Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Endorses Pat Meehan
DREXEL HILL, PA – Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced his support for Pat Meehan during a stop in Delaware County yesterday. Congressman McKeon would assume Chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee should Republicans win back the majority on Election Day.
“Pat Meehan’s experience as U.S. Attorney gives him the unique understanding of the foreign policy challenges our country faces. He also has a deep appreciation of the tremendous impact Boeing has on both our national and economic security. I will look to him for guidance and insight when these issues are being discussed,” said Congressman McKeon.
“I am extremely concerned that Pat’s opponent would call for cutting defense at a time when our country is fighting two wars and faces some of the most serious national security challenges in our country’s history. Bryan Lentz clearly doesn’t have an understanding of these vital issues or he wouldn’t call for cuts in defense spending,” McKeon concluded.
“I am grateful for Congressman McKeon’s support. He is someone who is an expert in defense policy, and I am pleased to have his strong support going into Election Day. I look forward to working closely with Congressman McKeon on the issues that are of great importance to the 7th Congressional district,” said Pat Meehan.
As a prosecutor, Pat Meehan worked with the Department of Defense Criminal Investigative Service on an initiative called “Operation High Bidder,” which targeted illegal sales of bulletproof vests and other safety equipment over the Internet. Pat also prosecuted numerous cases under the Stolen Valor Act in which individuals were charged with wearing unauthorized medals and military decorations they never earned.
Also under his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Pat worked to ensure that Department of Defense contractors were playing by the rules. In 2006, Pat charged Herley Industries of Lancaster and its CEO with defrauding the government of millions of dollars through a complex scheme in which Herley submitted fraudulent bid price quotations and used fictitious documents to support these prices. In some cases, Herley extracted profits of up to 300% on the contracts. Herley and its CEO pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay the government $9.5 million.
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