News from Representative Smucker

   

Thank you for subscribing to my E-Newsletter! This week I want to update you on: my vote to rein in reckless Washington spending, several of the many visits around our district, and share some news from the Smucker Service Corner.

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 170,000 contacts from you.

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I'm also very proud of the help my office has been able to provide constituents. More than 4,400 individuals and families have been helped, and more than $3,525,165 has been returned to constituents.  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.



                                            Back in the District

It is great to spend time in the district. During the month of August, Congress is in recess and I’ll be hitting the road to meet with constituents, learn about non-profit organizations and tour businesses across the 11th District. Be sure to stay up-to-date by following me on Facebook and Twitter. If you’d like to invite me to visit your school, business or community organization, please send me an email here.

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting with constituents in my Red Lion and Lancaster district offices, discussing everything from immigration policy to our National Park Service. 

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Did you know that the 11th District of Pennsylvania is the “Snack Foods Capital of the World”? I had the pleasure of visiting both Utz and Snyder’s of Hanover this week! I also visited Mickey’s Pizza and Wolfgang Confectioners—one of the nation’s longest-running confection companies.  We’re very fortunate to have such great businesses investing in and providing family-sustaining jobs in our community.

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Ensuring individuals have the skills they need for high-paying jobs is one of my priorities in Congress. I spoke with more than 200 educators and community leaders in Lancaster County this week to discuss the importance of the career and technical education.

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Tuesday was National Night Out, and I enjoyed spending time with State Rep. Kate Klunk, State Sen. Doug Mastriano and District Attorney Kevin Sunday at Penn Township’s National Night Out event!

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                                        Legislative Updates

We Must Address our National Debt

Last month in the House of Representatives, I voted against a bill that significantly increases the federal government’s spending limits and writes a blank check to the U.S. Treasury to borrow more money for the next two years. This fiscal irresponsibility from Washington is absolutely unacceptable!

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 is straightforward. It increases the federal government’s spending limits by $320 billion dollars this year, with only minimal offsetting spending cuts, and it suspends the national debt limit for two years. But a bill doesn’t need to be complicated to harm our nation’s financial wellbeing and the financial wellbeing of American taxpayers for generations to come. Click here to watch my thoughts on the bill.

For perspective, our nation is already more than 22 trillion dollars in debt.  Federal spending every year typically outpaces revenue, despite record levels of tax collection.  So Congress again decided to borrow more money to pay off debt – that doesn’t make any sense. No family or business would operate this way, and the federal government shouldn’t either. Congress must instead make the tough decisions to get our fiscal house in order. Click here to learn more about my efforts to reform our broken budget process.

What do annual deficits and increased debt mean to you and I?  More spending means more taxes and more borrowing – it must be paid for eventually.  This pattern leads to higher interest rates, so it costs more for us to borrow to buy a house or car, pay for school, or start a business. We’re simply passing the bill to the next generation -- again. 


                                   Smucker Service Corner

Helped a Lancaster County constituent receive over $24,000 in owed Social Security benefits.

Assisted a constituent from York County get their nearly $5,000 tax return released from the IRS which was held-up in processing!

Helped a Lancaster County constituent receive a refund on a $1,000+ overpayment they were due from the IRS.  

If you or someone you know needs help with a federal agency, please call my district office at (717) 393-0667.  We’re here to help!

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Sincerely,

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Lloyd Smucker

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