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U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers on her debt deal vote

Tea party-backed candidates split on the debt ceiling vote 76-34 according to a Washington Post tally. U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, a Republican representing the 2nd Congressional District who received Tea party backing in her campaign, cast her vote for the final debt deal.

"It was not an easy vote to make," said the freshman from Dunn.

"The reason I voted for it - it has no tax increases in it, it cuts spending greater than than the ceiling, it puts in place effective spending controls, and (it has) a balanced budget amendment," she said.

The final deal requires Congress vote before the end of this year on a joint resolution proposing a balanced budget amendment. Passage is not required.

Under the deal, the Pentagon is facing at least $350 billion in cuts over a decade.
Ellmers said those cuts can be made without harming soldiers, their families or veterans.

Ellmers has been a constant presence on national television in the last few weeks.

She was on Fox & Friends on Monday morning and on the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer in the afternoon. She had to miss a schedule appearance on Lou Dobbs last night because the House was still voting.

Voters from the district catch her on television, she said, and call the office and post on her Facebook page.

"It draws attention to North Carolina, it draws attention to our district, who we are and what we stand for," she said. "We think it's great."


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The more things change the more they stay the same

Despite claiming on ther campaign website that "too often, our elected officials go to Washington and forget who their employer is – the constituents of their district. If elected to represent you in Congress, I will always remember that I am a public servant," Renee wasted little time in saying one thing to get elected and doing another once in Washington. 

When it came time to cast her vote on the debt celing deal, Ellmers seemed to have fogot what she said during her campaign along with who she represented.  Renee wasted little time in rushing to the side of Speaker Boehner and joining the establishment. 

Hopefully a strong candidate challenges her next May in the primary.

Insiders Win

Washington Insiders win again.

Ms. Ellmers vote only solidifed that the Insiders continue to call the shots in DC. Until that stops, there will be little or no change in the debt crisis this country has.

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