Good morning and welcome to our Weekend Update.
I must begin by wishing a Happy Mother's Day to the two best mom's I know… my mom, Maeve, and my wife, Shelley. I also want to extend a Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. To commemorate Mother’s Day, I want to share a quote from President Ronald Reagan, “From my mother I learned the value of prayer, how to have dreams and believe I could make them come true.”
With the disaster at the border increasing and the Biden administration’s insistence on getting rid of Title 42, the situation will only worsen. One would think the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be focused on this significant national security issue, focusing on protecting our homeland and securing our southern border. Instead, however, Biden’s DHS is busy creating an Orwellian “Disinformation Board.” One can only assume this is their answer to the disaster at the border by taking away the American public’s ability to question the disasters his far-left policies create.
We cannot allow the Biden administration to implement this policy. I joined 170 of my Republican colleagues in demanding answers from the DHS about this extremely concerning entity and who they have chosen to lead it. Click here to read.
IN NEWS YOU WON’T HEAR IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: This week’s jobs report is being spun in the media as good news, but a deeper dive reveals nothing but trouble.
- The jobs report shows that Bidenflation is shrinking workers’ paychecks, with rising prices eating up any wage growth.
- There are still 1.1 million Americans who lost their job during the pandemic and have yet to get them back.
- The unemployment rates for Black men, Asians, Americans without a high school diploma, and Americans who attended some college all increased.
- The U.S. economy shrank 1.4 percent on an annualized rate last quarter.
- Biden inherited a robust recovery and is turning it into stagflation – even Biden’s economists are warning of a recession.
- As a result of economic conditions, 64% of Americans have changed the groceries they buy to stay within budget.
- The American public’s view of the nation’s economy is the worst in a decade, and Joe Biden is underwater on issues across the board.
Biden’s economic failures are real. Ask any Pennsylvania family paying nearly $5-a-gallon for gas or dramatically increased costs for groceries, especially as their wages shrink. We must stop the excessive government spending and support, not assault, domestic energy producers. And over a short time period, we can and must fulfill the energy needs of Europe. The Fed must do its job better as well. We must increase the workforce and buy American... this will flatten inflation. The policies of the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats are making it worse. These policies are literally stealing income and savings from hard-working families.
Around the District:
On Monday, I attended an event at the Schuylkill Technology Center in Frackville by their Director Shannon Brennan. It was the Skills Signing USA Day, where students finishing school signed commitments to go into the workforce. I am a big proponent of our trade schools teaching our children that there are alternatives to a four-year college degree. Often, the demand and salaries for skilled labor are higher for those entering the workforce than those students with a four-year degree.
Later, I was invited by our good friend Wayne Herring to visit Saint Joseph’s Center for Special Learning located in Pottsville. Accompanied by State Senator Dave Argall, we took a tour of their school and saw the very important specialized education they provide to their students.
That evening, we headed to Montrose in Susquehanna County to visit their VFW, where our long-time friend Donna Cosmello joined us for a meet-and-greet with many other great friends from the area.
On Tuesday, I joined Darlene Robbins from the Northeast Manufacturers and Employers Association to attend their annual business excellence awards dinner in Schuylkill County. So many great businesses from our District were recognized at the dinner. It was a fun event, and I appreciated the opportunity to attend.
On Wednesday, I participated in a #NationalSmallBusinessWeek forum with hundreds of small business owners organized by Biz2Credit. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy & I always appreciate the opportunity to discuss their challenges and how we can help them succeed.
Later on Wednesday evening, we attended the Lebanon County Republican Committee Spring Dinner with our great Republican team and countless other state and local elected officials.
I participated in the World Affairs Council of Greater Reading‘s luncheon on Thursday. Joined by fellow Congresswoman Chrissy Houlihan, we discussed the serious ongoing foreign affair matters our nation is facing. In the face of continued Russian aggression, the Biden Administration and Congress must lean in and serve as a leader on the world stage.
That afternoon, we headed to Hamburg, where we took a tour of the Niagara bottling facility, where they employ hundreds of people and continue to grow rapidly. Great company and a great visit.
On Thursday evening, I hosted an event for State Senator Chris Gebhard at Cigars International in Berks County. While only serving for a year, Senator Gebhard has fast become an influential voice in the community and Harrisburg. We have many excellent state and local elected officials, and I was pleased to support Chris’s re-election campaign.
We finished up Thursday night, serving as a special guest at an event supporting Jim Bognet‘s campaign in the 8th congressional district primary. Jim is a great candidate, and he has my endorsement and support.
On Friday, we were in Schuylkill County for the Schuylkill County Chamber’s Annual Awards Luncheon with Chamber President Bob Carl. The event recognized the best business leaders and community partners in the county.
That afternoon, we attended a groundbreaking ceremony at Lebanon Valley College for their new nursing and interdisciplinary center. We were able to help secure $1 million in federal funding through community project funding. Pictured below with outgoing Board Chair Elyse Rogers, LVC President James MacLaren, State Rep. Russ Diamond, and Senator Chris Gebhard. This is a project where every student who completes their education has a guaranteed job after graduation.
Yesterday, we attended the AG Republican Kentucky Derby Party at the Open Gate Ranch. Exciting race and a great event. Special thanks to Ag GOP Chair Mike Firestine and our hosts, Jim and Ginny Birdsall. Pictured below with Jim Birdsall, Mike Firestine, and State House candidate Jamie Barton.
We are just days until the Primary Election. This fall, we have some consequential elections, and we will need everyone to push hard to win elections for our Republican team at the federal and state level. Our campaign has yard signs available, and a limited number of 4x8s are available. If you would like a yard sign, please email [email protected] or call 570-915-3027.
Additionally, while we don't have an opponent in the primary, we have done some radio advertising. Please click here or below to hear our new radio ad.
We are so eager to take back control of the U.S. House and take the gavel out of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hands once and for all.
I would encourage you to do your research on each of the candidates running statewide. Please take the time to review the candidates' records individually. I did that, which is why I am supporting Dave McCormick for the U.S. Senate. Dave is from Pennsylvania, a veteran, a businessman, and is uniquely qualified to represent our Commonwealth in the U.S. Congress. Click here to learn more about Dave.
I watched the event in Greensburg on Friday. I heard far more boos than applause when Dr. Oz was introduced. I have nothing but respect for President Trump, but Pennsylvania Republicans want business experience, NOT show business experience. We want a Pennsylvanian, not a guy who lives in New Jersey; we want a U.S. Senator to work for us, NOT to advance their show business career. Dave McCormick served our nation in the U.S. Army. Meanwhile, Dr. Oz served in the Turkish army and continues to be a registered voter in Turkey. That is not inspiring news for Pennsylvania voters. I encourage you to vote for a great American, Dave McCormick. Don't vote for an opportunist like Dr. Oz.
Keep up the faith and the fight,