Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

NEBRASKA's 3rd DISTRICT

Smith to Hold Mobile Office in Greeley

2018/05/22

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will meet constituents of the Third District during a mobile office on Thursday, May 31 in Greeley to discuss issues such as tax reform, trade, immigration, and the Farm Bill.

A mobile office allows constituents to meet directly with Congressman Smith about federal issues and take advantage of the services available through his office.

Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will hold the mobile office in Greeley on Thursday, May 31, at the following time and location:

Greeley County CourthouseCourthouse Square, Greeley9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (CT)

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

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Smith’s Office Announces Mobile Office Hours for June

2018/05/22

Washington, D.C. Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) are invited to meet with a representative of his office at mobile offices throughout the month of June in Wayne, McCook, Ponca, Hyannis, Hartington, Red Cloud, Kimball, Ogallala, North Platte, South Sioux City, Bartlett, Ord, and Stockville.

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:

Tuesday, June 5

Wayne County Courthouse 219 W. 6th Street, Wayne 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (CDT)

Monday, June 11

Red Willow County Courthouse 502 Norris Avenue, McCook 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CDT)

Tuesday, June 12

Dixon County Courthouse 302 W. 3rd Street, Ponca 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (CDT)

Grant County Courthouse105 East Harrison Street, Hyannis11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (MDT)

Cedar County Courthouse106 S. Broadway Avenue, Hartington1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CDT)

Tuesday, June 19

Webster County Courthouse – Law Library621 N. Cedar Street, Red Cloud10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (CDT)

Kimball Public Library208 South Walnut Street, Kimball1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (MDT)

Wednesday, June 20

Keith County Courthouse511 North Spruce Street, Ogallala10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (MDT)

Monday, June 25

Mid-Plains Community College - South Campus601 West State Farm Road, North Platte12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (CDT)

South Sioux City Hall – City Council Chambers1615 1st Avenue, South Sioux City1:30 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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Remembering the Fallen

2018/05/18

Each year on the last Monday in May we set aside a special time to remember those lost in defense of our great nation. These brave men and women are owed a supreme debt of gratitude by each and every American who enjoys the freedoms afforded by our way of life.

I urge you to take time as you spend Memorial Day weekend with friends and family to remember those who will never come home. While there is nothing we can do to lessen their suffering, I make it a point to thank their families who are most impacted by the absence of our fallen heroes.

In order to honor the veterans who are fortunate enough to rejoin us after their service, we should do everything in our power to ensure they are adequately cared for. Though we can never repay the debt we owe them, I have been honored to express a small token of our appreciation by sharing our nation’s history with them in Washington, D.C.

Just this month, Senator Fischer and I greeted a veteran group of more than 100 at the U.S. Capitol for an after-hours tour. These tours impact me because we get to spend time with our Nebraska veterans on a personal level. My staff and I enjoy hearing their stories as we take in the Capitol Rotunda, Statuary Hall, and the House Chamber.

My grandfather served as a Navy Seabee in the South Pacific during World War II and his dedication to serving our country is what inspired me to enter public service. I try to honor him in everything I do.

This month, I was happy to vote to strengthen the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans to receive VA funded care from community providers rather than having to travel a great distance to a VA clinic. While this program is far from perfect, I will continue to support expanded access to healthcare for rural veterans. I also participate in a number of initiatives in addition to supporting legislation that benefits our veterans.

I serve as co-chairman of the Rural Veterans Caucus through which we consider the best ways to advocate for our heroes in rural America. My office participates in the Veterans History Project, where we work to chronicle the stories of Nebraska veterans to be included in the Library of Congress.

In order to provide an opportunity for young people in Nebraska to learn more about the U.S. service academies and other opportunities for military service, I join with U.S. Senators Fischer and Sasse each year to hold the Third District Academy Day.

Taking place this year on Friday, June 1, our event will feature representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and Army ROTC to provide information and answer questions.

This is the first year we will be offering an online webinar for students and parents who are unable to make the drive to Grand Island. For more information on Academy Day, please call my Grand Island office at 308-384-3900.

Memorial Day is rightfully held among our most sacred holidays and we should all take the time to remember those who gave their last full measure to protect the American way of life. Let us honor them as a grateful nation and forever be a legacy befitting their sacrifice.

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Smith Speaks on House Floor in Opposition to Anti-Sugar Amendment to Farm Bill

2018/05/18

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE), a member of the Committee on Ways and Means, spoke in opposition to an amendment to H.R.2 - Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, which would eliminate support for U.S. sugar producers and expose them to unfair trade practices.

“American farmers like ours in Nebraska’s Third District produce more products more efficiently than any other country in the world, if allowed to compete on a level playing field,” Smith said from the floor of the House.

“The sugar program, long included in the Farm Bill, levels the playing field at little to no cost to the American taxpayer by defending our producers from unfair practices overseas. Allowing it to expire would make no sense.”

Rep. Smith’s speech before the U.S. House of Representatives is available here.

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Smith Encourages Third District Students to Apply for Youth Advisory Council

2018/05/17

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) encourages rising high school juniors and seniors to apply for the 2018-2019 Third District Youth Advisory Council by June 29.

The Third District Youth Advisory Council is a forum for juniors and seniors to share opinions, thoughts, and concerns with Congressman Smith 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,” Smith said. “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 about the Youth Advisory Council, interested students and educators can contact Smith’s Grand Island office at 308-384-3900.

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In Service to Nebraska

2018/05/11

When Congress is not in session, I spend time traveling throughout our state to meet with hard working Nebraskans and hear their concerns. Nebraska’s Third District covers some 65,000 square miles, taking roughly nine hours to travel end to end, from Harrison to Falls City. In just the past few weeks, I’ve made stops in North Platte, Burwell, North Loup, Grand Island, Litchfield, Ravenna, Sumner, Falls City, Humboldt, Beatrice, York, Belvidere, Hebron, Bayard, Potter, Scottsbluff, Harrison, Alliance, and Crawford.

During my district travel, I enjoy meeting with constituents, business owners, and local officials to ensure their voices are heard in Washington. I also take great pride in the various events my offices host each year as a way to engage Nebraskans, promote economic opportunity, and inspire our young people.

Over the past two weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of recognizing our 2018 Congressional Art Competition winners in Bayard, Litchfield, Falls City, and Potter, whose artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol and my offices in Washington, D.C., Grand Island, and Scottsbluff. Each year, we open the competition to submissions from students across the Third District and the creativity of our young people never ceases to amaze me.

Other upcoming Nebraska events include our annual Service Academy Open House which will take place this year on Friday, June 1 in Grand Island and be streamed online for those who can’t attend in person. Students will have the opportunity to hear from representatives of the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and Army ROTC, as well as learn about the nomination process from my staff and that of U.S. Senators Fischer and Sasse. More information can be found at AdrianSmith.house.gov/Serving-You/Military-Academy-Nominations and those interested in signing up for the webinar should call my Grand Island office at 308-384-3900 to be issued login credentials.

In addition, the 2018 Excellence in Economic Development awards are now open to individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout the Third District who strengthen Nebraska’s economy through innovation, hard work, creativity, entrepreneurship, or historic preservation. The purpose of the awards is to promote economic development in our local communities, which is a crucial part of ensuring the benefits of tax reform and reduced regulation work for the benefit of all Americans. Forms are available at my Grand Island and Scottsbluff offices as well as on my website at AdrianSmith.house.gov/EconomicDevelopment.

In order to maintain a helpful presence across the Third District, I frequently schedule mobile office hours which take place in different cities each week. At mobile offices, Third District residents can meet directly with me or a member of my staff about federal issues and take advantage of the services offered at my Grand Island and Scottsbluff offices without having to travel to them in person. My team and I have held nearly 50 of these mobile offices throughout the Third District so far this year, and there will be many more to come.

To learn more about these opportunities, issues I am working on, and upcoming events in your area, I invite you to visit my website and sign up for my weekly e-newsletter at AdrianSmith.house.gov/Newsletter. Thank you for keeping in touch with me, and please continue to let me know how I can best serve you.

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Smith, Fischer, Sasse Announce Third District Service Academy Open House

2018/05/10

*Note: students and parents will also be able to join us via online webinar in order to participate in the Service Academy Open House, details below. 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE), in conjunction with the offices of U.S. Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse, will host the 2018 Third District Service Academy Open House on Friday, June 1, in Grand Island and online. 

This event is an opportunity for young people in Nebraska to learn more about the U.S. service academies and other opportunities for military service. Nebraska high school and college students interested in military opportunities, as well as their families, are encouraged to attend in person or join the discussion online. Please contact Congressman Smith’s Grand Island office at 308-384-3900 to be issued unique login credentials for the webinar.

Third District Service Academy Open House

Friday, June 1, 2018 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. CDT Central Community College - Classroom #103 3134 Highway 34, Grand Island, NE  68802

Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and Army ROTC will be present to provide information and answer questions.

Staff from the offices of Congressman Smith, Senator Fischer, and Senator Sasse will attend the event to answer questions about the service academy nomination process.

For questions about the 2018 Third District Service Academy Open House or to request login credentials for the webinar, please contact Congressman Smith’s Grand Island office at 308-384-3900.

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Smith to Hold Mobile Office in Harrison

2018/05/07

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will meet constituents of the Third District during a mobile office on Monday, May 14, in Harrison to discuss issues such as tax reform, trade, immigration, and infrastructure.

A mobile office allows constituents to meet directly with Congressman Smith about federal issues and take advantage of the services available through his office.

Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will hold the mobile office in Harrison on Monday, May 14, at the following time and location:

Sioux County Courthouse Courtroom 325 Main Street, Harrison, NE 69346 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (MDT)

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

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Smith Announces 2018 Excellence in Economic Development Awards

2018/05/07

Today, Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) announced the 2018 Excellence in Economic Development awards. The competition is open to individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout the Third District who strengthen Nebraska’s economy through innovation, hard work, creativity, entrepreneurship, or historic preservation.

“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,” Smith said.

“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.”

Nominations are due by Friday, June 29 and winners will be recognized before the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Smith. Forms are available at Smith’s Grand Island and Scottsbluff offices, or online at AdrianSmith.house.gov/EconomicDevelopment.

For questions about the Excellence in Economic Development awards, please call Smith’s Grand Island office at 308-384-3900.

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Commercial Air Service Is Good for Nebraska

2018/05/04

Commercial air service is vital to our nation’s economy and this is especially true in rural parts of the country. Regular flights into and out of geographically isolated regions like Nebraska’s Third District provide a lifeline connecting our community to the rest of the nation, which is absolutely necessary to a vibrant economy.

In the last five years, however, commercial air service has become endangered as government regulations stifle the availability of qualified pilots. In 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began requiring first officers, or co-pilots, to certify 1,500 hours of flight time instead of 250 hours, which had previously been the norm.

Since the implementation of these new requirements, two airlines which provided air service to Third District communities have filed for bankruptcy, citing the inability to find pilots as a primary factor in their financial struggles. Before withdrawing from Nebraska, both airlines had poor flight cancellation records which they indicated had been caused by the new standards.

This in turn severely reduced enplanements at our airports, severing a vital link in areas whose nearest major airport is several hours drive away. At one Third District airport, the total number of flights was reduced by nearly 60 percent in one year.

While this decrease in flights would be bad enough on its own, any airport which falls below 10,000 enplanements in a given year is in danger of losing full funding for capital improvement under the Airport Improvement Program. This means airports in Kearney, North Platte, and Scottsbluff could lose a substantial amount of money used for safety improvements and rehabilitation projects.

It was for this reason I wrote and introduced the Small Airport Regulation Relief Act in 2014 to preserve this funding regardless of the unintended consequences of FAA regulations on co-pilots. My bill was included as an amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill enacted in 2016, and again in this year’s bill, which passed in late April.

In an effort to further address the concerns of several communities with passenger air service in my district, I introduced an additional amendment to require a study on the current state of the aviation workforce and what we can do to mitigate pilot shortages.

The FAA reauthorization, including my amendments, is now awaiting Senate action. Senator Fischer, a member of the Senate committee charged with oversight of the FAA, has done a great job of safeguarding Nebraska’s commercial air service in the past. I look forward to her continued partnership on these issues.

Businesses and entrepreneurs are much more likely to invest in communities with dependable logistics and transportation, and I am proud to do my part to promote commercial air service in Nebraska.

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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


Smith's Closing Statement on MIECHV Reauthorization

2017-09-26 21:33:46


Smith's MIECHV Reauthorization Passes House

2017-09-26 21:33:18


Contact Information

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Fax 202-225-0207
adriansmith.house.gov

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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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