Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

NEBRASKA's 3rd DISTRICT

Smith’s Office Announces Staff Mobile Office Hours for June

2019/05/21

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 Bassett, Red Cloud, Ainsworth, Hayes Center, Valentine, Wayne, Kimball, Alliance, Springview, Arapahoe, Brewster and Stockville.  
 
At mobile offices, Third District residents can meet with one of Smith’s staff members who can assist with federal agencies, like FEMA or the USDA, relay concerns about federal issues, or assist in taking 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 4th 
 
Bassett City Hall 
106 East Legnard Street, Bassett
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CT
 
Webster County Courthouse 
621 North Cedar Street, Red Cloud 
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT
 
Ainsworth Chamber of Commerce
310 North Main Street, Ainsworth 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT
 
Tuesday, June 11th 
 
Hayes County Courthouse 
505 Troth Street, Hayes Center
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT
 
Mid-Plains Community College
715 East Highway 20, Valentine 
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT
 
Tuesday, June 18th 
 
Wayne County Courthouse
510 North Pearl Street, Wayne
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CT
 
Kimball Library
208 South Walnut Street, Kimball
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MT
 
Monday, June 24th 
 
Box Butte County Courthouse
515 Box Butte Avenue, Alliance 
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. MT
 
Tuesday, June 25th 
 
Springview Village Library
118 South Main Street, Springview
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT
 
Arapahoe City Office
411 6th Street, Arapahoe 
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT 
 
Wednesday, June 26th 
 
Blaine County Courthouse
145 Lincoln Avenue, Brewster 
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CT
 
Frontier County Courthouse
1 Wellington Street, Stockville 
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT 
 
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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Smith Statement on Section 232 Agreement with Mexico and Canada

2019/05/17

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement regarding an agreement reached by the United States, Canada, and Mexico to remove tariffs on steel and aluminum imports (Section 232).

“I have raised this issue with the President and his team, and I appreciate the successful completion of these negotiations by the Administration. The removal of these tariffs is a major step forward on two fronts; it signals the end to retaliatory tariffs placed by Canada and Mexico which have impacted Nebraska producers, manufacturers, and consumers, and is also a necessary and important step toward adoption of USMCA. Maintaining the trading relationships with Canada and Mexico is crucial to the Nebraska rural economy.”

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The Right to Bear Arms

2019/05/17

In the Bill of Rights, our constitutional right to bear arms is listed second, after our First Amendment rights to free speech, assembly, and religion.  I like to think this ranking is intentional. Firearms are used for protection, self-defense, crime deterrence, hunting, and in many cases, are a way of life.

However, this does not stop those who are fundamentally opposed to the Second Amendment. Almost daily, certain states and municipalities are working to restrict the right to gun ownership. One such case is the highly restrictive ordinance in New York City, where transporting a handgun to a home or shooting range outside the city limits is prohibited. This effectively eliminates anyone from outside the city limits from carrying firearms, and greatly hinders residents from owning a gun. This ordinance is purposely strict to discourage people from possessing firearms.

A lawsuit challenging this particular law, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York, has made it all the way to the Supreme Court. This is the first major gun related case the Supreme Court will decide in a decade. The Supreme Court’s decision will have an impact on not only New York, but our nation as a whole.

Due to the importance of upholding our Second Amendment rights, I have signed an amicus (Friend of the Court) brief in support of the plaintiffs. This unconstitutional law does not take away guns from criminals, but instead punishes law-abiding gun owners. If the Supreme Court decides in favor of the City of New York, we can be sure this type of law will further proliferate in cities across our country.

Landmark cases such as this one highlight the importance of the make-up of the Supreme Court. Thankfully, President Trump nominated and the Senate approved two conservative justices for the nation’s top bench. I will be watching this case very closely, and am hopeful it will be decided in favor of the Second Amendment.

Another aspect of clarifying our constitutional rights is to find and remove barriers to responsible gun ownership. For this reason, I recently cosponsored the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act, H.R. 2443. This legislation would reduce the burden on law-abiding citizens, including active duty military and spouses, by allowing them to buy firearms across state lines, as long as the transaction is legal and permissible in both states. This is a common sense bill which does not hinder states from regulating gun sales.

We must not become complacent in defending our rights. There will always be attempts to undermine the Second Amendment. It is our duty to protect in law what our founders intended –  Americans having the right to bear arms.

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Reps. Smith, Sewell, McMorris Rodgers, and Loebsack Introduce Bipartisan Rural Health Clinic Modernization Act

2019/05/16

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Today, U.S. Reps. Adrian Smith (R-NE-3), Terri Sewell (D-AL-07), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-05), and Dave Loebsack (D-IA-2) introduced the Rural Health Clinic Modernization Act. This legislation provides regulatory relief for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and updates Medicare reimbursements to independent RHCs. The 4,100 RHCs nationwide provide essential primary care and preventative services in rural and underserved areas, either independently or affiliated with a hospital with fewer than 50 beds.
 
Currently, RHCs are subject to certain regulations, some of which have not been changed since the RHC program started in 1977. This legislation would remove outdated requirements for onsite laboratory equipment which is no longer used, expand the ability of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to provide care in RHCs, and improve access to telehealth in rural areas by allowing clinics to function as a distant site to provide telehealth services. 
 
“Rural Health Clinics serve as the primary care center to many Americans living in rural areas. In Nebraska’s Third District alone, there are 111 Rural Health Clinics. We must stop the trend of clinics shuttering because of outdated regulations,” said Rep. Smith. “This bipartisan effort would enable Rural Health Clinics able to operate efficiently and safely, while keeping their doors open and ready to help those in need.”
 
“Whether they live in Birmingham or Wilcox County, Alabamians should have access to quality, affordable health care,” Rep. Sewell said. “Alabama is home to over 100 Rural Health Clinics that provide critical services in their communities. The Rural Health Clinic Modernization Act will strengthen our Rural Health Clinics by expanding the ability of physician assistants and nurse practitioners to provide care in these clinics, increasing access to telehealth services and helping ensure clinics can keep their doors open in our rural communities.”  
 
“As co-chair of the Congressional Rural Health Coalition, ensuring access to medical care in rural communities will always be a top priority for me,” said McMorris Rodgers. “This bipartisan legislation helps meet that goal by providing regulatory relief to Rural Health Clinics and updating Medicare reimbursements so these independent clinics can keep their doors open and serve the Eastern Washington community.”  
 
“Rural health clinics are bedrocks of their communities, providing more than just access to high quality, local health care,” Rep. Loebsack said. “Rural health clinics help stimulate the local economy, creating jobs both in the clinic and community. Without local health care, lives and communities are lost. This bill will help rural Iowans as well as the communities where they have built their lives.”
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Smith Supports Disaster Relief Bill

2019/05/10

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) spoke today in the House of Representatives before voting in support of H.R. 2157, the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019, to provide additional assistance to disaster areas, including the March 2019 “bomb cyclone” which struck Nebraska.  The legislation passed the House by a vote of 257-150, and now moves to the Senate.
 
Text of Smith’s remarks, as prepared:
 
Mr. Speaker, I rise to reflect on the importance of the disaster supplemental bill we are considering today.
 
In Nebraska we continue our work to recover from the storm which hit our state.  
 
The storm brought with it blizzard conditions and large amounts of rain, followed rapidly by destructive flooding.
 
The impact of this storm continues to be felt across our state, particularly by our agricultural producers.  In the west, the extreme blizzard conditions compounded an already hard winter, leading to cattle losses. In the east, grain stores were washed away or damaged by the floods and extensive silting of fields has impeding planting as the season is now underway.
 
I particularly appreciate both this bill and the most recent Senate package including language to ensure our disaster programs can address losses of stored grain.
 
While crop insurance covers producers from planting, including coverage for prevented planting, up through harvest, it does not provide coverage for harvest grain which is stored and has not yet been sold.
 
Our producers need this relief.
 
I realize this bill is not perfect, and there are a number of issues I hope we can address moving forward.
 
I would prefer to be considering legislation which addresses the concerns of some Senators and the President and would be signed into law.
 
This bill does not, and I hope negotiations will get us there soon.
 
I have long advocated for disaster packages to be paid for – this package is not, and my amendment to cover the cost was unfortunately not made in order. 
 
We have traditionally extended a number of tax relief provisions to families and businesses in disaster areas.  I have introduced legislation to do this and hope we can act on this relief soon.
 
Mr. Speaker, Nebraskans need assistance.
 
Considering this bill moves us closer to providing them relief, and for that reason I support it.
 
I yield back the remainder of my time.
 
To watch a video of Rep. Smith’s remarks, click here
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Honoring Young Entrepreneurs

2019/05/10

The future of our country depends on the development of young leaders who are willing to step up, take a risk, and make a better life for themselves and their community.  In Congress, and especially through my role on the Ways and Means Committee, I want to create new opportunity and attract greater investment in our state for today’s and tomorrow’s generation of families, business leaders, and entrepreneurs.  From expanding access to more markets for our exporters to removing burdensome taxes and regulations, we can encourage new ideas and innovation to grow the economy for everyone.    
 
This year, I am excited to launch a new initiative to recognize the many contributions of Nebraska’s young entrepreneurs.  The Excellence in Economic Development for Young Entrepreneurs award is a spinoff of my Excellence in Economic Development award and was created to celebrate the efforts of our new and rising leaders.  
 
This award is designed to recognize young individuals, businesses, and organizations in the Third District who strengthen their communities through fresh ideas, hard work, and entrepreneurship.  Nebraska’s Third District contains 75 counties of diverse and successful economic activity, and I want to make sure to highlight this in Washington, D.C.   
 
Nominations for the 2019 Excellence in Economic Development for Young Entrepreneurs awards are due by June 21.  Forms are available at my Grand Island and Scottsbluff offices as well as on my website at AdrianSmith.house.gov/EconomicDevelopment.  If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to call my Grand Island office at 308-384-3900.  
 
It is an honor to recognize those who strengthen our communities, and I look forward to reviewing this year’s nominees.  The Excellence in Economic Development for Young Entrepreneurs award provides an opportunity to showcase Nebraskans who are working to make “The Good Life” even better for the future of our state.  To all Nebraskans who work tirelessly to grow our economy, I will continue to support your efforts and pursue policies to get the federal government out of the way of your success.  
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Smith Announces 2019 Congressional Art Competition Winners

2019/05/09

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today announced the winners of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for the Third District of Nebraska.  
 
Artwork by the first place winner will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol. The runners-up will have their art displayed in Rep. Smith’s Washington, D.C., Grand Island, and Scottsbluff offices.  Smith worked with the Nebraska Art Teachers Association to coordinate the competition.  
 
"Congratulations to all of the student artists from across the Third District who presented their talents in this competition, as well as the teachers who have encouraged their creativity,” Smith said.  “I am excited to share the winners’ work with visitors to the U.S. Capitol and my offices in Washington, D.C., and Nebraska.”
  • First Place: “Copper Corn” by Dallas Rohde of Litchfield 
    • Litchfield Public Schools
    • Dallas’ work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
  • Second Place: “Little Girl Drawing” by Gracie Hoyt of Mullen 
    • Mullen Public Schools
    • Gracie’s work will be displayed in Smith’s Washington, D.C. office.
  • Third Place: “Girl & Cello” by Brooklyn Liljehorn of Kearney 
    • Kearney Public Schools
    • Brooklyn’s work will be displayed in Smith’s Grand Island office.
  • Fourth Place: “Windmill Section Photo” by Rilee Howard of Mason City
    • Litchfield Public Schools
    • Rilee’s work will be displayed in Smith’s Scottsbluff office.
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Smith Announces Inaugural Excellence in Economic Development for Young Entrepreneurs Award

2019/05/09

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) announced the inaugural Excellence in Economic Development for Young Entrepreneurs Award. This award was created to celebrate the efforts of young and rising leaders who strengthen their communities with their entrepreneurial spirit. The competition is open to individuals, businesses, and organizations in the Third District who help support Nebraska’s economy through innovation, hard work, creativity, or historic preservation.
 
“Encouraging young leaders to embrace entrepreneurial opportunity is a crucial part of ensuring long term sustainability and growth in our local communities.  In the Third District, countless Nebraskans focus their efforts every day on creating and attracting greater investment in our state,” Smith said. 
 
“To celebrate their efforts, I am expanding my Excellence in Economic Development program to highlight young entrepreneurs. These awards provide an opportunity to showcase a newer generation of Nebraskans working to make ‘The Good Life’ even better.”
 
Nominations are due by Friday, June 21 and winners will be recognized by Congressman Smith before the U.S. House of Representatives.  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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Reps. Axne, Smith lead Bipartisan Effort to Stop EPA's Abuse of Small Refinery Exemption

2019/05/07

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Reps. Cindy Axne (D-IA-03) and Adrian Smith (R-NE-3) led a bipartisan group of 35 colleagues in urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop issuing Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) for large or unqualified refiners under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) program. In a letter sent to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the Members highlighted that the expansion of biofuel waivers hurts farmers who rely on demand for corn-based ethanol and other biofuels and has increased our dependence on foreign oil. 
 
“Our farmers and rural communities rely on a thriving biofuels’ market to support their families and create good-paying jobs. Increasing Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS) waivers not only threatens our energy security, but stifles competition in an industry that is an economic driver and job creator across Iowa and the Midwest,” said Rep. Axne. “I’m proud to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to meet our RFS goals and reduce our reliance on foreign oil.”  
 
“Waiving the Renewable Fuels Standard impedes the biofuels’ market and limits consumers’ options at the pump,” Rep. Smith said. “I look forward to working with the Administration to keep our commitments to the biofuels’ industry, which in turn will help foster the development of greater American energy independence.”
 
The EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program requires a specific, set volume of renewable fuel to replace or reduce the quantity of petroleum based fuels. Under the RFS program, a small refinery can be granted a temporary exemption from RFS requirements if compliance would prevent them from being profitable. However, the EPA has recently loosened the requirements for SREs, enabling refineries owned by major oil companies to receive these waivers. Not only have these waivers reduced the United States’ ability to meet our RFS goals, but it decreases the demand for Midwestern corn and bio products and hurts our farmers. 
 
In addition to Rep. Axne and Adrian Smith, David Scott (D-GA-13), Darin LaHood (R-IL-18), Roger Marshall M.D. (R-KS-1), Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA-44), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE-1), Steve King (R-IA-4), David Loebsack (D-IA-2), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9), Abby Finkenauer (D-IA-1), Don Bacon (R-NE-2), Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14), Angie Craig (D-MN-2), Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), Dusty Johnson (R-SD), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-8), Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO-5), Mark Pocan (D-WI-2), Jim Hagedorn (R-MN-1), Ron Estes (R-KS-4), Collin C. Peterson (D-MN-7), Michael R. Turner (R-OH-10), Steve Watkins (R-KS-2), Tom O'Halleran (D-AZ-1), Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), Bob Gibbs (R-OH-7), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO-3), Mike Bost (R-IL-12), Ron Kind (D-WI-3), Robin Kelly (D-IL-2), Bill Foster (D-IL-11), James R. Baird (R-IN-4). 
 
The full text of the letter is available here. 
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Leading the Way

2019/05/03

While it may not be widely reported, the U.S. is leading the way in environmentally-friendly technology and innovation.  Market demand for more efficient energy has transformed the way the U.S. produces and uses its natural resources.  I have long supported an “all of the above” approach to increase American energy production and efficiency, which in turn boosts our economic activity and keeps rates affordable for American families and businesses.  
 
Natural gas, coal, nuclear, hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, biofuels, and other forms of power are all part of our country’s diverse energy portfolio.  Policies like tax incentives for renewable energy have helped kick-start cleaner power generation to the point where America’s wind and solar industries have become sufficiently competitive to no longer need direct tax incentives.  Moreover, savvy businesses are doing more than ever to promote better technology and green alternatives to meet consumer demands.
 
The United States reduced overall emissions by more than 18 percent from 2000 to 2014.  According to the International Energy Agency, the U.S. emission reductions are “the largest absolute decline among all countries since 2000.”  The U.S. is a global leader in helping to keep our planet clean, without the heavy-hand of government forcing extreme and unworkable policies. 
 
Unfortunately, this week in the House of Representatives, the Democrat majority put forward legislation which would stifle the very progress the U.S. has made over the last several decades.  Their proposal would force President Trump to follow the Obama administration’s 2016 commitments to the Paris Agreement, a United Nations treaty on climate change.  
 
The Paris Agreement is aimed at reducing global carbon emissions by requiring each participating sovereign nation to put forward their own “nationally determined contributions.”  The Obama administration made this commitment without regard for the impact of new costly regulations and without submitting it to Congress despite the Constitution requiring Senate approval for treaties.  
 
Forcing the U.S. to follow the Paris Agreement would be difficult and costly for American consumers with no regard for the progress we have already made.  Meanwhile, other countries have done little to nothing to encourage cleaner energy.  China, for example, is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases.  China, as part of the Paris Agreement, is not required and does not plan to even start reducing emissions until 2030.  The pledge made by the Obama administration would commit the U.S. to far stricter levels and much sooner.  
 
While we must enact policies with the next generation in mind, the U.S. can continue to lead with clean, abundant, and diverse energy resources without hitting American consumers and ratepayers.  Promoting incentives and capitalizing on innovation are a proven win-win for our economy and environment.  
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Smith Gives Homestead Bill Testimony

2019-05-22 16:36:06


Smith Speaks About Maternal Mortality and the Rural Health Clinic Modernization Act

2019-05-16 18:16:42


Smith Addresses Energy Tax Policy

2019-05-15 18:01:26


Smith speaks in support of disaster assistance

2019-05-10 17:05:31


Smith Expresses Concern About The Cost of Mandatory Paid Leave

2019-05-08 20:35:31


Nebraskans Need Assistance

2019-04-19 16:26:12


Smith Thanks Antelope County Road Superintendent Casey Dittrich for Efforts to Repair Flood Damage

2019-04-03 19:56:57


Smith Calls Attention to Recent Flooding and Harsh Weather throughout Nebraska

2019-03-25 16:46:54


Smith Discusses Nebraska Disaster Response on CSPAN's Washington Journal

2019-03-21 13:50:47


Smith Advocates for Long Term Approach to Tax Reform

2019-03-12 20:03:01


Smith Opposes Gas Tax Increase and Urges Reforms to Infrastructure Funding Measures

2019-03-07 15:20:45


Smith Commemorates Passage of Homestead Act, Introduces Bill to Rename National Monument as Park

2019-03-06 15:15:38


Smith Questions USTR Ambassador Lighthizer on trade with China, Japan, and USMCA

2019-02-27 19:41:46


Smith Speaks in Opposition to Democrat Efforts to Curtail Second Amendment Rights

2019-02-27 19:40:44


Smith Opposes Increasing Taxes to Grow Government on the Backs of Hard-Working Americans

2019-02-14 17:11:46


Smith Urges Competition over Price Controls for Prescription Drug Pricing

2019-02-12 20:58:41


Smith Commemorates 105th Birthday of Scottsbluff Native Margaret Masek

2019-02-08 15:43:48


Smith Rejects Middle Class Tax Increase Proposed by Democrats

2019-02-06 17:51:08


Nebraska Farm Bureau's Rob Robertson Speaks on Its Association Health Plan

2019-01-29 22:37:49


Smith Speaks on Lack of Insurance Options Under Obamacare, Praises NEFB

2019-01-29 22:37:49


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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

Don Bacon

NEBRASKA's 2nd DISTRICT

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