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House Committee Chairman Helps Company Linked to His Son

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) presides over a hearing about the U.S. response to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons on Capitol Hill September 10, 2013 in Washington, DC

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) presides over a hearing about the U.S. response to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons on Capitol Hill September 10, 2013 in Washington, DC

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If Howard “Buck” McKeon gets his way, one of his last acts as House Armed Services Committee chairman may be helping a home-state company that enlisted his son as a consultant.

McKeon’s committee incorporated into this year’s Defense authorization bill a requirement that the Pentagon spend as much as $35 million a year on a pilot program that would hire private companies to place veterans in jobs.