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Blumenthal & Senate Democrats Urge President to Prepare to Invoke the 14th Amendment to Avoid Default

[HARTFORD, CT] – As Congressional Republicans demand major cuts that would cause incalculable damage to the lives of working Americans, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today joined 10 of his Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to President Joe Biden urging his administration to prepare to invoke the 14th Amendment to avoid a catastrophic debt default.

“Republicans’ unwillingness to consider one penny in new revenue from the wealthy and large corporations, along with their diminishment of the disastrous consequences of default have made it seemingly impossible to enact a bipartisan budget deal at this time,” the senators wrote. “We write to urgently request that you prepare to exercise your authority under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which clearly states: ‘the validity of the public debt of the United States...shall not be questioned.’”

Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led the letter and were joined by Blumenthal, and Senators John Fetterman (D-Pa.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)

The letter is available here.