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    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

    Congressman Smith Celebrates Hayti High School’s Historic State Championship

    HAYTI, Mo. – Tuesday Congressman Jason Smith celebrated the Hayti High School football team’s historic Class 1 State Championship with the high school students. Speaking to Hayti High School students in the school’s gymnasium, Congressman Smith remarked how their championship was historic not only for Hayti, but for all of southeast Missouri. “Not only is this the first state championship for Hayti, but it’s the first state championship ever brought home to the Bootheel,” said Congressman Smith.... READ MORE

    Congressman Smith Recognized by Semo Port Authority for Enhancing Rural Infrastructure

    SCOTT CITY, Mo. – This week the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority honored Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) for his work to enhance rural infrastructure in southeast Missouri. After a tour of the port facility and mill, the Semo Port Authority Board of Commissioners presented Congressman Smith with a resolution recognizing and thanking him for his work to secure a $19.8 million grant from the Department of Transportation. The grant will be used to build a railway loop at the Semo Port, wh... READ MORE

    Rep. Smith and Sen. Cruz Push to Help Working Families Afford Education Expenses

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) and Senator Ted Cruz (TX) introduced the Student Empowerment Act, which would expand the use of tax-free 529 College Savings Plans to allow families to save for K-12 education expenses. Eligible expenses would include tuition, books and instructional materials, tutoring expenses, fees for exams related to college admissions, and educational therapy for students with disabilities. “The Student Empowerment Act will help working families ... READ MORE

    Congressman Smith Announces 2019 Congressional Art Competition

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Friday Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) announced the 2019 Congressional Art Competition is now accepting entries from high school students across southeast and south central Missouri. “Southern Missouri is home to many talented high school artists, and I take pride in showing off the artistic spirit of the Show-Me State in the United States Capitol,” said Congressman Smith. “Friendly competition has a knack for bringing out the best of us, and I look forward to seeing students... READ MORE

    Congressman Smith Works to Stop Taxpayer Bonds for Abortion Clinics

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) formally introduced the No Abortion Bonds Act, which prohibits the use of federal tax-exempt bonds to finance the construction of abortion clinics. “For 42 years it has been law in this country that no federal funds can be used for abortion services,” said Congressman Jason Smith. “Yet a loophole in the tax code remains, allowing abortion clinics to be built using federally subsidized tax-free bonds. The No Abortion Bonds Actwould remedy this an... READ MORE

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