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Down in Washington
Here is this week’s news of interest.
- BACK HOME IN PA-13Dairy makes up a significant portion of the agriculture that exists in our district. In fact, Nearly 20 percent of Pennsylvania’s dairy farms and over a quarter of the state’s total milk cows reside in the counties that make up the 13th District. This week I visited the JoBo Holstein dairy farm in Gettysburg, which is a Land O’ Lakes dairy farm.During the tour, I had the opportunity to speak with farmer John Hess about the measures I am fighting for in Congress to help our dairy farmers. This Congress I am cosponsoring the Dairy Pride Act which will crack down on plant-based imitators that are harming the dairy industry by falsely labeling their products as milk.
Additionally, I acted to incentivize children to drink more milk by cosponsoring the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2019. The measure allows for whole milk (both unflavored and flavored) to be offered in public schools.
This week gave me two opportunities to visit with defense manufacturers. The first was the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. NCDMM gave us an update on how the services they provide help make the Letterkenny Army Depot stronger, the U.S. defense industry more efficient, and our country safer through the sharing of information and technology.
From there I had the opportunity to tour Kongsberg Defense Corporation in Johnstown. During the visit we received an update on the future of their company in Cambria County and the current work they are doing to keep America safe. The Tribune-Democrat joined me on this tour and I spoke to them about what I learned during it. You can read their coverage here.
This week also brought me back to Manitowoc Cranes in Shady Grove, where just a few weeks ago I was visited with Vice President Mike Pence and discussed the benefits that the USMCA would have on equipment manufacturers. During this visit I echoed those comments and had the chance to participate in a benefit for the Greencastle Food Pantry.
A top priority of mine has been to keep an open line of communication between myself and our community leaders. Members from the Chambersburg Area School District stopped by my Chambersburg office. Thank you to Superintendent Dr. Betts, School Board President Sharpe, and ROTC Commander Apgar for giving us an update on the great things happening at CASD this school year.
Waynesboro Borough Manager Jason Stains and Director of Economic Development for Mainstream Waynesboro, Inc. Bill Kohler met on Wednesday to discuss the work they are doing to revitalize downtown, as well as partnering with Waynesboro School District to get students internships.
Finally, Council of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Blair and Huntingdon stopped by my Altoona office for a meeting. Thank you to Director Dorcey Cuzzalina and Board Members Adam Pfingstl, Ginny Cooper, Robin Beck for illustrating the significant impact that you and your group have in Blair and Huntingdon Counties.
LOSS OF A GREAT LEADER
Thursday evening, I learned of the sudden passing of long-time legislator, public servant, and friend Rick Geist. His insights and leadership will be missed. As a veteran and patriot, he showed loyalty and commitment to our community. My wife and I extend sympathies to his wife Jeannie on this loss.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about what I was working on this week and I look forward to updating you again next Sunday.
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