News from Representative Smucker

   

Supporting Our National Defense

On Friday, the House passed the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act. Among the provisions of this bill, I am particularly glad it fully funds a 2.4 percent pay increase for our military men and women, supporting ongoing counterterrorism efforts across the globe, provides backing to our partner forces fighting ISIS in Syrian and Iraq, and includes $150 million for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative to help defend against Russian aggression.

I am also pleased to tell you that this legislation included an important bipartisan measure I authored with Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). You can read about it below!

Working for Military Men and Women

America’s military is made up of hardworking men and women who wake up every day to serve others. We should be making it easier for them to transition to civilian life. That’s why I worked across the aisle with Reps. Gottheimer and Sinema to pass an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would expand apprenticeship opportunities to any member of our uniformed services.

Right now, the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) is only available to the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. That’s less than half of our uniformed service members. Our bipartisan amendment, which was included in the bill, would open up USMAP to include the Army, Air Force, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Public Health Services. It will help these individuals transition to civilian life with a steady job, and infuse our workforce with the strong leadership skills the military provides.

You can watch a short floor speech on the measure here, and read more about it here. You can also read more about the NDAA here.

Fighting for Victims of Trafficking

It’s uncomfortable to talk about, but we can’t shy away from the fact that in the world today, young boys and girls are being sold across the globe for an average price of $90. And it’s not just in remote parts of the globe. More than 14 thousand people are trafficked into the United States each year. Four out of five people trafficked in the world today are trafficked for sexual exploitation, while 80 percent are female and half are children. This must end.

This week, the House took action to fight against trafficking. We passed three bipartisan bills that crack down on human trafficking and implement a stronger detection system in the United States. You can learn about those bills here. Additionally, I am a cosponsor of two other bills to fight this problem.

The Trafficking Survivors Relief Act would allow victims of human trafficking to petition courts to have their non-violent crimes, that occurred as a result of trafficking, cleared from their record. And the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act would make it illegal for internet service providers to publish information or content that solicits sex trafficking, and gives law enforcement official increased authority to prosecute companies that promote and profit from international crime. You can learn more about these bills, and watch my floor speech on this topic, here

Commending Our First Responders

A local organization received an impressive award recently, and I want to share the news with you! 

The Susquehanna Valley EMS has been awarded the American Heart Association’s Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Award – an award that only one percent of EMS organizations receive. It is a true model of what an efficient and effective EMS team looks like.

They are the first responders to frantic and traumatic scenes, and they run towards chaos. I want to commend them for their dedication to helping others. I know we are all grateful for their service to our community. You can watch a short congratulatory video here.

Did you know that I can also provide commendations for a number of different occasions? If you would like to request a Congressional Commendation or a Presidential Greeting for someone living in our district, you can get all the information you need here.


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Sincerely,

Lloyd Smucker

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