U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers joined 40 other freshmen Republican today in urging President Barack Obama to take the politics out of discussions about Medicare reform and other entitlement programs.
“We ask you to stand above partisanship,” the letter read.
Ellmers, of Dunn, focused on entitlement reform during many of her town hall meetings during the recent congressional recess, holding PowerPoint presentations about the proposed Medicare changes in the Republican 2012 budget proposal for people now under 55 years old.
Today’s letter was organized by U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
The letter says that Obama recognized the Republican Medicare reform as a “serious proposal,” but that Democrats are demonizing the idea. The letter asks Obama to condemn the Democrats’ attacks and work with the GOP on cutting entitlement spending.
“As the freshman class, we have the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and fulfill the mandate set by the people to strengthen our country for future generations – not continue the petty politics we have seen in the past, which only creates an environment of stalemate,” the authors wrote.
“As new members of Congress, we are committed to having a fact-based discussion immediately,” the letter says.
Some of the House GOP freshmen are scheduled to talk with reporters Wednesday morning about the letter. Ellmers, though, has a scheduling conflict and won’t be on the call, according to her office.
Read the full letter here.