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IMPORTANT UPDATES from CONGRESSMAN SMUCKER

Thanks for subscribing to my E-Newsletter. In this edition, I want to update you: on my travels across the district, efforts to support students and educators, the Department of Justice requesting information from Gov. Wolf’s Administration and available support for small businesses thanks to the CARES Act. You can always visit the dedicated coronavirus page on my website for additional information.

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Around Our Community
Over these past couple of weeks, I have visited several businesses around our congressional district to learn how they have been impacted by COVID-19. 

I visited Bound Tree Medical, a distributor of personal protective equipment and medical supplies to first responders with a distribution center in Elizabethtown. I appreciated learning about how their business has adapted to the challenges of COVID-19 and hearing directly from first responders from Lancaster EMS and Northwest EMS.

ImageCOVID-19 has negatively impacted most sectors of the economy, including the live events industry. That is why I am a proud co-sponsor of the RESTART Act. This week I attended a function at Rock Lititz to support the nationwide Red Alert Restart, to raise awareness for the adversity faced by the live events industry.

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I also had the opportunity to participate in a ride-along with a local UPS driver. Since the start of COVID-19 we have all been getting more and more deliveries to our homes. Postal workers, delivery men and women, and many on the frontlines have been working to ensure all of us get our packages and mail as quickly as possible.

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Supporting Education 
Schools across our nation and community have started to reopen into a different but safe learning environment. Our congressional district is home to many colleges, secondary, and elementary schools and I know that teachers and administrators have worked tirelessly to create a learning environment that is safe for students to return to. As instruction continues, our K-12 and post-secondary institutions will continue to need additional support. Congress, through the CARES Act, provided over $30 billion in direct support to school districts and institutions of higher education and provided an opportunity for education funding to aid states through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds (GEERF).

Of those funds, K-12 schools in southern York County and Lancaster County received nearly $20 million in direct support from the CARES Act. Post-secondary institutions in our congressional district received over $25 million in aid, with half of the funding going directly to students for emergency financial aid. Congress has stepped up to help all of Pennsylvania’s students and it is time for Gov. Wolf to spend the money he was allocated before he asks for more federal funding. To view my full article on supporting our students click here.


Department of Justice Requests Information from Wolf Administration
For months I along with my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives have been calling on Gov. Wolf to answer for his Administration’s failure to protect our most vulnerable in long-term care facilities and nursing homes. Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced they were requesting answers from Gov. Wolf on his decisions with nursing homes and long term care facilities. Click here to view the letter from the DOJ to Gov. Wolf.

I joined CBS 21 News to talk about the DOJ requesting more information from Gov. Wolf.


Support for Businesses
The York County Board of Commissioners approved $14 million of federal CARES Act funding, to create the YoCo Strong Restart Fund which will provide assistance to York County small businesses and nonprofits. The York County Economic Alliance will be administering the program, which is accepting applications until September 11 at 11:59pm.

Recovery Lancaster was created by the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners utilizing funds provided by the CARES Act as a partnership between the Lancaster Chamber and the Lancaster Economic Development Company. Recovery Lancaster helps provide small businesses with personal protective equipment (PPE). Learn more on their website

Recently, Recovery Lancaster helped two local companies provide 200 pallets of PPE to Lancaster County schools. 


Labor Day
Labor Day was established by an Act of Congress signed in 1894 by President Grover Cleveland. Through the months that our community has responded to the challenges presented by COVID-19, I believe everyone has gained a greater appreciation for those who work on the frontlines to keep this country moving. We certainly appreciate all of their efforts.

Congress has provided unprecedented funding and new programs to support hardworking families across the nation, including through economic impact payments and enhanced federal unemployment benefits.

Coming into this crisis, we were fortunate to have the best economy in a generation with record low unemployment figures. And I’m confident that we will return to that strong economy as we move forward together, rebuilding and renewing our communities.

It will continue to be important for Congress to support workforce development programs, to help individuals learn new skills and support them in finding a high-paying, in-demand career.

Thank you, to those who have been working on the frontlines to support our community and I would like to wish everyone a restful and safe Labor Day weekend.

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Here to Serve
If you have any questions or issues with a 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 for any issue with a federal agency or department.

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Sincerely,


Lloyd Smucker
Member of Congress

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