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).