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IMPORTANT UPDATES from CONGRESSMAN SMUCKER

Thanks for subscribing to my E-Newsletter. In this edition, I want to share with you my statement on the police incident last Sunday in Lancaster City, the opioid crisis in our community, my activities in Washington, DC and important days of recognition. You can always visit the dedicated coronavirus page on my website for additional information. 

I enjoy hearing from you and responding to questions from your emails, phone calls and letters. If you’d like to share your concerns or opinions with me, or if you have questions about legislation or specific votes, you can send me an email here.


Statement on Police Incident
Our community grieves and prays for the family who lost a loved one struggling with mental health issues. We pray for the officer involved, their family, and all law enforcement officers across our community.

It is difficult for a reasonable person to view the Lancaster Police Officer’s body camera footage and think actions taken in self-defense were unwarranted. When being charged at by an individual brandishing a knife, there is little opportunity for de-escalation.

Situations like this require clear-eyed leadership about what is right and wrong and the appropriate responses. It is the Mayor’s responsibility to secure city residents’ safety to ensure there is no lawlessness resulting in vandalism, violence, or destruction. Lancaster City’s revitalization over the past two decades is no accident. It was because previous mayors, both Republican and Democrat, utilized the resources at their disposal to establish public safety and reduce crime.

Sunday evening’s riots resulted in vandalism, destruction of public and private property, and the actions of individuals, who, according to the Lancaster Bureau of Police, threw “water bottles, glass bottles, rocks, bricks, gallon jugs of liquids and parts of plastic road barricades at Officers,” cannot be allowed to continue and must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Peaceful assembly is a constitutionally guaranteed right. Rioting is not.

On Tuesday, I joined ABC 27 for an interview on the recent events view it here

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Help is Available
While our nation continues to respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19, we continue to fight another nationwide public health emergency: the opioid crisis. According to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nationwide, there are nearly 130 preventable deaths each day as a result of opioid overdoses, and Pennsylvania has one of the highest rates of death per hundred thousand residents.

In the 11th Congressional District, we are fortunate to have community-wide efforts encompassing local government, law enforcement, public health organizations, non-profits, and the business community. 

Please know that no matter your circumstance, there is help. For help, treatment referral, and routing services offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Last week on September 10, 2020, we observed World Suicide Prevention Day. It is important to remember that there is always help available from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-8255. Click here to view my full article on the opioid crisis.


Washington, DC Update
On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, I spoke on the House floor to honor Edward Carvell, a WWII veteran from the 11th Congressional District. I learned of Mr. Carvell’s story when my office assisted in preserving his story through the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project, which preserves the stories of the brave members of our United States Armed Forces. Click below to watch my floor speech.

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This week, I joined my Republican colleagues in the House to unveil our Commitment To America. The House Republican’s Commitment To America will restore our way of life, rebuild the greatest economy, and renew the American Dream. I encourage you to read more about our Commitment to America.

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This week, the bipartisan Problem Solver’s Caucus, held a press conference to roll out the “March to Common Ground” COVID-19 stimulus framework, as part of an effort to break the gridlock regarding ongoing negotiations. The proposal contains funding for testing, continued federal support for unemployment insurance, direct economic stimulus, business and worker liability protection, continued support for small businesses, and support for schools, teachers and students. Learn more about the proposal. 


This week, President Trump joined the Prime Minister of Israel and the Foreign Ministers of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to sign historic peace deals to bring us one step closer to peace in the Middle East.

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Economic Impact Payments Information
The IRS is reaching out to individuals who may be eligible to receive an Economic Impact Payment but who do not file federal income tax returns. These individuals are urged to use the Non-Filer Tool on the IRS website by October 15, 2020.


Are You Counted? 
It is not too late to participate in the 2020 Census. Visit the Census 2020 website to fill out the Census and learn other ways that you can be counted.


Friday started the first night of Rosh Hashanah; to all who celebrate in our community, Shanah Tova.

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September 18, 2020 was POW-MIA Recognition day; we will always honor those that are missing in action or who became prisoners of war. The families of these brave service members are always in our prayers. 

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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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