PA-15: Dent Criticizes Early House Agenda

Charlie-DentRep. Charlie Dent is less than pleased with his colleagues in the House of Representatives and the agenda they’ve presented so far.

A moderate Republican, Dent was among those to oppose a controversial anti-abortion bill that was pulled from consideration late Wednesday night.

The bill, which would have banned abortions after 20 weeks with few exceptions, was to be voted on Thursday — coincidentally the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Instead, the House will vote on a less controversial abortion bill, a bipartisan measure that will prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion.

Dent was a part of a closed-door conference meeting Wednesday afternoon led by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. In the meeting, McCarthy expressed a desire to move forward with the bill and was met with criticism from moderates and female lawmakers.

A frustrated Dent recapped the comments he made in the meeting to National Journal, saying that his party should stay away from “very contentious social issues.”

“Week one, we had a speaker election that did not go as well as a lot of us would have liked,” Dent said. “Week two, we got into a big fight over deporting children, something that a lot of us didn’t want to have a discussion about. Week three, we are now talking about rape and incest and reportable rapes and incest for minors. … I just can’t wait for week four.”

8 Responses

  1. Charlie Dent votes for abortion, doesn’t want to handle controversial issues.
    We are tired of our leaders who dont have the courage to stand on Truth and for Life.
    IT’S time for courageous men and women who love LIFE and that
    are willing to be heard regardless of what the liberals want.
    Our Country is at risk. We have killed 54 million or more of our progeny and next generation. We have kicked God out of schools, out of Government, out of America.We have reaped disaster by allowing and not removing those who are against Life ,Liberty and our Constitution.

  2. Charlie, you are one of the sane and strategic ones in @GOP. This @TheDemocrats can only hope they continue to ignore you.

  3. Charlie is a reasonable guy. He also knows that his district gets more blue by the day, especially with latinos, so his comments about “deporting children” and his frustration with the anti-hispanic fervor is pretty obvious.

    He has pretty good political instincts, which should keep him in his seat for years to come.

  4. This is very interesting to me, the notion of a moderate Republican. I wasn’t sure they still existed, I thought moderates had all gone Fox News/Tea Party/dog-whistle in response to the 2008 Presidential Election.
    Rep. Dent has now earned a second look from me, and further moderate political thought is highly encouraged… perhaps I won’t have to vote Dem ticket again, next time.

  5. He’s absolutely correct!! Not the way to expand your base, enlarge your majority or have most of the country approve of the job you’re doing. The GOP should stick to jobs, the economy and national security.

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