WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, today voted for the Fiscal Year 2011 Further Continuing Appropriations Resolution (H.J.Res.48), which funds federal government operations through April 8, 2011. With the existing short-term resolution, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month, set to expire on March 18, 2011, the completion of an additional temporary funding measure is needed to avert a partial government shutdown.

“Unfortunately, dysfunction and a lack of urgency in the U.S. Senate has again pushed the nation to the brink of a government shutdown,” Dent said. “To avoid the extremely disruptive impact a shutdown would have on our economy, it was absolutely necessary the House passed an additional short-term Continuing Resolution. This legislation, which advances our efforts to reign in excessive federal spending, will provide ample time for the Senate to complete work on a measure that funds the government through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 and reflects the level of savings passed by the House.”

The short-term measure considered by the House today cuts an additional $6 billion in federal spending through funding rescissions and reductions, program terminations, and the elimination of $2.6 billion in earmark funding. The $6 billion in cuts outlined in H.J.Res.48 were also included in H.R.1, the long-term Continuing Resolution that passed the House on February 19th .

H.J.Res.48 passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support by a vote of 271 to 158. The measure must now be considered by the U.S. Senate.