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Facts Regarding the Mueller Report

Mueller Report Shows No Collusion, No Obstruction

  • For years, Democrats and many in the media promised us there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Today, they were proven totally wrong and President Trump has been completely exonerated.
  • Special Counsel Mueller’s report reaffirmed what President Trump, members of the campaign team, and the White House have repeatedly said, there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and there was no obstruction of justice.
    • As Attorney General Barr noted: "The Special Counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election."
  • The Special Counsel’s report also noted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will go down in history as one of the widest ranging, longest, and most expensive investigations ever.
  • This exhaustive investigation included devotion of resources, staff, and taxpayer dollars:
    • The investigation went on for 675 days.
    • The total reported cost of the Mueller investigation through September 2018 was over $25 million.
    • The cost per day was $50,230.00  – the second most expensive in history.
    • There were 19 attorneys on Robert Mueller’s staff – 12 more than the Starr investigation.
    • Approximately 500 individuals testified or interviewed with the Special Counsel’s team.
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Weekly Update - 3.22.19

Dear Friend,

Greetings and welcome to our Week-End Update.

This week, our team and I were working hard, traveling around the District, attending events, and meeting with constituents.

On Monday morning, I met with a few conservative leaders in Lebanon County. Their ideas and input are invaluable. Later, I paid a visit to a local company, PRL, Inc., which manufactures sand castings for military, primarily submarines, and commercial use. It was great to meet with PRL employees and see first-hand how a great local company can achieve international success and create quality jobs here in the 9th Congressional District. Thanks to all the people at PRL. Later, I taped an appearance on Berks County GOP Chairman Clay Breece's Radio Show The Point, which airs on WFYL.

On Tuesday, I visited one of the largest employers in our area, Navient Solutions. They employ over 1,000 hardworking Pennsylvanians, many of whom reside in the 9th District. These are great paying jobs and we are lucky to have this employer in our region. Meeting the CEO, senior staff, and many of their employees was also a great pleasure and their hospitality was truly appreciated. Later that day, I visited the Wilkes-Barre VA and met with their Director Russell Lloyd. As a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I was pleased to sit down and discuss ways to improve services and efficiencies, so as to always ensure that our veterans receive the best care possible.  

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Weekly Update - 3.15.19

Dear Friend,

Good evening. The following is our Week-End Update.

As I wrote last week, I spoke on the floor against H.R. 1, or what I have come to refer to as the "Democrat Politician Protection Act".  My remarks highlighted the absurdity of an amendment that would require all polling places to remain open for ten hours over a 15-day period. Such an unfunded mandate isn't just costly to local municipalities, but highly impractical - especially when you consider the size of certain precincts in our district. Take, for example, a polling place in Lenhartsville Borough in Berks County - which averages only 60 voters - to tell borough officials to expend the resources to fulfill this Washington mandate, simply isn't reasonable. WFMZ highlighted my remarks in a story you can view by clicking here.

As a reminder, H.R. 1 would:

  • Force states to allow felons to vote.
  • Remove safeguards to prevent voter fraud.
  • Create a system where taxpayer dollars are redirected to political candidates the taxpayer doesn’t necessarily support.
  • Allow 15 days for voting in every state, which would cost taxpayers more money to conduct elections.
  • Create a new voucher pilot program that grants eligible voters $25 of government money to donate to a political campaign of their choosing.
  • Institute Federally-mandated universal voter registration with same-day registration which is literally impossible to prevent fraud.
  • Require a 6-1 taxpayer match for donations of $200 or less... so if a candidate were to receive a $200 donation, the taxpayers would be on the hook for $1,200.

In News you won’t hear in the mainstream media… As part of their vote on H.R. 1, nearly all House Democrats voted against a GOP-backed Amendment that would have added language to H.R. 1 stating that “allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.” All but six Democrats voted against adding this language.

As a reminder...in just two-and-a-half months, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Socialist Democrats have driven a far-left agenda. Folks, they are revealing an immensely different vision and plan for America than the values and principles that make our country great. They oppose a free market economy, freedom of speech, and many of the policies that make us a land of opportunity for all people, regardless of age, race and creed.  We are going to continue messaging based upon the facts and the truth, so the people can make informed decisions about who they are electing into office. Just today, a group of local Democrats at a St. Patrick's Day event in the District said to me, "I don't know what's going on down there, that's not my party"... and they are right.

On Sunday, I attended the First District Republican Party event at the Genetti Hotel in Hazleton. It was a great event and you could feel the excitement for our Party. We are 100% united behind President Donald Trump and his America First Agenda. Below is a picture with former Congressman Lou Barletta, District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, and State Representative Tarah Toohil from that event.

 

On Monday, I met with State Senator John Yudichak and State Representative Doyle Heffley to discuss the Schools and Homes In Education (SHINE) Afterschool Program, which is administered by the Lehigh Carbon Community College. SHINE is modeled on best practices, with the mission to link schools and homes in education to build a strong academic and social foundation for kids.

On Tuesday, as a member of the House Budget Committee, I attended a hearing where I discussed my great concern for our nation’s rising debt. I spoke about how the President's tax cuts helped decrease the burden on government spending by creating jobs that moved people off of public assistance and Obamacare. Click here to watch.

On Wednesday, C-SPAN released an interview I conducted with them as part of their New Member series. I spoke about my background, my family, education, helping to build a small business into a major employer and my desire to pass an agenda that promotes prosperity, ensures our nation's safety and Keeps America Great. Click here to watch the interview.

This week also saw the introduction of the JOBS for Success Act, legislation that would reform our country's cash-for-work welfare program, help more Americans find good-paying, career jobs, and provide more opportunities for families to realize the American dream.  I am proud to be an original cosponsor of this legislation, and will continue to champion common-sense policies that help all Americans find long-term work and achieve upward mobility.  We have a booming economy thanks to the President's pro-growth policies - and we have employers all across our district looking to fill great jobs.  This legislation is one step towards ensuring individuals, who are able to work, have the help and resources they need to find the job and career they deserve.  

On Thursday, we celebrated National Ag Day and the important contributions agriculture makes to our economy and our communities. Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s largest industry. We are very appreciative of our hardworking farm families in the 9th Congressional District and we want to wish them a profitable growing season this year.

Last night, after wrapping up a week of legislative work on Capitol Hill, I attended the Pottsville State of the City Address. I want to thank Mayor James Muldowney for his leadership and his update on the city. The Mayor and his team put together a tremendous event for the community.

Today, I attended events supporting the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Lunch and Irish Fair at Sharp Mountain. We then had several meetings in our Pottsville District Office. I want to wish everyone, especially all of my friends celebrating their Irish-heritage, a Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Lastly, you may have read that the U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to overturn President Trump's national emergency declaration.  As you may recall, Speaker Pelosi brought this resolution to the House floor on February 26, and while it passed the House, I was one of 182 Republicans to stand with the President and support his efforts to secure the border. What is happening at our southern border is an emergency and a crisis. President Trump vetoed this measure, and it is expected that Speaker Pelosi will attempt to override the President's veto when we come back in session at the end of March. When this comes back up for a vote in the House, I will hold fast and stand in support of President Trump's and our shared commitment to border security.

As a weekly update, our work on the stormwater issue is continuing. We are continuing to work to get answers and fight these fees, and are very hopeful to have more news to release on this important issue in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your continued support and see you soon,

 

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Weekly Update - 3.1.19

Dear Friend,

Michael --

I hope everyone is very well. The following is our Week-End Update.

On Monday, I was in Washington, D.C. for meetings at the Pentagon. I met with the Acting Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, among other military officials to better understand our current military operations, and learned first hand the vision and challenges of each branch of our military.  

On Capitol Hill this week, the Education & Labor Committee reviewed legislation regarding public school infrastructure. As part of the Committee's review of this legislation, I introduced and offered an amendment to allow Opportunity Zones to be utilized for school projects. This amendment passed with bipartisan support. I did however vote "No" on the underlying bill that called for billions of dollars of new spending. However, the bill did pass the committee because the GOP is in the minority. This was a very expensive new spending bill. I did believe that if the bill did get passed it would have at least one element that included the private sector that was removed from public sector spending. With the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate and because of the White House, the odds are very low that this bill will become law.

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Weekly Update - 2.22.19

Good evening. This was the first week, as a Congressman, where I was not required to go to Washington, D.C. for votes and it provided me a great opportunity to spend much-needed time in the District.

One of the main issues I am working on concerns storm water fees in our District and throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. I personally met with the Environmental Protection Agency, sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and am working with local government leaders to resolve this issue. We are making progress and I am hopeful that we are working towards a resolution to this issue. In a recent editorial from the Wilkes Barre Times Leader, they acknowledged my efforts on this issue. I certainly appreciate their recognition, but my goal is to get this resolved for the hardworking people of the 9th Congressional District.

On Tuesday, before meeting with constituents, I appeared on Fox Business' "Mornings with Maria Bartiromo" to discuss the U.S.-China trade talks. President Trump is working hard to erase the trade inequities that have existed between our two nations. China has been taking advantage of our nation for years and I applaud the President for working for free, but fair, trade. Click here or on the image below to watch.

 

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Weekly Update - 2.15.19

As you may know, Congress reached a deal and sent a spending bill to President Trump’s desk. I opposed the bill because it fell far short of providing the necessary resources to secure our homeland and stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs over the border. Our border security and law enforcement leaders said we needed $5.7 billion to secure our border. The funding in this bill? Not even in the same ballpark. In fact, I am concerned that the insufficient resources provided in this bill will only exacerbate the crisis at our southern border and jeopardize our ability to address other immigration issues - DACA, extended work visas for agricultural workers – in a timely manner. Simply put, I could not vote for a bill that does not fund Congress’ core national security function of securing our citizens.

President Trump has signed the spending bill and is looking to secure other funding to secure the border. The strategy employed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat leadership was to obstruct, put politics in front of our national security, and leave the President with no choice but to declare a national emergency. Speaker Pelosi and her supporters refused to do their jobs and they are hurting our country.

Make no mistake about it, the situation at the border is a crisis. Each month 60,000 people attempt to enter our country illegally, more than 2,000 a day. And despite the rhetoric from the other side, walls work. In 2009, after a comprehensive barrier was constructed in and around El Paso, TX, illegal immigration apprehensions in that area decreased nearly 67%.

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Weekly Update - 2.8.19

Good afternoon. The major event in Washington this week was hearing from President Donald Trump at the State of the Union speech. My wife, Shelley, accompanied me to the speech. I believe the President made a clear and compelling case for his agenda and also took time to reflect on just how far our nation has come in the short two years since he took power.

Here is a picture of Shelley and I with Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture before the State of the Union address.


I released the following video regarding the President’s speech. Click here to watch.

The economy is growing at a historic rate. We have seen job growth for a record 100th consecutive month. Unemployment is its lowest rate in 50 years and at historic lows for African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Asian-Americans. There are more women in the workforce than ever before and we have added 600,000 new manufacturing jobs.

This is proof that lowering taxes and eliminating job-killing regulations grows the economy.

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Weekly Update - 2.1.19

Greetings! Today, I am attending the Republican Party of Pennsylvania’s Annual Winter Meeting in Hershey. This is a great opportunity for me to catch up with so many friends and supporters, update them on what is going on in Congress and thank them for their support.

This week, we had our first Budget Committee hearing where I spoke out about the need for the federal government to reduce spending. I questioned Keith Hall, the Director of the Congressional Budget Office, about the real financial issues our nation is facing due to the dramatic overspending that occurred prior to 2016. Click here to watch my comments and questions at the hearing. What is clear after reviewing the unemployment numbers and our nation’s economic condition, is that the Jobs and Tax Cuts Act worked to galvanize the economy. Now it is incumbent upon Congress to reduce government spending. That will be a priority for me on the Budget Committee.

 

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Weekly Update - 1.19.19

Greetings. I know the forecast is calling for a lot of snow and sleet across the District and I would encourage everyone to be safe. Don’t travel unless you have to and be sure to stay tuned to the latest news regarding weather and road conditions.

We had another busy week in Washington, D.C. Today, I participated in the March for Life. We gathered to march on behalf of the rights of the unborn and in support of human unborn life. The crowd was incredibly large. Everyone was enthusiastic in their support of the pro-life movement, friendly and courteous and I can't begin to describe how much I appreciated the energy they brought. (Pictures below)

Earlier in the week, I even had some familiar faces stop by for a visit... my wife, Shelley, and my mother-in-law. (Pictured below) I can tell you that having the support of my family is so important and I was really happy that they came down for a visit. I truly couldn't do this job without their unwavering support and understanding.

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Weekly Update - 1.25.19

Good afternoon. As you have heard, the President has agreed to temporarily reopen the government. That doesn't change the fact that we have a crisis at the border and we must fund border security including a wall/physical barrier. I will for the next three weeks work very hard to support the President in securing a longterm bill that includes funding for the wall.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and their Democratic members must stop putting politics over the people and work with us in a serious manner to provide the tools Homeland Security and Border Patrol Agents have said are necessary to secure our border.

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