(CNSNews.com) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) confused the 14th and 11th Amendments when suggesting the president could bypass Congress and unilaterally raise the debt ceiling, saying, “Whatever it is, I’m with the constitution.”
During her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Pelosi was asked about the need for two separate deals in Congress to both raise the approaching debt ceiling and address the expiration of the Bush era tax cuts.
“I would hope not,” Pelosi said. “I would hope that by now—well, me, I’m with the 11th Amendment, so.”
“Is it the 11th Amendment?” she asked. “That—14th is it?”
“Whatever it is, I’m with the Constitution of the United States,” said the Minority Leader.
The 11th amendment forbids a person to sue a state in which they do not live, stating, “The judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state.”
Pelosi seemingly was referring to section four of the 14th amendment, which states: “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.”
Some have proposed, including former president Bill Clinton, that the president could administratively raise the debt ceiling by invoking this section of the law.
“Really, we have the full faith and credit of the United States,” Pelosi said. “You mentioned the debt ceiling and the rest, and again, if we all go to the table with good faith, budget agreements have been made over and over again.”