News from Representative Smucker

   

Thank you for subscribing to my E-Newsletter! This week I want to update you on the USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue’s visit to PA-11, remind you of my Vietnam Veterans pinning ceremony, honor the 75th anniversary of D-Day, update you on my travel throughout the district and let you know what I’ve been talking about in Washington.  

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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.


     Discussing Agriculture with Secretary Sonny Perdue

Last week, United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited PA-11, as we held a roundtable with local farmers from across the district and toured the facilities of Case New Holland in Lancaster County. We discussed issues critical to our agricultural community.

One of the main issues we discussed was the United States – Mexico—and Canada Agreement, known as the USMCA. This agreement would be a big win for dairy farmers and egg and poultry producers in our district, as it would open new markets for their products. For years, Canada has had extremely restrictive trade policies which effectively closed their country from competition from America’s farmers. The USMCA would for the first time, open Canadian markets for competition.

Congress has a generational opportunity to help America’s farmers grow and thrive and I hope we will take that opportunity. It was an honor to host Secretary Purdue in our district and I greatly appreciated the feedback from members of our strong farming community.

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To see me speak on the Floor of the House of Representatives about the USMCA, click here.


          Calling All Vietnam Veterans – Commemorative                          Pinning Ceremony in Columbia  

I am proud to partner again with Sen. Pat Toomey’s office to distribute 50th Anniversary Commemorative Pins, as a small token of appreciation for the brave men and women who served in our Armed Forces during the Vietnam War era.

This ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 15 at 8AM at Columbia High School, located at 901 Ironville Pike, Columbia, PA 17512. 

Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, regardless of station location, and who did not receive a pin at the prior March 29th, 2019 event at Lancaster Airport, will be eligible to receive a lapel pin at this ceremony. Veterans’ family members and veterans from all periods of service are invited to attend the ceremony.

For far too long we as a nation failed to give these brave men and women the recognition they rightfully deserve and I am honored to be able to recognize our Vietnam veterans. Please call my Lancaster district office at 717-393-0667 with any questions.


               Honoring the 75th Anniversary of D-Day 

This week, marked the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. May we always honor the sacrifices and efforts of those brave soldiers who, in General Dwight Eisenhower’s words, brought "security for ourselves in a free world.” I spoke on the House floor to share reflections on this important occasion. You can watch my remarks here.

Of the many brave soldiers from Pennsylvania’s 11th District, perhaps none is better known than Major Dick Winters, born in Lancaster County and attended Franklin & Marshall College. Dick offered the world his memories and the memories of his fellow soldiers, in the book and later HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers.”

One day, Dick Winters was asked by his grandson: "'Grandpa were you a hero in the war?' And I said to him, no I'm not a hero, but I have served in a company full of them."

President Trump offered powerful and moving remarks today during a ceremony in Normandy, France. “You are the greatest among us that will ever live, you are the pride of our nation, you are the glory of our republic and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” I would encourage you to watch his remarks here. 

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                         Getting Out Around the District
 
It was great to spend time back in the district during this past district work period. In Spring Grove Borough, I had the opportunity to visit and host a townhall at Bailey Coach where we discussed transportation and the positive impacts regulatory relief and tax reform.

I also visited the Spring Grove Area School District Intermediate School to meet with their Rocket Team who placed 9th in the nation this year. They’re applying classroom STEM lessons in creative ways with this program. I enjoyed visiting the school (and an end of the year treat) and appreciated the demonstration! Best wishes for continued success, you have so much to be proud of!

I also enjoyed speaking with a history and civics class at Dallastown Area High School, discussing issues that the students are passionate about. These kids are really bright!

You can keep up-to-date with me by following me on Facebook, Twitter, and my website. To see where I’ve been in the district, go here. And to invite me to your school, business, or community organization, please make a request here.

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                                      From the Floor

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It is a privilege to serve the residents of Pennsylvania’s 11th District, where so many great things are happening. When Congress is in session, I like to speak from the floor to share the stories of the people of my district, whether it be successes or somber moments marking the passing of a community member sharing stories about our district is important. In addition to marking the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, read below what else I spoke about the House floor.

Warwick State Champions: Congratulations to the Warwick School District Girls Track & Field Team for winning the state championship! Our community is proud and wishes you all continued success! Watch my comments here.

Foster Care Month: When it comes to finding loving homes for children, there are no Republicans or Democrats – just mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, and sons and daughters who believe each child should have a bed to be tucked into at night in a loving home.  Watch my comments here.

Mourning the Passing of Volunteer Firefighter JD Smith: Please keep your thoughts and prayers with the family, friends, and fellow firefighters at the Red Lion Fire Company of JD Smith, a local volunteer who passed away this past weekend. Watch my comments here.  

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Sincerely,

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Lloyd Smucker

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