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)
  • 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.
  • 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.