News from Representative Smucker

   

Dreaming Big

We’re dreaming big again. On Tuesday night, President Trump laid out a bold agenda that sets clear priorities: the safety of the American people and economic opportunity for everyone. 

I was glad to hear President Trump commit to working to ensure all children have access to quality education. As the former chairman of the Committee on Education in the Pennsylvania State Senate, I am keenly aware that a good education and a well-trained workforce are vital to our economy, and both are means by which the American Dream can be accessible to all. That's why I requested a seat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

This Congress and the administration have already taken steps to relieve hardworking Americans of regulatory burdens that stifle job creation and hinder economic growth, but a lot more work needs to be done. President Trump made it clear he wants to build upon what we have already achieved. I will continue to look for ways we can help small businesses expand and hire more well-trained workers.

I look forward to working with this administration and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance an agenda that will improve the lives of the people I am here to represent. Please share your thoughts with me on this here, like so many thousands of Pennsylvanians already have.

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Relieving Regulatory Burdens

Recently, I joined the Lancaster County Agriculture Council for a wide-ranging discussion on a number of different topics. We addressed the regulatory burden that has stifled growth, and also how we can work together to ensure our farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses can expand and create more jobs.

One example of regulatory overreach is the EPA's Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. I've heard from members of our agriculture industry that this rule creates more red tape in a regulatory environment that is already too burdensome. But there is good news. This week, President Trump signed an executive order that directs the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to reevaluate the impact of WOTUS. This is welcomed news to communities across our district. You can read more about this issue here.

 Photo Journal

On Tuesday morning, I joined some of my colleagues from Pennsylvania and Governor Tom Wolf for a discussion about how we can work together to improve our nation's health care system, find fiscally responsible solutions to our nation's aging infrastructure, and ensure every child has access to a high-quality education. You can see more photos from our discussion here.

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During the recent district work period, as one of several meetings, I visited the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in Lancaster. This impressive, 21st century institution prepares nurses and medical professionals for careers in their field. I had a wonderful time touring the facility and speaking with staff and students about how we can work together to support institutions like this one. You can see more photos from my visit here.

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Last Friday I also participated in a discussion with Amish contractors about how federal regulations impact businesses in the district. The top concern I heard from this meeting was about OSHA regulations. Several participants voiced their concerns about OSHA compliance -- while continuing to maintain a safe workplace -- and we discussed ways we can help relieve some of the regulatory burdens placed on small businesses.

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On Wednesday morning, just before I attended an Education and the Workforce Committee hearing, I met with Dennis Stuckey (Lancaster), Kathi Cozzone (Chester) and Christian Leinbach (Berks) and other representatives from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. We discussed a range of issues, including WOTUS, the Opioid Abuse Initiative, and the Rural Childhood Poverty Initiative.



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Sincerely,

Lloyd Smucker

 

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