U.S. Rep Smith Leads Effort to Overturn Obama Administration Ammunition & Tackle Ban
Lead Author of letter with over 60 Representatives to White House to overturn Agency Rule
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) led a bipartisan letter along with over 60 of his colleagues to President Trump urging him to revoke a “midnight rule” from the Obama Administration that would ban lead ammunition and fishing tackle from being used on any public lands.
On January 19, 2017, the last full day of the Obama Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a director’s order phasing out the use of traditional lead ammunition and tackle on federal lands.
Upon sending the letter, Smith commented, “This last minute rule issued by the Obama White House is simply unacceptable. This is exactly the type of regulatory red tape which has been thrown up by unelected bureaucrats over the last eight years and what the American people soundly rejected last November.” Smith continued, “Rules like this are made simply to appease radical environmental groups while slamming a recreational pastime enjoyed by generations of hunters and fisherman across south central and southeast Missouri. Public lands are exactly that, for the public, but as we have come to know all too well in our area – the federal government’s end goal with these areas has been unfortunately akin to hanging a “KEEP OUT” sign. Sportsmen and fishermen are some of our country’s most dedicated conservationists. With this new Administration, we must take advantage of every opportunity possible to secure the traditional right of access to public land for not just these individuals but for every American.”
The FWS issued the directive without notice and without giving stakeholders any time to comment. Smith’s effort was applauded by the National Shooting Sports Foundations (NSSF).
On the Smith led letter, Lawrence Keane, NSSF senior vice president said, “The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, applauds the leadership of Congressman Jason Smith and a bipartisan group of 60 other members of Congress in urging President Trump and his Administration to overturn the order by the Obama Administration’s director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service banning the use of traditional ammunition for hunting. The last minute timing of the order with no prior notice to industry, state agencies or sportsmen and conservation groups tells you everything you need to know about the political, anti-hunting motive for the order."
Smith is an avid hunter and a member of the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, and has been a leader on preserving Second Amendment rights for all Americans.
U.S. Rep Smith Authors Bill Defunding Sanctuary Cities
Smith bill would force sanctuary cities to comply with federal law by blocking federal transportation dollars
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) filed H.R.824, the No Transportation Funds for Sanctuary Cities Act, to block Federal Highway Trust fund dollars from being awarded to states and local governments if they fail to obey federal immigration laws and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requests.
Before Congressman Smith introduced the bill, he said, “Over 300 cities and counties employ policies to stonewall the federal government and prevent the Department of Homeland Security from effectively enforcing our immigration laws. We are a nation of law and order, and cities that actively work against the law of the land should face consequences. That’s why I introduced the No Transportation Funds for Sanctuary Cities Act to cut off the spigot of federal funds to cities and counties that fail to work with us to Make America Safe.”
As President Trump and Congress begin work on policies to enable new and robust investments into our nation’s roads, rails, tunnels, waterways and airports it is important that municipalities across the country know that unless they observe and follow U.S. immigration laws and policies, they will no longer be eligible for federal infrastructure investments in their communities. Smith’s goal is to codify the prohibition of taxpayer funds released to sanctuary cities in order to secure our borders and make local communities safer.
Smith noted after he filed the bill, “When cities fail to adhere with Federal law enforcement requests our citizens are put in danger. The American people spoke in November and support President Trump’s no-nonsense plan to enforce existing laws to protect our citizens. Because states, counties, and cities have failed to comply with Federal law, we have to use Congressional power of the purse to require these cities to abide by Federal immigration laws. If cities fail to comply with DHS requests, they shouldn’t receive Highway Trust Fund dollars or any highway grants, period.”
Note: Highway Trust Fund dollars have been successfully used three times in the past to encourage states to comply with Federal Standards. Most notably, Louisiana complied with the Federal requirement to lift their drinking age to 21 years-old after the Federal government pulled part of their Highway Trust Fund dollars for failure to comply.Read More
President Trump exercised one of the most significant responsibilities given to him by Article II of the United States Constitution this week when he nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Filling Justice Scalia’s shoes will be no easy task, but I have no doubt that a conservative pro-life judge like Gorsuch will be up to the challenge.
In the coming months, the Supreme Court will be faced with decisions on legal challenges to the countless executive orders from the previous Administration. These are actions taken by the Obama White House which many view as illegal or unconstitutional and deal with granting mass amnesty, restricting second amendment rights, the costly “clean power plan” - which a southeastern Missouri resident told me will double or triple her monthly utility bills, and attempted federal control over local education policy. With Gorsuch behind the bench, we have a Justice who will always look to promote personal freedom and liberty while viewing our Constitution as a document which enhances the rights of states and individuals, not the federal government.
Judge Gorsuch is widely recognized as a fair and principled jurist and is well respected by Republicans and Democrats alike. In fact, when Gorsuch was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2006, he was confirmed without any votes in opposition, including Democrats. You read that right, contrary to the recent attacks being pushed by Senator Schumer and his liberal allies in the Senate, not a single Democrat previously opposed Gorsuch’s confirmation including then Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama. Amazing that so many in the Senate now are putting political interests ahead of our countries and are choosing to oppose Gorsuch purely to be obstructionists.
Like Scalia, Judge Gorsuch interprets the Constitution from the perspective of the Founding Fathers and not on a case-by-case basis to serve political needs. Judge Gorsuch’s similarities to Justice Scalia are evident in a tribute Gorsuch gave after Justice Scalia’s death in which he wrote “Judges should instead strive (if humanly and so imperfectly) to apply the law as it is, focusing backward, not forward and looking to text, structure, and history to decide what a reasonable reader at the time of the events in question would have understood the law to be - not to decide cases based on their own moral convictions or the policy consequences they believe might serve society best.”
Throughout his career Judge Gorsuch has continually stood on the side of religious freedom and the right to life of the unborn. One of his most notable decisions came in the 2014 Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, in which Gorsuch upheld that the federal government could not force businesses to offer coverage for prescription drugs related to abortion services.
Judge Gorsuch echoes the qualities of Justice Scalia, making him the perfect replacement to restore conservatism and balance back to the Supreme Court. Justice Scalia’s seat on the court does not belong to any president or any political party, but to the American people. Senate Democrats should remember this important fact and follow in Obama and Clinton’s footsteps by confirming Judge Gorsuch immediately.
Washington, DC- Today, Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) welcomed Reverend Jennifer Moxley to Washington D.C. for the 65th Annual National Prayer Breakfast. Reverend Moxley currently serves as associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sikeston, MO.
“It was an honor to have Reverend Moxley as my guest to the National Prayer Breakfast this morning. The breakfast is a special opportunity to join with thousands in reflection and prayer for not only our nation, but also for friends, neighbors and loved ones back home. Having someone like Reverend Moxley joining me in those prayers makes this occasion even more powerful,” said Congressman Smith. “Reverend Moxley has dedicated her life for the work of God and helped spread the message of the gospel throughout the Sikeston community during her time there. Sikeston is blessed to have a God warrior like Reverend Moxley who is passionate about acting as an instrument of faith in southeast Missouri. I am excited to see how Reverend Moxley continues to use her God given talents to bring people to Christianity.”
The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual gathering of political and faith leaders from across the country and around the world. The National Prayer Breakfast serves as an opportunity for elected officials and religious leaders to come together and talk about the role of faith in all our citizens’ lives. This year’s keynote speaker was Senate Chaplain Barry Black and the opening prayer was led by Chicago Cubs player and 2016 World Series MVP Ben Zobrist. President Trump also spoke to the crowd of over 3,000 politicians, dignitaries and religious leaders gathered for the 65th Annual National Prayer Breakfast. Among this year’s attendees included King Abdullah II of Jordan and Pastor Rick Warren.Read More
U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (MO-08) released the following statement following President Trump’s nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:
“Tonight, President Trump exercised one of the most significant responsibilities given to him by Article II of the United States Constitution. Judge Gorsuch is the right choice to fill the chair vacated by conservative stalwart, the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia possessed the ideal qualities of a Supreme Court Justice - he understood the proper role of the courts, he was a fierce defender of the Constitution, and was a man of uncompromising principle. I applaud the President’s decision because Judge Gorsuch, like Justice Scalia, interprets the Constitution from the perspective of the Founding Fathers, and not on a case-by-case basis to serve political needs. Judge Gorsuch demonstrated his conservatism by upholding religious liberty in his decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, a 2014 victory in which it was decided that the federal government could not force businesses to offer coverage for prescription drugs related to abortion services. Neil Gorsuch will uphold the foundation of our government based on separation of powers and will honor the understanding that the role of government is defined by the people of this great nation, not the other way around. Not only do I support this pick, but for the security and liberty of Missourians, I call on Minority Leader Schumer to quit the partisan games and immediately confirm President Trump’s Cabinet and Supreme Court nominations.”Read More
It is not every day that a Missourian gets to sit on the steps of the United States Capitol and witness firsthand a Presidential swearing in ceremony. Now, just over a week since the inauguration of our 45th President, Donald J Trump - we have seen his Presidency take more actions in seven days to improve the lives of south central and southeast Missourians than in the entire eight years of the Obama Presidency. As President Trump stated in his Inaugural speech “The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.”
In early December, I outlined for then President – Elect Trump numerous different rules, regulations, agency guidance and memorandums which he could overturn on day one to have a drastic impact on the lives of Missourians. I wrote about rules promulgated as a result of President’s Obama’s failed government takeover of healthcare, regulations which would increase the cost of energy for Missourians, new rules impeding on a farmer’s ability to farm their land freely, recent federal agency memorandums incentivizing millions of illegal immigrants to enter our country, and guidance from agencies infringing on our second amendment rights.
I was pleased to see that on day one, President Trump followed through on many of these same actions items and wasted no time getting to work for the American people. During his first hours at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, President Trump signed an executive order to start the process of unwinding former President Obama’s disastrous health care law. It was the first step towards creating a health care system that provides Americans with the quality health care they deserve, drives down price with competition, and allows folks to see the doctor of their choice free of government interference or mandates. During those first hours President Trump also put a hiring freeze and a regulatory freeze on the very federal agencies that have run amuck with thousands of unelected bureaucrats under the Obama Administration.
On Monday, President Trump took action to defend the life of the unborn by restoring President Reagan’s Mexico City Policy which ensures that American taxpayers are not forced to foot the bill for abortions anywhere in the world. On his second day in office, President Trump put an end to agency bureaucracy and red tape which was delaying the advancement of the Keystone and Dakota Access pipeline projects which will help grow our economy, lower the costs of energy and create thousands of jobs in the process. On Wednesday President Trump signed an executive action to start the process of building a wall along our southern border and ordering those sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants to honor and up hold U.S. law or lose any federal funding.
Gone are the days of having a President in power who promises things on the campaign trail, but never actually delivers on those promises. In the first seven days of his Presidency, Donald Trump has proven that he is a man of his word. The rapid pace we have seen in the first couple of days of Donald Trump’s Presidency isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. This week I met with President Trump in Philadelphia, the birthplace of our great nation, to develop a strategy on how we will work together to build on the tremendous actions he has taken this week to improve the lives of all Americans and return the power back to the people. Our end goal, our end result, is ultimately what President Trump said in his Inauguration speech -“Together, we will make America strong again, we will make America wealthy again, we will make America proud again, we will make America safe again, and yes together, we will make America great again.”
January 22nd marks the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court Ruling that has left over 59 million and counting dead - Roe v. Wade. On January 27th, thousands of people around the country will participate in the March for Life to serve as a voice for those who weren’t given a choice to live. This year’s theme, The Power of One, is centered around the idea that one person can make a difference in the world, whether in the life of one or the life of many. I admire the conviction of all of the advocates who have journeyed far and wide to our nation’s Capital to stand up for the belief that I share that life begins at conception.
We are in a critical moment in our nation’s history where we have the opportunity to promote pro-life initiatives that are supported by millions of Americans. One of the reasons I supported President Trump during his run for the White House, and one of the reasons millions were overcome with emotion during his swearing in, was his commitment to lead in the fight for life and advancing policies that make America a place where unborn children and their mothers are treated with compassion and justice. During my time in Congress I have never wavered from my firm belief that life is precious and must be supported. I share this belief with President Trump and look forward to working along-side him to advance some of the pro-life goals he has outlined.
One of our new President’s early acts will be nominating a justice to replace the conservative stalwart, the late Justice Antonin Scalia. I support President Trump’s commitment to nominating pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. Having pro-life justices that recognize the danger of abortion to both women and their babies is critical. President Trump must use his power of nomination to put forth the name of a conservative justice who will honor the legacy and balance to the court that Justice Scalia brought so that we can fight to make the court a place where the life of the unborn is fully protected. I share in President Trump’s commitment to ending heinous late-term abortions nationwide through enactment of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This will ensure that no innocent child has to suffer the excruciating pain from dismemberment abortion. I share President Trump’s commitment to ending taxpayer funding of the abortion industry. Taxpayers should not be footing the bill for places that kill over 320,000 babies every year. In addition I have supported measures which ban abortions based on gender as well as supporting an American’s right to object to healthcare coverage that also covers abortion services.
Working with our new President, we can accomplish our goals to protect the sanctity of life that thousands of people around the country will be marching for on Friday. Although we cannot bring back the nearly 59 million innocent lives that have been tragically taken over the past 44 years, we can fight to ensure that all children have a chance at life. Every child is a miracle from God and I am hopeful that with the advancement of the pro-life movement each and every one of these miracles will have a chance to live the life God has planned for them.
The most important speech for the future of this country wasn’t the one President Obama gave this past week, a speech which looked back at eight years of failures, but instead will be the speech about our future Donald J Trump will deliver from the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Friday. He will speak about this country in a way which promotes individual liberties, accountability, freedoms and personal choice. It will be a speech not about ‘hope’ and ‘change’, but instead about the concrete actions he will immediately begin taking to help put American’s back to work, bring down the soaring costs of healthcare, reduce the tax burden and get government off the back of farmers, families, and small businesses.
Our country has seen some profound inaugural speeches throughout our history that have defined generations. The greatest inaugural addresses in American history all have one thing in common - they were delivered at critical moments in our nation’s history. Whether impending war, secession, economic calamity or world crisis, these speeches all managed to balance that moment of peril and fright with one of prosperity and the American will to overcome.
Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address was delivered at a time when the country was deeply divided between the north and the south during the Civil War. In only 701 words, Lincoln sought to unify using divine intervention stating that both sides: "read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes his aid against the other." His words spoken that day in 1865 are some of the most powerful spoken in American history. Lincoln closed wishing no ill will towards those which looked to divide the Union, but instead with words of compassion, charity and optimism towards a mended State: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. “
Faced with a nation engulfed in depression and panicked by a banking crisis, Franklin Delano Roosevelt opened his inaugural speech in 1933 with the assertion that everyone knows today: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” John F. Kennedy’s phrase he delivered during his inaugural speech in 1961: “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” still inspires generations of Americans over 50 years later.
The fact that Americans still reference these memorable inaugural speeches of the past is a testament to how impactful they actually are. We are at a pivotal moment in our nation’s history; we have the opportunity to get off our current path of big government control and a ‘Washington knows best’ way of thinking. Just as some of the greatest inauguration speeches were given during critical times in American history, so will the inaugural address of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States on Friday. After placing his right hand on the bible and swearing before God and the American people to serve this great country as President, Donald J. Trump will deliver his inaugural address with a message to get to work for the American people. So listen to what he says, pay attention for those few words or phrases which will come to define the first 100 days of this presidency and the new direction of our country – you never know what lines will live on forever in history.
“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.” That is the oath I stood, raised my right hand and swore to uphold before god and the American people this Tuesday as the 115th Congress convened.
This oath is something I take very seriously. Hearing those words this week reminded me that our 45th President, Donald J. Trump will very soon raise his right hand and take an oath of his own in less than 14 days. Soon thereafter he will layout his vision for rebuilding our economy, restoring personal freedoms and liberties and getting the government off the backs and out of the lives of so many families, farmers and small business owners.
This week started the congressional work needed to lay the groundwork for our new President to hit the ground running on day one. The very first action we took was to strengthen the balance of power outlined in our Constitution and give power back to the people by taking the authority to legislate and regulate out of the hands of federal bureaucrats. Over the past 8 years, unelected Washington bureaucrats have run amuck under the Obama Administration, imposing thousands of unnecessary federal regulations that are crushing American families, small businesses and all of rural America. Americans simply cannot continue to survive under the weight of the heavy hand of the federal government. In fact, the Obama administration has attempted to force through hundreds of “midnight regulations” on their way out the door. That is why I helped pass two pieces of legislation this week that will stop the outgoing administration from further hurting the American people. The passage of the Midnight Rules Relief Act and the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act paved the way for the restoration of the Constitution under the Trump administration.
President Trump will also hit the ground running on day one in the White House following his inauguration. Instead of spending Inauguration Day parading through the streets of Washington DC for hours before hopping from one celebrity filled Inauguration ball to the next as his predecessor did, Trump has promised to spend the first few hours of his presidency actually doing the job he was elected to do – changing the direction of this country for the American people. Trump has broken with tradition by requesting that his inauguration parade be shorter than presidents of the past and reducing the number of public events and appearances. In comparison, President Obama attended a whopping 10 balls following his second inauguration in 2009. In a meeting I had with Vice-President elect Mike Pence this week, I heard the same eagerness to get to work – the same refreshing zeal for putting the needs of Americans first, not the needs of a bloated government.
We have a lot of work to do to clean up the mess the Obama Administration created in our country, but President-elect Trump will waste no time on January 20th getting to work. You won’t see President Trump basking in the glory of his new title as commander and chief of the United States atop a float in Washington or rubbing elbows with celebrities at fancy inaugural balls. Instead his first hours in office will be behind a desk, repealing some of the worst unconstitutional regulatory overreaches President Obama and his liberal allies have concocted. Congress began the process of restoring the power of our Constitution this week, paving the way for President Trump once he takes the oath of office. Americans only need to hang in there for a few more days, then it'll be a matter of hanging on as we watch a President who is excited to get to work at a rapid pace to make America great again.Read More
Congressman Jason Smith Sworn Into the 115th Congress
Washington, DC- Today, Congressman Jason Smith was sworn into the 115th Congress. This is the start of his second full term representing the Eighth Congressional District of Missouri and the 30 counties it encompasses across southeastern and south central Missouri.
“It is an incredible honor to represent the hardworking families, farmers and small business owners of southeast and south central Missouri before the United States Congress and I will continue to be a strong advocate for rural values, conservative principles and protecting our way of life here in Missouri.” said Congressman Smith, adding, "I firmly believe the needs of American families and workers are finally going to be put before the needs of bureaucrats in Washington and the “Washington knows best” mentality that has been in place for the past 8 years under the Obama Administration has finally come to an end. As we begin work in the 115th Congress along-side the new Trump Administration, I look forward to having a federal government that works for the American people, not against them.”
For the 115th Congress U.S. Representative Smith was elected by his peers to serve as Conference Secretary. Congressman Smith will use this role as a platform to be a strong advocate for holding government and Washington accountable to the folks of Missouri. Smith will be working alongside the Trump Administration to advance policies to increase personal liberties, grow the economy, bring back consumer choice in the healthcare marketplace and reduce the tax burden on American families.
During his time in Congress, Smith has lead the charge to protect American taxpayers from an ever expanding executive branch and its assault on rural America. In January 2016, Smith’s Searching for and Cutting Regulations that Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support to bring more accountability to government by eliminating and removing outdated federal regulations estimated to impose nearly a $1.86 trillion burden on Americans. In March 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Smith’s bill, the IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending (OWES) Act to rein in the IRS by providing Congress and the American public with greater oversight and transparency as to how the IRS is spending taxpayer dollars.
"I will continue to lead the charge on reigning in big government regulations and out-of-touch policies to provide relief for the families and businesses that power the economy of southeast and south central Missouri; as well as fight to overturn Obamacare and support a healthcare system that provides Americans with fair, open, transparent and affordable healthcare coverage they desperately want and deserve," stated Congressman Smith.
Congressman Smith will also continue to serve on the influential Ways and Means Committee in the 115th Congress which has jurisdiction over federal healthcare, taxation and trade policy. In addition to repealing the disastrous Obamacare, the Ways and Means Committee will also be charged with reviewing current international Trade Agreements and producing a simpler, fairer, and flatter tax system that gets the IRS off the back and out of the lives of American families and farmers.
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Jason Smith is a seventh-generation Missourian, a citizen-legislator, and a champion for the rights and values of rural Missourians.
Jason was raised in Salem, Missouri, where he still owns the same family farm that was started by his great grandfather. He attended Salem High School, where he was an active member of FFA. At the University of Missouri-Columbia, Jason earned degrees in Agricultural Economics and Business Administration. After receiving degrees from both programs in three years, he attended law school at Oklahoma City University before returning home to serve his community. Back home in Missouri Jason began running the family farm and practicing law. It was during this time that he recognized the harm that the overbearing government was inflicting on Missourians and our economy. This inspired Jason to run for office himself so he could begin to undo the damage.
Jason was elected to the Missouri General Assembly in a special election in 2005.
In the General Assembly, Jason fought to shrink the size of state government, eliminate burdensome rules and regulations, increase government transparency, protect property rights, require drug testing for welfare recipients, and defend Missouri agriculture. Thanks to his efforts, Jason’s colleagues selected him to serve in leadership: first as the Majority Whip and then as Speaker Pro Tem—one of the youngest in state history.
During a special election in June of 2013, Jason was elected to represent Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. He was re-elected in November 2014.
As a member of the 114th Congress, Jason serves on the Ways and Means Committee. In Washington Jason has made a name for himself as a strong defender of rural Missouri and all of rural America. Jason is committed to fighting intrusive government regulations, increasing markets for farmers and ranchers, and protecting his constituents’ rural way of life.
Jason has earned 100% ratings from the American Conservative Union and the Chamber of Commerce; he is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, pro-life and supports traditional values.
Jason attends Grace Community Church in Salem.
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