U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) today opposed legislation, H.R. 3082, that continues the unsustainable spending policies of the current Congress for the entire 2011 Fiscal Year. The bill, known as a continuing resolution, will fund the federal government through September 2011 at the Fiscal Year 2010 level of $1.09 trillion. Dent lamented the missed opportunity to reign in federal spending.
"Rather than displaying a renewed commitment to fiscal responsibility, Congress has prolonged excessive federal spending for an additional year," Dent said after the vote. "At a time when our national debt continues to increase, it is critical that we work diligently to reduce government spending."
The passage of H.R. 3082, coupled with the current Congressional leadership's efforts to increase tax revenue in the New Year, illustrates many elected officials lack the commitment to address Congress's out of control spending habits. Rather than finding ways to satisfy current levels of spending, Congress must tackle the national debt by acting more like American families, who have increasingly found ways to cut unnecessary spending during the economic downturn.
"While I am disappointed Congress has waited until the 11th hour to fund the federal government, I am certainly not surprised," Dent continued. "The passage of today's continuing resolution was foreshadowed by Congress's failure to enact nearly all individual appropriations bills and a comprehensive budget that established a blueprint for federal spending and revenues in the 2011 fiscal year."