Ellmers: Debt-ceiling bill not 'end game' for GOP

Posted August 9, 2011

— Congresswoman Renee Ellmers said Tuesday that she and her Republican colleagues plan to continue slashing federal spending to return the U.S. economy to firmer footing.

Financial markets have gyrated in recent weeks first as lawmakers battled over raising the U.S. debt limit and then as the nation lost its AAA credit rating for the first time.

In an interview with WRAL News, Ellmers said Congress had hoped that the debt-ceiling bill would prevent a credit downgrade. Now that it has happened, she said, the nation needs to focus on stabilizing the economy to avoid sliding back into a recession.

"The debt ceiling increase was part of the heartburn of that bill," she said, noting that she voted for the legislation because it included $1 trillion in spending cuts and created a path for a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution.

 "The piece of legislation that we passed not being a perfect bill, not being the be-all, end-all, we're just looking to have the opportunity to continue cutting spending," she said.

Ellmers said the debt bill was "never the end game but more of a start" to the process of reining in federal spending. President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress need to recognize that the economy will improve only if the nation can get a handle on its deficit, she said.

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"The debt ceiling increase was not about future spending, What it was (about) was ensuring our ability to pay for the spending that has already taken place," she said. "Our credit card bill is now due."

The competing philosophies between the Republicans and Democrats in Congress don't leave "much wiggle room" for compromise, she said, which is why the 2012 election will be key for setting the national agenda moving forward.

"I really do believe that ultimately the 2012 election is going to be the deciding factor for the direction our country goes in," Ellmers said.


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  • Rebelyell55 Aug 10, 2011

    We don't need Goverment making up false Goverment jobs, we need them to reduce the Fed. goverment jobs and wasted spending. We need jobs in the Private sector. Last the revenue is going to be increased, but not on the backs of Middle class america. Remove the intitalments, tax loopholes, fix the tax code and remove all tax breaks.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 10, 2011

    I'm worried that the next mailing will cost even more since she will be putting it out in Spanish also, got to have those vote. I'm surprise she not getting hit for the last two mailing not being in Spanish, Oh, I forgot, she another one that don't think there is a problem.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 10, 2011

    August 10, 2011 2:01 p.m.
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    You left out the 3rd reason menition, (actually it was the 2nd) and that is because congress (pushed by Rep.) refuse to raise revnue along with the cuts. The article still on line here at WRAL.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 10, 2011

    "I really do believe that ultimately the 2012 election is going to be the deciding factor for the direction our country goes in," Ellmers said.

    I'm just happy to know that she won't be a part of that new direction. Big waste spending person elected in Harnett Co. yet. I just hope she does as little damage as possible before she is removed from office. Sad that the Voters of Harnett Co. only had two choices, bad or worse, we got worse.

  • YourConscience Aug 10, 2011

    If the government only creates 'government jobs' as Ellmer says, then roll back the bush tax cuts on the wealthy and put every penny of the cuts into a special fund to be used only for job creation in the private sector. That way we make sure that the wealthy's precious tax money is truely creating jobs. Instead of 'trickle down' it would be more like 'pour down'.

  • lovelarvae Aug 10, 2011

    "Raise taxes and revenue? Sure - that is a no-brainer, but..." -jesmyopinion

    Should be a no-brainer, but apparently there are a lot of so-called 'conservatives' out there who have no brains.

  • Dark_Horse Aug 10, 2011

    Where were all these "proud fiscal converatives" from 2000-2008? Your arguments now are completely partisan.

    And no matter how you try to spin it now, your party's president turned a huge surplus into a gigantic deficit and none of you said a word.

  • word636 Aug 10, 2011

    You folks want compromise-look to the debt limit bill that passed. It's full of compromise. No new taxes-compromise to the right-extend debt limit to Jan 2013-compromise to Obama, make-up of new debt commission-compromise(deadlock all over).

    The problems are many. They have been made worse by the rapid growth in government since January 2009. Since President Obama came to office, federal budget growth has been about 40% when revenues have been flat because of the economy.

    Someone must figure out how to reduce the beuaurocracy explosion. Cut government rules and employment back to 2008 levels-along with spending-end Obamacare-get out of the way of business-and we might be surprised what happens!! GROWTH!! Amazing!! DUH!!!

    If you think all of those started in January 2009 then you where born yesterday!!!

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Aug 10, 2011

    ..."Interesting. The GOP is selling the entitlements. Look at the new mandatory abortion counseling law..."

    Wow...mandatory abortion counseling is now a entitlement..??? It's no wonder you entitlement selling democrats can't get rid of entitlements...FIRST you must actually know the definition of the word...here, put the kool-aid down, take off your rose colored glasses and look it up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entitlement
    August 10, 2011 12:42 p.m.
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    Ron Paul 2012!!!! Take that entitlement. LOL Im a TRUE fiscal conservative. Not a fake like you. I dont offer welfare to save an abortion.

  • Just the facts mam Aug 10, 2011

    As a proud Tea-Partier, all I care about is stopping this federal government from putting our children and grandchildren into financial bankruptcy by continuing to spend so much more money than it has coming in. Raise taxes and revenue? Sure - that is a no-brainer, but most importantly and foremost, spending unfortunately needs to be cut first drastically.