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,