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IMPORTANT UPDATES from CONGRESSMAN SMUCKER

Thanks for subscribing to my E-Newsletter. In this edition, you will find information on where to vote, Medicare open enrollment, Economic Impact Payment information, news about our district, House Republicans’ Commitment to America, Operation Warp Speed, and some days of recognition. As we approach flu season, it is especially important to continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands, and follow CDC flu and COVID-19 guidelines. You can always visit the dedicated coronavirus page on my website for additional information.

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Vote! 
Voting is one of our most sacred rights as Americans. If you have questions regarding polling information, your registration status, or trouble finding your polling location, visit the Commonwealth’s voting website. Our Congressional District covers all of Lancaster County and portions of York County. For information related specifically to those counties, visit their Board of Election pages: Lancaster County Board of Elections and York County Board of Elections

Active duty military members, including the National Guard who are active on state orders, can visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website for more information on how you can vote, including the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot. 


Important Information for Seniors
Medicare is now in open enrollment, which ends on December 7, 2020. During this time, people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs. It is important that you review your current plan as Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year.

This fall, you should have received a “Medicare & You” handbook in the mail, which is an official U.S. government document about your Medicare choices. You can also find a copy of the handbook online at Medicare.gov. To enroll or to change plans, you can contact Medicare at Medicare.gov or         1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).


Economic Impact Payments
Individuals who may be eligible to receive an Economic Impact Payment, provided by the CARES Act, but do not file federal income tax returns, have until November 21, 2020, to provide their information to the IRS using their Non-Filer tool.


Agriculture in Our District Shines
Last week, the USDA announced that Pennsylvania leads the nation in young producers, with Lancaster County the number one in the Commonwealth. The future of agriculture is bright in our District with so many young farmers providing food for our community and nation.

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Fighting for PA-11 Small Businesses 
The Paycheck Protection Program has helped to preserve roughly 100,000 jobs here in Lancaster and southern York counties. For weeks, Senate and House Republicans have been urging our Democrat counterparts to reopen the Paycheck Protection Program, which has $138 billion in unused funds that can directly help small businesses, and would allow small businesses to stay open and their employees to provide for their families. Speaker Pelosi(D-CA) and Senator Schumer (D-NY) must join Republicans in prioritizing the reopening of this program.

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I was honored to receive the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). As a former small business owner, I use that experience each day to fight in Congress for Pennsylvania’s small businesses.

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Operation Warp Speed Shows Promise 
Operation Warp Speed was established to fight COVID-19 by building partnerships with private businesses and government to bring safe and effective vaccines and treatments to the American people. On October 16, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that CVS and Walgreens will help provide an approved vaccine to nursing homes and long-term care facilities. I am thankful for this commitment by CVS and Walgreens so that residents and employees of long-term care facilities will have dedicated access to a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Operation Warp Speed.

On October 22, 2020, the FDA approved the first therapeutic for COVID-19, and the full force of the federal government is working to develop effective and safe therapeutics and vaccines, to beat this virus and restore our way of life.

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Commitment to America
In the last edition of my newsletter, I shared with you the first of three pillars from House Republicans’ Commitment to America. Our Commitment to America focuses on restoring our way of life, rebuilding our economy, and renewing the American Dream. In this edition, I want to focus on the remaining two pillars, rebuilding our economy and renewing the American dream. Before COVID-19, the United States had the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years- the strongest economy in our history.

I wrote about the Commitment to America in a column in the October 22, 2020 edition of the Elizabethtown Advocate and Ephrata Review. Excerpts are below; for the full article click here.

We will ensure America’s economic success by modernizing and investing in our infrastructure.
This includes launching a 5-year plan to fix and improve roads, bridges, and airports. We will also reduce unnecessary regulations and cut permitting process times in half for new projects. As COVID-19 has displaced many Americans from working at an office or attending school every day, we will also increase investment in broadband access to provide high-speed internet to everyone, but particularly rural Americans.

We will renew the American Dream by creating opportunity for all Americans.
I have been privileged to be born in the greatest nation in the history of the world and have lived the American Dream. I had to pay for my own tuition to attend high school. I attended Lancaster Mennonite High School during the day and at night I worked for an older brother hanging drywall. By the time I graduated high school, the older brother I worked for was looking to move on to other ventures and I bought the drywall company from him. As a teenager, I became a small business owner, which over two decades eventually grew to employ hundreds of individuals. I share my story because it is an American story. We have more opportunity here than in any place in the world.

House Republicans will support every Americans’ success now and in the future. 
Ensuring that children across the nation have that same opportunity to live their American Dream starts with ensuring that every child can earn a high-quality education, regardless of where they were born or where they live. We will achieve this by allowing parents to choose the school that is right for their child, investing in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and career and technical training programs. Legislation which I have introduced, the USA Workforce Tax Credit, would stimulate private sector support for organizations which provide K-12 scholarships, apprenticeship training or workforce development and create opportunities for students to explore successful career pathways. A strong educational foundation opens the door to success.

While the Commitment to America helps create opportunity for future generations of America, it also affirms our promise to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare for older Americans. Our Commitment to America is a commitment to you: we will restore our way of life, rebuild the greatest economy, and renew the American Dream.

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Thank You to those who Serve
On October 21, 2020 I was honored to participate in a building dedication ceremony for the Northern York County Regional Police Department (NYCRPD). This new station, which serves officers throughout the 11th District, is named for NYCRPD Officer David Tome, who was killed in the line of duty in 2008.

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October 27, 2020 is recognized as the National Day of the Deployed. I want to thank and honor all those who are currently serving and their families for their brave sacrifice.

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October 28, 2020 is recognized as National First Responders Appreciation Day. Each day first responders across our district and all our communities come to our rescue when we need them. They are brave people that run into danger, as others are running away to protect us all. Thank you to all first responders in our district and across America.

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Here to Help
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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