White House rules out constitutional solution to debt crisis

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President Joe Biden is not currently planning to invoke the 14th Amendment to prevent a US debt default, the White House said Tuesday, ruling out a constitutional solution to the current debt impasse.

Representatives Kevin McCarthy have held three rounds of face-to-face talks to try and reach a deal to lift the current borrowing limit so the US can meet its existing spending commitments.


Invoking the 14th Amendment to the constitution, which some legal scholars argue would let the US Treasury ignore the debt limit, “is not going to fix the current problem we have right now,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

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Biden previously said he was looking into whether he could invoke the 14th Amendment, but was concerned of the economic damage that could occur while any legal challenges played out.

The remarks from Jean-Pierre suggest he has parked any plans he may have had to use a constitutional mechanism to resolve the debt crisis.

Jean-Pierre also appeared to rule out a short-term extension to the debt ceiling to allow Biden and McCarthy’s teams more time to negotiate, telling reporters such a solution is “not on the table.”

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