WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement on U.S. Senate Democrats’ decision to abandon efforts to pass a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year 2011 that included thousands of earmarks:

“In November, the American people sent a clear message to Congress that excessive federal spending must come to an end. Those who crafted the omnibus clearly missed the memo. I strongly opposed the omnibus that spent excessively and included $8 billion in earmark funding.

I applaud the many Americans, including Members of Congress from both parties, who publicly voiced their opposition to this mammoth spending bill and ultimately forced its abandonment. The Senators who supported this ill-advised proposal needed to be reminded of the message sent on Election Day.

In 2011, I will serve on the House Committee on Appropriations, which determines annual funding levels for Departments and Agencies within the federal government. I am eager to work with my colleagues in the new Congress to craft responsible legislation that cuts and controls government spending.”