Full Faith and Credit Act

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What Is the Full Faith and Credit Act?

The Full Faith and Credit Act is an act that has recently been proposed regarding national debt issues. The bill would allow the Social Security Administration to access trust funds which would pay for items such as social security benefits, as well as certain disability payments. It accomplishes this by allowing the U.S. Treasury to pay interests payments on the national debt. It is a somewhat complex bill that involves various calculations and debt assessments.

The act also prohibits certain actions, such as the use of allocated funds to pay for Congress Members’ compensation.

Is This the Same as the Full Faith and Credit Clause?

No, the Full Faith and Credit Clause is a provision that is found in the U.S. Constitution (Article IV, Section 1). The Full Faith and Credit Clause is a broad clause that requires courts to honor the decisions and rulings of other courts in different states. According to the Constitutional clause, courts must also recognize the various legislative acts as well as public records of other states.

So for instance, suppose a person obtains a protective order in the state of Nevada. If they move to another state like Idaho, that protective order must be honored by the courts in Idaho. This is also true for other rulings such as divorce decrees, injunctions, contract rulings, and various other decisions. It is especially applicable in family law determinations.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with the Governmental Law Issues?

The Full Faith and Credit Act has not yet been passed into law. Governmental laws can often be difficult to understand and interpret. You may need to hire a lawyer if you have a legal issue and need to apply a constitutional principle to your claim. Your attorney can represent you in court and can help determine what types of legal remedies are available to you.

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Last Modified: 12-03-2013 02:47 PM PST

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