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GOP Address: Rep. Renee Ellmers Wants to Focus on Jobs

U.S. House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers speaks about the effects of "government overreach" that she says is making it difficult for small businesses to create jobs and stay afloat.

Ellmers, herself the co-owner of a small medical practice with her husband, proposes Republican resolutions for helping entrepreneurs who feel they are pinned beneath burdensome regulations, uncertainty and the possibility of tax increases.  Ellmers says that less government is key to resolving many of the economy's problems.

"The job creators we hear from…they don't have their hand out.  They don't want a bailout.  All they ask us to do is get the government out of the way," she says.  "Republicans have put forward a job creation plan that would do just that. 'A Plan for America's Job Creators' lives up to its name."

Ellmers says that this Republican-hatched strategy begins with "reducing regulatory burdens on small businesses by making Washington bureaucrats factor jobs into their decision-making process."

Among the other proposed solutions for job creation, Ellmers highlights domestic energy production and opening new markets to American-made goods.

As for energy, Ellmers mentions the House approval of a jobs bill on energy production, that if passed in the Senate, Republicans hope will lower gas prices by making more domestic energy resources available.

Ellmers concluded the address calling on President Obama to work with Republicans on enacting their job creation strategy, saying that "Washington-knows-best policies haven't worked," and with unemployment at more than nine percent, "Washington is at its best when it's listening to the American people."

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Tea Party: Cut Spending Before Raising Debt Ceiling

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Freshmen congressional members of the Tea Party say they will not vote to raise the debt ceiling without guaranteed structural changes to spending levels.

"The American people sent us here because in a large way they recoiled against a lot of this spending the President was putting upon us," Representative Joe Walsh, R-Ill., said. "If you're going to ask this Congress to support a raise in the debt ceiling, there's got to be something structural on the spending side."

Representative Steve Southerland, R-Fla., agreed that guarantees on spending cuts must be made to secure his vote.

"We've got to have some guarantees going forward … that if we raise that debt ceiling, that we get this economy on a trajectory to where we service our debt," Southerland said. "It's going to have to be a lot more than just sweetening it. It's going to have to be concrete."

Fears about catastrophic consequences, like those described by Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner in an interview on ABC’s This Week, shouldn’t drive the debt ceiling vote, according to Representative Allen West, R-Fla.

"I don't believe in leadership by fear and intimidation. I think that leaders have to come up with viable solutions," said West, who advocated for reducing corporate tax rates to spur growth and a trigger mechanism for automatic spending cuts, which President Obama also proposed last week.

On entitlement reform, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., touted her support for Republican House budget committee chairman Paul Ryan's proposals to overhaul Medicare and Medicaid, disputing that it would increase costs for seniors.

Walsh said Republicans are leading on entitlement reform regardless of the political fallout, and that they have pushed President Obama to match their proposals.

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