It looks like the only way that the debt ceiling will be raised is if President Obama does it himself. But if Obama does take it upon himself to override congress and raise the debt ceiling, he could be impeached.
In an interview with CNN, Michele Bachman said:
“It’s Congress that does the spending. The president is prohibited to do that. If he had the power to do that he would effectively be a dictator. There would be no reason for Congress to even come into Washington DC.
“Clearly that’s unconstitutional. If it happened there would be a call for the president’s impeachment within seconds.”
President Obama has already said that he wouldn’t use the 14th amendment to raise the debt ceiling, but it’s not because he’s worried about being impeached. If Obama chose to ignore congress and raise the debt ceiling, he’d be authorizing the federal government to spend money that had already been authorized by congress to spend.
But Obama says that he won’t bypass congress. Obama said;
“There’s a provision in our Constitution that speaks to making sure that the United States meets its obligations. And there have been some suggestions that a president could use that language to basically ignore this debt ceiling rule, which is a statutory rule. It’s not a constitutional rule.
Bachman is right about one thing, however. There doesn’t seem to be any reason for congress to show up in Washington.