Jason Smith

Jason Smith

MISSOURI's 8th DISTRICT

Crisscrossing County Lines

2017/04/21

It is an honor to serve the thirty counties which make up the 8th Congressional District in southeast and south central Missouri. The best part of my job is getting to spend time with the hard-working families, farmers and business owners who make our district the greatest place to live in the world. Over the past few weeks, I had the opportunity to visit over twenty counties in our area and meet with the people who provide power, work on manufacturing lines, serve our country, care for our veterans, farm our land, teach our students and bring jobs to our area.
 
In New Madrid, I visited the power plant and talked to the folks there about the challenges they face as they work to provide power to Missourians. The New Madrid Power Plant was dealing with a major regulatory burden under the previous administration and are quickly seeing relief under President Trump - allowing them to continue their work to provide clean, affordable power to farmers, small businesses and families in Missouri.
 
During a stop in Caruthersville I visited Trinity Industries. Their facility in Caruthersville provides hundreds of jobs and can build 12 barges a week! But like me, they’re concerned about countries who cheat on trade and make it harder for American manufacturers to compete. SLP Lighting in Sullivan was another great opportunity for me to learn about how government burdens have been keeping our small businesses from reaching their potential. SLP Lighting is proud to be made in America, but like Trinity Industries, they are fighting an unfair trade system. The folks at Trinity Industries and SLP Lighting are why I wrote and passed the ENFORCE Act. This trade bill was signed into law and helps end unfair practices by allowing places like Trinity Industries to take real and meaningful action when foreign countries violate trade agreements.
 
I also dropped by several public Listening Posts throughout our area, including stops in Rolla, Farmington, Jackson, Poplar Bluff and West Plains, and heard from people who were concerned about healthcare, government regulations, the EPA and the federal tax code. At my Listening Post in Jackson and during my visit to the American Legion and VFW Post #99 in Salem, I heard from several veterans who needed help with their Veteran’s Benefits. Making sure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) serves our veterans is one of my biggest priorities. Last year, I worked with the American Legion and VFW Post #99 to extend the VA clinic hours in Salem. If you or someone you know needs help from places like the VA – please reach out and let us know!
 
I was also able to visit several schools including Dexter High School, Jefferson High School in Festus, and Central High School in Park Hills. It is a tremendous honor to be able to nominate talented and brave young men and women to our prestigious United States military academies. During these school visits, I had the privilege of presenting several students at these schools with their hard-earned appointments to a military academy.
 
Thank you to everyone who made time to talk with me over the past few weeks. Whether it's a public listening post or visiting with farmers, families and small business owners in places like Dexter, Poplar Bluff and Sullivan, conversations like these help me better represent southeast and south central Missouri.

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American Made

2017/04/14

Across southeast and south central Missouri, I have met some of the hardest working people found anywhere in America. Whether they are farmers, manufacturers or small business owners, they all have one thing in common – they want to do their jobs free of government overreach and interference, and provide their products, services and goods to others in Missouri and around the world.
 
American made goods are the best and highest quality found anywhere in the world, but in order for our farmers and businesses to survive and grow, other countries and businesses they are competing against must follow the rules. For too long we have simply sat back and accepted allowing other countries to subsidize their businesses, illegally flood our borders with their products or use various measures to circumvent U.S. trade laws. It’s time we finally say – play by the rules or there will be consequences.
 
Last week in the Oval Office, President Trump took major steps to stop countries from cheating on trade. He signed documents demanding that we fully collect all duties and tariffs imposed on foreign importers that cheat and second, that we conduct the first comprehensive review of all violations of trade rules that harm U.S. manufacturers. Trump’s action builds on my legislative work of authoring and passing the ENFORCE Act in 2015 which helps end unfair practices by allowing companies in Missouri to take real and meaningful action when foreign companies violate trade agreements.
 
Missouri manufacturers work too hard to compete against an unfair system abroad and a tax and regulatory environment which punishes them here at home. In December of 2016, I met with and sent a letter to the incoming Trump administration asking them to eliminate 14 federal rules and regulations, many of which would impact Missouri manufacturers. In his first 85 days, President Trump has halted or repealed more than half of the regulations outlined in my letter. Two of the biggest regulatory wins for Missourians included stopping a regulation which would have tripled some residents’ utility rates in Missouri and ending Obama’s plan to try and regulate every pond, bucket of water or raindrop on a farmer’s private land. Ending these regulations is a major victory and will keep money in the pockets of Missouri families, farmers and small businesses.
 
There is huge potential for Missouri farmers, small businesses and manufacturers to sell their American grown or made products around the world, but we must create an environment that is competitive and makes their efforts worthwhile. The ENFORCE Act along with having a President in the Oval Office who is willing to hold countries engaged in illegal trade practices accountable is a huge first step to putting American manufacturers, farmers and workers first, but more work remains to be done. We must enact policies and create an environment where those businesses can bring their products to market with greater ease and lower costs – that means reducing the highest tax burden in the industrialized world, repealing onerous regulations driving up the costs of everything from energy to transportation of goods, and rewarding investments made here in the United States to grow one’s business or farm, not punishing it. Along with the Trump Administration, I am committed to restoring confidence in the American economy and standing by American farmers, workers and employers.

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Jason Smith Stands With Missouri Workers and Manufacturers

2017/04/12

Caruthersville, MO – On Friday, Congressman Jason Smith was honored with an award for supporting policies that create jobs, innovation and growth within the manufacturing sector. The National Association of Manufacturers awarded Smith with the Manufacturing Legislative Excellence award. This award recognizes Smith’s work to repeal harmful regulations and his fight to free the manufacturing industry from unnecessary burdens that inhibit production.  
 
“American ingenuity can compete with anyone in the world, but we work too hard to fight against an unfair system,” said Congressman Smith. “Regulations and taxes are two of the biggest drags on manufacturing and production. First you have the government telling you how to produce your product, and then they want to tell you how much you can make off that product.”
 
Congressman Smith has worked consistently to create an environment that is friendly to manufactures. In 2015, Smith authored and passed the ENFORCE Act, a trade bill that was signed into law and helps end unfair practices by allowing companies in Missouri to take real and meaningful action when foreign companies violate trade agreements. Then, in December of 2016, Rep. Smith met with and sent a letter to the incoming administration asking them to eliminate 14 federal rules and regulations, many of which would impact Missouri manufacturers. In his first 82 days, President Trump has halted or repealed more than half of the regulations outlined in Smith’s letter.
 
“I have been fighting against burdensome regulations since my time in the Missouri State House of Representatives,” said Congressman Smith. “In Congress, I am continuing this fight every day. I am working to repeal harmful regulations and free the manufacturing industry from unnecessary burdens that prevent them from making and selling their products. Along with the Trump Administration, I am committed to restoring confidence in the American economy and standing by American workers and manufacturers.”
 
Trinity Industries employees presented Smith with the award. Trinity Industries provides products and services to businesses that work in the energy, chemical, agricultural, transportation and construction markets. The facility in Caruthersville employs 400 people and can build 12 barges per week.

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U.S. Rep. Jason Smith Fights for Missouri Power

2017/04/10

MARSTON, MO – On Friday, Congressman Jason Smith was in Marston to tour the New Madrid Power Plant and discuss his work to relieve the regulatory burden on energy providers in Missouri.
 
Before touring the New Madrid Power Plant, Congressman Smith sat down with the hard-working people who keep the plant running and talked about recent actions by President Trump to eliminate Obama’s so-called “Clean Power Plan.” This was a major regulatory issue that would have increased production costs for the plant.
 
“The so called ‘Clean Power Plan’ is just the latest in a long list of regulations that show how unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats do not understand southeast and south central Missouri,” said Congressman Smith. “After President Trump was elected, his team asked me to help identify regulations hurting rural America, and I immediately thought of the folks back home who told me that their utility bills were going to triple in cost after the Obama Administration and the EPA rolled out this ridiculous rule.”
 
Recently, major components of the Clean Power Plan, a high-cost regulation U.S. Rep. Smith asked the Trump Administration to take quick action on, were suspended and rescinded. In December of 2016, Rep. Smith met with and sent a letter to the incoming administration asking them to eliminate 14 federal rules and regulations, one of which was the Clean Power Plan. Smith’s work with the Administration will save jobs and money for Missourians.
 
If implemented, this rule would have increased the cost of electricity and made it unaffordable for many residents in the state. Rescinding the Clean Power Plan stops the Obama Administration’s costly rules for energy production, helps prevent skyrocketing utility rates, ensures coal plants stay open and keeps jobs in Missouri.
 
“Missouri residents get 83% of their energy from coal-fired power plants,” said Congressman Smith. “Eliminating Obama’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ means folks at the New Madrid plant can continue their work without the burden of government regulations and provide clean, affordable power to farmers, small businesses and families in Missouri.”
 
Missouri coal is some of the cleanest in the world. Before Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” existed, operations like New Madrid invested billions of dollars to keep their coal-fired power plants clean. The New Madrid Power Plant is part of Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. and employs 180 people. You can read more about the plant here.

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LIBERAL (fili)BUST(er)

2017/04/07

On Friday, with the confirmation of our newest Supreme Court member, Justice Neil Gorsuch, the American people were finally able to claim victory over liberal obstructionists in the United States Senate. With Gorsuch behind the bench, we have a Justice who respects personal freedom and liberty. He knows our Constitution is a document that defers power from the federal government to the states, and puts the rights of individuals ahead of the interests of bureaucrats in Washington.  
 
Throughout his career, Judge Gorsuch has consistently stood on the side of religious freedom and the right to life of the unborn. One of his most notable decisions came in the 2014 Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, in which Gorsuch upheld that the federal government could not force businesses to offer coverage for abortion services.
 
Judge Gorsuch echoes the qualities of Justice Scalia, making him the perfect replacement to restore conservatism and balance back to the Supreme Court. Justice Scalia’s seat on the court does not belong to any president or any political party, but to the American people.
 
But if you’ve watched the news over the past week, you already know that liberals in the Senate have treated Justice Scalia’s vacant seat as an opportunity to put politics ahead of what the American people rightfully asked and voted for in November when they elected President Trump.   
 
The Senate’s work on everything from Trump’s Cabinet to filling Justice Scalia’s seat has been halted by the actions of liberal obstructionists. And you know who loses in that situation? The American people.
 
Unfortunately, obstructionism is a pattern of behavior from the left. Instead of investing in an agenda that’s best for the American people, liberals in the Senate have given us the longest Cabinet nomination and confirmation process in the history of an administration. President Trump still does not have an Agriculture or Labor Secretary and it’s because the left is continuing to obstruct the process. Right now, President Trump only has 22 of his nominees confirmed. At the same time in the last administration, Obama had a whopping 54 nominees confirmed – more than TWICE the amount President Trump has.
 
Political tactics from the far left were meant to prevent one of the most qualified judges of all time from being confirmed to the Supreme Court. For purely partisan purposes, they tried to stop the guy who in 2006 had zero opposition from the Senate and the support of senators like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Gorsuch’s nomination should come as no surprise to the left, but they seem to forget that during the campaign, Trump shared a list of people he would nominate to the Supreme Court if he won. The American people took this into consideration, and voted for Trump’s plan when they elected him in November.
 
The left threw up roadblocks at every turn throughout Gorsuch’s confirmation process. Before this week, there had never been a successful partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee in American history. But the liberals tried this anyway, using a filibuster to prevent a vote. I applaud conservatives in the Senate for showing leadership and changing the rules to go around the liberal’s filibuster and bring Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation up for a simple majority vote.
 
It is time for liberals to move on from obstructing the government and work to advance the agenda Americans voted for in November. With the election of President Trump, Americans proclaimed their desire for a smaller government and less intrusion. They want a healthcare system that actually works, not one with premiums that are higher than their mortgage. They want the IRS scaled back and their tax returns to fit on a single postcard. Most importantly, they want the government out of their business and out of their pocketbook. We must deliver on what the American people have asked.

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Keeping the Lights On

2017/03/31

What if I told you your government was about to triple your monthly electric bill? President Obama’s so called “Clean Power Plan” would have done just that – increasing electric costs and forcing coal plants in Missouri to close.

Missouri residents get 83 percent of their energy from coal-fired power plants. If implemented, this rule would have increased the cost of electricity and made it unaffordable for many residents in the state. Fortunately, President Trump took major steps this week to eliminate the Clean Power Plan and stop the EPA’s costly rules for energy production. This will help prevent skyrocketing utility rates, ensure coal plants stay open and keep jobs in Missouri.

The Clean Power Plan is just the latest in a long list of regulations that show how unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats do not understand southeast and south central Missouri. After President Trump was elected, his team asked me to help identify regulations hurting rural America, and I immediately thought about those of you who told me that your utility bills were going to triple in cost after the EPA rolled out this ridiculous rule. Thankfully, this week, President Trump did away with major components of Obama’s plan.

Contrary to what liberal environmentalists think, our coal plants are some of the cleanest in the world. So clean in fact, that the Obama Administration had to use fake science about climate change to justify their plan. In 2015, a whistleblower from the government’s main source for environmental research revealed that one of their scientists was “putting his finger on the scale” for climate change, making the numbers look more dramatic than they actually were. This week, I voted on the HONEST Act to stop this from happening. Right now, the EPA does not have to make their research public. AKA – the science behind their rules is a secret and cannot be vetted by researchers who may have different information to offer. The HONEST Act means the EPA will have to share their research with everyone and they will not be able to get away with using fake science from someone who cooked the books in favor of a biased agenda.

I have been fighting against burdensome regulations since my time in the Missouri State House of Representatives. I even filed papers in one court case to block the Obama Administration’s executive overreach and implementation of the Clean Power Plan. Most recently, I authored the SCRUB Act. Passed in a 240-185 bipartisan vote by the U.S. House of Representatives last month, the SCRUB Act is designed to identify and eliminate ineffective and intrusive federal regulations. Now, I am asking the U.S. Senate to vote in favor of the SCRUB Act and send it to the White House for President Trump’s signature.

Congress and the American people rejected Obama’s climate change agenda, so instead, the Obama Administration went around Congress, ignoring the will of the people. Now we are undoing the rules they wrote. From ending the damaging Clean Power Plan, to stopping the EPA from aggressively regulating every pond, raindrop or bucket of water on a farm, I am grateful that we finally have a President who is as focused as I am on getting Washington off the backs and out of the way of Missouri families, farmers and small businesses.

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Rep. Smith Joins President to Lower Electric Bills, Save Jobs

2017/03/28

WASHINGTON, D.C. –   Today, major components of the Clean Power Plan, a high-cost regulation U.S. Rep. Smith asked the Trump Administration to take quick action on, were suspended and rescinded. In December of 2016, Rep. Smith met with and sent a letter to the incoming administration asking them to eliminate 14 federal rules and regulations, one of which was the Clean Power Plan. Smith’s work with the Administration will save jobs and money for farmers, small businesses and families.
 
Missouri residents get 83% of their energy from coal-fired power plants. If implemented, this rule would have increased the cost of electricity and made it unaffordable for many residents in the state. Rescinding the Clean Power Plan stops the Obama Administration’s costly rules for energy production, lowers the price of electricity, and keeps coal plants and jobs in Missouri.
 
“The so called ‘Clean Power Plan’ is just the latest in a long list of regulations that show how unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats do not understand southeast and south central Missouri,” said Congressman Smith. “After President Trump was elected, his team asked me to help identify regulations hurting rural America, and I immediately thought of the folks back home who told me that their utility bills were going to triple in cost after the Obama Administration and the EPA rolled out this ridiculous rule.”
 
Barry Hart, Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives CEO, says the Obama Administrations did not listen to more than 300,000 letters from rural Missourians when making the final Clean Power Plan rules.  
 
“The Clean Power Plan would have significantly increased electric rates, potentially closed many coal plants in Missouri and killed our state's economy,” said Hart. “Billions of dollars have been spent to make our coal plants some of the cleanest in the world. The hundreds of permanent jobs at these plants are high paying and additional workers from across the country come to Missouri each year to maintain the facilities and equipment. They spend millions of dollars locally while working here. All of this economic activity creates tax dollars for our communities and counties.  Low energy costs also make Missouri a good place for businesses to expand and locate, creating more jobs.”  
 
“People in rural Missouri are celebrating today,” said Hart. “From the initial proposal of the Clean Power Plan by the Obama Administration to President Trump’s repeal of the rule, our Congressman Jason Smith has worked side by side with us to give Missourians a voice in Washington. The previous administration did not listen to rural Missourians and cooperative members. But the good news is, we have a new administration and everyone’s hard work, including Jason’s, is going to pay off.”
 
Studies estimate that every American household is stuck with $15,000 in regulatory costs each year. The Clean Power Plan would have contributed to this burden by increasing the cost to heat and cool homes, making consumers pay more to receive the same service. There are 27 states who have challenged Obama’s Clean Power Plan in court. These ongoing legal cases question the Executive Authority leveraged by the Obama Administration to implement the Clean Power Plan and Waters of the U.S. rules. In one case, Congressman Smith filed an amicus brief with the D.C. Court of Appeals to block the Obama Administration’s executive overreach and implementation of the Clean Power Plan.
 
“Congress and the American people rejected Obama’s climate change agenda, so instead, the Obama Administration went around Congress, ignoring the will of the people. Now we are undoing the rules they wrote,” said Congressman Smith. “From ending the damaging Clean Power Plan, to stopping the EPA from regulating every stream, lake or body of water on a farm, I am grateful that we finally have a President who is as focused as I am on getting Washington off the backs and out of the way of Missouri families, farmers and small businesses.”
 
Smith has been fighting against regulations since his time in the Missouri State House of Representatives. Most recently, Congressman Smith authored the SCRUB Act. Passed in a 240-185 bipartisan vote by the U.S. House of Representatives last month, the SCRUB Act is designed to identify ineffective and intrusive federal regulations. The legislation creates a commission that reviews and makes recommendations to repeal regulations to bring back private sector job creation and spur economic growth. Congressman Smith encourages the U.S. Senate to vote in favor of the SCRUB Act and send it to the White House for President Trump’s signature.

 

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Under Construction: Jobs & Energy Independence

2017/03/24

The number one responsibility of your government is to keep you and your loved ones safe. Energy security – knowing we can put gas in our cars and heat our homes – is a major part of that safety and security.  But for too long, the government has been dependent on Middle Eastern countries supplying us with oil, sitting back and waiting for them to provide our energy resources – leaving us with a hefty price tag.
 
This week, President Trump took major action to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline project. A project which will make us less reliant on countries who don’t have our best interests at heart and will secure our energy independence while adding jobs and growing the economy.
 
The request to begin construction on the Keystone XL pipeline was first submitted to President Obama in 2008. But Barack Obama spent all eight years of his presidency prioritizing and championing the radical environmental cause.  Even after Obama’s State Department determined the pipeline project would not contribute to climate change, Obama put politics ahead of the American people and refused to approve the pipeline.
 
From eight years of obstruction to eight weeks of action, President Trump has worked quickly to move the Keystone XL pipeline project forward. During his first week in office, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks and speed up the approval process for the pipeline. And this week, he signed the final permit to approve construction of the pipeline.
 
The construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline will lower energy costs for Missouri families and infuse our country’s economy with the kind of infrastructure investment that creates and supports jobs.
 
This pipeline is an $8 billion investment that will create more than 42,000 construction jobs. The project will use American steel and direct roughly $3.4 billion into the pockets of hardworking Americans who desperately need it. These dollars will go to cash-strapped communities in rural America, supporting local grocery stores, local car dealerships, local restaurants, local housing markets - the list goes on and on.
 
I have been pushing for construction of the pipeline since joining Congress forty months ago. In 2015, I voted for the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. This bill had bipartisan support from over 300 members of Congress, would have put thousands of Americans back to work and reduced the burden of high energy costs. This legislation advanced through both Chambers of Congress and made it all the way to President Obama’s desk, only to be ignored.
 
The Keystone XL Pipeline will carry nearly 800,000 barrels of North American oil per day. It makes zero sense to rely on foreign countries for our energy when we have access to a wealth of energy resources right here in America.
 
Between lower gas prices and less money on your energy bills, Missourians are set to benefit from the Keystone XL pipeline project. Calling this a “new era for American energy,” President Trump promised his administration would follow through with more infrastructure projects that put a paycheck directly in the hands of hardworking Americans. I am glad President Trump approved construction of the pipeline, and am thankful to see our government prioritizing the nation's security -  finally making it possible to stop relying on Middle Eastern nations to meet America’s energy needs.

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Check Your Tackle Box & Keep an Eye on Your Gun Case

2017/03/17

Did you know that on his way out of office, President Obama tried to regulate the ammo in your gun and the fishing sinkers in your tackle box?

Before he jetted off to the Caribbean, President Obama managed to take a final swipe at Missourians’ way of life with “Director’s Order No. 219,” a last-minute regulation that banned lead ammunition and fishing tackle on federal lands. In other words, President Obama’s rule would not have allowed you to take shotgun shells or fishing sinkers with you to hunt in Mark Twain National Forest or fish at Clearwater Lake.

Printed out, the current Code of Federal Regulations would physically cover more than 2.5 acres of land. That is 175,268 pages of burdens weighing down Missourians. Fortunately, I was able to stop them from adding another page to that stack and defend our right to decide what we do with our weekends.

After hearing the concerns of hunters and fishermen in southern Missouri, I led the effort to have 60 Members of Congress send a letter to President Trump asking him to overturn the ban. You see, in Missouri, we know how to be good stewards of the land God has given us, and we do not need the federal government monitoring our movements while we enjoy creation. At the beginning of this month, my letter to President Trump resulted in the Obama-era lead ban being overturned by my friend and former colleague Ryan Zinke in one of his first acts as U.S. Department of Interior Secretary.

This rule had no basis in science and was written without any input from those most affected by its enactment. Sportsmen and fishermen are some of our country’s greatest conservationists. Obama’s order only served to hinder them from participating in the recreational use of federal lands they’ve enjoyed for decades. The regulatory red tape thrown up by unelected bureaucrats over the last eight years is exactly what the American people soundly rejected when they elected Donald Trump in November.

It was a complete overreach by the Obama administration to decide what type of ammunition or fishing tackle you carry while exploring the great outdoors of Missouri. In typical Washington, D.C. fashion, President Obama wanted to show Missourians that he knew what was best for us. Fortunately, we have a new president who understands and trusts us to tell him what we need, not the other way around.

We have all seen President Trump’s work thus far, undoing the damage of President Obama’s executive actions and appointing the right people like Secretary Zinke to do the same thing. After eight years of Obama’s overreach, whether it is something as big as Obamacare or as small as the fishing tackle you pack on a weekend trip with your family, I am committed to defending southern Missouri’s way of life.

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Reason to be Concerned

2017/03/10

Last weekend, President Trump opened up about his suspicion that his campaign was wire tapped by the Obama White House during the 2016 Presidential election. While some in the media found this outlandish, the reality is that a long track record by the Obama White House of using whatever means necessary to discredit those who opposed him leaves President Trump justified in believing that individuals who worked on his campaign and potentially himself were subjected to eavesdropping.

In the coming months, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee will be conducting a full investigation on interference during the 2016 election – interference from foreign countries as well as executive overreach and manipulation by the Obama White House. In the meantime, what we do know is that a pattern and history of overstep and abuse by the Obama Administration has given President Trump plenty of reason to suspect his organization was targeted during the Republican nomination process.

Most glaring is that the Obama White House had a history of using deceitful tactics to target those who disagreed with them. In 2013, Obama’s IRS told employees to “be on the lookout” for Tea Party organizations applying for tax-exempt status and other groups who objected to the government takeover of healthcare and our economy. Their applications were delayed and denied in an attempt to stop them from working against Obama’s liberal agenda. Led by Eric Holder, Obama’s Justice Department also pried into the personal communications of Associated Press reporters and Fox News reporter James Rosen who was unfavorably reporting on the White House.

Second, since the beginning of the Trump Administration, his presidency has been hounded by numerous unauthorized leaks from lifelong bureaucrats, burrowed deep within the bowels of a bloated government. These bureaucratic hold overs from the Obama Administration have infiltrated the Trump Administration and are working every day to discredit America’s newly elected leader.

Lastly, it’s easy to see why the Obama Administration would be motivated to wiretap the Trump campaign and find information to prevent Trump from being elected - the preservation of their liberal policies and Obama’s legacy was at stake. They wanted Hillary Clinton – another president who would spend too much, tax too much and try to rewrite the Constitution in order to encroach upon the very liberties our country was founded on. Scared of what Trump would do to their legacy, the Obama White House might do anything to ensure that a true agent of change didn’t take over. While it is completely acceptable for a president to want to see his legacy continued by his successor of choice, it is not acceptable for anyone in his administration to spy on the opposition.

We are just beginning to scratch the surface of the executive overreach and manipulation by the previous administration during the 2016 election. In the coming months, the facts will rise to the surface and we will know more about if, when and how the Obama White House may have worked to undermine the democratic process. But we don’t need to dig any deeper to understand why the Obama White House would want to try to stop candidate Trump from becoming President Trump.

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Congressman Jason Smith Responds to President Donald J. Trump

2017-03-01 20:36:34


Congressman Jason Smith Questions Experts on Obamacare's Individual Mandate

2017-01-24 20:31:11


Congressman Jason Smith Speech on House Floor on ESRD Choice Act

2016-09-20 21:54:23


Congressman Jason Smith- Ways &Means Hearing on Unemployment Insurance

2016-09-07 15:44:01


Rep. Jason Smith's ESRD Act is advanced by the Ways and Means Committee

2016-07-13 20:41:16


Congressman Jason Smith introduces amendment to eliminate funding for EPA's ACE program

2016-07-13 01:13:01


Congressman Jason Smith Honors Cadet Tom Surdyke on the House Floor

2016-07-12 17:15:54


Congressman Jason Smith questions Administration officials on unlawful funding practices

2016-07-07 16:57:16


Congressman Jason Smith introduces amendment to protect Americans who live in floodways

2016-05-26 02:03:59


Congressman Jason Smith questions IRS Commissioner Koskinen and members of the Justice Department

2016-05-25 18:03:10


Congressman Jason Smith's floor speech on his IRS OWES Act- April 20th, 2016

2016-04-20 19:32:02


Rep. Smith presses IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on customer service funding cuts- April 19, 2016

2016-04-19 19:52:21


Congressman Jason Smith questions IRS Commissioner John Koskinen- April 19, 2016

2016-04-19 19:14:16


Rep. Jason Smith questions IRS Commissioner John Koskinen- April, 19 2016

2016-04-19 16:59:43


Rep. Jason Smith on IRS OWES Act- April 19, 2016

2016-04-19 16:21:48


Congressman Jason Smith introduces his IRS OWES Act to the Ways and Means Committee

2016-04-13 19:04:12


Rep. Smith on his bill to protect Missouri's hunters and fishermen- February 26, 2016

2016-02-26 17:43:57


Congressman Jason Smith addresses cuts to Medicare Advantage with HHS Secretary

2016-02-11 19:37:39


Congressman Jason Smith Speaks on Bill to SCRUB Outdated Regulations

2016-01-07 18:10:21


Congressman Smith Questions Witness on Waste, Fraud, & Abuse in Welfare

2015-11-05 18:42:00


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Ways and Means

Jason Smith is a seventh-generation Missourian, a citizen-legislator, and a champion for the rights and values of rural Missourians.

Jason was raised in Salem, Missouri, where he still owns the same family farm that was started by his great grandfather. He attended Salem High School, where he was an active member of FFA. At the University of Missouri-Columbia, Jason earned degrees in Agricultural Economics and Business Administration. After receiving degrees from both programs in three years, he attended law school at Oklahoma City University before returning home to serve his community. Back home in Missouri Jason began running the family farm and practicing law. It was during this time that he recognized the harm that the overbearing government was inflicting on Missourians and our economy. This inspired Jason to run for office himself so he could begin to undo the damage.

Jason was elected to the Missouri General Assembly in a special election in 2005.

In the General Assembly, Jason fought to shrink the size of state government, eliminate burdensome rules and regulations, increase government transparency, protect property rights, require drug testing for welfare recipients, and defend Missouri agriculture. Thanks to his efforts, Jason’s colleagues selected him to serve in leadership: first as the Majority Whip and then as Speaker Pro Tem—one of the youngest in state history.

During a special election in June of 2013, Jason was elected to represent Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. He was re-elected in November 2014.

As a member of the 114th Congress, Jason serves on the Ways and Means Committee. In Washington Jason has made a name for himself as a strong defender of rural Missouri and all of rural America. Jason is committed to fighting intrusive government regulations, increasing markets for farmers and ranchers, and protecting his constituents’ rural way of life.

Jason has earned 100% ratings from the American Conservative Union and the Chamber of Commerce; he is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, pro-life and supports traditional values.

Jason attends Grace Community Church in Salem.


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Ann Wagner

MISSOURI's 2nd DISTRICT

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Vicky Hartzler

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Sam Graves

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Billy Long

MISSOURI's 7th DISTRICT

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