Good evening and welcome to our Week End Update.
I hope everyone had a Happy Passover and Happy Easter. Like me, I hope everyone was able to enjoy some quality time with family and friends.
On Easter, we did pause to mourn the innocent victims of the senseless and brutal attack on Christians that took place in Sri Lanka. This again proves the threat of Islamic extremism remains as serious as ever.
The United States House of Representatives was not in session again this week; allowing me to travel the District talking to real people about real issues affecting the 9th Congressional District.
I attended many meetings with constituents in our District offices, including with the Concerned Veterans of America. As a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, we discussed the many ways we must improve services for our veterans in the District and our country. We had an excellent meeting and they are tremendous patriots.
I visited with Pottsville Superintendent Jeffrey Zwiebel for a discussion on how we can improve K-12 education for our students. They have an excellent school district and I enjoyed our meeting.
I attended a meeting with Congressman Scott Perry, my friend and colleague, at a Dauphin County Congressional Roundtable. We discussed the many issues we are facing in Washington and how President Trump's America First Agenda is helping our economy. While the 9th Congressional District borders Dauphin County, I have so many close friends and colleagues who live and work there. It was a pleasure to join them in Hershey for this event.
I joined the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers for a meeting hosted by the Jonestown Bank and Trust in Cleona. They gave me an update on the issues they are facing, especially the threat of overregulation and how it is impacting hardworking families. Community banks are an important part of our local communities and this meeting was informative.
I served as the keynote speaker at the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce. I provided a legislative update on the issues being discussed in Congress and how they will impact our Commonwealth and region. I was pleased to see so many close friends in attendance, including State Representatives Frank Ryan and Russ Diamond, Lebanon County Commissioner Bob Phillips and many others. I want to thank Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Karen Groh for the invitation and hospitality.
I travelled to the Carpenter’s apprentice training center in Lebanon County to discuss workforce development issues. It was an impressive facility and I am big fan of encouraging our youth to pursue educational opportunities and career paths in the trades. The jobs in these industries are in demand, well-paid and family-sustaining.
In Berwick, I visited the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station run by Talon Energy for a tour and briefing of the facility. This facility is very important to our region. It assures that, along with natural gas, coal, oil and other energy sources, that our region retains a very competitive and low cost energy expense. This is important for families and for attracting and keeping businesses in our area. Not to mention the fact this facility employs over 1,000 people in high-paying jobs. I was extremely impressed by the safety standards that are in place and the technology in the control room. The shift leaders in the control room during my visit were both graduates of the United States Naval Academy and earned engineering degrees while there.
On the storm water fee issue, I continue to push for answers. I had a call with EPA officials on Thursday and I will have an update on this issue soon.
In News you won’t hear in the mainstream media… The U.S. House is set to hold its first hearing on Medicare-for-All, a radical multi-trillion-dollar proposal to upend America’s health care system, stick Washington bureaucrats between patients and their doctors, and bust our federal budget – leaving our children and future generations with bad health care, a weaker economy and loads of debt.
Democrats’ Medicare-For-All is One-Size-Fits-All Health Care which will:
- Add trillions to our national debt
- Increase taxes on American workers, seniors and families
- Eliminate patients’ choice of and control over their health care
- Diminish access to quality care
Americans will Pay More, Wait Longer, And Receive Worse Care.
To reform healthcare, the focus must be on lowering premiums and deductibles; while retaining choice, quality and care for those with pre-existing conditions. This really can only be accomplished with market based competition and solutions.
This Saturday, April 27, is National Drug Take Back Day. If you have unused or unneeded prescription drugs, take a moment tomorrow to dispose of them safely. Visit takebackday.dea.gov to find a location convenient for you.
Have a great weekend, and I will see you soon,