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Weekly Update From Congressman Joyce: September 29, 2019

Here is this week’s news of interest.

BACK HOME IN PA-13

My week began at Encompass Health in Altoona, where I had the opportunity to recognize a group of patients who have worked hard to overcome adversity.

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DOWN IN WASHINGTON

On Tuesday, I welcomed members of Pennsylvania’s AARP to discuss lowering the cost of prescription drugs. This is an issue that I strongly support, and believe that we need to work across the aisle to solve this problem.

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On Wednesday, I participated in the White House’s Faith-Based Community Safety and Security Symposium. Alongside Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Assistant Director Brian Harrell, I discussed the importance of faith leaders in our nation’s shared fight against terrorism. Read more about the symposium here.

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This week, I took to the House Floor twice to voice my opposition to a pair of immigration bills, including H.R. 3525. This legislation would require the Department of Homeland Security to implement an interoperable electronic health records (EHR) system for illegal immigrants in just 90 days. That is simply unrealistic. Click the image below to watch my remarks.

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Also, I had the opportunity to speak in opposition of H.R. 2203, a partisan bill that would do nothing to solve the humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border. In PA-13, this crisis has taken a tangible toll on our communities as illicit drugs continue to pour across the southern border. Rather than pass do-nothing bills, I encouraged my colleagues to work  together to find realistic solutions. Click the image below to watch my remarks.

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This week, we honored the lives of the 129 men lost aboard the USS Thresher, including Altoona native LTJG John Joseph Wiley, on April 10, 1963. LTJG Wiley’s family attended the dedication of a new memorial at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday. Click the image below to watch my remarks on the House Floor in memory of LTJG Wiley.

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My week concluded on Friday with a meeting of the Greater Cumberland Committee regarding the Appalachian Development Highway System. Completing the remaining 5.5 miles of Route 219 in Pennsylvania would spur economic growth and job creation throughout the district – a significant win for workers, business owners, and families. Somerset County Commissioner Pam Tokar-Ikes and Linda Thomson, President of Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI), also participated in this important conversation.

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ONE MORE THING

This week, Speaker Pelosi announced her intention to open a politically-motivated  impeachment inquiry. As they have proven time and time again, House Democrats prioritize endless investigations over meaningful legislation – to the detriment of the American people. Read my full statement on the inquiry here.

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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.

REMINDER: Additional updates can be found on my FACEBOOK PAGE.

Sincerely,

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John Joyce
Member of Congress

2019-10-01T19:19:52+00:00