Debt Deal Is A ‘Satan Sandwich,’ Democrat Says

By Susan Jones and Eric Scheiner | August 1, 2011 | 10:20 AM EDT

( - Of all the metaphors used to describe a debt deal that few people like, a Missouri Democrat may take the cake:

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was quoted by Roll Call as calling the reported deal “a sugar-coated Satan sandwich” and a “shady bill.”

Later, in an interview on MSNBC Sunday night, Cleaver repeated that the deal is a “Satan sandwich.”

"I am concerned about this because we don't know the details. And until we see the details, we're going to be extremely non-committed but on the surface it looks like a Satan sandwich," Cleaver said.

In a letter to President Obama on Saturday, the Congressional Black Caucus urged him to invoke the 14th Amendment to raise the debt limit unilaterally.

The pertinent clause in the 14th Amendment says, "The validity of the public debt of the United States…shall not be questioned."

But Obama says it’s up to Congress to act on the debt limit. He said he’s consulted with his lawyers about suggestions that he invoke the 14th Amendment, and “they are not persuaded that that is a winning argument."

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