Weekly Update - 9.17.23

Good afternoon, and welcome to our Weekend Update.

This week, I attended a fundraiser in support of President Donald J. Trump. With President Trump's leadership and vision, America was winning. We must re-elect President Trump next year and retire Joe Biden once and for all. I am committed to ensuring Pennsylvania helps deliver the White House to President Trump.

We were in Washington, D.C., this week, and much of the news was centered on the House GOP's announcement from Speaker Kevin McCarthy ordering the House to launch an impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden and the culture of corruption involving him and his family, including Hunter Biden. 

This week, I joined "Wake Up America" on Newsmax to discuss the impeachment inquiry, rising inflation, and the appropriations process. Bidenomics is the inverse of Trumpenomics. Bidenomics is completely about excessive spending, raising taxes, burdensome regulations, and an assault on American energy.

Americans living under Bidenomics:

  • Inflation - UP 17.4%
  • Mortgage Payments - UP 107%
  • Real Wages - DOWN 4.0%

Trumpenomics was about keeping taxes low for all, increasing wages and disposal income, and lowering gas prices, which resulted in a booming economy. Click here or below to watch my interview.

I also joined John Solomon and Amanda Head on their show, Just the News No Noise, to cover the latest developments in the Biden Family scandals and the status of the merger between DWAC and Truth Social that has been delayed far too long. Click here or below to watch our interview.

Additionally, I joined Laura Coates on SiriusXM. We cover some of the most pressing issues of the day, including what Congress is doing to support small businesses, the appropriations process, and the investigations into the Biden Family scandals. Click here or below to listen.

As the chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access, I hosted a hearing entitled: “Enabling Success: Examining the Competitive Landscape for Small Businesses.” In this hearing, we discussed small business competitiveness and the proposed Basel III Endgame rule, which could significantly limit entrepreneurs’ access to capital. Small businesses are already navigating a maze of challenges – including inflation, regulatory costs, and difficulty accessing capital. The last thing they need is additional roadblocks, particularly from institutions like the Federal Reserve, that limit their access to capital and ability to succeed. Click here or below to watch my comments.

From my 20+ years of helping grow a small business into a larger business, I understand the difficulties entrepreneurs face. One of the greatest challenges is the lack of predictability in the tax code. We must preserve the Small Business Deduction, R&D Tax Credit, and Bonus Depreciation to ensure small businesses don’t face significant tax hikes in the years to come. Click here to watch additional comments detailing the challenges small businesses are facing.

The tax the Biden Administration has placed on American battery manufacturers is a reflection of Bidenomics – upside down and backward. Levying a tax on American batteries and not foreign batteries is nonsensical and is another example of Biden’s America Last strategy. My USA Batteries Act will make domestic manufacturers more competitive by removing the tax on chemicals used in battery production. Watch my testimony supporting my USA Batteries Act and domestic battery manufacturing here. 

The battery industry has a significant economic impact in Pennsylvania, employing more than 20,000 residents across the Commonwealth – many of whom are in PA-09. I’m fighting to make our manufacturers more competitive by repealing a tax that gives foreign producers an unfair advantage. Click here to watch a video our team produced supporting our legislation, the USA Baterry Act.

I was happy to meet with Walmart President & CEO Doug McMillon, who began his career at the company unloading trucks more than 30 years ago. Walmart plays an important role in communities like ours across the country. In the 9th District alone, the company has ten stores, a club, and a distribution center that employs more than 4,400 people. We discussed the company's significant economic impact in Pennsylvania and the challenges facing the retail industry.

Additionally, I met with Jamie Dillon, Chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase. We appreciate him visiting with members of the Financial Services Committee, having lunch, and providing his thoughts on the American economy and worldwide geopolitics events.

I enjoyed meeting with Lycoming College President Kent Trachte in Washington this week. He gave me an update on the happenings around campus, including the Old City Revitalization Initiative. Once complete, this exciting project will bring new housing, retail, and dining options to the area for students and residents alike.

The National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART) is a national non-profit organization of suppliers and manufacturers of Complex Rehab Technology products and services used by individuals with disabilities and chronic medical conditions. Having spent 20+ years of my career in this industry, I was happy to attend NCART’s Educational Day on Capitol Hill. It was great to see the exciting advancements in the industry benefiting people with disabilities and helping improve their lives.

IN NEWS YOU WON’T HEAR IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Of all the failures of the Biden administration, their ineptness at the border might be the worst. Kamala Harris is wrong. The border crisis is not “normal,” fluctuating “like the weather,” or showing signs of “progress.”

Americans deserve better from the “border czar,” but after 30 months of complete failure, we shouldn’t expect anything else. It’s almost a full circle moment to Joe Biden’s original abdication on the crisis – that it was seasonal.

To add insult to injury, both Harris and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas insist their agenda is working, even as illegal border crossings are increasing from already astronomical levels. Last week, over 7,300 migrants crossed the border illegally, not including “gotaways” or those paroled into the country via the CBP app. Even so, Mayorkas claimed they have “a model approach that has proven to work.”

“Proven to work” by what metric? Here is their record:

  • A Record-Breaking Number Of Illegal Crossings: There have been over 7.2 million illegal border crossings since Biden took office.
  • Aiding and Abetting The Cartels: According to CBP officials, cartels have operational control over much of the border.
    • Illicit drugs are flowing into the country at an alarming rate, with only 5 to 10 percent being intercepted as border officials struggle to contain the smuggling.
    • Homeland Security investigators estimate that Mexican cartels are now making $13 billion a year smuggling illegal immigrants into the U.S., 26 times what they made in 2018.

  • A Humanitarian Tragedy: The crisis has created death, destruction, chaos and an explosion of human trafficking.
    • The U.N. designated the border as the “deadliest migration land route” after a record number of migrants have died crossing the border under Biden.

    • Horrifyingly, HHS lost track of 85,000 children after responding to Biden's demands to “move the children quickly out of shelters” by rolling back important vetting and safeguard procedures.
      • Per an HHS whistleblower: “It could be argued that the U.S. government has become the middleman in a large scale, multi-billion-dollar, child trafficking operation that is run by bad actors seeking to profit off of the lives of children.”

Here’s the point: If any official in the Biden administration truly thinks this is “a model approach that has proven to work,” they should resign. It’s been 30 months, and the Biden administration is still refusing to acknowledge the devastating crisis they created. That or they created this crisis on purpose.

Monday was the 22nd anniversary of the tragedies that took place on 9/11. The Flag of Honor below hangs in my home office and serves as a reminder that freedom isn’t free. We will Never Forget.

Let us truly Never Forget, the morning of September 11th, 2001. Some, like me, drove my daughter to school on the way to work. It seemed like the beginning of a typical day, but it was a memorable, extraordinary, beautiful morning in Pennsylvania and the northeast. Sitting in my office, I heard anxious conversation out in the hall. A plane had struck the World Trade Center. Turning on the T.V., we all began to watch. We were unsure of the cause until we saw the 2nd plane target and crash live. Then, the reports from Washington, the attack at the Pentagon. Then, the incredible acts of heroism over Shanksville, Pennsylvania, sacrificing their lives, taking out the terrorists and their plan to kill, saving countless American lives. We were shaken as a people, as a nation. I was at Ground Zero a few days later, bringing scooters at the request of the NYPD. But the scooters were not for the injured. They were for the firefighters, police, and first responders who needed them to move around the disaster zone who were on their feet for 48 hours straight.

So many lost loved ones, family, and friends that day. Myself included. Innocent lives senselessly lost. But we also must Never Forget the response of our nation, how we united, and how all Americans had a renewed sense of patriotism. We were all attacked, and we united as Americans…

The wisdom of Abraham Lincoln rang true then and now, “We here must highly resolve, that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and the government of the people by the people and for the people shall never perish from the earth.”

As we remember 9/11 and watch those horrible images, let’s also remember the chants of U-S-A and the importance of Lincoln’s sage words, which continue to be so fitting for us. We remember all of those lost on that September morning, including the brave who ran towards danger to save innocent Americans. Let us never forget the brothers and sisters who passed on September 11th, 2001 or the heroes who exemplified what the United States stands for on that day, in the following weeks, months, and years, and for generations to come.

This week, we also recognized National POW/MIA Recognition Day. We honor and remember our nation’s servicemembers who were prisoners of war and those who remain missing in action.
Let us never forget the great sacrifices of these American heroes.

We look forward to catching up with you next week. God Bless, and see you soon,

Dan Meuser

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