Good afternoon and welcome to our Weekend Update.
The train derailment on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border has been a pressing concern for many, especially those in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania… unfortunately that concern has not been shared by the White House. Too little, too late tends to define the Biden Administration on far too many issues. I joined Newsmax’s “Wake Up America” to discuss the disaster in East Palestine, Ohio. Click here or below to watch.
Last week, I joined Pennsylvania Cable Network’s live call-in show. We took calls from across the state on various issues, including the economy, the debt ceiling and the border. The show will air throughout the week on PCN. Click here to review the schedule for upcoming broadcasts.
A few days ago, I joined our friends State Senator Lisa Baker and State Representative Jonathan Fritz for "Lunch with Your Legislators" in Montrose. We had the opportunity to discuss the concerns of leaders from Susquehanna County and, more importantly, what can be done about them on a state and federal level. This type of session is valuable for all of us, and I look forward to this type of teamwork to tackle pressing issues.
On Thursday morning, I stopped by Bucknell University to participate in a great event hosted by the Open Discourse Coalition. We had a room full of students and leaders interested in educating themselves on differing opinions and healthy debate. I want to thank the President of the Open Discourse Coalition, Charles Mitchell, the great coach Pat Flannery, and my good friend Frank Schoeneman for welcoming me onto campus and being great leaders and role models. It was also great to see my son, Danny, a Bucknell student, on campus.
I attended the Schuylkill County Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday evening with many great elected officials. There was a full house of great Republicans ready to elect committed local candidates to office on Primary Election Day.
On Friday night, I attended the America 250 PA event at PNC Field, where this great group put together an excellent event for so many state and local elected officials. We gathered in support and in preparation for celebrating America‘s 250 years in Pennsylvania.
Last night, I attended the Lycoming County Republican Committee Lincoln Day Dinner held in Williampsort at the famous Genetti Hotel. I got a few moments to address the great crowd of dedicated Republicans before keynote speaker, State Treasurer Stacy Garrity, took the stage. It was a very enjoyable evening in Lycoming County. A special thank you to Chairman Don Peters and his committee for their great work in putting together such a great event.
IN NEWS YOU WON’T HEAR IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: As an elected representative, the minimum requirement is showing up, being present, and addressing a crisis head-on. Unfortunately, time and time again, Democrat politicians have shown that when it comes to Biden’s border crisis, they won’t show up. Their inaction proves they don’t care about the death, destruction, and chaos they’ve helped fuel at our nation’s border.
This week, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing in Yuma, Arizona, after touring the border. Unfortunately, no Democrats attended the tour and are boycotting the hearing.
Here’s some of what Border Patrol agents had to say about Democrats’ callous disregard for the crisis:
- “It was expected that Democrats would not show up to the border. I don’t think they want to see what’s going on and the damage they have done. The Democratic Party has not offered real solutions, just unrealistic promises.”
- “Democrats have been a no-show at the border for two years. What else is new?”
- “I think that it should've been a bipartisan hearing down here because in order to solve a border security and immigration crisis, we need to involve the community, the experts, the business community. That takes everybody and so that means everybody that is represented and their representatives need to be here.”
Biden, Harris, Alejandro Mayorkas, and their House Democrat enablers have created the worst border crisis on record. Now, they can’t even be bothered to show up. It’s clear they subscribe to the out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach regarding the border crisis they created.
And to close on a much more positive note, we joined with the next generation of leaders in the 9th District and across the country to celebrate National FFA week. The Future Farmers of America school-based program helps our young people foster their talents and learn about new experiences from a real-world perspective. This program allows them to meet and share ideas and prepares them for careers as food suppliers and innovators.
National FFA Week began in 1948 to honor the legacy of President George Washington as an agriculturalist and farmer. The program also highlights science and business. These young men and women are the future leaders of our nation.
Until next week, God bless, and see you soon,