Why I Did Not Support the “Fiscal Cliff” Legislation by Cong. Renee Ellmers

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC-2nd)

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC-2nd)

Thursday afternoon, I was sworn in for my second term in the 113th Congress. I am excited to be serving as a new member on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee and Subcommittees on Health, Oversight and Investigations, and Communications and Technology.

The Fiscal Cliff Deal Did Nothing to Address Spending

This week, the House of Representatives passed a bill to avert the Fiscal Cliff- putting off major decisions to reign-in Washington’s uncontrolled spending.

I voted against the Senate’s compromise bill due to its dramatic increase in taxes and failure to address the bloated spending, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates will increase the deficit by nearly $4 Trillion over the next 10 years.

This was supposed to be a deficit reduction bill, not a deficit increase that adds trillions to our deficit while increasing taxes. I could not support a measure that adds trillions to our deficits while increasing taxes by $41 for every $1 in spending cuts. Additionally, this deal continues to give tax advantages to big businesses while small businesses – the real lifeblood of our economy – are left to shoulder the burden and pay the bills.

We must get serious about addressing the true driver of the fiscal mess that our nation is in.

Our out-of-control spending does nothing to help American families and only exacerbates the problems facing our country.

I look forward to working with my colleagues to address the real sources of this crisis and continuing the fight against government waste in the 113th Congress.

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