Dent, who represents Lehigh County and part of Northampton County, is the only eastern Pennsylvania Republican in Congress who, late Monday, voted against two of his party's bills designed to block Obamacare while keeping the government open, PennLive reports.
It will take 17 Republicans to join all of the House Democrats to pass such a bill. There are 14, including Dent, as of Wednesday morning.
Joining Dent are U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick of Bucks County and U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan of New Jersey. (Runyan is a former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle).
Dent is serving his fifth term in Congress.
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