Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

NEBRASKA's 3rd DISTRICT

Smith Opposes Iran Deal

2015/08/25

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) issued the following statement today on his opposition to the Iran deal:

“Nebraskans continue to express their deep concerns to me about the deal the Obama administration has negotiated with Iran,” Smith said.  “I am opposed to the Iran deal and have cosponsored the congressional resolution of disapproval.  Lifting sanctions would allow monetary resources to flow into Iran and empower its leaders to do more harm to the United States and our allies.  We should be mindful of our closest ally in the region, Israel, whose leaders continue to gravely warn us of the dangers of trusting the Iranian regime. 

“When our national security is on the line, reaching no deal is better than advancing a bad deal.  President Obama has stated our options are either accepting this deal or going to war, but this rhetoric is irresponsible.  Congress needs to reject this deal and allow U.S. negotiators to go back to the table.  We must pursue a stronger agreement which enforces greater accountability measures on Iran and prioritizes the safety of our country and our allies.”

Smith is a cosponsor of H. Res. 367, the resolution of disapproval on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed to by the P5+1 and Iran.

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Growing Nebraska Through Trade

2015/08/21

A common theme when I speak with farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers in Nebraska’s Third District is the importance of trade to their economic success. In fact, 82 percent of Nebraska exporters are small and medium-sized businesses. Opening more markets to Nebraska’s producers, manufacturers, and consumers plays a crucial role in growing our rural economy.

In my role on the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, I continue to support policies which expand export opportunities for Nebraskans. Next month, I am hosting an event called Growing Nebraska Though Trade to facilitate an in-depth discussion on the impacts of trade agreements and ongoing work to open markets worldwide to rural America. This free seminar will be held on Tuesday, September 22, in Grand Island.  

At this event, I will be joined by Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach, and numerous other experts to provide diverse, informative perspectives on trade. To view the full agenda and register for the seminar, please visit my website at http://AdrianSmith.house.gov/2015TradeSeminar.

In June, the House passed the Ways and Means Committee’s Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, legislation also known as Trade Promotion Authority or TPA, to give Congress the authority to direct and oversee the administration’s efforts on trade. TPA limits the President’s power while increasing Congress’s role in trade negotiations. It also assures our trading partners when they bring their best offer to the table, the agreement will receive an up or down vote in Congress.

Recent negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed agreement among 12 countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, have demonstrated TPA’s importance. With TPA signed into law, the U.S. has a stronger position at the table to shape the rules of the agreement based on the objectives provided to the Obama administration by Congress.

TPP negotiators have not yet reached an agreement. This contradicts a misconception about TPA giving President Obama the power to automatically finalize trade deals. The President must meet Congress’s objectives in these negotiations. Once an agreement on TPP is reached, it will need to be made public online for 60 days prior to Congress taking a vote on it.

As TPP negotiations continue, other countries are also pursuing their own trade agreements. Earlier this month, the European Union and Vietnam announced they had reached a trade deal to remove nearly all tariffs on goods between their countries. The strong emphasis on trade in the global economy shows the U.S. must be involved in trade negotiations or be left behind.

With more than 96 percent of the world’s customers living outside our borders, trade provides crucial opportunities for Nebraska exporters. Passing TPA was the necessary first step, but now our work on trade negotiations must move forward. I hope you will join me at my trade seminar in September to learn more about the benefits of expanding access to thriving international markets and to share your thoughts about the impacts of trade on Nebraska and our country.

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Smith Thanks Summer Interns for Public Service

2015/08/20

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today in recognition of 2015 summer interns Colin Snider of Kearney, Tom Waldo of DeWitt, and Jack Heaphy of Fort Salonga, New York. During their internship, they assisted in a variety of tasks in Smith’s Washington, D.C. office including research, guiding Nebraskans on Capitol tours, processing flag requests, assisting with constituent correspondence, and attending meetings and briefings with Smith and staff members.

“Colin, Tom, and Jack chose to devote their summer vacations to serving the people of Nebraska’s Third District,” Smith said. “My staff and I are grateful for their hard work, enthusiasm, and dedication. It was a pleasure getting to know them during their time in our nation’s capital, and it is clear each one has a bright future ahead.”

Snider will begin his senior year at Brigham Young University, where he is studying economics. Waldo will be a sophomore at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and is majoring in agricultural economics. Heaphy is returning to Liberty University for his junior year studying business administration.

To learn more about Smith’s internship program, click here.

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Smith to Hold Public Events in North Platte, Thedford, Bloomfield, and South Sioux City

2015/08/17

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will meet constituents of the Third District during three “mobile offices” and a public meeting on August 25-27.

A “mobile office” allows constituents to meet directly with Congressman Smith about federal issues and take advantage of the constituent services available through his office, such as assisting individuals with challenges they face while working with a federal agency, ordering flags flown over the U.S. Capitol, and booking tours in Washington, D.C.

Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will hold his mobile offices on August 25-27 at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, August 25 Lincoln County Courthouse Commissioners Room 301 N. Jeffers Street, North Platte, NE 69101 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (CDT)

Wednesday, August 26 Thomas County Courthouse 503 Main Street, Thedford, NE 69166 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CDT)

Thursday, August 27 South Sioux City Hall 1615 1st Avenue, South Sioux City, NE 68776 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CDT)

Smith will also join Bloomfield community leaders in hosting a discussion with the Bloomfield community on Thursday, August 27, to discuss local and federal issues:

Thursday, August 27 Bloomfield Community Center 101 S. Broadway, Bloomfield, NE 68718 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CDT)

For additional information, contact Congressman Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900 or his Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.

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Regulation Rewind Update

2015/08/14

At my mobile offices and meetings throughout the Third District, I have the opportunity to hear directly from Nebraskans about the regulatory burdens impacting their lives and livelihoods. To fight government overreach, I launched my Regulation Rewind initiative in 2014 and have continued these efforts this year. Recently, I have taken significant steps to fight the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the U.S. rule and power plant regulations, as well as red tape impacting access to quality rural health care, but I have also been working to address numerous other government-imposed burdens.

Many Nebraskans are concerned about the Obama administration's efforts to regulate and restrict their Second Amendment rights. In July, the Los Angeles Times reported the Obama administration planned to report all 4.2 million Social Security beneficiaries with representative payees to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.  

Assigning a representative payee to manage one's finances does not mean a person is violent or dangerous, and it certainly should not be grounds to revoke constitutional rights. In response to this overreach, I joined my colleagues on the House Ways and Means Committee in writing to Acting Social Security Administrator Commissioner Carolyn Colvin opposing this move.

Second Amendment restrictions also impact our men and women in uniform. The terror attack on military recruiting stations in Tennessee again brought to light a serious problem – current Department of Defense regulations prohibit service members from carrying personal firearms in military installations.  

Following the Tennessee shootings, I joined more than 60 colleagues in writing to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter asking him to lift this restriction on service members' Second Amendment rights, a change which could save lives in the future. In response to this letter, the Pentagon is now considering proposals to allow specified service members to carry firearms on-base.   

Dietary regulations have become another area of serious concern. Earlier this year, the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) released recommendations to reduce meat consumption based on unscientific environmental factors, not nutrition. To combat this lack of focus on sound science, I sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack opposing the panel's use of non-nutritional factors in its recommendations.  

Additionally, in their draft 2015 guidelines, DGAC mistakenly categorized enriched grains with refined grains, calling for limiting consumption of both. According to the Centers for Disease Control, consuming 400 micrograms of folic acid before and during early pregnancy reduces the risk of potentially deadly neural tube defects. Enriched grains can also provide valuable nutrients such as B-vitamins and iron. I joined with 59 colleagues writing to DGAC asking them to correct their error. Final DGAC recommendations are pending and will be released in the fall.

In Nebraska, landowners in the Northport Irrigation District have been restricted by a Bureau of Reclamation contract signed more than 60 years ago which requires burdensome reporting requirements and acreage limitations. To ease their regulatory burden, I reintroduced legislation in this Congress to allow these landowners to repay their loans individually, which would provide relief to landowners and generate otherwise uncollected revenue for the federal government. This legislation passed the House in June, and the U.S. Senate also held a hearing on the issue in June.

With your help, I will continue fighting back against an overreaching and overgrown federal government. Please visit my website at http://AdrianSmith.house.gov/RegulationRewind to learn more about my Regulation Rewind initiative and to send me new ideas for ways we can work together to reduce regulatory barriers for Nebraskans. 

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Rep. Smith's Office to Hold Mobile Offices in McCook, Trenton, and Benkelman

2015/08/10

Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will be able to meet with a representative of Congressman Smith’s office for “mobile offices” on Monday, August 17, in McCook, Trenton, and Benkelman.

A “mobile office” allows constituents to meet directly with one of Smith’s staff members about federal issues and take advantage of the constituent services available through his office, such as assisting individuals with challenges they face while working with a federal agency, ordering flags flown over the U.S. Capitol and booking tours in Washington, D.C.

Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will provide his mobile office and a staff member on Monday, August 17, at the following times and locations:

Red Willow County Courthouse 502 Norris Avenue, McCook, NE 69001 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (CDT)

Hitchcock County Courthouse 229 East D Street, Trenton, NE 69044 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (CDT)

Dundy County Courthouse 112 West 7th Avenue, Benkelman, NE 69021 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (MDT)

For additional information, contact Congressman Smith’s Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.

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Another Week, Another EPA Overreach

2015/08/07

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued yet another set of sweeping regulations, which the agency is calling the “Clean Power Plan.” Released by the Obama administration on Monday, this red tape will likely force hundreds of coal-fired power plants to shut their doors, killing jobs and increasing the cost of energy across the state of Nebraska.

According to a 2014 study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the plan could result in the loss of almost a quarter of a million jobs and cost nearly $480 billion to achieve compliance. This regressive penalty on the middle class should not come as a surprise. As President Obama stated in 2008, under his policies “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” Nebraska is the only state which relies solely on public power, putting Nebraskans at an even higher risk of being impacted by these harmful new rules.

The Obama administration’s final power plant regulations go even further than their initial proposal, mandating a 32 percent cut in emissions by 2030. This unrealistic reduction rate, nine percent higher than it was before, would diminish America’s most abundant and efficient fuel sources before adequate alternatives are available.  

Instead of continuing to increase the EPA’s regulatory authority through burdensome top-down regulations, we should be pursuing an all-of-the-above energy policy to ensure all Americans have access to efficient and affordable sources of electricity. In Congress, I continue to advance policies to support American energy and fight the EPA’s red tape.

Recently, I introduced a resolution in the House to block the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS. Though the Clean Water Act passed by Congress in 1972 intentionally limited EPA’s jurisdiction to navigable waters, the Obama administration is now trying to unilaterally expand its jurisdiction to regulate everything from ditches to prairie potholes, even on private land.

Not only would the Waters of the U.S. rule impact farmers and landowners, but it would also impede the ability of local governments to make decisions for their communities. When the EPA finalized the Waters of the U.S. rule, the agency claimed: “The rule ensures that waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA) are more precisely defined and predictably determined, making permitting less costly, easier, and faster for businesses and industry.” I have never seen onerous red tape from government agencies make processes easier for businesses and industry.

Earlier this year, I met with Chadron city officials whose work to clean and widen a drainage ditch was blocked for 18 months by the Army Corps of Engineers because the ditch was determined to be a U.S. waterway. If the Waters of the U.S. rule is implemented, this is a sign of things to come for cities throughout Nebraska.

My resolution would block the Waters of the U.S. rule under an expedited process created by the Congressional Review Act, or CRA. The CRA provides a mechanism for Congress to overturn executive rulemaking, including expedited Senate consideration of legislation to block newly finalized rules.  

While the administration continues to defy Congress and the American people by pushing forward with damaging regulations, we must use every tool available to combat EPA overreach.

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Rep. Smith's Office to Hold Mobile Offices in Maywood and Hayes Center

2015/08/07

Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will be able to meet with a representative of Congressman Smith’s office for “mobile offices” on Friday, August 14, in Maywood and Hayes Center.

A “mobile office” allows constituents to meet directly with one of Smith’s staff members about federal issues and take advantage of the constituent services available through his office, such as assisting individuals with challenges they face while working with a federal agency, ordering flags flown over the U.S. Capitol and booking tours in Washington, D.C.

Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will provide his mobile office and a staff member on Friday, August 14, at the following times and locations:

Community First Bank Boardroom 122 South Commercial Street, Maywood, NE 69038 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CDT)

Hayes County Courthouse 502 Troth Street, Hayes Center, NE 69032 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (CDT)

For additional information, contact Congressman Smith’s Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.

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Smith Announces 2015 ‘Angels in Adoption’ Honorees

2015/08/05

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) announced today Aaron and Kerri Bly of Kenesaw will be honored with the 2015 Angels in Adoption Award for Nebraska’s Third District.

“Not only have Aaron and Kerri Bly opened their home and their hearts to five adopted children, but they have also devoted their lives to supporting other adoptive and foster families,” Smith said.  “When their first adopted son was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, Aaron and Kerri started the Kids & Dreams Foundation to provide support to children of all ages and their families dealing with the challenges of autism.  I am honored to select the Bly family as the 2015 Angels in Adoption Award recipients for Nebraska’s Third District, a title they truly deserve.”

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption initiative provides Members of Congress the opportunity to honor an individual or entity from their district which has made an extraordinary contribution on behalf of children in need of homes.

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes.

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Smith to Hold Mobile Office in Loup City

2015/08/03

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will meet constituents of the Third District during a “mobile office” on Thursday, August 6, in Loup City.

A “mobile office” allows constituents to meet directly with Congressman Smith about federal issues and take advantage of the constituent services available through his office, such as assisting individuals with challenges they face while working with a federal agency, ordering flags flown over the U.S. Capitol, and booking tours in Washington, D.C.

Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will hold the mobile office in Loup City on Thursday, August 6, at the following time and location:

Loup City Council Chamber 134 South 8th Street, Loup City, NE 68853 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (CDT)

For additional information, contact Congressman Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900.

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Smith Supports his Trade Preferences Provision on House Floor

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Smith Questions Secretary Burwell on CoOportunity Health's Failure

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Smith Speaks on his Northport Irrigation District Bill

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Smith Honors Captain Dustin Lukasiewicz on House Floor

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Smith Applauds Legislation to Block EPA Overreach

2015-05-18 20:43:00


Smith Supports Death Tax Repeal on House Floor

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Smith Presses for Obamacare Mandate Relief for CoOportunity Health Customers

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Smith Celebrates Nebraska Agriculture on House Floor

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Smith Questions Secretary Lew on President Obama’s Budget Plan

2015-02-03 18:11:05


Smith Speaks on CoOportunity Health’s Potential Liquidation, Another Obamacare Failure

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Smith Stands for Nebraska Agriculture at Trade Hearing

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Contact Information

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adriansmith.house.gov

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Ways and Means

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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Jeff Fortenberry

NEBRASKA's 1st DISTRICT

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