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Weekly Update - 12.19.21

Good evening and welcome to our Weekend Update and the last update of the year.

From our family to yours, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year.

This Christmas season, we can all do something great for our nation, the commonwealth, and our small businesses by shopping locally. Small businesses are the backbone of our communities, and our district is home to so many great ones. Click here to read an article about my visit in the Times News.

 

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Weekly Update - 12.12.21

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This week, we observed the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, drawing America into World War II. We remember those brave veterans and survivors of the attack in Hawaii and honor all the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice on December 7, 1941.

America went on to show the world that good defeats evil, freedom conquers oppression, and individual rights overwhelm despotic absolutism. We as Americans need to continue to show this example to the world. God bless America!

This Christmas season, Shelley and I have enjoyed spending time with so many of you at various events across the district. Last evening, Shelley and I stopped by the home of some great Americans, Rick and Donna Lee Merritt. They are passionate about putting America First and tremendous supporters. We greatly enjoyed their party and their beautifully decorated home. (Shelley and I pictured below with Rick and Donna Lee Merritt)

 

 

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Weekly Update - 12.5.21

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Before we begin, I want to pause to remember Bob Dole, a patriot/WWII hero who was injured in battle/Senate Majority Leader/presidential nominee who passed early this morning. Senator Dole was a passionate public servant who cared deeply about our nation. Shelley and I send our heartfelt prayers to the Dole family. (Senator Dole pictured below receiving the Congressional Gold Medal in 2018.)

 

As community celebrations continue throughout the Christmas and Holiday season, we attended the Dallas annual Christmas tree lighting. There were over 400 in attendance with long lines for a very jolly Santa Claus. A special thanks to Brenda Pugh for her work and leadership. Santa Clause, who greeted over 100 kids, did look mysteriously like Alan Pugh.. but hey even Santa needs a helping hand on occasion.

 

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Weekly Update - 11.28.21

Good afternoon and welcome to our Weekend Update.

First, on behalf of Shelley, our family and I, we hope each one of you had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. As we gathered with loved ones this holiday weekend, I would ask that you remember to give thanks and pray for our military, who are away from home protecting and preserving our country and freedom around the world.

We were thankful to spend the week in the 9th Congressional District. Earlier this week, I enjoyed spending time at Panther Valley School reading to pre-k children and hearing from administration officials. It is critical our children receive a quality education, and parents’ voices continue to be heard.

 

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Weekly Update - 11.21.21

Good afternoon and welcome to our Weekend Update.

Before I begin, I want to wish you and your family a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. It is important to take a moment and reflect on how fortunate we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world.

While we are thankful, families can’t help but notice that the price we are paying for our annual holiday, the food, fuel, travel, etc., are all much higher than it has been in many, many years. That is absolutely a result of the horrific policies implemented by the Biden administration and the Democrat Congressional majorities. Inflation is at a 30-year high. The price of gasoline is up 61% from a year ago.

 

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Weekly Update - 11.14.21

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On Veterans Day, we paused to remember all those who have served our nation in the military. We live in a free and prosperous society in the United States because of our veterans. During my time in Congress, I have and will continue to ensure our veterans receive the respect, care, and dignity they have earned. 

Shelley and I were proud to attend the Carbon County Veterans Day Parade in Jim Thorpe last weekend. (Shelley and I pictured below.)

On Veterans Day, I had the honor of speaking with the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 131 in Berks County. We have over 48,000 veterans in the 9thDistrict, and we are forever indebted to them for their sacrifice and service.

 

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Weekly Update - 11.7.21

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On Tuesday, Pennsylvanians went to the polls and overwhelmingly elected Republican candidates for judge, mayor, council member, school board director, and other offices up and down the ballot. In addition, we are very fortunate that the people elected strong conservative statewide Republican Constitutional Judges. Congratulations to Supreme Court Justice-elect Kevin Brobson, Superior Court Judge-elect Megan Sullivan, and Commonwealth Court Judge-elect Stacy Wallace. Commonwealth Court Judge Drew Crompton’s election has yet to be decided. We are hopeful he will be victorious once the process is completed. (Pictured below with Supreme Court Justice-elect Kevin. Brobson.)

 

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Weekly Update - 10.31.21

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I hope you and your family have had a Happy Halloween.

While it is not uncommon to see ghosts and goblins are walking the streets this time of year, the real scares are coming from far-left Democrats who are making it scary for hardworking Americans. Many across the country are struggling under the Biden administration and the Democrat leadership’s excessive tax-and-spend agenda that is causing record inflation, lower wages, supply-chain issues, and skyrocketing gas prices.

While the Biden administration continues its attempts to pass the “Build Back Better” agenda to address the growing disasters they created, the reality is that the result will only make things worse by dramatically increasing the size of government and spending. It would be more aptly named the “Build Back Broke” agenda. The New York Post details how the Biden administration’s “Build Back Better” agenda is the same socialist, far-left agenda drafted by Senator Bernie Sanders… just with a new name. Click here to read.  

 

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Weekly Update - 10.24.21

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Border crisis, supply chain disaster, rising crime, high gas prices, out-of-control inflation, a lack of workers, and vaccine mandates… just another week in Washington, D.C.

While the Biden administration’s agenda and policies have led us directly into these issues, they are short on answers and have offered no real solutions. Biden held a nationally televised town hall with CNN. It was a friendly venue with softball questions. However, Biden was still unable to answer questions in a meaningful way. When asked about the crisis at the border, Biden lies about being at the border (no one can verify he has ever been there during his 50-year career) and admits he “should go down.” When asked about high gas prices, Biden says he has no solutions and guesses that gas prices may go down next year.  It’s not just Biden who has lied and made excuses that don’t square with reality… his press secretary was asked about Biden’s falling approval ratings, and she pushed the blame on the unvaccinated and said that people are just tired of them and the Covid-19 pandemic.

This week, the Washington Post released an op-ed that stated Americans shouldn’t rant about short-staffed stores and supply chain issues. Instead, they said Americans should lower their expectations. For the first time, I must credit the Washington Post as they have accurately summed up the Biden administration thus far… Joe Biden’s America - Lower your expectations.

 

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Weekly Update - 10.17.21

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This week, the far-left Democrat House voted to increase the debt ceiling. I voted against the measure and spoke out against their efforts to increase our debt. It's reckless and an attempt to continue their push for a radical $5 trillion government spending package. They are pursuing a reconciliation bill as part of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better agenda, which will lead to higher taxes and lower wages crippling Main Street USA. There is no way to sell the Democrats’ disastrous tax and spend agenda to the American people, no matter how hard they try.

I joined Newsmax’s Wake Up America to discuss the Democrats’ plans to push through their $5 trillion spending plan as a means of implementing their socialist, big-government agenda. Click here or below to watch.

 

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