Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

NEBRASKA's 3rd DISTRICT

Celebrating Opportunity

2016/07/29

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

2016/07/28

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

2016/07/26

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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Smith to Hold Mobile Office in Imperial

2016/07/26

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will meet constituents of the Third District during a mobile office on Tuesday, August 2, in Imperial.

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 Imperial on Tuesday, August 2, at the following time and location:

Chase County Courthouse Commissioners Room 921 Broadway Street, Imperial, NE 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (MDT)

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

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Smith Announces Winners of 2016 Third District Excellence in Economic Development Award

2016/07/25

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today announced the winners of the 2016 Third District Excellence in Economic Development Award. Smith's award honors eight individuals and businesses helping to strengthen Nebraska communities through innovation, hard work, and entrepreneurship.

The winners have also been recognized by Smith before the U.S. House of Representatives.

“All of the nominees for this year's award have shown they are striving to ensure a strong economic future for Nebraskans,” Smith said. “The eight winners are leaders in their communities and deserve our gratitude for their commitment to growing opportunity in the Third District.”

2016 Winners

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. Brent also provides internships to Peru State College.

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.

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Reining in a Lawless EPA

2016/07/22

The enduring natural beauty of our state combined with its growing productivity is a testament to Nebraskans’ shared commitment to conserving our land and resources. Despite these efforts, federal bureaucrats continue to issue onerous regulations which threaten jobs and economic growth, especially in rural America.  

In mid-July, the House spent numerous late nights working on the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, known more simply as the Interior bill. This legislation sets the budget for the Department of the Interior and its related agencies, such as the Forest Service and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   

By passing this bill, the House used its power of the purse to block many damaging regulations and overreaches by the Obama administration. The bill’s overall funding levels are $1 billion below President Obama’s request for these agencies.

Notably, this is also the first Interior bill passed by the House in seven years, demonstrating the continued effort to return to regular order rather than depending on stopgap funding measures.

The Obama administration has issued some of its most burdensome unilateral regulations through the EPA, and this bill seeks to stop the assault on America’s farmers and ranchers. Despite President Obama’s request to increase EPA employment, the bill holds the EPA to its lowest staffing levels since 1989 and reduces funding by $164 million.

The bill blocks the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS, which threatens private water rights by increasing the federal government’s regulatory jurisdiction to everything from ditches to prairie potholes. Not only would this rule impact farmers and landowners, but it would also impede the ability of local governments to make decisions for their communities.

Last year, I introduced a resolution to block WOTUS under an expedited process created by the Congressional Review Act. Companion legislation sponsored by Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa passed the House and Senate, but it was unsurprisingly vetoed by President Obama. I am pleased the Interior bill continues the fight against WOTUS by prohibiting the administration from spending federal dollars on its implementation.

The bill also blocks the administration’s costly regulations on coal-fired power plants. The U.S. Supreme Court put a stay on these regulations earlier this year due to numerous legal challenges.

American Enterprise Institute analyst Benjamin Zycher used the EPA’s own model developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research to determine President Obama’s climate regulations would lead to a total temperature reduction of fifteen one-thousandths of a degree by 2100. Meanwhile, the Heritage Foundation reports the regulations would cause an average loss of nearly 300,000 jobs and a total income loss of more than $7,000 per person.  

Clearly, these misguided regulations would force Americans to pay a terrible price for negligible results. Congress remains committed to stopping them.

Reining in the regulatory overreach of the Obama administration is an ongoing challenge, but the Interior bill passed by the House is another important step toward protecting rural Americans. For more information on my efforts to block executive overreach, or to share your stories about how regulations have impacted you, please visit AdrianSmith.house.gov/RegulationRewind.

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Improving Rural Air Service

2016/07/15

At a recent Nebraska Breakfast in Washington, D.C., I commented on Nebraskans’ frustration over the frequency of flight cancellations at local airports. Looking across the room, I saw many heads nod enthusiastically in agreement. Commercial air service is crucial to rural communities, but federal regulations have threatened small airports in Nebraska and around the country.

During the week of July 11, the House and Senate passed legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through September 2017. Included in this bill are a number of provisions to improve rural air service.

My Small Airport Regulation Relief Act provision was included in the final bill to ensure rural airports get the relief they need from pilot regulations, which have led to a shortage of pilots and subsequent flight cancellations. The rising number of cancelled flights has prevented some Nebraska airports, such as Scottsbluff, North Platte, and Kearney, from meeting the requirements to receive funding for infrastructure and safety projects, even though they qualified in the past.  

Under my provision, these airports will be able to use enplanement numbers from 2012 – before the regulations took effect – to qualify for needed funding while we work on a lasting solution to the pilot shortage. I also appreciate Senator Deb Fischer’s leadership in the Senate on this effort and others to support small airports.

The FAA bill establishes a working group on improving air service to rural communities. Specifically, the working group is tasked with determining whether current federal funding for small airports is sufficient and effective, as well as examining strategies to train and retain pilots in rural areas. The working group is required to submit its findings within one year to allow recommendations to be incorporated into a longer-term FAA bill.

Provisions from the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, of which I am a cosponsor, are included as well to reduce the red tape which many private pilots face when obtaining and maintaining medical certifications.

Though rural airports are currently feeling the worst impacts from the pilot shortage, it will likely become an issue for urban and even international airports in the coming years considering regional airlines serve as feeders for larger airlines. I am glad the House and Senate recognize the seriousness of this situation and have made addressing the shortage a priority of this bill.

Many other provisions related to passenger safety are also included, such as developing more effective and efficient passenger screening systems and enhancing security coordination between the U.S. and other countries. We live in a dangerous world, and it is crucial to continue updating security procedures while ensuring our aviation system can effectively serve travelers.

As a 14-month extension, this bill is more than a stopgap. It provides time to make substantive, necessary reforms to FAA programs.

Individuals and businesses depend on quality air service to connect them with the rest of the world. By coming together to pass this bipartisan FAA extension, Congress has provided the certainty needed to make long-term reforms and improvements to our aviation system. Meanwhile, Nebraska airports will receive the regulatory relief they need to maintain operations and provide reliable rural flights.

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Smith Statement on GMO Labeling Compromise Bill

2016/07/14

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after voting in favor of S. 764, a bipartisan GMO labeling compromise bill. This legislation preempts Vermont’s labeling law, which took effect on July 1.

“The potential impacts of Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law on Nebraska agriculture and our country’s food supply have concerned me deeply. A mandatory label hurts the poorest among us the most by unnecessarily raising the cost of food. The voluntary labeling bill passed by the House last year, of which I was a cosponsor, would have preempted the Vermont law while avoiding higher food prices by allowing the market to dictate what should be labeled. 

“The bill before us now is a compromise labeling agreement. It is a less favorable option than the House’s original legislation, but I believe it is better than doing nothing and allowing a costly patchwork of unscientific local and state labeling laws to take effect. 

“Numerous agriculture stakeholders in the Third District contacted me about their support for this agreement, finding it better than the alternative. To bring certainty to producers and consumers throughout the country, I supported this legislation and will continue working to bring greater awareness to the safety and benefits of biotechnology.”

Smith is the founder and co-chairman of the Modern Agriculture Caucus. Click here to read his June 9 op-ed in support of biotechnology in The Hill.

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Congressional Caseworker to Visit Fullerton, Albion, and Verdigre

2016/07/14

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 Tuesday, July 26, in Fullerton, Albion, and Verdigre.

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 on Tuesday, July 26, at the following times and locations:

Fullerton Public Library Community Room 903 Broadway Street, Fullerton, NE 68638 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (CDT)

Albion Public Library 437 S. 3rd Street, Albion, NE 68620 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CDT)

Verdigre Public Library 101 E. 3rd Avenue, Verdigre, NE 68783 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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Smith Votes to Protect Rights of Pro-Life Americans

2016/07/13

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after voting in favor of S. 304, the Conscience Protection Act. Smith is a cosponsor of the bill.

“The First Amendment protects religious freedom, including conscience rights. Pro-life employers and health care providers should never be forced by the government to pay for or participate in abortion services which violate their deeply-held beliefs, yet the Obama administration has continually placed these freedoms in jeopardy. This legislation will protect pro-life Americans from discrimination and coercion, and ensure the Constitution is upheld.”

Smith is a member of the bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.

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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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Jeff Fortenberry

NEBRASKA's 1st DISTRICT

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