U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham says President Barack Obama cannot single-handedly raise the nation’s debt limit.
Senators Graham and John Cornyn of Texas have introduced what is known as a “Sense of the Senate” resolution to remind the public that President Obama must abide by Congress’s statutory debt limit.
Graham said some elected officials recently floated the controversial idea that congressional approval of a debt-limit increase is unnecessary, based on the president’s control of the U.S. Treasury, granted in the 14th Amendment.
Graham states that the Constitution gives Congress the power “to borrow Money on the credit of the United States.”
Sense of the Senate resolutions merely gauge or confirm majority opinion on a matter. They are not legally binding.
Democrats, on the other hand, are frustrated with debt discussions that have not reached a compromise. The White House has not stated that the president will try a unilateral solution.