January 16, 2013

The Jan. 12 news article “Democrats urge Congress to bypass GOP on debt” noted that some members advocate invoking the 14th Amendment to declare congressional action unneeded to raise the debt. The oft-quoted passage from that amendment is found in Section 4, that “The validity of the public debt. . . shall not be questioned.”

Perhaps they should also read the fifth and final section. The shortest in the whole amendment, it reads: “The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.” That certainly does seem to indicate a congressional role in the debt debate.

James S. Gale, Silver Spring