Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

NEBRASKA's 3rd DISTRICT

Service to Nebraskans Comes First

2016/06/24

We are working on many pressing issues in Congress, but one of the most important aspects of my role as your representative is helping Nebraskans navigate the federal government and ensuring they receive the assistance they need.

With a district covering 65,000 square miles, I am on the road quite a bit meeting with Nebraskans from Harrison to Falls City. To serve even more people throughout the Third District, members of my staff also host mobile offices and Caseworker in Your Community events.  

So far in 2016, my office has hosted more than 60 of these open forums to assist Nebraskans in dealing with federal agencies, answer questions on issues related to the federal government, and help people take advantage of the services available through our office.  

When Nebraskans visit Washington, D.C., my office is happy to help set up tours of popular landmarks from the U.S. Capitol to the White House. Please get in touch with us as early as possible to ensure we can submit your requests in time, answer your questions, and help you make the most of your trip.

We can also arrange for American flags to be flown over the U.S. Capitol to commemorate special occasions. Each flag is sold at cost and has an accompanying certificate which includes a short, personalized message and the date it was flown. Please contact my Washington, D.C., office to learn more about this service.

As your representative, it is always a pleasure to recognize achievements throughout the Third District. My Excellence in Economic Development awards celebrate the efforts of those who strengthen their communities through innovation, hard work, and entrepreneurship. Nominations for this year’s awards are due by July 1. Forms are available at my Grand Island and Scottsbluff offices as well as on my website at AdrianSmith.house.gov/EconomicDevelopment.

It is also a priority for me to help engage young Nebraskans in the political process. The Third District Youth Advisory Council is open to high school juniors and seniors who are interested in discussing their opinions, thoughts, and concerns with me about local and federal issues throughout the school year. Any rising juniors and seniors interested in applying are encouraged to visit my website at AdrianSmith.house.gov/YouthAdvisoryCouncil to learn more about the program. Applications for the 2016-2017 school year are due by July 6.

Additionally, my office offers internships in Washington, D.C., Grand Island, and Scottsbluff for college students who would like to learn about the legislative process firsthand. Applications are available on my website and accepted year-round.

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 and Nebraskans throughout the Third District.

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Smith Statement on Release of House Republicans' Tax Reform Blueprint

2016/06/24

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after House Republicans released their blueprint for comprehensive tax reform.

“Americans are fed up with our broken tax system and its endless complexities which make it easier for people to cheat than to comply,” Smith said. “The tax reform blueprint released today is the start of the conversation on how to achieve a simpler, fairer, and flatter tax code to help people keep more of their hard-earned money and encourage economic growth and investment in America. 

“The blueprint calls for crucial reforms such as repealing the death tax, dramatically reducing the paperwork required for individuals and families to file their taxes, and restructuring the IRS to make service its first priority. As this effort moves forward, I hope Nebraskans will provide feedback so we can work together toward a better tax code and more opportunity for all.”

To learn more about the tax reform blueprint and the other planks of House Republicans’ Better Way plan, please visit better.gop.

To provide feedback on the blueprint, please visit WaysandMeans.house.gov/taxreform.

Smith is a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy.

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Rep. Smith’s Office to Hold Mobile Offices in Wayne and South Sioux City

2016/06/23

Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will be able to meet with a representative of Congressman Smith’s office at mobile offices on Tuesday, July 5, in Wayne and South Sioux City.

A mobile office allows constituents to meet directly with one of Smith’s staff members about federal issues and take advantage of the 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 Tuesday, July 5, at the following times and locations:

Wayne Public Library 410 N. Pearl Street, Wayne, NE 68787 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CDT)

South Sioux City Hall 1615 1st Avenue, South Sioux City, NE 68776 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CDT)

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

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VIDEO: Smith Honors Nebraska Couple on 80th Wedding Anniversary

2016/06/21

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this afternoon to honor Harrison and Varedo Huwaldt of Randolph, Nebraska, who are celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary today.

Remarks:

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise to honor Harrison and Varedo Huwaldt of Randolph, Nebraska, celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary today – June 21, 2016. Yes, 80 years together!

After meeting on a blind date in 1935, the Huwaldts married within a year and began their life together.

During their 80 years of marriage, they have visited all 50 states, operated their own filling station and a trucking business, and enjoyed water skiing, golfing, and taking cruises together.

They have three children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

They have also been active members of their community. Harrison served on the city council for more than 50 years while Varedo served as church organist for 25 years.

Now, at the ages of 100 and 99, the Huwaldts’ eight-decade commitment to each other inspires all who hear their love story.

I ask my colleagues to join me in congratulating Harrison and Varedo Huwaldt on their remarkable 80 years of marriage.

Thank you, and I yield back.

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Rep. Smith's Office to Hold Mobile Offices in Hyannis, Arthur, Tryon, Mullen, and Grant

2016/06/21

Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will be able to meet with a representative of Congressman Smith’s office at mobile offices on Tuesday, June 28, in Hyannis and Arthur, and Wednesday, June 29, in Tryon, Mullen, and Grant.

A mobile office allows constituents to meet directly with one of Smith’s staff members about federal issues and take advantage of the 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 at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, June 28

Grant County Courthouse 105 E. Harrison Street, Hyannis, NE 69350 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (MDT)

Arthur County Courthouse 205 Fir Street, Arthur, NE 69121 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (MDT)

Wednesday, June 29

McPherson County Courthouse 500 Anderson Street, Tryon, NE 69167 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (CDT)

Hooker County Courthouse 303 N.W. 1st Street, Mullen, NE 69152 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (MDT)

Perkins County Courthouse 200 Lincoln Avenue, Grant, NE 69140 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (MDT)

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

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Keeping Meat on the Menu

2016/06/17

While Nebraska farmers and ranchers dedicate themselves daily to producing high-quality food, ideologically-motivated activists are working to take meat off the menu in institutions across the country.

Now, the U.S. military is included on their list of targets. Implementation of these restrictions would negatively impact the nutrition and morale of the men and women who protect our nation.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy provides one example of the anti-meat agenda gaining a foothold. The Academy has cut meat consumption among cadets by 10 percent over the last three years, largely due to the advocacy of outside interest groups. This has led to concerns about further attempts to expand these efforts throughout the Armed Services.

Meat contains vitamins and nutrients not readily available in a plant-based diet. Creatine, which supplies energy to muscle cells and aids in recovery, is only found in animal products. Given the rigorous training demanded of our military men and women, they need and deserve to have all nutritional options available to them.

As the House considered the defense appropriations bill this week to fund our military, I offered an amendment to ensure meat remains a dietary option for U.S. troops by prohibiting the Department of Defense from excluding meat from its food service program manual.  

This amendment does not inhibit individual service members from choosing a vegetarian diet, and it also does not impact the military’s ability to meet those dietary needs. It simply ensures there is a meat option available to our troops each day.

Despite the fact this amendment is not a mandate or a prohibition, activist organizations quickly made their opposition known – and even threatened Members of Congress with their scorecards in an attempt to coerce them to vote against it. These actions demonstrate the true agenda of these groups, which is to end animal agriculture in America.  

I am not willing to allow activist groups to tell members of our military, who risk their lives to keep us safe, they cannot enjoy a hamburger or steak on certain days of the week simply to advance an agenda. My colleagues agreed our military personnel should be able to make their own nutritional choices, and my amendment passed the House.

Though this is a positive step, we must remain vigilant about continued attacks on animal agriculture. Recently, I came across a Meatless Monday “toolkit” with the claim, “Animal agriculture has been implicated by the United Nations as one of the top contributors to global environmental problems.”  

Meanwhile, an April 2016 report by Frank Mitloehner, professor and air quality specialist at the University of California, used data from the Environmental Protection Agency to show Meatless Mondays would reduce U.S. emissions by a mere 0.6 percent, and only if every American adopted the practice.  

Mitloehner concluded, “The U.S. livestock, poultry and feed industries are one of the most efficient and lowest environmental impact systems in the world.”

Food policy should be based on sound science, not ideology. I will continue to fight political extremism and misguided attacks on agriculture with sensible legislation, including keeping meat on the menu.

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Smith Amendment to Keep Meat on the Menu for U.S. Troops Passes House

2016/06/16

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) offered an amendment today to H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017, to ensure meat remains a dietary option for U.S. troops by prohibiting the Department of Defense from excluding meat from its food service program manual. Both the amendment and H.R. 5293 passed the House.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy has cut meat consumption among cadets by 10 percent over the last three years, drawing concern about an expansion of anti-meat efforts throughout the Armed Services.

Congressman Smith said:

“Ideologically-motivated activists are working to take meat off the menu in institutions across the country, and they have included the U.S. military on their list of targets. These restrictions would negatively impact the nutrition and morale of the men and women who protect our nation.

“Meat contains vitamins and nutrients not readily available in a plant-based diet.  My amendment is not a mandate or a prohibition – it simply ensures there is a meat option available to our troops each day.

“I am not willing to allow activist groups to tell members of our military, who risk their lives to keep us safe, they cannot enjoy a hamburger or steak on certain days of the week simply to advance an agenda against animal agriculture.”

Colin Woodall, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, said:

“Our military personnel should not be subject to radical political agendas like the ‘Meatless Monday’ campaign, which is not based on nutrition or sound science. U.S. military personnel have the right to eat what they want and what is best for their bodies in the execution of their jobs. This campaign is simply an anti-meat and anti-farmer policy agenda disguised as science, and we appreciate Rep. Smith for ensuring our military maintains the right to make the nutrition decisions that are best for them.”

John Weber, president of the National Pork Producers Council, said:

“NPPC applauds Congressman Smith for standing up to misguided attacks against U.S. livestock and poultry producers. Our military members deserve the right to consume high-quality protein, including meat, in their diet. No one should dictate what our military can and cannot eat. We applaud Congressman Smith for standing up to these misguided attacks.”

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VIDEO: Smith Stresses Importance of Biotechnology in Agriculture Trade Hearing

2016/06/14

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) stressed the importance of biotechnology in today’s Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee hearing on U.S. agriculture trade.  

“With 96 percent of the world’s consumers living outside our country, trade agreements hold great promise for U.S. agriculture,” Smith said. “However, in ongoing and future negotiations, we must work to end arbitrary restrictions on U.S. biotech products in large economies such as China and the European Union. Today’s hearing reinforced the advantages of biotechnology, such as increasing yields while preserving finite resources, as well as the challenges of misinformation and unscientific policies we must overcome to enable U.S. producers to feed the growing global population.”    

Last week, Smith wrote an op-ed for The Hill entitled “Assaults on Modern Agriculture,” in which he discussed the necessity of biotechnology in feeding the world and the need to bring an end to unscientific attacks on agriculture. The op-ed is available here.

Video of Congressman Smith’s discussion on biotechnology with Mr. Kevin Paap, chairman of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Trade Advisory Committee and president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau.  

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Congressional Caseworker to Visit Elwood, Minden, and Hastings

2016/06/13

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 Friday, June 24, in Elwood, Minden, and Hastings.

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 Friday, June 24, at the following times and locations:

Gosper County Courthouse Commissioners Room 507 Smith Avenue, Elwood, NE 68937 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (CDT)

Kearney County Courthouse Assembly Room 424 N. Colorado Avenue, Minden, NE 68959 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CDT)

Adams County Courthouse Supervisor Board Room 500 W. 4th Street, Hastings, NE 68901 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (CDT)

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

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Rep. Smith’s Office to Hold Mobile Offices in Pawnee City and Tecumseh

2016/06/13

Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will be able to meet with a representative of Congressman Smith’s office at mobile offices on Tuesday, June 21, in Pawnee City and Tecumseh.

A mobile office allows constituents to meet directly with one of Smith’s staff members about federal issues and take advantage of the 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 Tuesday, June 21, at the following times and locations:

Pawnee City Public Library 735 8th Street, Pawnee City, NE 68420 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CDT)

Tecumseh City Hall 122 S. 4th Street, Tecumseh, NE 68450 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CDT)

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

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Smith Stresses Need to Act Now to Ensure Social Security Solvency

2016-06-22 20:24:48


Smith Honors Nebraska Couple on 80th Wedding Anniversary

2016-06-21 19:54:12


Smith Stresses Importance of Biotechnology in Agriculture Trade Hearing

2016-06-14 19:04:56


Smith Defends Constitutional Rights of Millions of Social Security Beneficiaries

2016-05-18 19:40:50


Smith Testifies on Bill to Exempt Co-Op Customers from Individual Mandate

2016-05-17 17:11:08


Smith Supports Rural Health Providers in Hearing on MACRA

2016-05-11 20:11:54


Smith Supports Bill to Rein in Poor Management Practices at IRS

2016-04-20 19:07:58


Smith Welcomes Fr. Steve Thomlison to U.S. House

2016-04-13 20:30:29


Fr. Steve Thomlison Offers Opening Prayer in U.S. House

2016-04-13 20:31:08


Smith Recognizes National Agriculture Week

2016-03-18 15:21:32


Smith Pushes for International Tax Reform

2016-02-24 20:16:46


Smith Voices Concerns on Obamacare's Worsening Economic Impacts

2016-02-02 18:40:15


Smith Calls on Congress to Reject WOTUS Rule

2016-01-13 15:09:45


Smith Defends Second Amendment Rights

2016-01-07 16:19:56


Smith Supports Tax Extenders Package to Provide Certainty

2015-12-17 17:34:52


Smith Supports Customs Bill to Boost U.S. Trade

2015-12-11 18:19:55


Smith Recognizes National Rural Health Day

2015-11-19 19:44:51


Smith Speaks Against Iran Deal on House Floor

2015-09-11 16:22:54


Brown County Hospital CEO Shannon Sorensen Testifies at Rural Health Hearing

2015-07-28 18:03:48


Smith Speaks Against Rural Health Regulations at Hearing

2015-07-28 18:03:41


Contact Information

2241 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6435
Fax 202-225-0207
adriansmith.house.gov

Committee Assignments

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

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