Concord, NH- Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today voted against commonsense legislation that would block a pay raise for federal employees. The Washington Post reports (2/15/2013) that the pay raise would add $11 billion in federal spending over the next ten years. Congresswoman Annie Kuster broke ranks with Shea-Porter and voted for the fiscally responsible legislation (H.R. 273 Roll Call).

“At a time when Congresswoman Shea-Porter is trying to raise taxes on working families, it is outrageous that she is supporting a fiscally irresponsible federal pay raise that would cost $11 billion. Congresswoman Shea-Porter's radical position is so appalling that even a tax-and-spend liberal like Congresswoman Annie Kuster opposed her and voted to block the increase,” said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. “Congresswoman Shea-Porter’s extreme vote reminds Granite Staters that she is completely out of touch with New Hampshire’s traditional principles of limited government, lower taxes and fiscal responsibility. Congresswoman Shea-Porter has become part of the problem in Washington and she is leading our country down a dangerous path towards fiscal insolvency.”

This is the second split on a key vote between Congresswoman Shea-Porter and Congresswoman Kuster in recent weeks. In January, Kuster voted for legislation to raise the debt ceiling while Shea-Porter voted against it (Concord Monitor, 1/24/13.)