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Meehan Visits Sunoco Refinery in Marcus Hook

Meehan Visits Sunoco Refinery in Marcus Hook
DREXEL HILL, PA – Pat Meehan, the Republican candidate for Congress in the 7th Congressional District, yesterday toured Sunoco’s refinery facility in Marcus Hook. Sunoco’s Marcus Hook operation directly employs more than six hundred people and thousands more are employed locally by companies providing services to the refinery. Meehan was given a tour of the refinery and met with Sunoco employees.
During the visit, Meehan discussed ways to ensure that the refinery is able to remain competitive in an increasingly globalized market for petroleum products.
“One of the great challenges we face as a nation is keeping our businesses competitive with other firms from around the world,” said Meehan. “Nations like India and China have greatly increased their own petroleum refining capacity and directly threaten domestic oil refiners like Sunoco. If we don’t take steps to ensure American businesses retain their competitive edge, thousands of jobs like the ones here in Marcus Hook will be shipped overseas.”
Pat Meehan has laid out a Roadmap to Economic Recovery, a series of seven concrete proposals that will help put the American economy back on track. Meehan proposed a reduction in the tax rate paid by businesses, the second highest in the developed world, to lower the cost of doing business in America.
Also discussed during Meehan’s visit was the effect the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill would have on Sunoco’s Marcus Hook facility. Meehan’s opponent, Bryan Lentz, is a supporter of a cap-and-trade program.
“The cap-and-trade bill supported by my opponent will cause families’ electricity bills to skyrocket and increase costs on American businesses,” said Meehan. “Cap-and-trade arbitrarily picks winners and losers, and workers like the thousands who depend on Sunoco’s Marcus Hook refinery will end up being the losers.”
“I’m grateful for Sunoco’s hospitality and the opportunity to discuss the challenges facing one of the 7th District’s largest employers. I look forward to going to Washington to fight for policies that will keep American businesses competitive and protect American jobs,” Meehan concluded.

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