News from Representative Smucker

   

Thank you for subscribing to my E-Newsletter! This week I want to update you on President Trump's emergency declaration and the latest federal funding package, talk about the Senate passage of my Susquehanna National Heritage Area Act, talk about the State of the Union address and let you know about my York County office openings and open houses.

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On President Trump's Emergency Declaration

On Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency on our southern border.

Emergency declarations should not be taken lightly. President Trump has made a strong case that there’s a humanitarian crisis at our southern border – and I agree. It’s Congress’ duty to ensure the President is acting within his constitutional authority to address that crisis. 

After research and consideration, I believe Trump is acting within his authority to take this action.

Since 1976, presidents have pronounced 58 national emergencies under the National Emergency Act. Thirty-one of these national emergencies are actually still in effect today.

Under United States Code 10 Section 2808, presidents have the authority to undertake military construction projects using funds already appropriated for military construction in the event of a declaration of a national emergency. Emergency declarations do not allow the President to circumvent the Constitution. President Trump’s exercise of national emergency powers is limited in this instance. 

He is not creating a new law or allocating additional funding. He is merely re-appropriating money that has already been set aside for other projects.

I will continue to monitor this emergency declaration and its impact on our border security.

In the coming days, I'll be posting some information that will talk a little bit more about these emergency declarations and what they mean on my social media pages. 


How I Voted on the Spending Package

On Thursday, I voted against a the Consolidated Appropriations Bill. Here's why I voted "no" on this measure.

As I’ve said before, we need a permanent fix to secure our border. The bill presented to us doesn't do that. 

Not only is this border funding well below President Trump’s request of $5.7 billion but it is also well below the number our Border Control agents requested to get their jobs done to keep our country safe. The problems with this bill don’t stop there though. 

This bill also decreases the number of illegal immigrants ICE can detain, which will increase ‘catch and release’ policies, only worsening our immigration crisis.

Beyond that, this bill increases spending in nearly all areas – except border security funding – only furthering irresponsible governing which will push our country into more debt. We received this bill a little after 1 a.m. Thursday, giving us less than 24 hours to read, review and vote on this bill.

This isn't how our process should run. This process is broken and that's why I voted against this bill.  


Highlighting the Heritage and History of the Susquehanna Valley

I'm happy to share some good news for our district! On Tuesday, the Senate passed the Susquehanna National Heritage Area Act. 

This bill would designate Lancaster and York Counties a NHA. NHA designations recognize important natural, cultural and historic landscapes and help celebrate the nation’s diverse heritage. They also help our local economy by providing jobs through recreation and tourism.

Our community is filled with so much natural beauty that needs to be maintained. I see it every time I come home to our district. Creating a National Heritage Area will help highlight our area’s natural beauty and history while attracting visitors and stimulating our local economy. 

This bill now heads back to the House where we plan to vote on it next week. 

Last year, the House approved this measure by an overwhelming margin (373-9) so I'm hopeful this will make its way to President Trump and be signed into law soon. I'll be sure to keep you updated on its progress.


York County Offices: Now Open!

On Monday, my York County offices officially opened! I have opened two offices -- one in Red Lion and in Hanover -- to better serve my constituents in York County. 

Full details, including addresses, hours and phone numbers are listed below:


Rep. Smucker’s Red Lion Office

100 Redco Ave.

Red Lion, PA 17356

Office hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Contact number: (717) 969-6133


Rep. Smucker’s Hanover Office

118 Carlisle St.

Hanover, PA 17331

Office hours: Tuesday/Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Contact number: (717) 969-6132

I will be hosting two open houses for these offices. The Red Lion open house will be Feb. 20 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and the Hanover open house will be Feb. 21 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Hope to see you there!


 State of the Union Address

Earlier this month I had the privilege of attending President Trump's second State of the Union address. 

Here's what I thought:


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Sincerely,

Lloyd Smucker

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