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Weekly Update - 4.18.21

Good afternoon and welcome to our Weekly Update.

Earlier this week, I traveled to Texas to get a firsthand account of the human rights catastrophe taking place at our southern border. The Biden Administration (who has repeatedly referred to this situation as a “challenge”) and Democrats must recognize the severity of the situation occurring at the border. I toured the Rio Grande River and the detention facility in Donna, Texas. First of all, I want to commend our Customs and Border Patrol agents and our National Guard for doing a tremendous job under challenging circumstances. The influx of illegal immigrants and unaccompanied minors from Central and South America is at all-time highs and they are experiencing severe overcrowding in the detention facilities.

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. See the picture below of the detention facility in Donna taken on March 31 of this year.

The following picture is what the facility looks like on April 14, 2021, with the addition of numerous tents and facilities.

This additional construction was needed to handle the continuing influx of illegal immigrants, particularly children, over the border. The Donna facility is over 16 times its capacity.

 

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Weekly Update - 4.11.21

Good afternoon and welcome to our Weekend Update.

It was a very busy week, holding meetings with many outstanding businesses and local leaders in the district and surrounding areas. There is quite a bit of important planning and actions related to election integrity. I will fight for voter access and will fight equally as hard for election integrity. They both must be achieved. An election should never be favorable to those in power and voting laws are not flexible. These laws are not to be ignored for any contrived reason. I do plan to work on this.

Much of my work these days is, of course, constituent services, assuring there will be a proper use of funds from the various spending bill, working effectively to advance our state economically fighting back against the Democrats left-wing extremists, communicating the truth on the issues to the public and voter integrity remains a priority. The committees I serve on, Foreign Affairs and Small Business, are great and committed to fighting for America. This you can count on!

Another crazy week of horrific decisions and continued lies from the White House.

I continue to be deeply upset with the way President Joe Biden, national Democrats, the mainstream media and the "woke" mob are spreading LIES about Georgia's new voting law. Click here to read a document that separates fact from fiction related to Georgia's new law. 

Based on these lies and misinformation, Major League Baseball caved to the “woke” assault. It moved the All-Star game to Colorado... which also requires voter identification and has fewer days of early voting. Why? It has all to do with fulfilling a political agenda.

Mark my word, we have not witnessed the last of the “woke” mob and the impacts of “cancel culture.” It’s dangerous and it again underscores the importance of helping Republicans win at the ballot box to continue the job that President Donald Trump began. We must push America First policies focused on the working class, not the ruling class.

 

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Weekly Update - 4.4.21

Happy Easter and welcome to our Weekend Update.

Before we begin our update, I want to extend my thoughts and prayers with the family, friends and fellow officers of U.S. Capitol Police Officer William Evans, who tragically lost his life in defense of our nation. Yesterday's attack on the Capitol was tragic and a stark reminder that our men and women in blue put their lives on the line to protect our democracy every single day. We can never thank them enough.

This week, my latest appearance on the Volpe Report aired. I discussed the ongoing crisis at the border. What is occurring at the border is an absolute tragedy and the blame largely rests with President Joe Biden and his administration. Click here or below to watch.

I appeared on Fox Business with Neil Cavuto to discuss President Joe Biden’s latest trillion-dollar spending bill that will require massive tax increases. Click here or below to watch.

 

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Weekly Update - 3.28.21

Good afternoon and welcome to our Weekend Update.

With all the craziness we have seen from the extreme left over the past two months, I was thankfully not in Washington, D.C. this week. As I have said before, Washington groupthink is a real thing and the issues and views being pushed by the extreme left are rooted in their own agenda and self-interest, not what’s best for hardworking Pennsylvanians. Higher taxes, increased spending, massive budget deficits, stripping away our 2ndAmendment rights, weakened border security, making our elections less secure and promoting socialist policies are all on the agenda. President Joe Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are all walking billboards for term limits.

As someone who has spent much of my career working to build a business in the private sector, I always look forward to visiting local businesses to hear how they are doing, speaking to hardworking Pennsylvanians and finding out how government can best help support their efforts to grow and prosper. Yesterday, I visited the Famous Smoke Shop which is thriving. This business began as a small cigar shop in Manhattan and has since moved its entire operation to Pennsylvania. They are the largest online retailer of cigars. Pictured below with Arthur Zaretsky, president and founder of Famous Smoke Shop.

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Weekly Update - 3.21.21

Good evening and welcome to our Weekend Update.

This week, President Joe Biden unveiled a major tax hike that would negatively impact our economy and hardworking American families.

The planned tax increases include:

  • Raising the corporate tax from 21 percent to 28 percent

  • Increasing the income tax rate on families making more than $400,000

    • Note: President Biden campaigned on increasing taxes on people making over $400,000, but now it is families
  • Expanding the estate tax

This plan is just the beginning of tax increases on hardworking Americans. By the way, the corporate tax rate at 21% is one of the reasons our economy was doing so well in January of 2020 before the pandemic. Biden's plan will reverse all of that. I joined Newsmax this week to talk about how this is the wrong plan and puts our nation on the wrong path. Click here or on the image below to watch.

 

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Weekly Update - 3.14.21

Good afternoon and welcome to our Weekend Update.

This was a great week in Washington… if you were a liberal Democrat like President Joe Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

They passed and signed and passed the nearly $2 trillion big-government spending bill and began their latest assault on our 2nd Amendment rights. The White House Chief of Staff has deemed this “the most progressive domestic legislation in a generation.”

While I voted to oppose the latest Covid-19 relief funding plan, the House passed the bill and President Biden signed it into law this week. This plan is far too large, too broad, included a host of liberal spending items and wasteful spending initiatives and is poorly timed as the economy is recovering.

As we continue to dig into a piece of legislation created in the Biden-Pelosi-Schumer swamp, egregious spending projects continue to be uncovered.

 

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Weekly Update - 3.7.21

Good afternoon and welcome to our Weekend Update.

I spent most of the week in Washington, D.C., as Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to drive through her far-left agenda one terrible piece of legislation after another.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats have prioritized the passage of a wide-ranging bill that would result in the federal takeover of our elections. It is called H.R. 1 and referred to as the “For the People Act.” It should be called the “For the Politicians Act.” 

This legislation includes:

  1. Taxpayer-Funded Elections: Creates a 6:1 taxpayer-funded match to any small donor contributions of $200 or less in a congressional or presidential campaign. That means that for every $200 donated, the federal government will match $1,200 with our tax dollars. This legislation establishes a new voucher pilot program that grants eligible voters a $25 voucher, funded by tax dollars, to donate to any campaign of their choosing.

  2. Federal Election Takeover: Ignores the Constitution by hindering the states’ ability to determine their registration and voting practices, as protected under Article 1, Section 4 of the Constitution. The legislation mandates “ethics standards” for the Supreme Court, violating the separation of powers.

  3. Cements the 2020 “Pandemic” Election Practices: Last year, states used Covid-19 as a reason to implement expanded no-excuse mail-in voting without any checks and balances to ensure ballot integrity. H.R. 1 makes many of these changes permanent.

  4. Entire U.S. Conducts Elections Like California: This legislation would force states to conduct their elections like the most liberal parts of California, by permanently expanding mail-in voting, legalizing ballot harvesting and eliminating the need to verify your identity before voting.

  5. Forces States to Count Invalid Votes: Eliminates state voter ID laws and provisional ballot rules. This legislation will make states allow sworn statements to be used in place of identification and allowing for signature verification. To register online, a voter must simply submit a picture of their ID. Incredibly, this legislation also forces states to count provisional ballots cast outside of the voter’s correct precinct. Those ballots would normally be ruled invalid because they don’t live there.

Our nation must take measurers to restore confidence in our electoral process. H.R. 1 does the opposite. It strips states of their Constitutional rights to oversee their own electoral processes.

I voted AGAINST this bill. Unfortunately, the bill passed on a party-line vote. I do not believe this vote will age well for the Democrats.

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Weekly Update - 2.28.21

Good evening and welcome to our Weekend Update.

On Friday, Congress held a vote on President Joe Biden and Congressional Democrat’s $1.9 trillion spending plan. As I have stressed, any additional aid should be focused on addressing the real needs including… increasing testing capacity, making additional vaccinations available, supporting our hospitals, health care providers and senior homes. Instead, President Joe Biden and Democrat-controlled House of Representatives advanced a $1.9 trillion spending plan focused on Democratic funding priorities and allies and less on combatting Covid-19.

This is the wrong plan at the wrong time for the wrong reasons:

  • Less than 9% goes to combating COVID-19 through public health spending

  • 27% or $510 billion goes to state and local governments

  • 25% or $471 billion goes to policies that reduce private-sector employment

  • 18% includes:
    • $135 million for the National Endowment for the Arts

    • $135 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities

    • $200 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services

    • $12 billion for foreign aid

  • Excluding stimulus payments to individuals, almost half of the bill will not be spent until 2022 or later:

    • 45% or $670 billion is spent in 2022 or later

    • $140 billion is spent in 2024 or later

  • So what is spent in 2021?

    • Only 5% ($6 billion) of the $130 billion for K-12 schools

    • Only 5% ($250 million) of the $5 billion for Emergency Housing Vouchers

    • Only 19% ($8 billion) of the $39 billion for childcare

    • Only 23% ($11 billion) of the $50 billion for FEMA

    • Only 12% ($35 billion) of the entire Education & Labor Committee Title

    • None of the $5 billion for Homeless Assistance
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Weekly Update - 2.21.21

Good afternoon and welcome to our Weekend Update.

It was another snowy and cold week, but that didn't stop us from spending time in the District. 

On Friday, I visited Alvernia University’s “CollegeTowne” project. “CollegeTowne” is a strategy and model for championing economic redevelopment in downtown Reading. Through partnerships and collaborations with the city of Reading and local businesses and organizations, Alvernia University serves as a strategic partner for strengthening the local economy downtown. Starting with purchasing a vacant building and then adding academic programming, a business incubator within Alvernia’s O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship and eventually student housing, Alvernia becomes a key leader in reviving engagement and energy in downtown Reading. I was joined by John Loyack, Alvernia University President, Thomas Minick, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and our good friend Barry Schlouch, President of Schlouch, Inc.

Earlier in the week, I joined the Berks County Patriots for their meeting. Always a great time with patriots who care deeply about our nation. I also want to thank Sam and Linda Brancadora for their leadership of such a patriotic organization. Pictured below with Rodney Miller.

 

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Weekly Update - 2.14.21

Happy Valentine's Day and more importantly for many, Happy Daytona 500. I hope everyone is enjoying President's Day weekend and welcome to our Weekend Update. 

While I was in the District this week, many eyes were on the Democrat’s political impeachment process against former President Donald J. Trump. The President Trump’s defense team highlighted the manufactured and doctored evidence and videos they showed and the blatant hypocrisy of their arguments. Click here or below to watch the video from President Trump’s defense team that highlights video clips of the Democrats’ rhetoric.

 

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