Jason Smith

Jason Smith

MISSOURI's 8th DISTRICT

Capitol Report: War on Coal

2014/11/22

Affordable energy options for Missourians may be a thing of the past if President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) place additional burdensome regulations on coal-fired power plants.  Coal is an effective, affordable means of energy that keeps Missouri’s utility rates low.  Right now, EPA officials are attempting to wage war on coal by eliminating or restricting its use in energy production.  This is not only a war on coal; it is an attack on our way of life in rural America. For too long, EPA regulations have unduly burdened all of us who rely on coal-powered energy to competitively operate businesses or farms.  Some experts believe the EPA’s proposed carbon rule will be the most expensive regulation in U.S. history.  This proposed rule would issue a federal mandate to radically cut carbon emissions, thus penalizing coal power plants and driving up the cost of energy. These costs will not only get passed along to consumers on their utility bill; they also will affect the price of goods as businesses’ costs rise. Not only is the Obama administration’s war on coal disastrous economically, it is not supported scientifically.  EPA officials continue to ignore requests to publicly provide the scientific evidence it claims supports its recommendations.  If the Environmental Protection Agency is going to implement the most expensive rule in U.S. history, it owes the American people a reasonable, proven explanation of why.  Yet, they sit silently. If the administration believes a lack of transparency is a good thing for Obamacare, then it is not a surprise that the EPA isn’t being honest about the science behind its recommended regulations. The agency regularly implements costly rules without sharing the evidence that supports them.  I think we deserve better and 90 percent of Americans agree. Earlier this week, I voted to require the EPA to release its scientific data so that independent scientists can reproduce the results to ensure rules are fact based versus fiction. Regulations without oversight should be rejected.  As a member of Congress, I cannot stand idly by while this President threatens the livelihoods of hardworking Missourians. President Obama should stop using his so-called executive authority to impose unfounded, catastrophic regulations and bring these proposals before congress for a full debate.  Join me in submitting comments to the EPA to protect Missouri’s coal power.  Comments are accepted through December 1 online at http://1.usa.gov/V82AoM.   ### Read More

Congressman Jason Smith Named to Ways and Means Committee

2014/11/21

WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Jason Smith (R-Salem) was named to the House Ways and Means Committee, earning the influential committee assignment faster than any other current Republican committee member.  “Serving on Ways and Means will provide me with an even greater voice for my constituents and rural America,” said Congressman Smith.  “I’m eager to get people back to work by fixing the broken tax code and alleviating the burden on job creators.” The Ways and Means Committee has continuously operated since 1795. Congressman Smith is the first Missouri representative appointed to Ways and Means since Representative Kenny Hulshof from Charleston, who served on the committee from 1997-2008. With his agriculture background, Congressman Smith will provide a unique perspective on this important committee. “The Ways and Means Committee will be at the forefront of reform in the 114th Congress, and Jason Smith – who will be one of the youngest members of the Committee – will have an important role to play as the Committee takes on critical issues like reforming our tax code, making health care more affordable, and strengthening safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security,” said Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan.  “Jason is committed to tackling the problems facing our nation and he has a proven track record of working hard for residents of Missouri’s 8th District. I’m looking forward to having him serve on the Ways and Means Committee in the next session of Congress.”  Congressman Jason Smith was reelected in November with 67 percent of the vote, carrying all 30 counties, and at 34 years old, is currently the second youngest Republican member of Congress. His priorities on the Ways and Means Committee include reforming the tax code, promoting free and fair trade, ensuring Social Security solvency, and working to fix our broken healthcare system. Congressman Jason Smith was first elected to Congress in a special election and has been serving the constituents of Missouri’s 8th Congressional District for 17 months. He previously served on the Judiciary and Natural Resources committees. ### Read More

Congressman Jason Smith Statement on the President’s Unconstitutional Executive Overreach on Immigration

2014/11/21

WASHINGTON –Today, Congressman Jason Smith (R-Salem, MO) issued the following statement on President Obama’s unconstitutional executive overreach on immigration: “The American people have spoken, but instead of letting the new Congress do its job, President Obama is once again legislating through executive action. He has said 22 times that executive action on immigration was outside the scope of his authority, and we are not going to stand by and watch this president shred the Constitution.  “Since I was first elected, I have never wavered in my belief that we are a nation of laws and any immigration reform must first secure the border.” ### Read More

Capitol Report: Executive Amnesty Outside President’s Authority

2014/11/14

Well, it has happened again. President Obama is threatening to use his self-imposed executive authority to take sweeping action the majority of Americans oppose. This time he is talking about granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. Congress is back in Washington for the end of this session and hard at work, but instead of working with the House and Senate to find solutions on immigration, President Obama has been telling the media he is considering acting solo. In an exit poll from the November 4th election, The Polling Company, Inc. found that 74 percent of voters want President Obama to work with Congress to fix immigration rather than take action on his own. He must not have gotten the memo. In addition to the idea being deeply unpopular, President Obama does not have the legal authority to take this action. The President said himself that amnesty by executive order would not be appropriate. On March 28, 2011, President Obama said he would not use an executive order for amnesty explaining that the “temporary protective status historically has been used for special circumstances.” Now that Republicans will have majorities in both the House and Senate come January, it seems the President is singing a different tune. How many people would this executive amnesty affect? In short, we do not know. Estimates of the illegal aliens in United States vary wildly from 10 to 20 million, with more coming across the border each day. After the influx of unaccompanied children across the southern border this summer, this offer of amnesty will serve as even more incentive for others to bypass the official immigration process and trek to America. If President Obama acts on his own, it will poison the well and make it nearly impossible for Congress to pass meaningful immigration reform. He should not use executive amnesty as an opportunity to stay relevant after November’s drubbing.   ### Read More

Congressman Jason Smith Leads Letter to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Urging Immediate Opening of Mississippi River for Shipping

2014/11/12

WASHINGTON –Today, Congressman Jason Smith led a letter with his colleagues to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging the immediate opening of the Mississippi River to unnecessarily delayed barge traffic delivering agricultural harvests to market. “While construction improvements to the river are important, undertaking construction that shuts down the river during the harvest season is impeding the ability of farmers to get their products to market,” said Congressman Jason Smith. “I urge the Corps to work directly with industries that rely on the Mississippi River for their livelihood before unilaterally scheduling construction that causes costly shipping delays.”  Click Here to Read Smith’s Letter ### Read More

Capitol Report: Take Action to Fight EPA Overreach

2014/11/07

For months I’ve been telling you about how detrimental the new Waters of the United States Environmental Protection Agency regulation would be to our way of life, and now there’s something we can do to stop it. The federal government is accepting comments on this new proposed rule through Friday, Nov. 14. As your congressman, I am submitting comments to explain just how damaging this federal overreach would be to our area, and I encourage you to submit comments as well. This new rule would expand the Clean Water Act and attempt to regulate every body of water in the United States. This would mean any area of ground that gets wet or has water flow during rainfall would fall under the EPA’s purview. The rule could be viewed in a way that would expand the EPA’s reach to cover all ponds, puddles, temporary or small wetlands, irrigation ditches or similar collections of water. While the proposed rule would impact every American, it would have a particularly devastating impact on rural communities. Here in south-central and southeast Missouri agriculture is a driving force of our economy, with our farmers and ranchers raising nearly every kind of livestock and growing almost every major crop. This new rule could force livestock farmers to put a buffer zone between their animals and any body of water. It could force all landowners to get new permits for collections of water on private lands. Applying the federal permitting processes to every pond, gully, dry creek bed, irrigation ditch, puddle, or other similar collection of water would be a huge increase in our regulatory burden. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul said in a letter to the EPA administrator and Secretary of the Army last month, “The proposed rule would provide EPA and the Corps (as well as litigious environmental groups) with the power to dictate the land use decisions of homeowners, small businesses, and local communities throughout the United States.” We cannot allow yet another Obama Administration power grab to go unchallenged. The EPA claims there are exemptions in the rules for agriculture, but these exemptions are not well-defined, leaving many to believe that they may not be exemptions at all. I have many questions about these so-called exemptions and how they would apply – but when the Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on the rule, the federal agencies did not show up. To call these issues important to our area would be an understatement, and if the Administration could not be bothered to explain the rule in a congressional hearing, I don’t believe we can trust them to work with landowners if the rule is implemented. Join me in submitting comments to the EPA and telling them exactly how terrible this shortsighted regulation would be for the people of south-central and southeast Missouri. Comments can be submitted to the EPA website at http://1.usa.gov/1pgQffe through Friday, Nov. 14.   ### Read More

Capitol Report: Solutions for America are Stuck in the Senate

2014/10/31

We have heard a lot about partisan gridlock lately, but the truth is that over the past two years the House of Representatives passed hundreds of bills that would improve the lives of Americans. We've passed bills to put Americans to work, get energy costs down, and ease burdens on businesses. But where are those bills now? They’re stuck in the Senate. The 387 bills stuck in the Senate are the solutions America needs to prosper and the solutions Americans have been demanding. Take the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act. It would help the Keystone XL pipeline move forward by removing the Presidential Permit process and would keep the EPA from implementing even more regulations which could cost more than $1 billion. The Jobs for America Act would repeal the Obamacare designation of 30 hours per week as full-time employment, and repeal the medical device tax. It would give companies the certainty they need to plan, hire, and expand by making critical tax credits permanent for research and development and small businesses. In addition to jobs bills, and energy bills, and tax credits, there are bills to protect our way of life. The Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship (FUELS) Act would protect farmers from unfair EPA regulations, and the Equitable Access to Care and Health (EACH) Act would add additional protections for religious freedoms from the Obamacare mandate. Families would keep more of their hard-earned money with the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014, which would raise the income cap for the credit and make more families eligible. The House of Representatives has been hard at work pursuing real solutions to the problems facing America while the Senate has been sitting on its hands. Since the start of 2014, the Senate has had only 88 votes on passing or advancing legislation, or just about two legislative votes a week. During the same time period, the House has taken 515 roll call votes to pass or advance legislation and help the American people. That averages to about 12 legislative votes a week. Today, there are 387 House bills stuck in the Senate that won’t even be considered, and 95 percent of them passed with bipartisan support. The House of Representatives has passed the solutions to bring good paying jobs, energy independence, and long overdue regulatory reform. Now it’s time for the Senate to act so we can move forward. ### Read More

Capitol Report: Enhancing America’s Response to Ebola

2014/10/24

As we work to stop the spread of Ebola, I have urged the Obama administration to do everything in its power to help protect the American people from this deadly virus. To date, over 9,000 people have contracted Ebola worldwide and more than 4,500 have died. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not properly prepare hospitals for incoming cases of Ebola, and I worry hospitals are still not prepared to handle an epidemic in this country. Only after two of our medical professionals were infected did the CDC strengthen the Ebola protection guidelines for our healthcare workers. I am so glad to see that the Dallas nurses are recovering, but they should have never been in danger in the first place. The Department of Homeland Security has now limited incoming travel from West Africa to five American airports with enhanced screening, and I believe that is five too many. In order to keep Americans safe, we must put greater restrictions and screening methods in place on foreign travelers from the affected countries. The Obama administration has been too slow to react in aggressively fighting the spread of this virus in West Africa, and in particular here at home. Additional precautions must include even more robust, commonsense travel restrictions and screenings, and doctors agree. As the Republicans Doctors Caucus highlighted in a letter to President Obama, “containment is the key to stopping the spread of this highly contagious and deadly disease.” I continue to remain vigilant. The Obama administration must step up its efforts to prevent further cases here in the U.S., and help the stricken countries in West Africa. Most importantly, federal agencies need to continue to keep the American people informed.   ### Read More

Capitol Report: Protecting Your Privacy

2014/10/17

These days we not only need to protect our privacy from online hackers but from the federal government. The bulk data collection done by the National Security Agency unmasked earlier this year poses a threat to our civil liberties. National Cyber Security Awareness Month reminds us that the government needs to honor our constitutional right to privacy.  It also reminds us that there are bad actors in the online world, and we need to take necessary precautions to protect our privacy. I have worked to limit the amount of bulk data the federal government can collect on American citizens and to require the government to destroy any information that it collected unlawfully. In a report released last week, the National Security Administration said that they "could inadvertently collect data that is not related to the target" of a national security investigation. This potentially puts innocent Americans’ personal information at the mercy of shadowy bureaucrats. The House of Representatives passed the USA FREEDOM Act to protect our civil liberties five months ago, but like 387 other bills, it remains stuck in the Senate. On the bright side, there are some simple steps you can take during National Cyber Security Awareness Month to protect yourself from cybercrimes including fraud and identity theft. Start by strengthening your passwords. Just add characters in the place of letters to make your passwords more difficult to guess. Experts recommend that you use different passwords on different websites, and place password protection on your mobile devices like iPhones and iPads. Regularly update your computer software, so that the updates can fix bugs that make your computer susceptible to intrusion. Finally, think before you click.  One of the most successful ways hackers obtain your personal information is through links advertising claims too good to be true. Working together we can increase cyber protections in Washington and at home.    ### Read More

Capitol Report: October is National Manufacturing Month

2014/10/10

Each October, America celebrates National Manufacturing Month. This is an opportunity to reflect upon the rich history of American manufacturing and look at where it is headed. Two hundred years ago, immigrants from all over the world moved to America to work in factories during the Industrial Revolution, and today, American manufacturing is still a world leader. According to the Manufacturing Institute, “The U.S. manufacturing sector is so huge that if it were its own country, it would rank as the eighth-largest world economy.” Here in Missouri, manufacturing jobs employ 250,000 people, and make up more than 9 percent of the state’s private sector workforce (not including farming). The impact of American manufacturing is enormous, and every step of the manufacturing process is represented here in our area. From metal production at aluminum smelters, to manufacturing engines big and small, to making the parts required for high-tech marvels like cell phones and fighter planes, to our thriving wood products industry that makes timber, flooring, barrels, and other products, the eighth congressional district makes many of the products we use every day. In total, manufacturing accounts for nearly 90 percent of Missouri’s exports and is vital in the effort to create new jobs. Manufacturing jobs are not just the jobs of the past – they are the jobs of the future. I have visited many companies seeking highly skilled laborers needed to make these products. This week I toured the new Brewer Science Expansion in Vichy, which specializes in advanced manufacturing technology and making microelectronic devices smaller, thinner, lighter, and more powerful. In these conversations with manufacturing small businesses I hear over and over that regulatory reform is needed to create jobs and grow the economy. The American Dream is still within reach, but becoming more and more difficult to achieve. Taxes and regulations continue to threaten jobs, businesses, and the economic recovery. Just last week we received word that manufacturer Invensys is moving about 400 jobs from West Plains to Mexico to “enhance its competitiveness.” Businesses like Invensys will continue to find more cooperative locations to do business until America ends irrational regulations and lowers the corporate taxes that are smothering growth. The Manufacturing Institute found that “complying with federal regulations costs Americans $2.028 trillion in lost economic growth” each year, and the United States has the highest corporate tax rate of any industrialized nation. That’s money that could be used to add new jobs, expand plants, and grow small businesses – it is why I am working in Washington to cut red-tape for businesses and end regulatory overreach. My mother worked in a factory, and I could not be more proud of the hardworking people who manufacture the products the world needs to prosper. Now, we just need to get regulation out of the way so that businesses can innovate and expand.   ###   Read More

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Natural Resources

Jason Smith is a seventh-generation Missourian, a citizen-legislator, and a champion for the rights and values of farmers and rural Missourians.

Jason was raised in Salem, Missouri where he still runs the same family farm that was started by his great grandfather. He attended Salem High School, where he was an active member of FFA, and the University of Missouri – Columbia to pursue a double major in Agricultural Economics and Business Administration.

After receiving degrees from both programs in three years, he attended law school in Oklahoma before returning home to serve his community. Back home in Dent County, he began running the family farm and practicing law. It was during this time that he recognized the harm that the over-bearing 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 House in a special election in 2005.

In the General Assembly, he has fought to shrink the size of state government, eliminate burdensome rules and regulations, increase government transparency, protect property rights, implement the castle doctrine, require drug testing for welfare recipients, and defend Missouri agriculture.

Thanks to his efforts, his colleagues selected him to serve in leadership: first at the Majority Whip and more recently 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. As a member of the 113th Congress, Jason serves on the House Judiciary Committee and House Natural Resources Committee.

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 and, as the son of a pastor, he is proudly pro-life and supports traditional values.

Jason attends Grace Community Church in Salem where he volunteered as a Sunday school teacher for their church’s youth.


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Ann Wagner

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