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Smith and Palmer Call Out Health Secretary Becerra for Misleading American People About Radical “Anti-Racism” Rule And Its Effect on Patient Care

Last week, in a letter sent to President Biden’s Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Xavier Becerra, Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) and Congressman Gary Palmer (AL-06), slammed the Biden Administration’s attempt to impose its so-called “anti-racism” agenda on doctors’ offices. Under a new Biden Administration regulation, doctors would be reimbursed with federal tax dollars for adopting “anti-racism” plans that define race as “a political and social construct, not a physiological one.”...

Smith Slams Park Service Effort to Restrict Access to Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08), who represents the entirety of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR) National Park, today issued a statement blasting the National Park Service’s recently-released Roads and Trails Management Plan (R&T Plan). “The Park Service’s plan is an escalation of the effort to cut off access to the park for people who have lived in this region for generations, well before the ONSR existed,” said Rep. Smith. “Closing trails and access points without providing suitable ...

Smith Fights to Reverse Biden Administration Decision to End Honor Flight Escorts for Veterans

On April 11, Congressman Jason Smith joined 75 of his House colleagues in calling on President Biden’s Department of Interior to reverse the agency’s unwarranted decision to stop providing the Honor Flight Network with the vehicular escort services they have given in the past. "Of all the terrible decisions this administration has made, the decision to end vehicular escorts for elderly veterans who want to pay their respects to fellow servicemembers who gave the ultimate sacrifice may be its mos...

Smith: Biden’s Inflation Crisis Has Turned the American Dream into an Unaffordable Nightmare for Working Americans

Today, Congressman Jason Smith, Republican Leader of the House Budget Committee, issued the following statement after the Consumer Price Index showed inflation hitting a forty-year high for the fifth consecutive month, of 8.5 percent: “President Biden’s inflation crisis has turned the American Dream into an unaffordable nightmare for working Americans. Biden’s policies are robbing families and retirees of their hard-earned savings and undercutting workers’ wages more and more each month as price...

Rep. Smith Reintroduces Bill to Make Seniors’ Health Costs More Affordable

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Rep. Jason Smith reintroduced H.R. 7435, the Health Savings for Seniors Act, bipartisan legislation that would allow seniors covered under Medicare to continue using existing or create new Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Current law prohibits Medicare beneficiaries from contributing to or opening a new HSA; they may only draw funds from accounts that were previously created. “The federal government should make it easier – not harder – for older Americans to access h...

Smith: Biden Is Deliberately Inflaming the Crisis He Created at Our Southern Border

Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08), issued the following statement on President Biden’s decision to end the use of Title 42 border policy and the mounting crisis along the southern border. The use of these authorities were implemented by President Trump to give border security personnel further tools to stem the flow of illegal immigrants across the southern border. “Today’s decision to end the Title 42 border policy will only pour gasoline on a fire that is raging at our southern border. So far, u...

Smith Tours Expanded Cape Girardeau VA Health Care Center

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO – Congressman Jason Smith recently toured the new Cape Girardeau VA Health Care Center, which opened on February 26. “One of my highest privileges in Congress is to be able to serve our country’s heroes, which is why I’m so excited about the new clinic in Cape,” stated Smith. “This expanded facility will be able to serve 60 percent more veterans than the old clinic, which is huge. In trying to get this clinic expanded, we had to cut through a lot of bureaucratic red tape, but ...

Smith: Congress Needs to Show Up for Work

Smith: Congress Needs to Show Up for Work WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) testified before the House Rules Committee about the use of proxy voting, a practice which allows Members of Congress to designate a colleague to cast a vote on their behalf, that Washington Democrats implemented in the House of Representatives at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the hearing, Congressman Smith argued that proxy voting violates the Constitution and enables Members of Congress...

Smith Slams Biden Push to Expand WOTUS Rule

On March 8, 2022, Congressman Jason Smith joined 202 of his colleagues in a letter urging President Biden to halt his plan to widen the scope of the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. “If this expansive rule is adopted, farmers and landowners will be at the mercy of Washington bureaucrats to do anything on their property,” said Congressman Jason Smith. “Unfortunately, the Americans most affected by this rule are being kept in the dark about impacts from this rule that significantly affe...

Smith Blasts Biden Policies Causing New 40-Year Inflation High

Today, Rep. Jason Smith (MO-08), the Republican Leader of the Budget Committee, released the following statement after the Consumer Price Index showed inflation over the past year at 7.9%, continuing to run at the highest pace in 40 years: “It is clear that not only do President Biden and Washington Democrats not have a plan to address the spending-driven, crippling spike in prices, they actually want to convince the American people that more reckless spending is the solution. The radical polici...

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