Charlie Dent

Charlie Dent

PENNSYLVANIA's 15th DISTRICT

Dent Votes to Ensure Communities Retain Control of Local Infrastructure Projects

2017/04/27

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted in support of S. 496, which would repeal the Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform rule that was issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). With the bill’s enactment, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District would no longer face the prospect of losing community-level input about decisions regarding state and local transportation plans and future resource disbursements. 

“I am pleased to support this legislation and maintain local control over our regional infrastructure decisions by preventing the short-sighted MPO rule from going into effect,” Dent said. “This rule would have restricted economic competitiveness by making it more difficult for regions to coordinate and implement planning decisions that best fit local communities, including those here in Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District.”

The rule put forward by the FHWA and FTA in December 2016 would have Required those MPOs representing communities within a larger Metropolitan Area—which could include entities in other states and cities with interests that compete with those of Pennsylvania’s drivers and residents—to develop a single set of transportation plans and standards. Representative Dent has long expressed reservations with the FHWA and FTA’s rule and its negative effects on the MPOs in his district. Last August, he penned a letter to former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, the Honorable Anthony Foxx, addressing his specific concerns, and he was a cosponsor of the House version of the bill that was voted on today. 

“The MPOs in my district have universally expressed their objections to this rule,” Dent added. “Their current structure has been a successfully coordinated approach to address regional issues that cross jurisdictional boundaries without the compulsion of a one-size-doesn’t-fit-all-approach imposed by the FHWA and FTA. I’m pleased to see my House colleagues from both sides of the aisle agree with my concerns about this rule, and applaud the support demonstrated today for keeping local infrastructure decisions in the hands of constituents that live in the region.”

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Representative Dent's letter addressed to former Secretary Anthony Foxx can be found here.

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Rep. Dent Hosts Veterans Care Community Summit with VA Secretary Hon. David Shulkin

2017/04/14

(Allentown, PA) – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15)—who serves as Chairman of the House Military Construction & Veterans Affairs (MILCON-VA) Appropriations Subcommittee—hosted a roundtable discussion today focused on improving veterans’ healthcare within Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District. Participants included VA Secretary The Honorable Dr. David Shulkin, who joined other leaders from within the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as several of the community healthcare institutions that serve patients in the district and a number of local veteran advocates and representatives.

“As Americans, we owe our lives to the selflessness and resilience of the men and women who have served in our armed forces. Through my role as Chairman of the MILCON-VA Appropriations Subcommittee, and as a Member of Congress entrusted with representing the tens of thousands of veterans and military families who reside in our local communities, I am grateful to be in a position to advocate for those who have sacrificed on behalf of our nation.  These men and women deserve to have access to the highest quality of medical care possible. Productive conversations, like the one today, provide an important starting point for broader debate about the future of the VA and the healthcare services they provide to America’s veterans.  The issues confronting the VA, Congress, and our veterans requires an approach that incorporates a broad set of feedback from all those involved. Today’s conversation is one I look forward to continuing.”

Held at Cedar Crest College, the summit discussion addressed specific issues regarding the Veterans Choice Program and other community care programs, with a specific focus on how the program has been working since first established in 2014. Recommendations for improvement were sought to aid the program in its next iteration.  The conversation also touched on how Chairman Dent could assist in further improving veterans care through his role on the MILCON-VA Appropriations Subcommittee. Finally, the group looked ahead at some of the issues facing the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bill. 

“A lot of progress has been made in our efforts to improve treatment and access issues within the VA,” Dent added. “However, there are still a number of areas that need additional attention.  Secretary Shulkin, and the rest of the dedicated VA employees and healthcare providers here in Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District and across the country, are committed to finding solutions that address these areas. I will work to ensure the VA is able to meet our commitment to provide quality care and treatment to America’s veterans.”

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Dent Introduces Synthetic Drug Control Act

2017/03/28

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) joined House colleagues Jim Himes (CT-4) and Lou Barletta (PA-11) in introducing H.R. 1732, the Synthetic Drug Control Act of 2017, which would address the dangerous use of synthetic drugs by blocking the sale of the deadly compounds that are used to develop those drugs.

“The devastation that synthetic substances and drugs have caused in my district and across the country is heartbreaking. Protecting our communities from these unnatural compounds has been a longstanding priority, and the Synthetic Drug Control Act will ensure that the dangers posed by these drugs are properly acknowledged and addressed,” Dent said. “As demonstrated by the horrific flakka killing in Bethlehem last year, and by many other incidents of overdoses, synthetic drugs are a public safety threat and should be kept off the streets. This bill will restrict the sale and spread of these lab-produced substances and aid law enforcement in their ongoing work to keep our communities safe.”

Currently, these substances are marketed as innocent products like bath salts, plant food, or incense, and they are sold under brand names familiar to their users, such as K2 or Spice. The fact that these drugs are not illegal contributes to the misconception that they are safe.

If enacted, H.R. 1732 would require the U.S. Attorney General to classify approximately 250 dangerous synthetic substances under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Schedule I substances, drugs, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse, such as heroin and LSD.[1] The ban would prohibit the sale of these drugs in brick and mortar stores and online.

“I am proud to have worked with my friend, Charlie Dent, on this strong, bipartisan legislation,” Representative Jim Himes (CT-4) added. “Communities across the nation are being torn apart by the opioid epidemic and other drug-related crises. Synthetic drugs, which include variations of the extremely dangerous opioid fentanyl, are exacerbating an already out of control problem. This bill bans some of the worst synthetic drugs, which are nothing more than unregulated poison masquerading as a harmless high and marketed toward young people.”

“Protecting our loved ones and our communities from the harmful, and in many cases deadly, abuse of these synthetic substances will require a bipartisan coalition,” Dent concluded. “I’m proud to join Representatives Himes and Barletta in sponsoring this bill, and I truly believe this is a great next step to combat synthetic drugs in our communities.”

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[1] https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml

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Dent: "Health Care Reform Must be Affordable and Accessible for American Families"

2017/03/24

(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement regarding the American Health Care Act today:

“Healthcare reform should be about making care more affordable and accessible for American families.  This bill misses the mark.  It is time that we step back and focus on enacting durable, sustainable, and bipartisan reform of the American health care system that will lower costs, increase access and ensure quality care for all Americans.”

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Rep. Dent to Oppose House Health Care Bill

2017/03/23

(Washington, D.C.)  Representative Charlie Dent released the following statement this evening regarding the American Health Care Act:

“The American health care system is in need of reform.  The Affordable Care Act, which I voted against seven years ago, has failed to live up to the promises of the previous Administration.  Too many Americans have seen their health care costs rise, insurers are fleeing the marketplace, and businesses are struggling under the increased costs and regulations.  In Pennsylvania the average 2017 premium increase for all individual market plans was 32%, and 68% of counties have only one or two insurers offering plans on the exchange.  Clearly something must be done. 

Over the past few weeks, I have diligently reviewed the American Health Care Act and recently proposed Amendments.  I have spoken with constituents, leaders in the health care patient and provider community, Republican and Democrat Governors, Senators, the President and many others.  After careful deliberation, I cannot support the bill and will oppose it.  I believe this bill, in its current form, will lead to the loss of coverage and make insurance unaffordable for too many Americans, particularly for low-to-moderate income and older individuals.  We have an important opportunity to enact reforms that will result in real health care transformation--bringing down costs and improving health outcomes. This legislation misses the mark. 

I hope that the House can step back from this vote and arbitrary deadline to focus on getting health care reform done right to ensure that American families have access to affordable health care.”

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Chairman Dent Leads VA Oversight Hearing

2017/03/22

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)  – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Appropriations Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MILCON-VA) Subcommittee, led a hearing today focused on VA oversight and accountability topics in the subcommittee’s second Fiscal Year 2018 budget hearing.  The subcommittee received testimony from the Honorable Michael J. Missal, Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  

“Regrettably, our nation’s Veterans have endured a VA that has been riddled with an unacceptable number of questionable management decisions and scandals over the last few years. The VA OIG has played a critical role in bringing service shortcomings to light through their thorough and nonpartisan audits and investigations.  I remain confident that Inspector General Missal and his team at the VA OIG will continue their work to preserve our Veterans’ trust, increase transparency, and drive further improvements across the VA,” Chairman Dent said. “This subcommittee plays an important oversight role to ensure that the VA is meeting the needs of our veterans and their loved ones and that taxpayer dollars are being managed responsibly and efficiently, and the VA OIG’s reports and findings are a valued resource in that effort.”

The VA OIG seeks to provide accountability and oversight to all VA programs and operations including healthcare services and operations, benefits administration, financial management, and information technology and security. IG Missal outlined his vision for the VA OIG’s work and expressed his desire to hold the VA’s employees to the highest standards of ethics accountability. Topics raised within the hearing included a focus on reducing wait times within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), updating the VA’s antiquated IT system, and efforts to address ongoing problems with the Veteran’s suicide prevention Crisis Line.

“By holding the VA accountable to those who utilize its services and the taxpayers who fund its programs, Congress can better serve those who have dedicated their lives to protecting others,” Dent continued. “I look forward to continuing to work with the Inspector General as we carry out our work to develop and advance this subcommittee’s Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bill.”

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Chairman Dent Leads Military Quality of Life Hearing

2017/03/08

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Today, Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies (MILCON-VA), convened a hearing focused on issues pertaining to Quality of Life in the Military.  The hearing featured testimony from the senior enlisted personnel of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.

“Issues that affect quality of life for our men and women in uniform - such as housing, family programs, and professional development – are the foundation for the morale and readiness of our armed services.  By providing our soldiers and military families with the resources and peace of mind they deserve at home, we can generate a greater focus on the vital national security missions facing our nation and better results in the field,” Dent said. “The senior enlisted officers before us today are entrusted with the very important task of representing both our service members and their families, and it is an honor to work with them to support the needs of our military personnel.  Today’s feedback is very valuable to our work on the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations process, and this subcommittee will continue to do everything we can to further assist and improve upon our military’s readiness, recruitment, and retention efforts.”

Some of the topics discussed at the hearing included the status of installation services including family programs and housing; the effects of high operational tempo on morale, readiness, and family relationships; professional development initiatives; and other matters affecting service members upon their transition into and out of the military.  In addition to these issues, Chairman Dent also addressed the Marine Corps photo-sharing allegations that broke over the weekend, making note that he appreciated Sergeant Major Ronald Green’s stern rebuke of the actions.

“What we’ve learned so far about these actions and allegations are very disturbing and utterly disrespectful,” he commented. “None of us will tolerate such behavior, and I appreciate that the Department of Defense is taking this issue as seriously as all of us on this subcommittee.”

Sergeant Major of the Army, Daniel A. Dailey; Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Steven Giordano; Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Ronald Green; and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Kaleth Wright all served as witnesses at the hearing. They hold the top enlisted rank attainable in their service.  In their roles, they are responsible for hearing from, responding to, and expressing the daily concerns of U.S. soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and their families. Combined, they carry over 120 years of military experience.

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Representative Dent's Statement on the American Health Care Act

2017/03/07

(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent’s statement on the introduction of the American Health Care Act 

“I am continuing to thoroughly review and evaluate the released version of the American Health Care Act, paying special attention to its impact on Pennsylvanians.  I am pleased that the bill fully repeals the jobs-destroying medical device tax, addresses over-reaching government mandates, and includes some elements of replacement.  I remain concerned, however, about the impact of the Medicaid changes on vulnerable populations, as well as the overall effect of the bill on access to affordable care.  I look forward to input from the nation’s governors, the report from the Congressional Budget Office, the result of the Committees’ processes, and feedback from my constituents as this bill continues through the legislative process over the next couple of weeks.”

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Congressman Dent Signs Bipartisan Letter Regarding Threats to Jewish Community Centers

2017/02/23


Congressman Dent Re-introduces Bill to Strengthen National Heritage Areas

2017/02/22

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Dent Praises Appointment of Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster as National Security Adviser

2017/02/22

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement today regarding President Trump’s appointment of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new National Security Adviser: 

“I commend President Trump’s selection of Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster to serve as National Security Adviser. General McMaster has proven himself as a disciplined and intellectual leader through his years of dedicated service to our nation and multiple tours of duty. His operational expertise has been heralded and recognized by those who have had the opportunity to serve with him, and he has demonstrated an ability to voice his honest opinion and an appreciation of providing the best unvarnished military advice. I believe such skills and independence will help ensure that the National Security Council and the administration as a whole remain focused on fully understanding and evaluating the serious challenges that face our nation and our allies. It is my hope that General McMaster will hold true to those principles in this new role and be empowered with the authorities necessary to succeed.”

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Dent Cosponsors Russian Sanctions Review Act

2017/02/21

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) has cosponsored the bipartisan Russian Sanctions Review Act, which would require Congress to approve of any effort to remove the sanctions currently imposed on Russia.

“Vladimir Putin’s aggressive actions in Ukraine and the repeated cyberattacks that Russia has carried out against U.S. government entities and individuals constitute a real threat to the democratic ideals that have long been held by the United States and our allies,” Dent said. “I am proud to cosponsor this legislation and support this bipartisan effort to ensure that Congress and the American people we represent maintain an active role in assessing the merits of the sanctions imposed on Russia before they can be unilaterally unraveled. Russia must earn sanctions relief through clear and definitive actions such as ceasing their occupation of Crimea, their aggression in Ukraine, and their malevolent activities directed at our government and our nation’s election system. Until that time arrives, we must remain vigilant in our commitment to upholding the rule of law through any means necessary, including targeted sanctions.”

Currently, the United States has imposed sanctions on Russia for its malicious cyber activities conducted during the 2016 presidential election cycle, as well as separate sanctions that were imposed in reaction to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and its unlawful occupation of Crimea. Identical to the Senate bill introduced by Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), John McCain, and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), the Russian Sanctions Review Act would require a 120-day review period before the President may alter, in any way, sanctions currently applied on Russia. Additionally, the bill would codify a number of existing executive orders that impose sanctions on Russian affiliates, including those involved in the recent hacking of the United States. 

In order to modify these imposed sanctions, the President would need to certify to Congress that the Government of Russia has stopped the activities that warranted the sanctions in the first place.  The bill’s original cosponsors include House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) and Representatives Tom Rooney (R-FL), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Adam Smith (D-WA), and Mike Turner (R-OH).

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Representative Dent serves as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies.

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Dent Convenes First Fiscal Year 2018 Hearing of the MILCON-VA House Appropriations Subcommittee

2017/02/16

(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies (MILCON-VA), called to order the first hearing of the Subcommittee for the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations cycle this morning.  The “Members’ Day” hearing provided an opportunity to solicit initial feedback and direct engagements with numerous Members regarding their concerns about matters under the Subcommittee’s jurisdiction – such as issues regarding military bases and VA facilities in their home districts.

“Today marks the beginning of our Fiscal Year 2018 hearing process, and this hearing exemplifies my commitment to crafting this legislation in an open, transparent, and bipartisan manner.  As Chairman of this subcommittee, I’ve always valued the firsthand input from my colleagues regarding the needs and conditions of our country’s military bases and VA facilities as an extremely useful aspect of the appropriations process.  Chairman Frelinghuysen has indicated a real desire to get input from as many Members as we can, and I fully support his approach to the Committee’s work” said Dent. 

Rep. Dent added that he looks forward to continuing the comity between both parties on the subcommittee.  “I’m proud of the truly bipartisan results I’ve been able to develop through my work on this subcommittee, and I look forward to working with my Ranking Member, Rep. Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), to continue that tradition. Addressing the needs of our veterans and service members is a priority on both sides of the aisle, and such an approach is one of the reasons the Fiscal Year 2017 MILCON-VA bill was the only one to be signed into law so far,” said Dent.

The MILCON-VA Appropriations Subcommittee is responsible for directing the funding necessary to provide healthcare and services to the country’s veterans, to meet the needs of America’s military families – from housing to educational opportunities – and to maintain the nation’s veteran cemeteries and battle monuments.

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Dent Cosponsors Bill to Make Colorectal Cancer Screenings More Accessible, Affordable

2017/02/14

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) joined his fellow colleagues, Representatives Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D, NJ-10) and Leonard Lance (R, NJ-7), in introducing legislation to eliminate an unintended, hidden cost for Medicare beneficiaries who undergo colorectal cancer screenings.

Under current law, seniors covered by Medicare are not charged coinsurance for a screening colonoscopy. If, however, the attending physician discovers a polyp during the screening and removes it, which is standard procedure, the procedure is billed as a “treatment” rather than a “screening” under Medicare’s billing codes. Seniors are then responsible for covering the coinsurance for the procedure, which can be anywhere from $100 to $300. The Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act, or H.R. 1017, would simply waive Medicare’s cost-sharing requirement for preventative colonoscopies, even if a polyp or tissue is removed.

“I am proud to join with my colleagues in introducing this legislation to correct an unfortunate glitch in current law and help save lives by encouraging more people to get regularly scheduled colon screenings,” Dent said. “Seniors do not know whether they have a polyp before being screened, and as a result, some end up having to make a large co-payment on a service they were told would not cost them anything. Colonoscopies are life-saving screening procedures, and we want to encourage more people to get them, not deter them because of high insurance costs.”

“Medicare beneficiaries cannot receive lifesaving colorectal cancer screenings if those screenings are unaffordable,” added Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), the lead Democratic co-sponsor of this act. “Our bill eliminates colonoscopy cost-sharing for Medicare patients so that every patient has access to this lifesaving preventative service. We cannot let cost stand in the way of care—this bill offers a solution to improve health outcomes and save lives by increasing accessibility to screenings.”

“This fight is personal for me and for countless Americans across the country,” said Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-7), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee who has successfully guided cancer research legislation to be signed into law. “Awareness about colorectal cancer is the best protection and well-rounded care during and after treatment is the best therapy. I thank my friend and colleague Congressman Dent in again leading this effort. Many patients are counting on this solution.”

An estimated 135,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and nearly 50,000 of them will die from it. In the United States, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among both men and women combined. Approximately 60 percent of colorectal cancer cases and 70 percent of deaths occur in those aged 65 and older.

Fight Colorectal Cancer, an advocacy group established in 2005 and a past supporter of the bill, has once again announced their support for the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act.

“Each year we continue to push for this bill to be passed because colorectal cancer impacts our seniors,” said Anjee Davis, president of Fight CRC. “This is a cancer that can be prevented with screening. The undo cost incurred when polyps are found for Medicare patients is inhibiting people from being screened. It was not the intention and should be fixed.”

“This important bill will make colorectal cancer screenings more accessible to more people, regardless of their ability to pay,” said Chris Hansen, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), a group which has also voiced their support for the bill. “More seniors getting screened will result in fewer cases of cancer, less treatment-associated costs, and more importantly, fewer needless deaths from a disease that can be easily detected and prevented.”

“If you consider the relatively low cost of this preventative service versus the high costs of extensive cancer treatments and hospital stays that those suffering from colorectal cancer must endure, it’s clear this bill provides a commonsense and fiscally responsible way to save lives,” Dent concluded. “It’s not just dollars and cents, it’s life or death.”

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Representative Dent Statement on Confirmation of Dr. David J. Shulkin as Secretary of Veterans Affairs

2017/02/14

(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, applauded the unanimous Senate confirmation (100 - 0) of Dr. David J. Shulkin to be the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Dr. Shulkin has served in the VA as the Under Secretary for Health since 2015, and has a number of ties to Pennsylvania’s hospitals and health networks gained through his prior experience. 

“I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Dr. Shulkin throughout his tenure at the VA in my role as Chairman of the House Appropriations MILCON-VA Subcommittee, and I look forward to working with him in his new capacity to address the issues facing the VA and provide the best care possible to our veteran community.  I believe Dr. Shulkin is well qualified to lead efforts to implement the numerous reforms needed to address the issues that have plagued the VA and hampered the delivery of quality care to our veterans,” said Chairman Dent. 

“Dr. Shulkin’s commitment to expanding greater access to care in local communities demonstrates his realization that the VA needs to embrace change in order to provide the consistent, sustainable care and benefits that our veterans have earned through their service. I stand ready to partner with Dr. Shulkin to improve the care and treatment our veterans receive from the VA and bring further accountability to those individuals or programs that inhibit best practices. There are times when the change needed by an organization can be found from within, and I congratulate Dr. Shulkin on his appointment and confirmation to lead the VA into its next chapter,” Chairman Dent concluded.

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Dent Statement on Iran Sanctions

2017/02/03

(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement today regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran in response to the Iranian test launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile:

“The never-ending Iranian appeasement project is finally over. 

"I approve of the Trump Administration’s re-imposition of sanctions against Iran. When Iran conducted a test launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile on Sunday, it was only the latest in a long string of provocations aimed at our country, the region, and frankly, the World. Iran knowingly flouted a United Nations Security Council resolution by this missile test. Iran continues to actively foment discord and increase instability in the Middle East. Appeasing Iran will only lead to their further testing our resolve. Sanctions are the appropriate diplomatic and security response.”

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Representative Dent serves as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

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Dent Applauds President Trump's Decision to Protect LGBTQ Workers

2017/01/31

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to uphold anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals employed by federal contractors:

“I support and commend President Trump’s decision to maintain workplace protections for LGBTQ employees. All individuals deserve the right to work in environments free of workplace discrimination. I continue to support and advocate for policies that embrace our nation’s diversity and extend respect for all, and look forward to working with the new administration to strengthen these protections for all employees.”

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Dent Statement on President's Executive Order on Immigration

2017/01/29

LEHIGH VALLEY, PA - Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement regarding the President's Executive Order restricting admission to the United States by certain immigrants and refugees.

"It is everyone’s goal to enact policies to keep Americans safe, both at home and abroad.  We also should continue to protect innocent and vulnerable people abroad, such as Christians, Yazidis and others from persecution and potential annihilation. 

Unfortunately, though, this order appears to have been rushed through without full consideration to the wide-ranging impacts it will have.  As a result, I fear that this order may imperil lives, divide families, and create uncertainty for many American businesses that operate internationally. 

Today I have been working to assist a Syrian Christian family who, according to family members in my district, held valid visas and were not refugees, yet were detained at the Philadelphia International Airport and then forced to leave the country as a result of the Executive Order.  This family now faces the uncertain prospect of being sent back to Syria. 

This is unacceptable and I urge the Administration to halt enforcement of the order until a more thoughtful and deliberate policy can be instated."

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Dent to Reintroduce Resolution Calling for Initiation of Negotiations for a U.S.-U.K. Bilateral Trade Agreement

2017/01/24

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Congressman Mark Walker (Chairman of the Republican Study Committee) reintroduced a resolution that urges the Trump Administration to commence negotiations with the United Kingdom to establish a new bilateral trade agreement, the North Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (NATIP).

“As our close friends and allies in the United Kingdom work through the process of implementing Brexit and separating from the European Union’s single market, we must take action to demonstrate our steadfast support and maintain our strong transatlantic ties,” Dent said. “Congress and the current administration have a responsibility to foster the special relationship between the U.S. and the U.K., which has been built on shared history and values, a common language, and mutual trust. The economic security of our two great nations is greatly dependent on our ability to maintain fair and regular trade relations.”

The U.K. is the largest private sector investor in the United States, contributing $135 billion in value added to the United States’ gross domestic product (GDP). It serves as one of the largest markets for U.S. exports and the largest supplier of U.S. imports. Additionally, over 900,000 American jobs are reliant on trade with British companies. President Trump and the U.K.’s Prime Minister Theresa May have both expressed support for the prospect of a bilateral trade agreement between the U.S. and U.K.

“The United Kingdom remains an ally who stands with us in NATO, in the G-8, in the World Trade Organization, and the United Nations,” Dent continued. “We are linked by history, heritage, culture, and economics. Enhancing trade opportunities with a long-time ally and trading partner like the United Kingdom is a mutually beneficial pursuit, and I encourage the new administration to act on this proposal as soon as possible.”

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Statement on Nomination of Heather Wilson as Air Force Secretary

2017/01/23

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Trump announced that he intends to nominate Heather Wilson—a retired Air Force Captain and former New Mexico member of Congress—to serve as Air Force Secretary. Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) made the following statement in support of the nomination:

“During my time in Congress, I had the opportunity to work with my friend, Heather Wilson, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Her résumé is extensive, including serving on the White House National Security Council under President George H.W. Bush and on the Armed Forces Committee while in Congress. She has made it her life’s work to strengthen and advocate for our national air and space defense. Most importantly, she is a woman of integrity and great character. As a retired Air Force Captain, she is uniquely and exceptionally qualified to act as Air Force Secretary.”

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Charlie Dent was first sworn in to the United States House of Representatives in January 2005. He represents Pennsylvania’s 15th District, which includes all or parts of Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lehigh, and Northampton counties. Congressman Dent currently serves on two House committees: Appropriations and Ethics.

Born May 24, 1960, Charlie is a life-long Lehigh Valley resident. He was raised in Allentown by his parents, Marjorie and the late Walter R. “Pete” Dent, a Bethlehem Steel employee. Charlie and his wife Pamela live in Allentown with their three children, Kathryn, William, and Jack. Charlie is a 1978 graduate of William Allen High School. He earned a degree in Foreign Service and International Politics from the Pennsylvania State University in 1982 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Lehigh University in 1993.

Before entering public service, Charlie worked as a development officer for Lehigh University, an industrial electronics salesman, and an aide to then-Representative Don Ritter. Charlie served eight years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and six years in the State Senate.

In the state legislature, Charlie was Chair of the Senate Urban Affairs Committee and a task force focusing on the state’s children and youth placement services. He also championed significant landlord/tenant legislation and the creation of Adult Basic, a program designed to provide health insurance coverage for low-income, working adults.

Now in his fifth term in Congress, Charlie has developed an expertise in homeland security and transportation issues through his committee assignments in the House, building on his existing knowledge and experiences from 14 years in the state legislature and his educational background. In those areas, he has championed legislation that would: promote the use of the Civil Air Patrol to better secure our borders; develop a comprehensive screening system that will allow border officials to determine that passengers are who they say they are; enhance chemical plant security; expedite and enforce the repatriation of criminal aliens; require notification to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and detention of illegal aliens that are arrested on state felony charges; advance the use of clean energy technology in public transportation applications; and establish reasonable security provisions for large aircraft.

Charlie has also been an advocate on health issues. In 2008, legislation he and his colleague Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-14) introduced to update the Veteran’s Health Administration’s outdated HIV/AIDS testing policy was signed into law. He has been instrumental in providing federal funding for melanoma research, and a staunch supporter of medical research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Charlie has worked closely with the MPS (Mucopolysaccharidoses) community to draw awareness to this devastating genetic lysosomal storage disease, caused by the body’s inability to produce specific enzymes, and focus the research that is being conducted. He has also been active in advancing legislation aimed at the prevention and elimination of chronic viral hepatitis. Finally, Charlie is one of the leading voices in Congress for commonsense medical liability reforms that will increase patient safety, improve the quality of care, reduce the incidence of defensive medicine, preserve access to highly-skilled medical professionals, and ensure fair compensation for injured patients.

While in Washington, Charlie’s focus is always on the 15th District of Pennsylvania. He has enacted legislation to designate the H. Gordon Payrow Post Office Building in Bethlehem and the Mayor Joseph S. Daddona Memorial Post Office in Allentown. Charlie was instrumental in securing Department of Justice funding for the 222 Corridor Anti-Gang Initiative and has introduced legislation that would establish regional anti-gang task forces — bringing federal, state and local law enforcement together to fight the growing problem of gang violence. In 2009, Congress enacted provisions authored by Charlie and Rep. Paul Kanjorski (PA-11) reauthorizing the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Corridor, which is a federally designated Heritage Area dedicated to conserving the historic transportation network that brought anthracite coal from the mines to the markets in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Rep. Kanjorski and Charlie also worked together in establishing the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe and Northampton Counties. Finally, Charlie has introduced a bill to designate a National Museum of Industrial History on the former Bethlehem Steel Plant site.

Charlie has demonstrated leadership in Washington. He is a Co-Chair of the Tuesday Group, a group of center-right Republicans dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility, personal independence and a strong national defense. In 2005, Charlie joined with three colleagues to form the bi-partisan Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Caucus. Under Charlie’s leadership as a Co-Chair, the caucus plays an important role in promoting and enhancing awareness of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Since the 110th Congress, Charlie has served as the Pennsylvania Co-Chair of the Delaware River Basin Task Force which is a bipartisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives from the four basin states (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania) that coordinate Congressional efforts to promote the restoration and vitality of the Delaware River Basin and its communities. Representing one of the top cement-producing District in the nation, Charlie also Chairs the Congressional Cement Caucus. In this role, Charlie helps shape policy that impacts one of the Lehigh Valley’s most traditional and vibrant industries.


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Mike Kelly

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Scott Perry

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Glenn Thompson

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Ryan Costello

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Patrick Meehan

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Brian Fitzpatrick

PENNSYLVANIA's 8th DISTRICT

Bill Shuster

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Tom Marino

PENNSYLVANIA's 10th DISTRICT

Louis Barletta

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