Washington (CNN) - With Senate negotiators reportedly close to reaching a deal to reopen the federal government, Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania, told CNN’s Jake Tapper late Tuesday evening that he believes Speaker John Boehner will have no choice but to bypass normal procedures and bring the in-the-works bill to the House floor.
"I believe that John Boehner will likely be in a position where he will have to essentially pass the bill that is negotiated between Sens. McConnell and Reid," Dent said.
Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here . Today's featured district is:
Pennsylvania 15: Rep. Charlie Dent (R) defends his seat
Primary: May 18, 2010
Location: Allentown, Bethlehem
Days until the election: 34
This is one of the few races where Democrats are trying for a pick-up. Rep. Charlie Dent (R) is seeking his fourth term in a district that voted for Al Gore in 2000, John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008. It is a tough year for the Democrats to (to say the least) but this is one place where they hope to have a shot. Their candidate is local mayor John Callahan.