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IMPORTANT UPDATES from CONGRESSMAN SMUCKER

Our economy continues to safely reopen and begin our economic comeback. In order for businesses to open, they must continue to do so safely 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 my dedicated page on my website. You can view the actions that Congress has taken, information for small business owners, economic relief payments information, and volunteer opportunities.


Our Economic Comeback:
As of Friday, June 26th both Lancaster and York counties are in Governor Wolf’s “green phase” of reopening. Lancaster and York County residents have done their part in continuing to slow the spread of COVID-19, but their hard work has been met by the Wolf Administration’s opaque decision-making and constantly changing reopening metrics. This should have been done weeks ago. While moving to “green” is a step in the right direction there are still restrictions in place. For additional information on what activities are permissible under Governor Wolf’s “green phase” visit the Governor’s website.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was implemented to help save our small businesses. The Commonwealth has received roughly 159,000 loans with close to $21 billion in funds to small businesses, saving jobs and small businesses throughout our community. The deadline to apply for a PPP loan is June 30. The application for PPP loan forgiveness has been simplified.

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I want to thank the United States Chamber of Commerce for honoring me with the Spirit of Enterprise Award. Having been a small business owner for twenty-five years, I know our small businesses are the backbone of our community and provide family sustaining wages to thousands of workers in the Eleventh District. I will never waiver in my support for them.

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Economic Impact Payments (EIPs):
The CARES Act provided direct payments to the American people. My office has received a large number of questions regarding the EIPs. For a list of frequently asked questions and answers visit the IRS dedicated Coronavirus webpage.

Reports of nursing homes stealing resident’s payments are unacceptable and must be reported. For more information on potential scams with EIPs or taxes visit www.irs.gov/alerts.

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Washington, DC Update:
I was disappointed to see that Sen. Tim Scott’s police reform legislation was blocked from consideration in the Senate and am equally disappointed that every amendment offered by House Republicans to H.R. 7120 in committee was blocked from consideration.

We need bipartisanship to prevail in Washington and I am hopeful that police reforms may be considered in a conference committee. Read my full statement opposing H.R. 7120.

Last week, I joined a markup in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on H.R. 2, this legislation was an exercise in partisanship and was not a serious effort to address and improve our nation’s surface transportation infrastructure. View my full statement on H.R. 2.

Last week, I joined the House Committee on Education and Labor for a hearing focused on the impact COVID-19 has had on education in our communities. I am thankful for all of our educators who have worked to adapt to this challenge. To view my remarks in the hearing click the picture below.

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This week, during a House Committee on Education and Labor hearing, I discussed Pennsylvania’s decision to require nursing homes to admit patients with COVID-19 and the impact that it has had across the nation. Only .6% of Pennsylvania’s population lives in nursing homes but tragically represents nearly 70% of all COVID-19 fatalities. Click here to view my remarks. 

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Governor Tom Wolf has been silent on his decision making in regards to nursing homes and long term care facilities being required to accept COVID-19 patients, against guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which said that facilities should only admit patients if the facilities can abide by quarantining protocols. House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, who serves as the Ranking Member of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, sent a letter to Governor Wolf requesting answers on why his Administration made this decision. The Governor needs to answer to the people of Pennsylvania. I discussed this on the floor of the U.S. House, watch below. 

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Additionally, I joined members of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis and my Pennsylvanian Congressional colleagues in asking Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro to investigate Governor Wolf’s actions. 


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 on any issue with a federal agency or department. 

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Sincerely,


Lloyd Smucker
Member of Congress

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