Gerlach joins Dent, Meehan, breaks with House GOP
By The Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 10:42 a.m.
HARRISBURG — A third Republican member of Congress from Pennsylvania is breaking ranks and calling for the U.S. House to keep the federal government funded without provisions to scale back the sweeping 2010 health care law.
U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach said Wednesday that constituents he's heard from don't want the federal government shut down. Wednesday was the second day of a partial shutdown over House Republican attempts to scale back President Barack Obama's signature health care law as the price to keep the federal government open and running.
On Monday, U.S. Rep. Charles Dent became the first Pennsylvania member of Congress to break party ranks by voting against Republican budget bills. On Tuesday, Rep. Patrick Meehan said it was time for the House to pass a short-term funding bill.
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