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Congressman Jason Smith

Representing the 8th District of Missouri

Weekly Capitol Report

Apr 1, 2016 Weekly Capitol Report
I don’t have the typical pedigree for a Congressman, my father was an auto mechanic and a preacher, my mother was a factory worker.
Mar 25, 2016 Weekly Capitol Report
Six years ago last Wednesday, Obamacare was signed into law. Since then, the Administration has intentionally broken the law to hide the laws failure.
Mar 18, 2016 Weekly Capitol Report
President Obama has been handed over 20 unanimous, nine to zero defeats before the Supreme Court on his Administration’s illegal and unconstitutional actions. This makes one thing clear to us all; this president severely misunderstands the Constitution.
Mar 12, 2016 Weekly Capitol Report
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan was laid to rest yesterday, so it is only fitting to honor her legacy as one of the most influential First Ladies in American history. The month of March is women’s history month in which we honor the tremendous women throughout history.
Mar 4, 2016 Weekly Capitol Report
For many people across the country, hunting and fishing is more than just a recreational activity; it has become a way of life. The people in Southeast and South central Missouri are fortunate to be situated next to the beautiful Mark Twain National Forest; most of the 1.5 million acres are right in Missouri's 8th Congressional District. It is important to me that Missourians have the right to enjoy hunting and fishing and that these rights are not obstructed by bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. who have never set foot in the Mark Twain.
Feb 26, 2016 Weekly Capitol Report
This week, yet again, President Obama has unveiled a plan that fails to keep the folks of Missouri safe.
Feb 19, 2016 Weekly Capitol Report
Sadly, as you may have seen, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away last week at the age of 79. As a law student, Justice Scalia helped shape how I analyze laws. Scalia represented the best qualities of a Supreme Court Justice—he was fiercely intelligent, a passionate defender of the Constitution, and a man of uncompromising principle. He interpreted the Constitution from the perspective of the Founding Father’s intentions, and never reinterpreted the Constitution to serve political needs. He believed that the letter of the law matters.
Feb 12, 2016 Weekly Capitol Report
Whether it’s your business, your farm or your family, there is one constant responsibility which holds true – you simply can’t spend more than you take in. Continually running a deficit would require the doors of your business to close, your farm to stop producing, and the house your family lives in to be seized by creditors.
Feb 5, 2016 Weekly Capitol Report
As the son of a preacher, faith has always been at the center of my life. This week, along with numerous of my U.S. House & Senate colleagues, I attended the National Prayer Breakfast. A tradition dating back over 60 years, the National Prayer Breakfast serves as an opportunity for elected officials and religious leaders to come together and talk about the role faith, religion, and God has in all of our lives.
Jan 22, 2016 Weekly Capitol Report

This week marked the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in our country.  Since the court’s ruling, nearly 58 million innocent lives have tragically been taken.  To put that into perspective, there are roughly 58 million people living in the states of New York and California—combined.