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  • Taking a Stand for Rural America

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Representative|Mar 16, 2023

    Agriculture producers in Nebraska have earned their standing as world leaders in agriculture through their excellence and tradition of respecting the natural resources with which our state is blessed. No one cares more about the land and water of our state than the farmers and ranchers whose livelihoods depend on careful management of these resources. Unfortunately, top-down overreach from Washington – such as the President Biden's "30 by 30" Executive Order, which created an arbitrary target... Full story

  • Prioritizing Growth

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Representative|Feb 23, 2023

    A recent report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected our nation will add nearly $19 trillion to the national debt over the next 10 years. CBO projects the debt will equal 118 percent of gross domestic product 2033. With the national debt already in excess of $31 trillion, inflation hammering American families, and economic uncertainty threatening American small businesses, it's clearer than ever we must put a stop to runaway spending in Washington. As recent numbers from the Bure... Full story

  • Proactive Trade Policy

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Representative|Sep 22, 2022

    This week I participated in a Ways and Means Committee hearing on the future of our trade relationship with Taiwan. The hearing explored opportunities provided by ongoing trade talks between the U.S. and Taiwan. In the midst of increased pressure from China through dialed-up military exercises and heavier tariffs, Taiwan is eager to strengthen ties with the U.S. and our democratic values. Done right, expanding our trade relationship could be a win for American businesses and consumers, and a win...

  • Corn Can Provide Food and Fuel without Sacrificing Either

    Adrian Smith, Third House District|Jul 6, 2022

    As our nation celebrates Independence Day, the grocery bill for cookouts and picnics is hitting the budgets of American families harder this year. The American Farm Bureau Federation calculated U.S. consumers are paying 17 percent more for standard Fourth of July fixings than last year. Furthermore, soaring gas prices are limiting summer vacation plans and travel. It’s not just holiday expenses: American families are feeling the pain caused by the Biden administration’s failed policies...

  • Relief for American Agriculture Producers

    Adrian Smith, Third House District|Jun 22, 2022

    The importance of a strong agriculture economy to the state of Nebraska and our entire nation cannot be overstated. Often overlooked in policy conversations, the products supplied by farmers and ranchers are fundamental to fueling our lives, filling our plates, putting shirts on our backs, and so much more. Yet, American ag producers currently face a bevy of historic crises which threaten their livelihoods and the long-term health of our economy. This comes at a time when relief for Americans...

  • Traveling the Third

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Representative|May 11, 2022

    While traveling in the Third District in recent weeks, I have been encouraged by the expertise and creativity our communities possess and sobered by the challenges we face. We have much to be thankful for, but there is also no shortage to the adversity we must overcome. After closely monitoring the recent severe wildfires across southern Nebraska, I joined Governor Ricketts, Nebraska National Guard Adjutant General Daryl Bohac, and other local officials earlier this week to survey the...

  • Investing in Young Leaders

    Adrian Smith, Representative|Apr 20, 2022

    One of the most rewarding aspects of serving Nebraska’s Third Congressional District is the opportunities I get to engage with young people interested in government service. This spring, I’ve welcomed students from Bayard, Oakland-Craig, Boone Central, Summerland, and Doniphan-Trumbull schools, as well as Peru State College, to our nation’s capital. Fielding students’ questions is always a pleasure, and I deeply appreciate their thoughtful feedback and ideas about the issues we are...

  • Bait and Switch

    Adrian Smith, House of Representatives, Nebraska 3rd District|Jan 26, 2022

    One year ago this week, I attended the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris. While I was deeply disappointed in the election process and its outcome, President Biden campaigned as a centrist who wanted to unite our country, defeat COVID, and improve America’s standing in the world. When he took office, I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Instead, President Biden and his administration immediately began implementing a left-wing agenda out of touch with...

  • Giving Thanks in a Time of Great Challenge

    Adrian Smith, US Representative|Nov 24, 2021

    There are no shortage of challenges facing Americans right now with our country reaching the highest level of inflation in three decades, a lack of workers to fill job openings nationwide, record illegal entry and smuggling at our southern border, and a supply chain unable to keep up with the demands of manufacturers and consumers. Despite facing these crises every day, we still have much to be thankful for as Americans. This year has brought new job opportunities for those in search of work,...

  • Prioritizing Our Supply Chain

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Congressman, Nebraska|Oct 27, 2021

      It’s alarming to see half-built, new farm equipment sitting idle, car dealerships vacant, and store shelves empty, but this is the harsh reality behind President Biden’s current supply chain crisis.  Across the country we are seeing bottlenecks and cargo backups at ports and terminals, as well as an abundance of workforce shortages causing massive delays throughout our supply chain. It is critical we take action now to address the stalemates preventing American products...

  • 20 Years Later

    Adrian Smith, Nebraska Third Congressional District|Sep 15, 2021

    On September 11, 2001, the United States of America was changed forever. The world watched and held its breath as terrorists attacked our nation. In New York City, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, Americans lost their lives at the hands of ruthlessness. While we commemorate that terrible day annually, it is receiving special attention this year, on its twentieth anniversary. As we honor the victims of one of the worst days in American history, we continue to pray for their families,...

  • On Nebraska Agriculture

    Adrian Smith, Representative, Third House District|Aug 18, 2021

    Nebraska’s Third District is the number one agriculture district in the nation. This past week, I hosted an agriculture summit where I was able to engage directly with Third District producers to hear how we can ensure our producers remain among the top producing in the country. During the summit, we received insights on a wide array of issues that impact Nebraska’s Third District from four special guests. Mark Slupek, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Deputy Administrator for Global...

  • Memorial Day

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Representative|Jun 2, 2021

    On Memorial Day we set aside time to honor and remember those who put on our nation's uniform and gave their lives in defense of our freedoms. The willingness of many to defend our borders, our freedom, and our Republic is what keeps the American dream alive and the United States a prominent leader on the world stage. We are reminded of the selfless acts of heroism of our armed forces who served in past conflicts and those who continue to serve around the world today. I recently supported three...

  • A Day of Remembrance

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Representative|May 26, 2021

    On Memorial Day we set aside time to honor and remember those who put on our nation’s uniform and gave their lives in defense of our freedoms. The willingness of many to defend our borders, our freedom, and our Republic is what keeps the American dream alive and the United States a prominent leader on the world stage. We are reminded of the selfless acts of heroism of our armed forces who served in past conflicts and those who continue to serve around the world today. This past week, I...

  • The Impact of Biden's Tax Proposals on Agriculture, Small Businesses

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Representative|May 12, 2021

    Many parts of the economy in our great state of Nebraska are thriving. However, the new slate of tax increase proposals coming from the Biden Administration will undermine the success of Nebraska, and states like it, by removing capital from family farms and small businesses at a time when we need to be encouraging economic growth.  Among the most troubling tax proposals for family-owned businesses across the Third District, and the nation, is the repeal of stepped-up basis and...

  • Leading on Biofuels

    Adrian Smith, 3rd District U.S. Representative|Feb 24, 2021

    Nebraska is a biofuels powerhouse - the second and third largest producer of ethanol and corn, respectively, in the country. With 25 active ethanol plants and a capacity of more than 2.5 billion gallons, the importance of biofuels to our state economy cannot be understated. Biodiesel production in Nebraska has seen exponential growth as well. Thanks to innovation and technological developments, biodiesel production has grown from 25 million gallons in 2004 to 2.9 billion gallons in 2019. Ethanol...

  • Commonsense Health Care

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Representative|Dec 16, 2020

    When I meet with hospitals and health care providers around Nebraska, both prior to and during the current pandemic, the impact of unnecessary regulations on their ability to provide care in rural areas is always at the top of their list of concerns. Over the last four years I have appreciated working with the Trump administration on these issues because of their persistent willingness to listen to rural Americans, take these concerns seriously, and act. We cannot afford to go in the other direc...

  • Calling Third District Students

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Congressman Nebraska|Feb 28, 2018

    Encouraging Nebraska students to engage with their government is important to the future of our state and country. For young people in the Third District, my office has great opportunities for students of all ages and interests to get involved. Internships for college students are available year-round in my Washington, D.C., Grand Island, and Scottsbluff offices. In these roles, interns work directly with full-time staff on policy and press issues, attend events, and assist with constituent services. It is a valuable way to experience the...

  • Reviving The American Dream

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Congressman, Nebraska|Jan 24, 2018

    Whether they are struggling to find a job or have stopped trying, unemployment is holding down millions of Americans. For them, the American dream feels out of reach. With the passage of tax reform, our attention needs to be on getting everyone who can work to work. A growing economy means more jobs and greater demand for qualified workers. Too many Americans have been stuck on the sidelines, and our goal is to move them into the workforce and out of poverty. On January 18, I had the opportunity to speak at the American Enterprise Institute on...

  • Prioritizing Rural America

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Congressman, Nebraska|Jan 17, 2018

    To kick off 2018, the American Farm Bureau welcomed President Trump to their annual meeting. It was the first time a U.S. president addressed this gathering in 26 years. Our country depends on ag producers every day for our food, feed, fuel, and fiber, which makes it all the more surprising so much time had passed without a president speaking directly to this assembly of thousands of ag leaders from across the nation. In his address, President Trump expressed appreciation for the hard work of U.S. farmers and ranchers, and reinforced his...

  • A Productive 2017

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Congressman, Nebraska|Jan 10, 2018

    There is a lot of work ahead in the new year. Before we undertake a fresh set of challenges, it is good to take stock of the many positive outcomes and accomplishments of 2017. Tax reform becoming law was one of the year’s most celebrated victories. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, it has been a privilege to be part of this years-long effort to overhaul our broken and overly burdensome tax code for the first time in a generation. The economy is already responding. More than 100 companies across the country, including Nelnet and...

  • Good News for the Economy

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Congressman, Nebraska|Dec 20, 2017

    This is the season of good news, and the economic potential we are currently seeing in our country is no exception. The unemployment rate has fallen to a 17-year low, a signal of rising opportunity in America. The Trump administration’s commitment to rolling back much of the Obama administration’s red tape has loosened the regulatory stranglehold on the economy and set the stage for more extensive growth through tax reform. As former Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp used to say, “The tax code is 10 times the size of the Bible with none...

  • Empowering Individuals

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Congressman, Nebraska|Dec 13, 2017

    Empowering people to achieve independence and productivity is our mission on the Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, of which I serve as chairman. President Trump is urging Congress to focus on welfare reform after we finish our tax code overhaul, and I am eager to dive into this effort to help more Americans reach self-sufficiency. In the fight against poverty, four main principles in House Republicans’ “A Better Way” plan serve as guideposts for the task ahead. First, we must promote human dignity by expecting able-bodied recip...

  • Tax Reform Benefits Ag

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Congressman, Nebraska|Nov 29, 2017

    The House passage of the tax reform bill is an important milestone, but there is still a lot of work to be done. The Senate is currently considering its version of the bill, and then the two chambers will come together and settle the differences through a conference committee. Our goal is to reduce the tax burden for all Americans. For individuals and families, the House bill simplifies the rate structure, doubles the standard deduction, and allows nine out of 10 filers to submit their tax returns on a postcard. It also lowers rates on small bu...

  • President's proposals would undermine agriculture's success

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Representative|Apr 26, 2013

    Earlier this month, President Obama released his budget even though it was due on February 4th. While the House and Senate have already passed 10-year budget resolutions and the President’s proposals have little chance of being enacted, it is a revealing look at his priorities and vision for America. Of particular interest to Nebraskans is how the President’s proposals would affect agriculture, the backbone of our local economy. For example, President Obama’s 2014 budget proposes cuts to the federal crop insurance program. While we need t...

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