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IMPORTANT UPDATES from CONGRESSMAN SMUCKER

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As we all work to #FlattenTheCurve and respond to COVID-19, I want to provide you ongoing updates on my activities and the latest news and announcements from federal and state departments. Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information.

                          Dedicated Website for the Latest Information

I encourage you to visit my dedicated coronavirus page on my website, where helpful links and the latest information from our partners will be posted. You can visit it by clicking here.



                              Federal Department Updates

The IRS has announced that tax filing and payments for 2019 have been deferred for three months. Payments for taxes owed can now be submitted by July 15, 2020 without penalties or interest. Visit the IRS website for additional information here. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has announced that the state’s personal income tax filing will be moved to July 15, as well. Read more here.

President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force released 15 Days to Slow the Spread, building upon CDC guidelines to help protect Americans and reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Their updated guidelines are below, click here for more information.

  1. Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
  2. If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  3. If your children are sick, keep them at home. Contact your medical provider.
  4. If someone in your household has tested positive for the Coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.
  5. If you are an older American, stay home and away from other people.
  6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition—such as a significant heart or lung problem—stay home and away from other people.

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                             Important Congressional Updates

As our nation prepares for the potential further spread of the coronavirus, Congress and the entire United States government are actively responding. Pennsylvania’s Department of Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on a coordinated response to the virus.

Congressman Smucker voted for nearly $8 billion in supplemental appropriations to ensure that all of our federal agencies, state and local partners are prepared. For more information on the emergency supplemental appropriation, click here

On March 12, Congressman Smucker held teletown hall events for residents of PA-11 in Lancaster and York counties. You can listen to the call with York County residents here, it featured York County President Commissioner Julie Wheeler and Dr. David Gasperack, Vice President and Regional Medical Director for Wellspan Medical Group. 

On March 14, Congressman Smucker supported H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  Read Congressman Smucker's statement on the legislation here.  The legislation provides additional support to families and small businesses in responding to COVID-19, including temporary emergency paid leave, providing additional assistance to states for unemployment insurance and ensuring COID-19 tests are free to individuals. For more information on this legislation click here

On March 17, Congressman Smucker hosted a call with local leaders from state and county government and our business community to discuss how we are committed to working together to address the unique needs of small businesses across #PA11 in Lancaster and York counties. You can read more about it from the here.

On March 19, Congressman Smucker spoke with WGAL 8’s Brian Roche to provide an update on the Congressional response to COVID-19.

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                              Supporting Small Businesses

On March 18, Congressman Smucker joined his colleagues in requesting that the Small Business Administration (SBA) implement a disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. With this disaster declaration, local small businesses and non-profit organizations would be eligible to apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans, providing capital assistance to those impacted by COVID-19.

Small businesses in Pennsylvania are now eligible for this SBA program, which was announced on March 19.

For immediate assistance, please contact the Small Business Administration by clicking here for more information.

Congressman Smucker spoke out against Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to shut down non-life-sustaining businesses and asked him to provide greater clarity to Pennsylvania’s small business community. Click here to read Rep. Smucker’s statement.

Additionally, Congressman Smucker contacted the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), expressing concern regarding their recent closure announcement of important rest stops along our busy highways. PennDOT has since reversed their decision, see here for more details.



                                       Supporting Families

On March 19, Congressman Smucker released a listing of all meal distribution efforts from school districts across PA-11. Earlier this month, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue offered a waiver to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, providing necessary regulatory relief to allow the distribution of meals to children while they are not in school. Each of our school districts across PA-11 have responded.

Click here for the latest information from your school district.

Please follow the latest tips and guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department on Health and if you begin to exhibit symptoms, get tested. There are also very easy steps that all of us can take to ensure we remain healthy and to slow the spread.

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My number one priority is keeping our community protected and helping our small businesses and families. I believe that if we come together, we can rise to the occasion and overcome these challenging times.

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Sincerely,
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Lloyd Smucker

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