Darrell Issa

Issa said the “no budget, no pay” plan proposed by House leaders could run afoul of the Constitution.

By Jonathan Strong
Roll Call Staff
Jan. 18, 2013, 3:42 p.m.; Corrected 5:42 p.m.

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said constitutional problems may doom a debt ceiling plan announced earlier Friday by House leaders, but the Republican lawmaker said he has a replacement in mind.

“That’s unconstitutional,” Rep. Darrell Issa said of the plan to withhold members’ pay if their chamber does not pass a budget resolution. House Republicans have dubbed the proposal “no budget, no pay.” The plan includes an offer by House leaders to pass a three-month increase in the debt ceiling on the condition that Senate Democrats pass a budget.

But legality of the “no pay” part of the deal could run afoul of the 27th Amendment, which says: “No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.”

GOP leadership aides said Friday the plan would only withhold pay until a budget is passed, allowing the prospective law to pass muster under the amendment.

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