Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith


Smith Announces 2016-2017 Youth Advisory Council Members


     Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) has announced the names of the Third District high school students who will serve on his Youth Advisory Council for the 2016-2017 academic school year.

2016-2017 Youth Advisory Council members include:  

Jack Arens of Ainsworth, Ainsworth High School;

Isaac Dodge of Callaway, Broken Bow Senior High School;

Alisha Fisher of Tecumseh, Sterling Public Schools;

Zakary Folchert of North Platte, North Platte High School;

Gavin Fox of Grand Island, Grand Island Central Catholic High School;

Matthew Fredricks of Alda, Northwest High School;

Yusuf Khan of Auburn, Auburn Senior High School;

Grace McDonald of Phillips, Aurora High School;

Tommy McFarland of Grand Island, Grand Island Central Catholic High School;

Jaden McNeil of Hastings, Adams Central High School;

Alexandria Nobiling of Chadron, Chadron High School;

Hannah Pavelka of Oxford, Loomis Secondary School;

Morgann Pospisil of St. Libory, Palmer Junior-Senior High School;

Anthony Quandt of Aurora, Aurora High School;

Christopher Rosenlund of Grand Island, Northwest High School;

Jessie Rudolph of Gothenburg, Gothenburg High School;

Samuel Saldivar of Tecumseh, Johnson County Central High School;

Karmen Schmitt of Smithfield, Bertrand High School;

Joslyn Sharpe of Table Rock, Pawnee City Public School;

and Sarah Woodward of Gering, Scottsbluff High School.

Smith’s Youth Advisory Council is a forum for high school students to discuss opinions, thoughts, and concerns about local and federal issues with Smith throughout the school year. Through in-person meetings and other contacts, the Council provides students an opportunity for involvement and insight into their government and communities.

The Council is open to junior and senior high school students who are selected through an application process in the spring. More information is available at

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Innovation in Agriculture


A tireless work ethic and commitment to innovation has made Nebraska’s Third District the top-producing agriculture district in the country. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit some of these innovators and see how they are shaping the future of our state’s number one industry.

The University of Nebraska Extension is on the cutting edge of research in many areas related to agriculture. This week, I attended the Water and Crops Field Day at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte. Through the ingenuity of our producers, Nebraska has transformed an arid landscape into fertile farmland. Irrigation advancements, along with continued biotechnology research, allow for higher yields while using fewer resources.   

Another stop was the open house at NU’s Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory near Whitman. This research facility specializes in cattle and natural resources management. Considering beef is a top Nebraska export, the research conducted at Gudmundsen plays a crucial role in our economy by applying valuable research knowledge to advance animal agriculture.

During my travels, I also visited the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, commonly known as MARC, in Clay Center. The research conducted at this facility aids in more efficient production of safe, affordable food along with sustainability in agriculture production, including best management practices with animals and the environment.

It is important to celebrate the advancements being made in agriculture. The work at MARC is having a positive global impact, and the center’s collaborative efforts with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln benefit all.

This is why I founded the Modern Agriculture Caucus – to educate my colleagues and the public about the innovation taking place in agriculture and to build public trust by helping Americans better understand how their food is produced. I fear there is a growing disconnect between urban and rural in this country, and too many Americans think their food comes from the grocery store. While this may seem like an innocent misconception, it unfortunately results in the proliferation of unscientific, anti-agriculture policies.

Fortunately, the Modern Agriculture Caucus has had success bridging this divide, hosting numerous briefings on topics ranging from biotechnology to precision agriculture to modern irrigation techniques. Bad policy harms both producers, by increasing the costs of their inputs, and consumers, by increasing the cost of their food. It is important to remember we are all in this together.  

The Third District is leading the way in efforts to feed the world, and I will continue to share these stories in Washington to ensure our producers’ future success.

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Keeping Government Accessible


Visiting with Nebraskans gives me the opportunity to hear their questions, concerns, feedback, and ideas. During my travels across the Third District this August, it has been refreshing to see how well-informed our fellow citizens are on the pressing issues facing our country, which is vital to strengthening our republic.

I firmly believe it is the government’s responsibility to keep its end of the bargain by being accessible to the people it serves. Since 2011, when Republicans assumed the House majority, it has been our policy to post each bill in its entirety online for three days before it can be considered on the floor for a vote. This process allows Americans to read the bills and express their thoughts to their representatives before a vote takes place.  

Bills are first posted on the Committee on Rules’ website at This site is also the best place to see which amendments have been proposed and made in order for debate.

To help keep Nebraskans up to date, the Issues & Legislation tab of my website at includes a list of several tools for gathering information about the proceedings of Congress. One of these tools is, which provides extensive information on each bill introduced in Congress including who introduced the bill, the bill’s cosponsors, the full bill text, where the bill is in the legislative process, whether the bill has been voted on, and the full roll call of votes from each member.

Other tools provide links to websites where you can view official transcripts of the proceedings of the House, current floor debates, daily committee schedules, and the list of bills being considered on the floor for the week.

My website also provides archives of my weekly columns, press releases, and statements sorted by legislative issue. You can sign up to receive my weekly e-newsletter at or follow me on Twitter at for more frequent updates.  

For any questions about the legislative process, please always feel free to contact my Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-6435. You can also use my website to email me or to share your story about experiences you have had with the federal government.

If you are in need of assistance dealing with a government agency such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare, the U.S. Department of State for passports and visas, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or the Internal Revenue Service, please contact my Grand Island office at 308-394-3900 to reach my congressional caseworkers. Casework concerns may also be emailed to me through my website.  We are happy to do all we can to help Nebraskans navigate the federal bureaucracy.

Our founders intended Congress, particularly the House of Representatives, to be the branch of government connected most directly with the people. As your representative, I am proud to represent a district in which so many Nebraskans participate in the political process.  

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any of your questions or concerns. I look forward to continuing our dialogue.

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Working Together to Fight Overreach


As more red tape flows from the executive branch, I remain committed to standing up for Nebraskans against an overgrown bureaucracy.

Throughout 2016, I have written often about my legislative efforts to fight government overreach. This includes my bill to increase consumer choice at the fuel pump by allowing E15 to be sold year-round, my amendment to keep meat on the menu for our troops, my bill to block interpretive federal rulemaking which threatens farmers’ access to anhydrous ammonia, and my legislation included in this year’s Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization to help small airports.  

Hearing directly from Nebraskans about how regulations impact their lives and livelihoods was the inspiration for my Regulation Rewind initiative, which I started in 2014 to identify unnecessary and overly burdensome regulations which hurt economic growth, limit opportunities for rural Americans, are inconsistent with the law, or are unfair.  

In addition to introducing my own bills, an important part of Regulation Rewind is lending my support to legislative efforts by my colleagues. Working together, we can stand against more abuses of power and burdensome rules.

Regulations can directly violate Americans’ constitutional rights. In January, the FBI announced it had stopped processing appeals for individuals who were erroneously denied the right to own a firearm by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). I am a cosponsor of H.R. 4980, the Firearm Due Process Protection Act, which mandates action on NICS appeals within 60 days and requires the FBI to report to Congress annually on NICS appeals statistics.

Too often, regulations are harmful to our economy. A Department of Labor (DOL) rule scheduled to take effect December 1 raises the salary threshold for workers to receive overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. Many employers are concerned an increase this large will force them to reduce employees’ hours, move some employees from salaried to hourly status, or cut wages in order to comply. With 190 of my colleagues, I cosponsored H.R. 4773, the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act, which requires DOL to nullify its current rule, conduct an economic analysis on how the change would affect employers, and minimize the impact on employers in any subsequent rulemaking.

Other regulations are simply unnecessary, such as the red tape currently preventing some hospice patients from keeping their own doctors. Medicare’s hospice benefit provides in-home, palliative end-of-life care for beneficiaries diagnosed as having six months or fewer to live. As part of the benefit, the patient may also choose to continue seeing his or her own physician. However, because federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics are subject to a separate payment structure, physicians they employ are not eligible to serve hospice patients. I am an original cosponsor of H.R. 5799, the Rural Access to Hospice Act, to address this issue.

At its worst, an overgrown bureaucracy can have dire consequences for people’s lives. In 2014, numerous reports stated at least 40 veterans had died while awaiting care from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The severe mismanagement of the VA was due in part to difficulties involved with making necessary staffing and organizational changes. Because these personnel issues are ongoing, I cosponsored H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act, which makes it easier to remove VA employees based on poor performance or misconduct and reforms the process of handling whistleblower cases at the VA.

These are just a few examples from this year’s Regulation Rewind. If you would like to review a more complete list of my efforts to fight executive overreach, please visit Together, we can continue to block and reverse the regulatory burdens impacting Nebraskans and people across the country.

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Smith to Hold Mobile Office in Franklin


Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will meet constituents of the Third District during a mobile office on Friday, August 19, in Franklin.

A mobile office allows constituents to meet directly with Congressman Smith about federal issues and take advantage of the constituent services available through his office, such as assisting individuals with challenges they face while working with a federal agency, ordering flags flown over the U.S. Capitol, and booking tours in Washington, D.C.

Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will hold the mobile office in Franklin on Friday, August 19, at the following time and location:

Franklin County Courthouse – Boardroom 405 15th Avenue, Franklin, NE 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CDT)

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

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Iran Ransom Risks More American Lives


In January, our country welcomed home four Americans who had been imprisoned in Iran. At the time, the Obama administration touted its nuclear deal with Iran as a diplomatic victory which opened the door for the prisoners’ release.  

Eight months later, we are getting a much different picture of the situation.

As the Wall Street Journal reported on August 3, the Obama administration airlifted $400 million in cash to Iran the same day the four Americans were released. The payment contained multiple currencies and was delivered in the dark of night on an unmarked cargo plane. The report also notes, “Iranian press reports have quoted senior Iranian defense officials describing the cash as a ransom payment.”

One year ago, when the administration was in the midst of negotiating its deal with Iran, I publicly stated my concerns about how lifting economic sanctions on Iran would allow global financial resources to flow into a country still included on our list of state sponsors of terrorism. The administration’s decision to directly provide the Iranian government with a shipment of $400 million in cash, which is nearly impossible to trace, is unconscionable.

The White House claims the $400 million payment was not related to the release of the hostages but rather was making good on a separate deal to repay Iran for a 1979 settlement over military equipment. Even if this account were true, which seems unlikely given the administration’s track record of misleading the American people throughout its negotiations with Iran, the timing of the payment alone is enough to embolden our enemies.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the outcry over this payout is coming from “those who are flailing in an attempt to justify their continued opposition to the [Iran] deal.” However, in the same press conference, Earnest admitted, “We know that Iran supports terrorism. We know that Iran supports Hezbollah and the Assad regime. And it certainly is possible that some of the money that Iran has is being used for those purposes too.”

As hard as the White House tries to defend these actions, it is clearer than ever the administration will do anything to protect its bad Iran deal, including paying ransom to a state sponsor of terrorism.

This situation sets a dangerous precedent. Ransom payments incentivize our enemies to take U.S. hostages. More American lives are now at risk with the administration choosing to pay off and appease our enemies rather than standing against them.

We also know Iran funnels significant resources to terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas. This $400 million payment could likely come back to the U.S. and our allies in the form of new weapons and bolstered terrorist activities.

The Obama administration’s foreign policy is not working, evidenced by mounting aggressions by countries such as Iran, Russia, and North Korea, as well as the rise of ISIS. We must show hostile regimes we will not be manipulated and reassert American leadership in our world.

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Smith to Hold Mobile Offices in Tryon, Ainsworth, and Mullen


Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will meet constituents of the Third District during mobile offices on August 8-10 in Tryon, Ainsworth, and Mullen.

A mobile office allows constituents to meet directly with Congressman Smith about federal issues and take advantage of the constituent services available through his office, such as assisting individuals with challenges they face while working with a federal agency, ordering flags flown over the U.S. Capitol, and booking tours in Washington, D.C.

Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will hold the mobile offices on August 8-10 at the following times and locations:

Monday, August 8 Aunt Bea’s Cafe 520 Highway 92, Tryon, NE 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (CDT)

Tuesday, August 9 Brown County Courthouse 148 W. 4th Street, Ainsworth, NE 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (CDT)

Wednesday, August 10 Red’s Cafe 404 NW 1st Street, Mullen, NE 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (MDT)

For additional information, please contact Congressman Smith’s Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.

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Celebrating Opportunity


Following my request in May for nominations for the Third District Excellence in Economic Development Award, more than 50 nominations from nearly 30 communities came pouring in. This award celebrates individuals and businesses strengthening the Third District through innovation, hard work, and entrepreneurship.   The following eight honorees demonstrate an ongoing commitment to creating opportunity and attracting greater investment in our state. It is a privilege to highlight these leaders and to thank them for the many ways they enhance our economy and our communities.   Aulick Industries in Scottsbluff, owned by the Aulick family for three generations, employs approximately 100 people in welding, fabrication, tire installation, laundry, auto body tech, decal design, and administration. The company is also involved in Scottsbluff Public Schools’ Every Child, Every Day, Everywhere initiative with a goal of introducing students to opportunities in manufacturing and technology careers in the region.   Brent Comstock of Auburn has owned BCom Solutions since middle school. His technology business has grown to include computer repairs, IT management, software development, and web design. Brent headquartered BCom Solutions in a previously vacant storefront in Auburn and encourages his staff to give back to the community through nonprofit and community board involvement. He donates thousands of dollars in design and digital marketing services to nonprofits and offers free workshops and consultations for businesses.     Bruning Grocery’s commitment to hard work, small-town values, and providing exceptional service and quality products has made the store a cornerstone of Bruning, a community of approximately 280 people. Its competitive prices draw many customers from surrounding towns, encouraging more Nebraskans to shop local. Owned by the Philippi family for more than 40 years, Bruning Grocery serves as a leading food supplier for local events and a major contributor to the vibrancy of Bruning’s Main Street.   Chais Meyer of Kearney co-owns 24 Hour Tees, an innovative shirt shop known for its responsiveness to local customers while selling products across the country and around the world. Chais is an advocate for e-commerce as a way to grow rural economies. He is also a member of Kearney’s Downtown Improvement Board to help advance the future of retail and the community.   Jody Augustyn is the owner of Shanti Yoga by Jody Augustyn, ERYT, based in Loup City and Kearney. In her five years in business, Jody has become known by many as a committed and passionate teacher. In addition to leading her own classes, she also certifies new instructors.   Landmark Snacks, founded in April 2016 by Nebraska natives Chad and Courtney Lottman, is a jerky and meat snacks production facility in Beatrice employing 50 people. In 1994, at the age of 19, the Lottmans started out as grocery store owners and have grown their business to also include C&C Processing in Diller. Landmark Snacks surpassed its three-year growth plan in a matter of months.   Pacha Soap, headquartered in Hastings, is owned by Hastings College graduates Andrew and Abi Vrbas. Founded in 2012, Pacha Soap employs 16 people in the Hastings area and sells handcrafted products throughout the country. For every bar of soap purchased, they give a bar to someone in need. The company also sets up small soap shops in developing nations to encourage entrepreneurship while supporting WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) efforts through education and donation.   Sand Creek Post & Beam in Wayne is the leading manufacturer of custom-designed wood barn and barn home kits. This family-owned company employs about 50 Nebraskans and has served thousands of customers in 48 states, helping them design their dream barns. Sand Creek’s production plant was destroyed by an EF4 tornado in October 2013, but owners Jule Goeller and Len Dickinson never wavered in their commitment to rebuild. The company operated out of temporary quarters until its grand reopening in summer 2014.   Each of these deserving honorees represents many more Third District entrepreneurs working tirelessly every day. I will continue to support their efforts through policies which reduce regulatory burdens and encourage economic growth.

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Smith Statement on Passing of Former State Senator LaVon Crosby


Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today on the passing of former Nebraska State Senator LaVon Crosby.

“I am grateful to have had the honor to serve with former State Senator LaVon Crosby in the Unicameral and will never forget her warm welcome to me as a new member of the Legislature. Her compassion was just one of the traits which made her such a strong advocate for the unborn and her community, as well as an effective legislator. My condolences and prayers are with her family and the many people she impacted through her years of dedicated public service.”

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Smith to Attend Public Meeting Hosted by Elwood Chamber of Commerce


Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will attend a meeting hosted by the Elwood Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, August 3. This event is open to the public.

Constituents can meet directly with Congressman Smith about federal issues and take advantage of the constituent services available through his office, such as assisting individuals with various challenges they face while working with federal agencies, ordering flags flown over the U.S. Capitol, and booking tours in Washington, D.C.

Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will attend the Elwood Chamber of Commerce’s public meeting on Wednesday, August 3, at the following time and location:

     Gosper County Senior Center      422 Ripley Street, Elwood, NE      2:00 p.m. (CDT)

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

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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.

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