WASHINGTON — Sen. Pete Wilson (R-Calif.) threatened today to tack an amendment onto the $20-billion clean-water bill that would have periled its quick passage, but then reversed himself.
Wilson had said he would offer an amendment that would deny members of Congress a proposed 16% pay increase.
But he agreed not to offer his amendment to the bill after Senate Democratic leader Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia assured him he would have another opportunity to strike down the proposed pay raise.
Byrd said he wanted to send the water measure, approved by the House last week 406 to 8, to President Reagan without amendment.
Wilson's surprise move, which would have provoked extended debate, briefly threatened Byrd's plans to send the water bill to the White House before the end of the week.