Cornyn: Obama Bypassing Congress on Debt Limit is ‘Crazy Talk’
Sen. John Cornyn warned President Obama on Sunday to not even consider interpreting the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment to bypass Congress and raise the debt limit without its approval.
“That’s crazy talk. It’s not acceptable for Congress and the president not to do their job and to say somehow the president has the authority then to basically do this by himself,” Cornyn, R-Texas, a former judge on the Texas Supreme Court, told “Fox News Sunday.”
The proposal that Obama re-interpret Section 4 of the Fourteenth Amendment to justify raising the $14.3 trillion debt limit has been gaining traction in Democratic circles since Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner told reporters that the Constitution’s language could support the president’s raising the limit without congressional approval.