WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) yesterday was selected to serve on the House Committee on Appropriations in the 112th Congress, beginning in January 2011. The Appropriations Committee, considered one of the most powerful Committees in Congress, determines annual funding levels for Departments and Agencies within the federal government.

The Appropriations Committee also plays a central role in the budget process through review of the federal agencies budget requests and justifications. Members of the Committee have the responsibility to engage in thorough oversight and make judicious decisions about allocating our country's limited resources. Dent identified the need to restore fiscal responsibility as his top priority.

“As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will work to restore fiscal discipline in Congress through the promotion of responsible spending policies,” Dent said. “We must reverse our nation’s unsustainable spending habits. I look forward to serving on the Committee and ensuring that our federal dollars are invested sparingly and wisely.”

Dent is one of only nine Republicans being added to the Committee, which will decrease in size from 60 to 50 members in the new Congress. Dent will also be the first Republican from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to serve on the Committee since the 110th Congress.

“This appointment will bolster the voice of Pennsylvanians, especially those living in the 15th District, in critical discussions involving federal spending,” Dent said.