Top Dem pushing president
to suppress rebel lawmakers
House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi is urging President Obama to use the Reconstruction-era 14th amendment to override debt rebels.
The relevant clause reads:
Section 4. The validity of the public
debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred
for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing
insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the
United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation
incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States,
or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such
debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.