NRCC - Shea-Porter Backs Pay Raises for Government Bureaucrats

New Hampshire Democrat Blocks Effort to Trim Federal Spending in Face of Overwhelming Deficit

Washington- Carol Shea-Porter sent a loud and clear message about where her priorities lie this morning when she joined her party to vote against consideration of a common-sense proposal to cut spending and move the country one step closer to fiscal stability (House Roll Call 334). Republicans offered legislation to freeze an annual pay raise for federal employees, but Shea-Porter and her fellow Democrats tossed the measure aside in an attempt to continue their brazen spending spree with money the country doesn’t have:

“The House GOP’s YouCut program this week seeks to put next year’s proposed 1.4 percent civilian raise on the chopping block. And so far, it’s the top choice to be cut — House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., said today that 40 percent of the half-million votes cast so far this week were in favor of eliminating the 2011 raise.” (Stephen Losey, “GOP’s YouCut Targets Federal Pay Raises,” Federal Times, 5/25/10)

Shea-Porter's rejection of fiscal responsibility comes just days after the national debt hit an ominous benchmark of $13 trillion. With the country sinking deep into the red, experts have declared that this massive debt is officially a drag on economic growth:

“The gross U.S. debt is approaching a level equivalent to 90 percent of the country's gross domestic product, the level at which growth has historically declined, said Carmen Reinhart, a University of Maryland economist.

“When gross debt hits 90 percent of GDP, Reinhart told the commission during a hearing in the Capitol, growth ‘deteriorates markedly.’” (Walter Alarkon, U.S. Debt Reaches Level at Which Economic Growth Begins to Slow,” The Hill, 5/26/10)

Carol Shea-Porter likes to talk about fiscal responsibility, but she just failed at making an easy choice on behalf of New Hampshire taxpayers,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Instead of taking a step toward economic stability, Shea-Porter refused to break ranks with Nancy Pelosi by choosing to protect pay raises for government bureaucrats. It’s time for Shea-Porter to stop throwing away taxpayer money and start following the same rules as New Hampshire families who realize that responsible budgeting is a necessary way of life during these difficult times.”

When will Carol Shea-Porter finally realize that Washington shouldn’t follow a different set of rules than the rest of the country?