Each year, people travel to Washington, D.C. from all over the United States to demonstrate peacefully on behalf of the unborn as part of the March for Life. It warms my heart to see so many people - many of them young Nebraskans - braving the elements to remind our national leaders that we value life in its earliest form.
Since the inaugural March for Life in 1974, which drew around 20,000 people, the number of participants has grown into the hundreds of thousands. Each person marching represents many more Americans who believe defending the sanctity of human life is essential to defending our freedom as a society.
There are indications the rising generation is the most pro-life generation in recent memory. Advancements in ultrasound imaging technology have made it increasingly difficult to overlook the humanity of unborn children. The Trump Administration has taken several encouraging steps as Vice President Pence continues to affirm the hope that the current generation will restore the right to life.
Tragically, the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision led to federal abortion laws on par with countries whose human rights records are among the worst in the world, including North Korea and China. We remain one of only seven countries that permit abortions on demand after 20 weeks of pregnancy - an age at which studies have proven babies can feel pain.
This is why I am proud to cosponsor the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which recognizes an unborn child who has reached 20 weeks of development is capable of feeling pain and would therefore prohibit abortions past this point. As one of 12 states which have enacted the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law, Nebraska serves as an example to the rest of the country in its commitment to protecting the unborn.
I am also a cosponsor of several other bills to protect the unborn, including one to guarantee them equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Another would permanently prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to carry out abortions, such as in the case of Planned Parenthood.
Many of these bills are introduced each Congress in an effort to protect as many lives as possible until Roe v. Wade can be overturned. Some of them passed the House under Republican control, but fell short of Senate consideration. Respect for human life must be a cornerstone of public policy. To everyone who has devoted their time and effort to the cause of life, I thank you. I will continue to stand with you and defend those who cannot defend themselves.
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 February in Aurora, Wilber, Fairbury, Auburn, Pierce, South Sioux City, St. Paul, Loup City, Taylor, Ord, and Burwell.
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, February 4th
Aurora City Offices – Council Chambers
905 13th Street, Aurora
12:30pm to 1:30pm CT
Tuesday, February 5th
Saline County Courthouse – Assembly Room
215 S. Court Street, Wilber
10:00am to 11:00am CT
Jefferson County Courthouse
411 4th Street, Fairbury
1:00pm to 2:00pm CT
Wednesday, February 6th
Nemaha County Courthouse
1824 N Street, Auburn
11:00am to 12:00pm CT
Monday, February 11th
Pierce County Courthouse
111 W. Court Street, Pierce
9:45am to 10:45am CT
South Sioux City Hall
1615 1st Avenue, South Sioux City
1:30pm to 2:30pm CT
Tuesday, February 12th
Howard County Courthouse – Assembly Room
612 Indian Street, St. Paul
10:00am to 11:00am CT
Wednesday, February 13th
Sherman County Courthouse – Drivers Exam Room
630 O Street, Loup City
10:00am to 11:00am CT
Loup County Courthouse
408 4th Street, Taylor
2:30pm to 3:30pm CT
Tuesday, February 26th
Valley County Courthouse – Lobby
125 S. 15th Street, Ord
10:45am to 11:45am CT
Garfield County Courthouse
250 S. 8th Avenue, Burwell
12:30pm to 1:30pm CT
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) has been selected to serve as Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, previously known as the Subcommittee on Tax Policy, which has jurisdiction over federal tax legislation and oversees tax policy implementation by the Internal Revenue Service.
From Congressman Smith:
“I am honored to lead the important work of the tax subcommittee on behalf of my Republican colleagues,” said Congressman Smith. “My priority will always be to fight for conservative policies centered around personal responsibility and respect for the free market. Congressional Democrats have made clear their intent to stymie the president’s agenda at every turn, including the repeal of landmark tax reforms we championed in the last Congress. I will do everything in my power to build on this progress and increase economic opportunity for Nebraskans, and for all Americans.”
From Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member, Kevin Brady:
“Hardworking Americans who were left behind during the previous administration are now finally seeing more jobs and bigger paychecks thanks to President Trump and our GOP pro-growth agenda. Congressman Smith and I are ready to roll up our sleeves and work with our Democrat colleagues to protect the growing paychecks of America’s workers and ensure this booming economy isn’t slowed down. I look forward to working with Adrian as we continue to fight for policies that promote more opportunities for workers and families across the country.”Read More
Our borders reflect the history, geography, and sovereignty of our nation. We monitor and defend them for a number of reasons, including the protection of American citizens from illegal drugs and individuals who would do us harm. The United States is a nation of laws, applied broadly and evenly, with no person outside their reach. If any of us break the law, we face consequences. Our society and legal system rely on these consequences to discourage widespread crime.
To be clear, securing our border does not mean restricting access via legal ports of entry. Likewise, it should not signal increased American isolationism, reduction of trade with our neighbors, or limitations placed on legal immigration. To the contrary, it is indicative of the right way – and the wrong way – to come to America. Allowing virtually unabated illegal traffic across our borders flies in the face of everything we stand for.
We have a proud tradition of immigration in the United States – my great grandparents immigrated through Ellis Island in the early 1900s. They wanted to live in a secure, peaceful, and prosperous country whose laws protected the rights of the individual. Allowing people to circumvent the legal immigration process dishonors the memory of so many Americans who came here via legal means and is simply unfair to those waiting in line to immigrate legally.
Securing our borders, whether through the construction of a wall along the whole or part of our border, the use of advanced technology such as surveillance drones, or the deployment of additional border patrol agents is necessary to maintain respect for our laws. The border between the United States and Mexico stretches 1,951 miles with roughly 650 miles of it reinforced by permanent border fencing.
In 2018 alone, Customs and Border Patrol apprehended 396,579 individuals attempting to cross our southern border between legal ports of entry. Homeland Security estimates our ability to stop illegal entry at 50 percent, meaning as many as 400,000 people entered our country and we have no record of who they are, how long they will stay, or what their intentions are in the United States.
In addition to the national security risk, open stretches of border encourage gangs and human traffickers to exploit potential migrants, charging thousands of dollars to guide them dangerously unprepared across remote stretches of the border. Securing our southern border would make it significantly harder for human traffickers and drug smugglers to cross into the United States, potentially saving thousands of lives while also increasing our ability to detect and deter threats to our national security.
A government shutdown is not good for the country, nor is it the means by which I would prefer to make a stand for border security. However, the president has made his position clear: he will not sign a funding bill to reopen the government without meaningful improvements to border security. The United States is a compassionate nation, but it is also a fair and just nation. It is not only our right, but also our responsibility, to enforce our laws and secure our borders.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump on Thursday evening signed H.R. 4689, legislation championed by Congressman Adrian Smith (NE-03) and U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) to rollback outdated regulations negatively affecting ag producers in the Nebraska panhandle. The bill passed the House of Representatives in September and the Senate in December.
“This law will provide much-needed regulatory relief to producers in the Northport Irrigation District by allowing them to repay their share of long-term infrastructure loans, rather than paying only interest in perpetuity. I greatly appreciate Senator Fischer’s efforts to ensure its passage in the Senate in order to provide certainty when our farmers and ranchers need it most,” said Congressman Smith.
“Outdated and burdensome barriers have created challenges and frustrations for Nebraska farmers in the panhandle for too long. I thank Congressman Smith for his steady partnership on this effort to address this issue. Now that this important policy has been signed into law, farmers will be able to increase productivity, access more land, and continue to lead the Good Life,” said Senator Fischer, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
“I thank Congressman Smith and Senator Fischer for their hard work in getting this bill signed into law,” said ag producer and land owner George Hall of Bridgeport. “It will allow our families to keep and pass down the land we have farmed and lived on for many years to future generations.”
Since 1952, Northport Irrigation District has been paralyzed under an outdated construction contract loan with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR). This contract has prevented members of the district from making payments on their portion of the overall debt and limited their ability to expand their farms and businesses.
Under current law, BOR has no statutory authority to allow individual landowners to repay their portion of the debt. Because of this, landowners are limited to only 960 acres per individual. This is an outdated requirement for modern day farms and farming practices.
H.R. 4689, introduced by Rep. Smith and strongly supported by Senator Fischer, will allow farmers within Northport Irrigation Districts to repay the BOR for the capital construction cost of the project ahead of schedule.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) announced today his nomination of 12 students to the U.S. service academies for the class beginning in the fall of 2019.
Members of Congress have the privilege of nominating young people for admission to the U.S. service academies, which include the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
The service academies offer a unique opportunity for motivated students to serve their country while undergoing a rigorous academic and physical regimen. In exchange for tuition, students agree to serve in the U.S. military after graduation.
“Each year, it is my honor to nominate a number of talented young Nebraskans to become the future leaders of our military,” Smith said. “These young people have demonstrated a strong desire to serve their country, dedication to their studies, and commitment to their communities. I wish them well and believe they will serve our country proudly.”
Eric Collazo of Marquette has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Eric, a senior at Aurora High School, is the son of Eric and Nichole Collazo.
Nicholas Hutsell of Marquette has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Nicholas, a senior at Aurora High School, is the son of Kevin and Renee Hutsell.
Avril Jones of Aurora has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Avril, a senior at Aurora High School, is the daughter of Damien and Sarah Jones.
Levi Kicken of Gering has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Levi, a senior at Mount Michael Benedictine School, is the son of Louis and Amy Kicken.
Max Kohmetscher of York has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Max, a senior at York High School, is the son of Scott and Stacy Kohmetscher.
Jackson McFadden of Kearney has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Jackson, a senior at Kearney High School, is the son of Patrick and Linda McFadden.
Nicholas Novak of Dawson has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Nicholas, a graduate of Humboldt Table Rock Steinauer High School, is the son of Mark and Lorrie Novak.
Gideon Fink of Stratton has been nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. Gideon, a graduate of Dundy County Stratton High School, is the son of Kevin and Renee Fink.
Lezlie Hausmann of Alliance has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Lezlie, a senior at Alliance High School, is the daughter of Joel and Stephany Hausmann.
Jordyn Kenkel of Brule has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Jordyn, a senior at Ogallala High School, is the daughter of Daniel and Julianne Kenkel.
Daniel Merritt of Gering has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Daniel, a graduate of Gering High School, is the son of Ronald and Deborah Merritt.
Zachary Placek of Alliance has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Zachary, a senior at Alliance High School, is the son of John and Lynn Placek.
Applicants met personally with Smith’s Academy Advisory Committee and were evaluated on academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, career motivation, personal traits, letters of recommendation, essays, and personal interviews. More information about the nomination process can be found here.Read More
It’s a new year and a new Congress. While I would have preferred to retain Republican control of the House for the 116th Congress, I believe there are many things we can accomplish in Washington to serve the best interests of the American people.
Chief among my priorities will be to improve market access for our agricultural producers who have been hurt by our current trade disputes with China and other countries. I was happy to see negotiations over the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) conclude successfully and I hope the details are worked out in a way which allows Congress to approve it.
Another such improvement would be the negotiation of a trade agreement with Japan, which has the world’s third largest economy, to expand the sale of American goods and services there. As the new co-Chair of the U.S.-Japan Congressional Caucus, I hope to continue to build positive relationships with our Japanese counterparts and support further strengthening our trade ties.
Our national debt continues to be a very serious problem which has yet to be reined in. Given our current level of economic growth, tax revenue is higher than it has ever been. However, growth alone will not overcome our current level of deficit spending. We have serious problems with both discretionary and mandatory spending which Congress must address as soon as possible.
An area where I hope to work with my Democrat colleagues is by continuing the work I began as Chairman of the Human Resources Subcommittee to connect unemployed Americans with the many open jobs across the country. Our current unemployment rate is a strong sign the economy has improved, but many Americans are not counted in these numbers as they have long since stopped looking for work.
Another subject of bipartisan agreement is Medicare, namely two bills I introduced during the last Congress with broad bipartisan support. One of them would abolish Medicare’s 96-hour rule, which arbitrarily forces healthcare providers to discharge or transfer patients within four days of entering the hospital. The other would empower healthcare professionals at skilled nursing facilities to render urgent care with the support of doctors through telehealth agreements.
These are just a few of the initiatives I hope to advance in the 116th Congress. I will continue to support President Trump’s agenda of securing our nation’s borders, rolling back burdensome regulations, and ensuring our producers are treated fairly around the world.Read More
2018 has been a productive year. The economic benefits of tax reform are on display throughout the country with businesses expanding and jobs being created all around us. While there is much left to be done, I’d like to discuss a few of our proudest accomplishments from the past year.
During the week before Christmas, the Senate passed my bill to help our agricultural producers in the Northport Irrigation District. Once signed into law, this bill will allow individual land owners to repay their portion of federal irrigation infrastructure loans instead of paying only the interest as they have for decades. I was pleased to see the House pass it earlier this year and I thank Senator Fischer for her diligent efforts to shepherd it through the Senate.
Earlier in December, President Trump issued a new rule to supplant President Obama’s vastly overreaching WOTUS rule which threatened the productivity of our farmers and ranchers. When President Obama’s EPA first issued the rule, I introduced a joint resolution to repeal it under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) which easily passed both the House and Senate and forced a veto by President Obama. I appreciate President Trump’s efforts to shield our agricultural producers from overregulation and I look forward to putting this problem behind us for good.
President Trump also recently notified Congress of his intent to negotiate a trade agreement to reduce tariffs and other trade barriers between the United States and Japan. I have long called for such negotiations, including through a House resolution I introduced last year, and I look forward to the 116th Congress when I will take over as co-Chair of the U.S. Japan Congressional Caucus. Through this position, I hope to strengthen our ties with Japanese leaders and build support a mutually beneficial agreement between our two nations.
Among our other accomplishments was an amendment to the FAA’s reauthorization bill which will allow several of Nebraska’s airports to continue receiving safety improvement funding. Many of our airports were hurt by pilot shortages likely brought on by increased pilot regulations which caused them to fall below the traffic threshold required for federal safety funding. Enplanements have already begun to increase under new carriers, and my initiative will help to bridge the gap as Nebraska airports rebounds from this setback.
Last year’s tax reform package was a great accomplishment and I was able to address a number of Nebraska concerns in it, such as maintaining full property tax deductions for agricultural land. This year we were able to ensure the equitable treatment of cooperatives and private grain elevators and buyers under the new tax code by eliminating the “Grain Glitch.” Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers deserve to see the same benefits as other businesses under tax reform.
Overall, it was a very productive year, but there is still much to be done to resolve our current trade disputes and level the playing field for our agricultural producers as well as the Nebraska business sector as a whole. I appreciate President Trump’s leadership on many of these issues and look forward to the many things we can accomplish moving forward.Read More
As we prepare to join our families for Christmas, I am reminded of so many things we should be thankful for. This year will be our second Christmas with our young son, Zeke. Much of what I do in Washington is motivated by a desire to leave a healthy country for coming generations to inherit.
When I listen to former President Ronald Reagan’s speeches, it is clear he was motivated by the same feelings. He always appealed for unity with a positive disposition, but he never shied away from directly addressing the American people.
President Reagan understood the importance of fiscal discipline, family values, and the American embrace of freedom. As is my tradition, I would like to share with you one of his speeches which holds the same truths as it did in 1981 when he gave it.
I wish your family a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
President Ronald Reagan
Radio Address to the Nation
December 23, 1981
Tonight, in millions of American homes, the glow of the Christmas tree is a reflection of the love Jesus taught us. Like the shepherds and wise men of that first Christmas, we Americans have always tried to follow a higher light, a star, if you will. At lonely campfire vigils along the frontier, in the darkest days of the Great Depression, through war and peace, the twin beacons of faith and freedom have brightened the American sky. At times our footsteps may have faltered, but trusting in God's help, we've never lost our way.
Like the National Christmas Tree, our country is a living, growing thing planted in rich American soil. Only our devoted care can bring it to full flower. So, let this holiday season be for us a time of rededication. Even as we rejoice, however, let us remember that for some Americans, this will not be as happy a Christmas as it should be. I know a little of what they feel. I remember one Christmas Eve during the Great Depression, my father opening what he thought was a Christmas greeting. It was a notice that he no longer had a job. Over the past year, we've begun the long, hard work of economic recovery. Our goal is an America in which every citizen who needs and wants a job can get a job.
A few months before he took up residence in this house, one of my predecessors, John Kennedy, tried to sum up the temper of the times with a quote from an author closely tied to Christmas, Charles Dickens. We were living, he said, in the best of times and the worst of times. Well, in some ways that's even more true today. The world is full of peril, as well as promise. Too many of its people, even now, live in the shadow of want and tyranny.
Once, earlier in this century, an evil influence threatened that the lights were going out all over the world. Let the light of millions of candles in American homes give notice that the light of freedom is not going to be extinguished. We are blessed with a freedom and abundance denied to so many. Let those candles remind us that these blessings bring with them a solid obligation, an obligation to the God who guides us, an obligation to the heritage of liberty and dignity handed down to us by our forefathers and an obligation to the children of the world, whose future will be shaped by the way we live our lives today.
Christmas means so much because of one special child. But Christmas also reminds us that all children are special, that they are gifts from God, gifts beyond price that mean more than any presents money can buy. In their love and laughter, in our hopes for their future lies the true meaning of Christmas.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) made the following statement after joining President Donald Trump at the White House for the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill.
“I’m proud to support this Farm Bill to give certainty to our farmers and ranchers as the upcoming planting season quickly approaches. Over the past weeks and months, ag producers throughout Nebraska’s Third District have expressed to me, first-hand, the importance of a long-term Farm Bill and robust crop insurance. I thank President Trump for understanding the needs of our farmers and ranchers and appreciate his swift action to sign this bill into law.”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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