Good afternoon, and welcome to our Weekend Update.
Speaker Mike Johnson is showing respect for American taxpayers by offering offsets to his proposed aid package for Israel that would provide urgent funding for military equipment and other resources. We need to have pay-fors, accountability, and transparency in aid packages like this, and that’s what the Speaker’s bill provides. Supporting Israel is more important than hiring additional IRS agents to harass American families and small businesses. I joined Newsmax’s “Wake Up America” to discuss the Speaker’s Israel aid bill. Click here or below to watch.
This week, I attended a Fox News town hall with Speaker Johnson. The Speaker spoke thoughtfully about the Republican Conference’s priorities to benefit the American people under his leadership. We will fight to promote fiscal responsibility, secure the southern border, weed out the Biden family’s corruption, restore our energy dominance, and support our ally, Israel. Click here or below to watch.
This week, I joined Pat McDonald on Choice 102, WAVR and 95.3 The Bridge Radio. During this in-depth conversation, we covered a wide range of topics, including the recent Speaker’s election, the situation in Israel, our work to support small businesses, broadband expansion, addressing healthcare provider shortages, energy production, and more! Click here or below to listen to my interview.
The SEC's mission is to protect investors, ensure fair markets, and facilitate capital formation. Yet, the Volume-Based Pricing Rule may inadvertently hinder these objectives by reducing U.S. exchanges' competitiveness and disrupting market stability – thereby straying from the SEC's foundational principles. Click here or below to watch my comments in the House Financial Services Committee.
Not only does the natural gas industry support over 250K jobs in Pennsylvania, but it also contributes $24 billion to the commonwealth’s GDP – meaning Biden’s continued assault on the natural gas industry is an assault on Pennsylvania’s workforce and economy.
Republicans recognize that we must embrace all of the above and all of the below solutions to achieve energy independence and dominance, which is why I support H.R. 4821, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2024. This legislation requires the resumption of gas lease sales on previously restricted federal lands, and it also prohibits several onerous regulations, such as the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Rule, that would be detrimental to domestic energy production. These provisions, among others in the bill, will benefit producers and consumers nationwide, including in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale. Click here or below to watch my remarks on the floor of the U.S. House.
The House Oversight Committee has exposed a money laundering scheme involving a Chinese Communist Party-linked company (CEFC) and Joe Biden and his family. Owasco P.C., owned and operated by Hunter Biden, received $400,000 from Hudson West III, which is associated with CEFC. Hunter Biden then wired $150,000 to Lion Hall Group – a company owned by James and Sara Biden. That same day, Sara Biden withdrew $50,000 from Lion Hall Group and deposited it into the couple’s personal account. A few days later, Sara Biden cut a $40,000 check to Joe Biden for a “loan repayment.”
However, there is no record of any such loan being made. And keep in mind, $40,000 is 10% of $400,000, and the Oversight Committee has text messages from around the same time saying, “10 held by H for the big guy?" — which former business associates of Hunter’s testified was shorthand for 10% was being held by Hunter for his father. The evidence that Joe Biden was involved in his son’s pay-to-pay scheme continues to grow.
My good friend James Comer, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, released a video detailing how Biden benefited, to the tune of $40,000, from his family’s shady business dealings with CEFC – a Chinese Communist Party-linked company. I’m grateful that we have the majority in the House enabling the Committee to investigate this matter because the Department of Justice has totally ignored it. Click here or below to view.
IN NEWS YOU WON’T HEAR IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: The cost of achieving the American Dream is surging under Biden.
Joe Biden insists that “‘Bidenomics’ is just another way of saying ‘restoring the American Dream.’” New reporting shows that the opposite is true – Bidenomics is destroying the American Dream for millions of people.
For many, owning a home is a key part of that dream, but because of Bidenomics, it’s harder to buy a home now than ever. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate recently hit 8 percent, the highest level since 2000. The result? 99 percent of the country is considered unaffordable in the housing market, as your dollar goes HALF as far as it did just a few years ago.
What’s worse, Americans are in a weaker position to save for a home because of the surging costs of necessities. Since Biden took office, overall prices are up 17.7 percent, food prices are up 20.6 percent, rent is up 17.3 percent, and electricity bills are up 26.6 percent. Almost half of Americans have been forced to put saving money on pause as credit card debt hits record levels. The most significant financial concern for Americans is no longer saving for retirement or buying a home; it’s simply paying monthly bills.
Under Biden, Houses are more expensive, costs are up, and families are poorer. Bidenomics is pricing out millions of people from having an opportunity to live the American Dream.
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This week, I joined community and military leaders at Fort Indiantown Gap to cut the ribbon on the base’s new access control point at the front gate. This project will help improve the base's security and ensure the safety of the National Guard personnel stationed there. Fort Indiantown Gap plays an essential role for the National Guard as it was the busiest overall training center in the country in 2015, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2021, and 2023. Thank you to Adjutant General Mark Schindler and Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert “Dusty” Durand for the invitation to speak at such an important event and for taking the time after the ribbon-cutting to discuss The Gap’s priorities.
Trick or Treat: Shelley and I want to thank the Lehman Township and all the Back Mountain Regional Fire & EMS, Dallas PA volunteers, county fair queens, and, of course, Brenda and Alan (aka Sasquatch) for making it a great Halloween night for many families!
We are just a couple of short days from Election Day! I would strongly encourage you to join me in voting for our GOP statewide judicial candidates, Carolyn Carluccio, Maria Battista, Harry Smail, and Megan Martin, to restore law and order in the Keystone State! Additionally, we have countless county and local elections taking place. We will be keeping our eyes on some important county commissioner's races. Good luck to all of our GOP candidates, and please GET OUT THE GOP VOTE!
We look forward to catching up with you next week. God Bless, and see you soon,