US Constitution Fourteenth Amendment
Clinton wants Biden to assert the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution in order to override Congressional approval of a budget without a debt ceiling. Clinton, a former lawyer would seem to NOT be versed in the exact wording of the Amendment’s articles and their meaning. Section 4 of the Amendment is the clause they feel leverages this right. It 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. But neither the United States nor any state shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.”
The budget proposed by Biden is not ‘debt’ because it hasn’t been authorized yet. It is simply a request at this stage. Debt refers to obligations by law which would have accrued already such as Social Security, Interest and Pensions. But there is another stickler to Biden/Clinton’s 14th Amendment assertion – Section 5 states: The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
There is absolutely no statement that gives the acting President the authority to override Congress or omit them from budgetary law.
The Fourteenth Amendment is thus not a valid means to force a PORK budget with discretiona
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