Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement on the passing of former Scottsbluff Mayor Don Overman:
“We are saddened to say goodbye to one of the staples of the Scottsbluff-Gering community. For decades, Don served our community through his role as City Councilman and Mayor of Scottsbluff. His diligence and hard work as Chairman of the Airport Board for Western Nebraska Regional Airport allowed for the success it sees today, benefiting the entire area. I had the pleasure of knowing Don for many years, and my thoughts and prayers are with his loving family.”
Former Mayor Overman passed away today, September 16th, at the age of 90. He is survived by his with Bernadine, their four children, and six grandchildren.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will host an Infrastructure Seminar in Hastings on October 3, 2019.
At the Infrastructure Seminar, Third District residents will be able to hear from a wide variety of Nebraska officials and stakeholders on the current state of infrastructure, plans for the future and resources available to communities; Panel topics included will be: “Workforce, Trade Skills Education, Economic Development,” “Rural Housing Development and Access Opportunities,” “Water and Energy Management and Infrastructure,” “Surface Transportation and Heavy Equipment,” and “Rural Broadband and Community Development.”
“Infrastructure is critical to our economy. More than just roads, infrastructure includes bridges, railroads, ports, irrigation, telecommunications, pipelines, and many other facilities. I am eager to hear about the state of our infrastructure from our special guests, and the residents of Nebraska’s Third District.”
Date: October 3, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Central Time
Location: Hastings Central Community College
Hall Student Union, Cottonwood Room
550 S. Technical Blvd.
Hastings, NE 68901
RSVPs are strongly encouraged if you would like to attend. Please RSVP at https://adriansmith.house.gov/rsvp. A live stream of the seminar will be available on Facebook Live at Facebook.com/RepAdrianSmith for those unable to attend in person.
For questions about these events, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900.
Washington, D.C. – Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) are invited to meet with a congressional caseworker from his office in Auburn and Falls City on Monday, September 23.
Caseworker in Your Community is an opportunity for constituents to meet directly with one of Smith’s congressional caseworkers who may be able to assist those with flood recovery concerns as well as with federal agencies such as the USDA, FEMA, VA, Social Security, Medicare, USCIS, or the IRS.
Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will provide a caseworker at the following times and locations:
Monday, September 23rd
11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. CT
Auburn Memorial Library
1810 Courthouse Avenue
Auburn, Nebraska 68305
1:00 P.M.– 2:00 P.M. CT
Falls City Library & Arts Center
1400 Stone Street
Falls City, Nebraska 68355
For additional information, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900.Read More
Energy is essential in every American’s life. We use energy to do just about everything; drive to work, heat our homes, cook meals, and power our cell phones. As diverse as the uses for energy are, so too are the sources of this energy: oil, gas, coal, nuclear, biofuels, wind, hydro, and solar to name a few.
It has long been the goal for the United States to become energy independent. By 2020, the United States is expected to export more energy than it imports for the first time since the 1950s. Modern technology and environmentally-responsible methods have given us the capability to diversify and develop domestic resources without jeopardizing the environment.
At this time when we should be focusing on how to make energy development more innovative and efficient, the House recently took votes which take us in the opposite direction. Politics has turned the debate on energy into something else entirely. We are now seeing proposals to reduce our ability to produce energy, which would force the United States to import the same energy from places where we have no control over environmental standards.
This week the House considered two bills: H.R. 1941, which would ban offshore drilling on both coasts of the United States, and H.R. 1146 which would ban energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I have always opposed arbitrarily closing energy development. These bills do not provide an alternative for the loss of revenue, jobs, and energy production. By simply shutting out these sources of energy with no realistic alternative, we would be creating countless new problems with no solution. Handicapping our nation’s energy industry only allows other countries to fill the gap we leave behind.
Instead of limiting our options, we should be looking for ways to expand our choices. In 2017, we saw more ethanol produced in the United States than ever before. As the second largest ethanol producer in the nation, Nebraska benefits greatly from ethanol sales. Increasing ethanol production is good for producers, consumers, and retailers.
The ethanol industry has seen record production in the past couple years, but there is still progress to be made. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to issue of Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) for large or unqualified refiners under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) program, greatly undermining the RFS. I have been vocal with the administration of my opposition and will continue to fight against these waivers. Giving Americans more choices for energy such as ethanol, should be our path forward. We must ensure ethanol producers have stability and a strong RFS. For my ongoing support of American ethanol, I was awarded the Fueling Growth Award this week.
Finding solutions to our country’s dependence on foreign energy must be a priority. Our country needs a balanced discussion about our energy policies. It is my hope we look for ways to provide more freedom and economic opportunity for more Americans, and I will continue to work toward this goal.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after the Trump administration finalized the repeal of the Waters of the United States rule, known as WOTUS:
"The repeal of President Obama’s overreaching WOTUS rule is great news for our country and gives states back the power to regulate their non-navigable waters, as the law says they should. I have fought this troubling regulation since its inception. I thank President Trump and the administration for their commitment to reining in the federal government and repealing this rule.”
Under the Clean Water Act, as enacted in 1972, the EPA’s jurisdiction is statutorily limited to navigable waters. Regulation of non-navigable waters is the responsibility of the states. In 2015, the Obama administration instituted a new regulation to vastly expand EPA’s jurisdiction to include virtually all water flows, from ditches to prairie potholes, even on private land.
After the enactment of the 2015 rule, Congressman Smith led the fight against it, authoring a bill repealing WOTUS which made it to President Obama’s desk in 2016 before being vetoed.
* Below is a voice recording of Congressman Smith’s statement. *
Regulations. While the word is often used in a negative light, the process of setting regulations as established by the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), enacted in 1946, plays an import role in allowing federal agencies to appropriately implement federal laws passed by Congress. Under APA, agencies are required to release a draft rulemaking, allow time for public comments, and respond to public concerns when releasing a final rule. Examples of constructive uses of the federal regulatory process include the Federal Communications Commission’s current efforts to crack down on illegal robocalls, which I support, and the annual process through which Medicare sets rates it will pay health care providers for services administered to senior citizens.
Unfortunately, and particularly under the Obama administration, regulations can often reach beyond the bounds of what was intended by Congress, standing beyond common sense and in the way of economic development. Once issued, it can be difficult to rescind outdated, or even duplicative regulations. Although some rules are well-intended, they often come with onerous consequences. Since the beginning of his term, President Trump has made it a priority to roll back overreaching regulations.
One such rule was the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Under the Clean Water Act, as enacted in 1972, the EPA’s jurisdiction is statutorily limited to navigable waters. Regulation of non-navigable waters is the responsibility of the states. In 2015, the Obama administration instituted a new regulation to vastly expand EPA’s jurisdiction to include virtually all water flows, from ditches to prairie potholes, even on private land.
WOTUS would greatly impact Nebraska – the state with the most miles of rivers – and every other state. Since the 2015 rule, I have fought against WOTUS. In fact, a bill repealing WOTUS which I authored made it to President Obama’s desk in 2016 before being vetoed. I did not stop there, and have found a willing partner in President Trump. Last December, the administration announced they would begin the rulemaking to repeal the WOTUS rule. The finalized repeal rule is likely coming soon; a huge win for Nebraska.
President Trump also recently replaced the Obama administration’s far-reaching and unattainable “Clean Power Plan” with a much more realistic Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. The ACE rule provides states with more flexibility to develop their own energy policies and innovations for reducing carbon emissions, rather than dictating a one-size-fits-all mandate from the federal government.
The ultimate goal of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), is to get endangered creatures to a point where they have a population sustainable enough to be removed from the endangered species list. When species not in need of protection remain listed, it diverts resources from species which need it. We must use sound science for these decisions. Because of this, President Trump issued a rule moving the ESA closer to its original intent by ensuring science dictates when species are ready to be removed from the list. They will continue to be monitored for five years after delisting.
The gray wolf is an example of species remaining listed for too long. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) determined in 2013 the species was ready to be delisted. Politics got in the way, and the gray wolf remained on the list. I signed a bipartisan letter to Interior Department Secretary and USFWS Principal Deputy Director urging the USFWS to expedite its delisting. Fortunately, the President has started the rulemaking process to do so.
As with anything, some regulations are needed so we can live our lives. However, we have also seen the damage when regulations exceed the original intent of Congress. This is why we must keep a close eye on which ones are working, and which ones are not. We cannot be afraid to say when regulations are no longer useful or are doing harm. I am glad the President is taking this seriously, and I will continue to support this effort.
Every year, when Congress adjourns for an extended district work period during August, I continue to take the opportunity to travel the district, hold meetings, and find out what is on the minds of Nebraskans across the Third District. This August I met with folks all across the district, from Auburn and Peru to Alliance and Scottsbluff, and many communities in between. I appreciated hearing their insights.
I enjoy getting to visit with our diverse small businesses and the people working there. This month I toured a cutting edge ag facility in Stapleton, the Heartland Surgery Center in Kearney, and meet with the owner of a successful coffeehouse and bistro in Cairo, among many other impressive places which keep the Third District moving forward. I was also able to visit with winners of the inaugural Third District Young Entrepreneur Awards.
In 2010, the Third District received good news as Grand Island was chosen to host the Nebraska State Fair. Nebraskans from across the state gather and celebrate all the great things our state has accomplished, and meet people from every corner of the state. I am always excited to attend the State Fair and this year proved to be another great event.
Before the State Fair, Senator Fischer organized a Federal Disaster Assistance Roundtable with Governor Ricketts, myself, and other state officials. We received positive news from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) when they announced those affected by the collapsed Gering-Fort Laramie Irrigation Canal will be eligible for federal crop insurance. Those who rely on this water to grow their crops were put in a bind by a natural disaster and through no fault of their own. This decision provides producers with a much needed tool to recoup some of their losses.
At the end of the month, I hosted my 2019 Ag Update Tour. At this tour, constituents joined special guests and myself to discuss the future of agriculture policy. The Third District has been designated the number one ag district in the nation for a reason, and it was great to hear from the many perspectives we have in our district. We heard from Nebraskans directly about their thoughts on trade, ag, infrastructure, and other issues on their minds. I was very pleased at the results from this tour, and am thankful for everyone who attended.
In addition to the Ag Tour, I was also able to meet with constituents and hear their comments, questions, and ideas at a number of my public meetings called “Mobile Offices.” If you are interested in attending a Mobile Office in the future, please sign up for my newsletter, by visiting: adriansmith.house.gov/contact/newsletter. In my newsletters, you can find details of where the Mobile Offices will be held and when.
August was a busy month in Nebraska, and I am glad I was able to be a part of it. I always enjoy the District Work Period, because I get to talk with so many of the people who make our state great. If Washington could be a bit more like Nebraska, we would see a lot less politicizing, and a lot more work getting done.Read More
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 September in Rushville, Chadron, Harrisburg, Ogallala, Arthur, Oshkosh, and Bridgeport. 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:
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. MDT
Sheridan County Courthouse
1203 East 2nd Street, Rushville
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBTEMBER 10
11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. MDT
Dawes County Courthouse
451 Main Street, Chadron
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. MDT
Banner County Courthouse
206 College Street, Harrisburg
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. MDT
Keith County Courthouse
511 North Spruce Street, Ogallala
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. MDT
Arthur County Courthouse
205 Fir Street, Arthur
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. MDT
Garden County Courthouse
611 Main Street, Oshkosh
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Morrill County Courthouse
606 L Street, Bridgeport
For additional information, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900 or his Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will meet constituents of the Third District during mobile office hours Wednesday, September 4, in Mullen, and Thursday, September 5, in Hayes Center.
A mobile office allows constituents to meet directly with Congressman Smith about federal issues and take advantage of the constituent services available through his office, such as assisting individuals with challenges they face while working with a federal agency, ordering flags flown over the U.S. Capitol, and booking tours in Washington, D.C.
Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will hold the mobile office hours at the following times and locations:
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. MDT
Hooker County Courthouse – Courtroom
303 NW 1st Street, Mullen
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CDT
Hayes County Courthouse
505 Troth Street, Hayes Center
For additional information, please contact Congressman Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900 or Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.
As we enter the end of summer and the beginning of fall, we have a few things to anticipate: harvest, back-to-school, and Husker football. It also means Congress will reconvene following work done across our districts.
There are many things to work on when Congress reconvenes in September. I hope our focus will be trade. It is incredibly important to our economy, particularly agriculture, and we should always be looking to expand markets for American goods and services. Trade is one of my top priorities in the Committee on Ways and Means, which has jurisdiction over trade.
This fall, we must pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). This crucial agreement – which modernizes and improves NAFTA – has already been ratified by Mexico and has the support of the Prime Minister of Canada.
For the U.S. to ratify this agreement, the process must start in the House with action from the Ways and Means Committee. Although Speaker Pelosi has not yet indicated if she will bring USMCA to the floor for a vote, there is bipartisan support to get USCMA done. It is my hope she does, as it’s the best interests of all three countries involved. This fall, we have an opportunity to move this trade agreement through Congress. In the process, we will provide an example of mutually beneficial trade, hopefully setting a standard for future trade talks with other nations, such as China which have been taken to task for unfair trade practices. Farmers have been hit hard by the ongoing trade tensions with China, and I am eager to see President Trump strike a deal.
We have also seen some recent progress on trade with Japan. In May, Japan lifted age restrictions on the importation of U.S. beef, eliminating a barrier which had been in place since 2003. As the co-chair of the U.S.-Japan Caucus, I have long advocated for a bilateral trade agreement with the U.S. and Japan. The reduction of trade barriers between the U.S. and Japan would benefit producers and consumers alike. Without the reduction of these barriers, the U.S. will lose ground in key markets to competing nations such as Australia.
Negotiations between our two nations continue with the hope of putting together a limited trade deal as early as next month. A limited agreement would potentially bring U.S. ag tariff rates in line with our competitors, relieving a burden for our farmers and producers. A long-term deal is in both countries interests, however, the limited agreement would be an important step toward a longer term comprehensive agreement.
We have an opportunity to take action on trade, but the work must come first. We cannot afford to let these opportunities pass. I am looking forward to continuing this work once Congress returns in September.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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