The month of February opened with one of my favorite traditions – the first Nebraska Breakfast of 2017. Nearly every Wednesday morning when both the House and Senate are in session, Nebraskans visiting the nation’s capital are invited to join their full congressional delegation for an informal discussion.
Started by Senator Hugh Butler in 1943, the Nebraska Breakfast is the longest-running event of its kind on Capitol Hill. It allows delegation members to visit with the many Nebraskans in town advocating for important causes or taking in our country’s history. If you are planning a trip to Washington, D.C. this year, I encourage you to visit my website at AdrianSmith.house.gov/NebraskaBreakfast to see the 2017 schedule.
The busy start to the new Congress has provided many opportunities to welcome Nebraskans to Washington. On January 19, I hosted an open house in my office for constituents arriving to pick up tickets to the inauguration of President Donald Trump. While distributing more than 200 tickets, it was great fun to meet Nebraskans from Mitchell to Dakota City and share in their excitement about the historical events taking place.
One week later, I visited with Nebraskans who traveled to D.C. to participate in the March for Life. The blustery January day did not deter them from peacefully marching on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. I was honored to meet with them and discuss some of my recent efforts to defend the sanctity of life, such as voting to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions and cosponsoring the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to prohibit abortions past twenty weeks of pregnancy.
In recent days, I have also enjoyed meeting with many Nebraska agriculture groups, from the Farm Bureau to wheat growers to sorghum producers, during their trips to D.C. It is important to come together and discuss the challenges facing producers, as well as the best ways to ensure they can continue to help feed the world.
Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow on February 2, but we know spring is on its way and my office will soon be welcoming student groups to the nation’s capital. I always enjoy the opportunity to visit with young Nebraskans, talk about our country’s history, and hear their insights on the issues we are working on in Congress. If you are a Third District teacher or student coming to D.C. with a school or youth group, please let my office know so we can schedule a time to meet during your trip.
Hearing directly from Nebraskans is invaluable to serving as your representative in Congress. In addition to these in-person meetings, my offices have already received nearly 4,000 calls and pieces of mail this year. I encourage you to continue reaching out to me by phone, email, mail, or in person with your thoughts, concerns, and questions. You can also visit my website at AdrianSmith.house.gov to schedule a meeting or let me know about an event in your community.
We have an eventful year ahead, and I want to hear your ideas firsthand. Thank you for keeping in touch with me.