News from Representative Smucker

   

A Show of Unity

This week, our thoughts and prayers are with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Matt Mika, Zach Barth, and Capitol Police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey – the victims in Wednesday morning’s shooting at the Congressional Baseball Game practice.

As Speaker Ryan said on the House floor, “we feel so deeply about the things we fight for and believe in. At times, our emotions get the best of us. We are all imperfect. But we do not shed our humanity when we enter this chamber.”

I ask for your continued prayers for all those affected by Wednesday’s tragic events. 

 

Strengthening Career and Technical Education

Last week, I hosted a bipartisan group of my colleagues to speak on the House floor to urge the House to pass the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act – legislation that would help more Americans enter the workforce with the skills necessary to compete for good-paying, in-demand jobs.

I have my own experience with non-traditional education. I took college courses at night while operating a small construction company during the day. It’s important we accommodate the needs of many different types of students that are ready to learn and willing to work. State and local education leaders know their students better than Washington. This bill would help those leaders align their priorities based on the specific needs of their students. I am proud to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance this important bill. You can watch my floor speech, and those of my colleagues, here.

 

Regulatory Relief

The House recently passed the Financial CHOICE Act to reform and strengthen our financial regulatory laws. In community banking, relationships are everything. When I graduated from high school, I bought a small construction company from my brother that had just a few employees. When we were ready to grow that business, we didn’t go to Wall Street for a loan – we went to a community bank. They knew me, and provided the capital necessary to expand and create more jobs. There are countless stories of motivated individuals that want to harness the power of free enterprise to build something. In many ways, that’s the American Dream. Unfortunately, in today’s regulatory environment, achieving this can be extraordinarily difficult.

Over the last five months, I have worked with my colleagues in the House to provide regulatory relief to small businesses and families across Pennsylvania and the nation in order to get our economy moving again after years of stagnation. We have put Main Street – not Wall Street – at the center of our efforts.

The Financial CHOICE Act will make it easier for community banks to provide capital to entrepreneurs who want to innovate and small business owners who are ready to grow and hire more workers. It ends taxpayer bailouts of Wall Street firms, cuts the deficit by $24 billion, and reins in unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington. It’s the type of reform we need.

I am also glad that the House agreed to my amendment to help protect consumer credit data from cyberattacks. Millions of Americans trust credit reporting agencies with their personal information to help protect against fraud. But too often, these agencies are susceptible to the very cyberattacks they are charged with defending against. Multiple high-profile cyberattacks have occurred in recent years. Modernizing multi-factor verification would not only provide for greater security, but could also save taxpayer money by reducing the number of fraudulent filings with the IRS. You can watch my speech on the amendment here.

Caring for Those Who Served

 

Our veterans, and their families, deserve our unwavering support and gratitude for their service to our nation. They should have access to the best-quality medical care in the world.

That is why the House passed bipartisan legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide more accountability and improve care. While the vast majority of employees are honest and hardworking, we must remove the bad actors. The VA Accountability and Whistleblowers Protection Act would create a new streamlined and efficient process to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee for misconduct, and it also expands protections for whistleblowers. 

I was proud to support this legislation to help ensure veterans can get the care they deserve. You can learn more about this bipartisan legislation here.

 

A Loving Home for Children

Every child deserves a loving home. In 2015, more than 670,000 American children – and more than 16,000 in Pennsylvania – spent time in foster care. Countless family members of foster children are willing and eager to accept these children into their homes. We should be making that process easier for family members – not tying them up in bureaucratic red tape that extends the amount of time children spend in foster care.

That is why I introduced bipartisan legislation with Democratic Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama to help states identify ways to expedite foster placement of children with family members. I will continue to work with Rep. Sewell to pass this bill out of the House. You can learn more about our bipartisan effort here.

 

Photo Journal

On Tuesday, I went to the House floor to congratulate the Avon Grove High School men’s lacrosse team on their state championship victory! I’m so proud of these young men. You can watch my speech here. You can also request a commendation for special events from my office here.

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I was glad to meet with Rev. Daniel Erdman from Lancaster recently. He was in Washington advocating for Bread for the World – a Christian organization working to end hunger here in the U.S. and abroad. If you’re visiting Washington and would like to schedule a meeting with myself or a member of my staff, you can contact me here.

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Ever wonder what it’s like for a member of Congress to attend committee hearings? The photo above is my view at a recent House Budget Committee hearing. We were discussing the economic and fiscal benefits of pro-growth policies. I’m working in Congress to implement these sorts of policies to create jobs and spur economic growth. If you’d like to share with me your thoughts on how to get our economy moving, you can email me here.


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Sincerely,

Lloyd Smucker

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