Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

NEBRASKA's 3rd DISTRICT

VIDEO: Smith Recognizes National Agriculture Week

2017/03/20

     Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) spoke on the House Floor today in recognition of National Agriculture Week.

Smith’s remarks:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of National Agriculture Week and the farmers and ranchers who have made Nebraska’s Third District the top-producing agriculture district in the country.

One in four Nebraska jobs is tied to agriculture. The hard work and innovative practices of our producers have made our state a leader in feeding the world. 

For too long, the heavy hand of the federal government has threatened agriculture’s future.

Thankfully, we have seen important victories under the Trump administration, including the beginning of the end for the EPA’s dangerous Waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS.

Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers are committed stewards of our natural resources and take many steps to keep our water sources clean. 

President Trump ordered a reset on WOTUS, agreeing farmers and ranchers deserve better than having Washington bureaucrats controlling the water puddles and irrigation ditches on their land.

As founder and co-chairman of the Modern Agriculture Caucus, I will continue to promote policies designed to get the government out of the way and open more markets around the world for Nebraska producers.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I yield back.

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Importance of Meeting with Nebraskans

2017/03/17

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the rhetoric in our country. National news networks roll footage of contentious meetings between public officials and those they represent. People yelling at one another and calling names has sadly become commonplace.

On the other hand, my experiences in the Third District have made me even more proud to be a Nebraskan.

Over the past couple weeks, I have hosted mobile offices in Chadron and St. Paul to answer questions and hear Nebraskans’ thoughts firsthand. I also spoke at a public meeting in Scottsbluff hosted by the Western Nebraska Cattlemen. In each of these gatherings, we discussed issues from health care to tax reform to trade. Those attending have been engaged citizens wanting to share their concerns and opinions.  

You may have heard the expression our country is run by those who show up. I am always open to hearing from those who make the effort to be part of a productive discussion. Though there has certainly been some disagreement in my public meetings, in the end Nebraskans have expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to be heard. I appreciate their willingness to share their thoughts with me as well.

My interest in politics arose from conversations with my grandfather, and I credit him for instilling in me a desire for constructive, respectful debate. We often disagreed on political topics, but we had a tradition of watching the evening news together and talking about it afterward. He taught me how essential it is to hear all sides of an issue and listen to what others have to say.  

Public meetings are an important part of my role as a representative – hearing your stories, receiving direct feedback, and sharing what I am working on every day in Congress. I am in the process of planning Farm Bill listening sessions in mid-April, as well as additional mobile offices in the coming months.  

With Congress in session in Washington, D.C. more days this year and 65,000 square miles of the Third District to cover, I unfortunately cannot be everywhere I would like to be at once. To serve more Nebraskans, members of my staff also host numerous mobile offices and provide the feedback to me directly.  

My congressional caseworkers hit the road often as well to host Caseworker in Your Community events for Nebraskans who need help dealing with a federal agency on issues such as Social Security, immigration, or veterans’ affairs. On March 22, Caseworker in Your Community events will be held in Ainsworth, Brewster, and Ord. Caseworkers can also be reached daily by calling my Grand Island office at 308-384-3900.

In addition to in-person public meetings, I appreciate the opportunity to engage with Nebraskans through telephone town halls when I am in Washington, D.C. These forums allow me to connect with thousands of Nebraskans across the Third District for live question and answer sessions. If you would like to be included on future telephone town halls, please send me a note through my website at AdrianSmith.house.gov or call my Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-6435.

To make sure you receive details about my upcoming public events, as well as events hosted by my staff, I encourage you to sign up for my e-newsletter at AdrianSmith.house.gov/Newsletter. Thank you for engaging with me in the political process.

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Rep. Smith Chairs Hearing on Evidence-Based Home Visiting Programs

2017/03/15

     The House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE), today held a hearing to discuss the reauthorization of the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, which is currently set to expire at the end of September 2017.

The MIECHV program is an evidence-based program that helps to improve the lives of families in at-risk communities. Unlike most federal social programs, MIECHV funding is tied to real results. House Republicans have long called for more programs to follow this evidence-based approach to ensure limited taxpayer dollars are actually delivering the intended results and helping those most in need. In fact, the House Republican “A Better Way to Fight Poverty” agenda specifically calls for more programs to replicate MIECHV’s approach.

At the beginning of the hearing, Chairman Smith explained how MIECHV evaluates home visiting programs for funding: “For a home visiting model to be funded, an evaluation must show the program has demonstrated significant, positive outcomes in areas such as reducing child abuse and neglect, improving maternal and child health, and improving economic self-sufficiency … States have also been held accountable for demonstrating positive outcomes for children and families. If they don’t show improvements in four of six areas specified in law, they have to explain how they plan to improve their services to get results, which again, provide real help to struggling families.”

Two of today’s witnesses, Beth Russell and Rosa Valentin, shared their own experience working together through the Nurse-Family Partnership program in Lancaster, Pennsylvania—a home visiting program supported by MIECHV.

Rosa was 14 years old when she found out she was pregnant and was unsure how she would be able to take care of her baby while also achieving her education goals. Her nurse, Beth, helped her have a healthy pregnancy, cope with stress, and become a confident mom.

Discussing the steps she took to help Rosa set goals that would make her a successful parent, Beth said: “In every instance, I meet the client where she is and hopefully, I can be a positive force for good in her life amidst often stressful situations … I had Rosa make a list of her needs and goals, and at that first visit made several referrals to get her the right services that she needed to complement our visits.”

By using the evidence-based Nurse-Family Partnership model, Beth successfully helped Rosa through her pregnancy and continues to guide her through her first two years of motherhood. Today, Rosa is a 16-year-old junior in high school, is on track to graduate next year, and is a loving mom to a healthy 20-month-old daughter.

Ways and Means members on both sides of the aisle are working to reauthorize the MIECHV program and replicate its success so children and families receive real help that improves their lives.

Click here to learn more about today’s hearing.

Click here for Smith’s full opening statement.

Click here for a press release on Smith's recent visit to Panhandle Public Health District Healthy Families America in Scottsbluff, NE, to learn firsthand about how MIECHV is improving outcomes for Nebraska families.

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Congressional Caseworker to Visit Ainsworth, Brewster, and Ord

2017/03/13

Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) who need assistance dealing with a federal agency are invited to attend Caseworker in Your Community events on Wednesday, March 22, in Ainsworth, Brewster, and Ord.

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 Wednesday, March 22, at the following times and locations:

Brown County Courthouse – Meeting Room 148 W. 4th Street, Ainsworth, NE 69210 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (CDT)

Blaine County Courthouse – Clerk’s Office 145 Lincoln Avenue, Brewster, NE 68821 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CDT)

Valley County Courthouse – County Courtroom 125 S. 15th Street, Ord, NE 68862 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (CDT)

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

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Where Health Care Goes from Here

2017/03/10

After nearly 18 hours of debate in the Ways and Means Committee, we passed the American Health Care Act on Thursday to begin the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. This was the first step in a longer process to unravel Obamacare's taxes and mandates, and reset our health care system.

Compared to the 10.3 million Americans paying for plans on the Obamacare exchanges, many of whom had coverage prior to the law, 19.2 million have chosen instead to pay the penalty or seek an exemption. When nearly two times the number of Americans are opting out of Obamacare as opting in, it is a clear indication the system is not providing what people want and need.  

It makes little sense for the IRS to punish taxpayers for choosing not to purchase a product which does not work for them. The American Health Care Act repeals Obamacare's individual mandate, allowing people to decide how best to care for themselves without facing threats from the IRS. At the same time, it keeps important patient protections in place, such as prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to those with preexisting conditions.

Options for quality care have dwindled under Obamacare. Nebraskans only have two insurers to choose from on the exchange. Elsewhere, some rural areas are down to only one or even zero providers on their exchanges. Many Nebraskans have had to leave their doctors, faced deductibles in the tens of thousands of dollars, and for those impacted by the CoOportunity Health debacle, been forced to find new plans multiple times.  

The American Health Care Act changes the tax treatment of health care to provide more flexibility through policies which have been touted for years by conservative organizations including the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. It also ensures those who do not receive health care coverage through their employer can receive the same tax benefits as those who do. Overall, the bill establishes a market-based system, driving down costs and increasing quality through competition. Under Obamacare, the heavy hand of the federal government dictating Americans' care has killed competition, evidenced by insurers leaving the exchanges and premiums continuing to rise.

Because the American Health Care Act is a reconciliation bill, it cannot be filibustered and only requires a simple majority in the Senate. This is why we must seize this opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare through this process. While we held our nearly 18-hour markup in the Ways and Means Committee, the Energy and Commerce Committee held a simultaneous 27-hour session on their portions of the bill. Following consideration by the Budget Committee, expected next week, the bill will proceed to the Rules Committee and then to a vote by the full House and eventually the Senate.

This reconciliation bill is only the first step. Secondly, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will make changes at the agency level to stabilize the marketplace. There are more than 1,400 instances where Obamacare gives discretionary authority to the HHS Secretary. With his background as an orthopedic surgeon and Budget Committee chairman, Secretary Price can carefully untangle the red tape. The third step is to pass additional bills in Congress to lock in patient-centered solutions, such as the ability to purchase insurance across state lines.

Doing nothing about Obamacare's failures is not an option. There is going to be disagreement over any solution, but this is why the American Health Care Act is moving openly through regular order in four committees before it even comes to the House floor. Unlike with Obamacare, when Nancy Pelosi said we would have to pass the bill to find out what's in it, the American Health Care Act is posted online for all to read at ReadTheBill.gop.

Americans sent a clear message in November, and they do not want partisan bickering in Washington to delay this effort any longer. The Trump administration has endorsed the American Health Care Act, and we are working together to finally bring relief.

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Smith Votes for First Step Toward Repealing and Replacing Obamacare

2017/03/09

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement this morning after voting to pass the American Health Care Act out of the Ways and Means Committee as the first step toward repealing and replacing Obamacare. The Committee’s markup of the bill lasted nearly 18 hours.

“For years, Nebraskans have called on us to provide relief from Obamacare’s rising premiums and dwindling choices,” Smith said. “Too many Americans have been hurt by this failing law, and now we finally have the opportunity to reset our health care system. Today’s Ways and Means Committee vote is the first step.

“Unlike with Obamacare, when Nancy Pelosi said we’d have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it, the American Health Care Act is posted online for Americans to read. We used an open process in Committee in which Members from both sides of the aisle could offer amendments and ideas. Unfortunately, Democrats chose to stall our work for hours by playing political games, but we stayed until the work was done. 

“We know Obamacare is unsustainable, and Americans’ health care is hanging in the balance. We must come together to put patients first.”

In addition to the Ways and Means Committee’s action on the bill, the Energy and Commerce Committee held a simultaneous markup on their sections of the American Health Care Act.  Following consideration by the Budget Committee, expected next week, the bill will proceed to the Rules Committee and then to a vote by the full House.

The American Health Care Act can be viewed online at ReadTheBill.gop.

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Smith to Hold Mobile Office in St. Paul

2017/03/06

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will meet constituents of the Third District during a mobile office on Monday, March 13, in St. Paul.

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 St. Paul on Monday, March 13, at the following time and location:

Howard County Courthouse – Assembly Room 612 Indian Street, St. Paul, NE 68873 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CDT)

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

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Smith Statement on Passing of Ambassador Clayton Yeutter

2017/03/05

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today regarding the passing of Ambassador Clayton Yeutter.

“Ambassador Yeutter was a true statesman who generously shared his time and expertise. No one understood the importance of trade to Nebraska agriculture better than he did, and his many years of public service benefited generations of agriculture producers across the country. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

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Optimism for the Work Ahead

2017/03/03

With its healthy optimism and sense of urgency, it is no surprise President Trump’s address to Congress earned a 76 percent approval rating among viewers in a CBS News poll. Expectations are high among Americans, and they should be. We have a lot of work to do.  

I had hoped he would focus on bringing the country together, and the President delivered. By opening with a call for unity and emphasizing it throughout his address, he set the right tone for the days ahead.

President Trump talked extensively about the regulatory reforms he has been working on from day one. In the House, we have been partnering with him to roll back many of the Obama administration’s costly rules. One of the most celebrated relief efforts came the same day as President Trump’s address, when he signed an executive order requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers to go back to the drawing board on the Waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS.

WOTUS, which gave the EPA the power to dictate local land use decisions and farming practices nationwide, was one of the Obama administration’s most egregious overreaches. Nebraskans expressed deep concerns about federal agencies having control over the water puddles and irrigation ditches on their properties. Local officials told me about infrastructure projects, such as cleaning and widening a drainage ditch, which were needlessly delayed by the rule’s red tape.

I was honored to join President Trump at the White House when he signed his executive order to push the reset button on WOTUS. Though the Obama administration refused to listen to the concerns of agriculture producers, I am glad President Trump took them seriously.

In his address, the President also laid out his goals for health care reform, including expanding choice, increasing access, and lowering costs. These are the same goals I have advocated for over the past few years as premiums have risen and choices have dwindled under Obamacare. We need a health insurance system which compels consumers to purchase coverage due to its value and quality rather than the federal government forcing their hands.  

President Trump highlighted some of the reforms we are working on in the Ways and Means Committee to replace Obamacare with a more patient-centered, market-based approach. By enhancing health savings accounts, we can make it easier for Americans to spend their money the way they want to on the care they need. By reforming the tax treatment of health care, we can empower Americans to select the best insurance for them rather than being tied to a certain job, state, or program. We also remain committed to keeping protections in place for those with preexisting conditions, as the President reaffirmed.

Additionally, I appreciated President Trump’s remarks on tax reform. Simplifying our tax code is the most effective way to grow our economy. Under our Ways and Means Committee blueprint, 90 percent of Americans could file their taxes on a postcard. The President has also signaled his commitment to repealing the death tax, which is great news for Nebraska farmers and ranchers. I look forward to working with him to get this done.

As President Trump stated, “Action is not a choice – it is a necessity.” We are ready to act.

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Smith and Loebsack Introduce Bill to Broaden Fuel Choices for Retailers and Consumers

2017/03/02

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) reintroduced legislation today to broaden fuel choices for retailers and consumers by expanding the existing waiver of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations related to the Reid Vapor Pressure of motor vehicle fuel, which E10 received in 1990, to include E15.  

“By restricting retailers’ ability to market the fuel they feel is most competitive, these archaic EPA regulations are impeding the free market and limiting consumers’ options at the pump,” Congressman Smith said. “There is no reason E15 should not receive the same regulatory relief extended to E10 decades ago. We must foster the development of a robust energy marketplace, including ethanol and other renewable fuels, in order to achieve American energy independence.”

“Ethanol is a homegrown renewable energy source that supports millions of jobs in communities in Iowa and throughout the country,” said Congressman Loebsack. “This legislation will remove an unnecessary barrier and allow E15 gasoline to be sold in the summer months. This legislation helps expand consumer choice at the pump, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil, and stimulate economic development throughout the country.”

“The introduction of the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act is the first step toward eradicating an unnecessary EPA restriction that limits consumer choice at the pump during the peak time of the year when Americans are on the road,” Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said. “E15 is a federally-approved fuel that saves motorists money, boosts engine performance, and improves the environment. Biofuels like E15 are the most effective alternative to fossil fuels and a critical tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality. It is simply ridiculous that a law passed in 1990 to spur ethanol fuel sales would prevent today’s drivers from having this choice of a high-performance, environmentally-friendly 21st century fuel year-round. We commend the sponsors of this bill for their efforts to provide consumer choice at the pump and look forward to working with them to get this important legislation enacted.”

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Smith Recognizes National Agriculture Week

2017-03-20 18:30:07


Smith Celebrates 150 Years of Nebraska Statehood

2017-03-01 16:17:36


Smith Supports Empowering States to Incentivize Benefits Recipients to Stay Drug-Free

2017-02-16 22:21:20


Smith Raises Concerns About Hot Springs VA Downsize at Hearing

2017-02-16 17:00:46


Tammy Slater of Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska Testifies at Ways and Means Hearing

2017-02-15 18:52:12


Smith Convenes Ways and Means Subcommittee Hearing on the Geography of Poverty

2017-02-15 18:51:28


Smith Votes to Protect Second Amendment Rights of Social Security Beneficiaries

2017-02-02 21:35:58


Smith Supports Greater Health Care Choices for Veterans

2016-11-29 20:43:26


Smith's Closing Statement on Co-Op Consumer Protection Act

2016-09-27 21:00:11


Smith's Co-Op Consumer Protection Act Passes House

2016-09-27 20:59:32


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


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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.


Serving With

Jeff Fortenberry

NEBRASKA's 1st DISTRICT

Don Bacon

NEBRASKA's 2nd DISTRICT

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