News from Representative Smucker


As Congress continues to have discussions on the next steps to respond to COVID-19, I want to ensure that you have the latest information available.

Please be sure to visit my dedicated page on my website for the latest updates. You can visit this page by clicking here. 

Latest Updates:

The legislation representing the third phase of response to COVID-19, is still being negotiated and considered in the United States Senate. It is critical that we move forward with this legislation as families and small businesses across the nation are counting on Congress to act. I am hopeful that Congress will move forward with this bipartisan legislation without delay.

Schools to remain closed:

Gov. Tom Wolf ordered Pennsylvania schools to remain closed at least through April 6. Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education website here for that announcement.

Small Business Assistance:

We know that small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the foundation of many of our communities. Please know that I will continue advocating for you as discussions remain ongoing in Washington. Please share this information to spread the word to our local entrepreneurs:

Small businesses across Pennsylvania are now eligible for the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Click here for more information.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s Administration has moved forward with the planned shutdown of non-life-sustaining businesses effective 8am on March 23. You can find their guidance on businesses which should remain open or closed here.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is reviewing waiver requests from small businesses, their online webform can be found here. Business owners can get clarification on whether their business is defined as life-sustaining by emailing the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) at or calling 1-877-724-3258.

Commonsense Actions each of us can take to prevent the spread:

All of us should practice good habits to stay healthy and should always follow these easy recommendations, including: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

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Lloyd Smucker
Member of Congress

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