WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) today voted for a resolution to cut the budget of each Congressional office, including leadership and Committee offices, by 5%. These budget cuts will save an estimated $35 million in Fiscal Year 2011 alone. Dent, who will serve on the powerful Appropriations Committee in the 112th Congress, expressed support for Speaker of the House John Boehner’s plan for the House to vote on legislation to cut government spending each week it is in session.

“The American people expect Congress to find ways to cut excessive government spending, and I believe there is no better place to start than with trimming our own budgets,” Dent explained. “While the savings resulting from a 5% cut to each Congressional budget may seem minor, today’s vote sends a strong message to the American public that the new Congress is serious about reversing the irresponsible spending habits of the past.”