Jason Smith

Jason Smith

MISSOURI's 8th DISTRICT

Liberty From IRS Slush

2016/04/22

Congressman Jason Smith Capitol Report

Liberty From IRS Slush

April 22nd, 2016

As the owner of a small business and our family farm, tax season has always been a stressful time for me. Unfortunately, the frustration over taxes doesn’t stop with just paying them, but continues when learning how those taxpayer dollars are then spent.  

Earlier this week I had an opportunity to question IRS Commissioner John Koskinen face to face to get to the bottom of how exactly the IRS was spending the funds they have collected in user fees from American taxpayers...you know, those fees the IRS charges when you ask a detailed question, want your return submitted a certain way or have to pay for filing late. His answers to me were incredibly troubling. After tip-toeing around a direct answer for several minutes, Commissioner Koskinen finally admitted that it was the IRS’ own decision to cut $130 million for taxpayer assistance out of their budget and instead funnel that money towards implementing Obamacare mandates. The precise mandates which Congress had allocated ZERO taxpayer dollars for and said loud and clear "DO NOT implement".  In other words, the IRS was treating these taxpayer collected user fees as their own personal slush fund.

I want it to be very clear that the IRS chose to take user fee money away from improving services for taxpayers. This wasn't a decision made by Congress, nor one agreed to by the American taxpayer. As a matter of fact, to the contrary, since 2013 Congress had actually increased the budget for taxpayer assistance services which go towards reducing wait times, improving responsiveness and providing access to taxpayers to get help at the IRS.

Unfortunately, we have all seen and felt the Commissioners decision. In 2015, 62% of calls to the IRS went unanswered and the average wait time when calling was 30.5 minutes. These numbers are unacceptable and it is no wonder why folks in south central and southeast Missouri and across America get so frustrated at tax season and angry at government.

From illegal political and religious targeting to over aggressive and unjust audits, the IRS has proven time and time again that they cannot be trusted to do what’s best for American taxpayers. That is why I introduced H.R. 4885, the IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending (OWES) Act and this week I am proud that this legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The IRS OWES Act will rein in the out-of-control IRS and give Congress and the American people control over the IRS’s collected user fees, not unelected Washington bureaucrats. If signed into law the IRS will no longer be able to use secretive taxpayer funds to implement Obamacare by cutting customer service dollars by upwards of 75% from one year to the next.

To me it is common sense: The IRS cannot be trusted to spend taxpayer funds appropriately because they have proven time and time again that they do not have the best interests of Americans as a priority.

As “tax week” comes to a close, we are all reminded of just how broken our tax code is and how dysfunctional a system can be where the IRS can collect fees directly from taxpayers and then spend that money how they see fit without approval from Congress or the American taxpayer. Thomas Jefferson once said, "When the people fear the government, there is tyranny, when the government fears the people, there is liberty". It is time the folks of Missouri and all across the U.S. are liberated from an untrustworthy IRS. Serious reforms like this will once again make the IRS fear the American taxpayer and not the other way around.

 

 

 

 

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U.S. House passes Rep. Jason Smith's IRS OWES Act to rein in IRS

2016/04/20

Washington, DC- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Jason Smith’s bill, H. R. 4885, the IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending (OWES) Act by a bipartisan vote of 245-179. Smith’s bill provides Congress and the American public with greater oversight and transparency with regards to how the IRS is spending valuable taxpayer resources.

During debate on the House Floor, Smith commented, “This bill is about liberating the folks of Missouri along with all Americans from the IRS. It is about making the IRS beholden to them and not the other way around. And it is about exerting our Article 1 authority of the power of the purse of Congress -making sure that unelected bureaucrats are not spending taxpayer money improperly and unwisely.”

The IRS is currently collecting upwards of $500 million in User Fees annually, and has been spending that money without Congressional approval. In 2014 the IRS appropriated $183 million of its User Fees for taxpayer assistance services such as reducing wait times and providing call center assistance, but in 2015 they cut that amount to $49 million as they transitioned to spending funds on implementing Obamacare mandates. That translates to a 73% cut in funding that the IRS chose to put towards funding Obamacare instead of increasing services provided directly to taxpayers and improving the agency’s overall responsiveness.

After passage, Smith remarked, “The passage of my bill today is a win for hard-working taxpayers across America. The IRS has proven time and time again that they are an out of control agency that cannot be trusted to spend taxpayer funds appropriately. The pattern here is alarming, when the IRS has discretion; the agency uses that discretion in ways that harm Americans. It is the duty of the IRS to work for the taxpayers, not against them.”

Passage of Congressman Smith’s IRS OWES Act represents the most recent in a string of bills the Congressman has ushered through the House of Representatives in 2016. Republican leadership has continued to rely on Smith to advance policies which put a stop to an overaggressive White House and its fight against rural America. Smith has successfully passed through the House more major pieces of legislation than any other non-committee chairman in 2016.

 

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A TAXing Week

2016/04/15

Congressman Jason Smith Capitol Report

A TAXing Week

April 15th, 2016

Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” As the fear of another tax day approaches, these words ring true for most Americans.

Over 150 million people find themselves stressing this week to file their taxes and figure out how much they owe before the April 18th deadline. When faced with an over 70,000 page, 4 million word federal tax code it’s no wonder that the average taxpayer spends over 8 hours and $120 to have someone else file their individual tax return for them. To put that in perspective that’s close to 1.35 billion man hours and $20 billion in compliance costs nationwide for all filers - and that’s the cost just to file ones taxes, not even the underlying tax burden!

What it comes down to is that our tax code is just too cumbersome, to confusing and costs you and your family too much. In fact, most Americans need to work 107 days just to be able to earn enough to pay their tax liability for that year. That is over three months of hard-earned wages going directly towards paying your tax bill this year. Americans now spend more to fulfill their annual tax obligations then they do on necessities such as shelter, food and clothing. We need a tax code that is aimed at helping American families, not hurting them. I believe that you are a better steward and deserve to keep more of your hard earned money than the government and it is one of the exact reasons I fought to get on the House Ways & Means Committee with jurisdiction over all federal tax issues.

You deserve a tax system which is simpler, fairer and flatter. Along with my colleagues on the Ways & Means Committee, I am working on a proposal to collapse the half a dozen tax rates into two simple ones while simultaneously reducing tax rates on families, farmers and small business owners. We owe it to you to make filing your taxes so simple that it can be completed on one sheet of paper, the size of a postcard. The current myriad of deductions, credits, and exemptions only benefits the special interests of a few while ultimately meaning you and your family pay more to make up the short fall.

In 1960, 17 of the 20 largest companies in the world were headquartered here in the U.S…today that number sits at 6. Our tax code should promote economic growth, should be of assistance to you and your family and should help bring our economy into the 21st century, not be a deterrent to it. We should want American based companies to stay here, for foreign based companies to relocate here and for small business owners to be rewarded for their risk taking and hiring. We can get there through making our tax code attractive to investors, entrepreneurs and employers. The surest bet to increase wages in this country is to renew demand for the American worker, and we can get there reforming and simplifying our tax code so that America is once again the place businesses want to expand, invest, grow, and hire.

Ever increasing taxes to fulfill an insatiable appetite for Washington spending is no way to garner growth in this country.  You deserve a government which rewards your hard work and a tax system which incentivizes success here at home, not one which punishes it. When we tax the fruits of hard work by American families, we punish those doing the most to move our country forward. Let this be the last tax day we fear scrambling for old receipts, payroll stubs and pencil sharpeners by renewing the call to overhaul an outdated and cumbersome tax code, replacing it with one which rewards, incentivizes and stimulates success & growth for you and your family here at home.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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U.S. Rep Jason Smith's IRS OWES Act to rein in IRS, defund Obamacare is passed by the Ways and Means Committee

2016/04/13

U.S. Rep. Jason Smith’s IRS OWES Act to rein in IRS, defund Obamacare is passed by the Ways and Means Committee

Washington, DC- Today, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee passed Congressman Jason Smith’s bill, H. R. 4885, the IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending (OWES) Act. Smith’s bill will provide Congress and the American public with greater oversight with regards to how the IRS is spending valuable taxpayer resources.

The IRS collects roughly $500 million in User Fees annually. In 2015 the IRS cut by 73% the amount of User Fees they were using to help provide services directly to taxpayers. Instead of using this money to reduce wait times and improve responsiveness to the American public, the IRS is dedicating $200 million towards technology to help implement Obamacare mandates.

During the Ways and Means committee mark-up of his legislation, Smith stated, “The IRS has not proven to this committee, they have not proven to the Missourians I represent, and they have not proven to the American people that they are responsible stewards of user fees.”

Smith went on to say, “This bill is about liberty, it’s about freedom and it is about exerting the Article I  power of the purse given to Congress by the Constitution, and making sure that unelected bureaucrats are not spending money improperly and unwisely. “

Congressman Smith’s IRS OWES Bill is part of a package of proposals, passed during “Tax Week” by The Ways and Means Committee, to hold the IRS more accountable to the American people.

This bill will now advance to The House Floor where it is projected to come up for a vote in front of the Full House next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"On the Road Again..."

2016/04/08

Congressman Jason Smith Capitol Report

“On the Road Again…”

April 8th, 2016

To be successful in your job, it is important to set goals for yourself. For me, those goals are best set by interacting with and listening to the needs, obstacles and struggles of the folks in south central and southeast Missouri. District work periods provide me with that unique opportunity to be home for an extended period time and visit with the businesses, farmers and families I am honored to represent.  

46 different events, stops in all 30 counties of Missouri’s 8th Congressional district and over 3,100 miles traveled is how I have spent my past two weeks – to put in perspective that is further than driving from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles. The best way to be an effective representative is through hearing first-hand accounts and stories from residents, community leaders, and small business owners of the different struggles they are facing. This is why I held 8 town-hall meet and greets over the last 2 weeks, hosted 2 - first of their kind Veterans Benefits’ Summits, spoke to numerous local leaders, and visited close to 10 schools.

At one event in Doniphan the line of people wrapped around the block. The community meeting we held there was a great opportunity for me to hear directly from residents about the different issues they are confronting daily and what they care most about. I will carry the messages from that meetings back to the bureaucrats in Washington who have never set foot in south central or southeast Missouri.  Turnout like that is exactly why these district work weeks have become some of my favorite opportunities to engage with folks and revisit some of my favorite places. 

The two Veterans Benefits Summits we hosted were among some of the most rewarding events of the past couple weeks. There are roughly 60,000 veterans in south central and southeast Missouri and assisting those veterans in navigating an often cumbersome and confusing federal process accounts for roughly half of all the casework assistance my office provides each year. These two Summits, hosted in Cape Girardeau and Kennett, were the first of their kind in our district. These Summits were aimed at providing better access and better assistance to the veterans in our area for a variety of issues – making sure our nation’s veterans are taken care of is a very important priority to me and many of the folks in district. The Summits provided a great opportunity for veterans and their families to come to a single location and make contact with all of the federal, state and local agencies and services available to them.

As a 7th generation Missourian, I have a deep passion for serving the folks in the same communities that I grew up. These past two weeks have been a great opportunity to spend time with friends, families and community leaders back home. It will be a difficult plane ride to Washington next week, however seeing so many of the great people in our district over this work period gives me renewed energy to keep fighting for the values, morals and way of life that so many of us enjoy.

 

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Congressman Jason Smith to hold Veterans' Benefits Summit in Kennett

2016/04/04

Congressman Jason Smith to Hold Veterans’ Benefits

Summit in Kennett

Kennett, M.O. --Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) and his regional staff will be coordinating and hosting a second Veterans’ Benefits Summit on April 6, 2016 in Kennett, M.O. The summit will provide veterans an opportunity to come to a single location and make contact with a number of federal, state and local departments that handle veterans’ affairs to learn about the different resources available to help our nation’s veterans.

“We are really excited to be able to hold a second Veterans’ Benefits Summit event in Kennett for those who were unable to attend our first event on Saturday in Cape Girardeau. Veteran casework accounts for about half of the entire casework load across our offices, which shows how important this is to us and a large number of people in Southeast Missouri,” said Smith.  “We have over 60,000 civilian veterans in our congressional district and so many of them are active parts of their communities and we want to do what we can to help them.”

The event will take place Wednesday, April 6th, from 2:30pm to 4:00pm at American Legion Post 66 and a number of participating offices have already been confirmed, which include:

·         Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office

·         Department of Veterans Affairs John J Pershing VA Medical Center

·         Missouri Veterans Commission Veterans Service Officers

·         Missouri Veterans Commission Cemetery Program-Bloomfield Cemetery

·         National Guard/Military Veterans and Family Support

·         Social Security Administration

·         Small Business Association

·         Southeast Missouri Food Bank

·         Veterans of Foreign Wars Veterans Service Officer

·         Southeast Missouri State University Office of Military and Veterans Services

·         Three Rivers College

·         Department of Missouri Economic Development Division of Workforce Development

·         Manpower

“Some of the most rewarding work we have done is on behalf of the veterans in our community to make sure they know what they are eligible for, help navigate an application, or assist them in finding resources for a successful return to civilian life,” Smith added.

Congressman Smith will kick the event off  at 2:30pm with an introduction of the participants as well as be on hand to talk with veterans and try to help answer questions. The address for American Legion Post 66 is 1615 First Street, Kennett, MO 63857. This event is open to everyone.

 

 

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A hand-up, Not a hand-out

2016/04/01

Congressman Jason Smith Capitol Report:

A hand-up, Not a hand-out

Friday, April 1, 2016

I don’t have the typical pedigree for a Congressman, my father was an auto mechanic and a preacher, my mother was a factory worker. As a teenager, I remember visiting my grandparents for the holidays and having to go outside to pump water out of the cistern which had collected rain water from the roof just to have fresh water. However, I learned firsthand the disciplined work ethic needed to be successful and put myself through college, becoming the first college graduate in my family.

I understand how hard it can be to escape the cycle of poverty, especially in southcentral and southeast Missouri. 1 in 5 people living in Missouri’s 8th Congressional district struggle with poverty every day. In 2010, of the 30 counties in our congressional district, 20 had less than half of the number of adults gainfully employed.

The typical answers in Washington have been disheartening – more money, more programs, less results. Instead of creating incentives for people to work hard to get themselves out of poverty, of the over 80 different government programs established to combat poverty, we spend over $1 trillion each year with no improvements in this country’s overall poverty rate. We would be better off just writing a check for $22,000 to each of the 46 million people living in poverty in this country. Rather what your government has created is what is actually known as the “poverty trap”.

The Poverty Trap is any self-reinforcing mechanism which causes poverty to persist. In this country today, for far too many people stuck in poverty, it does not pay to get ahead. Federal government poverty programs are actually creating incentives for people not to work.

The people who have the highest marginal tax rates in this country are not the super wealthy. Instead it’s single mothers who struggle to make ends meet and rely on certain government programs for assistance. Under our current support model, if those mothers accept a pay raise from their employer, they actually lose more money than they gain since their reported income will go up and they will no longer be eligible for certain federal support. Where is the incentive to fight for that raise? We have created disincentives to work.  People want to work.  People want to contribute to their communities.  We have to restructure our programs to encourage work, not discourage folks from taking raises for fear of losing benefits.

Speaker Ryan engaged the House of Representatives to become the House of Ideas. That’s why I’ve taken a leadership role both on the Ways and Means Committee on Human Resources and on the newly created Task Force on Poverty, Opportunity and Upward Mobility.  Our mission is to work together to strengthen America’s social safety net to better help those in need; improve education and training so more can succeed in today’s economy; help welfare recipients enter, reenter, and remain in the workforce; and empower everyone to live their own American Dream.  As the task force and the Committee continue to work together, we will present bold conservative solutions to reduce poverty by helping people move from welfare to work.

In the words of President Ronald Reagan “We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many people are added.” I will continue to keep poverty reform as one of my top priorities in Congress, because I know that the only real way to solve poverty is to show people a path that encourages them to support themselves and their families. Ultimately, people need a hand up, not a hand out.

 

 

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Congressman Jason Smith Introduces Bill to Rein in IRS, Block Obamacare Implementation

2016/03/30

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Congressman Jason Smith Introduces Bill to Rein in IRS, Block Obamacare Implementation

Washington, D.C.– Today U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (MO-08) introduced H.R. 4885, the IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending (OWES) Act. The legislation would restore Congresses full authority over the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), by requiring that every dollar the IRS raises as a result of charging filing fees on U.S. taxpayers and other assessments be subjected to Congressional approval before it is spent.

The IRS collects roughly $400 million in User Fees annually, and has been spending that money as bureaucrats see fit, without Congressional approval. In 2014, the IRS allocated $183 million in User Fees to serving the needs of taxpayers. In 2015, the IRS allocated a mere $49 million in User Fees to help taxpayers, a roughly 73% cut. Additionally in 2015 the IRS spent over $200 million of generated User Fees to implement technology to enforce the individual and employer Obamacare mandates. Congressman Smith and the U.S. House and Senate earlier this year specifically put an Obamacare repeal bill on President Obama’s desk who then promptly vetoed it.   

“The IRS is an agency out of control. Instead of using these resources to help taxpayers, reduce wait times and improve services provided to the American public , the IRS is using this User Fee slush fund to implement Obamacare,” Smith said. “The IRS has a stained track record and actions such as the illegal targeting of conservative and religious groups proves that they can’t be trusted to utilize User Fee resources in the best interest of the folks of Missouri.”

"The IRS continues  to take unprecedented actions to advance the Administration's failing agenda, and hardworking Americans are paying the price," Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said. "I want to thank Congressman Smith for his commitment to protecting taxpayers by making the agency accountable for all the funds it receives. With April 15th approaching, we must keep our focus on improving the IRS, just as this legislation does."

Congressman Jason Smith serves on the Oversight Subcommittee of the Ways & Means Committee where H.R. 4885 has been referred. The legislation has the unanimous backing of all the Subcommittee Republicans. Since Congressman Smith has served on the subcommittee they have exposed illegal actions by the IRS such as the unwarranted seizure of small business assets, unlawful spending to prop up Obamacare, the illegal targeting by Lois Lerner and other IRS officials and attempts by the Administration to utilize the tax code in implementing the catastrophic US-Iran nuclear deal.

You can view H.R. 4885 here

 

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Congressman Jason Smith to Hold Veterans Benefits Summit in Cape Girardeau

2016/03/28

Congressman Jason Smith to Hold Veterans Benefits

Summit in Cape Girardeau

Cape Girardeau, M.O.--Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) and his regional staff will be coordinating and hosting a Veterans Benefits Summit on April 2, 2016 in Cape Girardeau. The summit will provide veterans an opportunity to come to a single location and make contact with a number of federal, state and local departments that handle veterans’ affairs to learn about the different resources available to help our nation’s veterans.

“We are really excited to be able to hold this event because our veteran casework accounts for about half of the entire casework load across our offices, which shows how important this is to us and a large number of people in Southeast Missouri,” said Smith. “Some of the most rewarding work we have done is on behalf of the veterans in our community to make sure they know what they are eligible for, help navigate an application, or assist them in finding resources for a successful return to civilian life.”

The event will take place Saturday, April 2nd from 10am until 4pm at the VFW Post 3838 building and a number of participating offices have already been confirmed, which include:

·         Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office

·         Department of Veterans Affairs John J. Pershing Medical Center

·         Missouri Veterans Commission Service Officers

·         Veterans of Foreign Wars Service Officers

·         Social Security Administration

·         Southeast Missouri State University Office of Military and Veterans Services

·         Missouri Department of Economic Development Division of Workforce Development

·         Small Business Administration

·         Representative from Bloomfield Veterans Cemetery

 “We have over 60,000 civilian veterans in our congressional district and so many of them are active parts of their communities and we want to do what we can to help keep them there as long as possible,” added Smith.

Congressman Smith will kick the event off  at 10am with an introduction of the participants as well as be on hand to talk with veterans and try to help answer questions. The address for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3838 building is: 1049 North Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. This event is open to everyone.

On April 6th another Veterans Benefits Summit hosted by Congressman Smith will be held in Kennett at the American Legion Post 66 building.

 

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Obamacare's Unhappy 6th Birthday

2016/03/25

Congressman Jason Smith Capitol Report:

Obamacare’s Unhappy 6th Birthday

Friday, March 25, 2016

 

Six years ago last Wednesday, Obamacare was signed into law. Since then, the Administration has intentionally broken the law to hide the laws failure. 

Let me be clear, the Administration violated the U.S. Constitution and paid insurance companies money illegally. The Constitution states; the President "shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed" The President does not write the laws, and he has no authority to spend money without Congressional approval.  Despite that fact, the Administration paid off insurance companies, because they are losing money by participating in Obamacare, with so-called cost sharing reduction payments that clearly violate the framework of our Constitution. 

The non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) has plainly stated that laws like the Affordable Care Act do not have the authority to allocate taxpayer resources, only Congress can do that during the annual budget process. In other words, the President's attempts to circumvent Congress and spend taxpayer funds in support of Obamacare are illegal. The Administration knows this.  President Obama's budget request for fiscal year 2014 requested an appropriation of $4 billion for cost sharing reduction payments.  The Republican Congress denied that appropriation, but the Administration ignored Congress and paid insurance companies nearly $3 billion in 2014, and continues to make these payments. 

As a result, the U.S. House of Representatives filed a lawsuit, with my support, against the Department of Health and Human Services to challenge their illegal implementation of Obamacare. On October 19, 2015 a federal judge agreed with the House of Representatives that we have the legal right to challenge the Administration for spending money that wasn't approved to be spent by Congress. The lawsuit is still pending, but I am encouraged that the Court will agree that the Obama Administration broke the law because it's clear as daylight. No matter the outcome, I will continue to vote to repeal Obamacare and end the negative impacts from this fundamentally flawed law. Since I have been sworn into office, the American peoples' overwhelming disapproval of Obamacare has convinced the President to sign nine major repeals or delays of his namesake law, and earlier this year we put a major repeal bill on the President's desk.  He vetoed our repeal bill, and that's why our work is yet to be complete.

In order to address the flaws of the failed health care law, Speaker Ryan engaged the Republican Conference and challenged us to become the House of ideas.  We formed a task force on health care reform to develop and promote bold conservative ideas to fix our broken health care system.  Our solutions will modernize American health care with patient-centered answers that improve access, choice, and quality, lower costs, and promote innovation. Our plan doesn't put the government in between you and your doctor and allows the fundamentals of free market and competition to improve the access to affordable care in this country.  It's time to remove the government from interfering in your health care decisions and time to stop rewarding insurers with a taxpayer bailout.

I look forward to working with my colleagues and a republican White House in 2017 to finally repeal the horrible Obamacare law and replace it with a common-sense plan that improves the American health care system without government control.  Hopefully next year we will be celebrating the bill signing of a conservative measure to put you and your families healthcare first, not the federal government. 

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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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