WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement after voting against legislation to raise the federal debt ceiling with cutting spending:

“I voted against H.R. 1954 because, as I have stated in the past, I will not support legislation to raise the debt ceiling unless it is balanced by the implementation of a concrete strategy to reduce the federal debt and promote fiscal stability. Today, the House was forced to send a message to the President that his preference to raise the debt ceiling without enacting substantial reforms is an irresponsible and counterproductive approach to solving the nation’s fiscal problems. I hope the overwhelming rejection of H.R. 1954 will convince the President it is time to work with Congressional leaders on identifying areas to further reduce excessive spending and promote the sustainability of federal safety net programs.”