Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

NEBRASKA's 3rd DISTRICT

A Step in the Right Direction on Healthcare

2018/07/13

It’s no secret Obamacare is ill-conceived and has been burdensome on the American people since President Obama signed the bill into law in March of 2010. The bill itself was severely flawed in its composition, its execution, and in its funding mechanisms, which have stifled economic growth, suffocated businesses, and driven insurance premium spikes across our country.    On July 11th and 12th, the House Ways and Means Committee, of which I am a member, considered legislation I cosponsored to mitigate this burden by repealing the law’s employer mandate and “Cadillac tax.” The employer mandate forces companies with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance to those working at least 30 hours per week or pay a per-employee tax, while the Cadillac tax charges those same businesses a 40 percent penalty if the plans they choose to purchase are too generous.    Yes, you read the last paragraph correctly. Under the same law, the federal government now forces businesses to provide health insurance while also penalizing them if the plans are deemed too generous. Despite President Obama’s claim the Cadillac Tax would only apply to “really fancy plans that end up driving up costs,” roughly 175 million people – over half of Americans – would be affected.    In fact, Obamacare was intended to rely on penalties collected under the Cadillac Tax as part of its funding mechanism in an attempt to shift the burden onto American businesses, even if they were already providing health insurance plans to their employees. At the same time, the employer mandate created an incentive for companies to limit employees to part time status while artificially imposing a ceiling of 50 employees.   The Obama administration did such a poor job of implementing the employer mandate, businesses faced a complete lack of clarity on how to proceed. Many of them are just now being asked to prove they were in compliance with the mandate as far back as 2015.    Ridding businesses of these onerous regulations will decrease compliance costs and inspire them to expand by making long term investments in our communities. Excessive regulations like those inflicted by Obamacare increase costs on employers, limit job growth, and impose especially heavy burdens on small businesses looking to expand.   With pro-growth policies like tax reform boosting job creation and expanding our economy, we are experiencing renewed prosperity not seen in nearly two decades. Repealing the burdensome aspects of Obamacare as we did with the individual mandate through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a step in the right direction, but more must be done to lessen its effects on the American people. Read More

Congressional Caseworkers to Visit Crete, Hastings, Kearney, Minden, and York

2018/07/11

Washington, D.C. Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) who need assistance dealing with a federal agency are invited to attend Caseworker in Your Community events on Wednesday, July 25 in Hastings, Minden, and Kearney, and on Thursday, July 26 in York and Crete.

Caseworker in Your Community is an opportunity for constituents to meet directly with one of Smith’s congressional caseworkers.  Caseworkers may be able to assist constituents who are having problems dealing with a federal agency such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare, passports and visas through the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or the Internal Revenue Service.

Caseworker in Your Community will be held at the following times and locations:

Wednesday, July 25

Hastings Public Library 314 N. Denver Avenue, Hastings 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (CDT)

Kearney County Courthouse Assembly Room 424 N. Colorado Avenue, Minden 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CDT)

Kearney Public Library Loup Room 2020 1st Avenue, Kearney 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CDT)

Thursday, July 26

Kilgore Memorial Library 520 Nebraska Ave, York 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CDT)

Crete Public Library Nebraska Room 305 E. 13th Street, Crete 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (CDT)

For additional information about these events, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900.

 

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Building a Strong Military

2018/07/06

The defense of our nation is one of few sacred roles our founders enumerated for the federal government. After years of military atrophy due to cuts in defense spending, I am happy to see funding restored with the goal of restoring readiness.

During the last week of June, the House of Representatives approved its version of the 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, which funds the production of multiple ships, expands military staffing, and provides the largest pay raise for our troops in nearly a decade.

Over the course of three days, the House considered and debated 50 amendments to this funding measure which received overwhelming bipartisan support for final passage in a vote of 359-49. Contained in the bill is funding for two additional Ford class aircraft carriers for a total of 12 new Navy ships and 93 F-35 joint strike fighters.

The bill also expands our active and reserve military ranks by 15,600 troops while providing a 2.6 percent pay increase for those currently serving. The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to begin consideration of its version in the first week of July, which will likely be considered by the full Senate later in the month and conferenced with the House version shortly thereafter.

Also during the last week in June, I joined my Nebraska congressional colleagues to send a letter to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson urging her to assess the readiness of the 55th Wing at Nebraska’s Offutt Air Force Base. The 55th Wing is charged with maintaining and operating our C-135 reconnaissance aircraft, which appear to have fallen into a state of disrepair due to their age. Earlier this year, I was happy to support authorizing the modernization of our C-135 fleet.

It is deeply unfortunate the funding of our military and national defense was subjugated to other priorities during the prior administration. Again and again our military has been called upon to operate in both times of war and humanitarian relief without being given the funding levels necessary to sustain ongoing operations and maintain readiness.

For this reason, I am pleased President Trump has made the rebuilding of our military a priority, giving our men and women in uniform the support they deserve as they protect the American way of life. I will continue to encourage legislation which provides for this essential function of government while looking for ways to cut nonessential spending.

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Ethanol is Good for Nebraska

2018/06/29

As we reach the height of summer and children are out of school, many of us travel great distances to vacation and spend time with our friends and family. AAA estimates a record 47 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles away from home during the week of Independence Day. Demand for fuel increases and reminds us of how important it is that we maintain a steady and diverse supply of energy.

One way we can diversify our energy portfolio is through the production of biofuels, which I have long supported for their benefits to Nebraska and the country as a whole. From reducing our dependence on foreign sources of oil to supporting our agriculture producers, biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel can reduce the risk of supply shock and help to stabilize prices at the pump.

Ethanol is blended into much of the fuel Americans use on a daily basis, albeit at relatively low levels up to ten percent, which helps to increase its octane level and make it burn cleaner. For this reason, these blends have a longstanding waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be sold year-round.   

E15, however, is currently only available during the winter months because it does not have a waiver, despite having the same emissions characteristics as E10 which is already available year-round. In 1990, when the EPA issued the waiver from Reid Vapor Pressure standards thus enabling widespread use of E10, E15 was excluded for no apparent reason, which has limited its widespread adoption and constrained the expansion of biofuels.

While I very much appreciate President Trump’s public support for E15 and biofuels as a whole, the EPA has yet to follow through by granting the waiver. For this reason, I introduced legislation earlier this Congress to require the EPA to make these changes, and last month I sent a letter to President Trump urging him to do so.

Enabling the widespread adoption and distribution of E15 amounts to common sense regulatory relief the American people deserve, especially as we move into the hot summer months. Restricting its sale when we need it most should not be the position of the United States government and I look forward to its future availability.  

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Smith Recognized for Leadership in Reauthorization of MIECHV Program

2018/06/27

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) was recognized on Tuesday by the Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting Initiatives (ASTHVI) for his leadership in reauthorizing the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program.

From Rep. Smith:

“I very much appreciate the Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting Initiatives for their advocacy toward reauthorizing the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program for another five years. With our reforms, the MIECHV program will continue empowering positive, evidence based outcomes for families in the first year of parenthood when they matter the most.”

 

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Smith to Hold Public Events July 2-6

2018/06/27

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) invites constituents of the Third District to attend public events July 2-6 in Mitchell, Benkelman, Hyannis, and Hemingford.

Constituents will be able to meet directly with Congressman Smith to discuss issues such as tax reform, trade, immigration, and the Farm Bill.

Monday, July 2

Public Meeting at Mitchel City Offices Mitchell City Offices 1280 Center Avenue, Mitchell 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (MDT)

Tuesday, July 3

Dundy County Mobile Office Dundy County Courthouse 112 7th Avenue West, Benkelman 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (MDT)

Thursday, July 5

Grant County Mobile Office Grant County Courthouse 105 East Harrison Street, Hyannis 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (MDT)

Friday, July 6

Coffee at Treasured Grounds Treasured Grounds 712 Box Butte Avenue, Hemingford 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (MDT)

For additional information on these events, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900 or his Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.

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Engaging Nebraska’s Third District

2018/06/22

My office regularly offers opportunities to highlight the accomplishments, generosity, and insights of Third District residents. Three of these programs, Excellence in Economic Development, Angels in Adoption, and my Youth Advisory Council share a deadline of Friday, June 29, which is quickly approaching.

Excellence in Economic Development

Promoting economic development in our local communities is a crucial part of ensuring the benefits of tax reform and reduced regulation work for the benefit of all Americans. In the Third District, countless Nebraskans focus their efforts every day on creating opportunity and attracting greater investment to our state.

To celebrate their efforts, I am continuing my Excellence in Economic Development program, which seeks to recognize entrepreneurship and investment into our Nebraska communities, with an additional category to include historic preservation efforts. These awards provide an opportunity to showcase Nebraskans of all ages who work to make "The Good Life" even better.

Winners will be recognized before the U.S. House of Representatives and forms are available at my Grand Island and Scottsbluff offices, or online at AdrianSmith.house.gov/EconomicDevelopment.

Angels in Adoption

Each year, people across Nebraska’s Third District open their homes to provide the safety and shelter our children deserve. The purpose of the Angels in Adoption Award is to honor those who sacrifice so much to positively impact young lives through adoption and foster care.

Angels in Adoption, a project of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, provides Members of Congress the opportunity to honor an individual or entity from their districts for extraordinary contributions on behalf of children in need of homes. To make a nomination, please visit AdrianSmith.house.gov/AngelsinAdoption.

Youth Advisory Council

The Third District Youth Advisory Council is a forum for high school juniors and seniors to share opinions, thoughts, and concerns with me through in-person meetings, online forums, and conference calls.

I always enjoy meeting with students through the Student Advisory Council because it provides the opportunity to hear the concerns of young Nebraskans. These young people are tomorrow’s leaders and we must emphasize the importance of civic awareness and engagement. To download an application, please visit AdrianSmith.house.gov/YouthAdvisoryCouncil.

For more information on these programs or other needs, please contact my Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900.

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Smith Recognizes North Platte Community for Supporting Our Troops

2018/06/22

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) spoke on the House Floor today to recognize the North Platte community for its support of our nation’s service members.

Smith’s remarks:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the community of North Platte for its many decades of service to our men and women in uniform.

Earlier this week, the North Platte Canteen came together, once again, to host more than 700 Army National Guard soldiers based in Arkansas who were returning from a training mission in Wyoming, not having eaten a hot meal in days.

The North Platte Canteen traces its history all the way back to World War II when the community came together to feed more than 6 million servicemen and women as they traveled by train across the country.

The North Platte Canteen was organized on Monday, June 18th to feed more than 700 soldiers transported on 21 buses over two days, including homemade birthday cakes for those celebrating, which is a time-honored tradition at the Canteen.

I would like to thank Lisa Burke, Muriel Clark, Amanda Connick, Courtney Fegter, and Michelle Thomas at the North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau who coordinated what became a whole-community effort on just a few days’ notice.

This is really what Nebraska’s support for our troops is all about.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  I yield back.

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Smith Statement on Passage of House Farm Bill

2018/06/21

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement after the House of Representatives approved its version of the 2018 Farm Bill. The House version will now await Senate action on its version before a conference committee is convened to reconcile differences between the two bills.

“I’m very happy to see the House move forward with its version of the Farm Bill, a major step toward giving our agriculture producers the certainty they deserve. After the turbulence we’ve seen recently in commodity prices, a long term Farm Bill will help to address the concerns I hear while traveling Nebraska’s Third District. I look forward to the Senate passing its version of the bill so we can move the process forward.”

The House version of the 2018 Farm Bill includes crop insurance, a vital safety net for Nebraska’s farmers, the creation of a vaccine bank to help protect our livestock industry, and modest but significant changes to SNAP intended to help more Americans experience economic opportunity.

 

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Smith’s Office Announces Updated Mobile Office Hours for June

2018/06/19

Washington, D.C. Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) announced a change from previously scheduled mobile office hours for the month of June. Mobile office hours scheduled for Monday, June 25 in North Platte at Mid-Plains Community College have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a future date. The remainder of this month’s schedule can be found below.

At mobile offices, Third District residents can meet directly with one of Smith’s staff members about federal issues and take advantage of the services available through his office.

Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will provide his mobile office and a staff member at the following times and locations:

Monday, June 25

South Sioux City Hall – City Council Chambers 1615 1st Avenue, South Sioux City 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CDT)

Tuesday, June 26

Wheeler County Courthouse – Lobby301 Third Street, Bartlett8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (CDT)

Valley County Courthouse – Lobby125 S. 15th Street, Ord11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CDT)

Wednesday, June 27

Frontier County Courthouse1 Wellington Street, Stockville1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CDT)

For additional information, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900 or his Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.

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Rep. Smith Recognizes the North Platte Canteen for Its Support of Service Members

2018-06-22 18:28:42


Rep. Smith Speaks in Favor of His JOBS for Success Act to Reform TANF

2018-05-24 19:39:15


Smith Opposes Anti-Sugar Farm Bill Amendment

2018-05-17 20:53:04


Rep. Smith Offers FAA Amendments to Strengthen Rural Commercial Air Service

2018-04-27 18:22:18


Rep. Smith Questions Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta

2018-04-18 17:11:11


Rep. Smith Opens Hearing with Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta

2018-04-18 00:25:34


Rep. Smith Speaks in Favor of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

2018-04-12 21:45:26


Smith Stresses the Importance of Trade Agreements to Agriculture

2018-03-21 17:28:02


Smith Supports Biodiesel Tax Credit

2018-03-15 00:24:18


Smith Advocates for Rural Health Regulatory Relief

2018-02-14 21:37:05


Smith Highlights Ways and Means Provisions in Continuing Resolution

2018-02-07 15:09:28


Smith Supports Bill to Strengthen Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries

2018-02-05 22:13:06


Smith on How Tax Reform Benefits Agriculture

2017-12-19 18:32:48


Smith Discusses Tax Reform Conference Committee on Fox Business

2017-12-05 23:23:29


Smith: "The time for tax reform is now."

2017-11-15 22:54:26


Smith Gives Tax Reform Update on Cavuto

2017-11-08 21:40:04


Smith: We Owe the American People Better Tax Policy

2017-11-06 22:07:51


Smith Advocates for Japan Trade Agreement to Level Playing Field for U.S. Producers

2017-10-11 20:12:51


Smith on Urgency of Tax Reform

2017-10-06 21:05:28


Smith Discusses "Simpler, Fairer Tax Code" on Fox News

2017-09-28 17:37:13


Contact Information

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Ways and Means

Congressman Adrian Smith has earned praise for his leadership, hard work and dedication to Nebraska commonsense. Smith has tackled issues ranging from biofuels and other forms of domestic energy to transportation research and development to fashioning legislation promoting rural America.

Smith has consistently voted against tax increases, massive government bailouts, and was unwavering in his opposition of the misguided health care bill now creating massive uncertainty for our nation’s job creators.

Smith, a co-sponsor of the Balanced Budget Amendment and a supporter of a Congressional earmark moratorium, has earned a reputation as a solid conservative through his votes to protect the rights of gun owners, efforts to limit the scope of government, and his strong pro-life voting record.

Smith, who serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, actively promotes access for Nebraska agriculture products in Asia, South America, and throughout the world. Nebraska’s $4 billion in worldwide agricultural exports creates $6.7 billion in additional economic activity. Smith supports trade agreements which will continue to create new opportunities for our agriculture producers and their products to keep Nebraska’s economy strong.

Smith’s assignment on the Ways and Means Committee also puts the Nebraskan on the front lines in the debate on how to create jobs, promote economic growth, and directly impact tax policy – such as the Death Tax which threatens family farms and ranches.

Smith’s also has introduced the bipartisan Small-Scale Hydropower Enhancement Act which would help stimulate the economy of rural America, empower local irrigation districts to generate revenue, and decrease reliance on fossil fuels by encouraging the use of small-scale hydropower projects.

The Gering native, whose family has called Nebraska home for six generations, was first introduced to politics by his grandfather. Prior to his election to Congress, Smith served his hometown as a member of the City Council. He then represented District 48 for eight years in the Unicameral.

He continues to reside in Gering.


Serving With

Jeff Fortenberry

NEBRASKA's 1st DISTRICT

Don Bacon

NEBRASKA's 2nd DISTRICT

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