Markey to Biden: Invoke 14th Amendment to save climate agenda

“Permitting is probably part of this discussion, and what [Republicans are] most likely trying to extract is a new set of permitting regulations that make it possible for the oil, gas and coal industry to just detonate a carbon bomb over the United States,” Markey said.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is likely to try to “extract unreasonable concessions” from the White House, Markey added, which is why he believes Biden needs to bypass Congress.

“I am very strongly of the opinion that the president should use the 14th Amendment,” Markey said.

Some legal scholars have argued that the 14th Amendment, which declares that the “validity” of the national debt “shall not be questioned,” allows the government to continue paying its bills regardless of the debt ceiling.