VIDEO: Obama Dodges Question From Chuck Todd on Using Executive Order to Raise Debt Ceiling
During Monday's press conference, NBC reporter Chuck Todd asked President Barack Obama whether or not he would invoke the 14th Amendment in order to raise the nation's debt ceiling without Congress's approval. The president didn't directly answer the question, despite prodding from Todd.
The president replied by saying that if the House and the Senate want to give him the authority in order to avoid taking these "tough votes," he would be "happy to take it." He iterated, however, that Congress orders him to spend, but hasn't followed up with allowing him to actually pay those bills.
"They lay all this out for me, because they have the spending power, so I am required by law to pay these bills. Separately, they also have to authorize the raising of the debt ceiling," he said.
He went on to say that the debt
ceiling debate isn't a "complicated concept," likening Congress's spending to going out to an all-you-can-eat dinner but then leaving without paying the bill.
"If Congress wants to have a debate about, maybe we shouldn't go out to dinner next time [...] that's fine. But, you don't say, in order for me to control my appetites, I'm going to not pay the people who already provided me services, the people who lent me the money. That's not showing any discipline; all that's doing is not meeting your obligations."
"That's not a credible way to run this government ... we've got to stop lurching from crisis to crisis to crisis when there's a clear path ahead of us," he said.
Watch the exchange:
Earlier today, Judge Andrew Napolitano took on the issue of whether the Constitution gives President Obama the authority to use the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling.