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Growing number of PA Congressmen break with GOP

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 2, 2013 9:47 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Five Republican members of Congress -- including three in the midstate are breaking party ranks.

They now say they'd support a House bill to keep the federal government funded without provisions in it to scale back the sweeping 2010 health care law.

Midstate Congressman Jim Gerlach, whose district includes Lebanon and Berks counties, says constituents he's heard from don't want the federal government shut down.

Today is the second day of a partial shutdown over House Republican attempts to scale back President Obama's signature health care law as the price to keep the federal government open and running.

On Monday, midstate congressman Charles Dent, who represents portions of Berks, Dauphin and Lebanon counties, broke party ranks by voting against Republican budget bills.

Congressman Lou Barletta, whose district includes Columbia County and portions of Cumberland, Dauphin, Northumberland, and Perry counties, joined Patrick Meehan and, Mike Fitzpatrick in supporting a funding bill that has no strings attached.

This story has been updated from an earlier version.

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