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This week, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D, NH-01) participated in a WMUR-TV "Leader's Listen" event.  At it, she was asked a question regarding her vote against "No Budget, No Pay" legislation that would have held paychecks from Members of Congress and the U.S. Senate if they are unable to pass a federal budget.


While it has been no secret that Rep. Shea-Porter opposed the heavily bi-partisan legislation, at the end of her exchange with a constituent, she says she "spoke to" an author of the legislation about his bill. During their conversation, she says the author "half smiled," suggesting that he agreed with Rep. Shea-Porter's faulty claim that his bill was either a political ploy or bad legislation.  Interestingly enough, while the legislation went through some changes as it was attached to the debt ceiling agreement, the Congressman who has been most credited as the original author of "No Budget, No Pay" is Democrat Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05).

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Today, the Senate and House passed the committee of conference reports on the New Hampshire State Budget.  The New Hampshire legislature passed a bipartisan budget that is balanced, continues business tax reforms passed last year, does not increase the gas or cigarette tax and does not include expanding Medicaid.
Derek Dufresne, Spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:
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Today, the Senate voted 18-6 to indefinitely postpone HB 617, which would have increased the gas tax by 67%. The Senate also voted 13-11 that HB 659 was inexpedient to legislate. HB 659 would have increased the tobacco tax. Both tax increases were passed by the New Hampshire House in April as a part of their budget. 

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