Ellmers makes first Triangle appearance

Rep. Renee Ellmers

February 2, 2011 8:55:45 PM PST
Congresswoman Renee Ellmers made her first public appearance in the Triangle Wednesday since taking office.Ellmers, a nurse, came to Rex Hospital Wednesday in support of nurses as they celebrated their designation as a facility with excellent nursing care.

"This is exactly what we need across the country, patient centered care with excellence and we can achieve that in this country," she said.

The Harnett County Republican spoke about health care and her hopes for a vote from the state legislature.

Ellmers' visit comes the same day North Carolina legislators challenged the federal healthcare overhaul.

"You know, they're speaking out saying that it should not have to be a mandate to purchase healthcare insurance, so let's see what happens today," she said. "I'm very optimistic."

She says she and her fellow congressmen are in a holding pattern.

"We've, of course, voted to repeal the healthcare bill," Ellmers said. "It's gone to the Senate. We don't know where it's going from there."

Ellmers also addressed the conflict in Egypt, supporting President Obama's cautioned response.

"Certainly, we need to stand with the people for democracy, but at the same time we need to make sure whoever ends up in charge is going to be our ally and friend and ally and friend in Israel," she said.

From the safety of those in Egypt to her personal safety, the congresswoman recently vowed to carry a gun to public appearances in light of the shooting spree in Arizona that injured a fellow congresswoman.

On Wednesday, she only said she was taking precautions and is still praying for Gabrielle Giffords full recovery.

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