Ellmers says no to White House invite

Rep. Renee Ellmers
January 24, 2011 7:55:18 PM PST
Freshman Republican congresswoman Renee Ellmers has turned down an invitation to visit the White House.

President Obama invited all new members of Congress to a reception hosted by him and First Lady Michelle Obama Monday evening.

"She declined because she chose not to go," said Ellmers spokeswoman Lorie Byrd.

Byrd told ABC11 that would be the only statement the Congresswoman would have on the matter.

Earlier Monday, Ellmers spoke with WPTF News Radio 680 about her new job.

Click here to listen to the first half of the interview

Click here to listen to the second half of the interview

She answered questions from callers about how to reduce the deficit specifically focusing on health care reform.

One woman asked Ellmers if she signed up for the health care plan offered to members of Congress.

"I signed on to Blue Cross .. that is because it is a significant in our health care. Unfortunately being here in Washington is very expensive," Ellmers said.

Ellmers, who's a nurse, earns $174,000 a year as a member of Congress. She defeated long-time 2nd District Representative Bob Etheridge in November.

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