News from Representative Smucker


Thank you for subscribing to my E-Newsletter! This week I want to update you on how I voted on gun control bills, talk about the House passage of my Susquehanna Valley National Heritage Area Actrecognize notable people in our district and let you know about my York County open house.

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               Why I Voted Against H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112
As you probably heard, the House voted on two gun control bills this week. I voted no on both bills. 

One of these bills, H.R. 8, would ban low-risk firearm transfers, essentially criminalizing law-abiding citizens.

The other, H.R. 1112, removes the three-day limit to complete a background check and without a 3-day limit, the FBI has no incentive to get background checks done in a timely manner. The idea is for this to be extended to 10 days, but the reality is what could end up happening is that people wait forever to get their firearms. The next step, appealing the criminal background check system, can sometimes take more than a year.

Delaying someone’s right to defend themselves can be deadly. In New Jersey, a woman named Carol Bowne was murdered by her ex-boyfriend after she became stuck waiting 43 days for her firearm permit. 

I am committed to keeping guns out of the hands of wrongdoers and those who wish to do us harm -- and I've acted in Congress to do so.

That’s why I supported several bills to prevent mass violence during the last Congress, including a bill to fix the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and the STOP School Violence Act, which funds violence prevention training and helps local law enforcement coordination. 

I couldn't support these bills this week because they aren’t the right solutions. These bills wouldn’t have prevented mass tragedies like Parkland – but I do agree we need to prevent future violence.  

Here's a short video explaining my votes:


                         Preventing Mass Gun Violence 

As we saw in Parkland and in Aurora, Illinois, many red flags for mass shooters were completely missed due to a lack of coordination and response from local law enforcement agencies and the FBI. Many of the perpetrators of mass violence in our country have slipped through the cracks due to poor or inconsistent coordination between federal and local law enforcement agencies. 

That's why I'm cosponsoring the Mass Violence Prevention Act to help provide resources for coordination between these agencies, as well as more resources for prosecuting criminals for firearm-related crimes. 

It’s critical our law enforcement agencies have the tools and information needed to keep the public safe by identifying these wrongdoers. 

     PASSED: Susquehanna Valley National Heritage Area                                    Act to Become Law


If you've been reading my newsletters or following me on social media, you know how important the Susquehanna Valley is to me. Since you sent me to Congress, I've been pushing to make York and Lancaster Counties a National Heritage Area through the Susquehanna National Heritage Area Act. This week, the House passed this bill by a vote of 363-62, as part of a larger package of bills (S.47).

This designation would recognize our history and our community and elevate it to the national level. National Heritage Areas are significant sources of economic growth and would also help bring jobs to our district.

Now the bill is headed to President Trump to become law! I'm hoping this will happen soon and I'll be sure to let you know when it's signed.

          Voting Against Motion to Terminate President                Trump's National Emergency Declaration

This week the House voted on a motion to terminate President Trump's declared national emergency. I voted against this resolution, because I believe the President is acting within his authority to address the crisis at our Southern Border. 

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

Under United States Code 10 Section 2808, presidents have the authority to undertake military construction projects using funds already set aside for military construction in the event of a declaration of a national emergency.

Click here for some fact sheets on the president's national emergency declaration.

          Honoring Our Community on the House Floor

This week I closed out Black History Month by recognizing several notable people like Rita Smith-Wade-El and Barney Ewell who hailed from our district. You can see all the videos on Facebook or my YouTube page.
March is Women's History Month. If you have any suggestions of inspiring or notable women to recognize on the House floor, email me here

                              Red Lion Open House


Yesterday I held an open house at my new Red Lion office. Over 60 people showed up. It was great to meet some of my new constituents. Thank you for taking the time to come out and visit with me!

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Lloyd Smucker

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