"He could do that with a stroke of a pen. We've seen many big things done that way," Clyburn said, referring to the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation as an example.
Clyburn is the highest-ranking House Democrat to endorse the idea of using the so-called 14th Amendment solution, also known as the constitutional option, in order to resolve the debt-ceiling debate.
The option relies upon an interpretation of the amendment that would make it illegal for the federal government to default.
The legality of using the amendment as a solution to current negotiations has been disputed by experts, who argue that not raising the debt ceiling does not necessarily guarantee a government default. President Obama said last Friday that his own lawyers have looked into the option and "they are not persuaded that that is a winning argument."
The idea has been revived over the last weeks as the Treasury Department's Aug. 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling nears with little progress in the deficit talks.
Watch Clyburn below.