Darth Vader: Disturbance?
Darth Issa: Yes. I had said “No Budget, No Pay” is unconstitutional. Then my constituents of the CA-49 district told to me to change my mind or they wouldn’t vote for me. I then said “No Budget, No Pay” is constitutional.
Darth Vader: My apprentice, do not allow frustrations to cloud your mind. The CA-49 constituents will be dealt with. The dark side of the Force assures this.
Darth Issa: Yes Lord Vader.
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.Ahh but then he says this:
“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.
House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), after initially declaring the GOP's debt limit plan "unconstitutional," clarified to TPM late Friday that he "strongly support[s]" the proposal, which would withhold lawmakers' pay if their chamber does not pass a budget.
He said he believes the constitutional questions over the 27th Amendment, which Republican leadership aides say won't be a problem, will be resolved in the legislation.
"I strongly support the House Republican leadership’s proposal to link the debt ceiling increase to passage of a budget by the Senate which has gone 1360 days without passing a blueprint for federal spending," Issa said in a statement to TPM sent via his office. "While the 27th Amendment prohibits Congress from varying its own pay within a given Congress, as I noted in my interview it can certainly withhold pay. I have not read the legislative text of the ‘No Budget, No Pay’ proposal and how it approaches historically difficult questions about Congressional compensation. I would note that there has even been legal action taken challenging the current system that gives Members of Congress an automatic pay-raise. I have been an advocate for the strategy of linking a debt ceiling increase to passage of a budget as an effective way of forcing President Obama to focus on our nation’s long term fiscal situation. I expect the final proposal brought before the House will have resolved any constitutional questions and that it will have my support."
As for Darth Vader Issa's activism? NONE.
The fire in his belly? ZILCH.
His independent way of thinking? NADA.
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