The White House Wants a Debt Ceiling Deal

Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“For the past several days, I have been writing about a lawsuit filed by the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE), challenging the constitutionality of the debt ceiling. Their case argues that, by passing into law a number of appropriations that cost money, and also by passing into law a hard debt ceiling, Congress is requiring the president, once that debt ceiling is reached, to pick and choose which laws to break. This is approximately the same argument that Matt Bruenig made on Tuesday: ‘Congress has essentially passed a set of laws that direct the president to do X and not-X at the same time.’ This cedes the power of what amounts to a line-item veto to the executive, something that has already been found to be unconstitutional.” (05/24/23)