WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent voted for the Omnibus Appropriations Bill today, which will prevent a Congressional pay increase in 2010 and fund important government operations in FY2009. Specifically the bill funds the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, Transportation, and related agencies.

On Tuesday, Congressman Dent offered an amendment that would have limited spending increases in the Omnibus Appropriations Act to no more than the annual rate of inflation in 2008, which amounts to 3.8 percent. However, the Rules Committee voted along party lines to prevent this common-sense amendment from going forward.

“In this economic environment I would have preferred to see the government show greater restraint in spending, but most of these budget items are necessary to keep the federal government running,” Congressman Dent said.

The bill includes funding for specific priorities in the Fifteenth District that Congressman Dent supported. These include funding for flood mitigation, fighting gang activity, supporting local law enforcement, improving health-care services, advancing alternative and renewable energy, assisting community groups in providing critical social services, and making important improvements to our infrastructure.