Jason Smith

Jason Smith


The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act


“The final and best means of strengthening demand among consumers and business is to reduce the burden on private income and the deterrents to private initiative which are imposed by our present tax system…The purpose of cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus.”
Most would guess this quote came from President Trump, maybe President Bush, or even President Reagan. While good guesses, they would all be wrong. Those words were delivered in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy in front of the Economic Club of New York. Less than a year later, he would be assassinated. A few months after that, the historic tax cuts he had advocated for became a reality in the Revenue Act of 1964. What succeeded after was the creation of 12 million new jobs over a five-year period.
Delivering tax cuts for American families can and should be a bipartisan effort. Whether it was President Kennedy, President Reagan or President Bush in 2003, the cumulative result of their tax cut efforts was the creation of close to 35 million new jobs. President Trump recognizes this, he knows that merely growing our economy on an average of 3% over the next decade would directly translate into the creation of tens of millions of new jobs and that the surest way to get that growth is through cutting taxes.
President Trump is not alone in that vision. I stand with him ready to deliver that tax cut to the families of south central and southeast Missouri. It’s why I fought to get on the oldest standing Committee in Congress, the Ways and Means Committee – where all tax and revenue measures start. And it is why last week I, along with my Committee Members, introduced the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. Because I know what the President knows – that legislation like this will result in more jobs, lower taxes and bigger paychecks for the families of Missouri.
This legislation will provide immediate tax relief, will get rid of special interest loopholes, and incentivize more employers to invest, grow and hire here in the United States. We get rid of things like the dreaded ‘death tax’ which makes Missouri families pay an additional tax on the transfers of farms from one generation to the next. The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act rewards hardworking families by expanding the child tax credit and reduces tax rates on family run farms and businesses. These tax cuts will result in the average family of four paying 75% less in taxes and also completely gets rid of federal taxes on the first $24,000 every family earns.
In the lower chamber, we have stood with our President and delivered on our promise to repeal the government takeover of healthcare. We have stood with him to remove thousands of pages of bureaucratic regulations holding back our economy, and we stand with him again now, committed to delivering on historic tax cuts for American families.
Doing so will return the decision about your economic future to YOU, not the federal government. President Trump knows that, President Kennedy knew it in 1962, President Bush knew it in 2003 and President Reagan knew it in 1981 when he delivered these words from the Oval Office in support of reducing taxes, “…join me in this dramatic but responsible plan to reduce the enormous burden of Federal taxation on you and your family…In a few days the Congress will stand at the fork of two roads. One road is all too familiar to us. It leads ultimately to higher taxes. It merely brings us full circle back to the source of our economic problems, where the government decides that it knows better than you what should be done with your earnings and, in fact, how you should conduct your life. The other road promises to renew the American spirit. It's a road of hope and opportunity. It places the direction of your life back in your hands where it belongs.”

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Honoring Sacrifice and Service


As a grateful nation, we pause this week to honor America’s veterans. These brave men and women leave family, friends, careers and the comforts of home to fight and defend our freedoms and values.  They’ve fought for us; it is incredibly important to fight for them now.  From servicemen like my uncle, who fought in Vietnam and earned a Purple Heart, to those recently enlisted beginning their first tours of duty, we owe a debt of gratitude.
I consider it a great honor to help our military heroes. Whether hosting a local Veterans Summit to assist our nation’s finest figure out benefits, ending fraud and abuse within the Veterans Administration, fighting for better VA health care in rural areas or showing the Greatest Generation the WWII memorial in Washington, serving veterans is a privilege.
This week, America’s veterans are a step closer to the exceptional treatment they deserve. Working closely with the Trump Administration, I fought to make sure veterans have choices when it comes to their health care. Those who cannot get a timely appointment at a VA medical facility now have options in a private health care setting, covered by their veterans’ benefits. Additionally, after many requests to increase hours of operation and expand services at the VA Clinic in Salem, I worked to get this done. Veterans will also have access to a long-awaited ID card that will help ensure they get the benefits they rightly earned.
Recently, veterans from Perryville traveled to our nation’s Capital to conduct a flag exchange ceremony for the Missouri National Veterans Memorial. It was an honor for me to participate in this important ceremony linking the full-scale black granite replica in Perryville to the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C. Not everyone can travel to D.C., so Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial is taking one of our nation’s most important sacred monuments right to America’s heartland in Perryville.
We were all again reminded of how important it is to defend our nation when ISIS struck New York City this week. In a cowardly act of terror, an ISIS supporter rented a vehicle and struck innocent civilians as school was dismissing and families were preparing to go trick or treating. Even as we face terrorism at home, our troops are overseas, working to extinguish terrorist groups so their twisted ideology of hate never reaches our borders. As you read this, there are hundreds of thousands of America’s finest deployed across the globe, defending our freedom and fighting terrorists where they are deeply rooted.
We are so blessed to live in the land of the free, but we must not forget this has come with a price. Others have sacrificed their own lives so that we may live in freedom. Please take some time to thank veterans not just today, but every day, and let them know how grateful you are for their service to our country.

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U.S. Rep. Smith Fights to Improve Patient Care


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jason Smith authored and introduced legislation last week to remove barriers which limit medical providers’ ability to administer care for patients suffering from end-stage renal disease (ESRD).


ESRD patients typically spend many hours, multiple times a week receiving treatment in a dialysis facility. The Dialysis PATIENTS Act will streamline care for these patients and allow their medical care providers to deliver treatments for other medical needs while in the dialysis facility. Right now, in addition to multiple trips to dialysis facilities, patients must travel to separate locations to receive treatment for other health problems.


“It’s our job to make Americans’ lives easier,” said Congressman Smith. “With this legislation, we can improve the quality of life for some of our most vulnerable patients and keep them from having to make long trips to multiple facilities.”


The Dialysis PATIENTS Act will reduce costs associated with missed treatments by consolidating where patients get care. For example, while receiving dialysis for upwards of four hours, patients could be treated for everything from a common cold to complications from diabetes. Centralizing care will decrease the risk of infection and complications that result from having multiple doctors care for the same patients without talking to each other and coordinating treatment plans.


“One of the things I love about being from southern Missouri is how rural our area is, but I know that also makes it difficult for folks to get where they need to be sometimes,” said Congressman Smith. “People don’t usually realize this, but the part of Missouri I represent is bigger than the entire state of New Jersey and Massachusetts combined.”


Smith’s legislation has bipartisan support in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.  Original supporters of the legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives include Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA).

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U.S. Rep. Smith Helps Missouri Students Pursue their Education


WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, Congressman Jason Smith authored and introduced a bill that will help working students afford college tuition. Smith has met with students in every county of Missouri’s sprawling 8th Congressional District, and heard the need for legislation like the Upward Mobility Enhancement Act firsthand.


The Upward Mobility Enhancement Act allows employers to offer tax-free education assistance of up to $11,500 a year to their employees. This gives students the opportunity to enter the workforce and earn money while getting portions of their tuition and other education related expenses covered by their employer.


“I am one of the only Members of Congress who is still paying back my student loans, so I know what a burden this can be,” said Congressman Smith. “Student loan repayment programs are great, but people who are working while pursuing their education need help right now.”


Smith worked with his colleague, Rep. Rodney Davis, on the legislation. Davis is from Illinois and recently visited several agricultural operations in southeast Missouri with Congressman Smith.


“Hard-working Americans at companies like Starbucks, McDonald’s, and others across this country have success stories about furthering their education without taking on a large amount of student debt,” said Davis. “These companies are providing their employees with opportunities to grow, succeed, and achieve their dream. If we want to help people succeed and reduce the need for student debt, which is now the second largest form of consumer debt, we should ensure this benefit is adequate to helping people further their education.”


Fifty-seven percent of graduates in Missouri incur debt while earning their degree. The average debt for an individual graduate is $27,532. Smith has a record of supporting Missouri students. In 2015, Smith authored and passed legislation to give tax cuts to college students participating in work-learning-service programs like College of the Ozarks in southern Missouri.


“Many students can’t afford to go to school without working at the same time,” said Congressman Smith. “In addition to creating tax cuts for hardworking Missourians, we are creating legislation like the Upward Mobility Enhancement Act which will allow more people to keep money in their pocket and stay out of debt while pursuing their education.”


Smith’s legislation has bipartisan support in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Original supporters of the legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives include Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Rep. Susan DelBene (D-WA), Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL). 

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Protecting What’s Yours, Not Theirs


With Halloween only a few days away, unfortunately American taxpayers were greeted with the wrong kind of ‘tricks’ this week. On Tuesday, it was uncovered that the Department of Justice under then Attorney General Eric Holder was picking and choosing what organizations to make settlement payments to, based on if they were liberal or conservative. That’s right, more rouge agency heads and bureaucrats picking winners and losers to award your tax dollars to based on if they were liberal enough to align with the administration’s political views. This shouldn’t be the case.

In the House of Representatives this week, we passed legislation to stop this practice, to end these Obama-Holder behind closed door deals and to add transparency to what the government does with your tax dollars. The appropriately named Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act makes sure that the government can no longer settle disputes behind closed doors with your tax dollars. Your government cannot operate in a shroud of secrecy –  the public must be involved. The government is accountable to the taxpayer, and it should be as open and transparent as possible. That is why I have supported efforts to audit things like the Federal Reserve and require agencies to institute reforms to cut down on unnecessary waste and abuse while explicitly detailing how they use each tax dollar.
The efforts in the U.S. House this week were accompanied by an announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that they would be ending the practice of “sue and settle.” “Sue and settle” agreements occur when a federal agency like the EPA accepts a lawsuit from an outside radical group and then, rather than defend itself, settles the lawsuit out of court in a closed-door agreement. These agreements involve the U.S. taxpayer paying attorney fees for the radical organization as well as accepting the implementation of new bureaucratic regulations harmful to American consumers.

Ending the practice of “sue and settle” is something I have spearheaded in the U.S. House for several years and have advanced legislation with bipartisan support each Congress to end it. Under the Obama Administration, these lawsuits resulted in more than 100 new regulations and tens of millions of tax dollars spent on compliance costs. This change from the Obama Administration’s EPA to the Trump White House will now prevent radical liberal groups from taking Missourians’ tax dollars and imposing burdensome government regulations. Upon announcing the change, President Trump’s EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, said, “The days of regulation through litigation are over… I’d like to thank the President and acknowledge others, including Rep. Jason Smith, who have worked with us to bring this corruption to light.”
It is the responsibility of your government to be an unbiased, good steward of taxpayer resources, not treating them as their slush fund piggy bank to award whatever cause most aligns with their own political agenda. I am glad we took action this week to prevent this practice from occurring and am hopeful that the United States Senate will advance the Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act. It is also encouraging to see agencies under this new administration proactively ending this payout practice even without legislation. That is the kind of change I support and the type of cultural change which Washington needs.

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U.S. Rep. Jason Smith Secures Flood Study


DE SOTO, MO – This week, Congressman Jason Smith announced that the Corps of Engineers, after initially cutting the project, will investigate the cause of frequent flooding along Joachim Creek in De Soto.


“The creek floods after just a few inches of rain and is a constant threat to local residents and their property,” said Congressman Smith. “I’m glad I was able to sit down with the Corps and urge them to get to the root of the problem. This project is an investment in our area that will hopefully save the city and local residents money in clean-up costs down the road.”


Jefferson County residents organized the Citizens Committee for Flood Relief, a group of 13 people who have been working with County, State and Federal government officials over the past year to get the flood study for Joachim Creek secured.


“When folks from Jefferson County came to me for help, I sat down with the St. Louis Corps of Engineers and told them how important this flood study was to the De Soto community,” said Congressman Smith.


Following Congressman Smith’s meeting with the St. Louis Corps of Engineers, the Corps reversed its original decision to not fund the flood study, and decided to investigate the cause of floods affecting De Soto and the surrounding areas. 


“There is so much potential for growth,” said Susan Liley from the Citizens Committee for Flood Relief. “With De Soto's historical assets, I feel we can be a town that people want to visit and enjoy; however, first our flooding must be fixed.”


According to a survey conducted by the Citizens Committee for Flood Relief, an estimated 185 people live in the area impacted by Joachim Creek floods with 114 of the residents classified as disabled or elderly.


When Paula Arbuthnot, a representative from the Citizens Committee for Flood Relief, was informed the flood study had been green lighted, she said, “Praise the Lord and Congressman Jason Smith.”


The Corps estimates the study will begin in early 2018 and will take about a year to complete. 

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Congressman Jason Smith Talks with the Next Generation of Leaders


EDGAR SPRINGS, MO – Today, Congressman Jason Smith stopped in Phelps County to talk with Edgar Springs students about his experience growing up in rural Missouri and what it’s like to work with President Trump. Smith was greeted by a warm welcome and took questions from the students.


When asked if he worked with President Trump, Smith shared, “In Congress, I work on the committee in charge of getting tax cuts for all Americans, your parents included, and I have met with President Trump and Vice President Pence multiple times to discuss how we are going to get this done.”


Smith shared with the students that no matter where they were from, they could be anything they wanted to be when they grew up.


“I grew up down the road going to a school just like this, and I want all of you to know that you are just as important as the kids who go to bigger schools,” said Congressman Smith. “I am proof that you can grow up to be whoever you want to be.”


Smith also discussed the importance of local control of schools.


“Missouri educators are the best people to make curriculum decisions for Missouri students. We don’t need the federal government stepping in at every turn,” said Congressman Smith. 


The stop at Edgar Springs was one of many the Congressman planned for his week at home in Missouri. Smith visited a total of 15 counties before returning to Washington to continue his work fighting for a fairer, flatter tax code for Missourians, stopping regulations from government bureaucrats and reducing the overall size and scope of the federal government.


“It’s always great to be back home and spend time with folks in our area,” said Congressman Smith. “Sleeping on the floor of my office in D.C. can get old, but I’m ready to get back and keep fighting for the folks of southeast and south central Missouri as Congress works to deliver on President Trump’s legislative agenda.”

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U.S. Rep. Smith Encourages Students to Submit Applications for Service Academy Nominations


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jason Smith reminded students that he is accepting applications for nomination to U.S. Service Academies. As a Member of Congress, Smith is able to make nominations for the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

“Attending a Service Academy can be a life changing experience. Students get a world class education and assume a leadership role in the military upon graduation,” said Congressman Smith. “Service Academies attract the best and brightest young people from across the country and I am honored to be able to nominate students from right here in southeast and south central Missouri who are committed to protecting, preserving and defending our nation’s freedom.”

Young people interested in a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements for admission to a service academy:

  • He or she must be at least 17 years old
  • He or she must be a United States citizen
  • He or she must be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

Students interested in a nomination should contact Heather Kamps in Congressman Smith’s West Plains’ office at 417-255-1515 or heather.kamps@mail.house.gov. The deadline for nomination applications to Smith’s office is October 31, 2017.
For additional instructions and frequently asked questions, student can visit Congressman Smith’s website at https://jasonsmith.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations.

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Stalled in the Senate


It’s always great to be back home and spend time with folks in our area. This week, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to more than half of the counties in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District, and have met with everyone from parents, teachers and students, to doctors, farmers, local small business owners and community leaders. During my travels this week, the folks I visited with consistently told me they were frustrated with Washington. “Why is Congress failing to act on President Trump’s agenda?” The truth is, I join you in your frustration.
As a matter of fact, since January, the House of Representatives has passed 362 bills which is almost 100 more than the average under the last four Presidential Administrations. We have passed legislation that will reduce regulations, bring back healthcare choice and competition, cut spending, increase local control and ensure America’s energy-independence. Plus, let’s not forget that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Obamacare repeal and replace legislation President Trump asked for and sent it to the Senate months ago. We are delivering for our President and the American people. But the Senate has yet to do the same.
Obstructionists in the Senate need to realize that our President isn’t going to put up with business as usual in Washington – he expects results. Sadly, Senate Obstructionists aren’t just left-wing liberals. They are “Republicans” who have never supported our President and find it more politically beneficial to obstruct than to deliver results for the American people.
Because of the Senate slow-down, President Trump has only had the chance to sign 64 bills into law. He is ready to take action on much, much more. Of the 362 bills we have passed, 286 are now stuck in the Senate. President Trump is also struggling with a Senate slow-down on confirming people who have been nominated to serve in his Administration. At the same time during Obama’s first year in office, the Senate had confirmed 359 of his nominees. Unfortunately for President Trump, the Senate has only acted to confirm 172 of his nominees. I agree with President Trump – the Senate should change the rules and allow a simple majority to get things done.
In fact, just last week, President Trump got tired of waiting on the Senate and took action to advance healthcare policies I've pushed for and passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. His Presidential actions are creating more choices and more competition - ending unconstitutional bailouts for insurance companies, allowing folks to buy insurance across state lines and band together with other hardworking Missourians to bring down the cost of care for their families.
This week, President Trump met with several Senators and urged them to come together for a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to fix the U.S. Tax Code and give Americans a long overdue pay raise saying, “We're going to restore America’s competitive edge, rebuild America’s middle class, and renew the promise of the American Dream.”
It’s time for the Senate to do their job. We have got to get legislation moving again in Washington and deliver real results for folks back home. Sleeping on the floor of my office in D.C. can get old, but I’m ready to get back and keep fighting for the people in southeast and south central Missouri as Congress works to deliver on President Trump’s legislative agenda.

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Congressman Jason Smith Talks with the Next Generation of Leaders


SUCCESS, MO – Congressman Jason Smith stopped in Texas County on Wednesday, October 18, to talk with Success School students. Smith was greeted by a warm welcome and took questions from the students.


In addition to being asked about what it was like to be a Member of Congress, one student asked the Congressman why he would care about visiting such a small school.


“I grew up going to a school just like this, and I want all of you to know that you are just as important as the kids who go to bigger schools,” said Congressman Smith. “I am proof that you can grow up to be whoever you want to be.”


When asked to give the students advice, Smith shared his three H’s to live by, “Be hungry for what you want, be humble and be honest.”


Smith also discussed the importance of local control of schools.


“Missouri educators are the best people to make curriculum decisions for Missouri students. We don’t need the federal government stepping in at every turn,” said Congressman Smith. 


The stop at Success R-VII was one of many the Congressman planned for his week at home in Missouri. Smith visited a total of 15 counties before returning to Washington to continue his work fighting for a fairer, flatter tax code for Missourians, stopping regulations from government bureaucrats and reducing the overall size and scope of the federal government.


“It’s always great to be back home and spend time with folks in our area,” said Congressman Smith. “Sleeping on the floor of my office in D.C. can get old, but I’m ready to get back and keep fighting for the folks of southeast and south central Missouri as Congress works to deliver on President Trump’s legislative agenda.”


Before leaving, the 3rd graders gave Congressman Smith pictures they colored of the Missouri State Flag.

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U.S. Rep. Jason Smith on Fox Business with Stuart Varney | 11-16-17

2017-11-17 21:18:09

U.S. Rep. Smith on Fox Business with Charles Payne | 11-16-17

2017-11-17 21:15:22

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

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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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