Representative Patrick 'Pat' Meehan's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 7, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 7
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  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)

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  • "A balanced budget would legally force Congress to spend only what it takes in, and it protects taxpayers and small businesses from the threat of higher taxes to cover Washington's spending habits. This will be for a better future for our children and our Nation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/657967/proposing-a-balanced-budget-amendment-to-the-constitution/?search=taxes#.VaaE8nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I, Pat Meehan, pledge to the taxpayers of the 7th district of the state of Pennsylvania and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://www.atr.org/current-list-taxpayer-protection-pledge-signers-a5597 (www.atr.org)

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  • "We owe it to these veterans to ensure they get the care and treatment they earned for serving our nation. And we can help non-violent offenders struggling with addiction or other crises avoid becoming entrapped in the criminal justice system, keeping them from getting the care they need." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971092/meehan-bill-helps-vets-overcome-addiction-ptsd/?search=non-violent#.VaaFk3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Another jobs bill in the works is an energy and infrastructure plan that will support the creation of more than one million private-sector jobs -- not by wasting your money on pork-barrel projects and so-called 'stimulus' spending, but by removing government barriers that are getting in the way of American job growth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/665608/#.VaaIqHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Months after the Democrats' stimulus bill became law, unemployment still hovers near 10% and businesses are reluctant to hire. Clearly, the Democrats' economic policies are not working." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/119474/pat-meehan/#.VaZ653UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Extend all tax relief from the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. Now is not the time to be raising taxes on individuals or the businesses we rely on to create jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/555503/pat-discusses-roadmap-to-economic-recovery/?search=tax%20cut#.VaaKN3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Today we brought together a diverse group of small business owners - a restaurant, a staffing company, a few in the health care field -- but what they each have in common is that their businesses are in need of the Small Business Tax Cut and with it they will be able to grow and hire new workers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/686590/meehan-hears-concerns-of-local-small-business-women/?search=tax%20cut#.VaaJZXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Federal input and oversight of primary and secondary education is implemented through the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These bills represent policies aimed at ensuring high quality education resources are available for all. During the 112th Congress, we will be working to reauthorize and amend NCLB in such a way that our students and teachers will be equipped to meet, achieve and exceed proficiency standards in their grade-level." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/627746/#.VaaNTXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating: "Constructing the Keystone XL pipeline would increase American national and energy security while helping to stabilize and lower gas prices. Reliable oil imports from our northern neighbor and ally, Canada, would counter the uncertainty in energy markets produced by political and economic unrest in other major oil producing nations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/692013/letter-to-conferees/?search=Keystone#.VaaOYnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "An energy policy for the entire nation requires building the Keystone XL oil pipeline, opening deep-water and Arctic areas for environmentally responsible exploration and a federal regulatory structure that does not stand in the way of jobs and growth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/743187/roll-call-meehan-philadelphia-staking-its-energy-claim-again/?search=Keystone#.VaaNn3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "As gas prices continue to rise and unemployment steadies at 9 percent, it is time for serious and practical solutions to some of our nation's biggest problems. That's why I'm supporting this comprehensive plan to help secure our country's energy future, invest in alternative energy sources, improve our nation's infrastructure, and help put Americans back to work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/611013/congressman-meehan-supports-bipartisan-plan-to-create-jobs-and-secure-americas-energy-independence/?search=alternative%20energy#.VaaQUHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I firmly believe that growing our economy through investment in affordable energy and protecting our environment and citizens are compatible goals." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/627759/issue-position-energy/?search=solar#.VaaPlXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • " Legislative proposals like cap and trade and the huge spike in energy costs that is likely to accompany it threaten the very existence of small businesses like Capp USA." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/517174/blog-touring-the-capp-usa-plant-in-clifton-heights/?search=cap%20and%20trade#.VjkjLmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Thousands of jobs are at risk at ConocoPhillips if onerous regulations targeting the refining industry are selectively enforced. Today I had the opportunity to tour the refinery and visit with employees to hear firsthand how new EPA regulations are impacting their ability to do their jobs. Greenhouse gas mandates may be ineffective if the result is to send jobs overseas because foreign refineries don't abide by the same regulations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/592244/congressman-patrick-meehan-at-conocophillips-burdensome-regulations-putting-thousands-of-jobs-at-risk/?search=greenhouse%20gas#.VaaQ7XUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "A stronger background check system on commercial sales will make our communities safer and help keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/952965/rep-rice-co-authors-bipartisan-background-check-bill/?search=gun#.VaaTu3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I support Senator Toomey's plan and thank him for his hard work. The bipartisan agreement accomplishes the goals I set out at the beginning of this debate: it takes effective steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them, and it protects the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/778500/meehan-toomeymanchin-deal-protects-constitutional-rights-keeps-guns-out-of-criminals-hands/?search=gun#.VaaUu3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Pennsylvania families are making their voices heard loud and clear. They don't want a government shutdown, and they don't want Obamacare's higher costs, higher taxes, and reduced access to quality care. Even many Democrats concede that the implementation of Obamacare has been a disaster, and this delay will spare the country of the law's worst effects." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/812969/meehan-statement-on-house-cr-vote/?search=obamacare#.VaaXZ3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The proven generator of new jobs is small business, but the small business owners that the law is supposed to assist are among the loudest voices against it. The job-crushing impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enacted by the previous Congress, is one of numerous factors supporting a vote for repeal." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/627754/issue-position-health-care/?search=repeal#.VaaYlnUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • The Delaware County Daily Times "Rep. Meehan will continue working to secure our borders once and for all and create a working legal immigration system that doesn’t encourage lawbreaking." http://www.delcotimes.com/article/DC/20140402/NEWS/140409923 (www.delcotimes.com)
  • "As U.S. Attorney, my office worked to keep our streets safe by helping to deport illegal immigrants convicted of violent crimes, drugs, and other criminal behavior. The information contained in this database can enhance the ability to get violent illegal aliens off our streets. Restricting immigration enforcement authorities' access to this information would take a tool out of the toolbox of federal and local law enforcement." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/531646/meehan-concerned-by-philadelphia-immigration-proposal/?search=deport#.VaaeqHUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Delaware County News Network "On same-sex marriage, Meehan said he upheld civil unions and supported gay rights, but felt marriage was between a man and woman." http://www.delconewsnetwork.com/articles/2011/10/18/springfield_press/news/doc4e9c88a86a4d0167593810.txt (www.delconewsnetwork.com)
  • "A patchwork of state laws across the country leaves the prosecution of hate crimes committed against gay and lesbian Americans uneven. This legislation removes the barriers to federal prosecution and will ensure that the rights of victims targeted because of their sexual orientation are protected." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/937029/meehan-brady-introduce-federal-lgbt-hate-crimes-bill/?search=gay#.VaahWXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "This was most obvious last May when a Pakistani born U.S. citizen named Faisal Shahzad drove an SUV into Times Square in an attempt to kill hundreds of people. Shahzad had travelled to Pakistan and received training from TTP and indicated at his sentencing hearing his attack was retribution for U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan. Retribution has been a driver of attacks in the past and we must be on guard." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/607503/threat-to-the-us-homeland-emanating-from-pakistan/?search=drone#.VaajNXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Pat Meehan knows that Social Security and Medicare are a critical part of an individual's retirement and they are promises that the federal government needs to keep. That is why Pat opposes efforts to privatize Social Security or raise the retirement age. Individuals have paid into these programs with hard earned tax dollars over the course of their careers so that they can have peace of mind that they will be taken care of when they are no longer able to work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/551753/#.VaakVXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "While we need to strengthen Social Security and shore up its financing, raising the retirement age and privatization are bad ideas." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/544583/#.VaakuHUViko (votesmart.org)

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