WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House Friday
addressed increasing calls by some Democrats for President
Barack Obama to raise the debt ceiling on his own by invoking
the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.
"This administration does not believe that the 14th
amendment gives the president the power to ignore the debt
ceiling," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
A clause dating from the Civil War era of the 1860s says
the U.S. public debt "shall not be questioned." The White House
has resisted taking such a step.
(Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria, Laura MacInnis, Steve Holland,
editing by Todd Eastham)
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