News from Representative Smucker


As our country begins to start reopening and relaxing restrictions on businesses, it is important to follow social distancing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For the most up to date information on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, I encourage you to visit my website. You can view the actions that Congress has taken, information for small business owners, economic relief payments information, and volunteer opportunities. Additionally, the CDC has released new guidelines on how to safely reopen. They have offered specific guidance for: schools, camps and youth programs, workplaces, childcare centers, transit, restaurants and bars.

It is Time to Reopen Pennsylvania
For weeks, I have stressed that we need to begin safely reopening small businesses across our community who can abide by social distancing and CDC guidelines. While I am thankful that York County will begin to open some businesses next week, we know that the economic devastation for families and small businesses is very real. We are simply moving too slowly and any efforts we can take now to reopen businesses safely could prevent bankruptcies and business closures from occurring and eliminating jobs in our community forever.

As time has passed, we now know more about COVID-19 and who is at the greatest risk. In Pennsylvania, it is the elderly, particularly those in nursing homes, and those with underlying chronic health issues such as hypertension or diabetes who face the greatest risk. By using a transparent and data-driven approach, we can focus our response to protect vulnerable populations like those in nursing homes, while beginning to reopen our economy safely.

On May 10th I signed onto a letter with county commissioners and state representatives to call on Gov. Tom Wolf to allow Lancaster County to reopen safely by following CDC guidelines.

I have continually expressed the need for the Wolf Administration to provide additional resources to our nursing homes, which have been hotspots in our community. For several weeks I have been calling on Gov. Wolf to focus efforts on increased testing and providing PPE to nursing homes and long-term care facilities. I am glad the Governor has finally listened.


On Wednesday, May 14th, I joined Senator Pat Toomey for a roundtable discussion with businesses focused on reopening Pennsylvania’s economy. This informative discussion with business leaders, Lancaster County Commissioner Josh Parsons, and the CEO of Penn State Health, reiterated that we can safely begin to reopen our economy.

Earlier this week, I joined several of my Pennsylvania GOP colleagues in calling for the Governor to stop the rhetoric and threats towards counties that want to allow businesses to reopen. What was troubling to me as a member of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation, is the way Gov. Wolf is threatening counties to withhold federal funding intended to help them respond to COVID-19.

On Friday, I joined Neil Cavuto on Fox Business to further emphasize the need for our economy in Pennsylvania to reopen and the success that social distancing had on flattening the curve of COVID-19. Watch the interview below.


Congressional Actions
Congress has taken unprecedented actions to respond to COVID-19 and provide relief to the American people.

In late March, Congress passed the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act provided direct economic aid to the American people, the creation of the Paycheck Protection Program to further aid small businesses, keep their employees on the payroll, and funding to aid state and local governments. These provisions were necessary and Congress must ensure that these funds are spent efficiently and effectively.

House Democrats and Speaker Pelosi proposed a $3 trillion spending wish list, which the House considered on Friday. I strongly opposed this legislation. Click here to read my thoughts on the legislation.

Welcome Home
I want to wish a special welcome home to Reem Desouky, a Lancaster City resident who was held by the Egyptian government as a political prisoner. Since her imprisonment, my office has been in constant contact with the U.S. Department of State regarding her situation. Thank you, President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and everyone at the U.S. Department of State who worked to return Ms. Desouky home. Since she was taken into custody by the Egyptian Government, many people in our community advocated for her return and I know we are all happy that she is back safely.

Thank You
Yesterday, May 16th, was National Armed Forces Day. Each and every day the brave members of the United States Armed Forces work tirelessly to protect our way of life. Thank you for securing our liberty and freedoms.


Doctors and nurses around our community and nation have worked hard over these months to prepare and combat against COVID-19. Their dedicated effort has helped us avoid a surge in Pennsylvania. As yesterday marked the end of National Hospital Week, thank you for the work you have done and the hard work that lies ahead to defeat COVID-19.

Additionally, this week was National Police Week and last week was National Nurses Week. We thank our emergency and first responders and heroic healthcare workers for all of their ongoing efforts.

Here to Serve
If you have any questions or issues with any federal agency, please know that my office is here to assist you. You can call our district or Washington, DC offices for assistance or visit my website by clicking here for more assistance for any issue with a federal agency or department.

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Lloyd Smucker
Member of Congress

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