Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

NEBRASKA's 3rd DISTRICT

Smith Applauds Court Ruling Against OSHA’s Unilateral Rulemaking

2016/09/23

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) acted illegally when it issued new requirements for anhydrous ammonia storage without a public comment period.

OSHA’s interpretive memorandum impacts approximately 3,800 agriculture retailers and would cost the industry in excess of $100 million to comply, likely forcing small retailers to stop selling anhydrous ammonia and restricting producers’ access to this important input. When issued in July 2015, OSHA’s changes took effect immediately.  

Smith introduced the Fertilizer Access and Responsible Management (FARM) Act in the House in May 2016 to block OSHA’s new regulations on anhydrous ammonia. Today’s ruling requires OSHA to utilize the formal rulemaking process if the agency wishes to pursue a rule change on anhydrous ammonia.

“The Obama administration has made a habit of unilateral action, but I am glad the judicial branch has stepped in to protect producers from this unlawful regulation,” Smith said. “Retailers and producers deserve to have their voices heard on the impacts of a rule change of this magnitude rather than having it forced upon them with no input. We must continue working to empower producers and remove barriers to their success, namely by rolling back onerous regulations like this one.”

Smith is the founder and co-chairman of the Modern Agriculture Caucus.

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Smith Statement on Blue Cross Leaving Nebraska’s Obamacare Exchange

2016/09/23

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today regarding the announcement Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska will not sell individual health insurance on the Obamacare marketplace in 2017.  “When Nebraska’s largest insurer must stop participating in the Obamacare marketplace due to losses totaling in the hundreds of millions of dollars, what more proof do we need Obamacare is not sustainable? The president’s health care law has already hurt thousands of Nebraskans with the collapse of CoOportunity Health, and now 20,000 more will lose coverage and have to scramble to figure out how to avoid tax penalties with even fewer choices. 

“Obamacare is a failure, and Nebraskans cannot continue to shoulder its consequences. We need our next president to work with Congress on our plan to give Americans more health coverage options while reducing costs and returning decisions to patients and their doctors.”

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VIDEO: Smith Honors Former Congressman Bill Barrett in Speech on House Floor

2016/09/22

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives today in memory of former Third District Congressman Bill Barrett. He then requested a moment of silence be observed.

  Smith’s remarks:

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Today I rise in memory of former Congressman Bill Barrett.  He passed away earlier this week in his hometown of Lexington, Nebraska.

Mr. Barrett devoted his life to service.

From his speakership in the State Legislature to the years he spent in Congress, he was known for being true to his word and bringing people together to get things done.

Serving Nebraskans was his top priority, and his dedication to the Third District and our state set a lasting example for me and all who have sought to fill his shoes.

Mr. Barrett was an influential conservative leader and a champion of agriculture. The Third District is now the top-producing agriculture district in the country, and we owe much of that to Mr. Barrett’s tireless work.

His former staff have recounted how he would always ask, “Does this help the Third District?” He was a true statesman who sought to serve others rather than himself.

He worked so hard representing the 60-plus counties of the Third District for the 10 years he served.

I extend my condolences to Mr. Barrett’s wife and tremendous teammate, Elsie, and their family.

Mr. Speaker, I’d like to request a moment of silence.

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Smith Congratulates 2016 “Angels in Adoption” Third District Honoree

2016/09/21

   Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) congratulated Toni Reiman of Beatrice today on receiving the 2016 Angels in Adoption Award for Nebraska’s Third District. Following Smith’s nomination, Toni was invited to Washington, D.C. to be honored alongside other Angels in Adoption from across the country at a ceremony this evening.

"Toni has adopted five children and fostered many more," Smith said. "As she creates a loving, supportive home for them, she also actively facilitates contact with their biological families to help them stay connected and learn more about themselves. It is a privilege to name Toni the 2016 Angels in Adoption award recipient for Nebraska’s Third District and honor the lasting impact she has made in so many children’s lives."

The Angels in Adoption initiative, coordinated by 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.

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VIDEO: Rural Hospital Relief Bill with Smith Language Passes House

2016/09/21

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 5613, sponsored by Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), to delay enforcement of supervision requirements on Critical Access Hospitals. The bill, which passed the House today, contains Smith’s language requiring the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to report on the economic and staffing impacts of these regulations on rural hospitals.

Physician supervision rules require a physician’s presence and supervision over nearly all routine procedures administered in hospitals, which can be especially burdensome for rural hospitals with fewer doctors and resources.

 Smith’s remarks:

Thank you. I rise today in support of H.R. 5613 to once again delay enforcement of supervision requirements on Critical Access Hospitals.

It has unfortunately become an annual ritual for us to pass legislation to block this arbitrary regulation, which requires a physician to be on-site and present for the administration of most procedures, no matter how basic.

As a condition of participation in the Critical Access program, a facility must have 25 or fewer beds, be distant from the next-closest hospital, and have a physician on call and available within 30 minutes.

The individuals who practice at these facilities, including doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, have a very strong understanding of what care can be safely provided in their Critical Access setting and which cases should be transferred to a larger facility.

However, CMS’s effort to accommodate the concerns of rural providers hasn’t been to empower these professionals, but to create a limited list of procedures which can be done without a physician on-site. 

For this reason, I appreciate the Chairman and the sponsor from Kansas working with me to incorporate my language into this bill, which requires MedPAC to report on the economic and staffing impacts of these regulations on rural hospitals. 

Based on discussions I have had with hospitals across Nebraska’s Third District, I expect MedPAC’s findings will make a strong case for repealing this regulation outright.

I urge passage of this bill, which is vital to communities across rural America, and I yield back my time.

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Smith Statement on Passing of Congressman Bill Barrett

2016/09/21

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today regarding the passing of former Third District Congressman Bill Barrett.

“Congressman Barrett devoted his life to service. From his speakership in the State Legislature to the years he spent in Congress, he was known for being true to his word and bringing people together to get things done. Serving Nebraskans was his top priority, and his dedication to our district and state set a lasting example for me and all who have sought to fill his shoes.

“With the passing of both Bill Barrett and Duane Acklie within days of one another, Nebraska has lost two influential conservative leaders. Andrea and I send our condolences to Bill’s and Duane’s families. These outstanding Nebraskans will be dearly missed.”

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Congressional Caseworker to Visit Aurora

2016/09/16

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 on Friday, September 23, in Aurora.

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 Friday, September 23, at the following time and location:

Alice M. Farr Library Conference Room 1603 L Street, Aurora, NE 68818 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CDT)

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

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Holding Our Trading Partners Accountable

2016/09/16

Opening new markets to Nebraska exporters is crucial to growing our economy. More than 96 percent of the world’s consumers live outside our country, and the efficiency of our agriculture producers gives our state the opportunity to help feed the world.  

Problems arise when our trading partners choose not to follow the rules. We must not only be fierce negotiators but also vigilant enforcers of our trade laws.

We are too often told to turn inward, build our own barriers to trade, and avoid negotiating future agreements. This is the wrong course of action, as it is through our involvement in trade negotiations and our membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) where we can encourage our trading partners to adopt free market policies and ensure they follow the rules.

On September 13, I joined a bipartisan delegation of congressional leaders showing support for a new trade enforcement action brought by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) against China at the WTO. Currently, China is subsidizing domestic production of rice, wheat, and corn far more than its WTO commitments allow. In 2015 alone, Chinese subsidies exceeded the agreed-upon levels by nearly $100 billion.

These violations have distorted prices in the Chinese market and put U.S. agriculture producers at a disadvantage. At a time when our domestic commodity prices are experiencing a downturn, we cannot sit by and allow a major global power to prop up its own agriculture industry to the detriment of our exporters. Because the U.S. is a member of the WTO, we have a legal venue to dispute these unfair trading practices and hold China accountable.

Trade agreements lose their value if we do not enforce them. In my role on the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, I have supported numerous legislative efforts to strengthen trade enforcement. The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act updates our country’s customs and border policies and creates new oversight of USTR’s trade enforcement. The Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, or TPA, gives Congress the authority to direct and oversee the administration’s efforts on trade and ensure any trade agreements are in America’s best interest before approval.  

If we choose not to participate in trade negotiations and organizations, American agriculture producers will be left behind. Other countries are not waiting for us – they are pursuing their own trade agreements in their own interests.  

Right now, China is working on an agreement among 16 countries in the Pacific called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. Australia and Japan also recently negotiated a trade agreement, which has already lowered Japan’s tariffs on Australian frozen beef to 27.5 percent and chilled beef to 30.5 percent. Japan’s current tariff on U.S. beef is 38.5 percent.   

We cannot afford to disengage from the global economy and adopt protectionist policies while countries are opening their markets to others around the world. Through careful enforcement of our trade laws, we can level the playing field for U.S. producers while creating more opportunity for Nebraska agriculture.

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Rep. Smith’s Office to Hold Mobile Office in Fullerton

2016/09/15

Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will be able to meet with a representative of Congressman Smith’s office at a mobile office on Thursday, September 22, in Fullerton.

A mobile office allows constituents to meet directly with one of Smith’s staff members about federal issues and take advantage of the 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 provide his mobile office and a staff member on Thursday, September 22, at the following time and location:

Fullerton Public Library 903 Broadway Street, Fullerton, NE 68638 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CDT)

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

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Smith Supports Effort to Challenge Chinese Price Distortion on Agriculture Products

2016/09/13

     Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) joined U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and a bipartisan delegation of congressional leaders today to show his support for a new trade enforcement action against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) as a result of its excessive government support for Chinese production of rice, wheat, and corn.     China is currently subsidizing domestic production of these three crops far more than its WTO commitments allow. In 2015, Chinese subsidies exceeded the agreed upon levels by nearly $100 billion. These violations have distorted prices in the Chinese market and put U.S. agriculture producers at a disadvantage.  Smith’s remarks:  Good afternoon. It’s great to be here. I represent the Third District of Nebraska, and proudly, Ambassador [Darci] Vetter’s home district and the largest agriculture district in the country.

This is a very welcome announcement, and it is an important first step to bring much-needed relief to my constituents in the Third District of Nebraska.

China represents a large and growing market for agriculture exports, and American producers – the most effective and innovative producers in the world – are well-positioned to meet Chinese demand.

Unfortunately, China continues to adopt protectionist policies which not only close their markets to U.S. producers but also suppress the prices of commodities on the world market.

All too often, I hear our response should be to turn inward, build our own barriers to trade, and avoid negotiating future trade agreements.

Nothing could be more wrong.

It is through our membership in the WTO and trade agreements that we are able to encourage our trading partners to adopt free market policies.

This is especially true in the agriculture sector, where unscientific regulations are routinely used as non-tariff trade barriers.

China is guilty of this as well but is certainly not the only offender.

American biotech products are routinely delayed around the world, not out of food safety concerns but to protect foreign producers from competition.

Fortunately, pending trade agreements offer an opportunity for the U.S. to ensure the rules for international trade in agriculture are based on sound science, not protectionism.

With 96 percent of the world’s consumers living outside our country, trade agreements create opportunity for U.S. agriculture, and so long as the U.S. maintains a leadership role, I am confident American producers will continue to meet the demands of an ever-growing population around the world. Thank you very much.   Smith has continually pressed for fair treatment for U.S. agriculture products in China’s marketplace. In September 2015, Smith sent a letter to President Obama signed by 105 bipartisan Members of Congress urging him to make biotech approvals a priority issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping.   Smith is the founder and co-chairman of the Modern Agriculture Caucus and a member of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee.

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Smith Honors Former Congressman Bill Barrett

2016-09-22 14:58:00


Smith Supports Rural Hospital Relief Bill

2016-09-21 19:05:31


Smith Highlights IT Concerns of Rural Hospitals

2016-09-15 20:53:45


Smith Speaks on His Bill to Provide Relief for Americans from Obamacare Co-Op Failures

2016-09-08 16:11:45


Smith Discusses Benefits of Digital Trade for Agriculture

2016-07-13 20:27:48


Smith Frustrated by Higher Costs and Fewer Choices for Nebraskans Under Obamacare

2016-07-13 18:24:36


Smith Calls for Regulatory Relief for Rural Hospitals

2016-07-08 16:18:42


Smith Stresses Need to Act Now to Ensure Social Security Solvency

2016-06-22 20:24:48


Smith Honors Nebraska Couple on 80th Wedding Anniversary

2016-06-21 19:54:12


Smith Stresses Importance of Biotechnology in Agriculture Trade Hearing

2016-06-14 19:04:56


Smith Defends Constitutional Rights of Millions of Social Security Beneficiaries

2016-05-18 19:40:50


Smith Testifies on Bill to Exempt Co-Op Customers from Individual Mandate

2016-05-17 17:11:08


Smith Supports Rural Health Providers in Hearing on MACRA

2016-05-11 20:11:54


Smith Supports Bill to Rein in Poor Management Practices at IRS

2016-04-20 19:07:58


Smith Welcomes Fr. Steve Thomlison to U.S. House

2016-04-13 20:30:29


Fr. Steve Thomlison Offers Opening Prayer in U.S. House

2016-04-13 20:31:08


Smith Recognizes National Agriculture Week

2016-03-18 15:21:32


Smith Pushes for International Tax Reform

2016-02-24 20:16:46


Smith Voices Concerns on Obamacare's Worsening Economic Impacts

2016-02-02 18:40:15


Smith Calls on Congress to Reject WOTUS Rule

2016-01-13 15:09:45


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Committee Assignments

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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