Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

NEBRASKA's 3rd DISTRICT

Congressional Caseworker to Visit South Sioux City, Wayne, and Central City

2017/09/18

Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) who need assistance dealing with a federal agency are invited to attend Caseworker in Your Community events on Wednesday, September 27, in South Sioux City, Wayne, and Central City.

Caseworker in Your Community is an opportunity for constituents to meet directly with one of Smith’s congressional caseworkers.  Caseworkers may be able to assist constituents who are having problems dealing with a federal agency such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare, passports and visas through the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or the Internal Revenue Service.

Caseworker in Your Community will be held on Wednesday, September 27, at the following times and locations:

South Sioux City Public Library 2121 Dakota Avenue, South Sioux City, NE 68776 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (CDT)

Wayne Public Library – Conference Room 410 Pearl Street, Wayne, NE 68787 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CDT)

Central City Library – Meeting Room 1604 15th Avenue, Central City, NE 68826 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CDT)

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

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Real Results on Empowering Families

2017/09/15

To empower more Americans to lift themselves out of poverty, we need to measure the effectiveness of our welfare programs and focus resources on those producing real results. Right now, I am pleased to be working on renewing an evidence-based program with a proven track record of improving outcomes for families in Nebraska and across the country.

The reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV) is one of my priorities as chairman of the Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee. Proposed by President George W. Bush, this program was fully authorized by Congress in Fiscal Year 2010.  

The program helps support state and local efforts to provide voluntary, evidence-based, outcome-focused home visiting services to parents and children living in communities which put them at risk of poor social and health outcomes. Objectives include increasing economic self-sufficiency of families, improving prenatal health and birth outcomes, promoting school readiness of young children, and preventing child abuse and neglect.

MIECHV is one of the only government programs in which funding is contingent on proven evidence of effectiveness. This is a model we need to replicate across the federal government to ensure taxpayer dollars are focused on programs producing real results for those who need it most. The current lack of accountability in many other government programs is a disservice to both taxpayers and those we are seeking to help.

The evidence-based nature of MIECHV has motivated our Committee to renew it at level funding, meaning we are maintaining the same level of funding rather than increasing spending. The reauthorization bill is also fully paid for – to do otherwise with our national debt now exceeding $20 trillion would be entirely irresponsible.  

The costs of reauthorizing MIECHV are offset by the Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act, also passed by the Committee, which prohibits individuals with outstanding arrest warrants for a felony or parole violation from receiving monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. Fugitives evading prosecution should not continue to receive monthly payments from the federal government, and this legislation puts a stop to this abuse of taxpayer dollars.

MIECHV’s upfront investment in families protects children and reduces government dependence down the road. There is broad bipartisan support for the program, including dozens of national organizations and hundreds of state and local organizations, ranging from business leaders, law enforcement officers, faith-based groups, healthcare providers, child welfare advocacy organizations, and early education providers. 

Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to meet with Nebraskans across the district working toward self-sufficiency through this program and see firsthand the positive outcomes being achieved. At one of these visits earlier this year, I spent time with a participant named Dawn who shared how she found a stable home and a steady income to provide for her growing family through a home visiting program. She is now working toward her college degree.  

These are the types of outcomes we should be expecting and receiving from the use of limited taxpayer resources.

We must focus on solutions which truly empower Americans through independence and productivity. I am glad the Committee has affirmed the importance of reauthorizing MIECHV, and I look forward to bringing this bill to the House floor.

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ICYMI: W&M PASSED: Legislation to Extend Evidence-Based Solutions that Help Low-Income Families

2017/09/14

The Ways and Means Committee yesterday approved two pieces of legislation to extend funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program – a program that has earned bipartisan support because it uses evidence-based solutions to help low-income children and families escape the cycle of poverty and climb the economic ladder.

1.    The Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act (H.R. 2824), sponsored by Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman Adrian Smith (R-NE), which reauthorizes the MIECHV program, and 2.    The Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act (H.R. 2792), sponsored by Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Sam Johnson (R-TX), which offsets the costs of reauthorizing the MIECHV program by prohibiting individuals with outstanding arrest warrants for a felony or parole violation from receiving monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.

Upon passing the legislation, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said:

“By passing these two bills, we reaffirmed our commitment to investing in evidence-based programs that help low-income children and their parents be more successful in school, at home, and at work. I’m grateful to Chairman Smith for being a tireless advocate for the MIECHV program, as well as to Congresswoman Noem and Chairman Johnson for making sure taxpayer dollars are going toward solutions that work. Their leadership provides certainty for families, states, and communities that MIECHV will continue to improve people's lives.”

Subcommittee Chairman Smith added:

“I’m pleased the Committee chose to move this important legislation forward to help support healthy, independent families. Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to meet with Nebraskans working with home visitors and see firsthand the positive outcomes being achieved through this program. MIECHV is one of the only social programs where funding is contingent on proven evidence of effectiveness, which is a model we need to replicate across the federal government to ensure taxpayer dollars are focused on programs producing real results. This bill is also fully paid for – to do otherwise with our national debt now exceeding $20 trillion would be entirely irresponsible. I’m grateful for the hard work of many Committee members on this effort and look forward to bringing it to the House floor.”

CLICK HERE to learn more about the legislation.

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Smith to Hold Community Coffee in Harrisburg

2017/09/13

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will meet constituents of the Third District during a community coffee on Wednesday, September 20, in Harrisburg.

Constituents can meet directly with Congressman Smith about federal issues and take advantage of the services available through his office.

Smith, who has offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff, will hold the community coffee on Wednesday, September 20, at the following time and location:

Laura Lee’s Double L Country Store and Cafe 2213 Highway 71, Harrisburg, NE 69345 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (MDT)

For additional information, please contact Smith’s Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.

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Smith’s Office Announces Mobile Office Hours for September 25-26

2017/09/11

Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) are invited to meet with a representative of his office at mobile offices on September 25 and 26 in McCook, North Platte, and Butte.   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, September 25

Red Willow County Courthouse 502 Norris Avenue, McCook, NE 69001 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CDT)

Mid-Plains Community College 601 W. State Farm Road, North Platte, NE 69101 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CDT)  Tuesday, September 26   Boyd County Courthouse 401 Thayer Street, Butte, NE 68722 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 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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Productive Discussions with Nebraskans

2017/09/08

Congress has a lengthy to-do list this fall, but I am grateful to have spent August traveling the Third District and hearing directly from Nebraskans on your priorities.

On my farm bill listening tour, I made stops in Broken Bow, Beatrice, and South Sioux City, in addition to stops in Scottsbluff and Aurora earlier this year. These open forums led to constructive discussions about what is and is not working in the current farm bill and how we can improve agriculture policy moving forward. Many attendees spoke about the importance of crop insurance, which is a vital and successful public-private partnership we must continue to support.

I appreciated having Nebraska Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach join us for these listening sessions, and I congratulate him on his nomination as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. President Trump has made an outstanding selection for this position, and the vast knowledge with which Director Ibach has served Nebraska so well will now benefit agriculture nationwide.

Additionally, it was productive to come together with the entire Nebraska congressional delegation at the State Fair – our state’s celebration of agriculture – to talk about farm bill priorities. Our delegation is united around the need to grow our agriculture economy and open more doors for selling Nebraska agriculture products to consumers around the world.

I also held public meetings across the Third District, including Arthur, Elwood, Falls City, Kimball, Neligh, and Wayne. These discussions covered many different topics, from tax reform to trade to health care. It was abundantly clear Nebraskans are ready for relief from our broken tax code and health care system and also want to see our country pursue strong trade policies.

In Congress, we remain committed to pursuing tax reform this fall. Speaker Paul Ryan stated at the start of September we want Americans to wake up on New Year’s Day 2018 with a new tax system. The conversation has shifted from whether tax reform will happen this year to what it will look like, which is a positive step forward. Simplifying our tax code is the best way to grow our economy, and both President Trump and Congress are making it the top priority.

As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I also continue to push for more opportunity for Nebraska exporters to sell their products around the world. Renegotiation among the United States, Canada, and Mexico on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is underway, and I am optimistic producers can benefit from modernizations as long as the current market access granted to U.S. exporters through NAFTA remains the baseline.

There were recent concerns about the Trump administration pulling the U.S. out of KORUS, our trade agreement with South Korea. I opposed withdrawal, both for the health of our economy, as South Korea is an important trading partner, and from a geopolitical perspective. We cannot afford to damage our relationship with this important ally, especially given the dangerous advancements in North Korea’s nuclear program. Thankfully, it has been reported the Trump administration plans to uphold the agreement.

Many Nebraskans are understandably concerned about health care, as the impacts of Obamacare continue to worsen. We worked through the process in the House to put forth a bill which would lower premiums while still making sure those with pre-existing conditions have access to care. We need the Senate to move forward so we can come together and provide relief. New legislative solutions are being discussed, and I will be carefully considering all the details.

The list of issues we have to tackle in Congress goes on, but the time I was able to spend with Nebraskans in August was immensely valuable. Thank you for taking the time to meet with me and share your thoughts on the challenges facing our country.

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Smith to Host Veterans History Project Training Workshop

2017/09/06

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today announced his office will host an interactive training workshop with the Library of Congress for constituents interested in volunteering to record veterans’ stories for the Veterans History Project. Nebraskans of all ages are encouraged to attend to learn how to interview veterans in their communities.

The interactive training session will be held on Wednesday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT via a livestream at the following sites throughout the Third District:

  • Educational Service Unit 10, 76 Plaza Boulevard, Kearney
  • Western Nebraska Community College, Harms Advanced Technology Center Room E-189, 2620 College Park, Scottsbluff
  • Peru State College, Hoyt Science Building First Floor Conference Room, 600 Hoyt Street, Peru
  • Wayne State College, Kanter Student Center Elkhorn Room, 1111 Main Street, Wayne

“An important way to serve our veterans is to preserve their stories,” Smith said. “According to the VA, only 558,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II are alive today, with more than 3,800 of these veterans living in Nebraska. Sadly, we lose an average of 362 of these brave Americans each day, along with a growing number of veterans from the Korean and Vietnam wars. 

“My grandfather served in World War II, and I know what a meaningful impact his story had on my life and how he inspired me to serve my community. Visiting with veterans and learning more about their experiences is a meaningful way to show our gratitude to these heroes and remind them of the lasting impacts of their service.”

The Veterans History Project was created to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans. Volunteers receive hands-on training from a professional folklorist on how to properly record oral history and how to collect memoirs, photos, and other documents.

For more information, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at 308-384-3900.

Smith serves as co-chairman of the Rural Veterans Caucus.

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Smith Statement on DACA Program

2017/09/05

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after the Trump administration announced it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program put in place by the Obama administration.

“President Trump is correct – the DACA program violated the separation of powers established by our Constitution and should never have been created through executive action. This and many other aspects of our broken immigration system, such as border security, have gone too long without being addressed. Congress and the President must come together to create strong, permanent immigration policies rooted in the rule of law.”

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Accountability in Congress

2017/09/01

On the Ways and Means Committee, I have the opportunity to work directly on growing our economy, creating jobs, and reforming our tax code.  I am eager to continue this work, especially as we take on tax reform this fall.  At the start of this Congress, I was selected for an additional committee assignment on the Committee on House Administration (CHA), where I can help improve the operations and accountability of the House of Representatives. 

The focus of CHA is making government work for the people.  CHA’s principal functions include oversight of the daily workings of the U.S. House of Representatives as well as federal elections.  I am grateful to serve on this important panel to ensure efficient and responsible operations in the House and help preserve the integrity of our election system.

CHA ensures congressional offices have the resources they need to allow Members to pass effective legislation and interact with constituents.  At the same time, we must ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and judiciously, a responsibility CHA takes seriously.

In recent years, CHA has also focused on security, both physical and cyber.  The June shooting at the Republicans’ congressional baseball practice, from which Majority Whip Steve Scalise is still recovering, was a sobering reminder of how important it is to address growing safety concerns.  CHA works closely with the Capitol Police in this effort, and we are grateful to these vigilant men and women who protect the U.S. Capitol complex each day.

Cybersecurity is another major CHA initiative.  With the dangers posed by hackers and other malicious actors to organizations around the world, we must ensure Members and staff have the tools and education needed to protect the sensitive information entrusted to our offices.

In addition to House operations, CHA also oversees the Library of Congress, the House Library, the U.S. Botanic Garden, and the Smithsonian Institution.  We hold frequent hearings with representatives of these government entities to examine their management plans and ongoing needs.  By doing so, we can better determine how funding can be most efficiently utilized to protect our national treasures while ensuring these institutions remain free and open to the public.  

During our June hearing with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, she discussed numerous ways the Library of Congress makes its resources available to schools, local libraries, and anyone interested in learning more about our country’s history.  Still, many Americans are not aware of the countless free collections the Library of Congress offers.

I encourage Nebraskans to visit LOC.gov to explore the largest library in the world.  Millions of American artifacts, including books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps, and manuscripts, have been preserved in the Library’s collections, and a large portion of these resources are available online. 

To Nebraskans planning a trip to Washington, D.C., I hope you will take advantage of free admission to the Library of Congress, U.S. Botanic Garden, and Smithsonian Institution.  The Smithsonian has 11 museums located right on the National Mall, with six additional museums in the D.C. area plus the National Zoo. 

If you need assistance with booking tours or information on navigating the nation’s capital, my office is here to help.  Please visit my website at AdrianSmith.house.gov to submit your travel details and request tours, or you can call my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-6435.

It is an honor to serve on both the Ways and Means Committee and the Committee on House Administration.  Ensuring the House of Representatives operates effectively is crucial to enacting meaningful legislation which can positively impact the lives of Americans.

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Honoring Their Service

2017/08/25

We must uphold our commitment to the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces.  Since the start of this Congress, the House has passed two dozen bills to better serve our veterans. 

 

Four of these bills have already been signed into law by President Trump, including the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act.  This legislation provides the VA Secretary increased flexibility to remove VA employees for poor performance or misconduct, while also strengthening whistleblower protections.  The HIRE Vets Act is now law as well and creates incentives for companies to hire veterans.

 

The House and Senate unanimously passed a bill at the end of July, which was signed into law in mid-August, to eliminate the current 15-year time limit for veterans to use their GI bill benefits and cut down on red tape.  With the ability to attend college at any time in their lives, veterans will have greater opportunities for professional and workforce development, and the flexibility to make the best education choices for themselves and their families.

 

Other bills passed by the House this year would reform the VA appeals process, enforce more accountability measures on VA scheduling, and improve access to the Adult Day Health Care program for severely disabled veterans.  Additionally, we passed legislation to expand the study of innovative therapies for treating posttraumatic stress disorder.

 

Each of these bills is designed to ensure veterans have access to the best possible care and resources.  As co-chairman of the Rural Veterans Caucus, I continue to advocate for our heroes in rural America. 

 

In addition to pursuing sensible policies, another important way for us to serve our veterans is to preserve their stories. 

 

The Library of Congress manages the Veterans History Project (VHP), which has compiled more than 100,000 firsthand accounts from America’s veterans.  On Wednesday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT, my office will host an interactive training workshop with the Library of Congress on how to conduct interviews with local veterans and submit them to the VHP.  The training will be streamed live at sites throughout the Third District. 

 

Anyone interested in learning more about the VHP are encouraged to attend this workshop.  More information on locations will be provided in the coming weeks, and you can also call my Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900 with questions.

 

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, only 558,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II are alive today, with more than 3,800 of these veterans living in Nebraska.  Sadly, we lose an average of 362 of these brave Americans each day, along with a growing number of veterans from the Korean and Vietnam wars.  

 

By preserving veterans’ personal narratives, we can ensure these valuable accounts of our nation’s history are not lost to the passage of time.  Visiting with veterans and learning more about their experiences is also a meaningful way to show our gratitude to these heroes and remind them of the lasting impacts of their service.

 

My grandfather served in World War II, and I know what a meaningful impact his story had on my life and my decision to pursue a career in public service.  I urge all Nebraska veterans to share their stories as we keep working to ensure they receive the care and services they deserve.

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Smith Opening Statement on MIECHV Reauthorization

2017-09-13 18:04:47


Smith Highlights Rural America on House Floor

2017-07-25 22:56:09


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


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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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