Senate Dems: We’ll back Obama if he raises debt limit unilaterally

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January 12, 2013

Nancy Pelosi
Senate Democratic leaders have sent a letter to President Obama pledging their support if he raises the debt ceiling unilaterally in the face of Republican resistance.

Support has been growing among Democrats in Congress for Obama to invoke the 14th Amendment or another legal justification for expanding the nation’s borrowing authority without congressional approval.

“In the event that Republicans make good on their threat by failing to act, or by moving unilaterally to pass a debt limit extension only as part of unbalanced or unreasonable legislation, we believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps to ensure that America does not break its promises and trigger a global economic crisis — without Congressional approval, if necessary,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other Democratic leaders wrote in a letter dated Jan. 11.

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), Senate Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and Democratic Conference Secretary Patty Murray (Wash.) signed the letter.

  • CTH

    It is difficult to determine who has the least regard for the provisions of our constitution, obutthead or the democRap so called leadership in the senate. Apparently neither of them are capable of reading or they just do not give a damn about the limitations placed on them by the constitution. I do have substantial fears that our spineless leadership in the supreme court will not slap them down, or if they do that obutthead would simply ignore any decision that does not suit hls imperial fancy. Our only hope lies inthe republican controlled house and recent events indicate the republican leadership in the house is also spineless.

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