Good afternoon, and welcome to our Weekend Update.
On Veterans Day weekend, we thank the brave men and women who have served in our nation’s military. Our forefathers, forebearers, and family members have put service above self to defend our freedoms.
They have fought to preserve our republic, to promote righteousness, and to protect our homeland. Let’s honor all of America’s veterans. I spoke on the floor of the U.S. House to thank and honor America’s brave veterans. Click here or below to watch my remarks.
I was happy to attend the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce’s Veterans Breakfast in Orwigsburg on Friday. More than 100 veterans were in attendance, and I appreciated the opportunity to thank them for their dedicated service and sacrifice. I also shared with those in attendance how my office can assist veterans, particularly in obtaining V.A. benefits. A big thank you to Chamber President and CEO Bob Carl and his staff for arranging the great breakfast and to the Captain Jason Jones Memorial Foundation for being the event's title sponsor. The Republican Herald covered the event, and you can read their recap by clicking here.
It was a pleasure to join State Senator Lynda Culver, State Representative Robert Leadbetter, and other community officials on Saturday to participate in the Bloomsburg Veterans Day Parade on Saturday. I was honored to present the Parade Grand Marshal, Air Force veteran T/SGT. Roland C. Flick, with a flag flown over the United States Capitol Building. Seeing so many residents come out and show their support and appreciation for our nation’s veterans was great. Let us never forget the service and sacrifice of all brave men and women who have served in our nation’s military to defend our freedoms and protect our homeland.
The Biden corruption story never ends. To no one’s surprise, reports indicate Special Counsel David Weiss was evasive in his testimony before the Judiciary Committee today. Weiss has deliberately ignored information from the IRS investigation, offered Hunter a sweetheart plea deal, and has not uncovered a single bank account or transaction related to the Biden Family’s shady business dealings. Chairman Jamie Comer and the House Oversight Committee have uncovered every piece of evidence in the growing scandal. David Weiss has no credibility.
I joined Newsmax’s “Newsline” to discuss the ongoing Biden scandal. Click here or below to watch my interview.
In Washington this week, we got to work with our great team. (Pictured below with Congressman Jim Jordan and Speaker Mike Johnson)
I had the pleasure of meeting with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and retired General Jack Keane to discuss the Israel-Hamas war and other dangerous situations around the globe.
I offered an amendment to improve the soundness and integrity of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) flagship 7(a) Loan Program, which provides entrepreneurs access to affordable and reliable capital. The SBA’s decision to eliminate prudent underwriting standards for loans made through the 7(a)-loan program has significantly heightened the risk of fraud and losses. If a substantial number of these loans default, Congress may have to intervene and provide a bailout for the 7(a) program to maintain its functionality.
I proposed a commonsense amendment to H.R. 4664 to address this pressing concern. This amendment will reintroduce essential guardrails on these loans, safeguarding the longevity of the 7(a)-loan program. H.R. 4664 is a victory for taxpayers, consumers, and the American financial system, and my amendment will enhance its impact, particularly for small businesses. By doing so, we can ensure that this program continues responsibly, providing small business owners access to affordable capital. I’m thankful my commonsense amendment was adopted unanimously by my colleagues, and I look forward to supporting its passage. I addressed this issue on the floor of the U.S. House. Click here or below to watch my remarks.
Since taking office, the Biden Administration has implemented regulations costing Americans over $435 billion.
Among these burdensome regulations is the Energy Conservation Standards for Distribution Transformers proposed by the Department of Energy. This rule will improve efficiency by merely one-tenth of one percent but will undoubtedly harm our already burdened supply chain and increase costs for small businesses and consumers. The Biden Administration must consider small businesses’ concerns before implementing these burdensome regulations. I addressed this issue in the House Finance Committee. Click here or below to watch my remarks.
On Thursday evening, as I made my way back from Washington, I attended the Pottsville Area Development Corporation (PADCO) dinner in downtown Pottsville. The event was held at two new and great local businesses that were a part of PADCO’s launch Pottsville program. We started at the Chopping Block, an axe-throwing bar, and we finished with dinner at Arrow Studio and Events. (Pictured left to right are State Senator Dave Argall, former State Representative and PADCO President Mike Tobash, Schuylkill Chamber Executive Vice President Sam Chivinski, PADCO Executive Director Savas Logothetides and State Representative Tim Twardzik.)
IN NEWS YOU WON’T HEAR IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Biden is up for re-election in less than a year, and it’s not looking good for him… and that is good for the United States.
According to a string of recent polls, the outlook is not good for Joe Biden.
CBS NEWS POLL: 73% of Americans say things are going BADLY in America today — up from 65% at the beginning of the year.
ABC NEWS POLL: 76% of adults say the country is headed in the wrong direction.
- NEW YORK TIMES POLL: Biden is behind in swing states nationwide.
Biden has failed us on every major issue, including:
- On paying more and getting less under Bidenomics.
- On Biden’s chaos-causing foreign policy of appeasement.
- On how Biden is failing America’s students.
- On Biden’s open borders agenda and the worst border crisis in U.S. history.
- On why Republican policies work while Democrat policies don’t.
In less than one year, Americans will re-elect Donald J. Trump to the White House. America needs problem-solving conservative leadership now more than ever.
On Tuesday, Pennsylvania voters went to the polls. We had several important local elections that took place. I want to congratulate our great GOP county commissioner and council candidates who were successful, including:
- Bradford County - Daryl Miller and Doug McLinko
- Berks County - Christian Leinbach and Michael Rivera
- Columbia County - Dean Brewer and Randy Karschner
- Lebanon County - Bob Phillips and Mike Kuhn
- Luzerne County - Lee Ann McDermott and Harry Haas
- Lycoming County - Scott Metzger and Marc Portman
- Montour County - Rebecca Dressler and Scott Lynn
- Northumberland County - Sam Schiccatano and Joseph Klebon
- Schuylkill County - Boots Hetherington and Larry Padora
- Sullivan County - Brian Hoffman and Darlene Fenton
- Susquehanna County - Alan Hall and David Darrow
- Wyoming County - Tom Henry and Rick Wilbur
I want to congratulate the winners and all those who put their names forward to serve.
We look forward to catching up with you next week. God Bless, and see you soon,