News from Representative Smucker

   

 August Recap

August was a busy month! I want to share with you a video that recaps my work for you over the August district work period. Click the image above, or click here, to learn about my 40 meetings with constituents, 34 visits to schools, businesses, or other organizations, and four forums – many of which were great opportunities to take questions from constituents about issues facing our communities.

While the House has accomplished a lot this year, there is still much work left to do. Tax reform is a priority of mine, and you can learn about our efforts to simplify the code and close loopholes here.

 Never Forget

I was honor and humbled to be invited to participate in the September 11th Remembrance Ceremony at the National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum in Coatesville, Chester County.

Part of the story of September 11th, 2001 is the story of some of the most brutal and horrific aspects of humanity – the story of thousands of lives lost at the hands of terrorists. But in the face of that brutality and horror, September 11th also reminds us of the best of humanity. 

We are reminded of the heroes of that day, and the stories of bravery and self-sacrifice: the first responders running up the stairs so that others could run down, the men and women in the Pentagon who ran into the fire for their colleagues, the 40 brave souls aboard United Flight 93, and the millions of Americans who consoled neighbors, sheltered strangers, and supported each other in the months that followed.

God bless those we lost and their loved ones, those who ran towards chaos and destruction, and those who continue to protect us today.

You can watch the full ceremony here.

 Simplifying the Code

In 1986, President Reagan signed into law the single largest reform of the federal tax code in our nation’s history. Now, more than 30 years later, the tax code has tripled in length to more than 70,000 pages. Our current code is too complex, inefficient, and outdated.

We’re working in the House towards tax reform that will create a simpler, more honest federal code that closes loopholes and lets you keep more of your hard-earned money. You can learn about these efforts here, and be sure to send me your thoughts on this topic by emailing me here!

 A Sustainable Fiscal Path

On Thursday morning, I voted for the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations ActThis package of bills makes many necessary reforms and investments, like increasing NIH biomedical research funding by $1.1 billion, providing $2.6 billion for infrastructure development in rural communities, helping small businesses expand and grow with $848 million for the Small Business Administration, and $2 billion to help combat human trafficking and child exploitation. Additionally, it ends federal funding of Planned Parenthood, rolls back job-killing regulations, and reforms the Internal Revenue Service.

This effort is also a step towards restoring regular order in Congress. The appropriations bills started in subcommittees, were approved by the full committees, and moved to the House floor where they were open to hundreds of amendments offered by members on both sides of the aisle after weeks of consideration.

I made a commitment to help put us on a sustainable fiscal path, be a good steward of taxpayer dollars, and help end the status quo in Washington. That’s exactly what these bills do.

 Mobile Office Hours

In addition to my office in Lancaster, I have set up mobile office hours to help serve my constituents all across the district. A member of my staff is regularly available at the below locations and times to offer assistance on a number of topics, including help with federal agencies, military academy nominations, legislative questions, U.S. Capitol flags, and tours and tickets for constituents planning a trip to Washington, D.C.

You can also request a meeting with me in my Lancaster or Washington office here, and invite me to visit your school, business, or organization here.

Berks County

Where:

Reading City Hall

815 Washington Street

Reading, PA 19601

When: 

First and third Monday of each month

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Chester County

Where:

London Grove Township Building

372 Rosehill Road, Suite 100

West Grove, PA 19390

When:

Second and fourth Monday of each month

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM


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Sincerely,

Lloyd Smucker

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