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Congressman Adrian Smith

Representing the 3rd District of Nebraska

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June 21, 2019 Column

Trade agreements reduce trade barriers, which promotes economic growth and cooperative relationships between nations. Because 95 percent of consumers reside outside U.S. borders, we must constantly be looking for ways to increase access to foreign markets and ensure America’s competitiveness in an increasingly global marketplace.

June 14, 2019 Column

Federal revenue continued at near-record highs in 2018, at $3.33 trillion. Unfortunately, this amount was not enough to cover the $4.2 trillion in spending last year, further exacerbating our $22 trillion in national debt. As President Ronald Reagan said, “The problem is not that the people are taxed too little. The problem is that government spends too much.”

June 7, 2019 Column

There is no place like Nebraska, and my family has been fortunate to call it home for six generations. The experience of living in a rural area is something not found anywhere else. The wide open spaces, unmatched work ethic, and life-long friendships make our small towns unique. This isn’t to say we do not face struggles living in a rural area.

May 31, 2019 Column

In 2018, Nebraska reached its all-time high in ethanol–blended fuel consumption. Since the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was enacted in 2005, Nebraska has broken its record for ethanol–blended fuel consumption nine times.

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May 24, 2019 Column
Each year on the last Monday of May, we pay tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. If it were not for these heroes, we would not have the freedoms we currently enjoy and exercise every day.
 
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May 17, 2019 Column

In the Bill of Rights, our constitutional right to bear arms is listed second, after our First Amendment rights to free speech, assembly, and religion.  I like to think this ranking is intentional. Firearms are used for protection, self-defense, crime deterrence, hunting, and in many cases, are a way of life.

May 10, 2019 Column
The future of our country depends on the development of young leaders who are willing to step up, take a risk, and make a better life for themselves and their community.  In Congress, and especially through my role on the Ways and Means Committee, I want to create new opportunity and attract greater investment in our state for today’s and tomorrow’s generation of families, business leaders, a
May 3, 2019 Column
While it may not be widely reported, the U.S. is leading the way in environmentally-friendly technology and innovation.  Market demand for more efficient energy has transformed the way the U.S.
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April 26, 2019 Column
When Americans think of retirement, the first thing which comes to mind is often Social Security and the second is often its solvency.  The program has remained largely unchanged since it was created in 1935.  American workers and employers pay a payroll tax into Social Security, and when those Americans reach retirement age they are eligible for benefits based on what they paid in over their
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April 19, 2019 Column

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.

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