Charlie Dent

Charlie Dent


Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Report Shows that the Current VA System Needs Systemic Reform says Rep. Charlie Dent


(Allentown, PA) The Veterans Health Administration Office of Inspector General released a report documenting a systemic failure by the VA in enrolling eligible veterans for health care benefits through the VA. The report indicates...

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Unenforceable Iran deal makes world less safe - here is why I'm voting against it: Charlie Dent


The Iran nuclear negotiations began with a noble goal: ensure the world that Iran’s nuclear activities are entirely peaceful and eliminate its capability to develop a nuclear weapon. Upon reviewing the proposed agreement, I am convinced that the President&rs...

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Unenforceable Iran Deal Makes World Less Safe


The Iran nuclear negotiations began with a noble goal: ensure the world that Iran’s nuclear activities are entirely peaceful and eliminate its capability to develop a nuclear weapon. Upon reviewing the proposed agreement, I am convinced that the President&rs...

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Congressman Dent will host Human Trafficking Community Forum in Hershey


(Lehigh Valley, PA) Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) will host a community forum dealing with the issue of human trafficking.

WHEN:      ...

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Rep. Charlie Dent: Veterans deserve to choose their health care treatment


The time has come to take a serious look at how the Department of Veterans Affairs delivers health care to our veterans.

The House recently had to take emergency action and rep...

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House Votes to Make Funds Available to Prevent Funding Crisis for Veterans Healthcare Needs


(Washington, D.C.) Yesterday the House passed H.R. 3236, the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015.  Included in this legislation was a provision making available $3.348 billion dollar...

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Dent says: “Sanctuary Cities Must Follow the Law or Face Consequences”


(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement today regarding his vote for H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act.

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Representative Charlie Dent’s Statement on the Announcement of the Iran Nuclear Deal


(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released this statement today regarding President Obama’s announcement of a nuclear deal with Iran:

“America entere...

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Dent Says 21st Century Cures Act Will Spur a Great Leap Forward in Medicine


(Washington, PA) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) hailed the strongly bipartisan passage of H.R. 6 the 21st Century Cures Act in the House tod...

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Dent Supports Passage of the Student Success Act


(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted in favor H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, that reauthorizes and makes needed reforms to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  The last time ESEA, which remains the fou...

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Rep. Dent's Statement on Supreme Court's Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage


(Lehigh Valley, PA) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) made the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges

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Rep. Dent's Statement regarding the Terrorist Attack Launched Against Air Products and in Kuwait and Tunisia


(Lehigh Valley, PA) “All civilized people should be disgusted by the depraved actions launched by ISIS and Islamic extremists today in Kuwait, Tunisia and at a factory site owned by Air Products, a company head-quartered in ...

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Rep. Dent Statement on King vs. Burwell Supreme Court Ruling


(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s King vs. Burwell ruling:

"Although the exchange subsidies included...

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Representative Dent – House Vote to Repeal Medical Device Tax Aimed at Saving Jobs, Innovation and Growth


(Washington, D.C.) – Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) hailed a large bipartisan vote by the House of Representatives to cauterize the Medical Device tax that has been leading to a loss of job, research funding and growth ...

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Rep.Dent Meets with Tina Blake – one of the Sodexo Foundation’s “Heroes of Everyday Life”


(Washington, PA) Today, Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) met with Tina Blake of Hamburg, PA.  Ms. Blake works as a Sodexo General Manager for StoneRidge Retirement Living. For nearly a decade, Tina has been involved...

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Dent Helps Arrange Oversight Briefing at Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Regional Office


(Philadelphia, PA) Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Rep. Ralph A. Abraham (LA-5), M.D., Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Disabilit...

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Dent Releases Statement Supporting Passage of Trade Bill that Promises Strong Growth for U.S. and Pennsylvania


(Washington, D.C.) The House passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation today by a vote of 219 to 211. Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement:


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Representative Dent Leads Effort to Provide Funding for Inward-Facing Camera Devices on Amtrak Trains


(Washington, DC) - In the wake of the recent rail tragedy involving Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188, Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) took action to ...

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Memorial Day Message


Today we honor those of our fellow Americans who sacrificed their lives to preserve our nation while serving in the Armed Forces. They are the reason why you and I and our families can enjoy the peace of this lovely day.

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Speaking on the House Floor in Support of Repealing the Medical Device Tax

2015-06-17 21:08:39

National Collegiate Athletics Accountability Act

2015-06-12 14:20:48

Funding Inward-Facing Cameras for Amtrak Trains

2015-06-04 19:43:29

Saving Consumers Money on Ceiling Fans

2015-05-01 17:24:42

4 29 2015 Milcon VA Opening Floor Statement

2015-04-29 18:46:49

It's Not About Taking Care of the VA -- It's About Taking Care of the Veteran

2015-03-21 20:00:36

CNN Sunday, March 1st with Anchor Fredricka Whitfield

2015-03-02 20:06:51

Representative Dent Asks Question Regarding Social Security Data

2015-02-27 17:02:38

At This Hour Interview 2-13-15 Topic DHS Funding

2015-02-13 17:15:41

Rep. Charlie Dent Appears on MSNBC's The Cycle

2015-02-06 20:11:40

Honoring Our Law Enforcement Officers

2015-02-01 00:37:47

9 17 2014 Floor Remarks on ISIS and Arming the Free Syrian Army

2014-09-17 20:24:23

7 31 2014 Floor Remarks about Border Supplemental

2014-07-31 16:52:31

7 29 2014 - Congressman Dent Pushes for Permanent Authorization of National Heritage Areas

2014-07-29 17:10:33

Message to the Lehigh Valley Israel Solidarity Gathering and Briefing

2014-07-24 19:41:27

6 18 2014 Energy and Water Markup Ceiling Fan Amndnt

2014-06-18 17:26:50

4 3 2014 Save American Workers Act

2014-04-03 17:47:34

PA Bio Federal Official of the Year Award Acceptance Speech

2014-03-13 17:53:47

Questions Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

2014-03-13 16:38:13

Congressman Dent -- Appropriations State & Foreign Operations Subcommittee

2014-03-12 22:37:02

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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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