WASHINGTON (OfficialWire) — The White House is dismissing suggestions to sidestep Congress to meet the nation’s debt obligations,declaring that it is Congress’ responsibility to pay the bills of the United States.
President Barack Obama’s adamant stand that he will not negotiate with Congress over raising the nation’s borrowing limit and Republican demands that a debt ceiling vote be linked to spending cuts have prompted a creative outburst of alternatives to driving the country into default.
Under one proposed scenario,pushed by a number of House Democrats,the president could invoke the 14th Amendment,a post-Civil War change to the Constitution that states that “the validity of the public debt of the United States…shall not be questioned.”
Another proposal would take advantage of a legal loophole meant for coin collectors and have the Treasury mint platinum coins that could be deposited at the Federal Reserve and used to pay the nation’s bills.
“There is no plan B. There is no backup plan,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday. “There is no alternative to Congress raising the debt ceiling.”
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