WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, issued the following statement after voting for H.R. 1473, a bipartisan spending agreement that funds the federal government through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011:

“This legislation is by no means perfect. While every individual can indentify portions of the bill they find concerning, the agreement funds federal government operations through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 in a responsible and restrained manner. Additionally, this bill establishes a solid foundation for subsequent efforts to promote fiscal stability in the next budget year.

“After two years of runaway spending and record deficits, the completion of H.R. 1473 illustrates Congress has heeded the calls of the American people and reversed course. Rather than promoting bloated spending bills that promise too much and deliver too little, elected officials are today developing legislation with the goal of generating a leaner, more efficient federal government. This bill represents the single largest cut to federal spending in history and will yield $315 billion in savings over the next decade. I believe it is an important step toward restoring fiscal discipline in Washington.

“We must now focus our energy on producing a Fiscal Year 2012 budget resolution that builds on the achievements of H.R. 1473 and moves our nation closer to fiscal stability.”