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 the Conference Report to H.R. 2055, the Fiscal Year 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
“As a member of the Committee on Appropriations, I am proud to have played an active role in the development of this responsible legislation, which, when combined with the previously enacted appropriations bills, meets the discretionary spending cap established by the Budget Control Act. With the passage of this bipartisan agreement, Congress has now cut overall discretionary spending for the second consecutive fiscal year. And these are real cuts – not simply a reduction in the rate of spending growth.
“Since I joined the Committee in January 2011, we have successfully cut federal spending by $95 billion – a remarkable reduction that would have seemed unattainable only a few years ago. I am confident these reductions have been implemented in a thoughtful manner that balances the needs of the American people with our dire need to reduce the troublesome federal deficit. Most importantly, we have shifted the dialogue in Washington from ‘how much can we spend’ to ‘what is the most effective use of our limited resources’. Additionally, we have strengthened Congressional oversight of federal spending and worked to reform programs to ensure your tax dollars are spent efficiently.”
H.R. 2055, a collection of the nine remaining annual spending bills that have yet to be enacted, provides funding for numerous federal departments and agencies through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2012. Notably, the Conference Report includes no earmarks and increases the number of terminated programs, deemed on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to be non-effective or duplicative during the FY12 appropriations process, to 42.