I note that Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer oppose raising the debt limit. I submit that the executive has the obligation under the Constitution to pay the bills regardless any debt ceiling. The debt limit is superfluous and quite clearly “questions” the validity of U.S. debt. The bills that make up the debt spending were indeed authorized by law.

The U.S. Constitution 14th Amendment, 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.” So, questioning the payment of the debt is unconstitutional. While senators take an oath to defend the Constitution…

Joe Richardson lives in Fargo.

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