Pat Meehan Shows True Colors by Opposing Job Creation Bill that Moderate Republicans in U.S. Senate Support

Pat Meehan Shows True Colors by Opposing Job Creation Bill that Moderate Republicans in U.S. Senate Support

Springfield, PA – Today Representative Bryan Lentz, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, praised moderate Senate Republicans in Washington, DC, for crossing Party lines to support legislation that will help small businesses create jobs. Lentz’s Republican opponent, Pat Meehan, sharply criticized the legislation late last month in local news reports1, signaling that he was more concerned with scoring political points than working to create legislation that aided the economic recovery.

The so-called Small Business Jobs and Credit Act calls for giving small businesses tax breaks to encourage investment, entrepreneurship and hiring and gave banks incentives to loan money to small businesses. Although the legislation was endorsed by multiple pro-business associations, a Republican filibuster had delayed its passage earlier this summer. Yesterday moderate Republican Senators George Voinovich of Ohio and George LeMieux of Florida crossed Party lines to support the legislation, according to news reports2.

At the end of August, Pat Meehan used Republican talking points to criticize the bill. His calls to reject the bi-partisan legislation showed he was more concerned with playing politics in an election year and catering to the Far-Right obstructionist agenda of the Republican leadership in Washington, DC, than supporting legislation that would benefit business and residents throughout the 7th District.

“Senators Voinovich and LeMieux showed true courage yesterday in putting the interests of the county in front of the interests of the far Right Wing of the Republican Party whose win-at-all-cost mentality hurts small businesses and working families,”Lentz said. “When Pat Meehan had the same chance to speak up for the small businesses and working families of the 7th District, all that came out of his mouth were the same talking points you hear from John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and the rest of the Republican Party’s far right leadership.”

Lentz has consistently reached out to members of both parties to pass legislation that responds to the needs of the state’s residents. In his first session in the legislature, he was the prime sponsor of bi-partisan legislation to provide grants to volunteer firefighters, and he has also worked together with Republicans to crack down on employers who hire illegal aliens, and end other abusive employment practices in the construction industry. Lentz is currently working with Republican legislators to pass legislation he introduced in May that will close Pennsylvania’s “Florida Loophole” and keep criminals from carrying concealed weapons.

Lentz has made saving and creating jobs the cornerstone of his campaign for Congress. He is the only candidate with a published plan to get our economy moving again and the only candidate who supports Wall Street reform and the creation of a consumer financial protection agency to ensure another collapse does not happen. Lentz has also pledged to end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas while his opponent Pat Meehan has signed a pledge that has bound him to oppose legislation that has been introduced to end those tax breaks.

A former Airborne Ranger, criminal prosecutor and Iraq War veteran, Bryan Lentz currently serves in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Delaware County. He was awarded both the Bronze Star for Service and the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for his military service. He lives in Swarthmore with his wife Jennifer and their son Thomas.

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