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IMPORTANT UPDATES from CONGRESSMAN SMUCKER

Thanks for subscribing to my E-Newsletter. In this edition, I want provide you with an update on the latest legislative activities in Washington, DC and our community including: fighting for small businesses, legislative proposals to support the American Workforce, apprenticeship legislation and great news about a local school!

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Wishing for a Swift Recovery for the President & First Lady 
My thoughts and prayers for a swift recovery are with the President as he recovers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the First Lady and all impacted by COVID-19.

On Saturday, September 26th, I was tested and received a negative result for COVID-19 prior to boarding Air Force One for travel with the President. I was tested again and received a negative result on Tuesday, September 29th prior to boarding Air Force Two for travel with Vice President Pence. Following the President’s positive test result, I met with the Office of the Attending Physician on Friday morning, was administered a test which came back negative and advised that my interactions with the President last Saturday do not meet their definition of exposure. The Attending Physician’s Office did not recommend that I quarantine and I was cleared to vote on the House floor. At no point have I experienced any symptoms of COVID-19.

It is important that we all remain vigilant in our fight against COVID-19 and that we continue to follow the CDC guidelines, like wearing a mask, regularly washing our hands and maintaining social distancing.


Fighting for Small Businesses
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and community. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Paycheck Protection Program has supported 51 million jobs nationwide including approximately 100,000 in the 11th Congressional District. This program is allowing people to continue to provide for their families. Currently, the program has $138 billion in unused funds, which should be spent to continue to support our small businesses. I signed onto a discharge petition, which is a procedural tool, to force Speaker Pelosi to hold a vote to reopen this crucial program.

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I also took to the House floor on Thursday to join my House Republican colleagues in calling on Speaker Pelosi to allow H.R. 8265 which would extend the Paycheck Protection Program so that more small businesses can receive needed relief. View my comments on the floor. 

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Washington, DC Update
The American people need Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats to engage in good-faith negotiations on continued relief for small businesses and hard-working American families. Thursday’s vote on Speaker Pelosi’s “relief” legislation was only political theater.

The bill contained numerous partisan provisions that are completely unrelated to battling COVID-19, like mandating national vote-by-mail, a union pension plan bailout, and allowing for taxpayer funding for abortions. If Congressional Democrats really wanted to provide relief to the American people, they could swiftly drop these irrelevant and divisive provisions. Even worse, the provisions of the bill related to the pandemic are actually hurtful to Americans, like limiting which small businesses can access the Paycheck Protection Program and removing the integrity protections on the next round of Economic Impact Payments! 

Not only has Speaker Pelosi failed to keep her bill focused on fighting the pandemic, her pandemic-related provisions will actually make things more difficult to recover from COVID-19, all as we move into flu-season. The 2,000 page bill spends nearly $1 billion a page and too little of it goes to fighting COVID-19. 

I am hopeful that the common sense provisions of the Problem Solvers’ Caucus “March to Common Ground” can serve as a guiding principles document that will bring all parties together as negotiations continue.


American Worker Task Force Proposals Released 
Last week, the Republican Study Committee’s American Worker Task Force, of which I am a member, released 110+ proposals to help Americans reclaim their own American Dream. Learn more about our proposals here.

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Education and Labor Committee Considers Apprenticeship Legislation
On September 24, 2020, the House Education and Labor Committee held a mark-up on H.R. 8294, legislation to reauthorize and amend the National Apprenticeship Act, which was first passed by Congress in 1937. In recent years, we have seen interest for apprenticeships surge as more employers and small businesses are recognizing the critical role they play in the development of a skilled workforce. 

Unfortunately, many businesses do not pursue apprenticeship programs due to the rigid nature of federal guidelines and the entangling bureaucracy of trying to establish a program. As a former small business owner, I lived through trying to navigate the federal guidelines to establish an apprenticeship program. It was impossible for me and the guidelines remain truly unworkable for countless small businesses across our community and nation. To read my thoughts on H.R. 8294 click here. Below are my remarks from the mark-up held last week. 

Committee members have been negotiating for months about a bipartisan way forward with the reauthorization of the National Apprenticeship Act, and I am hopeful that as the legislation continues to evolve we can strike a bipartisan balance that will allow Congress to reach reforms supported by all.

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Recognizing Academic Excellence 
Dallastown Elementary was named a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School for exemplary high performance. I was proud to speak on the House Floor to recognize this outstanding achievement.

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Rapid Tests Made Available to States
This week, the Trump Administration has harnessed the federal government’s full force in partnerships with private businesses to deliver an additional 150 million rapid Covid-19 tests to states so that we can continue to reopen our schools and economy safely.

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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