Pelosi Invites Bruce Bartlett, Leading Advocate of Debt Limit Constitutional Option, to Appear at Hearing on Debt Limit

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 1:20 pm

While President Obama certainly dodged the question about the Constitutional option on the debt limit today, he didn’t exactly say “I don’t agree with that interpretation” or “I will never use that kind of a reading.” He merely said that he didn’t think things would have to get to that point, and Congress should do [...]

At Twitter Townhall, Obama Dodges 14th Amendment Question

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 11:47 am

The Twitter town hall with President Obama actually produced a decent question. Renegade Nerd asked: “Mr. President, will you issue an executive order to raise the debt ceiling pursuant to section 4 of the 14th amendment?” Obama stuttered a bit, and then gave a history of the debt limit itself, the statutory grant of borrowing [...]

House Republicans Drop Trade Adjustment Assistance from Trade Deals

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 6:10 am

In case you still had a shred of faith that the United States had a reasonably functional government capable of producing results for its people, let me walk you through the fate of three trade deals pending in Congress. Mind you, I’m not really a fan of the trade deals, which could cost America jobs [...]

Cornyn on 14th Amendment, Section 4: “That’s Crazy Talk”

By: Tuesday July 5, 2011 7:35 am

A Republican was finally asked about the Constitutional option for the debt limit, and seeing how that would defuse the bomb they rigged, timed, and lit, John Cornyn dismissed that as “crazy talk.” Cornyn just asserts that and moves on inside the confines of the hostage-taking situation his party has created. It quite literally does [...]

Schumer: Maybe the Debt Limit is Unconstitutional, But We Haven’t Enough Time to Figure That Out

By: Friday July 1, 2011 10:15 am

Chuck Schumer was asked by Brian Beutler whether the debt limit is Constitutional, and he acknowledged that it might not be. But he quickly followed up by saying that it “needs a little more exploration and study,” and that “It’s probably not right to pursue at this point and you wouldn’t want to go ahead [...]

Debt Limit Deadline Moved Up to July 22

By: Friday July 1, 2011 7:35 am

We have a new drop-dead date for the debt limit, and it’s even earlier: July 22. he Obama administration believes congressional leaders must agree to a deficit-reduction deal by July 22 in order to raise the government’s borrowing limit in time to avoid a default in early August, according to Democratic officials with knowledge of [...]

Balkin on the Debt Limit Constitutional Option: Original Intent to “Remove Threats of Default from Partisan Struggle”

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 2:16 pm

Jack Balkin, a law professor at Yale, has done a great service by looking at the legislative history of Section four of the 14th Amendment, which I’ve been calling the Constitutional option for the debt limit. For those late to this game, Section four of the 14th Amendment reads: Section 4. The validity of the [...]

Geithner Read 14th Amendment Passage on Public Debt to Reporters Last Month

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 11:31 am

GW law professor Jonathan Turley seemed disinclined to want to push the Constitutional option on the debt limit, in an interview with Keith Olbermann last night. While acknowledging that “the language itself is very absolute… you cannot take steps to undermine the payment of debt,” he said that it wouldn’t be advisable to add a [...]

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