- President Joe Biden said Sunday he thinks he has the authority to end the debt ceiling standoff with congressional Republicans by invoking the 14th Amendment.
“I’m looking at the 14th Amendment as to whether or not we have the authority — I think we have the authority,” Biden said at the G7 summit in Japan. “The question is, could it be done and invoked in time that it would not be appealed, and as a consequence past the date in question and still default on the debt. That is a question that I think is unresolved.”
- Biden has for the past few weeks suggest he could use the amendment, which in part 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.”
- If Biden invokes the amendment, it would challenge the constitutionality of the debt ceiling and try to bypass Congress completely on the issue.
Biden Thinks He Has Authority To Use 14th Amendment To End Debt Ceiling Standoff
President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference with South Korea's President Yoon Suk Yeol in the Rose Garden of the White House Wednesday, April 26, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)