WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) today voted for H.Res.38, a resolution directing the Chairman of the House Budget Committee to set a limit on non-security discretionary spending for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 at FY2008 funding levels.

The passage of H.Res.38 is one of many steps the U.S. House of Representatives will take early this year to cut and control government spending, and was made necessary by the previous Congress’ failure to enact a budget resolution for FY2011. In the coming weeks, Dent will work with his colleagues on the powerful House Committee on Appropriations to craft a Continuing Resolution that will provide funding for the remainder of FY2011 under the limits established by the Budget Committee Chairman.

“Returning to 2008 spending levels is a good first step to restoring fiscal discipline in Washington,” Dent said. “However, cutting spending for a portion of a single fiscal year will not solve our growing budget challenges. As soon as work is completed on funding the federal government through the remainder of FY2011, Congress must focus on passing a budget blueprint for responsible spending and revenue in FY2012, and advance annual appropriations bills that are lean and sustainable.”

Future spending levels will be established this spring when the House considers a budget resolution for FY2012. Following the passage of this measure, the House Committee on Appropriations will again begin crafting legislation to provide funding for federal programs.