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Congressman Jason Smith

Representing the 8th District of Missouri

A New Generation of Leaders 10.9.15

Dear Friend,

We have an opportunity right now to really shake up Washington. At dinner tables around the country, folks are wondering if things are going to get better and if their children will ever be able to achieve The American Dream. Making ends meet has gotten harder and confidence in government has plummeted. Over the coming weeks, the United States House of Representatives has the opportunity to elect a new leader that will help give Americans the efficient, effective, and accountable government they deserve.

Speaker John Boehner announced his retirement as Speaker of the House last month and as members of Congress consider who should fill the role third in line to the president, some requirements are clear. We need a Speaker who understands that changes must be made to how Congress runs. We need legislation that reflects the will of the people and moves America toward an opportunity economy that rewards hard work.
It’s time for a new generation of leadership. I will support someone who shares our conservative values and is committed to making the government work for the people, not against them. The next Speaker must work to protect rural America from overregulation and government meddling. They must force our federal government to tighten its belt, balance the books, and make government live within its means. We must use the power of the purse to fund America’s priorities.
The time is overdue for the Senate to also take action. The upper chamber should examine its rules of procedure and look for opportunities to advance our conservative legislation that stands up for hardworking Americans.  Senate rules must allow for an up or down vote on bills that would put thousands of Americans back to work – bills that have already been approved by the House. Our conservative legislation must find its way to the president’s desk.
America has given Congress a mandate to advance conservative legislation that reflects the will of the people; it’s time to govern like it.
On Friday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals put the controversial Waters of the United States rule on hold nationwide.

On Wednesday, the President of Southeast Missouri State University stopped by the Capitol and gave me an update. It’s important to keep the lines of communication open and today I spoke about the rising costs of higher education at the Ways and Means Committee hearing.
The cost of tuition is rising faster than the rate of inflation. As the youngest member of the Committee, the rising cost of higher education isn’t foreign to me. I get it. I’m still paying back my student loans. I talked with witnesses about how we can use the tax code to make college more affordable.

For the past 10 years, the Texas County Farm Bureau has hosted Ag Expo Day, a collaboration to promote agriculture. Fourth graders in the area are invited to attend and participate in the Ag Expo Day to learn firsthand about farming, animals, furs and pelts, water and soil, local history and electricity safety. This week the students visited the Houston Co Fairgrounds where they were able to go to 18 different booths to see horses, cows, goats, chickens, turkey, pigs, and dogs. Area farmers also participated by teaching students about crops and life on the farm.

Jason Smith
Member of Congress