Good afternoon and welcome to our Weekend Update.
Before we begin, I want to address the continued targeting of former President Donald Trump by the Biden administration and the Justice Department. From the very onset of his presidential campaign, the Justice Department has unfairly targeted Donald Trump. And time and time again, we have seen allegations amount to nothing more than nonsense claims proven to be false – beginning with the Russian Collusion Hoax, which a special counsel has now concluded was politically motivated.
The double standard the justice system has applied to President Trump is evident, and rogue prosecutors like Alvin Bragg and others continue coming after him to get their own names in the paper. Joe Biden kept classified documents for decades, and the enormous evidence of foreign payoffs is mounting – yet he goes uncharged. Why? Because Joe Biden has a “D” next to his name and Donald Trump has an “R.” This is the United States – not a third-world country. We cannot use the power of the federal government to arrest political opponents, which is what Biden has done in seemingly weaponizing the DOJ against his leading competitor for the presidency. It is a sad day in America, and we cannot allow tyranny like this to reign. I stand with President Trump against the blatant abuse of power. Such an injustice should never be perpetrated in the United States.
Last week, we passed the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023. It was not perfect, and we have a tremendous amount of work left to do to address our nation's spending issues, but it was a step in the right direction. I joined Newsmax TV's"Wake Up America" to discuss some of the fallout of the debate surrounding the debt ceiling and our path forward working together as a unified House GOP. Click here or below to watch my interview.
As the Chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access, I hosted a hearing today examining ways to promote innovation and competitiveness through the tax code. I was pleased to welcome two witnesses from Schuylkill County – Julie Masser Ballay, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Sterman Masser, Inc. Potato Farms and Bill Wydra, President, Ashland Technologies, Inc.
At a time when U.S. adversaries are investing more and more in innovation, Congress must reflect on the impact that removing incentives to innovation will have on our nation’s job creators. The repeal of the R&D Tax Credit and the sunsetting of bonus depreciation, coupled together, will have grave consequences on American entrepreneurs. Congress must fight to protect these vital provisions. We cannot continue to cede our competitive advantage and risk falling behind dangerous adversaries on the world stage. I thank our witnesses and business leaders from Schuylkill County for attending today’s hearing and sharing their stories with the Committee.
Preserving the value of the US dollar is crucial to countering China and supporting America's small businesses. My bill, the China Exchange Rate Transparency Act, is a step towards addressing blatant Chinese currency manipulation. Click here or below to watch my remarks.
In just 30 months, the Biden administration accumulated approximately $367 billion in regulatory costs. These regulations are harming small businesses and hindering growth in what is already a fragile economic climate. Click here or below to watch my comments.
I was pleased to introduce Darren Woods, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, at this week’s Problem Solvers Caucus meeting. Mr. Woods shared updates about Exxon's operations and discussed the importance of natural gas to American prosperity and national security.
Preserving the value of the US dollar is crucial to countering China and supporting America's small businesses. My bill, the China Exchange Rate Transparency Act, is a step in the right direction to address blatant Chinese currency manipulation. Click here or below to watch more about this critically important issue.
This week, I attended an event with Chris Grollneck, one of the nation’s leading active shooter prevention experts. He discussed several emerging technologies that can be utilized within schools to help keep our kids safe. I was happy to be joined by several officials from across the district, including Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko, State Rep. Aaron Kaufer, and State Rep. Mike Cabell.
I want to extend a big thank you to my good friends the Pugh's, Brenda, Alan Sr, and Alan Jr, for organizing and hosting this great event.
I was happy to participate in K&L Gates’ Meet and Greet Speaker Series. I delivered an update to their leadership on what I’m working on in Congress. Headquartered in Pennsylvania, the firm has become one of the country’s leading law practices representing various sectors important to the Commonwealth.
IN NEWS YOU WON’T HEAR IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: The gaslighting on the border crisis from the Biden administration is truly absurd.
Check out this recent insulting spin from the White House:
The “fiasco” has been raging for over TWO YEARS.
Biden’s “plan” created a humanitarian and security crisis:
- Migrants are dying, and children are being trafficked and exploited.
- Facilities are overcrowded.
- Local cities and towns are overwhelmed.
- The government does not have operational control of the border.
- Cartels are exploiting the crisis to poison tens of thousands of Americans with fentanyl.
- The number of illegal immigrant “gotaways” has now passed 1.4 million since Biden took office.
Is this Biden’s plan “working as intended?” If so, his cruelty knows no bounds. It is only because Republican governors are stepping up that the crisis is not even worse. The Biden administration should be ashamed that they think this is something to brag about.
Earlier this week, we recognized the 79th anniversary of D-Day; we remember and honor the brave Americans who stormed the beaches of Normandy to defend our freedom and liberate Europe. Let us never forget their courage and the great sacrifices they made.
I was glad to speak at the RNC Northeast Regional Leadership Conference in Drexel Hill on Thursday. I spoke about the importance of keeping small businesses alive as they work to survive the policies of the Biden administration.
Additionally, I was glad to see my friend, State Representative Russ Diamond, at the conference.
I conducted an interview on WLBR 1270 this week. We discussed a bill I introduced to rename a post office in Lebanon as the "Lieutenant William D. Lebo Post Office Building.” We will not soon forget the great sacrifice Lt. Lebo made in the line of duty to protect and serve our community. Click here or below to listen to my interview.
We look forward to catching up with you next week. God Bless, and see you soon,