News from Representative Smucker


A Simpler, More Honest Tax Code

I spoke with a constituent recently – a single father of five in Lancaster County – who asked me if our tax reform plan would mean more money in his paycheck. He makes his income work, but it’s difficult for him and his family. Families like this are exactly the type of Americans we are trying to help with our reforms. Taxpayers should keep more of their own money instead of sending it to Washington DC.

That is why I was pleased to be invited to travel with President Trump on Air Force One to Harrisburg International Airport on Wednesday afternoon where the president spoke about our unified effort to cut taxes and modernize our code. The president was absolutely right when he said we need to make our tax code simple, honest, and fair for all Americans.  

Too many Americans today do everything right, but still struggle to make ends meet. I hope you’ll take a moment to learn about our tax reform plan here.

Sustained, Active Relief Effort in Puerto Rico

I traveled to Puerto Rico last Saturday with a bipartisan delegation of House and Senate members. It’s a sobering experience to see the widespread devastation that has touched every corner of the island.

But I’m encouraged by the citizens of Puerto Rico. Americans are helping neighbors and strangers alike in this time of need. There are more than 16,000 military and FEMA personnel on the ground. Everyone involved is fully committed to the recovery effort. The ongoing effort has saved lives and delivered food, water, and resources to people all over the island.

The top priority now is to rebuild the electrical grid. This is absolutely critical to getting Puerto Rico’s economy back online, and it’s why we need to continue supporting relief efforts. On Thursday, the House passed another aid package that will continue to assist those in Puerto Rico, those impacted by hurricanes in the South, and those battling wildfires in the West.

You can read about my trip to Puerto Rico here, and stay up to date on the relief efforts here

Building A Better America

With my support, the House recently passed a budget resolution – Building a Better America - that will put us on a sustainable fiscal path. For too long, Congress has been governing from one funding crisis to the next. We’re handcuffing future generations with a fiscal crisis that will soon become insurmountable. I was sent to Congress not to prop up the status quo, but to help end it. Our committee, and Chairman Diane Black, worked hard to get this budget passed out of committee and approved by the full House.

Importantly, this budget resolution also lays the groundwork for tax reform that will give American families more opportunity to improve their lives. This budget will lead to greater prosperity for American families and generations to come, and I am proud to support it.

You can learn more about this budget resolution here, and send me your thoughts on this issue here.

Improving Children's Health

I sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging them to take action to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as soon as possible.

In Pennsylvania, more than 176,000 children have gained access to affordable, comprehensive health coverage through CHIP, which provides them with age appropriate medical care. Many members of the Pennsylvania delegation joined me in sending this letter to highlight the bipartisan support for this program. I will continue to keep you updated on this important matter.

You can read the full letter to Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi here.

Fighting for Life

Last week I voted in support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. I believe life begins at conception, and this is one step we can take to save thousands of lives. As a cosponsor of this legislation, I joined a letter sent to President Trump earlier this year to express our commitment to working with the White House to protect life.

In January, hundreds of my constituents traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the March for Life. When I met with them (pictured above) and spoke about our shared priorities, this legislation was a top priority. I am glad the House has passed this legislation, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take up this commonsense bill to establish affirmative protections for children like Micah Pickering, who is living proof that children born at 20 weeks can enjoy a full life with proper care and legal protection.

I highly encourage you to read about Micah’s story here

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