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Working to Lower Health Care Costs

Last week, the House passed legislation that I cosponsored to make it easier for small businesses to promote a healthy workforce and offer more affordable health care coverage. It's called the Small Business Health Fairness Act, and it's a big win for working families and individuals in our communities.

Small businesses have been hit hard by Obamacare's mandates, soaring health care costs, and limited choices. In fact, in 2016, the cost of health insurance was the greatest concern among small business owners -- 52 percent rating it "critical." This bill would empower small businesses to band together through association health plans to negotiate health insurance costs on behalf of their employees. It would put small businesses on a level playing field with larger companies and unions, expand affordable coverage, and lower administrative costs.

I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance commonsense measures to help fix our nation's broken health care system.

Protecting Women and Pets from Abuse

Many victims of domestic abuse are often reluctant to leave their abusive situation if they cannot take their pets with them, for fear of what the abuser might do to their pets. That is why I recently signed on as a cosponsor of the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act – legislation that would address obstacles to getting help for victims of abuse by providing shelter and housing assistance for victims and their pets.

Victims of violence should never be forced to choose between their own safety and the safety of their pets. This bill is just one way we can help women, and their beloved pets which are also often abused, escape dangerous, abusive situations.

You can learn more about this important legislation here.

Photo Journal

Representatives of Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) in Lancaster County visited me in my Washington office recently. NFP is an evidence-based nurse home visiting program for first-time, low-income mothers. It serves more than 200 families in Lancaster. I am thankful Angelica (pictured above) and her mother Rosa shared their story with me.

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I met with Dr. Yalda – a professor of meteorology at Millersville University – when she was on Capitol Hill as part of Climate Science Day. It’s wonderful to speak with experts from our community on the important issues we face, and I look forward to continuing our working relationship.

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As part of my membership of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I attended a roundtable discussion on emerging railroad technologies and rail safety. This Congress, the Committee is working with the Trump administration to invest in projects across Pennsylvania and the country to move us towards a 21st century infrastructure.

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I am also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. As a member of that committee, our district has the opportunity to weigh-in on important education debates. It was great to meet with Deputy Secretary Debbie Reeves and David Volkman from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and discuss ways we can work together to improve our education system.

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A strong and enduring partnership between the United States and Israel is critical to peace in the Middle East. I discussed this with representatives from AIPAC this week, and was Jeff Bartos and Elmer Landis could attend our meeting. I look forward to this new Congress and administration working together to rebuild our fractured relationship with the only freely-elected democracy in the region.

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Corporal Eric Torbert, Jr. was a 2003 graduate of Penn Manor High School and enlisted in the Marines in 2007. He lost his life in 2010 while conducting a combat mission in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. I attended a bridge renaming ceremony, where his name will be displayed on a bridge over the Conestoga River – one of his favorite fishing spots. It was an honor to attend and meet with his family who have sacrificed so much for the safety of our country. You can see more photos from that day, including of the sign with his name on it, here.

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Lloyd Smucker

 

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