19 attorneys general urge Biden not to bypass Congress to raise debt ceiling

May 29, 2023 | Political News

A coalition of 19 attorneys general signed a letter urging President Joe Biden not to expand his executive powers to raise or ignore the debt ceiling without congressional approval.

Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti led the group and was prompted by Biden’s statements on his assertion the executive branch has authority under the 14th Amendment to bypass Congress.

“Our constitutional system may be frustrating at times, but it is the fundamental guarantor of American liberty, and we must all abide by the oaths we swore to defend it,” the letter states. “The Constitution very deliberately invests the power of the purse in Congress. That power includes the authority to tax, the authority to spend, and, explicitly, the authority to borrow money on the credit of the United States.”