Congressman Adrian Smith Committee Assignments Texas

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Ideology–Leadership Chart

Smith is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Smith has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Adrian Smith sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Smith sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (27%)Taxation (18%)Environmental Protection (14%)Water Resources Development (14%)Transportation and Public Works (9%)Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%)Government Operations and Politics (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Smith’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Smith’s VoteVote Description
No H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018; SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Honoring Hometown Heroes Act
Feb 9, 2018. Passed 240/186.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
Nay S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015
Dec 2, 2015. Passed 359/64.
The Every Child Achieves Act is a bipartisan educational policy reform bill that would expand state responsibility over schools, provide grants to charter schools, and reduce the federal test-based accountability system of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The bill was referred to the ...
No H.R. 6: 21st Century Cures Act
Jul 10, 2015. Passed 344/77.
The 21st Century Cures Act is a bipartisan bill that would reform the current standards and appropriations for biomedical research, provide $1.75 billion annually for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $110 million for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This funding would end ...
Aye H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Yea H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
No H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
No H.Res. 1704 (111th): Honoring the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon.
Dec 8, 2010. Passed 359/44.
Aye H.R. 2419 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Jul 27, 2007. Passed 231/191.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill) was a $288 billion, five-year agricultural policy bill that was passed into law by the United States Congress ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Mar 2018, Smith missed 98 of 8,477 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is better than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2007 Jan-Mar21300.0%0th
2007 Apr-Jun39320.5%19th
2007 Jul-Sep31741.3%32nd
2007 Oct-Dec263114.2%66th
2008 Jan-Mar14910.7%9th
2008 Apr-Jun32100.0%0th
2008 Jul-Sep20542.0%43rd
2008 Oct-Dec1500.0%0th
2009 Jan-Mar17400.0%0th
2009 Apr-Jun30310.3%9th
2009 Jul-Sep26820.7%25th
2009 Oct-Dec24600.0%0th
2010 Jan-Mar19531.5%31st
2010 Apr-Jun21931.4%28th
2010 Jul-Sep15100.0%0th
2010 Nov-Dec9900.0%0th
2011 Jan-Mar21262.8%78th
2011 Apr-Jun28120.7%34th
2011 Jul-Sep24700.0%0th
2011 Oct-Dec20810.5%18th
2012 Jan-Mar15110.7%24th
2012 Apr-Jun29900.0%0th
2012 Jul-Sep15210.7%32nd
2012 Nov-Dec5100.0%0th
2013 Jan-Jan500.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar8922.2%58th
2013 Apr-Jun21594.2%74th
2013 Jul-Sep20010.5%26th
2013 Oct-Dec13710.7%30th
2014 Jan-Mar14810.7%23rd
2014 Apr-Jun21900.0%0th
2014 Jul-Sep14710.7%28th
2014 Nov-Dec4900.0%0th
2015 Jan-Mar14421.4%41st
2015 Apr-Jun24400.0%0th
2015 Jul-Sep13910.7%34th
2015 Oct-Dec17710.6%31st
2016 Jan-Mar13753.6%57th
2016 Apr-Jun20442.0%49th
2016 Jul-Sep23220.9%42nd
2016 Nov-Dec4800.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar20841.9%61st
2017 Apr-Jun13610.7%31st
2017 Jul-Sep19910.5%37th
2017 Oct-Dec1671911.4%94th
2018 Jan-Mar10111.0%30th

Primary Sources

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Closing the Jobs Gap

2018/03/09

One of the most common concerns I hear while traveling the Third District is the roadblocks employers are facing in finding qualified workers. Considering the high number of Americans currently sitting on the economic sidelines, we have a great opportunity before us to close the jobs gap and help more people experience prosperity.

Right now, approximately six million jobs are going unfilled in our country. At the same time, more working-age adults are in poverty than ever before, as fewer men and women are employed today than in the past. More than seven million men and five million young adults are not working or in school. These alarming trends harm families as well as our economy.

The rate of poverty among those working full-time is only three percent. To take full advantage of the economic growth generated by tax reform, we need to find ways to bring more Americans back into the workforce with stable employment. This challenge is our main focus on the Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, which I chair.

Poverty is often assumed to be more prevalent in cities. However, poverty rates are underestimated in rural and remote areas, where for decades they have steadily risen higher than in urban areas.

I recently spoke to a gathering hosted in Washington, D.C., by the National Association of Counties. We talked about the importance of putting the “human” back in human services and helping people realize their full potential. Many of the best approaches to fighting poverty are happening at the local level. We want to learn from these successes, and we have held multiple hearings in our subcommittee in recent months to learn from local experts and help lay the groundwork for our efforts.  

The ranking member of our subcommittee, Congressman Danny Davis, is from urban Chicago. Our congressional districts could not be more different, but we have found the challenges of empowering people out of poverty are universal, even if they require different solutions. National, one-size-fits-all policies are less effective than providing local organizations the flexibility needed to serve their communities.

Our subcommittee is working on multiple avenues for supporting local anti-poverty efforts, including the recent reauthorization of the home visiting program, support for reemployment services, funding for child welfare prevention services, and an alternative, flexible funding structure for states and counties through social impact partnerships.

We need to make sure our anti-poverty policies support and reward work. We also must shift the metrics from inputs like dollars spent or number of people on the rolls to evidence and outcomes in order to determine whether these programs are making a difference.

Another aspect of solving the workforce puzzle is promoting vocational education. Pursuing a four-year degree is an excellent path, but it is far from the only option. Many of our country’s trades are experiencing shortages, and we should be encouraging more students to seek out the technical training necessary for these beneficial careers. Employers are often best equipped to help their employees attain the skills needed to succeed in their jobs, and we must do more to pair prospective workers with businesses which can train them to fill these job openings.

President Trump expressed his commitment to workforce development in his State of the Union address earlier this year, and our subcommittee is eager to partner with him to help a greater percentage of Americans achieve independence and experience the dignity of work. With a focus on unlocking the potential in more people, we can ensure a brighter future for our country.

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Smith Statement on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

2018/03/08

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after President Donald Trump announced his decision to impose new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

“I understand President Trump’s desire to put an end to unfair trade practices, but the best way to accomplish this goal is through targeted policies rather than blanket tariffs,” Smith said. “While I appreciate the President listening to our case for exempting Canada and Mexico, these tariffs should be further narrowed in order to reduce unintended consequences.

“Due to the success of our ag producers, this industry is often the first to be targeted with retaliatory measures by other countries. I have been steadfast in advocating against actions which could harm the ag economy, and I remain deeply concerned about these tariffs in their current form.

“We know tariffs translate to higher costs for consumers. At a time when we are experiencing great economic benefits from tax reform, we should focus on opening more markets rather than enacting barriers.”

Smith serves on the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over trade policy.

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Smith to Hold Mobile Office in Bridgeport

2018/03/06

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will meet constituents of the Third District during a mobile office on Monday, March 12, in Bridgeport to discuss issues such as tax reform, trade, immigration, and infrastructure.

A mobile office allows constituents to 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 mobile office in Bridgeport on Monday, March 12, at the following time and location:

Morrill County Courthouse Commissioners Room 6th and Main Street, Bridgeport, NE 69336 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 Continues NAFTA Advocacy in Mexico City

2018/03/05

     Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after returning from the latest round of NAFTA negotiations in Mexico City, where he served on the congressional delegation led by Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) meeting with negotiators, government officials, and business leaders.

“NAFTA negotiations are moving in the right direction,” Smith said. “Everyone is staying at the table and working through the details, demonstrating the commitment of all three countries to keep this crucial agreement in place. The conversations we had with leaders in Mexico City reflected the shared desire to do no harm to our countries’ economies.

“We should be looking to expand on tax reform’s economic growth through opening more markets, not imposing additional restrictions on global trade. I am very concerned about the potential for retaliation against U.S. exporters, especially agriculture, due to proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Just as I have done throughout the NAFTA negotiations, I will continue to advocate to do no harm to the ag economy through our country’s trade policies.

“NAFTA has done great things for Nebraska agriculture, and I have appreciated the opportunity to bring the voices of our producers and manufacturers to the table in both Montreal and Mexico City. I’m optimistic we can strengthen the agreement while sustaining the gains already achieved.”

Click here for Congressman Smith’s March 2 column on the importance of trade to a growing economy.

Smith serves on the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over trade policy.

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Trade is Crucial to a Growing Economy

2018/03/02

The next round of NAFTA negotiations is underway in Mexico City, and I am part of the bipartisan congressional delegation traveling to these talks to stress the importance of this agreement to America’s economic future.

Last month, I had the opportunity to bring Nebraska’s voice to the NAFTA negotiations in Montreal.  Having a congressional delegation on the ground talking with leaders from all three countries reinforced our commitment to upholding the agreement. The successes achieved under NAFTA make it clear it is in our country’s best interest to maintain these trade ties with our neighbors.

Following our meetings in Montreal, I remain encouraged about the progress being made on NAFTA. We cannot take anything for granted until we reach the finish line, but I am optimistic we will have more positive conversations in Mexico City to continue moving the process forward.  

I also appreciated President Trump’s invitation this week to join him and a small group of House colleagues at the White House for a discussion on the need for strong trade policies, especially for U.S. agriculture. As the representative of the top-producing ag district in the country, I see it as a great responsibility to share the story of NAFTA’s successes for Nebraska ag.  

Nebraska producers depend on these billion-dollar export markets, as 45 percent of our state’s ag exports go to Canada and Mexico. Our group expressed concerns about how other large ag economies such as Brazil and Argentina are already positioning themselves to fill the gap created by uncertainty over NAFTA’s future. These negotiations must be done right, but producers need the certainty of a completed agreement as soon as possible.

In addition to stressing the necessity of a strong NAFTA for agriculture, I also highlighted the need to reduce other trade barriers such as Japan’s tariff on U.S. beef. Producers have already been placed at a competitive disadvantage in the Japanese market due to our country’s inaction on trade. For example, Australia’s trade agreement with Japan brought the tariff on its frozen beef down to 27 percent, which means U.S. beef producers are now facing nearly double the tariff as their Australian counterparts. To level the playing field, I introduced a resolution in the House to urge the establishment of a trade agreement with Japan.  

As our economy grows through tax reform, we should focus on opening more markets around the world. I am very concerned about the Trump administration’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Though it is important to be strong negotiators, we must not take actions which will lead to retaliation against U.S. exporters, especially agriculture.

On the other hand, I am pleased the Trump administration has expressed some interest in revisiting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which has the potential to open many leading global markets to Nebraska ag. The nations involved in TPP represent a market of 800 million people and 40 percent of the global economy. By participating in these agreements, we can ensure we are writing the rules rather than allowing other world powers to take our place.

As these issues progress, I will keep sharing the importance of robust trade relationships with the Trump administration, fellow Members of Congress, and our trade partners to strengthen market access for producers.

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Smith Meets with President Trump on Trade

2018/02/27

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after meeting with President Donald Trump and a small group of fellow House members at the White House to discuss trade.  “I appreciate President Trump’s invitation to join today’s discussion on the importance of strong trade policy to our economy – and especially to U.S. agriculture,” Smith said. “As the representative of the top-producing ag district in the country, I see it as a great responsibility to share the story of NAFTA’s successes for Nebraska ag. Our producers depend on these billion-dollar export markets, as 45 percent of our state’s ag exports go to Canada and Mexico.

“In our meeting, I stressed the necessity of a strong NAFTA for agriculture as well as reducing other trade barriers such as Japan’s tariff on U.S. beef. I will keep sharing the importance of trade with the Trump administration, fellow Members of Congress, and our trade partners to strengthen market access for producers.”   Smith continues to advocate for the importance of trade to Nebraska agriculture. In January, he served on the congressional delegation to NAFTA negotiations in Montreal. Later this week, he will travel to Mexico City for the next round of NAFTA talks.     Smith has also introduced a resolution in the House to urge the establishment of a trade agreement with Japan.

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Smith's Office Announces Mobile Office Hours for March

2018/02/26

Constituents of Third District Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) are invited to meet with a representative of his office at mobile offices throughout the month of March in Benkelman, Trenton, Franklin, Alma, Auburn, Center, Kearney, Hebron, O’Neill, Tecumseh, Fairbury, and Ainsworth.   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, March 5   Dundy County Courthouse 112 7th Avenue, Benkelman, NE 69021 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (MST)   Hitchcock County Courthouse 229 East D Street, Trenton, NE 69044 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (CST)

Tuesday, March 6

Franklin County Courthouse 405 15th Avenue, Franklin, NE 68939 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CST)   Harlan County Courthouse 706 W. 2nd Street, Alma, NE 68920 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CST)  Wednesday, March 7           Nemaha County Courthouse 1824 N Street, Auburn, NE 68305 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CST)  Thursday, March 8   Knox County Courthouse 206 Main Street, Center, NE 68724 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CST)

Tuesday, March 13

Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce 1007 2nd Avenue, Kearney, NE 68847 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CDT)  Wednesday, March 14   Thayer County Courthouse 224 N. 4th Street, Hebron, NE 68370 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CDT)  Thursday, March 15   Holt County Courthouse 204 N. 4th Street, O’Neill, NE 68763 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CDT)  Tuesday, March 20   Johnson County Courthouse 3rd & Broadway, Tecumseh, NE 68450 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (CDT)   Jefferson County Courthouse 411 4th Street, Fairbury, NE 68352 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (CDT)   Brown County Courthouse 148 W. 4th Street, Ainsworth, NE 69210 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (CDT)   For additional information, please contact Smith’s Grand Island office at (308) 384-3900 or his Scottsbluff office at (308) 633-6333.

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Congressional Caseworker to Visit Lexington and Beaver City

2018/02/26

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 Thursday, March 8, in Lexington and Beaver 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 Thursday, March 8, at the following times and locations:

Lexington Public Library Board Room 907 N. Washington Street, Lexington, NE 68850 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (CST)

Beaver City Public Library 408 10th Street, Beaver City, NE 68926 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (CST)

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

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Calling Third District Students

2018/02/23

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 functions of a congressional office and the legislative process firsthand.

My staff and I appreciate the hard work and dedication of these young people who choose to spend their time serving fellow Nebraskans. More information on applying for internships is available on my website at AdrianSmith.house.gov.

The Third District Youth Advisory Council is open to high school juniors and seniors who are interested in discussing their opinions, thoughts, and concerns with me about local and federal issues. I welcome their insights and questions, as well as our conversations on how best to serve Nebraska’s communities. Any rising juniors or seniors who would like to apply for the 2018-2019 council are invited to visit my website to learn more.

Also for high school students, the Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity for young artists in the Third District to put their talents on display for visitors across the country and around the world. I look forward to showcasing students’ work and sharing their depictions of the Good Life we enjoy in Nebraska.

The winning artwork from each congressional district is displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Submissions for this year’s competition will be accepted through Friday, March 9. More details for interested students and teachers are available on my website.

Each year, I have the privilege of nominating a select group of Third District students to attend the U.S. Service Academies. My office’s annual Academy Day brings together academy representatives to speak with Third District high school students who are interested in serving our country. More details about this year’s event will be available soon. In the meantime, please visit my website or contact my Grand Island office at 308-384-3900 for additional information on the nomination process.

Spring is the high season for school trips to Washington, D.C., and my office is pleased to assist Third District student groups in arranging tours of historic sites such as the U.S. Capitol. I also always enjoy meeting with students and discussing their thoughts on the issues facing our country. If you are planning a trip this year, please get in touch with my D.C. office so we can make arrangements to connect with you during your stay.

Getting young people involved in their government and communities must be a priority. I ask parents and teachers to please share the above information with your children and students, and I look forward to recognizing the great accomplishments of young Nebraskans.

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Smith to Hold Mobile Office in North Platte

2018/02/16

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will meet constituents of the Third District during a mobile office on Friday, February 23, in North Platte to discuss issues such as tax reform, trade, immigration, and infrastructure.

A mobile office allows constituents to 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 mobile office in North Platte on Friday, February 23, at the following time and location:

Lincoln County Courthouse 301 N. Jeffers Street, North Platte, NE 69101 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CST)

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

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