Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) is responding to a National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee ad criticizing her for voting against the “No Budget, No Pay Act” by suggesting only the pay of wealthy Members of Congress should be withheld.
“The wealthy people in the House and Senate can go without the pay, but others will be hurt along with their families for something that wasn’t their decision,” said Shea-Porter.
Shea-Porter’s standard would not apply to her. She is among the least wealthy Members of Congress.
The “No Budget, No Pay Act” would withhold pay from Members of Congress if they continue to fail to pass a budget. The Senate hasn’t passed a budget in three years.
“Carol Shea-Porter has only been back in Congress for about two months, but she has managed to pick up right where she left off embarrassing herself like she did before her 2010 defeat,” one Republican strategist told NH Journal. “This shockingly arrogant quote reinforces her image as a liberal, out of touch, big spending, government bureaucrat and it will undoubtedly come back to haunt her in 2014.”
Shea-Porter, who held New Hampshire’s First Congressional District seat for two consecutive terms before losing it in 2010 and then regaining it in 2012, has a long history of making bizarre comments. She once suggested that Congress would fix healthcare in a week if all the male Members of Congress were sent home.
Below is the ad the NRCC is running against Rep. Shea-Porter: