When Rosa DeLauro voted against raising the federal debt ceiling, she meant it—but she also would have voted “yes” if the measure were in danger of failing.

So DeLauro explained her controversial vote to a group of longtime supporters.

DeLauro, the Democrat who represents Greater New Haven in the U.S. House of Representatives, has come under fire for her vote last week. Example: This editorial in the New Haven Register, which argued that DeLauro refused to “compromise [her] principles” even if that meant plunging the federal government into default.

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