Congresswoman Renee Ellmers released the following statement from her office in Washington this afternoon:
"This afternoon, I signed the conference report completed by the joint conference committee tasked with negotiating the payroll tax holiday extension. This is an important breakthrough and shows that we can actually work together and compromise for the sake of the American people. I would like to thank Chairman Camp and my fellow conferees for the honor and privilege to serve on this committee."
"Our report does what is necessary to provide a responsible level of certainty to job creators and ensures that millions of hard-working Americans will be protected. In this Obama economy it is important that American taxpayers keep more of their money and use it to make ends meet."
"Furthermore, this deal strikes the most dramatic blow to Obamacare yet, keeping a promise I made when I first came to Washington. With this agreement - we are cutting spending by more than $50 billion and using a portion of these savings to pay for the doc fix - which eliminates a scheduled 27.4 percent reduction in Medicare physician payment rates, and allows us to work towards a permanent fix. We must now return our focus to the most pressing issue facing our nation - job creation and fixing our economy."
"Now is the time to focus on the more important matters facing our nation. The president has submitted another bloated budget that ignores the economic crisis we all are living through under the Obama economy. It's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work on removing these barriers to prosperity and focus on the one thing that matters most: job creation."