Meehan Touts Local Wins in Bipartisan House-Senate Defense Bill
Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-Pa) today issued the following statement after supporting the House-Senate defense bill approved by the House of Representatives this evening. The legislation was approved with a bipartisan 356-70 vote. Specifically, Meehan praised the inclusion of measures relating to water contamination near former defense facilities in Montgomery and Bucks Counties.
Meehan-backed provisions in the legislation include a requirement for the federal government to conduct a comprehensive study on the human health implications of PFAS contamination in drinking and groundwater, authorizing the $7 million in funding for the study over five years. It also requires an exposure assessment of current or former defense installations like the former Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove known to have contamination in their drinking water. Meehan also supported increases in funding for environmental restoration efforts by more than $70 million.
“This is important progress in our bipartisan effort to ensure the Pennsylvania communities affected by water contamination are made whole,” said Congressman Meehan. “Since first becoming aware of these issues several years ago, our delegation has worked as a united front to help the communities and families affected understand and address the scope of the contamination. Including these provisions in the annual defense bill is an encouraging sign that Congress has recognized that this is an issue facing not just our community but potentially many others across the country, and that it’s an issue we’ve got to address.”
Meehan also praised what the legislation will mean for America’s men and women in uniform.
“This bill will give our troops their largest pay raise in eight years,” said Congressman Meehan. “It continues our effort to rebuild and reequip our military to prepare it for the conflicts of tomorrow. And it includes important reforms to help the Pentagon squeeze more out of every defense dollar we spend. Ultimately it will make America and the men and women who protect it safer. I’m optimistic that the Senate will approve the compromise legislation approved by the House today and I hope the President will sign it into law. “