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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As Nebraskans recover from the historic storms, I have worked with my colleagues and the Administration to ensure our state has the proper federal resources available so hard-working, dedicated Nebraskans can fully recover and rebuild what was lost in these tragic events. Our entire Nebraska congressional delegation is united in this effort.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Adrian Smith (NE-03) and Terri Sewell (AL-07) have introduced the Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Areas and Lands (RURAL) Act, bipartisan legislation which would help preserve jobs and encourage infrastructure development by ensuring tax-exempt electric cooperative organizations’ continued access to government grants and assistance, including rural broadband grants and FEMA disaster relief.
Prescription drugs are vitally important to all Americans – every one of us included. Advances in science and technology have opened the doors to treat or cure thousands of diseases which not too long ago would have been considered a death sentence.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Nebraska congressional delegation has introduced legislation to provide tax relief for Nebraskans impacted by the severe 2019 storms and flooding. The bill, known as the Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019, would deliver tax relief to areas that received a federal disaster declaration between January 1, 2019 and April 15, 2019.
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement after Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday requested the president’s tax returns from the IRS.
Statement from Smith:
This week I was at the White House for a meeting with President Trump, members of his cabinet, and a group of my House colleagues about USMCA, the trade agreement recently negotiated with Canada and Mexico to build on NAFTA’s success. While there, I made it a point to thank President Trump for his swift response to recent harsh weather and flooding throughout Nebraska by approving an expedited federal disaster declaration.
It was another busy week in the House Ways and Means Committee with important hearings on tax policy and the state of our economy. We heard from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in his annual testimony before the committee that the American economy is strong and our efforts at reforming the tax code have been very successful.
Access to quality healthcare is among the most important issues facing the country today, especially for aging Americans. In rural areas, such as Nebraska’s Third District, this is even more true. Nearly 50 million Americans, or one in seven, rely on Medicare for their healthcare needs in retirement or when disabled. The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, of which I am a member, is responsible for writing the policies which govern Medicare and ensuring it meets patients’ needs.
As you may know, I recently accepted the top Republican position on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, which writes tax policy for Congress. It’s quite an honor for me because my colleagues and I on this panel represent the first line of defense against higher taxes. According to the U.S. Constitution, any legislation concerning taxes must originate in the House of Representatives and by extension my committee.