Washington, D.C. - Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the below statement following President Trump’s announcement of a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Nebraska.
“I appreciate President Trump acting quickly and decisively to recognize the suffering of so many Nebraskans by issuing a Major Disaster Declaration,” said Smith. “Extreme weather and flooding have destroyed many communities, farms, and ranches throughout the state and additional resources will go a long way toward mitigating the ongoing crisis and beginning the recovery process.”
To read the official White House announcement, click here.Read More
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the below statement following Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Nebraska on Tuesday to survey damage caused by severe weather and ongoing flooding.
Statement from Smith:
“I thank Vice President Pence for visiting Nebraska today and for delivering a message of solidarity on behalf of President Trump and his administration. Severe weather and flooding have inflicted widespread difficulties across much of Nebraska, from high winds and snow in the west to historic flooding in the central and eastern regions. Having seen for myself the extent of this damage, I fully support Governor Ricketts’s request for a federal disaster declaration to allow additional federal support for the rebuilding process and I appreciate his leadership during this difficult time.”
The state of Nebraska, under the leadership of Governor Ricketts, has submitted its request for a federal disaster declaration to President Trump. Smith will join the rest of the Nebraska congressional delegation in sending a letter in support of this declaration, which will make additional federal funding available to support the recovery effort.Read More
It was another busy week in the House Ways and Means Committee with important hearings on tax policy and the state of our economy. We heard from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in his annual testimony before the committee that the American economy is strong and our efforts at reforming the tax code have been very successful.
I thanked him for issuing the proper regulations regarding section 199A of the tax code to ensure businesses which physically hold, store, and transport commodities such as grain elevators and energy services firms are eligible for tax deductions as we intended. Both of these industries are economically important to Nebraska, and this was an important issue to be addressed.
In a hearing before the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, of which I am now the ranking member, we discussed the downside of temporary tax policies. Temporary tax provisions such as the biodiesel tax credit represent good tax policy, but the way they are typically allowed to expire and retroactively renewed is not good for the producers who rely on them.
On the jobs front, you’ve heard me speak quite a bit about the JOBS for Success Act which I authored last Congress following a series of hearings in the Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee. With a rapidly expanding economy and unemployment reaching multi-year lows, it is imperative we engage Americans to bring them off the economic sidelines so they can achieve self-sufficiency.
I appreciate the leadership of Ranking Member Brady, Worker & Family Support Ranking Member Walorski, and Senator Daines in continuing our efforts through the JOBS for Success Act to bring much-needed reforms to the TANF program by reintroducing this bill. As our hearings illustrated, employers need workers as badly as Americans on the sidelines need to support their families, and these reforms will go a long way toward helping them both.
During the week before, we heard from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on the status of ongoing trade negotiations with China and he was optimistic about the prospects of securing a deal to lower tariffs and encourage better treatment of American exports. A number of my colleagues and I also expressed concerns over persistent steel and aluminum tariffs levied against Canada and Mexico despite the negotiation of USMCA, or new NAFTA.
When I asked Ambassador Lighthizer about the current state of trade negotiations with Japan, an important ally and huge consumer of agricultural products, he reassured me negotiations would begin in the near future. I recently became co-chair of the Congressional U.S.-Japan Caucus to encourage such a trade agreement, which will benefit Nebraska agriculture in a big way.
These are all very important issues before the committee which affect both Nebraska and the country as a whole. We need to move forward on various trade negotiations, engage more Americans currently on the sidelines of our economy, and continually update the tax code to ensure it best serves the American people. I’m honored to bring this message to Washington, D.C. on behalf of Nebraska’s Third District.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 April in Neligh, Hildreth, Alma, McCook, Fullerton, Central City, Elwood, Nelson, North Platte, and Falls 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 at the following times and locations:
Tuesday, April 2
Antelope County Courthouse - Basement Meeting Room
501 Main Street, Neligh
10:30am to 11:30am CT
Hildreth City Hall
248 Commercial Avenue, Hildreth
10:45am to 11:45am CT
Harlan County Courthouse
706 2nd Street, Alma
1:30pm to 2:30pm CT
Monday, April 8
McCook Area Chamber of Commerce
203 West 2nd Street, McCook
11:00am to 12:00pm CT
Tuesday, April 9
Nance County Courthouse
209 Esther Street, Fullerton
11:00am to 12:00pm CT
Central City Chamber of Commerce - Venture Center
1530 17th Avenue, Central City
1:30pm to 2:30pm CT
Wednesday, April 10
Gosper County Courthouse
507 Smith Avenue E, Elwood
11:00am to 12:00pm CT
Monday, April 15
Nuckolls County Courthouse - Break Room
150 South Main, Nelson
10:30am to 11:30am CT
Monday, April 29
North Platte Area Chamber & Development Corporation
502 South Dewey Street, North Platte
1:00pm to 2:00pm CT
Tuesday, April 30
Falls City EDGE
1705 Stone Street, Falls City
1:00pm to 2:00pm 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
*Note: students and parents will also be able to join us via Skype and appointments can be scheduled in advance through Smith’s Grand Island office.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE), in conjunction with the offices of U.S. Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse, will host the 2019 Third District Service Academy Open House on Saturday, April 27th, in Kearney.
This event is an opportunity for young people in Nebraska to learn more about the U.S. service academies and other opportunities for military service. High school and college students interested in military opportunities, as well as their families, are encouraged to attend.
Third District Service Academy Open House
Saturday, April 27, 2019
12:00 - 3:00 pm CDT
Kearney Public Library - Niobrara Room
2020 1st Avenue, Kearney, NE 68847
Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and Army ROTC will be present to provide information and answer questions.
Staff from the offices of Congressman Smith, Senator Fischer, and Senator Sasse will attend the event to answer questions about the service academy nomination process.
For questions about the 2019 Third District Service Academy Open House or to schedule a Skype appointment, please contact Congressman Smith’s Grand Island office at 308-384-3900.Read More
We celebrate National Ag Week to recognize the tireless efforts of our farmers and ranchers to feed the American people and a sizeable portion of the rest of the world. It has always been a point of pride for me to represent Nebraska’s Third District, which is the highest producing ag district in the country.
With recent turbulence in the commodity markets, it is important we do everything in our power to provide certainty for the ag sector which underpins our rural economy. For this reason, I was happy Congress passed a five-year Farm Bill including robust crop insurance and a new livestock vaccine bank to help contain potential future outbreaks of disease.
While this is a positive step, I have been troubled by the rhetoric coming from my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who may not share our understanding of rural America. Initiatives such as the Green New Deal fit into a pattern of negligence whereby Congressional Democrats are increasingly focused on urban and suburban communities at the expense of rural areas.
Washington seems to have forgotten the months- and miles-long supply chain which leads to the local grocery store. Labels like “factory farming” are disrespectful to our farmers and ranchers who are the best stewards of our natural resources. Modern ag practices are becoming more sustainable and environmentally friendly with each day that passes.
Simply put, it is in the best interests of our ag producers to grow more products using less water and land than their competitors. The crux of what President Trump is trying to accomplish is to enable American industry and agriculture to flex its competitive muscle by leveling the international playing field.
I would put our farmers and ranchers up against those of any other country in the world and expect them to produce more with less resources on any given day. Ag products are America’s number one export; more than energy, aircraft, or auto parts; and any policy changes considered by Congress should keep this fact in mind.
Please remember our ag community as we celebrate National Ag Week this March and don’t forget to show a local farmer or rancher how much we appreciate what they do. As Co-Chair of the Congressional Rural Caucus, this is a large part of what I hope to accomplish, along with reminding my colleagues in Congress of the importance of ensuring our rural communities have a voice at the table.Read More
Washington, D.C. –Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) announced Tuesday from the floor of the House of Representatives the introduction of H.R. 1472 to reclassify and rename Homestead National Monument in Gage County, Nebraska as a National Historical Park.
His speech can be downloaded here and a transcript is below:
Mr. Speaker, I rise to commemorate the 157th anniversary of the Homestead Act passing the House of Representatives.
The Homestead Act was instrumental in bringing settlers to the Midwest and forming the state of Nebraska, as it allowed any qualified person to claim up to 160 acres of federally owned land in exchange for five years of living on and improving the property.
Homestead National Monument, which is located in Nebraska’s third congressional district, commemorates this law.
Unfortunately, the name of this facility does not represent its cultural and historical value, as many tourists show up looking for a physical monument rather than a park, which would more accurately describe it.
For this reason, and at the request of the local community, I introduced a bill on Thursday, February 28th, the law’s anniversary, to reclassify Homestead National Monument as a National Historical Park.
I ask my colleagues to support this bill in order to maximize its value in terms of education, tourism, and economic development for the surrounding community, as it commemorates an important event in our nation’s history.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I yield back.
To read H.R. 1472, click here.Read More
This week, House Democrats proposed two bills under the guise of curtailing gun violence. In reality the bills amount to a fundamental erosion of our Second Amendment rights, which should never be allowed. In Nebraska, the need for firearms is the same today as it was when the Second Amendment was enacted - before we were even a territory of the United States.
Rural Nebraskans depend on their firearms for self-defense and for protecting their livestock and crops. They also know how to handle firearms: to store them securely, to have someone else guard them when they can’t, and to let neighbors who are able to use them safely borrow them to meet their needs. I have serious concerns the first of two bills the House passed this week, H.R. 8, would criminalize the behavior we Nebraskans consider completely safe and normal.
Should a rancher who lends a rifle to a neighbor to address threats from predatory animals face a year in prison and $100,000 fine? Should a legally-carrying farmer who is injured at work be subject to arrest for handing his firearm off before being taken to the hospital? These are exactly the situations H.R. 8 would create, while doing little to address the real problems underlying crime in our society.
The other bill, H.R. 1112, would fundamentally change the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, in a way which undermines the presumption of innocence - one of the most sacred tenants of our legal system. NICS was intended to be instant and its authorizing law included a three-day “safety valve,” which allows the sale to go through in the absence of a response from NICS.
In this way, it protects American citizens from federal bureaucrats simply sitting on applications and stopping gun sales from going through. H.R. 1112 would do away with the safety valve altogether and replace it with a ten-day window after which a law-abiding citizen must petition the federal government to allow them to purchase a firearm, again subjecting them to the whim of bureaucrats in Washington.
These bills are wrong-headed and unconstitutional, which is why I spoke in opposition to them on the floor of the House. I have pledged from day one to fight against any encroachment or effort to undermine our Second Amendment rights, no matter how benign that approach might look.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) invites high school students from across Nebraska’s Third District to submit their artwork for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition by Friday, March 22.
“Each year, my office partners with the Nebraska Art Teachers Association to invite students from across Nebraska’s Third District to submit their artwork as part of the Congressional Art Competition,” Smith said. “I am always impressed with the skill and creativity of Nebraska’s young people and I look forward to seeing this year’s entries.”
The Nebraska Art Teachers Association is working with Smith to coordinate the competition. Official rules, guidelines, and submission forms are available on Congressman Smith’s website: adriansmith.house.gov/services/art-competition.
First-place artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol, alongside winning entries from across the country, and Smith will display the runners-up in his Washington, D.C. and Third District offices.
The Congressional Institute annually sponsors the Congressional Art Competition for high school students from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.Read More
Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) are invited to meet with a congressional caseworker from his office on Wednesday, March 6th in Pawnee City and Tecumseh.
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 with federal agencies such as the 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:
Wednesday, March 6
Johnson County Caseworker in Your Community
Tecumseh Public Library
170 Branch Street, Tecumseh
11:00am to 12:00pm CST
Pawnee County Caseworker in Your Community
Pawnee City Public Library - Meeting Room
735 8th Street, Pawnee City
1:00pm to 2:00pm CST
For additional information, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900.
2241 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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