U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement after voting for H.Con. Res. 34, a resolution establishing the federal government's Fiscal Year 2012 budget:
"The Fiscal Year 2012 budget resolution passed by the House today is a responsible approach to reducing our burdensome deficit, controlling excessive government spending, ensuring the longevity of important federal safety net programs and supporting economic growth. For too long, Washington was making promises to the American people without taking the necessary and sometimes politically difficult steps to keep them. In contrast, H.Con.Res. 34 establishes a fact-based budget that addresses our nation's troubling fiscal situation in an honest and trustworthy manner.
"First and foremost, this budget reduces the growing deficit by $4.4 trillion over the next 10 years by cutting $6.2 trillion in federal spending. Since 2008, federal non-defense discretionary funding has increased by an astounding 80%. Understanding the record-breaking spending levels of the recent past are simply unsustainable, H.Con.Res. 34 freezes discretionary spending below pre-Stimulus levels for the next five years. I recognize the impact of these cuts will be felt across the country, but difficult steps must be taken today to guarantee a prosperous and secure tomorrow.
"This budget also reforms federal safety net programs to ensure promises made to older Americans are kept and coverage is available for the next generation of beneficiaries. Without modernization, there is no doubt these programs would eventually bankrupt the federal government. I am pleased the House has recognized its responsibility to develop solvent and sustainable safety net programs by implementing smart, gradual reforms.
"Rather than raising taxes to solve our budget predicament, as the President recommended in his FY12 budget proposal, H.Con.Res. 34 closes tax loopholes and eliminates special deals to guarantee federal revenue remains consistent and dependable. Washington's problem is not a lack of revenue, but an insatiable desire to spend. However, reforming our tax code will promote fairness and support greater economic growth.
"I am disappointed President Obama has shown a troubling and prolonged lack of seriousness when discussing our nation's growing budget problems. Like many Americans, I was hopeful the President would at the very least acknowledge the work of his own bipartisan fiscal commission. Instead, he proposed a budget that raises taxes, perpetuates reckless federal spending and fails to offer any solutions to reform entitlement programs. Earlier this week, the President suggested the creation of yet another fiscal commission, again delegating his responsibility to lead. Unfortunately, the President has done enough punting on budget issues to make Sav Rocca nervous about his job security."