’s argument is the final clause, “shall not be questioned.” Some argue that this means that the president can act unilaterally to ensure that the nation does not default, even without Congress.


Ah, a nice question. Already, you can see the 14th Amendment sages, running across the fields, their robes billowing behind them.

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That first sentence of section 4 is a dog's breakfast. And I speak as a fan of your constitution. "Validity" in what sense, "questioned" in what sense, "questioned" by whom? And how is this ban to be enforced?

Posted by: dearieme | May 22, 2023 6:39:48 AM