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Congressman Asserts Potential 'Impeachable Act'

U.S. Rep. Tim Scott meets with LowCountry 9.12 Tuesday in Knightsville.

In a receptive meeting Tuesday evening at Knightsville United Methodist Church in Dorchester County, U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said if President Barrack Obama acted without congress on the debt ceiling issue it would be an "impeachable act."

Answering a question from the crowd, the freshman congressman called any move using the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to raise the debt ceiling "unconstitutional." Scott represents District 1 in the state, which includes Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. He spoke Tuesday at the meeting of LowCountry 9.12, a group known for small-government ideology.

"This president is looking to usurp congressional oversight to find a way to get it done without us. My position is that is an impeachable act from my perspective," Scott said to the crowd looking to finish his sentences and chime in on national issues. "There are a lot of things people say, 'Are you going to impeach the president over that?' — No. But this? This is catastrophic. This jeopardizes the credibility of our nation if one man can usurp the entire system set up by our founding fathers over something this significant."

He added later: "I don't hate the president, by the way — I hate his policy … I don't attack his personality." 

In a Tuesday press briefing at the White House after Obama urged congress to pass something in two weeks regarding the debt ceiling, a reporter asked Press Secretary Jay Carney if the president would use the 14th Amendment to raise it.

Read the 14th Amendment here. 

"I don’t think that I want to get into speculation about what might happen if something does or doesn’t happen. The president believes firmly that a deal is possible," Carney said.

The press pool again brought up the question later, asking if White House lawyers are studying the issue. Carney responded, "Not that I'm aware of." A reporter then asked if the president had talked about using the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling.

"Definitely not," Carney responded.

FreeChoice July 09, 2011 at 11:26 PM
Happy to reconnect on another discussion. I'll cop to hyperbole with regard to what I have taken from the government, but I have paid my fair share of taxes and taken very little over the years. Do I benefit from infrastructure? Yes, of course, I drive on roads maintained by the government and I went to public school. I have, however, paid for public schools although I have no children which is okay with me. I benefit from things paid for with tax dollars from first responders to the US military, but I have self funded my retirement, never collected any public assistance and studiously avoided, to the best of my ability, any "help" from the government. I sleep quite well knowing I have paid more than my fair share. I don't mind helping those who truly cannot help themselves, but I want no part of the discriminatory and abusive practices that have put millions on the public dole and kept them there. Like you, I have worked hard all my life for everything I have. Denying people the chance to strive, fail, succeed is to quell their dreams and callously limit their possibilities.
Alieen Nasheen Refuegee July 10, 2011 at 03:03 AM
I agree with you 100%.
Cornell Davis July 11, 2011 at 02:58 AM
I think you have your facts wrong. The republicians are the ones that are looking out for the rich and there coporate buddies. The democrats want the rich and corporations to pay their fair share of taxes and to stop giving these oil companies welfare, which there do not need. The republicians are the ones that are stopping the economy from growing and creating jobs. There are a number of bills in the house that would probably help out with both, but the republicians do not want to vote on them, because if these bill are successful, this would make the president look good and there don't want that.
FreeChoice July 11, 2011 at 12:52 PM
The US tax code allows companies in all industries to recover costs and only be taxed on net income. You may not like it, but this is not unique to the oil & gas industry. These tax expenditures are not the same as the government granted subsidies such as those given to ethanol producers. Subsidies are typically given for projects that would otherwise fail because they can't survive the free market.
maxine July 26, 2011 at 01:49 AM
God should be the one leading goverment . We all should be putting God first. Pray for America

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