The Federal Debt and the Constitution
As another debt ceiling deadline looms, on top of a government shutdown, we’ll look at what our nation’s defining document, particularly the fourteenth amendment, says about federal debt, as well as the roles of Congress and the President.
- Garrett Epps, former reporter for The Washington Post, novelist and legal scholar, he teaches constitutional law and creative writing for law students at the University of Baltimore . His books include Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War America and American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution.
- David Rivkin served in the Justice Department during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations. He is an attorney for Baker and Hostetler, a law firm in Washington D.C. He specializes in constitutional, administrative, and international litigation.
*Check out an opinion co-authored by David Rivkin for the Wall Street Journal here.