Yellen: 14th Amendment Can’t Appropriately Be Used to Raise Debt Ceiling

Yellen: 14th Amendment Can’t Appropriately Be Used to Raise Debt Ceiling

May 22, 2023

Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, hell froze over as incompetent Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen correctly noted that President Biden cannot invoke the 14th Amendment to address the debt ceiling under the current circumstances.

Asked if the 14th Amendment falls under the category of extraordinary measures, Yellen replied, “Well, extraordinary measures is used in a different way, but there hasn’t been much discussion of the 14th Amendment, and as President Biden said, I believe this morning, it doesn’t seem like something that could be appropriately used in these circumstances given the legal uncertainty around it and given the tight time frame we’re on. So my devout hope is that Congress will raise the debt ceiling and we will pay all of our bills.”

Todd said, “Are you going to pay all of our debts and then let the court tell us we shouldn’t have if we breach the debt ceiling? I understand wanting to use it now, but are we really going to sit there and let bills go unpaid and not even trying this?”

Yellen said, “We take the debt ceiling seriously as constraint on our ability to pay bills that are coming due and my assumption is that if the debt ceiling isn’t raised there would be hard choices to make about what bills go unpaid.”

Maybe we could start clearing off debt by eliminating any number of pointless federal government agencies, stopping the gushing flow of money to Ukraine, and rooting out government corruption.

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