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Ways & Means

With its broad jurisdiction, the Ways and Means Committee impacts our pocketbooks, and in turn, nearly every aspect of our daily lives. The countries where Nebraskans can buy and sell goods, the taxes we pay, and the Social Security benefits some may receive are just a handful of the topics which fall under the committee's influence. 

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More on Ways & Means

March 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith released the following statement after supporting Phase III of the COVID-19 assistance negotiated by the Trump administration, known as the CARES Act:

March 27, 2020 Column

Just a few weeks ago, we were in the midst of the strongest economy in years. We now find ourselves with questions about what will happen to our economy due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In contrast with other times of economic uncertainty, this interruption in our economy was not caused by bad decisions or nefarious actors, nor were we nearing the end of a business cycle. It was caused by a viral pandemic: a natural disaster. Though it may be painful, American resolve will bring us through this crisis.

March 2, 2020 Column

This week the Ways and Means Committee held our annual hearing with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. He discussed the administration’s current work on health care, the administration’s efforts for combating coronavirus, and answered questions we had on both subjects.  


February 7, 2020 Column

The State of the Union is a time-honored tradition, envisioned by our Founders in the Constitution, which provides an opportunity to review the past year and hear the President’s ideas to make America even better in the next one. The State of the Union was traditionally given to Congress in writing only until 1913, when President Woodrow Wilson started the tradition of giving a speech to Congress. Regardless of who is President, it is important for Congress, and our country, to hear directly from the leader of our nation.

February 3, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today after the introduction of his bill, the Strengthening Innovation in Medicare and Medicaid Act, to restore accountability for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) through commonsense guardrails.

January 31, 2020 Column

When we enacted tax reform in 2017, through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, we had two goals – simplify compliance and reduce the tax burden on as many Americans as possible.  Despite – or I would argue because of – these rate reductions, a strong economy means U.S. federal tax revenue continues to come in at record levels. The federal government does not have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem.

January 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement after attending the signing of United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) today at the White House

January 21, 2020 Column

This week a number of my colleagues, Senator Fischer and I, had the honor of attending President Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signing a phase one trade agreement between our nations. While we know there is much more work to be done, we should celebrate what the President and his economic team accomplished in addressing longtime Chinese practices while opening new economic opportunities for Nebraska’s farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers.


December 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE), Ranking Republican on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue, released the following statement regarding House passage of year-end tax legislation:

December 13, 2019 Column

Trade is critical to rural states such as Nebraska. Producers, manufacturers, and consumers all benefit from sound trade policies which expand access to international markets. One of the primary reasons I joined the Ways and Means Committee, is to seize opportunities to reduce tariffs, remove artificial barriers, and ensure all Nebraskans can benefit from fair, open markets. Fortunately, within the past week, we received great news on two massive trade wins for the United States, and Nebraska in particular.