Congressman Patrick Meehan

Representing the 7th District of Pennsylvania

Defense and National Security

A strong national defense is necessary to protect our vital national interests, both at home and abroad.  Congress must ensure that our nation’s defense and national security programs are both cost-efficient and effective in protecting Americans and American interests. 

One of the most significant vulnerabilities to our security today comes in the form of cyberattack by terrorists, rogue nations, hackers and criminal elements. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former FBI Director Robert Mueller have both identified cybersecurity as our country's number one greatest threat. In the 113th Congress, I chaired the Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies. My subcommittee wrote and passed landmark cybersecurity legislation that improves our government's response to cyberattack, eases the sharing of information between the federal government and the private sector about risks, and protects the privacy and liberty of American citizens.

Another prirority of my subcommittee was the safety of our nation's chemical facilities. The explosion of the chimical plant in West, Texas demonstrated just how serious a terrorist attack at one of our thousands of chemical facilities would be. Congress passed a bipartisan reauthorization of the Department of Homeland Security's chemical facility safety program (known as CFATS) that strengthens protections, improves the program and makes our chemical facilities.

It is crucial that we continue to identify and understand the nature and gravity of the threat the United States still faces today from foreign and homegrown terrorists. With multiple affiliate networks around the world targeting the U.S. Homeland and interests, we must remain as vigilant as ever. In May 2012, the House adopted HR 2764, the Weapons of Mass Destruction Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2012, legislation that I authored that will provide guidance to the Department of Homeland Security to disseminate and coordinate intelligence activities related to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats with federal, state, and local security partners.

I also have been examining the emerging threat of Nigerian-based Islamist terror group Boko Haram, a group whose growing sophistican and aggression has been shown by the abduction of hundreds of innocent Nigerian girls last year. I was pleased that the House accepted my bill, HR 5822, the Boko Haram Terrorist Designation Act as an amendment to the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. Thanks to our efforts, the Department of State declared Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization, which gives our government enhanced tools to address the threat they pose to American interests. 

I remain committed to supporting our troops, and providing them with the best equipment, training, and resources available to ensure their success on the battlefield.

More on Defense and National Security

30 Jul Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC— The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today passed legislation originally introduced in the House of...
30 Jul Press Release
  WASHINGTON, DC— The House of Representatives today passed groundbreaking cybersecurity legislation co-sponsored by Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07)....
17 Jul Press Release
In a letter to Undersecretary of Veterans Affairs for Benefits Allison Hickey, Meehan and Fitzpatrick wrote that reports of discarded or destroyed mail from...
08 Jul Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives today passed two Homeland Security bills authored by Rep. Patrick Meehan (PA-07). The bills passed with the...
09 May Press Release
  WASHINGTON, DC– Congressmen Patrick Meehan (PA-07) and Peter King (NY-02) yesterday wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry seeking answers on the delay...
02 May Press Release
  WASHINGTON, DC– Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) today issued the following statement after the announcement that the House of Representatives will...
03 Apr Press Release
  Introduced by Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) with bipartisan support, H.R. 4007 authorizes the CFATS program, which issues and enforces security...
05 Feb Press Release
Key Committee Vote Bipartisan legislation strengthens federal protections against cyberattack WASHINGTON, DC – The House Homeland Security Committee...
03 Feb Press Release
Intel Agencies Raise Alarm While Administration Activates HealthCare.Gov Despite Security Warnings WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Intelligence Community’s 2014...
17 Jan Press Release
  SPRINGFIELD, PA-- Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) and a bipartisan coalition of House members today wrote to Mr. Curtis Marez, President of the...

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