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Amendment XIV and Federal Pension Obligations: A Response to Professor Michael McConnell


Seth Barrett Tillman


National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUI Maynooth) - Faculty of Law

January 17, 2013


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Professor McConnell has argued that: For Congress to limit the amount of the debt does not “question” the “validity” of the debt that has been “authorized by law.” At most, it means that paying the public debts and pension obligations of the United States, as they become due, has priority over all other spending.

Although McConnell's first statement is correct, his second statement is incorrect. Giving the federal debt priority over other government obligations requires a firm legal basis. Amendment XIV supplies no such basis.

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Date posted: January 18, 2013 ; Last revised: January 23, 2013

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Tillman, Seth Barrett, Amendment XIV and Federal Pension Obligations: A Response to Professor Michael McConnell (January 17, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2201476 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2201476

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