Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., is collecting signatures for a letter to the president letting him know that he has backing in Congress if he chooses to invoke the 14th amendment to raise the debt ceiling in the event that Congress fails to do so.

“We would support your use of any authority available to you, including the 14th amendment, to preserve America’s full faith and credit and prevent further damage to our economy,” Welch, the House Democratic Caucus chief deputy whip said in the letter. During the last debt-ceiling standoff in the summer of 2011, Welch collected 114 signatures for a letter calling for a clean vote on extending the debt ceiling.