U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) today voted against an omnibus appropriations bill that increases discretionary domestic spending by nearly 12 percent over the combined funding levels for the same six bills last year — at a time when households and businesses across the country are struggling to make ends meet.

The FY2010 Omnibus Appropriations Bill includes spending for numerous department and agencies. While Congressman Dent supported some of the individual appropriations bills when they were considered separately – such as the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act – the overall package includes unsustainable increases.


“This spending bill shows that the Majority in Congress is turning a blind eye to the plight of everyday Americans,” Congressman Dent said. “Unemployment is now at 10 percent. Yet earlier this year Congress pushed through a budget that doubles the national debt in 5 years and triples it in 10 years, and today, approved a massive increase in spending through the appropriations process. When you add in the Stimulus Bill, the amount that government spending has grown this year is unprecedented. This is simply unacceptable and unsustainable.”