Dent to support Senate bill to fund US government

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania member of Congress 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.

Rep. Charles Dent said Monday that 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 3-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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