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.Read More
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) issued the following statement today after the Obama administration announced plans to finalize its Clean Power Plan to regulate emissions from U.S. power plants.
“The Obama administration’s latest regulations 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,” Smith said. “In fact, according to a 2014 study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, this 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 my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.’ 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.”Read More
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.Read More
One of the greatest challenges we face in our country, especially in rural areas, is access to quality health care. Unfortunately, the President’s health care law and the continuous flow of red tape from federal agencies continue to threaten the ability of Americans to receive the care they need.
More and more Americans are losing their insurance due to the failure of Obamacare CO-OPs. Though misleading, the term “CO-OP” in this context stands for the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans created by the President’s health care law. The CO-OP program was included in the law to provide low-cost government startup loans for new insurance providers, but it has quickly become yet another broken promise of Obamacare.
CoOportunity Health, the CO-OP which served Nebraska and Iowa, was the first to collapse and left more than 80,000 Nebraskans again searching for insurance. When Tennessee’s Community Health Alliance faced potential insolvency a few months later, the CO-OP received permission to suspend enrollment. For unknown reasons, CoOportunity Health was not allowed to do the same. I am still working to get answers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as to why this happened and am disappointed in the lack of information I have received.
Last week, the Louisiana Health Cooperative announced it was discontinuing insurance policies and would not offer coverage in 2016. This latest failed CO-OP will leave 17,000 Louisiana consumers without insurance at the end of this year.
Millions of Americans lost their insurance after being told they could keep it, and now many are losing coverage a second time after trying to comply with the law. I have introduced legislation to exempt CO-OP customers, including Nebraskans who purchased policies through CoOportunity Health, from paying Obamacare’s individual mandate penalties if they lose coverage. No one should be penalized under a law when the law’s own failures prevented compliance.
To bring more attention to this issue in Washington, I hosted a briefing for congressional staff this week on Obamacare CO-OPs. With a panel of health insurance experts, we discussed the background of the CO-OP programs and significant concerns about their financial stability. This program has already received two billion taxpayer dollars, and there are currently no indications these loans will be repaid.
Though the President’s health care law remains one of the top threats to quality care, other regulations from Washington are impeding providers’ ability to make decisions in the best interest of their patients. The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, on which I serve, hosted a productive hearing this week on rural health disparities. I had the honor of inviting Shannon Sorensen, CEO of Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, to testify about the impacts of onerous regulations stretching the resources of rural hospitals.
To help ensure access to quality rural health care, I have introduced two bills with bipartisan support. The Critical Access Hospital Relief Act, which now has more than 70 cosponsors in the House, would remove the burdensome 96-hour precertification requirement for patients at Critical Access Hospitals. This unnecessary rule forces providers to put regulatory compliance above patient welfare when making medical decisions. Additionally, I have introduced the Rural Health Care Provider Relief Act to delay physician supervision requirements which make delivering care difficult in rural areas with few doctors.
As Congress works to address our country’s health care challenges, I am hopeful my rural health bills will move forward soon to give our providers the flexibility they need to best serve all patients. Americans face many barriers to quality health care, but I will continue pursuing patient-centered solutions while fighting red tape and failed policies.Read More
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) hosted a briefing today in conjunction with the Council for Affordable Health Coverage to educate congressional staff on significant concerns with the Affordable Care Act’s Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) Program. With a panel of health insurance experts, attendees discussed an overview of CO-OPs, their challenges, and next steps.
“Nebraskans know firsthand the hardships caused by failures of the Obamacare CO-OP Program,” Smith said. “CoOportunity Health's liquidation has left 80,000 Nebraskans once again looking for new insurance. Just last week, the Louisiana Health Cooperative announced it would shut down in 2016 due to financial insolvency. In fact, only one of 23 Obamacare CO-OPs made a profit in 2014, and it is predicted several more will collapse within the next few years.
“This failing program has already placed billions of taxpayer dollars on the line and could result in millions of people losing their insurance. I have asked the Department of Health and Human Services many questions about this troubling situation and continue to try to gather information and answers. In the meantime, I am committed to addressing this issue in Washington.”
Grace-Marie Turner President, Galen Institute
William G. Schiffbauer Esquire, Schiffbauer Law Office
John Greene Vice President of Congressional Affairs, National Association of Health Underwriters
Michelle Stevens Senior Vice President, Council for Affordable Health Coverage
Congressman Smith serves on the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.Read More
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) participated today in a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on rural health disparities in which Shannon Sorensen, CEO of Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Nebraska, testified as an invited witness. Among other issues, the hearing focused on Smith’s Critical Access Hospital Relief Act (H.R. 169) to remove the 96-hour precertification requirement for patients at Critical Access Hospitals.
Brown County Hospital CEO Shannon Sorensen’s testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee.
Congressman Smith’s statement and questions to the witnesses in today’s hearing.
“Nebraska’s Third District is home to more than 50 Critical Access Hospitals, and these facilities are vital to the health of rural Americans,” Smith said. “Unfortunately, arbitrary regulations such as 96-hour precertification and physician supervision requirements are stretching these hospitals’ resources and threatening their ability to continue providing quality care. I am grateful to Shannon for her willingness to testify before Congress today and share her expertise on the impacts of this onerous red tape.”
Smith’s Critical Access Hospital Relief Act has garnered extensive support with 70 bipartisan cosponsors. For more information on Smith’s bills to improve access to quality health care for rural Americans, click here.
For more information on today’s hearing, including a full list of witnesses, click here.Read More
We live in an era when our enemies are often difficult to identify and track, but some nations and their leaders have made well-known their desire to defeat America. Despite the growing global dangers to our country, President Obama has chosen to negotiate with nations which have openly threatened America and our allies. Not only has he met them at the negotiating table, but he has also given in to a disturbingly large number of their demands. Adding to the concern about these deals is the way President Obama has pursued them by bypassing Congress.
Details are trickling down about the nuclear agreement with Iran. In this deal, long-held sanctions against Iran would be lifted, allowing global financial resources to flow into a country still included on our list of state sponsors of terrorism. Unfortunately, the agreement appears to contain few mechanisms to ensure Iran holds up its end of the bargain.
Though the full agreement has not yet been made available to Congress, I am deeply concerned by reports of concessions we are giving to Iran such as lifting arms and missile embargoes and not securing the release of the Americans imprisoned there. Under the terms of the deal, Iran can keep International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors out of suspected nuclear sites for at least three weeks after the request is made. Ambassador Susan Rice and Secretary John Kerry have also now acknowledged a side deal between Iran and IAEA, but the details are unknown.
These negotiations with Iran bear many similarities to the deal recently struck by the Obama administration with Cuba. This week, the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Embassy in Havana formally reopened after President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro came to an agreement in December to resume diplomatic relations. President Obama called it a "historic step forward," but getting to this point required the U.S. to give much more than we received in the deal.
Castro has made it clear he does not intend to change any of his country's oppressive socialist policies. There are no indications Cuba's rampant human rights abuses will subside or even lessen. Cuba maintains its close connections to countries such as Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela, and continues to harbor terrorists and fugitives. Meanwhile, President Obama has removed Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Even these concessions by the U.S. are not enough for Castro. At the reopening ceremony for the Cuban Embassy in Washington, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez not only advocated for an end to the embargo but also called for the U.S. to compensate Cuba for the embargo's effects and to dismantle our naval base at Guantanamo.
With both Iran and Cuba, President Obama adds to his lengthy track record of ignoring Congress and taking unilateral executive action to pursue his agenda. He moved forward with reopening embassies and normalizing relations with Cuba without engaging Congress in these decisions. On Iran, the Obama administration took the deal to the United Nations before Congress even had a chance to review it. These actions are disturbing and show a continued disregard for the American people and their elected representatives.
Despite President Obama's determination to expand his executive authority, the Constitution mandates a crucial oversight role for Congress in these types of agreements with foreign nations. Congress has 60 days to disapprove the Iran deal, and only Congress can lift the Cuba embargo. My top priority remains ensuring any deal is in the best interest of the U.S. and our allies, as well as giving Nebraskans a voice in these decisions which will greatly impact our country's future.Read More
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, to create uniform national standards for voluntary labeling of non-genetically engineered food products.
“The world population now exceeds seven billion people, and this number is expected to swell to nine billion by 2050,” Smith said. “Biotechnology, including genetically modified crops, allows farmers to produce higher yields while reducing the use of pesticides and conserving our natural resources, such as land and water.
“Despite the clear benefits of biotechnology, states have started adopting labeling laws with varying standards and definitions. To comply with a patchwork of state laws, farmers would have to implement costly crop segregation procedures, buy new equipment, and alter distribution chains. New costs would be passed onto consumers, with the biggest burdens falling on those who could afford it least. Today’s legislation passed by the House creates a uniform, science-based labeling standard for food which empowers both consumers and agriculture producers.”Read More
Congressman Adrian Smith’s (R-NE) House Modern Agriculture Caucus hosted a briefing today in conjunction with the Irrigation Association to educate lawmakers and staff on the importance of irrigation to productivity and conservation in agriculture. “As the leading irrigated state, Nebraska’s 8.5 million irrigated acres have played a crucial role in propelling the Third District to the top agriculture district in the country,” Smith said. “Our state is not known for its rainfall, but we are located over one of the largest aquifers in the world. Through the ingenuity of our producers, we are able to tap into this vital resource and transform an arid landscape into fertile farm land. Irrigation advancements, along with continued advances in biotechnology research, will allow the U.S. to lead the world in sustainably growing crops for food, fiber, and fuel.”
Derrel L. Martin, Ph.D. Professor of Biological Systems Engineering, Extension Specialist in Irrigation and Water Resources Engineering University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Kaomine Vang Project Manager California State University, Fresno
John Farner Government and Public Affairs Director Irrigation Association
Smith is the founder and co-chairman of the House Modern Agriculture Caucus. Smith hosted the hearing with caucus co-chairman Jim Costa (D-CA).Read More
Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) who need assistance dealing with a federal agency are invited to attend “Caseworker in Your Community” events on Thursday, July 30, in Alma and Franklin.
“Caseworker in Your Community” is an opportunity for constituents to meet directly with one of Smith’s congressional caseworkers. Caseworkers may be able to assist constituents who are having problems dealing with a federal agency such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare, passports and visas through the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or the Internal Revenue Service.
“Caseworker in Your Community” will be held on Thursday, July 30, at the following times and locations:
Hoesch Memorial Public Library Meeting Room 1114 2nd Street, Alma, NE 68920 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Franklin Public Library 1502 P Street, Franklin, NE 68939 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
For additional information, 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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