Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) invites constituents of the Third District to attend public events on March 27-28.
Tuesday, March 27Coffee at Nebraska Pantry Café and Coffee House Nebraska Pantry Café and Coffee House 108 NW 1st Street, Mullen, NE 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (MDT)
Wednesday, March 28Franklin County Mobile Office Franklin County Courthouse 405 15th Avenue, Franklin, NE 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CDT)
For additional information on these events, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900 or his Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.Read More
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) spoke in favor of the biodiesel tax credit for domestic fuel production Wednesday in a Ways and Means Tax Subcommittee hearing on expired tax extenders. Cal Meyer, Group Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ag Processing Inc. of Omaha, testified in the hearing.
“We need to diversify our country’s energy supply, and tax incentives play a significant role in growing domestic biodiesel production and consumption,” Smith said. “Biodiesel also adds value to U.S. agriculture, especially soybeans. Through innovation and technological advancements, the efficiency of biodiesel production has increased from 25 million gallons in 2004 to 2.9 billion gallons today.
“Producers need certainty to make decisions going forward. I appreciate Mr. Meyer coming to Washington, D.C., to share his expertise with the committee and stress the importance of this issue to both the future of agriculture and our country’s energy independence.”
Smith is a strong supporter of biofuels and has cosponsored legislation to renew the biodiesel tax credit and transition it to the producer level.
Congressman Smith’s exchange with Cal Meyer of Ag Processing Inc. in Wednesday’s hearing.Read More
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 Thursday, March 22, in Geneva and Hebron.
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 Thursday, March 22, at the following times and locations:
Geneva Public Library Small Meeting Room 1043 G Street, Geneva, NE 68361 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CDT)
Hebron Secrest Library Meeting Room 146 N. 4th Street, Hebron, NE 68370 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
For additional information about these events, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900.Read More
One of the most common concerns I hear while traveling the Third District is the roadblocks employers are facing in finding qualified workers. Considering the high number of Americans currently sitting on the economic sidelines, we have a great opportunity before us to close the jobs gap and help more people experience prosperity.
Right now, approximately six million jobs are going unfilled in our country. At the same time, more working-age adults are in poverty than ever before, as fewer men and women are employed today than in the past. More than seven million men and five million young adults are not working or in school. These alarming trends harm families as well as our economy.
The rate of poverty among those working full-time is only three percent. To take full advantage of the economic growth generated by tax reform, we need to find ways to bring more Americans back into the workforce with stable employment. This challenge is our main focus on the Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, which I chair.
Poverty is often assumed to be more prevalent in cities. However, poverty rates are underestimated in rural and remote areas, where for decades they have steadily risen higher than in urban areas.
I recently spoke to a gathering hosted in Washington, D.C., by the National Association of Counties. We talked about the importance of putting the “human” back in human services and helping people realize their full potential. Many of the best approaches to fighting poverty are happening at the local level. We want to learn from these successes, and we have held multiple hearings in our subcommittee in recent months to learn from local experts and help lay the groundwork for our efforts.
The ranking member of our subcommittee, Congressman Danny Davis, is from urban Chicago. Our congressional districts could not be more different, but we have found the challenges of empowering people out of poverty are universal, even if they require different solutions. National, one-size-fits-all policies are less effective than providing local organizations the flexibility needed to serve their communities.
Our subcommittee is working on multiple avenues for supporting local anti-poverty efforts, including the recent reauthorization of the home visiting program, support for reemployment services, funding for child welfare prevention services, and an alternative, flexible funding structure for states and counties through social impact partnerships.
We need to make sure our anti-poverty policies support and reward work. We also must shift the metrics from inputs like dollars spent or number of people on the rolls to evidence and outcomes in order to determine whether these programs are making a difference.
Another aspect of solving the workforce puzzle is promoting vocational education. Pursuing a four-year degree is an excellent path, but it is far from the only option. Many of our country’s trades are experiencing shortages, and we should be encouraging more students to seek out the technical training necessary for these beneficial careers. Employers are often best equipped to help their employees attain the skills needed to succeed in their jobs, and we must do more to pair prospective workers with businesses which can train them to fill these job openings.
President Trump expressed his commitment to workforce development in his State of the Union address earlier this year, and our subcommittee is eager to partner with him to help a greater percentage of Americans achieve independence and experience the dignity of work. With a focus on unlocking the potential in more people, we can ensure a brighter future for our country.Read More
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after President Donald Trump announced his decision to impose new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
“I understand President Trump’s desire to put an end to unfair trade practices, but the best way to accomplish this goal is through targeted policies rather than blanket tariffs,” Smith said. “While I appreciate the President listening to our case for exempting Canada and Mexico, these tariffs should be further narrowed in order to reduce unintended consequences.
“Due to the success of our ag producers, this industry is often the first to be targeted with retaliatory measures by other countries. I have been steadfast in advocating against actions which could harm the ag economy, and I remain deeply concerned about these tariffs in their current form.
“We know tariffs translate to higher costs for consumers. At a time when we are experiencing great economic benefits from tax reform, we should focus on opening more markets rather than enacting barriers.”
Smith serves on the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over trade policy.Read More
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will meet constituents of the Third District during a mobile office on Monday, March 12, in Bridgeport 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 Bridgeport on Monday, March 12, at the following time and location:
Morrill County Courthouse Commissioners Room 6th and Main Street, Bridgeport, NE 69336 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (MDT)
For additional information, please contact Smith’s Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.Read More
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after returning from the latest round of NAFTA negotiations in Mexico City, where he served on the congressional delegation led by Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) meeting with negotiators, government officials, and business leaders.
“NAFTA negotiations are moving in the right direction,” Smith said. “Everyone is staying at the table and working through the details, demonstrating the commitment of all three countries to keep this crucial agreement in place. The conversations we had with leaders in Mexico City reflected the shared desire to do no harm to our countries’ economies.
“We should be looking to expand on tax reform’s economic growth through opening more markets, not imposing additional restrictions on global trade. I am very concerned about the potential for retaliation against U.S. exporters, especially agriculture, due to proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Just as I have done throughout the NAFTA negotiations, I will continue to advocate to do no harm to the ag economy through our country’s trade policies.
“NAFTA has done great things for Nebraska agriculture, and I have appreciated the opportunity to bring the voices of our producers and manufacturers to the table in both Montreal and Mexico City. I’m optimistic we can strengthen the agreement while sustaining the gains already achieved.”
Click here for Congressman Smith’s March 2 column on the importance of trade to a growing economy.
Smith serves on the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over trade policy.Read More
The next round of NAFTA negotiations is underway in Mexico City, and I am part of the bipartisan congressional delegation traveling to these talks to stress the importance of this agreement to America’s economic future.
Last month, I had the opportunity to bring Nebraska’s voice to the NAFTA negotiations in Montreal. Having a congressional delegation on the ground talking with leaders from all three countries reinforced our commitment to upholding the agreement. The successes achieved under NAFTA make it clear it is in our country’s best interest to maintain these trade ties with our neighbors.
Following our meetings in Montreal, I remain encouraged about the progress being made on NAFTA. We cannot take anything for granted until we reach the finish line, but I am optimistic we will have more positive conversations in Mexico City to continue moving the process forward.
I also appreciated President Trump’s invitation this week to join him and a small group of House colleagues at the White House for a discussion on the need for strong trade policies, especially for U.S. agriculture. As the representative of the top-producing ag district in the country, I see it as a great responsibility to share the story of NAFTA’s successes for Nebraska ag.
Nebraska producers depend on these billion-dollar export markets, as 45 percent of our state’s ag exports go to Canada and Mexico. Our group expressed concerns about how other large ag economies such as Brazil and Argentina are already positioning themselves to fill the gap created by uncertainty over NAFTA’s future. These negotiations must be done right, but producers need the certainty of a completed agreement as soon as possible.
In addition to stressing the necessity of a strong NAFTA for agriculture, I also highlighted the need to reduce other trade barriers such as Japan’s tariff on U.S. beef. Producers have already been placed at a competitive disadvantage in the Japanese market due to our country’s inaction on trade. For example, Australia’s trade agreement with Japan brought the tariff on its frozen beef down to 27 percent, which means U.S. beef producers are now facing nearly double the tariff as their Australian counterparts. To level the playing field, I introduced a resolution in the House to urge the establishment of a trade agreement with Japan.
As our economy grows through tax reform, we should focus on opening more markets around the world. I am very concerned about the Trump administration’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Though it is important to be strong negotiators, we must not take actions which will lead to retaliation against U.S. exporters, especially agriculture.
On the other hand, I am pleased the Trump administration has expressed some interest in revisiting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which has the potential to open many leading global markets to Nebraska ag. The nations involved in TPP represent a market of 800 million people and 40 percent of the global economy. By participating in these agreements, we can ensure we are writing the rules rather than allowing other world powers to take our place.
As these issues progress, I will keep sharing the importance of robust trade relationships with the Trump administration, fellow Members of Congress, and our trade partners to strengthen market access for producers.Read More
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after meeting with President Donald Trump and a small group of fellow House members at the White House to discuss trade. “I appreciate President Trump’s invitation to join today’s discussion on the importance of strong trade policy to our economy – and especially to U.S. agriculture,” Smith said. “As the representative of the top-producing ag district in the country, I see it as a great responsibility to share the story of NAFTA’s successes for Nebraska ag. Our producers depend on these billion-dollar export markets, as 45 percent of our state’s ag exports go to Canada and Mexico.
“In our meeting, I stressed the necessity of a strong NAFTA for agriculture as well as reducing other trade barriers such as Japan’s tariff on U.S. beef. I will keep sharing the importance of trade with the Trump administration, fellow Members of Congress, and our trade partners to strengthen market access for producers.” Smith continues to advocate for the importance of trade to Nebraska agriculture. In January, he served on the congressional delegation to NAFTA negotiations in Montreal. Later this week, he will travel to Mexico City for the next round of NAFTA talks. Smith has also introduced a resolution in the House to urge the establishment of a trade agreement with Japan.Read More
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 March in Benkelman, Trenton, Franklin, Alma, Auburn, Center, Kearney, Hebron, O’Neill, Tecumseh, Fairbury, and Ainsworth. 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: Monday, March 5 Dundy County Courthouse 112 7th Avenue, Benkelman, NE 69021 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (MST) Hitchcock County Courthouse 229 East D Street, Trenton, NE 69044 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (CST)
Tuesday, March 6
Franklin County Courthouse 405 15th Avenue, Franklin, NE 68939 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CST) Harlan County Courthouse 706 W. 2nd Street, Alma, NE 68920 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, March 7 Nemaha County Courthouse 1824 N Street, Auburn, NE 68305 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CST) Thursday, March 8 Knox County Courthouse 206 Main Street, Center, NE 68724 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CST)
Tuesday, March 13
Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce 1007 2nd Avenue, Kearney, NE 68847 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CDT) Wednesday, March 14 Thayer County Courthouse 224 N. 4th Street, Hebron, NE 68370 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CDT) Thursday, March 15 Holt County Courthouse 204 N. 4th Street, O’Neill, NE 68763 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday, March 20 Johnson County Courthouse 3rd & Broadway, Tecumseh, NE 68450 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (CDT) Jefferson County Courthouse 411 4th Street, Fairbury, NE 68352 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (CDT) Brown County Courthouse 148 W. 4th Street, Ainsworth, NE 69210 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 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.Read More
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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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