More Progress in Meehan’s Fight for Horsham Residents
WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives today approved H.R. 3219, the Making America Secure Appropriations Act, by a vote of 235-192. The legislation provides funding for the Department of Defense and other select government functions. It includes an amendment authored by Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) that allocates $10 million for the Pentagon to provide health screenings in partnership with communities like Horsham, Montgomery County that have been exposed to PFOS/PFOA compounds.
Meehan’s amendment was co-sponsored by Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and Dan Kildee (D-Mich.).
Meehan successfully fought to include language authorizing this funding as part of annual defense legislation approved by the House earlier this month. Both measures now await consideration by the Senate.
“I’ve long believed that health screenings were an integral part of the recovery and reclamation process for the people of Horsham and surrounding communities,” said Congressman Meehan. “There’s understandably a lot of concern about levels of exposure and possible health implications, and these screenings are a way to address some of those concerns. But I’ve also believed that the cost of these screenings shouldn’t come out of the pockets of the residents affected through no fault of their own.”
“The two measures approved by the House this month – authorization to fund the screenings, and the funding itself – are pivotal steps forward. But there’s still more work to do. I’m committed to working with Congressmen Boyle and Fitzpatrick and other lawmakers from our region to ensure the Senate includes these provisions as well,” Meehan said.
Specifically, Meehan’s amendment:
“Decreases the Operation and Maintenance, Defense Wide account and increases the Environmental Restoration, Defense-Wide by $10 million to allocate funds for the Secretary of Defense to enter into intergovernmental agreements to provide health screenings in communities near formerly used defense sites that have been exposed to perfluorooctanesuflonic acid and perfluorooctanoic acid.”
The amendment was included in a package of bipartisan amendments to the underlying legislation that was adopted unanimously by the House of Representatives earlier today.
Congressman Meehan also today supported a provision led by Congressman Boyle which secured funding for community outreach for remediation in communities whose drinking water was contaminated by PFOS/PFOA compounds.