(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted to protect seniors, deliver certainty for our military and troops, and allow for stability to be restored to the government’s appropriations process through his support of H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.  True to its name, the bill passed the House today by a bipartisan vote of 266 - 167. He released the following statement:

“This bill provides much needed stability, predictability, and certainty to the American people. It paves the way for an appropriations process that will allow us to address the many challenges facing our military, veterans, seniors and those citizens most in need of assistance.

Additionally, this agreement includes vital reforms that will stop a 50% increase in Medicare Part B premiums, prevent a catastrophic default from taking place, repeal a harmful provision from the President’s health care law, and provide the Department of Defense with the resources needed to make necessary investments to bolster our national security and the wellbeing of our men and women on the front lines.

Importantly, this act also incorporates key reforms that will crack down on fraud and loopholes within the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI), keep SSDI solvent through 2022, and save taxpayer dollars.

As Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, I am all too familiar with the strain that the ongoing budget uncertainty has had on the ability of our military service branches and government agencies like the VA to appropriately plan and program for future years. 

The current disorder imperils our national security, unnecessarily freezes important investments and hiring, and disrupts our economy on Main Street, impacting the suppliers and small businesses that work with the government.  I have previously expressed my unwillingness to support anything short of a proper budget framework that fully funds our national defense, and this proposal meets those requirements.

I supported this bill because it presents Congress and the American people with a fully offset path forward that moves us away from a perpetual pattern of self-imposed ‘cliffs’ and crises, implements reforms that will safeguard benefits for our seniors, and maintains a robust national security posture to provide for our service members while safeguarding our communities and global interests.”

CONTACT: Shawn Millan (610) 770-3490