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Spotlight: White House says no debt ceiling executive order

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In a Dec. 6 press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president will not try to raise the debt ceiling through an executive order that invokes the 14th amendment. Section Four of the amendment says that the government is obligated to pay its debts and this could be viewed as a way to negate congressional approval needed to raise the debt ceiling.

"I can say that this administration does not believe that the 14th Amendment gives the president the power to ignore the debt ceiling -- period," said Carney. The debt ceiling is currently capped at $16.4 trillion.