On Independence Day, Americans gather together to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of our nation on July 4, 1776. While enjoying patriotic Fourth of July traditions such as fireworks, parades, and cookouts with family and friends, we must remain mindful of those who risked everything to establish and preserve the freedoms we have as Americans.
The Declaration of Independence was a revolutionary document created by our Founders to proclaim the God-given rights of individuals and the limits of government in America. Since its signing in 1776, this document by which America was born has served as a guide and source of inspiration for those fighting for freedom around the world. As President Ronald Reagan wrote in 1981:
In recent years, however, I’ve come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation.
It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history.
Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government.
Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.
We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.
Happy Fourth of July.
Though the Declaration of Independence laid the foundation for our freedoms, preserving them required the service and sacrifice of brave men and women throughout our history. Honoring our Armed Forces is an important part of celebrating our country during the Fourth of July.
At the end of June, I had the honor of joining the entire Nebraska congressional delegation at the send-off ceremony for the U.S. Army Reserve’s 394th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Detachment 2, in Fremont. These brave men and women will spend a year supporting special operations forces in the Middle East.
As global threats to our freedom grow by the day, we cannot express deeply enough our gratitude to those who serve. To all the men and women in Nebraska and across the country who have chosen to answer the call of duty, we thank you and honor your service.
Thanks to the bold vision of our Founders, we have the opportunity to live in a country built on revolutionary freedoms. Thanks to the selflessness of our men and women in uniform, those freedoms have been preserved and still inspire the world. I hope you and your family enjoy a great Fourth of July celebration while remembering those who have defended and continue to defend this legacy of freedom.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 a “mobile office” on Tuesday, July 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (CDT) in York.
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 Tuesday, July 7, at the following location:
York County Courthouse, Drivers Exam Room 510 Lincoln Avenue, York, NE 68467 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 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 regarding the Obama administration’s Waters of the U.S. Rule. “The EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, now published in the Federal Register, poses a significant threat to our agriculture economy and remains one of the top concerns for Nebraska farmers,” Smith said. “I appreciate Governor Ricketts joining with the Common Sense Nebraska Coalition to demonstrate our state’s opposition to this unprecedented regulatory overreach. Additionally, the release of former Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality director Mike Linder’s study on the Waters of the U.S. rule brings the potentially damaging impacts of this sweeping regulation even closer to home.
“Though the Obama administration has finalized its Waters of the U.S. rule, we will continue taking legislative action in Washington to prevent the rule from being implemented. The Supreme Court’s ruling against EPA overreach earlier this week also is a heartening step toward reining in this out-of-control federal agency and protecting Nebraskans and people across the country from its unilateral regulations.”Read More
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) announced the launch of “The Good Life Showcase” today, asking residents of Nebraska’s Third Congressional District to submit their favorite photo of the district for an opportunity for it to appear in Smith’s Washington, D.C. office.
“Nebraska’s Third District contains nearly 65,000 square miles of iconic American scenery and economic productivity,” Smith said. “I tell my colleagues and visitors in Washington about ‘The Good Life,’ but I would prefer they see it for themselves. Through this showcase, I look forward to highlighting the talent of our local photographers as well as the natural beauty and economic opportunity of Nebraska’s Third District in the nation’s capital.”
For consideration, constituents may submit an original, high-quality photo along with their name, photo location, and a brief description to TheGoodLifeShowcase@mail.house.gov. Congressman Smith encourages submissions of all kinds, from nature and agriculture to business and industry. All entrants must own the copyrights for their submission(s).
For additional information, contact Congressman Smith’s Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-6435.Read More
This week, the Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated ruling in King v. Burwell. Americans have awaited the Court’s decision for months, and many hoped this case could serve as a needed check on the Obama administration’s health care overreach. Unfortunately, the Court dealt a setback to both the rule of law and the American people by ruling in favor of the administration.
In King v. Burwell, the Court had to determine whether the insurance subsidies provided by the President’s health care law to those who purchased plans on the federal exchange were unlawful. The law as written says subsidies are available to individuals who purchase insurance through state exchanges, but the administration expanded these subsidies to include those who purchased insurance from federally-operated Healthcare.gov.
By a 6-3 ruling, the Court upheld Obamacare’s subsidies. I am disappointed with the Court’s decision, and I remain committed to finding solutions for Nebraskans who are suffering under Obamacare’s regulations, price increases, and broken promises.
President Obama insists his health care law is working, but he chooses to ignore the millions of Americans struggling to pay rising premiums and all those who lost their insurance after being told they could keep it. Despite my multiple inquiries to the administration, there is still no resolution for the 80,000 Nebraskans impacted by CoOportunity Health’s liquidation. This certainly does not reflect a working law.
The collapse of CoOportunity Health, a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan created under the President’s health care law, left tens of thousands of Nebraskans once again searching for insurance with even fewer options. At a Ways and Means subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, I raised questions about CoOportunity Health with Julie McPeak, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.
Tennessee’s Community Health Alliance, also an Obamacare Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan, was given permission to suspend enrollment when warning signs of insolvency arose. 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 what can be done to help those impacted by this Obamacare failure.
In the meantime, I will also continue working to roll back Obamacare’s regulations and restore consumer choice in health care. Over the past couple weeks, the House has passed two major health care reforms which I cosponsored and supported in my role on the Ways and Means Committee. One of these bills, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, would repeal Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) to prevent a panel of unelected bureaucrats from determining the types of care seniors can receive. Secondly, the Protect Medical Innovation Act would repeal the medical device tax and encourage investment in life-saving medical advancements. These bills have been sent to the Senate for consideration.
Though the King v. Burwell ruling is a setback, it only reinforces the need to find patient-centered solutions for the issues Americans across the country are facing with their health care. In the wake of the Court’s decision, we will continue our efforts to help those impacted by Obamacare’s rising insurance costs, burdensome regulations, and bureaucratic mismanagement.Read More
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after the Supreme Court issued its ruling in King v. Burwell, upholding Obamacare subsidies.
“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a setback for both the rule of law and the American people,” Smith said. “President Obama insists his health care law is working, but he chooses to ignore the millions of Americans struggling to pay rising premiums and all those who lost their insurance after being told they could keep it. Despite my multiple inquiries to the administration, there is still no resolution for the 80,000 Nebraskans impacted by CoOportunity Health’s collapse. This certainly does not reflect a working law.
“The King v. Burwell ruling only reinforces the need to find patient-centered solutions for the issues Americans across the country are facing with their health care. We will continue our efforts to help those impacted by Obamacare’s rising insurance costs, burdensome regulations, and bureaucratic mismanagement.”Read More
U.S. Representatives Adrian Smith (R-NE), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), and Brad Ashford (D-NE) joined with U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) in sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting a public hearing on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs). The EPA held a public hearing on this issue today, June 25, in Kansas City, Kansas.
The full text of the delegation’s letter is below.
June 24, 2015
The Honorable Gina McCarthy Administrator Environmental Protection Agency 100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004
Dear Administrator McCarthy:
As you are aware, EPA will be hosting a public hearing on June 25, 2015, in Kansas City, Kansas on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs). We write to urge you to also hold a public hearing on the proposed RVOs in Nebraska. Nebraska is the second largest ethanol producing state in the nation. Our state’s 24 ethanol plants have a collective production capacity in excess of 2 billion gallons. According to a recent economic analysis conducted by the University of Nebraska, ethanol contributes $5 billion to Nebraska’s economy per year and provides Nebraskans with more than 1,300 full time jobs.
Nebraskans, from the producer to the end user, are uniquely positioned to provide EPA with advice on how “constraints in the fuel market” can be overcome, allowing statutory targets to be met. Record corn harvests, 700,000 million bushels of which supply Nebraska’s ethanol plants each year, show the supply exists, but excessive government regulation continues to prevent this clean, efficient and affordable fuel source from reaching consumers. It is imperative EPA meet with and address the concerns of those most impacted by its decision.
The people of Nebraska welcome you to the “Good Life,” and we look forward to working with you to bring certainty to this important American industry.
Adrian Smith Deb Fischer Ben Sasse Jeff Fortenberry Brad Ashford
Click here to view a PDF of the delegation’s letter.Read More
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will meet constituents of the Third District during a “mobile office” on Monday, June 29, in Chappell.
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 Chappell on Monday, June 29, at the following time and location:
Deuel County Courthouse 718 3rd Street, Chappell, NE 69129 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (MDT)
For additional information, contact Congressman Smith’s Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.Read More
Nebraska's Third District is the number one agriculture district in the country, but red tape churned out by the Obama administration threatens to undermine producers' success. A May 2015 report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute found the annual cost of federal rules and regulations has grown to nearly $1.9 trillion. While the rapid growth of government has impacted all economic sectors, many recent regulations have targeted American agriculture.
The administration's unprecedented regulatory expansion through its Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule remains one of the top concerns for Nebraska farmers. The Clean Water Act intentionally limited the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) jurisdiction to navigable waters. Unfortunately, the Obama administration has not listened to Congress or the American people and is now trying to unilaterally expand its regulatory jurisdiction to include virtually all water flows, from ditches to prairie potholes, even on private land.
Nebraskans are rightfully concerned this rule will severely harm our agriculture economy by increasing costs and uncertainty for producers, who are already great stewards of the land. Washington bureaucrats should never have control over the puddles and irrigation ditches on rural farmers' property. Though the Obama administration has finalized WOTUS, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act passed by the House with my support would require the EPA to withdraw the rule. We will continue taking action in the House to prevent WOTUS from going into effect.
Regulation has also created barriers to biofuel production, especially for ethanol. In late May, the EPA released disappointing Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) targets for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Ironically, the EPA blamed "constraints in the fuel market" for its decision. Despite record harvests showing the supply exists, excessive government regulation continues to prevent this clean, efficient, and affordable fuel source from reaching consumers.
In April, I introduced H.R. 1736 to fight arbitrary ethanol regulations and expand consumer choice at the fuel pump. This legislation would extend to E15 the same waiver from EPA volatility limits already granted to E10, allowing these blends of ethanol to be sold year-round. Because E15 is less volatile than E10, there is no reason not to extend this waiver. The USDA also recently announced plans to make a large investment in blender pumps. These are exciting opportunities to boost biofuel production in our country, and the EPA must stop undermining these efforts with excessive red tape.
Additionally, the Obama administration issued a new ruling just this week to ban trans fat. This latest regulation comes after the administration's Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) released recommendations for Americans to decrease red meat consumption based on non-nutritional factors. I have already joined many of my colleagues in sending letters to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, expressing my concerns about inconsistencies within the report and the DGAC's lack of focus on sound science.
We must stand against these regulations which threaten Nebraska agriculture's ability to help feed the world. I invite you to partner with me on my Regulation Rewind initiative, which I am continuing this year to fight back against the overreach of the federal government. Please visit my website at www.AdrianSmith.house.gov/RegulationRewind to see an updated list of our efforts and to contact me with your examples.
Given more certainty and fewer regulatory hurdles, Nebraska producers can meet the wide-ranging demands of a growing world. I will continue to work with and for you to promote American agriculture, energy, and consumer choice.Read More
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after voting in favor of H.R. 2146 to give Congress the authority to direct and oversee Presidential trade negotiations through Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The legislation passed the House and will now go to the Senate for consideration. “Today the House took the necessary first step to open more markets to Nebraska exporters and ensure trade agreements reflect the priorities of the American people,” Smith said. “TPA is a crucial oversight measure to rein in the President’s authority and require the administration’s negotiating process to be directed by Congress. This vote shows the world we are serious about getting the best possible trade agreements, asserts American leadership in the global economy, and sets the stage for greater opportunity for our agriculture producers, manufacturers, and consumers.”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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