WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 2608, Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12), which keeps federal government agencies and programs operating through November 18, 2011.

 “I am relieved the House has completed work on a Continuing Resolution that provides ample time to finalize legislation that funds the federal government through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2012. While I am pleased the House has passed 6 of the 12 annual funding bills for FY12 and the Committee on Appropriations has taken action on 5 additional measures, I am disappointed this brief Continuing Resolution is necessary. Congress’s most basic responsibility is to provide annual funding for federal government operations. I am confident the House will continue to work diligently to achieve this goal before the November 18 deadline.

 “Most importantly, H.R. 2608 provides $1 billion in disaster relief funding for the remainder of FY11 and an additional $2.65 billion in FY12 for areas of our nation recovering from natural disasters that occurred this spring and summer. This crucial emergency funding will support recovery efforts in communities across the northeast region, including central and eastern Pennsylvania, which were devastated by severe flooding earlier this month.

 “Additionally, this Continuing Resolution builds on the House’s success in reducing excessive federal spending in a responsible and efficient manner.”