Joining the 115th Congress

(I was glad to have my wife, Cindy, with me as House Speaker Paul Ryan administered the oath of office.)

It is a deep privilege and an honor to serve the people of Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District. There is a lot of work ahead, but with a commitment to doing what is best for the families in our district, I know we can make real and lasting progress.

We are getting to work to ensure the American dream stays alive -- and thrives -- so that everyone has the opportunity to make their lives better. To stay up to date on how we're achieving this, you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

Working for You

I will work to rein in Washington's out-of-control spending and reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses. Well, the House hit the ground running to do just that. With my support, the House passed three pieces of legislation that are critical to providing regulatory relief so small businesses can expand and hire more workers.

  • The REINS Act will curb unnecessary, expensive federal regulations from unelected bureaucrats in Washington.
  • The HALOS Act will help cut through red tape and make it easier for startups to grow and create jobs.
  • The Regulatory Reform Act will help to increase transparency in the federal rulemaking process and save taxpayer money.

As a former small business owner myself, I am keenly aware of how onerous federal regulations stifle job creation and hinder economic growth. I am glad these bills passed the House and am hopeful the Senate will pass them in short order. They'll have a direct, positive impact on the people I am here to serve.

Committee Assignments

I will be representing you on three influential committees. I have been selected to serve on the Budget, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Education and the Workforce Committees.

It is an honor to receive these assignments. I look forward to applying my small business experience and problem solving skills as a legislator to find solutions to the issues we face as a country. I'll work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to strengthen our economy, improve our nation's aging infrastructure, and reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses.

You can learn more about my committee assignments here.

On the Ground in the District

On Tuesday, I visited Conestoga Wood Specialties. This family-run, Lancaster County business started in a small garage in 1964 and now employs more 1,000 people! It was great to meet with their president, Anthony Hahn (pictured above, left). While on a tour of the facility, we discussed some of the big issues facing businesses in our community, and how we can work together moving forward to ensure our businesses can expand and hire more workers.

It was also a pleasure to visit Choice Windows, Doors & More in New Holland. I met with co-owner Wayne Chapin and some of the employees. Wayne founded his small business in 1995 and has grown it to employ nearly 40 hardworking residents of the 16th District. Like many small business owners, Wayne worries about the increasing costs of healthcare and the growth of burdensome regulations that are holding small businesses back. I told him I'll continue to work every day so our local businesses can thrive.

If there is a business, school, or organization that you would like me to visit, you can send me an email here.

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Lloyd Smucker