WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) today voted for the Fiscal Year 2011 Further Continuing Resolution (H.J.Res. 44), which funds federal government operations through March 18, 2011. With the current measure funding federal Department and Agency activities set to expire on March 4, 2011, the completion of an additional temporary funding resolution is necessary to avoid a partial government shutdown.

“The House has again taken the lead in producing fiscally responsible legislation to fund government operations for the remainder of FY11 and prevent a shutdown,” explained Dent, a member of the House Committee on Appropriations. “After passing a year-long Continuing Resolution in the House last week, it is unfortunate the Senate needs an additional two weeks to embrace the public’s call for reigning in federal spending.”

Reflecting the need to restore fiscal discipline in Washington, the short-term measure cuts $4 billion in federal spending by terminating funding for eight programs President Obama had targeted for elimination in his FY11 budget proposal and rescinding $2.7 billion in funding reserved for earmarks.

H.J.Res. 44 passed the U.S. House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support by a vote of 335 to 91. The measure must now be considered by the U.S. Senate.