Democrats Urge Biden To Consider Using 14th Amendment In Stalled Debt Ceiling Fight Even As Many In His Own Administration Question Its Legality

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(Daily Wire) Democrats in Congress are urging President Joe Biden to consider using the 14th Amendment should debt ceiling talks fail.

Nearly a dozen left-wing senators — including high-profile members Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and John Fetterman (D-PA) — sent a letter to Biden on Thursday warning that it may be the president’s only option to avoid a default if Republicans don’t agree to a deal.


“Using this authority would allow the United States to continue to pay its bills on-time, without delay, preventing a global economic catastrophe,” they wrote.

The senators cite Section Four of the 14th Amendment, which states 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.”

Biden said last week he would consider invoking the 14th Amendment, noting that leftist Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe “thinks that it would be legitimate,” though the president warned the matter would likely be litigated and “in the meantime, without an extension, it would still end up in the same place.”

While Republicans have highlighted other legal experts who have argued against the president trying to employ the 14th Amendment, even officials within Biden’s own administration have expressed hesitation. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said in recent days that invoking the 14th Amendment is “legally questionable” and could create a “constitutional crisis.”

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, advised Biden to lean into the tactic anyway, telling Insiderthe 14 Amendment serves as “an operations manual for how the president should respond to extortion and threats by a faction of Congress.”

Yellen notified Congress in January that the United States had hit the statutory limit of roughly $31.4 trillion and advised that her agency take “extraordinary measures” so the government could continue to pay its bills, but only in the short term. That buffer period could run out as soon as next month, leading officials to warn of dire consequences for the economy.

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