WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement after voting for the Budget Control Act of 2011:

“The process wasn’t pretty and the product isn’t perfect, but the bipartisan agreement passed by the House this evening will soon bring an end to the prolonged debt crisis that pushed our government to the brink of default and symbolized the dysfunction of Washington. The compromise legislation includes significant cuts to discretionary spending that exceed the increase in the federal debt ceiling, important statutory caps on federal spending and a responsible enforcement mechanism for Congress to consider additional measures to control spending.  

“While this agreement addresses the current debt crisis, it also represents a step forward in efforts to prevent future fiscal emergencies by fundamentally changing the way Washington spends. Only a year ago, the passage of a bipartisan bill that cuts $900 billion in federal spending would have been unimaginable. The American people have rightfully been frustrated by the ineffectiveness displayed by elected officials in recent weeks, but I am hopeful tonight’s passage of bipartisan legislation begins to restore confidence in Washington’s ability to place the nation on a sustainable fiscal path.”