Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

NEBRASKA's 3rd DISTRICT

Real Reforms to Strengthen Our Economy

2015/03/27

This week, the House of Representatives passed a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. With our national debt now exceeding $18 trillion, we must put a plan in place to cut waste and balance the books.   

While the federal government continues to spend beyond its means, Americans are shouldering the financial consequences. We have successfully shifted the conversation in Washington from how much to spend to how much to cut. The House budget follows this principle, cutting $5.5 trillion in spending and balancing in less than 10 years without raising taxes.  

Our budget also calls on Congress to simplify the tax code. Compliance alone takes taxpayers more than six billion hours and costs $168 billion. In my role on the House Ways and Means Committee, I look forward to building on the groundwork set by this budget to overhaul the current tax system and make the code fairer and more competitive for all Americans.

In contrast, President Obama’s proposed budget continues the same tax-and-spend policies which have already raised taxes by $1.7 trillion and increased the national debt by $7.5 trillion. The President’s budget, which never balances, calls for $2.1 trillion in new taxes and $8.5 trillion in new debt. It also heaps more regulations onto the already burdensome tax code.  

If hardworking individuals and families are expected to balance their budgets, the federal government must be held to the same standard. The House budget creates a foundation for building a healthy economy and ends the cycle of reckless spending which would leave future generations responsible for trillions of dollars in debt.

After passing a balanced budget, the House can now begin the appropriations process to fund the government in a fiscally responsible manner. We must also pursue substantive reforms to health care. Our budget calls for a full repeal of Obamacare’s taxes and mandates, and provides structural reforms to programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

The House also voted this week to strengthen Medicare by repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate, or SGR. It is commonly referred to as the “doc fix.” The SGR threatens access to care for seniors and distracts Congress from making needed reforms. In fact, Congress has had to intervene 17 times in 11 years with short-term fixes to this flawed system.   

Instead of continuing the cycle of self-imposed crises, the legislation passed by the House replaces the SGR with a patient-centered system to provide more stability in care. Though this bill is not perfect, it is the first real entitlement reform in nearly 20 years. It also opens the door for further long-term fixes to strengthen Medicare, benefiting seniors and taxpayers.

By voting for a balanced budget and beginning the Medicare reform process, the House of Representatives refused to kick the can down the road and passed two important solutions this week. This is welcome news to many Nebraskans who tell me they want Congress to work. As we move on to address issues such as trade, infrastructure and health care, I am optimistic the House will continue to pass legislation to restore opportunity for all Americans.

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Congressional Caseworker to Visit North Platte and Red Cloud

2015/03/27

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 Wednesday, April 1, in North Platte and Red Cloud.

“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 Wednesday, April 1, at the following times and locations:

North Platte Area Chamber of Commerce, Conference Room 502 South Dewey Street, North Platte, NE 69101 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (CT)

Red Cloud Community Center Conference Room 142 West 3rd Avenue, Red Cloud, NE 68970 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CT)

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

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Rep. Smith’s Office to Hold Mobile Office on Monday, March 30

2015/03/27

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 Monday, March 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CT) in Aurora.

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, March 30, at the following location:

Aurora Area Chamber and Development Office 1604 L Street, Aurora, NE 68818 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CT)

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

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Smith Votes for Death Tax Repeal

2015/03/25

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after the House Ways and Means Committee met to consider H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act. This legislation, of which Smith is a cosponsor, passed the Committee and now goes to the House Floor for a vote.  

“The Death Tax directly threatens many farms, ranches and small businesses, undermining the lifelong work of Nebraskans who hope to pass their livelihood on to their children and grandchildren,” Smith said. “Considering farmers and ranchers already pay significant property taxes, the Death Tax really amounts to double taxation. I am pleased to have the opportunity through my role on the Ways and Means Committee to support legislation which fully repeals this onerous tax.”

Smith also recently received the Benjamin Franklin Award from the 60 Plus Association in recognition of his efforts to repeal the Death Tax.

Click here for video of Congressman Smith’s remarks on the Death Tax in today’s Ways and Means Committee markup.

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Opportunity Keeps Growing for Nebraska Agriculture

2015/03/20

During National Agriculture Week, we recognize the crucial roles of farmers, ranchers and producers across America. In Nebraska, agriculture supports one in four jobs and contributes more than $23 billion to our state’s economy. I am very proud to represent Nebraska’s Third District, named by the Census of Agriculture as the number one agriculture district in the nation.

Our global economy presents great opportunity. Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States, and they all need to eat. As a result, we are seeing growing demand for Nebraska agriculture products. Our state’s beef exports reached a record high $1 billion in sales in the first 11 months of 2014.  

This demand will only continue to grow. Seven billion people inhabit the Earth today, but that number is projected to reach at least nine billion by 2050. Additionally, the United Nations estimates 66 percent of people will reside in cities or urban areas by 2050, compared to 54 percent currently. Not only will we need to continue increasing crop yields to feed the world, but we must pursue policies which encourage a new generation of producers.

As founder and co-chairman of the Modern Agriculture Caucus, I am committed to promoting scientifically-based policies to move agriculture forward and involving my urban colleagues in the discussion. Educating lawmakers about the issues our farmers face helps us advance sensible policies. We must not allow misperceptions and unproven theories to undermine sound science and advances in agriculture.

Feeding a growing population with fewer inputs and less waste is only possible through the efficiency and forward-thinking of our producers. To encourage further advances, we must get the government out of the way of innovation. I am continuing my Regulation Rewind initiative to identify and address government-imposed barriers to farming success.

While rolling back burdensome regulations, we are also working to open new export opportunities for American agriculture products. In fact, the ability to advance Nebraska agriculture through trade is a primary reason I sought a seat on the House Ways and Means Committee. As we pursue Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which empowers Congress to direct and provide oversight on trade negotiations, we must work with our trade partners to lower tariffs and reduce non-tariff barriers such as unscientific restrictions on biotechnology crops. Establishing internationally-recognized standards for the safety and nutrition of agriculture products will help level the playing field for America’s producers.

Nebraska agriculture has many challenges and opportunities ahead. Our producers, who have a work ethic second to none, deserve nothing less than a government which stays out of the way of their innovative success and pursues policies to provide them with more opportunity worldwide. As National Agriculture Week draws to a close, please join me in thanking our farmers for their contributions to our well-being and our rural economy.

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Congressional Caseworker to Visit South Sioux City and Wayne

2015/03/18

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, March 26, in South Sioux City and Wayne.

“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, March 26, at the following times and locations:

City Council Chamber 1615 1st Avenue, South Sioux City, NE 68776 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CT)

City Auditorium, South Meeting Room 220 Pearl Street, Wayne, NE 68787 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CT)

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

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Rep. Smith’s Office to Hold Mobile Offices on Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25

2015/03/17

Constituents of Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will be able to meet with a representative of Congressman Smith’s office for a “mobile office” at four locations in Nebraska’s Third District on Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25.   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 at the following locations and times:

Tuesday, March 24:

South Central Economic Development District (SCEDD) Office 401 East Avenue, 2nd Floor (above First National Bank), Holdrege, NE 68949 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CT)

Wednesday, March 25:   Keith County Courthouse 511 North Spruce Street, Ogallala, NE 69153 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. (MT)   Blaine County Courthouse 145 Lincoln Avenue, Brewster, NE 68821 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CT)   Loup County Courthouse 408 4th Avenue, Taylor, NE 68879 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CT)   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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ICYMI: Smith Receives NAM Award for Commitment to Nebraska Manufacturing

2015/03/16

On Thursday, March 12, Representative Adrian Smith (R-NE) received the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at an event hosted by NAM member Reinke Manufacturing Company, Inc., in Deshler, Nebraska.

“Nebraska’s Third District is the number one agriculture district in the nation, and manufacturing plays a key role in achieving this level of production and success,” said Congressman Smith.  “With more than 96,000 Nebraskans working in manufacturing, it also drives job creation and supports our rural economy.  I will continue to pursue policies in Congress which remove red tape and expand export opportunities for Nebraska’s manufacturers.”

“It is an honor to present this award to Representative Adrian Smith, as a way of recognizing his commitment to manufacturing in the state of Nebraska and across the country,” said Chris Roth, president, Reinke Manufacturing Company, Inc.

“Manufacturing in Nebraska and across the country is making a comeback,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons.  “Manufacturers are growing the economy and creating high-paying jobs in a sector that adds $1.32 to the economy for every $1 spent.  Representative Smith understands that leaders in Washington must advance policies that will continue to fuel this economic growth and has consistently supported manufacturers through his votes in Congress.”

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.  Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women and contributes $2.08 trillion to the U.S. economy annually.  

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Vigilance to Preserve our Second Amendment Rights

2015/03/13

The Obama administration’s recent unilateral effort to ban M855 ammunition posed a challenge to Nebraskans’ Second Amendment rights and undermined the freedoms upon which our nation was built. Thankfully, the American people made their voices heard and put a stop to this deeply disturbing executive overreach.  

This week, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced it will not proceed with a ban on M855 ammunition. The decision comes less than a month after the agency first quietly proposed the ban.

M855 ammunition was exempt from laws which ban handgun ammunition considered to be armor-piercing due to its common, primary use by hunters and sportsmen for target shooting. ATF’s proposal to ban such popular recreational ammunition distorted the law and opened the door for further violations of Americans’ constitutional rights.

Reactions to the original proposal were unprecedented. ATF received more than 80,000 comments before backing off on the ban, demonstrating how fervently the American people made their opposition known.

At the same time, Congress applied pressure and demanded transparency from the administration. Last week, I joined 238 House colleagues in sending a letter to ATF Director B. Todd Jones expressing my opposition to the proposed ban and requesting answers to stop its implementation. More than 50 Senators also came together to send a letter of their own.

The reaction to this situation sets a positive example. People across the country voiced their opposition to ATF’s proposed ban both to the agency and to their representatives. Congress acted quickly to make the concerns of the American people known to the administration and pushed for constitutional rights to be upheld. In the end, mounting pressure on ATF resulted in a victory for the Second Amendment.  

However, this latest proposed infringement on our Second Amendment rights reminds us we must remain vigilant. ATF said in a statement it will not pursue the ban “at this time” and will conduct “further study” into the issue. Given these assertions, I remain skeptical of ATF’s sudden change in course and believe we need to be prepared for this issue to resurface down the road. For this reason, I have cosponsored legislation to formally prohibit ATF from attempting this rule change or other ammunition bans in the future.

Moreover, I remain concerned by the mounting examples of the Obama administration bypassing Congress to impose its agenda. President Obama’s disregard for our legislative branch continues to grow with each unilateral decision, from health care to immigration to this latest attempt to ban M855 ammunition. While the President refuses to engage with Congress, we will keep standing against further infringements by this administration on Americans’ constitutional rights.

Nebraska’s sportsmen and hunters should not be prevented from accessing ammunition. As a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, I will continue working in the House to preserve the constitutional freedoms of all law-abiding Americans.

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Responsibility to Find Patient-Centered Solutions

2015/03/06

This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell. Though it serves as a needed check on the Obama administration’s health care overreach, this case could have significant impacts on Nebraskans and people across the country.

The Court must determine whether the insurance subsidies provided by the President’s health care law to those who purchased plans on the federal exchange are illegal. The law as written says subsidies are only available to individuals who purchase insurance through state exchanges, but the administration expanded these subsidies to include those who purchased insurance from federal government-run Healthcare.gov.

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the King plaintiffs and against Obamacare’s subsidies, it will be a win for the rule of law and an opportunity to pursue patient-centered solutions.  

However, due to the administration’s disregard for their own rules in their health care law, millions of people could be stuck with Obamacare insurance they cannot afford in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling. Others could face losing their coverage and be fined for violating the law’s individual mandate.       

Nebraskans already suffered a destructive Obamacare failure with the collapse of CoOportunity Health, a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) created under the President’s health care law. CoOportunity Health’s impending liquidation has left tens of thousands of Nebraskans once again searching for insurance with even fewer options.  

Last month, I introduced legislation to exempt CO–OP customers, including Nebraskans who purchased policies through CoOportunity Health, from paying Obamacare’s individual mandate penalties. Americans should not be punished under a law when the law’s own failed program prevented compliance.  

With CoOportunity Health’s failure fresh in our minds, we must make it a priority to find solutions in advance of the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell. The U.S. House of Representatives is committed to ensuring Americans do not bear the burden if the Supreme Court determines the administration has violated the law.  

Three House committees including Ways and Means, the committee on which I serve, are leading the charge to craft alternatives to Obamacare which restore power to the states and institute patient-centered reforms. These efforts include repealing the individual mandate, providing tax credits to individuals and families to buy insurance and allowing consumers to purchase plans across state lines.

As we pursue responsible health care solutions, I would appreciate hearing how Obamacare has impacted you. On my website at www.AdrianSmith.house.gov/YourStory, you can contact me directly about your experiences. Hearing your firsthand accounts allows me to more effectively serve you.   

Knowing the hardships many Nebraskans experienced in the wake of CoOportunity Health’s collapse, I will continue working with my House colleagues to address that failure and prepare for the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell. It is our responsibility to be ready with consumer-centered alternatives to give Americans the choices and quality of care they deserve.

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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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Jeff Fortenberry

NEBRASKA's 1st DISTRICT

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