Jason Smith

Jason Smith

MISSOURI's 8th DISTRICT

Rep. Smith Joins President to Lower Electric Bills, Save Jobs

2017/03/28

WASHINGTON, D.C. –   Today, major components of the Clean Power Plan, a high-cost regulation U.S. Rep. Smith asked the Trump Administration to take quick action on, were suspended and rescinded. In December of 2016, Rep. Smith met with and sent a letter to the incoming administration asking them to eliminate 14 federal rules and regulations, one of which was the Clean Power Plan. Smith’s work with the Administration will save jobs and money for farmers, small businesses and families.
 
Missouri residents get 83% of their energy from coal-fired power plants. If implemented, this rule would have increased the cost of electricity and made it unaffordable for many residents in the state. Rescinding the Clean Power Plan stops the Obama Administration’s costly rules for energy production, lowers the price of electricity, and keeps coal plants and jobs in Missouri.
 
“The so called ‘Clean Power Plan’ is just the latest in a long list of regulations that show how unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats do not understand southeast and south central Missouri,” said Congressman Smith. “After President Trump was elected, his team asked me to help identify regulations hurting rural America, and I immediately thought of the folks back home who told me that their utility bills were going to triple in cost after the Obama Administration and the EPA rolled out this ridiculous rule.”
 
Barry Hart, Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives CEO, says the Obama Administrations did not listen to more than 300,000 letters from rural Missourians when making the final Clean Power Plan rules.  
 
“The Clean Power Plan would have increased electric costs 70-100%, closed all of the coal plants in Missouri and sent our state into a depression,” said Barry Hart. “Our coal plants are some of the cleanest in the world, and people come from across the country to work here, investing millions of tax dollars locally. If we lost all of those tax dollars and jobs, our economy would not survive.”  
 
“People in rural Missouri are celebrating today,” said Barry Hart. “From the initial proposal of the Clean Power Plan by the Obama Administration to President Trump’s action today, our Congressman Jason Smith has worked side by side with us to give Missourians a voice in Washington. The previous administration did not listen to anyone, but good news is, we have a new administration and everyone’s hard work, including Jason’s is going to pay off.”
 
Studies estimate that every American household is stuck with $15,000 in regulatory costs each year. The Clean Power Plan would have contributed to this burden by increasing the cost to heat and cool homes, making consumers pay more to receive the same service. There are 27 states who have challenged Obama’s Clean Power Plan in court. These ongoing legal cases question the Executive Authority leveraged by the Obama Administration to implement the Clean Power Plan and Waters of the U.S. rules. In one case, Congressman Smith filed an amicus brief with the D.C. Court of Appeals to block the Obama Administration’s executive overreach and implementation of the Clean Power Plan.
 
“Congress and the American people rejected Obama’s climate change agenda, so instead, the Obama Administration went around Congress, ignoring the will of the people. Now we are undoing the rules they wrote,” said Congressman Smith. “From ending the damaging Clean Power Plan, to stopping the EPA from regulating every stream, lake or body of water on a farm, I am grateful that we finally have a President who is as focused as I am on getting Washington off the backs and out of the way of Missouri families, farmers and small businesses.”
 
Smith has been fighting against regulations since his time in the Missouri State House of Representatives. Most recently, Congressman Smith authored the SCRUB Act. Passed in a 240-185 bipartisan vote by the U.S. House of Representatives last month, the SCRUB Act is designed to identify ineffective and intrusive federal regulations. The legislation creates a commission that reviews and makes recommendations to repeal regulations to bring back private sector job creation and spur economic growth. Congressman Smith encourages the U.S. Senate to vote in favor of the SCRUB Act and send it to the White House for President Trump’s signature.

 

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Under Construction: Jobs & Energy Independence

2017/03/24

The number one responsibility of your government is to keep you and your loved ones safe. Energy security – knowing we can put gas in our cars and heat our homes – is a major part of that safety and security.  But for too long, the government has been dependent on Middle Eastern countries supplying us with oil, sitting back and waiting for them to provide our energy resources – leaving us with a hefty price tag.
 
This week, President Trump took major action to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline project. A project which will make us less reliant on countries who don’t have our best interests at heart and will secure our energy independence while adding jobs and growing the economy.
 
The request to begin construction on the Keystone XL pipeline was first submitted to President Obama in 2008. But Barack Obama spent all eight years of his presidency prioritizing and championing the radical environmental cause.  Even after Obama’s State Department determined the pipeline project would not contribute to climate change, Obama put politics ahead of the American people and refused to approve the pipeline.
 
From eight years of obstruction to eight weeks of action, President Trump has worked quickly to move the Keystone XL pipeline project forward. During his first week in office, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks and speed up the approval process for the pipeline. And this week, he signed the final permit to approve construction of the pipeline.
 
The construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline will lower energy costs for Missouri families and infuse our country’s economy with the kind of infrastructure investment that creates and supports jobs.
 
This pipeline is an $8 billion investment that will create more than 42,000 construction jobs. The project will use American steel and direct roughly $3.4 billion into the pockets of hardworking Americans who desperately need it. These dollars will go to cash-strapped communities in rural America, supporting local grocery stores, local car dealerships, local restaurants, local housing markets - the list goes on and on.
 
I have been pushing for construction of the pipeline since joining Congress forty months ago. In 2015, I voted for the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. This bill had bipartisan support from over 300 members of Congress, would have put thousands of Americans back to work and reduced the burden of high energy costs. This legislation advanced through both Chambers of Congress and made it all the way to President Obama’s desk, only to be ignored.
 
The Keystone XL Pipeline will carry nearly 800,000 barrels of North American oil per day. It makes zero sense to rely on foreign countries for our energy when we have access to a wealth of energy resources right here in America.
 
Between lower gas prices and less money on your energy bills, Missourians are set to benefit from the Keystone XL pipeline project. Calling this a “new era for American energy,” President Trump promised his administration would follow through with more infrastructure projects that put a paycheck directly in the hands of hardworking Americans. I am glad President Trump approved construction of the pipeline, and am thankful to see our government prioritizing the nation's security -  finally making it possible to stop relying on Middle Eastern nations to meet America’s energy needs.

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Check Your Tackle Box & Keep an Eye on Your Gun Case

2017/03/17

Did you know that on his way out of office, President Obama tried to regulate the ammo in your gun and the fishing sinkers in your tackle box?

Before he jetted off to the Caribbean, President Obama managed to take a final swipe at Missourians’ way of life with “Director’s Order No. 219,” a last-minute regulation that banned lead ammunition and fishing tackle on federal lands. In other words, President Obama’s rule would not have allowed you to take shotgun shells or fishing sinkers with you to hunt in Mark Twain National Forest or fish at Clearwater Lake.

Printed out, the current Code of Federal Regulations would physically cover more than 2.5 acres of land. That is 175,268 pages of burdens weighing down Missourians. Fortunately, I was able to stop them from adding another page to that stack and defend our right to decide what we do with our weekends.

After hearing the concerns of hunters and fishermen in southern Missouri, I led the effort to have 60 Members of Congress send a letter to President Trump asking him to overturn the ban. You see, in Missouri, we know how to be good stewards of the land God has given us, and we do not need the federal government monitoring our movements while we enjoy creation. At the beginning of this month, my letter to President Trump resulted in the Obama-era lead ban being overturned by my friend and former colleague Ryan Zinke in one of his first acts as U.S. Department of Interior Secretary.

This rule had no basis in science and was written without any input from those most affected by its enactment. Sportsmen and fishermen are some of our country’s greatest conservationists. Obama’s order only served to hinder them from participating in the recreational use of federal lands they’ve enjoyed for decades. The regulatory red tape thrown up by unelected bureaucrats over the last eight years is exactly what the American people soundly rejected when they elected Donald Trump in November.

It was a complete overreach by the Obama administration to decide what type of ammunition or fishing tackle you carry while exploring the great outdoors of Missouri. In typical Washington, D.C. fashion, President Obama wanted to show Missourians that he knew what was best for us. Fortunately, we have a new president who understands and trusts us to tell him what we need, not the other way around.

We have all seen President Trump’s work thus far, undoing the damage of President Obama’s executive actions and appointing the right people like Secretary Zinke to do the same thing. After eight years of Obama’s overreach, whether it is something as big as Obamacare or as small as the fishing tackle you pack on a weekend trip with your family, I am committed to defending southern Missouri’s way of life.

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Reason to be Concerned

2017/03/10

Last weekend, President Trump opened up about his suspicion that his campaign was wire tapped by the Obama White House during the 2016 Presidential election. While some in the media found this outlandish, the reality is that a long track record by the Obama White House of using whatever means necessary to discredit those who opposed him leaves President Trump justified in believing that individuals who worked on his campaign and potentially himself were subjected to eavesdropping.

In the coming months, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee will be conducting a full investigation on interference during the 2016 election – interference from foreign countries as well as executive overreach and manipulation by the Obama White House. In the meantime, what we do know is that a pattern and history of overstep and abuse by the Obama Administration has given President Trump plenty of reason to suspect his organization was targeted during the Republican nomination process.

Most glaring is that the Obama White House had a history of using deceitful tactics to target those who disagreed with them. In 2013, Obama’s IRS told employees to “be on the lookout” for Tea Party organizations applying for tax-exempt status and other groups who objected to the government takeover of healthcare and our economy. Their applications were delayed and denied in an attempt to stop them from working against Obama’s liberal agenda. Led by Eric Holder, Obama’s Justice Department also pried into the personal communications of Associated Press reporters and Fox News reporter James Rosen who was unfavorably reporting on the White House.

Second, since the beginning of the Trump Administration, his presidency has been hounded by numerous unauthorized leaks from lifelong bureaucrats, burrowed deep within the bowels of a bloated government. These bureaucratic hold overs from the Obama Administration have infiltrated the Trump Administration and are working every day to discredit America’s newly elected leader.

Lastly, it’s easy to see why the Obama Administration would be motivated to wiretap the Trump campaign and find information to prevent Trump from being elected - the preservation of their liberal policies and Obama’s legacy was at stake. They wanted Hillary Clinton – another president who would spend too much, tax too much and try to rewrite the Constitution in order to encroach upon the very liberties our country was founded on. Scared of what Trump would do to their legacy, the Obama White House might do anything to ensure that a true agent of change didn’t take over. While it is completely acceptable for a president to want to see his legacy continued by his successor of choice, it is not acceptable for anyone in his administration to spy on the opposition.

We are just beginning to scratch the surface of the executive overreach and manipulation by the previous administration during the 2016 election. In the coming months, the facts will rise to the surface and we will know more about if, when and how the Obama White House may have worked to undermine the democratic process. But we don’t need to dig any deeper to understand why the Obama White House would want to try to stop candidate Trump from becoming President Trump.

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U.S. Rep. Smith Overturns Lead Ammo Ban

2017/03/09

U.S. Rep. Smith Overturns Lead Ammo Ban

Smith led a bipartisan effort with more than 60 colleagues asking

Trump Administration to rescind Obama-era regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jason Smith’s letter to President Trump resulted in the Obama-era lead ban being overturned last week by Ryan Zinke in one of his first acts as U.S. Department of Interior Secretary.
 
The “midnight rule” from the Obama Administration was set to ban lead ammunition and fishing tackle from being used on any public lands. The affected areas in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District included Mark Twain National Forest, Wappapello Lake and Clearwater Lake.
 
“The last minute rule issued by the Obama Administration was simply unacceptable,” said Congressman Smith. “The regulatory red tape thrown up by unelected bureaucrats over the last eight years is exactly what the American people soundly rejected when they elected Donald Trump in November.”
 
Congressman Smith’s letter highlighted why the ban was problematic noting that there are no scientific studies linking lead ammunition or tackle to a negative impact on species population or ecosystems on a local or regional level. The letter also notes the opportunistic timing of the Obama Administration, releasing the “midnight rule” without notice and without giving stakeholders a chance to comment.
 
“This rule had no basis in science and was written without any input from those most affected by its enactment. Sportsmen and fishermen are some of our countries greatest conservationists. This order only served to hinder them from participating in the recreational use of federal lands they’ve enjoyed for decades,” said Congressman Smith. “I look forward to working with Secretary Zinke and the President to continue expanding access to public lands and protecting the rights of sportsmen and fishermen.”
 
The letter was sent on February 8, 2017, and Secretary Zinke signed the Secretarial Order to overturn the rule on March 2, 2017.

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Congressman Smith’s Regulatory Relief Passes U.S. House

2017/03/01

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jason Smith’s (MO-08) bill, H.R. 998 the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act passed the United States House of Representatives with bipartisan support by a vote of 240-185. During his time in Congress Smith has continually defended the rights of rural America from an ongoing regulatory assault led by unelected federal bureaucrats. Passage of the SCRUB Act and providing regulatory relief for Midwest families, farmers and small business owners has been a leading priority for Rep. Smith since his time in the Missouri General Assembly.  

Just last night I sat in this very chamber and listened to the President talk about how we will work together to put the American worker first”, said Smith.The SCRUB Act does just that. This bill gives a voice to private sector citizens, farmers, families and businesses impacted by Washington regulations. The SCRUB Act will give the President the list of those regulations holding back private sector investment, growth and hiring. It will help shrink the size of government and get it off the backs of our farmers in Missouri so that they can do what they do best -  tend to their land and their family.”

Smith’s SCRUB Act establishes a Commission of folks directly impacted by federal regulations to identify and expedite the removal of regulations deemed duplicate, burdensome, costly or out of date. Further the legislation requires the removal of cost similar regulations before any new ones can be added. The SCRUB Act previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives in the 114th Congress on a bipartisan vote of 245-147. Independent analysis has found the collective cost of the burdens posed by federal regulations to be close to $2 trillion – or roughly $15,000 per household.

During his first full week in office, on January 30th President Trump authored an Executive Order known as “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs” calling for the removal of 2 existing regulations for every new one proposed. On February 24th, President Trump authored an Executive Order known as “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda” to set up Regulatory Reform Task Forces to help identify regulations that amongst other things are inhibiting job creation, outdated, ineffective, unnecessary or inconsistent.

Smith continued,The days of the Washington regulatory machine are numbered. With President Trump in the Oval Office, bureaucrats will be taking a back seat to the priorities of the American worker. The fate of the SCRUB Act and whether or not to provide regulatory relief to millions of middle class Americans now falls squarely at the feet of Senate Minority Leader Schumer. It is my sincere hope he will end the current streak of obstruction against President Trump. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is now home to a man whose number one priority is job creation and giving those underemployed and unemployed a real shot at achieving their dreams. It is our responsibility to work with the President to support what the American people called for this past November and give him the tools to help grow our economy. The best way out of poverty is a good paying job and the SCRUB Act clears the road of the government blockages which were holding up growth and hiring here at home.”

Most recently Rep. Smith led more than 60 of his House of Representatives colleagues in requesting that the Trump White House overturn a ‘midnight rule’ issued by the Obama Administration on its final full day in office which would eliminate the use of led ammunition and fishing tackle on federal lands. More information on the SCRUB Act and the regulatory burden American’s are currently facing can be found HERE.

Congressman Smith’s Floor Remarks during Floor Debate on H.R. 998 (as prepared for delivery)

Mr. Speaker,

On January 20th, America witnessed the end of the most regulation-happy presidency in American history. Under the Obama Administration, the pages of the Code of Federal Regulations reached the highest level in the history of our country.

The Obama administration issued 3,037 finalized regulations, which means almost two new regulations were added each and every day on American farmers, small businesses and families.

Regulations from the last administration alone cost taxpayers $873 billion. That is a burden of over $12 million an HOUR added by the Obama White House on the American taxpayer.

In Missouri alone, the costs of complying with regulations just added by the Obama administration totaled $19 billion, which is equal to over $9,000 in costs per person.

Regulations written by unelected bureaucrats in Washington are suffocating the very farmers and small business owners who we need to hire and expand in order to get full workforce participation.

Today we are considering a solution to this problem with the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act, otherwise known as the SCRUB Act. The SCRUB Act’s objective is to reduce the cumulative cost of regulations by at least 15%.

With the passage of the SCRUB Act today, we are simply putting the tools in place to support what President Trump has already started.  During his first full week in office, President Trump authored an Executive Order for the purpose of reducing regulation and controlling regulatory costs. The order is simple, for every new proposed regulation, two existing ones must be taken off the books. This order will help prioritize regulations truly in the best interest of the American people and remove ones that are outdated, burdensome, and costly.

And just last week the President instituted regulatory review task forces, to review existing regulations. The SCRUB Act mirrors and supports the President’s actions ensuring that our regulatory burden never again reaches the heights that is today.

The SCRUB Act makes sure that farmers, small business owners, and families impacted by Washington regulators have a seat at the table in prioritizing which ones the Trump White House should remove.

We must help the President put an end to the ‘Washington knows best’ mentality that has polluted our Nation’s Capital and plagued the American people for the past 8 years.

Many of you voted in favor of this legislation last Congress. However, with this new administration the American people are calling for us to change the way things are done in Washington, so it is my hope that you will join me once again in helping put an end to the Washington regulatory machine.

I also call on my colleagues on the other side of the Capitol, who seem lately more bent on obstruction, to re-evaluate why their districts and states sent them to Washington. I am hopeful they will consider supporting the legislation, policies, laws, and nominations that will help alleviate the burden of an oversized federal government. With the SCRUB Act, we have a real opportunity to shrink the size of government and get Washington off the backs of the American people.

I want to thank Chairman Chaffetz, Chairman Goodlatte for bringing the bill up today.

I urge my colleagues to vote YES on the SCRUB Act.

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Congressman Smith Regulatory Relief Measure Advances to U.S. House Floor

2017/02/28

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Jason Smith’s (MO-08) bill, H.R. 998 the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act passed the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, setting up consideration for the proposal on the U.S. House Floor later this month. During his time in Congress Smith has continually defended the rights of rural America from an ongoing regulatory assault led by unelected federal bureaucrats who have often never stepped foot on a farm in Missouri.

Upon passage, Smith commented, “We finally have a President in the White House who will put an end to the ‘Washington knows best’ mentality that has polluted our Nation’s Capital for the past 8 years.” Smith continued,Our efforts in the SCRUB Act are to simply codify and make easier the process President Trump has already started. He has already instructed his agencies to remove unnecessary, burdensome and duplicative regulations should they propose a new one – the SCRUB Act sets up a commission of those directly impacted by these regulations to help the White House identify those which need to be removed.”

Smith’s SCRUB Act previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives in the 114th Congress on a bipartisan vote of 245-147. Independent analysis has found the collective cost of the burdens posed by federal regulations to be close to $2 trillion – or roughly $15,000 per household. During his first full week in office, on January 30th President Trump authored an Executive Order known as “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs” calling for the removal of 2 existing regulations for every new one proposed.

Smith concluded, “With President Trump in the White House, the likelihood of the SCRUB Act finally becoming law is now stronger than ever before. I am hopeful that Senate Minority Leader Schumer will allow Senate Democrats to vote their conscience and give the American people a say in the regulatory process. Putting an end to the Washington regulatory machine is what the American people asked for in this last election and legislation like the SCRUB Act helps fulfil the commitment to those around the country that we will shrink the size of government, get Washington off their backs and let them do what they do best – tend to their family, farm or small business.”

Most recently Rep. Smith led more than 60 of his House of Representatives colleagues in requesting that the Trump White House overturn a ‘midnight rule’ issued by the Obama Administration on its final full day in office which would eliminate the use of led ammunition and fishing tackle on federal lands. More information on the SCRUB Act and the regulatory burden American’s are currently facing can be found HERE.

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U.S. Rep. Smith Leads Effort to Overturn Obama Administration Ammunition & Tackle Ban

2017/02/09

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.

 

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U.S. Rep Smith Authors Bill Defunding Sanctuary Cities

2017/02/06

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.

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Rep. Smith seeks to block federal highway dollars to sanctuary cities

2017/02/06

U.S. Rep. Jason Smith has filed legislation to block Federal Highway Trust Fund dollars from going to states and local governments that refuse to obey federal immigration laws.

“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,” Smith wrote in a statement issued Thursday before introducing the legislation.

“We are a nation of law and order, and cities that actively work against the law of the land should face consequences,” he said.

The 8th District, Republican congressman from Salem, Missouri, said he introduced the No Highways 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.”

Smith said Friday no city or county in Missouri has designated itself a sanctuary for illegal immigrants.

But according to the Center for Immigration Studies, Washington, D.C., and cities and counties in 28 states have adopted laws or policies that shield criminals from immigration enforcement.

The center’s website states sanctuary cities, counties and states “obstruct immigration enforcement.”

The Washington, D.C.-based center’s website has identified “sanctuary” communities in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Proponents of sanctuary cities say such policies encourage members of immigrant communities to work with police without fear of deportation. They argue it helps law enforcement identify and arrest dangerous criminals who otherwise might go undetected.

But Smith said such policies go against federal law.

Smith said one of President Donald Trump’s priorities is for “a fairly large infrastructure package” that would involve “a lot of federal spending for our roads, bridges and ports, which are needed.”

The congressman said, “I want to make sure that cities and counties which are disobeying federal immigration law are not rewarded.”
Withholding of federal funds to force compliance is not new, Smith said.

“When states refused to increase the drinking age, they lost federal money,” he said.

The same action was taken when states did not comply with the national speed limit or weight limits on trucks, Smith said.

The Republican lawmaker said federal funding for transportation projects might not pass Congress without a provision to block such funding from going to sanctuary cities.

Smith said he doesn’t want federal tax dollars to go to a sanctuary city such as San Francisco when it could be spent on projects in Southeast Missouri.

Mayors who refuse to work with federal authorities to enforce immigration laws “better change their ways or they will lose their funding,” he said.

Smith said his legislation has “a considerable amount of support” in Congress and the White House.

He said former president Barack Obama’s administration would “pick and choose what law they would enforce.”

Smith suggested Trump would restore order.

“The wild, wild West is ending. We have a president that will enforce the law,” he said.

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Congressman Jason Smith Responds to President Donald J. Trump

2017-03-01 20:36:34


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Congressman Jason Smith- Ways &Means Hearing on Unemployment Insurance

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Congressman Jason Smith questions Administration officials on unlawful funding practices

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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

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

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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.


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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