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    Smith Fights for all Methods of Feral Hog Eradication in Mark Twain

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) continued his fight for all forms of feral hog eradication in the Mark Twain National Forest this week, including hunting, when he successfully inserted language into the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill which called on the Forest Service to work with stakeholders in the Mark Twain area in implementing a strategy which involves all methods for eradication. “Feral hogs are nothing but pests to local farmers and make ... READ MORE

    Rep. Smith Hosts Missouri Students on Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

    U.S. Representative Jason Smith (MO-08) hosted Missouri students participating in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Twenty-eight students from southern Missouri met Congressman Smith on the U.S. Capitol steps to ask him questions about how their government works and to get to know him as their Representative in Congress. “Just by taking the trip to your nation’s Capital, you’re establishing yourselves as future leaders,” said... READ MORE

    Smith Solutions to Curb Illegal Immigration Blocked by Democrat Leadership

    Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) blasted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Democrat leadership this week for blocking his amendments to the spending package being debated in the U.S. House of Representatives. As drafted by Democrats, the spending bill in the U.S. House of Representatives prevents further wall construction on the southern border and prohibits government agencies from sharing information about potential illegal immigrants in the country. Congressman Smith authored amendme... READ MORE

    Rep. Smith Announces Jackson High School Student wins Congressional Art Competition

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) announced today a Jackson High School student has won “Best of Show” in the annual 8th Congressional District Art Competition. Congressman Smith’s office accepted more than 120 submissions from local high school artists in southeast and south central Missouri, and today Congressman Smith congratulated Liza Schell from Jackson High School as the winner of the “Best of Show” competition. “The Congressional Art Competition is a wonderful opportu... READ MORE

    Congressman Jason Smith Seeking Service Academy Applications

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) is seeking applications for nomination to the United States service academies for the Fall of 2020. Individuals interested in a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy should submit applications no later than October 31, 2019. “A highlight of my year is the opportunity to nominate students in southern Missouri to attend the service academies and beco... READ MORE

    Committee Advances Rep. Smith's Legislation to Help Families Save for Education Expenses

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means passed the Student Empowerment Act, authored by Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08), which will allow families to save for everyday K-12 education expenses with 529 College Savings Plans. Under Rep. Smith’s legislation, families could use 529 savings accounts for K-12 tuition, books and instructional materials, tutoring expenses, fees for exams related to college admissions, and educational therapy for students ... READ MORE

    Smith, Meadows Blast Speaker Pelosi for Blocking Citizenship Check for Voter Registration

    WASHINGTON – Rep. Jason Smith (MO-08) and Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11), Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, blasted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat-controlled Rules Committee today for preventing their amendment to H.R. 1, the For the People Act, from receiving a vote. The simple amendment would require Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to verify the citizenship of any person who would be automatically registered to vote under H.R. 1. “Speaker Pelosi said H.R. 1 was about cl... READ MORE

    Congressman Smith Leads Charge to Give Working Families Permanent Tax Relief

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) introduced H.R. 217, the Permanent Tax Relief for Working Families Act, to make permanent the new Child Tax Credit established under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which he coauthored as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means. “Becoming a parent is the most important job a mother or father will ever have, but our tax code could do a better job of supporting working families,” said Congressman Smith. “In the last ye... READ MORE

    Congressman Smith Donates Shutdown Pay to Parkland Hope Center

    This weekend Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) donated pay from the 35-day government shutdown to the Parkland Hope Center, a non-profit which helps working families afford groceries and everyday household items at a discounted price. “I gave up pay during the 35-day government shutdown for one simple reason: If your government isn’t open for business, then your elected officials shouldn’t get paid,” said Congressman Smith. “I’m happy that something bad that happened in Washington – the shutdown –... READ MORE

    Rep. Smith, Sen. Barrasso Push to Eliminate Wasteful Electric Vehicle Tax Subsidy

    WASHINGTON – This week Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced the Fairness for Every Driver Act to save billions of taxpayer dollars by eliminating the tax credit for high-end electric vehicles. The legislation would help fund new infrastructure projects by requiring users of alternative fuel vehicles to contribute to improving the nation’s roads and bridges. Currently the electric vehicle tax credit rewards buyers of electric vehicles with up to $7,500 in ta... READ MORE

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