Rep. Steve King said President Barack Obama would be impeached if the United States falls into default on its debt.
Writing on Twitter, the Iowa Republican declared: “STOP talking about default. The 1st dime of each $1 of revenue services debt. Obama would be impeached if he blocked debt payments. C C & B!”
King was referring to the “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan, passed by the House, that would introduce a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget. Rep. King supports the plan, but the Senate dismissed it last week.
King is not the first GOP lawmaker to assert that the president could be impeached over the debt crisis, Politico noted.
Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said he would seek to impeach Obama if he bypasses Congress and raises the debt limit by citing the 14th Amendment, which states that “the validity of the U.S. public debt shall not be questioned.”
“The president is looking to usurp congressional oversight to find a way to get it done without us,” Scott told a gathering earlier this month.
“My position is that is an impeachable act from my perspective.”