Charlie Dent

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One of Congress’s most vocal moderates has announced he’s stepping down.

Pennsylvania’s 15th District representative, Republican Charlie Dent, announced late on Thursday that he won’t seek reelection next year—a decision he said he came to in mid-summer.

Dent has cut a distinct path over the course of his seven terms in Congress.

Recently, he opposed a GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act—a move that reportedly led President Donald Trump to tell Dent he was “destroying the Republican Party.”

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Republican Congressman Charlie Dent is spreading his message of dismay about polarization in the nation’s capital.

In a speech before the Pennsylvania Press Club, Dent said “today, Washington is broken.”

As evidence, he points to the recent government shutdown, inaction to redistribute sequestration cuts, and the Senate Democrats’ move to eliminate the use of the filibuster.

But Dent says some of his Republican colleagues who have been slow to accept compromise in the past may be coming around to the idea.