News from Representative Smucker

   

Thank you for subscribing to my E-Newsletter! This week I want to update you on a recent event I attended highlighting the work of Lancaster’s agricultural community, share some highlights from my recent visit with students from Columbia High School, and let you know about the latest assistance Pennsylvanians are now eligible for to help repair damage caused by the devastating floods this summer.

I enjoy hearing from you and responding to your questions via email, phone calls, and letters. If you'd like to share your concerns or opinions with me, or if you have questions about legislation or specific votes, you can send me an email here. Since taking office almost two years ago, I've responded to more than 145,000 contacts from you. To stay up-to-date on my work in the district and Washington, be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter. You can also check out my YouTube page here where there are 100+ videos, many of which are direct responses to your questions.

I'm extraordinarily proud of the casework my office has been able to provide for constituents. More than 3,200 cases have been completed, and more than $650,000 has been returned to individuals. If you need help with a federal agency, my office can help cut through Washington's red tape and bureaucracy. I encourage you to contact my district office at (717) 393-0667 if you need assistance.

 
Pennsylvania Receives Federal Disaster Declaration

Recently our community experienced devastating flooding. I want to provide an update to share that this past Tuesday Pennsylvania received an official disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This designation will allow state and local entities, as well as certain nonprofits, to begin accessing grants to help repair our infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, that were damaged during the floods.

Additionally, for residents who have had their homes affected, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a program for single family housing repair loans and grants, called the Section 504 Home Repair Program. You can find more information about this program here. If you have any questions, please call my office at 717-393-0667.

 
Thanksgiving Humane Table

 

I was proud to attend an event honoring numerous farmers and producers throughout Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional district that have taken great strides to ensure animals under their care are humanely-raised.

These producers are American Humane Certified Farmers, meaning they follow ethical, commonsense, and scientifically-demonstrated standards to implement the best humane practices for animals. These standards include ensuring animals have clean air, fresh water, and feed supply, in addition to providing safe housing, sufficient space, and the appropriate environment. Moreover, this certification requires sensible handling in all stages of life to avoid unnecessary stress or suffering.

I am thankful for the tireless work on behalf of Lancaster County's agricultural producers to supply our community with ample food, and I am especially thankful for the thoughtful care these certified producers take to ensure humane treatment of animals.

 
U.S. Capitol Visit with Columbia High School Students

 

On Thursday, my office had the pleasure of welcoming a group of students from Columbia High School to visit Washington, D.C. This visit was a follow-up from our last meeting in Pennsylvania where we discussed school safety, gun laws, bullying, and mental health. I believe it is important to have an open dialogue to discuss the issues facing our community and I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with these students after they wrote to me requesting to speak about school safety. We had a very productive discussion and I invited them to visit our nation's capital to continue the conversation.

If you'd like to invite me to your school, place of work, volunteer organization, civic organization, or would like to schedule a meeting with me in one of my offices, you can send me an email here. You can also see all the places I've visited in the district by using my "Here's Lloyd" map here.

 Lancaster VA Community Clinic Grand Opening

This week representatives from my office attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the brand-new Lebanon VA Medical Center. Lancaster County's new community-based outpatient facility will offer expanded services including physical therapy, telehealth, mental and behavioral health services, and dedicated women's health services. Our nation's veterans deserve the highest quality care and I am proud to see this state-of-the-art facility open in our community.

The clinic will begin seeing patients on December 10, 2018 and is located at 212 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Suite 208, Willow Street, PA. If you are a veteran and want to discuss receiving care at the new facility, you can speak with experienced caseworkers on my staff who work closely with the VA to help assist with your needs at 717-393-0667. The men and women in uniform who have sacrificed so much deserve the very best support we can provide. To read about my work to improve the lives of our nation's veterans, visit my website.


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Sincerely,

Lloyd Smucker

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