Jason Smith

Jason Smith

MISSOURI's 8th DISTRICT

Congressman Jason Smith Visits Martin Rice Mill as Part of 4th Annual Farm Tour

2016/07/27

Congressman Jason Smith Visits Martin Rice Mill as Part of 4th Annual Farm Tour

Bernie, MO –  Yesterday, as part of his 4th Annual Farm Tour Congressman Jason Smith visited Martin Rice in Bernie to view the rice operations and speak with owners Tim, David and Mike Martin about their industry, how the rice mill operates, and the issues they are facing.

Smith commented, “Great companies like Martin Rice make it possible for Missouri to be one of the largest rice-growing states in America. And, after over 50 years of growing and processing rice, the hardworking folks at Martin Rice continue to push themselves to provide the highest quality product. Companies like Martin Rice are exactly why Missouri's 8th District is recognized throughout our state and the nation as being a leader in agriculture and I am very proud of the work they do to showcase our region.”  

The Martin Rice Company is owned and operated by the Martin family who have been in the farming business in the Missouri bootheel for over 50 years. Martin Rice Company today produces Long Grain and Jasmine rice on over 7,000 acres of farmland in Southeast Missouri. Martin Rice Company is shipped worldwide and is one of only a few U.S. companies to grow jasmine rice, which is normally imported from Thailand.

This year’s Congressional Farm Tour will span roughly two weeks and cover nearly 3,000 miles while crisscrossing all 30 counties in Missouri’s 8th District. In addition to hearing directly from the families and farmers about the operations they are running right here in southeast and south central Missouri, the farm tour will also highlight the diversity, importance and prominence of agriculture in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District.

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Congressman Jason Smith Visits Heckemeyer’s Sweet Sorghum Farm as Part of 4th Annual Farm Tour

2016/07/26

Congressman Jason Smith Visits Heckemeyer’s Sweet Sorghum Farm as Part of 4th Annual Farm Tour

Sikeston, MO –  Yesterday, as part of his 4th Annual Farm Tour Congressman Jason Smith visited Heckemeyer’s Sweet Sorghum Farm in Sikeston to view the sorghum operations and speak with owner Matt Heckemeyer about their industry and the issues they are facing.

Smith commented, “ I am so impressed with the efficiency of operations at Heckemeyer Farm and their commitment to discovering new, innovative ways to use sorghum to move the agriculture industry forward in Missouri. I am proud to have farms like the Heckemeyer Farm that are committed to creating a prosperous future for farmers across America located in the 8th Congressional District. I look forward to seeing how the Heckemeyer’s develop sorghum into the sugar of the future.”   

The Heckemeyer family was one of the first to bring milo into Missouri and now Matt Heckemeyer has grown the family farm into 200 acres of sweet sorghum. Matt Heckemeyer is working to unlock sweet sorghums potential by trying it as an animal feed, food-grade syrup and potential fuel source. The Heckemeyer Farm can process 100 tons of sorghum syrup per hour making it the top producer in Missouri and one of the top producers in the US. Sweet Sorghum has the potential to be converted into a fuel source and Heckemeyer Farm’s hopes to use the crop to produce butanol and change the future of energy.

This year’s Congressional Farm Tour will span roughly two weeks and cover nearly 3,000 miles while crisscrossing all 30 counties in Missouri’s 8th District. In addition to hearing directly from the families and farmers about the operations they are running right here in southeast and south central Missouri, the farm tour will also highlight the diversity, importance and prominence of agriculture in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District.

 

 

 

 

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A Favorite Tradition

2016/07/22

Next week marks the start of one of my favorite annual traditions, the 8th Congressional District Farm Tour. In southeast and south central Missouri we know agriculture is at the heart of not only our economy, but our communities, and our families. The early mornings, late days, and stress associated with mother nature and volatile markets are something everyone is familiar with. But, that way of life also brings many of us together, it helps strengthen the bond of our communities, and teaches the next generation the value of hard work, perseverance and kindness.

These are the same traits handed down to me through seven generations of our family, all of which have called this area home, and it still resides in the amazing people I am honored to meet during this special tradition.

This coming week, I look forward to beginning my 4th annual Farm Tour which will take me nearly 3,000 miles crisscrossing across all 30 counties of Missouri’s 8th Congressional District. It will also encompass over 40 stops and provide a valuable opportunity to hear about issues folks are facing firsthand. These folks and families are a vital part of our state’s number one industry, but they are also unique in their contribution to the broad range of agriculture products we produce. In fact, Missouri’s 8th Congressional District is one of the most diverse agriculture districts in the country, and that is going to be one of our highlights this year.

As an example, most people are probably familiar with the soybeans, rice, cotton, and corn grown in our district, but we also grow peanuts, process honey, and harvest timber. We are also really proud of the quality of our beef and pork, but our region also has several trout and fish farms as well breeders of pheasant and quail for hunting. And, while most of us think about farming especially when we gather at the dinner table there are a number of other industries that play a key role in manufacturing these products. For instance, we have a number of cotton gins and mills to process raw materials, but also biodiesel facilities and a chemical manufacturer that produces environmentally friendly catalysts for spraying applications. Not to mention several companies that uniquely specialize in aerial spraying themselves. Missouri’s wine industry is also taking off and some of the most popular destinations are here in Missouri’s 8th District, both on the east and west ends of the district. There is so much to be proud of and I am excited to get a closer look at these operations and meet the families behind them over the next two weeks.

There are over 19,000 farms in our district and over 29,000 hardworking folks who tirelessly keep those farms operating for the people not only in Missouri, but across the nation. Agriculture is the backbone of our district and the state of Missouri and I am a firm believer it is what is going to lead us into the future as well. I sincerely look forward to traveling southeast and south central Missouri to listen to the concerns of all of the hardworking folks who make the agriculture industry possible. Often each of them is carrying on the practices within their own family, others are innovators using the values they have learned to create their own opportunity, and for me the experience of meeting and learning from these folks has become very special – traditions we all hope to carry on.

 

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Congressman Jason Smith Announces 4th Annual Farm Tour

2016/07/22

Congressman Jason Smith Announces 4th Annual Farm Tour

Tour will highlight the diversity in agriculture across all 30 counties

in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District

Cape Girardeau, MO –  Today, Congressman Jason Smith is unveiling the schedule of his 4th Annual Farm Tour. This year’s tour will cover nearly 3,000 miles while crisscrossing all 30 counties in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District.  

“Agriculture is what drives the economy here in southeast and south central Missouri. It is a big part of all our communities and a way of life for many of us, and that is really important to me,” said Smith. Adding, “Across the state and even the country, the folks of this area are known for growing the best crops like soybeans, rice, corn, and cotton or for raising world class cattle, but this year we also want to take a special look at some of the lesser known areas right here at home that are helping make agriculture and our economy even more robust.” 

The tour will start Monday, July 25th and last two full weeks, through the beginning of August. Stops will include a Whitetail deer farm, a Trout farm, and visits to farms which grow trees and peanuts. Visits will also include places which help supplement agriculture services like milling, ginning and aerial spraying.

In addition to highlighting the importance and prominence of agriculture in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District, Smith also enjoys hearing directly from the families and farmers about the operations they are running right here in southeast and south central Missouri. “Farming is a way of life and these folks are some of the most hard-working, salt-of-the-earth people. They just want Washington out of the way and out of their lives, so they can do what they do best. Farmers care about their family and neighbors and make our communities great. I couldn’t be more proud to serve and represent them,” said Smith.

Approximately 40 events for the farm tour have been confirmed so far and the current list may be found below. Additional events are still being planned and may be added. Only events where a media advisory has been sent ahead of time are open to the press.

 

July 25, 2016

Beaver Creek Ranch Whitetail Deer Farm

July 25, 2016

Farmer's Union Gin

July 25, 2016

Fisher Delta Research Center

July 25, 2016

Heckemeyer's Sweet Sorghum Farm

July 26, 2016

Martin Rice Mill

July 26, 2016

Fruitland Livestock Auction

July 26, 2016

Scott County Farm Bureau

July 27, 2016

Mills Exotic Animal Farm

July 27, 2016

Laut Hog Farm

July 28, 2016

Franciscan Farm

July 28, 2016

Jefferson County Farm Bureau

July 28, 2016

Proffer Produce

July 28, 2016

Welge Bois Brule Farm

July 28, 2016

Corn Growers - Stephens' Farm

July 29, 2016

Superior BioTech

July 29, 2016

VonAllmen Meat Processing

July 29, 2016

Ozark Wings Pheasant Hunting

July 30, 2016

Hamilton Native Outpost

July 30, 2016

Leopold Picnic

August 1, 2016

Collins Dairy

August 1, 2016

Brixey Dairy

August 1, 2016

Cattlemen meeting - Meier's

August 2, 2016

Marler Timber and Cattle

August 2, 2016

Missouri Tie Railroad Ties

August 3, 2016

Harper's Sawmill and Logging

August 3, 2016

Country Fish Farms

August 3, 2016

4M Vineyard

August 3, 2016

Westover Trout Farm

August 3, 2016

Forest Products in Rolla

August 4, 2016

Oberle Meats

August 4, 2016

Washington County Fair Livestock Day

August 4, 2016

Rudd Cattle Ranch

August 5, 2016

Ag Air Aerial Spraying

August 5, 2016

Bunge Grain Elevator

August 5, 2016

Triple D Peanut Farms

August 5, 2016

Global Fuels Biodiesel

August 5, 2016

Soybean Farm - Sharp's

 

 

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The Time to Fight Back

2016/07/15

The Time to Fight Back

Here we are again. News of another terrorist attack abroad is rocking us here at home. 1 month after Orlando, 4 months after Brussels, 7 months after San Bernardino, 8 months after the last Paris attacks – the list sadly goes on. Something has to change. Clearly the current response to strengthening terrorist networks emerging around the world is not working. The top responsibility of your federal government is to provide for safety, security and protection of the American people, and it’s failing.

What is apparent is that this form of intimidation and awful terror is not going away. The current Administration’s approach has been to close our eyes and wish it away, all while blaming the 2nd amendment of the U.S. Constitution  – that simply won’t work. When 19 terrorists attacked us on September 11th 2001, our country pledged to fight these terrorists at their doorsteps, to not rest until each person responsible was made to answer for their heinous crimes. We took the fight to al-Qaeda, we showed up in their homes, dragged them out and sent them to a military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to answer for their crimes. We gained intelligence on, pursued and ultimately eradicated Osama Bin Laden from the face of this earth.

No longer can America wish away the threat groups like ISIS pose. We have to take the fight directly to them. These radical terrorist groups hide in caves, hide in shadows and sit undeterred simply planning their next atrocity with no answer from the beacon of freedom and democracy, the United States. Their intentions are clear – with each attack they gain in strength, and with growing numbers they intend to attack us here at home. They want to intimidate us, change us, and kill us; they fear our way of life, the freedoms our country stands for and want to inflict harm on the millions of innocent civilians which call America home. Why are we sitting idle waiting for that to happen? They plan their attacks and spread their hate on social media, we should be disrupting their communications. They spew their terrorist propaganda on their own radio networks, we need to bomb their stations, towers and broadcast capabilities. They boast about their latest murder of innocents, we must answer with attacking them in their homes until they are no longer capable of such acts.

My frustration extends beyond an unwillingness to engage militarily these terrorist groups around the world. It is rooted in the fact that under this Administration, since 2012, we have shrunken our Army by 100,000 soldiers – to a point where our Generals have warned that our reduced military presence has “put at substantial risk our ability to conduct even one sustained major combat operation.” Today our Air Force is the oldest and smallest it has ever been in recent history. Simply put, we aren’t prepared and Americans are left vulnerable. When we pull back from having a strong military presence around the globe, it allows others, those with different goals, a different world vision and a destabilizing mentality to fill the void left in our own wake. When we disengage with the threats of the world, the threats of right now, it perpetuates a rosy but fantasy filled view of the world that everyone is our friend and ally and we have no enemies wishing to do the innocents in this country harm. That just simply isn’t the world we live in today.  

Groups that spread this type of hate and carry out these murders in the world only answer to strength and fear. We can’t negotiate with them, we can’t placate them and we can’t succumb to their demands of bringing our country to its knees. This is the war of this generation, and it’s time we remove ourselves from the sidelines and answer the need to keep American’s safe. The only way to prevent future attacks is for radical Islamic terrorist groups like ISIS to know that there are consequences for attacking innocents, and those consequences will mean their complete obliteration from the holes they cower in. We owe that to the people of Brussels, the people of Paris, and the 320 million Americans who place their hand over their heart when they hear the Star Spangled Banner.

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U.S. House Passes Rep. Jason Smith’s Amendment to Stop Taxpayer Funding of Radical Environmental Groups

2016/07/15

U.S. House Passes Rep. Jason Smith’s Amendment to Stop Taxpayer Funding of Radical Environmental Groups

Smith’s amendment blocks federal agencies from using U.S. tax dollars to pay legal fees in environmental cases

Washington, DC- The U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Jason Smith’s amendment to H.R. 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for FY 2017. Smith’s amendment restricts federal agencies from using American taxpayer dollars to pay for legal fees under any legal settlement regarding a case arising under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.

Prior to passage, Smith said, “If this election cycle has shown us anything, it is that the American people are tired of a federal bureaucracy that is accountable to no one and operates in the shadows without proper oversight.” Smith continued, “The United States is facing a crisis of executive overreach, and nowhere else is this truer than at the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA’s misuse of taxpayer funds not only endangers the economy, but also our constitutional separation of powers.”

When an environmental advocacy group sues federal agencies, these agreements are worked out behind closed doors without public participation in the process. Included in these settlements are requirements that U.S. taxpayers must pay for the attorney’s fees for the radical environmentalist groups suing the federal government. This practice is called ‘sue and settle’ and allows outside special interest groups to dictate the way that agencies such as the EPA write regulations. These cases have resulted in more than 100 new regulations-including the Clean Power Plan. Under Smith’s amendment, no funds can be used to pay legal fees under any settlement, and regarding any case arising under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. While litigants can still sue, they will no longer be financially rewarded by the American taxpayer for their efforts.

Upon passage, Smith commented, “I applaud my colleagues in the House for supporting my legislation that reinforces the constitutional powers vested in Congress to protect American taxpayers from an ever expanding executive branch. It is inexcusable to continue to allow federal agencies to operate behind closed doors at the expense of American taxpayers. The passage of my amendment holds the out-of-control bureaucrats in Washington, DC accountable for their violations against Americans and the U.S. Constitution.”

This amendment is Smith’s second amendment to H.R. 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for FY 2017 passed by the U.S. House this week. The House also passed Smith’s amendment to block funding to the EPA’s Environmental Education (EE) grant program, preventing millions of taxpayer dollars from continuing to be used to fund propaganda supporting new EPA regulations.

This amendment continues Smith’s commitment to protecting taxpayers from out-of-control federal agencies like the EPA. Smith introduced the End EPA Advertising Act to stop the EPA from using taxpayer money to hire public relations contractors after it was uncovered that the EPA spent 26 million in taxpayer funds between 2000 and 2014 to hire outside public relations contractors to create media campaigns to push their agenda. Smith introduced the End EPA Rouge Spending Act earlier this year to prevent the EPA from spending any fine, private settlement, penalty or fee they collect. In January, Smith’s SCRUB Act passed the House with bipartisan support. The Searching for and Cutting Regulations that Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act protects hardworking Americans and brings more accountability to government by eliminating and removing outdated federal regulations estimated to impose nearly a $1.86 trillion burden on Americans.

 

 

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U.S. House Passes Rep. Jason Smith's Amendment to Block Taxpayer Funded Propaganda

2016/07/14

U.S. House Passes Rep. Jason Smith’s Amendment to Block Taxpayer Funded Propaganda 

Smith’s amendment blocks funding to the EPA Environmental Education grant program 

Washington, DC- Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Jason Smith’s amendment to H.R. 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for FY 2017. The amendment blocks funding to the EPA’s Environmental Education (EE) grant program, preventing millions of taxpayer dollars from continuing to be used to fund propaganda supporting new EPA regulations.

Prior to passage of his amendment, Smith commented, “While these grants were originally intended to support schools and academic programs, the vast majority have gone to non-profits, many of which have political agendas.” Smith continued, “These grants have funded activities that reinforce the EPA’s radical regulatory agenda. Even the Obama Administration has sought to cut grants such as these in the past.”

The National Environmental Education Act of 1990 gave the EPA the authority to conduct environmental education programs through the use of Environmental Education grants. Instead of using these funds to fund school programs as it was originally intended, the EPA has used this grant money to fund liberal leaning non-profit groups who support the regulatory mission of the EPA. Between 1992-2015, the EPA Environmental Education program supplied over $50 million in taxpayer provided assistance to provide research backing up the latest EPA rule, mandate or regulation.

Following passage, Smith said, “I would like to thank my colleagues in the House for voting in favor of my amendment today to put a stop to taxpayer funded propaganda by the EPA. With the country $19 trillion in debt, and aggregate emissions at their lowest in decades, I do not see the need for tax payer funds to go towards federal programs that push anti-energy, pro-regulation and anti-consumer agenda propaganda.”

This amendment continues Smith’s commitment to protecting taxpayers from out-of-control federal agencies like the EPA. Smith introduced the End EPA Advertising Act to stop the EPA from using taxpayer money to hire public relations contractors after it was uncovered that the EPA spent 26 million in taxpayer funds between 2000 and 2014 to hire outside public relations contractors to create media campaigns to push their agenda. Smith also introduced the End EPA Rouge Spending Act earlier this year to prevent the EPA from spending any fine, private settlement, penalty or fee they collect.

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U.S. Rep. Jason Smith’s Expanding Seniors Receiving Dialysis’ Choice Act advanced by the Ways and Means Committee

2016/07/13

U.S. Rep. Jason Smith’s Expanding Seniors Receiving Dialysis’ Choice Act advanced by the Ways and Means Committee

H.R. 5659 increases insurance coverage options for those with serious Kidney Illness

Washington, DC- Today, the Ways and Means Committee advanced Congressman Jason Smith’s bill, H.R. 5659, the Expanding Seniors Receiving Dialysis’ Choice Act of 2016, during a committee markup. Smith’s bill removes current government rules and restrictions preventing End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients from accessing more flexible and managed care plans targeted to those with chronic medical conditions.

After the Ways and Means Committee markup, Smith stated, “For too long, patients suffering from ESRD have been denied access to certain care and coverage options that they need the most. There are over 640,000 Americans, 11,000 of those in Missouri, diagnosed with ESRD that are in need of affordable and flexible high-quality care. I received several letters from folks back home in Missouri’s 8th Congressional with ESRD who are suffering from several chronic conditions and want the option to choose integrated care. My legislation will remove this unnecessary federal restriction and finally allow these patients to choose in the care options they want and deserve.”

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said, "When Americans get sick, they need and deserve access to the right doctors and the right treatment at the most affordable cost. Unfortunately, current policies restrict some of our most vulnerable patients from receiving higher levels of managed care," said Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX)"Thanks to the leadership of Congressman Smith, the bipartisan ESRD Choice Act removes that restriction and helps make sure patients suffering from kidney failure have the same health care choices that all Medicare beneficiaries have."

Currently, more than 640,000 Americans live with Kidney failure, known as ESRD. Under the current system, patients with the pre-existing condition of ESRD are the only group specifically denied the ability to enroll in more flexible, integrated Medicare Advantage plans. These plans offer better integrated care, financial protections and flexibility for patients that suffer from chronic conditions like ESRD. Smith’s bill will allow ESRD patients to access the coverage plan of their choice without interference from the government.

After the Ways and Means Committee advanced Smith’s bill, Smith commented, “I want to thank my colleagues on the Committee for advancing my bill that will ensure that some of the most vulnerable Americans finally receive better care options. This is just one of the bipartisan solutions Americans deserve, and these are the types of solutions I hope to continue working with the Chairman and my colleagues in delivering as we work to improve our health care system.”

 

 

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Congressman Jason Smith introduces bipartisan legislation to Improve Care for Patients with Kidney Failure

2016/07/08

 

Congressman Jason Smith introduces bipartisan legislation to Improve Care for Patients with Kidney Failure

Smith Bill would increase insurance coverage options for those with serious Kidney Illnesses

 

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) introduced legislation to help increase choice & care options for patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). H.R. 5659, the Expanding Seniors Receiving Dialysis’ Choice Act of 2016, or ESRD Choice Act, will remove current government rules and restrictions preventing ESRD patients from accessing more flexible and managed care plans targeted to those with chronic medical conditions.

 

Upon introduction, Smith remarked, “Over 11,000 individuals in Missouri are currently living with ERSD. Patients suffering from ESRD are those most in need of affordable and flexible high-quality care. For too long these patients have been told by the federal government that for no good reason they are being denied access to certain care and coverage options.” Smith continued,  “That’s why I’m pleased to introduce the ESRD Choice Act with a group of bipartisan colleagues. The legislation helps ensure some of our most vulnerable patients can have the care options they want and they deserve, the care options of their choice. I’m especially encouraged that with this bill, low-income beneficiaries will have the option to choose a plan which helps minimize their out of pocket expenses and ensures that a serious medical condition isn’t the devastating financial burden it can so often be. These are the solutions Americans deserve, and these are the solutions I will continue to deliver as we work to improve our health care system.”

 

There are more than 640,000 Americans living with kidney failure, or ESRD. However, patients with the pre-existing condition of ESRD are currently the only group specifically denied the ability to enroll in the more flexible care plans such as Medicare Advantage. The Smith bill would allow these patients to access the coverage plan of their choice without interference from the government telling them they are denied coverage.

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Facts Matter

2016/07/08

Congressman Jason Smith Capitol Report

Facts Matter

July 8, 2016

As Americans we are proud of our country and always sensitive when tragedy strikes one of our communities. We band together, believe in prayer, and are often generous with financial contributions to help rebuild. And, often when tragedies do strike we instantly ask - "how did this happen?" It's a natural reaction when we obviously care for one another, but it also leads us to seek the truth and factual information about the situation. Unfortunately, politics often complicates these tragedies because all too often opinions are ready to be given based on 'solutions' to an agenda. However,  those reactions often take meaning from the truth and reality of what occurred.  Quite frankly, I believe this has been occurring too frequently and the tactics that are employed to achieve an agenda are sickening.  

Liberals in the House of Representatives used similar tactics when they tried to use recent events in this country to limit law abiding American's second amendment rights - they knew their sit in, use of photography on the House Floor and their actions were all against the rules of the House, but they didn't care. I watched as they ushered themselves into the U.S. House chamber with their own cameras to voice their protest and read statements blaming firearms, not terrorists or those who illegally obtain firearms for the tragedies. Unfortunately, just like their counterparts in the Administration they have also ignored straight forward answers and facts when it comes to gun violence.

For instance, they often demonize assault weapons as the root cause of the violence, however they never mention that assault weapons are fully-automatic weapons that have been illegal to import and manufacture to the general population since 1986. They also fail to realize that the semi-automatic weapons they reference are actually the same type of firearm that hunters and sportsmen, like myself and thousands of others in Missouri and across the country own, and ironically in some cases this is the same type of semi-automatic weapon used to control wildlife populations in our national and state parks both of which liberals often support. They also never provide the honest and straightforward answer that nearly 5 times as many people are killed each year by blunt objects or beaten to death at the hands of an assailant than are killed with a rifle of any kind.

Most dishonest however, is when the Liberals blame guns for the driving force behind homicides in the country. In reality, more than 60% of homicides are suicides and these often involve mental illness, which is a serious issue that many of us are trying to work together on in a bipartisan way. In fact, just this week, I offered my support behind legislation to mitigate the shortage of psychiatric beds and child psychiatrists in this country to better address the symptoms of mental health disorders before they turn into catastrophic actions.

These are the facts and straight forward answers we aren't getting from the liberal left or the media when it comes to the truth about our second amendment rights. And the reason is simple, because they want to use recent events around this country to promote their agenda of impeding on the constitutionally protected rights guaranteed to all law abiding citizens. Offering compassion or generosity to one another in a time of need or sorrow is something we can be proud of as Americans. And, I believe we do have a great deal to be proud of, especially who we are and our unique form of government, but it shouldn't come at the cost of something so cheap as television ratings and political posturing.

 
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Rep. Jason Smith's ESRD Act is advanced by the Ways and Means Committee

2016-07-13 20:41:16


Congressman Jason Smith introduces amendment to eliminate funding for EPA's ACE program

2016-07-13 01:13:01


Congressman Jason Smith Honors Cadet Tom Surdyke on the House Floor

2016-07-12 17:15:54


Congressman Jason Smith questions Administration officials on unlawful funding practices

2016-07-07 16:57:16


Congressman Jason Smith introduces amendment to protect Americans who live in floodways

2016-05-26 02:03:59


Congressman Jason Smith questions IRS Commissioner Koskinen and members of the Justice Department

2016-05-25 18:03:10


Congressman Jason Smith's floor speech on his IRS OWES Act- April 20th, 2016

2016-04-20 19:32:02


Rep. Smith presses IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on customer service funding cuts- April 19, 2016

2016-04-19 19:52:21


Congressman Jason Smith questions IRS Commissioner John Koskinen- April 19, 2016

2016-04-19 19:14:16


Rep. Jason Smith questions IRS Commissioner John Koskinen- April, 19 2016

2016-04-19 16:59:43


Rep. Jason Smith on IRS OWES Act- April 19, 2016

2016-04-19 16:21:48


Congressman Jason Smith introduces his IRS OWES Act to the Ways and Means Committee

2016-04-13 19:04:12


Rep. Smith on his bill to protect Missouri's hunters and fishermen- February 26, 2016

2016-02-26 17:43:57


Congressman Jason Smith addresses cuts to Medicare Advantage with HHS Secretary

2016-02-11 19:37:39


Congressman Jason Smith Speaks on Bill to SCRUB Outdated Regulations

2016-01-07 18:10:21


Congressman Smith Questions Witness on Waste, Fraud, & Abuse in Welfare

2015-11-05 18:42:00


Congressman Smith Celebrates National Forest Products Week

2015-10-26 21:42:20


Congressman Smith Works to Protect Millennials From New Regulations

2015-10-01 17:50:22


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Ways and Means

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.


Serving With

Ann Wagner

MISSOURI's 2nd DISTRICT

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Billy Long

MISSOURI's 7th DISTRICT

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