WASHINGTON, DC – The Consumer Price Index rose in September with the cost of housing and other necessities intensifying pressure on American households. Area Congressman Lloyd Smucker reacted to the latest news saying families in our region and across the nation are struggling to make ends meet due to higher prices. He added that it’s been 18 straight months where the rate of inflation has outpaced wage gains. He added the Republican’s Commitment To America will help tackle higher prices, inflation, and increased government spending should they be successful in the November 8th election to gain majorities in Congress.