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 Weekly Update From Congressman Joyce: May 5, 2019 

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BACK HOME IN PA-13

My week began on Monday with a couple of events in Chambersburg. First, I met with members of the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce to discuss what I am doing as a member of the House Small Business Committee to assist job creators in our area.

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During my second event of the day, I posthumously presented a Purple Heart to Private First-Class John Hargrave. His brother Robert Hargrave accepted the medal on his behalf. PFC Hargrave made the ultimate sacrifice on April 1, 1967 while serving his country in the Vietnam War. The presentation was front page news in the Chambersburg Public Opinion this week. 

 

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DOWN IN WASHINGTON

It was a busy week in Congress. On Tuesday the House Committee on Homeland Security, on which I serve, held a hearing regarding the ongoing situation at the southern border. During the hearing I questioned Sheriff Mark Napier of Pima Arizona about whether his experiences are similar to what I observed when he ventured to the border two weeks ago. Sheriff Napier reinforced to me the implications the border crisis is having on the national drug epidemic and also expressed support for the idea that the Trump administration has been floating to increase the presence of National Guard Troops at the southern border. 

Watch my exchange with Sheriff Napier by clicking the image below. 

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As a physician, I have watched patients struggle to afford the medications that they so desperately need, which is why one of my primary goals as a Member of Congress is to lower the costs of prescription drugs. On Wednesday I introduced bipartisan legislation to do just that, by making generic medicine more quickly accessible to consumers. The measure has bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. You can read more about the bill in the Altoona Mirror article below.

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Wednesday was also an important day for my bipartisan legislation that will ease regulatory compliance demands on small business owners and free them up to spend more time on growth and expansion. The measure, H.R. 2142, passed out of the Small Business Committee and you can watch me discuss it in detail by clicking the image below. 

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On Thursday voted against H.R. 9, legislation that would force the United States to reduce its carbon emissions without any guarantee that competing economic countries will do the same. It was my belief that this deal would be unfair to manufacturers in the 13th District and I could not support it. On a related issue, I signed a discharge petition to bring the Green New Deal up for a vote in the House of Representatives. Every Member of Congress should have to tell their constituents where they stand on this $93 trillion tax increase and I will be voting no if it comes to the floor.

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COMING SOON

This week I was interviewed by WTAJ about my new bill to reduce prescription drugs costs. The discussion will also be shared on my YOUTUBE PAGE this weekend so make sure you check that out if you have the chance. 

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ONE MORE THING

Friday brought more outstanding news regarding our economy! As a result of pro-growth policies like cutting taxes and reducing regulations, our unemployment rate is now the lowest it's been in 50 years. My goal is to continue implementing those policies to keep the economic boom going. 

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Thank you for taking the time to learn about what I was working on this week and I look forward to updating you again next Sunday.  

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Sincerely,

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John Joyce
Member of Congress