News from Representative Smucker

   

Thank you for subscribing to my E-Newsletter! This week I want to update you on our recent district work period, discuss the Mueller report, talk about my new bills, recognize some notable women in our district and highlight some of the ways my district office has been helping constituents like you.  

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 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 where there are 100+ videos, many of which are direct responses to your questions.  

I'm also very proud of the help my office has been able to provide for constituents. More than 3,200 individuals and families have been helped, and more than $1,038,000 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 and at (717) 969-6133 if you need assistance.


Meeting Constituents in PA-11

Spending time in our district and meeting constituents is one of the best parts of this job. Last week I spent the entire week in our district, visiting with constituents like you all over Pennsylvania's 11th District. Here are some highlights from our district work week:

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Meeting with students at York County School of Technology 

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Getting a tour of Red Lion Area Senior High School

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Interviewing with Matt Maisel's Capitol Beat at Fox43 (Watch here!)

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Eating donuts with PA11 constituents at Maple Donuts in York 

I'm looking forward to meeting many more of you in the future. If you're in the district and would like to schedule a meeting with me or my staff, or have me visit your school, business or civic organization, please complete and submit this form


On the Mueller Report: No Collusion

Last Sunday, Attorney General Bill Barr delivered his summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's two-year investigation to Congress. 

Barr said in his letter that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation “did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

Click here to read Barr's full letter to Congress on the Mueller report. 

After two long years, two congressional investigations, thousands of subpoenas and interviews, I believe it's clear from these investigations and the Special Counsel NO collusion occurred between Russia and President Trump or his campaign. Unfortunately, many of President Trump’s detractors still refuse to accept these findings because they want to discredit our President at any cost — but the fact is, we still have the rule of law.

I am glad we have reached this conclusion but it's sad many Democrats refuse to let this go. Democrats need to close this chapter and move on so we can get to work on real issues affecting our country.


Promoting Wage Fairness

From families to education and the workforce, women play pivotal roles in our country and it’s important they’re paid fairly. That's why I cosponsored the WAGE Equity Act, a wage fairness bill, with Rep. Elise Stefanik and 47 other members. 

We have nearly 75 million women working in the U.S., which is the most in our nation’s history. Thanks to our strong economy, nearly three million jobs were created last year and more than half of them went to women. Despite all of these positive economic indicators, some women still aren’t paid the same amount as men. 

The WAGE Equity Act aims to fix that. Unlike the Democrat bill, this legislation creates a system to allow businesses to rectify any pay disparity proactively and empowers businesses to do something they already do – which is self-reflection and rectifying these pay discrepancies. Our bill also allows employees to use flexible work arrangements which can be helpful for women and employees who need to take care of their children at home. The legislation also protects employees’ ability to discuss compensation with their colleagues.

These are these important changes needed to reflect a 21st-century workforce. 

The Democrats in the House considered a bill this week trying to address this issue as well, but I couldn’t support that bill for a few reasons. That bill requires intrusive and expanded power for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to collect business compensation data by sex and race, which could cost businesses $700 million annually. It also would expand class action lawsuits, thereby filling the pockets of trial lawyers instead of helping women. 

I want to see pay fairness for women because I believe in supporting women.I believe the WAGE Equity Act bill would do that.


                         Holding the VA Accountable 

Our brave service men and women should not have to pay for errors or delays made by the VA. Our veterans and their families have sacrificed so much to protect our country and we should make their transition to civilian life as easy as possible. That's why I've introduced the bipartisan VA Accountability Act with Reps. Tom Emmer and Collin Peterson

The VA Billing Accountability Act authorizes the VA to waive the requirement that a veteran make co-payments for medication, hospital care, nursing home care, and medical services if:

  • an error committed by the VA or a VA employee caused delaying copayments notification to the veteran; and
  • the veteran received such notification more than 120 days (18 months in the case of a non-VA facility) after the date on which they received care or services

Too many veterans were receiving expensive copayment bills long after their service ended. This bill will help bring our veterans more stability and financial security and I hope my colleagues will pass it. 

Recognizing Constituents on the House Floor

March is Women's History Month and this month I've been highlighting the stories of some notable women in our district, like Judge Louise Williams from Lancaster. You can see all the videos on Facebook or my YouTube page

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If you have any suggestions of inspiring or notable people you'd like me to recognize on the House floor, email me here.


Honoring our Vietnam Veterans

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On Friday, I had the honor to recognize our area's Vietnam veterans for Vietnam War Veterans Day at a ceremony with Sen. Pat Toomey in Lititz.

So few among us have made the decision to join the military and accept the inherent risks associated with service. These veterans engaged in the military when many people did not, when it was not a popular choice to heed the call of service. Others were drafted. It’s difficult for anyone who wasn’t there to imagine what it was like fighting in Vietnam.  But it is our duty to hear their stories, stories with names like the La Drang Valley, the Tet Offensive and Hamburger Hill.

Whatever their story or experience was, they endured it. They fought with valor with honor. They didn’t give up and they persevered Some of them were wounded and saw their friends and comrades perish. They carry the memories with them daily. 

All they asked in return was for respect and dignity.  But sadly, many of them did not receive the welcome they deserved when they came home from Vietnam.   

Today we know they are heroes who have served our country nobly.  It was an honor to commemorate the sacrifices they made for our country.


Smucker Service Corner

My district staff recently helped a constituent receive $73,001 in backpay from the Social Security Administration and helped two other constituents receive $24,346 and nearly $19,000 from the SSA. 

If you need help with a federal agency, please call my district office at (717) 393-0667. 


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Sincerely,

Lloyd Smucker
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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