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IMPORTANT UPDATES from CONGRESSMAN SMUCKER

The officers who brutally killed George Floyd violated their oath to protect and serve and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. As we consciously reflect on how our actions impact those around us and how we can strive to be better public servants, listeners and citizens, we must all come together – law enforcement and entire communities – to rebuild trust and our neighborhoods. I believe we need to address the institutional bias, racism, and injustices that permeate our society in many forms to this day. I applaud the law enforcement officers across the country who selflessly serve their communities without incident and who have joined with protesters peacefully to show support for the victims and that such police brutality will not be condoned. As the discussion continues to confront the ongoing, deadly legacy of racism in our nation we must stand united and stay committed to this endeavor. 

This week, I joined my colleagues in the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus to speak out against racial injustice in America.


Restarting Our Economy

Our economy safely continues to reopen and begin our economic comeback. In order for business to open they must continue to do so by following social distancing and CDC guidance. For the most up to date information on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, I encourage you to visit the dedicated page on my website. You can also view the actions that Congress has taken, information for small business owners, economic relief payments information, and volunteer opportunities.

Governor Wolf’s Administration has kept Lancaster and York counties closed for too long. The determination for when counties were allowed to reopen under the Governor’s phased plan lacked proper data and transparency. Small businesses and hardworking Pennsylvanians lost their businesses and jobs. On June 4, 2020, I sent a letter to PA Dept. of Health Secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, asking for clarification on the metrics they chose to use to allow counties to reopen. The citizens of our Commonwealth deserve a clear answer to how the Governor and Secretary Levine calculated their metrics.

On Friday, June 12th, York County was finally allowed to enter the ‘green phase’ of Gov. Wolf’s reopening plan. Lancaster County entered the ‘yellow phase’ Friday, June 5th. To learn the difference between the types of activities that can resume under Governor Wolf’s orders during the ‘green phase’, visit the Governor’s website.

As Lancaster businesses begin to reopen, there are resources for small businesses with fewer than 100 employees that need PPE. Utilizing federal funding provided by the CARES Act to Lancaster County, Recovery Lancaster has a portal through which small businesses can apply to receive a PPE kit.

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Last week, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act into law, which I supported when it was considered in the House of Representatives. This legislation provided much-needed flexibility for small businesses who receive support through the Paycheck Protection Program. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been in constant contact with constituents and business owners and advocating on their behalf to my colleagues in Congress. The PPP reforms are a direct result of those conversations with constituents to improve the program to help our community. Congress has taken extraordinary efforts to support families and small businesses, including creating the Paycheck Protection Program, which has provided nearly $21 billion of support to over 155,000 businesses in Pennsylvania. I am thankful that Congress has worked together in a bipartisan effort to support small businesses across the nation during this time of crisis.


National Dairy Month

Our Congressional District, PA-11, is home to many dairy farmers and producers. June is National Dairy Month. Thank you, to our dairy farmers who work hard year-round but especially, during COVID-19 to continue to produce for our community.

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On Wednesday, I visited a great multi-generation farm in our district with U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. Administrator Wheeler and President Trump have created a strong working relationship with our agricultural community that will allow our farmers to continue producing for generations without compromising the quality of our land and water. This collaboration enables farmers to be good stewards of our land by making improvements to the Chesapeake Bay watershed through additional investment which supports restoration projects right here in Lancaster and York Counties.

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United Together                                                                                  

On this Flag Day, June 14, 2020, we should all take this as an opportunity to unite as a nation and work together to confront these issues while celebrating our flag.

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On June 14, 1775 what would become the U.S. Army was founded. Over the past 245 years the U.S. Army has protected our Nation at home and abroad. From securing our victory over the British in the Revolutionary War to protecting our freedom to this day. Happy Birthday, to the U.S. Army. To all those who have served and will serve in the future your dedication to your country is remembered everyday but especially, today. God Bless the U.S. Army. 

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2020 Art Competition Winner                                                     

Congratulations to our 2020 Art Competition Winner Jemma L. of Garden Spot High School in the Eastern Lancaster County School District! Her pastel drawing “Dog and Dino” will be on display in our United States Capitol Building along with winners from across our nation. Thank you to all who participated this year!

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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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Sincerely,


Lloyd Smucker
Member of Congress

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