Patrick Meehan

Patrick Meehan

PENNSYLVANIA's 7th DISTRICT

Cyber Chair Meehan: Sony Hack Shows “Dire Need” to Upgrade Cybersecurity Defenses

2014/12/18

“Won’t Be the Last” Such Attack on American Infrastructure, Industry, Meehan Says SPRINGFIELD, PA – Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, today issued the following statement after reports emerged that North Korea was “centrally involved” in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures: “The attack on Sony is the latest high-profile example of the growing danger of the cyber threat, and it won’t be the last.” said Chairman Meehan. “American businesses, financial networks, government agencies and infrastructure systems like power grids are at continual risk. They’re targeted not just by lone hackers and criminal syndicates, but by well-funded nation-states like North Korea and Iran. A lack of consequences for when nation states carry out cyberattacks has only emboldened these adversaries to do more harm.”  Meehan co-authored H.R. 3696, the Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, with Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul. Companion legislation, along with legislation concerning the federal government’s cybersecurity workforce, was approved by Congress last week and awaits the President’s signature. It is the first meaningful cybersecurity legislation passed by both Houses of Congress in more than a decade. "The attack on Sony shows the dire need to upgrade our cyber defenses. We need to ease the sharing of threat information between government and the private sector and strengthen our ability to prevent and respond to attacks," Meehan continued. “Congress took important steps last week by passing bipartisan legislation that builds our cyberdefense capabilities – it’s time for those bills to be signed into law and implemented.” Read More

Bipartisan ABLE Act Sails Through House

2014/12/03

Legislation helps individuals with disabilities save for their future WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 647, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. Introduced by Rep. Ander Crenshaw (FL-04), the ABLE Act creates special tax-free savings accounts for expenses related to caring for an individual with disabilities. The legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by a vote of 404-17. Congressman Pat Meehan (PA-07) was a cosponsor of the bill. “Thousands of Pennsylvania families struggle every day to care for people with conditions like autism and down syndrome,” said Congressman Meehan. “The ABLE Act will help ease the strain. Similar to a ‘529’ college savings account, the bill will make care more affordable by allowing families to save tax-free and use those dollars on qualified expenses like education, transportation and housing. This means more money in the pockets of those coping with disabilities and their families.” The ABLE Act now awaits action in the Senate, where companion legislation has 75 cosponsors. “The ABLE Act has tremendous support from both sides of the aisle. I’m hopeful the Senate will act quickly to help people with disabilities save for their future,” Meehan said.  Read More

House Passes Another Meehan Bill

2014/12/02

Nuclear detection legislations the sixth Meehan bill passed by the House in 113th Congress WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 5629, the Strengthening Domestic Nuclear Security Act. Introduced by Rep. Patrick Meehan (PA-07), the legislation improves the effectiveness of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office. The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) is the lead agency within the U.S government for coordinating efforts to detect and intercept radiological and nuclear devices coming into the United States.  "With the rise of terrorist threats across the globe and their increasing sophistication, the mission of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) is vital in protecting the United States from a radiological or nuclear attack,” said Congressman Meehan. “This legislation strengthens the relationship with Federal, State and local entities who are on the front lines of defense, providing them with the detection technology and resources needed." The legislation is the sixth bill introduced by Meehan that has passed the House in the 113th Congress. The House has passed Meehan’s landmark cybersecurity legislation, as well as legislation improving the security of our nation’s chemical facilities.   Read More

Meehan Appointed to House Ways and Means Committee

2014/11/21

Tax-Writing Panel Considered “One of the Most Important in Congress” WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-7) was named to the House Ways and Means Committee for the 114th Congress. The Ways and Means Committee, which the Philadelphia Inquirer calls “one of the most important in all of Congress,” is the tax-writing panel in the House of Representatives. Its jurisdiction also covers Medicare, Social Security, trade, health care and benefits for needy families. “Ways and Means will play a key role in growing our economy and creating jobs,” Meehan said. “Ways and Means will lead the way in simplifying our tax code and leveling the playing field for American workers. It will hold government, particularly the IRS, accountable to the hardworking taxpayers who pay for it. It will safeguard Social Security and Medicare for Pennsylvania seniors. I’m honored to be named to the committee and grateful for the confidence my colleagues have shown me.”  In the 114th Congress, Meehan will join Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) as one of two Pennsylvanians serving on the tax-writing committee. Congressman Jim Gerlach currently serves on the committee and did not run for re-election to his House seat. Committee assignments are made by the House GOP Steering Committee, a panel comprised of leaders, committee chairs and regional representatives. Congressman Paul Ryan (WI-1), the incoming Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, praised Meehan’s appointment. “With so many important issues facing the 114th Congress, I am excited that we’ll have a strong leader like Pat Meehan on the Ways and Means Committee,” Ryan said. “Pat will help us tackle our biggest challenges, like reforming our broken tax code, strengthening the social safety net, and pursuing patient-centered health care reforms.” “Pat is a dedicated public servant who is committed to serving the constituents of Pennsylvania’s 7th District, and I’m looking forward to working with him during the next session of Congress.” Meehan, a former U.S. Attorney and Delaware County district attorney, was first elected to Congress in 2010. As the current chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s cybersecurity subcommittee, Meehan worked across the aisle to pass bipartisan chemical security and cybersecurity protection legislation through the House of Representatives this year. Meehan said, “I’ll bring that same bipartisan, solutions-focused spirit to Ways and Means so we can grow our economy and create good jobs in Pennsylvania. I’m looking forward to working with Chairman Ryan and my other colleagues on the committee to address the challenges our nation faces.”  Read More

Lawmakers: Deal Should Prevent – Not Delay – Nuclear-Armed Iran

2014/11/17

WASHINGTON, DC — Members of Congress from the Philadelphia region today issued the following statement on the ongoing negotiations with Iran. Congressmen Patrick Meehan (PA-7), Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8), Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Jim Gerlach (PA-6) were joined by Congressman-elect Ryan Costello (PA-6) in issuing the statement. “A nuclear Iran is a grave threat to American national security and an existential threat to Israel,” the lawmakers said. “Iran lost its right to an independent nuclear program when it became the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, and any nuclear power facilities in Iran should be controlled and operated by international observers. A nuclear Iran would set off an atomic arms race in the Middle East and further destabilize an already-dangerous region.  “The objective of any agreement should be to prevent – not delay – a nuclear Iran. The Obama Administration should not accept any agreement that allows Iran to enrich uranium or plutonium, and Congress should have a say in any prospective deal.” Read More

Meehan, Brady Introduce Federal LGBT Hate Crimes Bill

2014/11/14

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Patrick Meehan (R/PA-7) today joined Rep. Bob Brady (D/PA-1) in introducing legislation expanding the authority of the federal government to prosecute hate crimes committed due to a victim’s sexual orientation. “There can be no excuse for violence motivated by a person’s sexual orientation,” Meehan, a former prosecutor, said. “The tragic attack on a couple in Philadelphia in September shows us how far we still have to go to stop these hate crimes.” Federal law already classifies attacks based on sexual orientation as hate crimes, but unless a prosecutor can prove the crime had a nexus to “interstate commerce”, they can’t be prosecuted in federal court. Prosecutions based on race or religion do not require this step. “This bill simply treats hate crime prosecutions involving gay and lesbian victims no different than attacks based race or religion,” Meehan said. “A patchwork of state laws across the country leaves the prosecution of hate crimes committed against gay and lesbian Americans uneven,” Meehan said. “This legislation removes the barriers to federal prosecution and will ensure that the rights of victims targeted because of their sexual orientation are protected.” Under current Pennsylvania law, crimes committed due to a victim’s sexual orientation are not classified as hate crimes. Read More

Meehan: CDC Ebola Protocols Need Clarification

2014/10/24

Meehan: CDC Ebola Protocols Need Clarification Questions self-quarantine procedures in wake of New York City Ebola patient   SPRINGFIELD, PA -- Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-7) today wrote Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden to seek clarification for hospitals and care providers on the CDC’s protocols for treating patients suspected of Ebola infection.   Meehan’s letter follows a meeting earlier this week of Philadelphia-area lawmakers, hospital officials and other stakeholders to discuss the region’s preparedness for an Ebola outbreak.   “The officials present believed our health care facilities were well equipped and prepared to isolate and treat these patients for the initial four to eight hours after admission,” said Meehan. “Questions arose, however, on the preparedness for longer-term care of patients suspected of infection after those initial eight hours. The hospitals and other officials present indicated that procedures for continued treatment of patients after those critical first hours were ambiguous. Specifically, participants were unsure of the protocols for transport of patients to designated Ebola treatment facilities, as well as what support they could expect to receive from CDC in the event of a wider outbreak.”   Meehan also questioned CDC self-quarantine procedures for medical workers who have worked in the African nations affected by Ebola. Officials said a physician recently returned from West Africa to New York City rode the subway and went bowling the day before he exhibited Ebola symptoms.   “What are CDC protocols for the self-quarantine of health workers – such as the physician diagnosed in New York – who return from Ebola affected areas?” Meehan asked.   The full text of the letter is reproduced below and a PDF is attached.   --   October 24, 2014   Dr. Tom Frieden Director Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1609 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30333   Dear Dr. Frieden,   I write to you today to inquire about the procedures and protocols for the treatment of Ebola cases. On Wednesday, I participated in a meeting of lawmakers, hospitals and public health officials to discuss the preparedness of the Philadelphia region for an Ebola diagnosis  and possible outbreak. Hospitals from our area report confidence in their ability to respond to a patient who exhibits the symptoms and warning signs of Ebola infection if one were to walk into an Emergency Room.   The officials present believed our health care facilities were well equipped and prepared to isolate and treat these patients for the initial four to eight hours after admission. Questions arose, however, on the preparedness for longer-term care of patients suspected of infection after those initial eight hours. The hospitals and other officials present indicated that procedures for continued treatment of patients after those critical first hours were ambiguous. Specifically, participants were unsure of the protocols for transport of patients to designated Ebola treatment facilities, as well as what support they could expect to receive from CDC in the event of a wider outbreak.   Another concern raised was the possibility that the capacity of the CDC’s designated Ebola treatment centers would be exceeded by a wider outbreak. At present, there are only four U.S. hospitals specially equipped with isolation units necessary for long-term treatment of Ebola cases -- hospitals in Maryland, Montana, Georgia and Nebraska. But hospitals in my region are concerned that in the event of an outbreak that exceeds these facilities’ capacity, they will be forced to treat Ebola patients for a longer period of time than anticipated.   Given the concerns expressed by Philadelphia area public health officials, and today’s news regarding an Ebola diagnosis in New York City, I wish to inquire about the following:   •          What efforts have been made to communicate procedures and protocols for hospitals dealing with Ebola patients for longer than the initial four to eight hours after admission.   •          Has the CDC considered designating a hospital in various regions of the nation as a “regional center” for Ebola containment and treatment?   •          What are CDC protocols for the self-quarantine of health workers -- such as the physician diagnosed in New York -- who return from Ebola afflicted areas?   Thank you in advance for your attention to these concerns.   Sincerely,      Patrick Meehan Member of Congress Read More

Lawmakers, Hospitals, Local Health Officials Discuss Ebola Preparedness

2014/10/23

Congressmen Fitzpatrick, Dent, Meehan & Fattah talk Ebola preparedness at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on October 22, 2014   PHILADELPHIA, PA – Members of Congress from the Philadelphia area met today with local hospitals as well as county and state health officials to discuss our region’s ability to respond to an Ebola outbreak. The meeting took place at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Officials from Philadelphia International Airport and the United States’ Customs & Border Protection were also in attendance. “I appreciate the willingness of our local healthcare institutions to participate in today’s briefing and am both pleased and comforted by what we heard. As a result, I have every confidence that our first-rate medical professionals in Philadelphia are capable, prepared, and equipped to handle any patient in the region who may exhibit signs of Ebola,” said Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02). “Today’s briefing was extremely informative. I came away from it confident that hospitals serving our region are prepared to identify and isolate individuals infected with Ebola, and I am reassured to hear the work that is going into ensuring all health care workers are well informed and appropriately trained. However, it made clear that continued regional collaboration will be key to expand capacity for comprehensive treatment of the virus,” said Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15). “The opportunity to meet with local leaders and experts about our region’s response to this health emergency is critical to our understanding of the issue,” said Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08). “My constituents – and the American people as a whole – need a national strategy. This crisis requires a comprehensive response – something worked toward at today’s meeting.” “Hospitals in our region seem to feel appropriately prepared to handle a suspected Ebola patient,” said Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07). “But by eight hours after the patient is admitted, treatment depends on clear and effective communication with the CDC. It is this critical juncture in which it appears there is not enough clear guidance. As CDC protocols evolve it is critical there be timely and more precise communication to hospitals and first responders. As a major city with an international airport, Philadelphia has to be considered a place where an event could occur.” Read More

Addressing Ebola

2014/10/21

Tuesday October 21, 2014 Like many of you, I have deep concerns about the nation’s readiness to address the Ebola epidemic. While our health care system is the most advanced in the world, we have seen in Dallas that more can be done to improve our ability to respond to a potential outbreak here. My main priority is the health and safety of people in our country. I called for temporary travel restrictions to and from the countries affected. While this cannot eliminate all possibility of new Ebola cases here, it's a common-sense step that we can take right now to reduce the risk. You may view my full statement on this subject here. There needs to be a collaborative effort both in Washington and in our region between healthcare providers, government, first responders, and all other stakeholders to properly address the threat. I am diligently working with my colleagues in the House to ensure we are taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the disease. Below are some facts you should know about the virus and about what we are doing about it. I thank everyone who has reached out to my office with their input and urge constituents to continue to do so. What you need to know about Ebola The Homeland Security Committee’s Ebola Information Sheet   What the House is doing about the Ebola Epidemic Courtesy of the Speaker's Office, an overview of the steps Congress has taken to address Ebola Funding the fight against Ebola Courtesy of the Speaker’s Office, a funding plan for Ebola Read More

Meehan Calls for Ebola Travel Ban

2014/10/16

Expresses Concern CDC Is Not Educating Health Workers Adequately   SPRINGFIELD, PA -- Congressman Patrick Meehan, a member of the House Transportation and Homeland Security committees, today issued the following statement on the federal government's response to the Ebola crisis: "A temporary ban on travel to and from countries suffering from the Ebola epidemic is a common sense step to protect the American people," Meehan said. "The World Health Organization predicts that by December there will be five to ten thousand new Ebola cases every week in western Africa. We should take every sensible step to help isolate the outbreak while we assist these countries in battling this terrible virus. Preventing carriers of the virus from unwittingly traveling to the United States will protect the American population and the health care workers who are heroically treating infected individuals already here. It is the responsibility of the government to take this temporary step so we can prevent new infections in the United States before there is an outbreak like we have seen elsewhere." Armed Forces and emergency health workers should still be permitted to travel under strict government supervision, the Congressman said. Meehan also expressed concern that clear federal health protocols are not in place and available to Pennsylvania health care workers and others. "News reports over recent days do not give Americans confidence that the CDC is approaching this situation adequately.  I have heard first-hand accounts in southeast Pennsylvania over confusion about how to treat patients reporting travel in western Africa and presenting themselves for care. This is unacceptable. I call on the President and the CDC to take swift action to ensure health care workers everywhere have the appropriate guidance and resources necessary when encountering possible Ebola cases," Meehan said. Read More

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Patrick Meehan represents Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District in the United States Congress.

Currently serving his second term in Congress, Meehan serves on the Oversight and Government Reform, Homeland Security, Transportation and Infrastructure, and House Ethics Committees. As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, Congressman Meehan was appointed Chairman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies.

Prior to his election to the United States Congress, Meehan earned an impressive record as one of the Philadelphia area’s most respected prosecutors. Appointed by the President, Meehan served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a position that made him the top federal prosecutor in a district that spanned nine counties with a population of over five million residents.

Sworn in just six days after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Meehan immediately went to work combating the threat of terrorism. He set up an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council to coordinate the region’s response to the attacks. The ATAC quickly became a national model for coordination among law enforcement agencies and ensured that critical information and intelligence on terrorist threats was disseminated to the appropriate federal, state and local law enforcement personnel.

While U.S. Attorney, Meehan took on nursing homes neglecting seniors, drug companies defrauding customers and pioneered innovative new strategies to combat domestic violence. Meehan also prosecuted cases under Operation Stolen Valor, an initiative that took in individuals who falsely claimed to have won military awards and decorations. He was appointed by the Attorney General to sit on the Corporate Fraud Task Force and prosecuted government contractors overcharging taxpayers.

During his tenure, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia became a national leader in prosecuting corrupt government officials. Meehan helped to put behind bars some of the biggest names in Philadelphia’s corrupt pay-to-play political culture, including former Philadelphia Treasurer Corey Kemp, Councilman Rick Mariano, and State Senator Vincent Fumo. Meehan earned praise from both sides of the aisle for his integrity and his commitment to rooting out political corruption.

Prior to his appointment as United States Attorney, Meehan served as the District Attorney of Delaware County. As D.A., he successfully prosecuted several high-profile cases, including the murder trial of millionaire John DuPont and the trial of the murderer of local college student Aimee Willard. Meehan formed the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a working group dedicated to protecting children from online predators.

A native of Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Meehan is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Temple University School of Law. Prior to entering public service, Congressman Meehan spent two years as a referee in the National Hockey League. Meehan, his wife Carolyn, and their three sons live in Drexel Hill, Delaware County.


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Scott Perry

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Glenn Thompson

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Jim Gerlach

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Mike Fitzpatrick

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Bill Shuster

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Tom Marino

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Keith Rothfus

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Charlie Dent

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Joe Pitts

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