Values

FAMILY VALUES

Congressman Smucker is voting to promote and protect our Pennsylvania values. He strongly supports pro-life measures, Second Amendment rights, and religious liberty. As a husband and father, Congressman Smucker understands the importance of advancing policies that protect the sanctity of life and uphold sacred family values.

PRO-LIFE

Congressman Smucker believes that all life is sacred and has always voted for pro-life legislation. During the 116th Congress, Congressman Smucker has taken the following actions to defend the lives of the unborn:

  • Member of the Pro-Life caucus and Values Action Team
  • Hosted the Pennsylvania Delegation March for Life Reception for constituents in town for the annual March for Life. This role was previously filled by Rep. Rothfus, but has been filled by Rep. Smucker since his retirement.

Cosponsored the following legislation—

  • HR 962, Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act

This bill would establish requirements for health care practitioners to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion. Similar protections were codified into law in 2002, however, reports have found that some practitioners and abortion providers are not providing the necessary medical care to children born alive after an attempted abortion. In some cases, the providers were deliberately and intentionally delivering the babies using techniques that kill the partially delivered fetus. This bill will ensure all children are provided the same legal protections as other human beings, and received necessary medical care in the event that they survive an attempted abortion.

  • HR 956, Saving Children Act

This legislation would amend the criminal code to prohibit a physician from knowingly performing a dismemberment abortion.

  • HR 897, Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act

This bill protects faith-based child welfare providers from government discrimination by reducing federal resources for child welfare programs from states that discriminate against faith providers. Last year, the city of Philadelphia announced that they are facing an urgent need for 30 more foster families to care for the growing number of children in the city. Yet in the same month, the city suspended its contracts with top-rated faith-based agencies simply because of disagreements with their longstanding religious beliefs about marriage.  

  • HR 833, Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act

This legislation would limit the availability of federal tax dollars for any entity that performs abortions or which financially supports abortion providers. This bill provides a firewall between federal spending and the abortion industry.

  • HR 784, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

This bipartisan bill prohibits the abortion of an unborn child at 20 weeks of gestation, with the exception of abortions arising from rape, incest, or threatening the life of the mother. A person who performs or attempts to perform an abortion prohibited under the bill is subject to a fine and/or imprisonment for up to 5 years, and a woman who receives an abortion not pursuant to this bill are entitled to civil right of action against the abortion provider. Medical research shows that children react to touch by eight weeks after fertilization, leading some researchers to state that the unborn are capable of feeling pain at 20 weeks, therefore making it even more inhumane to abort the fetus.

  • HR 616, Life at Conception Act

This bill will extend equal protection under the 14th amendment of the Constitution for the right to life of each unborn and preborn human person. By defining life as beginning at conception, the 14thamendment protections extended to the unborn will essentially repeal Roe v. Wade. In the decision of Roe V. Wade, the Supreme Court wrote “We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins, the judiciary at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in the position to speculate as to the answer. If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case of course, collapses for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.”

  • HR 369, Defund Planned Parenthood Act

This legislation would provide a one-year ban on all federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

  • HR 296, Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act

This legislation would amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit HHS from providing federal family planning grants to entities that perform abortions or provide funds to entities that perform abortions.

  • HR 20, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act

This legislation would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion. This legislation also prohibits funding for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion with funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law, prohibits abortion in federal health facilities, ensures that elective abortion is not deductible for tax purposes, and ensures that ACA premium assistance subsidies provided in the form of refundable advanceable tax credits are not used to pay for insurance plans that cover abortion.

Sent the Following Letters—

  • Thank you Letter to Secretary Azar on the Finalized Protect Life Rule

Rep. Estes’ letter to Secretary Azar expresses our deep thanks for the finalization of the rule and our continuing support for these fundamental changes to the Title X program. The new guidance on Title X family planning ends the requirement that Title X facilities refer abortions while also recognizing that abortion is not family planning. Additionally, this rule stipulates that grant recipients must be physically and financially separate from abortion providers, while also increasing the oversight and accountability for cases of potential abuse.

  • Letter to Secretary Azar on ACA Abortion Surcharges

Rep. Cloud’s letter expresses support for HHS’ proposed rule titled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Program Integrity” which addresses Obamacare’s hidden abortion surcharge. This proposed rule will strictly enforce the statutory requirement that that abortion surcharge be collected separately from other insurance premiums. The Obama Administration allowed taxpayer dollars to go towards abortion coverage for federally subsidized plans, and this new rule will put an end to that harmful violation of the law.

  • Letter to the LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chair and Ranking Member on pro-life priorities

The Pro-Life Caucus’ letter urges any FY2020 funding affording to HHS be conditioned on the requirement that no funds be made available for research on fetal tissue obtained from an induced abortion. The letter also asks to end taxpayer funding of abortion businesses such as Planned Parenthood. The LHHS appropriations bill recently went through committee mark-up and maintained all pro-life riders in a win for Republicans.

  • Letter to President Trump urging a veto on anti-life legislation

The Pro-Life Caucus’ letter to President Trump urges him to issue a veto notice to any legislation that does not protect the sanctity of life and supports abortion. Following receipt of the letter, President Trump announced that he will veto any spending legislation that provides taxpayer dollars for abortion.

In addition, Congressman Smucker has urged the Administration to undertake Pro-Life initiatives.

SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

Congressman Smucker is a strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights and the United States Constitution. In Congress he has taken numerous actions to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and to stop the federal government’s infringement on citizens’ right to bear arms.

Voted for the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38)

This legislation allows handgun owners who are legally permitted and authorized to carry a concealed firearm by their home state to carry a concealed firearm in other states that allow concealed carry. Read more about this bill here.

Led a letter to the House Appropriations committee to preserve access to imported firearms

Congressman Smucker’s letter demanded that no taxpayer funding be used to impose a ban on imported shotguns or relic firearms in the Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations bill.

Cosponsored the Hearing Protection Act (H.R. 367)

This critical legislation eliminates the $200 transfer tax on firearm suppressors and gets rid of burdensome regulations for law-abiding gunowners trying to protect their hearing. Read more about this bill here.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Congressman Smucker is working to ensure our religious liberties are protected. Religious freedom is an essential part of the core values of many Pennsylvanians. Families, individuals, employees, and employers alike should not be forced to violate these deeply held convictions.

Voted for the Condemning the persecution of Christians around the world resolution (H.Res. 407)

This resolution condemns the persecution and oppression of Christians around the world. Specifically, H. Res. 407 calls on countries and extremist groups to put an end to their persecution of religious minorities and to support universal religious freedom. Read more about this resolution here.

Voted for the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act (H.R. 390)

H.R. 392 provides emergency relief to victims of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Iraq and Syria, and provides for accountability for perpetrators of these heinous crimes. Read more about this bill here.

Voted for Rep. Palmer’s Amendment to the House Interior Appropriations Act (H.R. 3354)

This amendment protects employer groups that hold religious-based beliefs from being forced to hire people who disagree with their principles. Read more about this amendment here.

More on Values

July 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Smucker introduced the Improving Adoption Outcomes and Affordability Act (H.R. 3690) to enhance medical support services for birthmothers that have made the selfless decision to place their unborn child for adoption to provide them a loving home.

June 6, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) is seeking answers from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about the impact of Hurricane Maria’s devastation on fellow Americans in Puerto Rico.