Ellmers Stands Firm On Debt Ceiling Vote

This is the response I received from Renee Ellmers after contacting her office today in support of not increasing our government’s debt ceiling. Of note, if Bobby Etheridge was still on Capital Hill he would be calling for an increase in the debt ceiling. Instead we have a sensible and responsible person representing us.

Thank you for contacting me to express your opinion on raising the debt ceiling. I am happy to share with you my views on this issue.

Reigning in federal spending is my top priority in Congress. For too long, Congress has spent the hard-earned tax dollars of our citizens without thinking of the consequences.  This out-of-control federal spending is bankrupting our country and will eventually lead to economic disaster.  We must restore economic sanity and allow for private sector job creation.

It is important to understand that raising the debt ceiling has nothing to do with reigning in spending. Our national debt will continue to rise by itself because of mandatory spending programs such as interest payments, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other entitlement programs. Raising the debt ceiling simply gives us legal permission to pay the bills that will continue to accumulate until we have serious spending reform.

I am currently working with the House leadership to fight for substantial spending cuts as the vote over the debt ceiling looms closers. Be assured, I will not vote to raise the debt ceiling in any “clean vote,” nor will I vote for any legislation to raise the debt ceiling without significant spending cuts and entitlement reform attached.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me on this matter. I look forward to communicating with you in the future as I serve the people of the Second District of North Carolina.  If you would be interested in receiving my e-newsletter, or for other information, please visit my website at www.ellmers.house.gov to sign up or contact me.

Sincerely,

Renee Ellmers
Member of Congress

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