With tax reform strengthening our economy and incentivizing job creation, we need to help more Americans achieve independence by bringing them off the sidelines and into the workforce. From this perspective, the economy is stronger than it has been in years. The unemployment rate is at its lowest level in nearly two decades and the number of open jobs is soaring while the fewest people since 1969 are receiving unemployment benefits.
Despite this positivity, a common concern I hear while traveling throughout Nebraska is the challenge of finding qualified workers, which is no surprise given approximately 6 million jobs are going unfilled in our country right now. In fact, the Wall Street Journal recently reported 180,000 jobs would remain unfilled even if every unemployed worker throughout the Midwest were matched with an open position.
This is not to say we have run out of able-bodied people who are capable of doing jobs. It is rather a question of connecting the dots. We cannot simply abandon discouraged workers who have given up looking for stable employment due to the economic realities of the last decade. Through a series of hearings in the Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, which I chair, we have explored the jobs gap and developed a legislative approach to narrow it, the JOBS for Success Act.
The purpose of the JOBS for Success Act is to reform and reauthorize the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program by refocusing its resources on the truly needy and making states accountable for work outcomes. As the focus of welfare reform in 1996, TANF was billed as a way to provide temporary financial assistance with the ultimate goal of helping its beneficiaries to find steady employment.
However, states have deviated from this purpose, even going as far as to divert funds for the purpose of balancing their annual budgets or providing benefits like college scholarships to students from middle class families. As noble as these goals may be, they do not fit the intended purpose of the program.
The JOBS for Success Act will refocus TANF support on families falling below 200% of the poverty level and require states to manage cases individually in order to pair potential workers with employers who will train them to fill open jobs. Furthermore, it provides for tracking of post-employment outcomes to ensure workers remain employed and earn consistent wage increases.
Finally, my bill includes a number of good ideas from other members of the Ways and Means Committee, such as requiring states to track and report improper payments to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse while adding marijuana dispensaries to the list of prohibited venues for withdrawing funds. These measures are practical and necessary to ensure truly needy families are provided meaningful access to the services and support they need to move up the economic ladder – not just a check every month.
We have an opportunity to reorient the TANF program to today’s economy while fulfilling the needs of both rapidly expanding businesses and Americans on the sidelines so they can experience economic opportunity and self-sufficiency. The JOBS for Success Act will help us to deliver this outcome to the American people.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement after the House Ways and Means Committee voted to advance his welfare reform bill, H.R. 5861, the Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services (JOBS) for Success Act, for consideration by the House of Representatives.
Congressman Smith said:
“A very common concern I hear while traveling the Third District is the challenge of finding qualified workers, which is no surprise given approximately 6 million jobs are going unfilled in our country right now. With tax reform strengthening our economy and incentivizing job creation, we need to help more Americans achieve independence by getting them off the sidelines and into the workforce. I thank my colleagues on the Ways and Means Committee for advancing my bill to promote economic opportunity and self-sufficiency for all Americans.”
H.R. 5861 reforms and reauthorizes the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program by refocusing its resources on households below 200% of the poverty line and making states accountable for program outcomes.
Click here to view Rep. Smith’s opening statement.
Click here to read the bill.
Click here for the short summary.
Click here for the section-by-section summary.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) opened nominations this week for the 2018 Angels in Adoption Award for Nebraska’s Third District.
Angels in Adoption, a project of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, provides Members of Congress the opportunity to honor an individual or entity from their districts for extraordinary contributions on behalf of children in need of homes.
“Each year, people across Nebraska’s Third District open their homes to provide the safety and shelter our children deserve,” Smith said. “The purpose of the Angels in Adoption Award is to honor those who sacrifice so much to positively impact young lives through adoption and foster care.”
To make a nomination, please visit AdrianSmith.house.gov/AngelsinAdoption. Nominations must be received by Friday, June 29.
For more information on Angels in Adoption, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will meet constituents of the Third District during a mobile office on Thursday, May 31 in Greeley to discuss issues such as tax reform, trade, immigration, and the Farm Bill.
A mobile office allows constituents to meet directly with Congressman Smith about federal issues and take advantage of the services available through his office.
Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will hold the mobile office in Greeley on Thursday, May 31, at the following time and location:
Greeley County CourthouseCourthouse Square, Greeley9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (CT)
For additional information, please contact Smith’s Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) are invited to meet with a representative of his office at mobile offices throughout the month of June in Wayne, McCook, Ponca, Hyannis, Hartington, Red Cloud, Kimball, Ogallala, North Platte, South Sioux City, Bartlett, Ord, and Stockville.
At mobile offices, Third District residents can meet directly with one of Smith’s staff members about federal issues and take advantage of the services available through his office.
Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will provide his mobile office and a staff member at the following times and locations:
Tuesday, June 5
Wayne County Courthouse 219 W. 6th Street, Wayne 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Monday, June 11
Red Willow County Courthouse 502 Norris Avenue, McCook 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CDT)
Tuesday, June 12
Dixon County Courthouse 302 W. 3rd Street, Ponca 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (CDT)
Grant County Courthouse105 East Harrison Street, Hyannis11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (MDT)
Cedar County Courthouse106 S. Broadway Avenue, Hartington1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CDT)
Tuesday, June 19
Webster County Courthouse – Law Library621 N. Cedar Street, Red Cloud10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (CDT)
Kimball Public Library208 South Walnut Street, Kimball1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (MDT)
Wednesday, June 20
Keith County Courthouse511 North Spruce Street, Ogallala10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (MDT)
Monday, June 25
Mid-Plains Community College - South Campus601 West State Farm Road, North Platte12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (CDT)
South Sioux City Hall – City Council Chambers1615 1st Avenue, South Sioux City1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CDT)
Tuesday, June 26
Wheeler County Courthouse – Lobby301 Third Street, Bartlett8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (CDT)
Valley County Courthouse – Lobby125 S. 15th Street, Ord11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Wednesday, June 27
Frontier County Courthouse1 Wellington Street, Stockville1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CDT)
For additional information, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900 or his Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.Read More
Each year on the last Monday in May we set aside a special time to remember those lost in defense of our great nation. These brave men and women are owed a supreme debt of gratitude by each and every American who enjoys the freedoms afforded by our way of life.
I urge you to take time as you spend Memorial Day weekend with friends and family to remember those who will never come home. While there is nothing we can do to lessen their suffering, I make it a point to thank their families who are most impacted by the absence of our fallen heroes.
In order to honor the veterans who are fortunate enough to rejoin us after their service, we should do everything in our power to ensure they are adequately cared for. Though we can never repay the debt we owe them, I have been honored to express a small token of our appreciation by sharing our nation’s history with them in Washington, D.C.
Just this month, Senator Fischer and I greeted a veteran group of more than 100 at the U.S. Capitol for an after-hours tour. These tours impact me because we get to spend time with our Nebraska veterans on a personal level. My staff and I enjoy hearing their stories as we take in the Capitol Rotunda, Statuary Hall, and the House Chamber.
My grandfather served as a Navy Seabee in the South Pacific during World War II and his dedication to serving our country is what inspired me to enter public service. I try to honor him in everything I do.
This month, I was happy to vote to strengthen the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans to receive VA funded care from community providers rather than having to travel a great distance to a VA clinic. While this program is far from perfect, I will continue to support expanded access to healthcare for rural veterans. I also participate in a number of initiatives in addition to supporting legislation that benefits our veterans.
I serve as co-chairman of the Rural Veterans Caucus through which we consider the best ways to advocate for our heroes in rural America. My office participates in the Veterans History Project, where we work to chronicle the stories of Nebraska veterans to be included in the Library of Congress.
In order to provide an opportunity for young people in Nebraska to learn more about the U.S. service academies and other opportunities for military service, I join with U.S. Senators Fischer and Sasse each year to hold the Third District Academy Day.
Taking place this year on Friday, June 1, our event will feature representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and Army ROTC to provide information and answer questions.
This is the first year we will be offering an online webinar for students and parents who are unable to make the drive to Grand Island. For more information on Academy Day, please call my Grand Island office at 308-384-3900.
Memorial Day is rightfully held among our most sacred holidays and we should all take the time to remember those who gave their last full measure to protect the American way of life. Let us honor them as a grateful nation and forever be a legacy befitting their sacrifice.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE), a member of the Committee on Ways and Means, spoke in opposition to an amendment to H.R.2 - Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, which would eliminate support for U.S. sugar producers and expose them to unfair trade practices.
“American farmers like ours in Nebraska’s Third District produce more products more efficiently than any other country in the world, if allowed to compete on a level playing field,” Smith said from the floor of the House.
“The sugar program, long included in the Farm Bill, levels the playing field at little to no cost to the American taxpayer by defending our producers from unfair practices overseas. Allowing it to expire would make no sense.”
Rep. Smith’s speech before the U.S. House of Representatives is available here.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) encourages rising high school juniors and seniors to apply for the 2018-2019 Third District Youth Advisory Council by June 29.
The Third District Youth Advisory Council is a forum for juniors and seniors to share opinions, thoughts, and concerns with Congressman Smith through in-person meetings, online forums, and conference calls.
“I always enjoy meeting with students through the Student Advisory Council because it provides the opportunity to hear the concerns of young Nebraskans,” Smith said. “These young people are tomorrow’s leaders and we must emphasize the importance of civic awareness and engagement.”
To download an application, please visit AdrianSmith.house.gov/YouthAdvisoryCouncil.
For more information about the Youth Advisory Council, interested students and educators can contact Smith’s Grand Island office at 308-384-3900.Read More
When Congress is not in session, I spend time traveling throughout our state to meet with hard working Nebraskans and hear their concerns. Nebraska’s Third District covers some 65,000 square miles, taking roughly nine hours to travel end to end, from Harrison to Falls City. In just the past few weeks, I’ve made stops in North Platte, Burwell, North Loup, Grand Island, Litchfield, Ravenna, Sumner, Falls City, Humboldt, Beatrice, York, Belvidere, Hebron, Bayard, Potter, Scottsbluff, Harrison, Alliance, and Crawford.
During my district travel, I enjoy meeting with constituents, business owners, and local officials to ensure their voices are heard in Washington. I also take great pride in the various events my offices host each year as a way to engage Nebraskans, promote economic opportunity, and inspire our young people.
Over the past two weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of recognizing our 2018 Congressional Art Competition winners in Bayard, Litchfield, Falls City, and Potter, whose artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol and my offices in Washington, D.C., Grand Island, and Scottsbluff. Each year, we open the competition to submissions from students across the Third District and the creativity of our young people never ceases to amaze me.
Other upcoming Nebraska events include our annual Service Academy Open House which will take place this year on Friday, June 1 in Grand Island and be streamed online for those who can’t attend in person. Students will have the opportunity to hear from representatives of the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and Army ROTC, as well as learn about the nomination process from my staff and that of U.S. Senators Fischer and Sasse. More information can be found at AdrianSmith.house.gov/Serving-You/Military-Academy-Nominations and those interested in signing up for the webinar should call my Grand Island office at 308-384-3900 to be issued login credentials.
In addition, the 2018 Excellence in Economic Development awards are now open to individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout the Third District who strengthen Nebraska’s economy through innovation, hard work, creativity, entrepreneurship, or historic preservation. The purpose of the awards is to promote economic development in our local communities, which is a crucial part of ensuring the benefits of tax reform and reduced regulation work for the benefit of all Americans. Forms are available at my Grand Island and Scottsbluff offices as well as on my website at AdrianSmith.house.gov/EconomicDevelopment.
In order to maintain a helpful presence across the Third District, I frequently schedule mobile office hours which take place in different cities each week. At mobile offices, Third District residents can meet directly with me or a member of my staff about federal issues and take advantage of the services offered at my Grand Island and Scottsbluff offices without having to travel to them in person. My team and I have held nearly 50 of these mobile offices throughout the Third District so far this year, and there will be many more to come.
To learn more about these opportunities, issues I am working on, and upcoming events in your area, I invite you to visit my website and sign up for my weekly e-newsletter at AdrianSmith.house.gov/Newsletter. Thank you for keeping in touch with me, and please continue to let me know how I can best serve you.Read More
*Note: students and parents will also be able to join us via online webinar in order to participate in the Service Academy Open House, details below.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE), in conjunction with the offices of U.S. Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse, will host the 2018 Third District Service Academy Open House on Friday, June 1, in Grand Island and online.
This event is an opportunity for young people in Nebraska to learn more about the U.S. service academies and other opportunities for military service. Nebraska high school and college students interested in military opportunities, as well as their families, are encouraged to attend in person or join the discussion online. Please contact Congressman Smith’s Grand Island office at 308-384-3900 to be issued unique login credentials for the webinar.
Third District Service Academy Open House
Friday, June 1, 2018 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. CDT Central Community College - Classroom #103 3134 Highway 34, Grand Island, NE 68802
Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and Army ROTC will be present to provide information and answer questions.
Staff from the offices of Congressman Smith, Senator Fischer, and Senator Sasse will attend the event to answer questions about the service academy nomination process.
For questions about the 2018 Third District Service Academy Open House or to request login credentials for the webinar, please contact Congressman Smith’s Grand Island office at 308-384-3900.Read More
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Congressman Adrian Smith has earned praise for his leadership, hard work and dedication to Nebraska commonsense. Smith has tackled issues ranging from biofuels and other forms of domestic energy to transportation research and development to fashioning legislation promoting rural America.
Smith has consistently voted against tax increases, massive government bailouts, and was unwavering in his opposition of the misguided health care bill now creating massive uncertainty for our nation’s job creators.
Smith, a co-sponsor of the Balanced Budget Amendment and a supporter of a Congressional earmark moratorium, has earned a reputation as a solid conservative through his votes to protect the rights of gun owners, efforts to limit the scope of government, and his strong pro-life voting record.
Smith, who serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, actively promotes access for Nebraska agriculture products in Asia, South America, and throughout the world. Nebraska’s $4 billion in worldwide agricultural exports creates $6.7 billion in additional economic activity. Smith supports trade agreements which will continue to create new opportunities for our agriculture producers and their products to keep Nebraska’s economy strong.
Smith’s assignment on the Ways and Means Committee also puts the Nebraskan on the front lines in the debate on how to create jobs, promote economic growth, and directly impact tax policy – such as the Death Tax which threatens family farms and ranches.
Smith’s also has introduced the bipartisan Small-Scale Hydropower Enhancement Act which would help stimulate the economy of rural America, empower local irrigation districts to generate revenue, and decrease reliance on fossil fuels by encouraging the use of small-scale hydropower projects.
The Gering native, whose family has called Nebraska home for six generations, was first introduced to politics by his grandfather. Prior to his election to Congress, Smith served his hometown as a member of the City Council. He then represented District 48 for eight years in the Unicameral.
He continues to reside in Gering.
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