Congressman Charles Dent is first PA member of Congress to break party ranks on shutdown

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 30, 2013 11:26 AM

(Harrisburg) --  A midstate congressman says he's working to persuade other Republicans to go along with Senate legislation that's expected before midnight in a bid to avert a federal government shutdown.

Congressman Charles Dent, who's district includes portions of Berks, Dauphin and Lebanon counties, says he's urging House GOP leadership to allow a floor vote on an expected plan from the Senate to keep the government funded beyond midnight.

The Senate is insisting on a straightforward bill to keep the government open, and is likely to strip out House Republican provisions to delay the three-year-old federal health care law and eliminate a medical devices tax.

Dent says he believes there are enough votes in the GOP-controlled House to support it. Pennsylvania's Republicans and Democrats in Congress have been divided along partisan lines to this point.

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