I've been working with my PA colleagues in Congress on funding to combat the Spotted Lanternfly, as Berks, Chester, Lebanon, and Montgomery Counties are each under quarantine for the pest. Yesterday, the USDA announced $17.5 million for PA to combat the Spotted Lanternfly, an immediate and timely solution for constituents, who have told my office how their farms and daily lives have been impacted. I would also like to thank PA State Rep. David Maloney for his stellar leadership on this issue, as he has also been highlighting the importance of addressing the Spotted Lanternfly.
For those interested in learning more about what led to the shutdown from my perspective, this article spells it out.
Earlier this week, I voted for the Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep our government open and to provide a six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This morning, I spoke on the House Floor about the importance of opening the government - a fundamental responsibility of Congress – and how I believe a government shutdown is irresponsible and unproductive. Servicemembers and federal workers rely on a functioning government to support their fami...lies. We now have military members protecting our country and not getting paid. I am working with my colleagues to have this resolved as soon as possible. I've asked my Democratic House colleagues to urge their Senate counterparts to vote for a CR which funds our military, federal employees, and funds CHIP. I support a solution for DACA as soon as possible and have signed onto legislation to do just that, but there is no DACA deadline until March 7 and we can continue this important policy discussion with an open government.
As I've been working to ensure infrastructure legislation is a priority in Congress, this week, my colleagues and I on the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus released our own infrastructure policy recommendations as a Caucus. A safe, reliable, and modern infrastructure network is critical to a strong and vibrant economy. Each day, Pennsylvanians travel on roads and utilize public transit for daily commutes and recreation. First responders and law enforcement officials rely on it to keep our communities safe. I believe the time is now to push ahead with big and bold innovative modernizations to our infrastructure. Click below for our recommendations.
For decades, my wife and her family have done missionary work in Haiti. I've always been impressed and inspired by the stories they have shared with me about their experience of service, grounded in faith, and the commonalties we all share as human beings. As Americans, we have a proud history of advancing economic, educational, and personal opportunity for millions of people around the globe, and as a country we should recognize the countless contributions and positive impac...t immigrants have made on our country.
Our country is a nation of immigrants, and we should appreciate and value what each person brings to this country. We should take pride in the fact that most of us have passed down the stories of our families traveling from somewhere else in pursuit of the American Dream. I'm proud to be the descendant of Irish, Italian, and German immigrants who sought a better life in the United States. I believe it is inappropriate, unfortunate, and offensive that the President of the United States reportedly said what he did. I hope he clarifies what was said, apologizes, and focuses on addressing the immigration-related issues for which many of us are seeking bipartisan solutions.
As companies in our community and across the country continue to announce bonuses, wage increases, and other positive employee benefits in response to the new tax law, Pennsylvanians will soon see more of their hard-earned money in their paychecks because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In fact, nine out of ten taxpayers will see this increase.
Communities in PA and across the country continue to face the opioid epidemic. Yesterday, I joined with a bipartisan group of my colleagues on the Heroin Task Force to announce a legislative agenda to continue to fight this epidemic. Focusing on the many aspects of this crisis is key to progress, and that’s why we are concentrating our efforts in so many different directions, on both treatment and prevention, children and families, as well as veterans, law enforcement, and rural communities.
More here: https://costello.house.gov/…/rep-costello-joins-bipartisan-…
The first Ryan’s Report of 2018 includes information on my town hall, my opportunity to meet two veterans and present them with their medals, and my statements on the recent marijuana announcement and offshore drilling announcement.
This week, I spoke out against the announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Justice Department would no longer follow guidance implemented under the Obama Administration that allowed states to determine how they would enforce federal marijuana laws -- so states could legalize marijuana without worrying about the federal government, as possession and distribution of marijuana is still illegal under federal law. I spoke out against this decision because I believe states administering medical marijuana dispensaries pursuant to state law should be left alone by the U.S. Attorney General’s office. In 2016, PA passed a law to allow patients facing certain illnesses to legally use medical marijuana, and I believe it is critically important the Commonwealth’s law and patients who benefit from it are protected.
I appreciate the Reading Eagle referencing some of my comments to them about the need for bipartisan consensus on some issues that, frustratingly, still have not yet been resolved. Read more here.
Tonight’s town hall in Downingtown has been cancelled. Anyone who had a ticket sent to them for the Downingtown town hall may bring that ticket to my town hall on Saturday at the Wyomissing Junior/Senior High School. Doors will open at 12:30 pm. Town hall starts at 1:30 pm. The school is located at 630 Evans Avenue in Wyomissing, PA 19610.
Safety and pipeline construction must go hand-in-hand, and I've heard concerns from constituents about the construction of this pipeline. I thank officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for putting the safety of our communities first and ordering a pause of the construction to examine these concerns. I believe natural gas is an important component of our country's energy strategy, and I am a strong supporter of sourcing our energy here at home, as it means local jobs and support for the economy. It must be done in a way that is safe for residents and the environment.
In case you are not able to attend my town hall in Downingtown tomorrow night, I will also host a town hall in Wyomissing for constituents this Saturday, January 6. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the town hall will begin at 1:30 p.m. Click below for more information and to register.