Representative Patrick 'Pat' Meehan's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 7, Republican
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Pat Meehan has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Pat Meehan is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Pat Meehan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Pat Meehan in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Pat Meehan. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Pat Meehan voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pat Meehan. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Pat Meehan voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Pat Meehan signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "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." (atr.org)

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  • Pat Meehan. Meehan Praises Bipartisan Agreement on Debt Limit, Spending Reforms. 1 August 2011. "I believe that the Obama-Boehner-Reid agreement -- although not perfect -- is a serious and substantive effort to rein in our out-of-control spending and establish long-term deficit savings." (votesmart.org)
  • Pat Meehan. S&P Downgrade. 14 August 2011. "Over the last several months, I have worked together with my colleagues in the House to put the brakes on federal spending and enact serious, substantive reforms to the way the federal government spends taxpayer dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • Pat Meehan. Weekly Republican Address: Rep. Pat Meehan on Republicans' Plan for America's Job Creators. 4 February 2012. "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. This marks a sea change from the way things were done in the past by both parties, who stuffed highway bills with earmarks, many of which only drained resources from urgent projects that have a direct connection to economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Kristie. Daily Local News - GOP Hopefuls Speak at Forum. 8 September 2010. "Meehan, an Upper Darby resident who is running for the open 7th Congressional District seat, criticized the federal government's stimulus programs and said that business-friendly tax policies are crucial to repairing the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Pat Meehan. Blog: Cut Capital Gains Tax to Spur Investment. 13 October 2010. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Pat Meehan. Guest Column: The Time for a Balanced Budget Amendment is Now. 20 July 2011. "Our country's debt has been growing at a dangerously rapid pace. We cannot continue on this path of massive borrowing and runaway spending." (votesmart.org)

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  • Pat Meehan. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "Access and affordability have been the two most significant concerns facing Congress in the field of education. 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." (votesmart.org)

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  • Pat Meehan. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Pat Meehan voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Pat Meehan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Pat Meehan. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Pat Meehan voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Pat Meehan. Video: PA-7 First Debate 2010, Part 3. 20 August 2010. "Marriage is a thing “ it's a family thing between a man and a woman. But the civil union issue “ the legislature will vote on it." (www.youtube.com)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Pat Meehan in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Pat Meehan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pat Meehan. Threat to the U.S. Homeland Emanating from Pakistan. 3 May 2011. "In the last 48 hours--at the direction of President Obama and as a result of the incredible work of the U.S. military, intelligence community, and law enforcement, al Qaeda leader and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces deep inside of Pakistan. This is a critical blow to al Qaeda and the ideology of militant Islam. It is a victory for the United States and our allies around the world. As President Obama stated, the world is a safer, more secure place as a result of bin Laden's death. I commend President Obama and his national security team for the planning, execution of this mission, and for taking the enormous risk to eliminate bin Laden. The Nation is grateful for his leadership. We are also deeply grateful to the men who carried out the mission; their dedication, professionalism, and sacrifice exemplify the best of our fighting forces." (votesmart.org)

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  • Pat Meehan. Facebook: Wall. 22 August 2012. "I was honored to receive the 2012 Standing Up for Seniors Award from RetireSafe and United Way. Standing up for our seniors is one of my highest priorities in Congress so it truly is an honor to receive this recognition. During my time in Congress, I have fought to protect and preserve Medicare and Social Security, make prescription drugs safer and more affordable, and protect seniors' benefits. I will continue working every day to stand up for Pennsylvania seniors." (www.facebook.com)
  • Pat Meehan. 1 January 2012. Issue Position: Seniors. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Pat Meehan. Meehan Opposes Raising Social Security Retirement Age. August 6, 2010. "While we need to strengthen Social Security and shore up its financing, raising the retirement age and privatization are bad ideas." (votesmart.org)

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