Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

NEBRASKA's 3rd DISTRICT

Smith to Hold Farm Bill Listening Sessions in Broken Bow, Beatrice, and South Sioux City

2017/07/17

As part of his 2017 Farm Bill Listening Tour, Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will host August listening sessions in Broken Bow, Beatrice, and South Sioux City.

The Farm Bill Listening Tour provides Third District constituents an opportunity to visit with Smith, ask questions, and share their thoughts on the future of agriculture policy. Nebraska Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach will also join the discussions.

“Sound agriculture policies are a crucial part of ensuring farmers and ranchers have the resources they need to succeed,” Smith said. “As Congress prepares to draft a new Farm Bill, I look forward to receiving direct input from Third District producers. Getting these policies right will help producers overcome challenges they face and ensure the Third District remains the top-producing agriculture district in the country.”

Broken Bow Farm Bill Listening SessionTuesday, August 1 Cobblestone Hotel & Suites 2750 S. 27th Avenue, Broken Bow, NE 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CDT) Media availability at 2:30 p.m. (CDT)

Beatrice Farm Bill Listening SessionThursday, August 3 Homestead National Monument Education Center 8523 W. State Highway 4, Beatrice, NE 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CDT) Media availability at 2:30 p.m. (CDT)

South Sioux City Farm Bill Listening SessionWednesday, August 23 City Hall 1615 1st Avenue, South Sioux City, NE 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CDT) Media availability at 2:30 p.m. (CDT)

Information about the Farm Bill Listening Tour is also available on Smith’s website at AdrianSmith.house.gov/FarmBillTour. For questions about these events, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900.

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Smith Welcomes Proposed Delay on Physician Supervision Regulations

2017/07/14

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a two-year delay on enforcement of physician supervision regulations at Critical Access Hospitals in its 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule.

“Arbitrary physician supervision regulations threaten the ability of providers in rural areas to deliver affordable, efficient care to patients,” Smith said. “There are more than 50 Critical Access Hospitals in the Third District, and this rule would place a great strain on their operations, hindering access to care for many Nebraskans. 

“I am pleased CMS has proposed a two-year delay on enforcement of these requirements, and I urge the agency to include this delay in the final OPPS rule. We must continue to work toward permanent regulatory relief for rural hospitals.”

The physician supervision rule requires a physician’s presence and supervision over nearly all routine procedures administered in hospitals. In December 2013, Smith introduced H.R. 3769 to delay enforcement of physician supervision regulations at Critical Access Hospitals for at least one year and until CMS completed an analysis of the impacts of this rule. He reintroduced the bill in January 2015: H.R. 170, the Rural Health Care Provider Relief Act.

Smith’s provision to require the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to report on the economic and staffing impacts of physician supervision requirements on Critical Access Hospitals was included in H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act, which passed the House in November 2016 and was signed into law by President Obama.

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World Won't Wait for U.S. to Lead on Trade

2017/07/14

Nebraska beef is once again being sold in China after the Trump administration negotiated an end to a 14-year ban. This is a great development for Nebraska agriculture, as well as for Chinese consumers who finally get to enjoy this high-quality, delicious product.

In contrast to this good news, Japan and the European Union announced a trade agreement early this month which would lower Japan’s tariffs on European meat and dairy products. Understandably, this is causing deep concern among U.S. beef, pork, and dairy producers.  

With the world’s third-largest GDP, Japan is the largest export market for U.S. beef and the second-largest export market for U.S. pork. However, significant barriers to trade still exist, and Japan remains a market with plenty of untapped potential for U.S. exporters.

Other nations are currently making market gains in Japan at the expense of the U.S. For example, Australia, whose own bilateral trade agreement with Japan took effect in January 2015, saw the tariff on its beef drop from the nearly 40 percent rate the U.S. pays to approximately 30 percent in April 2017. This rate will continue to decrease until it reaches 19.5 percent for frozen Australian beef and 23.5 percent for fresh Australian beef.

These tariff rate discrepancies between U.S. and Australian beef undermine U.S. competitiveness and resulted in a 14.6 percent increase in Australian beef exports to Japan in 2015.

Now, with a new agreement negotiated between Japan and the European Union, U.S. producers fear losing further market share in this crucial economy.

This is why my resolution urging the Trump administration to negotiate a trade agreement with Japan is so important. The resolution, which I introduced in the House in March, calls on the Trump administration to use the process established under the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, or TPA, to begin working on a trade deal with Japan. I supported passing TPA in 2015 because it empowered Congress to direct trade negotiations while giving other countries the confidence to bring their best offers to the table.

Under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiated between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries, the tariff on U.S. beef exports to Japan was set to fall to nine percent over 15 years. With President Trump pulling the U.S. out of TPP in favor of bilateral agreements, we need to move quickly on initiating trade talks with Japan.

As we work to expand our partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region, we must also continue to strengthen our relationships with our neighbors Canada and Mexico. The Trump administration has expressed its commitment to modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  

There is no reason we cannot take another look at a 25-year-old agreement, but we need to ensure the gains achieved for U.S. agriculture are not undermined. We must move through this process quickly and assure Mexican consumers quality U.S. products will continue to be as available and affordable for them as they have been to this point.

Our agriculture producers fuel our economy and feed the world, and it is our job to make sure markets are open to them. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over trade policy, I will keep emphasizing the importance of asserting U.S. leadership in the global marketplace.

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Smith's Office Announces July 25 Mobile Office Hours

2017/07/13

Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) are invited to meet with a representative of his office at mobile offices on Tuesday, July 25, in Bartlett and Beaver City.

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 on Tuesday, July 25, at the following times and locations:

Wheeler County Courthouse 301 Third Street, Bartlett, NE 68622 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (CDT)

Furnas County Courthouse 912 R Street, Beaver City, NE 68926 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 or his Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.

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Tips for Summer Travelers

2017/07/07

For many Nebraskans, summer means a long-awaited vacation. If you will be leaving the country, your passport should be your first priority.

Throughout my time in office, my caseworkers have handled hundreds of passport situations on behalf of Nebraskans. I would venture to say we’ve had the opportunity to help out with nearly every scenario in the book. The best advice is to make sure to get your passport when you do not yet need it. It is a much bigger challenge to deal with the federal bureaucracy at the last minute.

The current “passport surge” has the State Department encouraging travelers to submit their applications as soon as possible. The surge is due to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), implemented in 2007 to require all citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda to present a passport or other form of valid identification upon entering or leaving the U.S. Ten years later, millions of passports issued as a result of WHTI are expiring.

The State Department estimates 48 million passports will expire between Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and FY 2019, compared to 31 million in the past three years. In FY 2016, the State Department received 16.8 million passport applications. The agency is anticipating it will receive at least 21.1 million applications by the end of FY 2017, and another 20.6 million applications in FY 2018.  

To avoid travel headaches, check your passport expiration date frequently – ideally before planning any international trips. Passports issued to applicants age 16 or older are valid for 10 years. Applicants under age 16 are issued passports valid for five years.   

Many countries require passports to be valid for at least six months beyond the dates of travel, so renewing earlier is better. My office has heard from many travelers who arrived at the airport only to be told they could not board their flights because their passports were too close to the expiration date.

If you realize you will need your passport sooner than six to eight weeks from the time of applying, the State Department recommends expediting your application for an additional fee. Information about processing times and fees can be found on the State Department’s website at State.gov/Travel. There are also many useful resources for travelers on the website, from passport guidance to preparation trips to travel warnings.

For those with emergency travel needs, the State Department is available to help. If you experience a serious illness, injury, or death in your immediate family and need to travel within 72 hours, you can contact the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) at 877-487-2778 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. After business hours, NPIC officers can be reached for emergencies at 202-647-4000.

My congressional caseworkers also have significant experience helping Nebraskans with passport challenges and are happy to look into a situation to see how they might be able to assist. Please contact my Grand Island office at 308-384-3900 to speak with a caseworker.

To everyone in the Third District, I hope you have a safe and memorable remainder of the summer season wherever you choose to enjoy it.

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Smith Encourages Third District Students to Apply for Youth Advisory Council

2017/06/30

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) is currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Third District Youth Advisory Council and encourages rising juniors and seniors to submit their applications by July 15.

The Third District Youth Advisory Council is a forum for high school juniors and seniors to share opinions, thoughts, and concerns with Congressman Smith about local and federal issues throughout the school year. This group provides students the opportunity to discuss the concerns of young Nebraskans and give their input on issues facing our country.  

Members must be able to serve for one school year – August 2017 to June 2018.

To download an application, please visit AdrianSmith.house.gov/YouthAdvisoryCouncil.

For more information about the Youth Advisory Council, interested students and educators can contact Smith’s Grand Island office at 308-384-3900 or his Scottsbluff office at 308-633-6333. 

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Happy Independence Day

2017/06/30

The U.S. Capitol is an iconic symbol of freedom. As I walk its halls, I try to make a point to pause and reflect on the brave experiment which became our system of government.

There is a marble staircase leading up to the House floor, and each step is significantly worn. It reminds me of all those who have come before me as representatives to help determine the course of our country and maintain freedom and opportunity for Americans.

We face major challenges in our country today which have led to growing divisions. However, we must be mindful of all our nation has endured since its founding on July 4, 1776, and strive for unity.  

The Declaration of Independence was truly revolutionary, proclaiming the rights of individuals and the limits of government. Many of our Founders did not even like each other, but they came together for the cause of freedom. Their words have guided our republic and inspired greater freedom around the world for 241 years.  

I am still fascinated by the story of Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who were leaders and partners in the American Revolution but became enemies due to their vastly different beliefs on how to run the country. Following their presidencies, the two men reestablished their friendship. Remarkably, they both died on the same day – July 4, 1826 – exactly 50 years after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

The Second Continental Congress adopted a resolution of independence two days before the formal Declaration of Independence, and as John Adams said at the time, “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”  

Other than being off by two days, Adams’s vision for how we would mark America’s birthday has been proven correct year after year. From sea to shining sea, we celebrate our independence with fireworks displays, cookouts, parades, and gatherings. I enjoy seeing how different communities around Nebraska develop their own Fourth of July traditions – and, of course, it is great fun to share in the festivities.

As we celebrate, we must make it a priority to honor those who have fought to preserve the freedoms we enjoy. To all who serve or have served, we are deeply grateful for your willingness to answer the call of duty. To the families of those deployed, we are here to support you. To those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we will never forget your service.

President Ronald Reagan said in 1981, “There have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government.”

We are blessed to live in this great nation which serves as a beacon of freedom to the world. May we be brought closer together by our love of country and gratitude to those who have fought to protect her.  

To all Nebraskans, Happy Independence Day to you and your families.

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Smith’s Office Announces Constituent Service Events for July 12

2017/06/30

Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) are invited to attend Caseworker in Your Community events in McCook, North Platte, and Cozad, and a mobile office in Taylor on Wednesday, July 12.

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.

McCook City Administration Building First Floor Council Chambers 505 West C Street, McCook, NE 69001 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (CDT)

Lincoln County Courthouse Commissioners Room 301 N. Jeffers Street, North Platte, NE 69101 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (CDT)

Wilson Public Library Board Room 910 Meridian Avenue, Cozad, NE 69130 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CDT)

Constituents are also invited to attend a mobile office in Taylor on Wednesday, July 12.

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.

Loup County Courthouse 404 4th Street, Taylor, NE 68879 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CDT)

For additional information, please contact Congressman Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900 or his Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.

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Smith Votes to Strengthen Immigration Law

2017/06/29

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after voting in favor of H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, and H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law. These bills combat dangerous sanctuary policies which shield criminals from prosecution and increase penalties for deported felons who illegally reenter the United States.

H.R. 3003 contains Sarah’s Law, named for Sarah Root, who was killed in Omaha on the night of her college graduation in January 2016 when an illegal immigrant driving drunk struck her car while street racing. When U.S. Immigrations and Custom Enforcement declined to put a hold on the drunk driver, he fled. Sarah’s Law ensures illegal immigrants who kill or seriously injure another person are detained throughout their legal proceedings.

“I have long said our immigration system must be based on the rule of law,” Smith said. “The bills passed by the House today will ensure sanctuary policies cannot supersede federal immigration laws and will more heavily penalize deported felons who return. Choosing not to enforce the laws on our books encourages more people to break them – and hurts those who do follow the law. Crimes like the one committed against Sarah Root are preventable, and this legislation will help restore justice.”

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Smith Welcomes GSP Travel Goods Announcement

2017/06/29

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after the Office of the U.S Trade Representative (USTR) announced it will expand duty-free access under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) for a variety of travel goods not produced in the United States.

“Though the Obama administration declined to provide this consideration for travel goods from all eligible countries under the GSP as intended by the law, I’m glad to see the Trump administration following through on this effort,” Smith said. “Today’s announcement will lead to increasing stability and economic growth in the developing world as well as greater opportunities for retailers and consumers in the U.S. as we expand the availability of products.”

Smith served as the lead sponsor in the Ways and Means Committee for H.R. 681, the GSP UPDATE Act, to modernize the treatment of travel goods, performance outerwear, and footwear under the GSP. H.R. 681 was passed by the House as part of H.R. 1295, the Trade Preferences Extension Act, in June 2015. The Obama administration announced in January 2017 it would take no action on extending preference for travel goods to all GSP beneficiaries.

Last week, Smith questioned U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on the status of this travel goods provision in a Ways and Means Committee hearing. For a transcript and video of their exchange, click here.

Smith also recently introduced H.R. 2735 to extend preference under the Generalized System of Preferences to specific types of footwear for which there are no domestic manufacturers.

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Smith Supports Bipartisan Bill to Help Welfare Recipients Get Back to Work

2017-06-23 14:30:52


Smith Questions USTR Lighthizer on Agriculture Trade Priorities

2017-06-22 17:45:24


Smith Asks Sec. Price about Evidence-Based Funding for HHS Programs

2017-06-08 18:18:39


Smith on Leveling Playing Field for Ag Producers through Tax Reform

2017-05-23 17:59:26


Smith Honors Nebraska Farm Bureau Centennial

2017-05-22 19:31:50


Smith Talks Tax Reform on Fox Business

2017-05-19 16:16:09


Smith Pushes for Swift Action on Tax Reform

2017-05-18 16:43:50


Smith Congratulates Gering High School on National Contest Win

2017-05-03 17:58:41


Rep. Smith and Rep. Fortenberry Honor Amb. Clayton Yeutter

2017-04-05 20:02:05


Smith Speaks in Support of First Step to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

2017-03-24 21:03:07


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


Contact Information

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adriansmith.house.gov

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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