News from Representative Smucker


Supporting a Well-Trained Workforce

I recently visited the Reading Area Community College (RACC) for a tour and was able to speak with students and staff about the importance of a well-trained workforce. Schools like RACC are critically important to ensuring our community is preparing students for higher education and entering the workforce. I met Larry Griffis (pictured above) who is attending RACC for a recertification course. 

While on the tour, we also visited the Schmidt Training and Technology Center – an impressive facility where new chemistry and physics labs are currently under construction. I look forward to returning to RACC in the future to see the completed facility!

You can see more photos from my visit here, and read about it in the Reading Eagle here. You can also stay up-to-date on my most recent work in Pennsylvania and Washington by following me on Facebook and Twitter!

Standing Up for Farmers and Manufacturers

Last week, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee subcommittee held a hearing to discuss the impact of federal regulations. This was a great opportunity for our district to have a voice on issues that have directly impacted communities across Pennsylvania. 

One of my questions was about the EPA’s harmful Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. I asked Jerry Ellig, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, how we can find a better balance between the goal of this regulation and federal overreach. Mr. Ellig explained how this regulation makes development more difficult, and negatively impacts farmers and manufacturers in Lancaster County. He suggested our regulations be based on facts, and that we should evaluate them both before and after implementation to see if they create their intended benefits.

I will continue my effort to work across the aisle to relieve the regulatory burden so many in our communities are feeling. You can watch my full remarks and questions from that hearing here.


Photo Journal

I was glad to meet with medical students from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Vinay Rao (pictured on the right) is from our district! He is a self-identified member of Lancaster Stands Up, and I’m glad he was part of our conversation about health care reform and federal funding for medical schools.


Army Brigadier General Charles Hamilton visited my office recently to deliver the U.S. Army Seal that will hang on my office wall. During our visit, we discussed President Trump’s budget priorities for the military, and talked about ways we can work together to better assist our military. You can learn more about a recent bill the House passed with my support to give our brave men and women in uniform a pay raise here.


I had the pleasure of meeting with Pennsylvania representatives from American Veterans – one of our nation’s largest veteran service organizations. We had a great conversation and they provided insight into how we can provide better health services to our veterans.


During a recent Education and the Workforce Committee hearing, I stepped out to meet with Pennsylvania representatives from the YMCA. Greg Rudder (pictured right) is the executive director of YMCA of Pennsylvania, which promotes youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. I’m glad I had a chance to hear more about the great work they’re doing in our district and across Pennsylvania.


On a sunny day in Washington, I met a group of graduate students from West Chester University on the steps of the U.S. Capitol who were in town for Social Work Advocacy Day. I know they met with a lot of Members of Congress that day, so I’m glad we had a chance to meet and discuss their priorities!

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Lloyd Smucker


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