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September 11, 2021 Column

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. 

August 21, 2021 Column

The scenes from Afghanistan over the past week have been harrowing. As the Biden Administration quickly approached their expedited deadline to withdraw the final U.S. troops from the country, Taliban forces took over regional capitals and major cities as regular Afghan soldiers fled their posts or surrendered. On Sunday the Taliban overtook Kabul, the capital, as former President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and handed over power. While this collapse is a disaster, we must remember why the U.S.

May 21, 2021 Column

Our nation’s law enforcement officers work every day to keep our communities safe. We owe it to these brave individuals to provide them with the resources necessary to do their jobs both safely and securely across America. I stand with our law enforcement officers and thank them for putting their lives on the line. Yet despite their service, there are still calls to “defund the police,” which would leave our communities less safe and drive economic opportunity away from areas that need it most.

September 14, 2020 Column

From the advent of our republic, through the American revolution until now, Americans have joined together to defend our borders and our freedoms, and to help each other in times of greatest need. While most Americans now most closely associate military service with active duty troops in our Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, the nearly half-million men and women who comprise the National Guard across the fifty states and several U.S. territories stand always ready to be called up to provide national defense or meet any disaster occurring within our borders.

January 7, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement after recent sightings of unclaimed drones in Western Nebraska and Eastern Colorado

November 12, 2019 Column

The crisis on our southern border is at the front of many Americans minds. Too often we hear of dangerous cartels, and violence spilling into the United States. Because I wanted to see the urgency of this situation myself, last week I traveled with House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Mike Rogers and three other colleagues to McAllen, Texas, on the United States-Mexico border. I was very impressed by the diligence of our Border Patrol and the work they do to protect our national security. However, the trip also highlighted the serious challenges we face.

November 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement regarding his visit to the United States-Mexico border:

“We face significant challenges on our southern border. Illegal crossings, drug smuggling and the increase in unaccompanied minors have highlighted the need for enhanced border security. The President is correct for his focus on strengthening our border. I salute and respect our Border Patrol who are on the front lines of our national security.”

July 5, 2019 Column

As recent trends demonstrate, we must take border security seriously. In May, U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped 144,000 people from illegally entering the United States – the most in one month since 2006. This incredible number of people is almost three times the population of Grand Island.

April 30, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) introduced legislation yesterday (H.R. 2392) to make participation in the American Community Survey voluntary, repealing criminal penalties for Americans who choose not to respond to the survey.  
February 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement this evening in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

“Tonight President Trump struck a tone of unity, positivity, and opportunity for Americans of all walks of life in his annual State of the Union address. With over 5 million jobs created and a rapidly expanding economy, President Trump has led the way on pro-growth initiatives such as tax reform and regulatory relief.