Small Business

Rep. Smith Named Republican Leader of Budget Committee

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jason Smith (R-MO) has been elected to serve as the Republican Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee. Upon the selection, Smith made the following remarks: “Missourians know the importance of having a budget and sticking to it. Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi does not. The fiscal challenges facing our country are great, we spent 5 times more last year paying interest on our country’s debt than we did to provide benefits to our veterans, that’s no...

Smith Leads Missouri Delegation in Fight to Return Fairness to Meat Markets

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jason Smith (R-MO), joined by Missouri Reps. Graves, Luetkemeyer, Hartzler, Long, and Wagner introduced the Feed America by Incentivizing Rural (FAIR) Meat Packing Act to ensure a level playing field for Missouri cattlemen and to return to fair prices for both cattlemen and families. The FAIR Meat Packing Act creates two incentives to facilitate the formation of small and mid-sized meat processing facilities allowing cattle producers to compete for better prices in t...

Poplar Bluff Over Paris

In recent years, Americans have been taken advantage of on the world stage – with unfair foreign trade practices, weak nuclear agreements, and lopsided international pacts. President Trump promised the American people he would not stand for international deals that rip off the United States, and he followed through on his word when he pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Unfortunately, House Democrats this week voted to tie President Trump’s hands to President Obama’s leg...

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 –...

Gross Pay

People in southern Missouri always tell me they wish their federal government budgeted more like a family farm or small business – operating within its limits, balancing its books, and only rewarding employees when they do well. I couldn’t agree more. It’s why one of the first bills I introduced when I came to Congress was a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. Families in Missouri have to live within their means, and so should the federal government. This week Speaker Pe...

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...

Celebrating Small Business

Starting something new can be challenging and intimidating, but when it’s a small business the stakes are high with your entire livelihood on the line. With this Saturday being Small Business Saturday and November being National Entrepreneurship Month, I want to take the opportunity to celebrate these job creators. The entrepreneurs who take the risk to start a business or a farm, armed only with fresh ideas and hard work, drive the economy and embody the best of the American spirit. When most p...

Putting Taxpayers in Charge

Missourians work hard day in and day out for their money, and they should have a government that watches over their dollars as carefully and responsibly as they do at home. We don’t mind paying our fair share to live in a safe nation, to have a judicial system that maintains law and order, or for public infrastructure improvements. But in Missouri we don’t have the appetite for a massive government that wants to use our hard-earned tax dollars on inefficient government programs and handouts. You...

Congressman Smith Receives “Taxpayers’ Friend Award”

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) was honored by the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) for having one of the strongest voting records in Congress on cutting taxes, limiting the size of government, and advancing economic freedom. NTU presented Congressman Smith with the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” for his outstanding voting record during the 2017 Congressional Session. “The people of Missouri sent me to Congress to fight for lower taxes and cut the red tape holding small businesses and farm...

Congressman Jason Smith Named "Hero of Main Street"

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Jason Smith (MO-08) was named a “Hero of Main Street” for consistently supporting small businesses and cutting taxes while serving in Congress. The “Hero of Main Street” Award was presented by the National Retail Federation, which represents the interests of millions of small businesses. “I’m proud to work with President Trump every day to grow the economy and support small businesses, family farmers, and American workers,” said Congressman Smith. “Thanks to tax ...

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