Pennsylvania Democrat Sen. John Fetterman has gotten a ton of attention again and not for the reasons he would want.
The senator was giving a speech about the I-95 highway collapse in his state when he started to stammer incoherently and even mentioned the name of the highway three times.
“Uh no, I – uh, would just, um, really like to, you know — the 95, 95, 95. You know?” he said.
“Obviously, you know, you’re pretty much preoccupied with uh 95. And uh, I certainly am, too. And we know it’s a major artery, not just for Pennsylvania but for the East Coast. And a lot of Pennsylvanians are worried that the delays in repairs bring to its stand still deal,” the senator said.
The Associated Press reported.
The collapsed stretch of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia will reopen within two weeks, Pennsylvania’s governor said Saturday, after joining President Joe Biden on a helicopter tour over the critical stretch of highway closed to East Coast traffic since last weekend.
“We are getting it done here in Philly,” Gov. Josh Shapiro said at a briefing at Philadelphia International Airport after the flyover that included members of Congress and the city’s mayor.
Biden outlined the substantial initial federal commitment and longer term support for a permanent fix for the vital roadway. “I know how important this stretch of highway is” to Philadelphia and the Northeast Corridor, he said. “Over 150,000 vehicles travel on it every day, including 14,000 trucks. … It’s critical to our economy and it’s critical to our quality of life.”
Shapiro, offering a timeline that would be welcome news to commuters and long-haul truckers alike, said with Biden at his side: “I can state with confidence that we will have I-95 reopened within the next two weeks. We are going to get traffic moving again thanks to the extraordinary work that is going on here.”
In May, Fetterman, who has been a gin of controversy since he came to the nation’s capital in January, ignited another firestorm of criticism for comments he made regarding the debt ceiling negotiations between the White House and the GOP-controlled House.
During a news conference, Fetterman claimed that the 14th Amendment, which was ratified in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War and extended citizenship to former slaves while granting all Americans “equal protection of the laws,” was primarily intended for debt negotiations.
His remarks came as he and a handful of other far-left Democrats push President Joe Biden to invoke the amendment to bypass GOP resistance so the government could pay the nation’s debts, though legal and political experts say such a move would not pass judicial muster.
“The entire GOP debt ceiling negotiation is a sad charade, and it’s exactly what’s wrong with Washington. We’re playing with fire and the livelihoods of millions just for the GOP to try and turn the screws on hungry Americans,” said a tweet sent by Fetterman’s account on Wednesday. “This is the whole reason why the 14th Amendment exists, and we need to be prepared to use it. We cannot let these reckless Republicans hold the economy hostage.”
The 14th Amendment, which was ratified in 1868, emerged three years after the conclusion of the Civil War. Widely recognized as a pivotal safeguard of civil liberties in American history, it provided explicit provisions for citizenship and due process to formerly enslaved individuals. The amendment’s “equal protection” clause, in particular, remains highly significant and continues to be celebrated, analyzed, and debated by scholars and the general public to this day, Fox News reported.
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside,” states Section 1 of the Amendment.
“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws,” the amendment notes further.
It also adds: “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.”
But the tweet was hit with a fact-check from Twitter regarding the debt clause: “The 14th amendment has to do with citizenship, who could run for office, and invalidating debt incurred by the Confederacy.”