Representative Adrian M. Smith's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NE) - District 3, Republican
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Adrian Smith has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Adrian Smith is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Adrian Smith. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Adrian Smith voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Adrian Smith a rating of 13 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Opposes Government's Largest Spending Bill. 24 June 2009. "Although Planned Parenthood is prohibited from using taxpayer dollars for abortions, the federal support they receive frees up other funds which are used to promote and provide abortions. I am disappointed this amendment failed." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Statement on Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. 22 January 2008. "Recent data has shown the number of abortions declined between 2000 and 2005 to the lowest total since 1976. This is good news, and is evidence the pro-life movement is having an effect. But the fact of the matter is we are approaching 50 million abortions since Roe v. Wade. Protecting life - both born and unborn - through our actions and efforts needs to be a priority for all who care about the generations yet to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. The Way Ahead on Health Care. 2 February 2010. "A vote of this magnitude should be a bipartisan effort, not negotiated in order to meet an arbitrary deadline. Rushing this measure - which spends money our nation doesn't have, opens the door for taxpayer-funded abortions, and leads the way for a one-size-fits-all rationing of care by putting Washington bureaucrats between patients and their doctors - is not good for our nation and is not good for Nebraska." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Adrian Smith voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Adrian Smith voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Adrian Smith voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Adrian Smith a rating of 13 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Opposes Government's Largest Spending Bill. 24 June 2009. "Although Planned Parenthood is prohibited from using taxpayer dollars for abortions, the federal support they receive frees up other funds which are used to promote and provide abortions. I am disappointed this amendment failed." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Adrian Smith voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Adrian Smith voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Statement on Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. 22 January 2008. "Recent data has shown the number of abortions declined between 2000 and 2005 to the lowest total since 1976. This is good news, and is evidence the pro-life movement is having an effect. But the fact of the matter is we are approaching 50 million abortions since Roe v. Wade. Protecting life - both born and unborn - through our actions and efforts needs to be a priority for all who care about the generations yet to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. The Way Ahead on Health Care. 2 February 2010. "A vote of this magnitude should be a bipartisan effort, not negotiated in order to meet an arbitrary deadline. Rushing this measure - which spends money our nation doesn't have, opens the door for taxpayer-funded abortions, and leads the way for a one-size-fits-all rationing of care by putting Washington bureaucrats between patients and their doctors - is not good for our nation and is not good for Nebraska." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adrian Smith. Tax Hikes Not the Solution. 14 July 2011. "In addition to preventing tax increases, we also must remain committed to tax reform which rewards hardworking Americans, not Washington's addiction to spending. It is time for a system which is fairer, simpler, and removes barriers to job creation. As a member of the Committee on Ways and Means, I will continue to work to achieve comprehensive, fundamental tax reform to get our nation back on a path to prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Tax Hikes in Tax Reform Clothing. 12 November 2007. "The numerous tax increases contained in the bill have also been called a punishing blow to small businesses. But don't just take my word for it: 'In almost every respect, the bulk of revenue raisers will extract precious operating capital from small firms. I don't know if this was Chairman (Charlie) Rangel's purpose, but it will most certainly be the consequence of his proposed legislation,' said Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council President and CEO Karen Kerrigan. 'With all due respect, the bill takes aim at the entrepreneurial sector, and will vastly hurt their job-creating, innovative and competitive capacity in the global economy.' Nebraska has always been the land of lower taxes and less government. Families are working hard to make ends meet at home For Congress to demand they pay higher taxes flies in the face of Nebraska commonsense." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 90 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 90 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Budget Reckoning. 15 February 2008. "As we work through the budget process, the fiscal blueprint our government needs to follow is one which provides a path to balancing the budget, preferably by returning to proven pro-growth policies such as making sure taxes do not hinder economic growth and keeping wasteful spending in check. Making tax relief permanent for middle-class married couples, parents and working families is critical to ensuring our long-term economic growth. Such policies have a proven track record of strengthening our workforce, growing our economy, and keeping America competitive." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Fighting Tax Increases During the Lame Duck Session. 14 December 2010. "Legislation put forth by House Democrats under the guise of 'tax relief' would have in fact raised taxes on small businesses throughout our country. Simply bringing such a bill to the House floor shows a clear disconnect from the economic reality facing our country. I opposed this ill-conceived measure, and thankfully it appears dead on arrival in the Senate. Political tactics such as this - with job-killing implications for employers and entrepreneurs gripped by uncertainty over the looming tax hikes - only will further slow down our economy at a time when it is struggling to right itself. It is simple. Creating an environment of uncertainty does nothing to stem unemployment and only creates more headaches for job creators." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Health Care, Small Business, and You. 29 October 2009. "It is painfully ironic, then, that the House version of the health care bill (H.R. 3200) imposes $208 billion in taxes on businesses which cannot afford to finance their workers' health coverage, costing our economy as many as 5.5 million jobs. The Congressional Budget Office has stated this tax on jobs likely will reduce hiring and also could lead to wage stagnation as compensation is diverted to comply with new federal taxes and mandates. We must not push through a health care bill which hits small businesses with billions of dollars in new taxes. This costly government takeover of health care is already harming the confidence of the nation's small business owners and costing our economy good-paying jobs - before being passed by a single chamber of Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Jobs and Taxes. 21 September 2010. "Raising taxes on small businesses and family-owned farms and ranches will not result in more jobs. It is simple: businesses don't hire when taxes are higher - especially during an economic downturn. Employers and entrepreneurs need assurances their costs will not increase before they start hiring again. One tax increase I want to point out is the estate tax - also known as the Death Tax - which will skyrocket to 55 percent with a $1 million exemption. The Death Tax discourages savings and investments in small businesses and family farms, threatening their very existence from one generation to another. Some estimates show a full repeal of the Death Tax would create 1.5 million jobs, increase small business capital by more than $1.6 trillion, increase payrolls by 2.6 percent and expand investment. In fact, estimates show the Death Tax costs the economy more in lost growth than it brings in. I am a cosponsor of a bill to permanently repeal the Death Tax, and last year I voted against a bill to set the tax permanently at 45 percent with a $3.5 million exemption, both because the rate was too high and because there was no inflation index in the bill. A compromise proposal setting the rate at 35 percent and $5 million is currently stalled in the Senate. We have to take action to prevent tax increases, like the Death Tax. We won't solve our fiscal challenges until we cut spending, stop the growth of government, and extend current tax rates." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Responds to Secretary Vilsack's Climate Change Statements. 25 August 2009. "This bill imposes enormous taxes and restrictions on energy use - placing an especially heavy burden on rural America and our nation's energy producers. Even a small increase in operating costs could devastate farmers and ranchers, as Secretary Vilsack well knows. U.S. agriculture producers will also be at a severe economic disadvantage compared to farmers in nations which do not have a cap-and-trade system." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Statement on Tax Agreement. 7 December 2010. "Unless Congress and the President act, a $3.8 trillion tax hike is set to take effect on January 1, 2011. This would be the largest tax increase in our country's history, and the average Nebraska family will see its federal income taxes skyrocket from $3,461 to $5,090 - an increase of $1,600. It is frustrating to see such an important issue delayed until the last minute - creating an environment of uncertainty to our small business owners. We shouldn't waste another minute preventing this job-killing tax hike on small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Top Corporate Tax Rate No Laughing Matter. 6 April 2012. "It makes sense these ideas have gained support from both sides of the aisle. By lowering rates for all Americans while closing loopholes, we can eliminate unfairness in the tax code and ensure a level playing field for all. The recently-passed House budget, for which I voted, accounts for these need changes and provides a framework for moving forward on comprehensive reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Tax Hikes Not the Solution. 14 July 2011. "In addition to preventing tax increases, we also must remain committed to tax reform which rewards hardworking Americans, not Washington's addiction to spending. It is time for a system which is fairer, simpler, and removes barriers to job creation. As a member of the Committee on Ways and Means, I will continue to work to achieve comprehensive, fundamental tax reform to get our nation back on a path to prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Voices Opposition to Tax Hikes, Calls for Spending Cuts. 8 September 2010. "Unless Congress acts, on January 1, 2011, the average Nebraska family will see their federal income taxes skyrocket from $3,461 to $5,090 - an increase of $1,600. I am especially concerned the Death Tax will re-emerge at a punishing 55 percent - hitting our family farms, ranches, and small businesses. We won't solve our fiscal challenges until we cut spending, stop the growth of government, and extend current tax rates. Our country needs real economic growth - which can't happen if Washington keeps raising taxes on farms, ranches, and small businesses. Employers need assurances their costs will not increase before they start hiring again." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Tax Hikes in Tax Reform Clothing. 12 November 2007. "The numerous tax increases contained in the bill have also been called a punishing blow to small businesses. But don't just take my word for it: 'In almost every respect, the bulk of revenue raisers will extract precious operating capital from small firms. I don't know if this was Chairman (Charlie) Rangel's purpose, but it will most certainly be the consequence of his proposed legislation,' said Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council President and CEO Karen Kerrigan. 'With all due respect, the bill takes aim at the entrepreneurial sector, and will vastly hurt their job-creating, innovative and competitive capacity in the global economy.' Nebraska has always been the land of lower taxes and less government. Families are working hard to make ends meet at home For Congress to demand they pay higher taxes flies in the face of Nebraska commonsense." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 90 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 90 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Budget Reckoning. 15 February 2008. "As we work through the budget process, the fiscal blueprint our government needs to follow is one which provides a path to balancing the budget, preferably by returning to proven pro-growth policies such as making sure taxes do not hinder economic growth and keeping wasteful spending in check. Making tax relief permanent for middle-class married couples, parents and working families is critical to ensuring our long-term economic growth. Such policies have a proven track record of strengthening our workforce, growing our economy, and keeping America competitive." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Fighting Tax Increases During the Lame Duck Session. 14 December 2010. "Legislation put forth by House Democrats under the guise of 'tax relief' would have in fact raised taxes on small businesses throughout our country. Simply bringing such a bill to the House floor shows a clear disconnect from the economic reality facing our country. I opposed this ill-conceived measure, and thankfully it appears dead on arrival in the Senate. Political tactics such as this - with job-killing implications for employers and entrepreneurs gripped by uncertainty over the looming tax hikes - only will further slow down our economy at a time when it is struggling to right itself. It is simple. Creating an environment of uncertainty does nothing to stem unemployment and only creates more headaches for job creators." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Health Care, Small Business, and You. 29 October 2009. "It is painfully ironic, then, that the House version of the health care bill (H.R. 3200) imposes $208 billion in taxes on businesses which cannot afford to finance their workers' health coverage, costing our economy as many as 5.5 million jobs. The Congressional Budget Office has stated this tax on jobs likely will reduce hiring and also could lead to wage stagnation as compensation is diverted to comply with new federal taxes and mandates. We must not push through a health care bill which hits small businesses with billions of dollars in new taxes. This costly government takeover of health care is already harming the confidence of the nation's small business owners and costing our economy good-paying jobs - before being passed by a single chamber of Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Jobs and Taxes. 21 September 2010. "Raising taxes on small businesses and family-owned farms and ranches will not result in more jobs. It is simple: businesses don't hire when taxes are higher - especially during an economic downturn. Employers and entrepreneurs need assurances their costs will not increase before they start hiring again. One tax increase I want to point out is the estate tax - also known as the Death Tax - which will skyrocket to 55 percent with a $1 million exemption. The Death Tax discourages savings and investments in small businesses and family farms, threatening their very existence from one generation to another. Some estimates show a full repeal of the Death Tax would create 1.5 million jobs, increase small business capital by more than $1.6 trillion, increase payrolls by 2.6 percent and expand investment. In fact, estimates show the Death Tax costs the economy more in lost growth than it brings in. I am a cosponsor of a bill to permanently repeal the Death Tax, and last year I voted against a bill to set the tax permanently at 45 percent with a $3.5 million exemption, both because the rate was too high and because there was no inflation index in the bill. A compromise proposal setting the rate at 35 percent and $5 million is currently stalled in the Senate. We have to take action to prevent tax increases, like the Death Tax. We won't solve our fiscal challenges until we cut spending, stop the growth of government, and extend current tax rates." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Responds to Secretary Vilsack's Climate Change Statements. 25 August 2009. "This bill imposes enormous taxes and restrictions on energy use - placing an especially heavy burden on rural America and our nation's energy producers. Even a small increase in operating costs could devastate farmers and ranchers, as Secretary Vilsack well knows. U.S. agriculture producers will also be at a severe economic disadvantage compared to farmers in nations which do not have a cap-and-trade system." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Statement on Tax Agreement. 7 December 2010. "Unless Congress and the President act, a $3.8 trillion tax hike is set to take effect on January 1, 2011. This would be the largest tax increase in our country's history, and the average Nebraska family will see its federal income taxes skyrocket from $3,461 to $5,090 - an increase of $1,600. It is frustrating to see such an important issue delayed until the last minute - creating an environment of uncertainty to our small business owners. We shouldn't waste another minute preventing this job-killing tax hike on small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Top Corporate Tax Rate No Laughing Matter. 6 April 2012. "It makes sense these ideas have gained support from both sides of the aisle. By lowering rates for all Americans while closing loopholes, we can eliminate unfairness in the tax code and ensure a level playing field for all. The recently-passed House budget, for which I voted, accounts for these need changes and provides a framework for moving forward on comprehensive reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Voices Opposition to Tax Hikes, Calls for Spending Cuts. 8 September 2010. "Unless Congress acts, on January 1, 2011, the average Nebraska family will see their federal income taxes skyrocket from $3,461 to $5,090 - an increase of $1,600. I am especially concerned the Death Tax will re-emerge at a punishing 55 percent - hitting our family farms, ranches, and small businesses. We won't solve our fiscal challenges until we cut spending, stop the growth of government, and extend current tax rates. Our country needs real economic growth - which can't happen if Washington keeps raising taxes on farms, ranches, and small businesses. Employers need assurances their costs will not increase before they start hiring again." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adrian Smith. Following Reagan's Lead on Regulation. 14 February 2011. "America experiences similar challenges today as we did when President Reagan served: out-of-control spending, high unemployment, economic uncertainty, and international conflict. However, as President Reagan famously declared, 'government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Adrian Smith voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Adrian Smith a rating of 97 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Adrian Smith voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Changing the Culture of Spending. 1 April 2011. "The bipartisan agreement to fund the federal government which was reached on Friday, April 8 immediately cuts spending and provides a broader framework for even greater cuts for the remainder of the fiscal year. In short, it is a historic blow to the culture of spending in Washington. Representing the largest year-to-year spending cut since World War II, the agreement will provide job creators with certainty and signal to the world we are serious about reducing the national debt. While this step is only the first on the long road to get our fiscal house in order, the agreement is a significant move in the right direction." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Entrepreneurship Strengthens Nebraska. 19 July 2011. "Our national debt just surged past the staggering amount of $13 trillion. That's $13,000,000,000,000. Our country is now on a path to borrow an average of $1 trillion each year for the next decade, which is more than was borrowed from 1776 to 2000 combined. Just as our economy is beginning to turn around, Washington, D.C., is forcing more and more spending, leading to our ever-skyrocketing national debt. All too often there is a tendency to overlook this simple fact: government does not create wealth and prosperity. While it might be tempting for the federal government to pass massive 'stimulus' bills, it is the private sector - risk-taking Americans with the courage to pursue their own ideas and innovations - which prove to be the rock our economy's recovery is built upon. Entrepreneurs deserve our support and recognition as they work to build stronger local economies." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Jobs and Tax Increases. 21 September 2010. "We have to take action to prevent tax increases, like the Death Tax. We won't solve our fiscal challenges until we cut spending, stop the growth of government, and extend current tax rates. This is why I support a bipartisan effort to spur job creation by cutting non-security government spending to 2008 levels. Exceptions would be made for homeland security, seniors, and veterans programs. It is estimated this would save taxpayers $100 billion in just the first year. I also have called for freezing current tax rates for the next two years - creating certainty for our small business owners while saving middle class taxpayers from a hefty tax increase. Now more than ever, our country needs real economic growth - something which can't happen if Washington keeps raising taxes on farms, ranches, and small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Moving Forward. 1 April 2011. "On April 18, Standard & Poor's (S&P), a financial services company which issues credit ratings for the debt of public entities, downgraded the long-term credit outlook for the United States from 'stable' to 'negative.' S&P stated the reason for its new evaluation is the 'very large budget deficits and rising government indebtedness.' This rating is the most serious alarm bell sounded about the spending-driven debt crisis we face. While important steps have been taken on the long road to get our fiscal house in order, including the largest year-to-year spending cut since World War II, we must continue doing all we can to put our economy on a path to prosperity. This path includes the honest conversation about how we cut trillions in government spending instead of billions." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. One Stimulus Bill After Another. 19 July 2011. "Congress has the responsibility to find ways to get Americans back to work, stabilize our economy, and put our fiscal house in order. Unfortunately, Democrats in the House recently did the same thing they've done a number of times before - pushed through another stimulus bill which will do nothing to reduce the unemployment rate in this country and will, in fact, hurt job creation through increased taxes on American companies." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Voices Opposition to Tax Hikes, Calls for Spending Cuts. 8 September 2010. "Unless Congress acts, on January 1, 2011, the average Nebraska family will see their federal income taxes skyrocket from $3,461 to $5,090 - an increase of $1,600. I am especially concerned the Death Tax will re-emerge at a punishing 55 percent - hitting our family farms, ranches, and small businesses. We won't solve our fiscal challenges until we cut spending, stop the growth of government, and extend current tax rates. Our country needs real economic growth - which can't happen if Washington keeps raising taxes on farms, ranches, and small businesses. Employers need assurances their costs will not increase before they start hiring again." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Votes to Repeal 1099 Mandate. 3 March 2011. "'Passing this legislation protects Nebraska's small business owners, farmers, ranchers, and taxpayers. Both chambers of Congress must now work quickly to resolve our differences so this repeal can be signed into law,' Smith said after the vote. 'This bill's passage is another step forward on the path to economic recovery as it will enable employers to focus on job creation instead of increased paperwork, additional costs, and greater fraud risk.' H.R. 4 is the leading 1099 repeal bill in the House. Additionally, it reduces the deficit by $166 million in the first 10 years, decreases federal spending by $20 billion over 10 years, and lowers taxes by $19.7 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Spending Reforms Must Come First. 7 July 2011. "Like a family or business which finds itself in deep debt, we need to create and implement a realistic plan to balance our budget and pay down our debt to solve long-standing spending problems in a responsible way. Before there is any consideration of an increase to the debt limit, a solution to immediately address our debt crisis must be considered." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Stop Gap Measures Poor Substitute for Action. 20 October 2010. "We can strengthen our nation's economy by cutting non-security spending back to 2008 levels, freezing all tax rates for two years, and providing long-term certainty for entrepreneurs, families and workers. This isn't rocket science - it's just common sense." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Following Reagan's Lead on Regulation. 14 February 2011. "America experiences similar challenges today as we did when President Reagan served: out-of-control spending, high unemployment, economic uncertainty, and international conflict. However, as President Reagan famously declared, 'government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Adrian Smith voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Adrian Smith a rating of 97 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Adrian Smith voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Changing the Culture of Spending. 1 April 2011. "The bipartisan agreement to fund the federal government which was reached on Friday, April 8 immediately cuts spending and provides a broader framework for even greater cuts for the remainder of the fiscal year. In short, it is a historic blow to the culture of spending in Washington. Representing the largest year-to-year spending cut since World War II, the agreement will provide job creators with certainty and signal to the world we are serious about reducing the national debt. While this step is only the first on the long road to get our fiscal house in order, the agreement is a significant move in the right direction." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Entrepreneurship Strengthens Nebraska. 19 July 2011. "Our national debt just surged past the staggering amount of $13 trillion. That's $13,000,000,000,000. Our country is now on a path to borrow an average of $1 trillion each year for the next decade, which is more than was borrowed from 1776 to 2000 combined. Just as our economy is beginning to turn around, Washington, D.C., is forcing more and more spending, leading to our ever-skyrocketing national debt. All too often there is a tendency to overlook this simple fact: government does not create wealth and prosperity. While it might be tempting for the federal government to pass massive 'stimulus' bills, it is the private sector - risk-taking Americans with the courage to pursue their own ideas and innovations - which prove to be the rock our economy's recovery is built upon. Entrepreneurs deserve our support and recognition as they work to build stronger local economies." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Jobs and Tax Increases. 21 September 2010. "We have to take action to prevent tax increases, like the Death Tax. We won't solve our fiscal challenges until we cut spending, stop the growth of government, and extend current tax rates. This is why I support a bipartisan effort to spur job creation by cutting non-security government spending to 2008 levels. Exceptions would be made for homeland security, seniors, and veterans programs. It is estimated this would save taxpayers $100 billion in just the first year. I also have called for freezing current tax rates for the next two years - creating certainty for our small business owners while saving middle class taxpayers from a hefty tax increase. Now more than ever, our country needs real economic growth - something which can't happen if Washington keeps raising taxes on farms, ranches, and small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Moving Forward. 1 April 2011. "On April 18, Standard & Poor's (S&P), a financial services company which issues credit ratings for the debt of public entities, downgraded the long-term credit outlook for the United States from 'stable' to 'negative.' S&P stated the reason for its new evaluation is the 'very large budget deficits and rising government indebtedness.' This rating is the most serious alarm bell sounded about the spending-driven debt crisis we face. While important steps have been taken on the long road to get our fiscal house in order, including the largest year-to-year spending cut since World War II, we must continue doing all we can to put our economy on a path to prosperity. This path includes the honest conversation about how we cut trillions in government spending instead of billions." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. One Stimulus Bill After Another. 19 July 2011. "Congress has the responsibility to find ways to get Americans back to work, stabilize our economy, and put our fiscal house in order. Unfortunately, Democrats in the House recently did the same thing they've done a number of times before - pushed through another stimulus bill which will do nothing to reduce the unemployment rate in this country and will, in fact, hurt job creation through increased taxes on American companies." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Voices Opposition to Tax Hikes, Calls for Spending Cuts. 8 September 2010. "Unless Congress acts, on January 1, 2011, the average Nebraska family will see their federal income taxes skyrocket from $3,461 to $5,090 - an increase of $1,600. I am especially concerned the Death Tax will re-emerge at a punishing 55 percent - hitting our family farms, ranches, and small businesses. We won't solve our fiscal challenges until we cut spending, stop the growth of government, and extend current tax rates. Our country needs real economic growth - which can't happen if Washington keeps raising taxes on farms, ranches, and small businesses. Employers need assurances their costs will not increase before they start hiring again." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Votes to Repeal 1099 Mandate. 3 March 2011. "'Passing this legislation protects Nebraska's small business owners, farmers, ranchers, and taxpayers. Both chambers of Congress must now work quickly to resolve our differences so this repeal can be signed into law,' Smith said after the vote. 'This bill's passage is another step forward on the path to economic recovery as it will enable employers to focus on job creation instead of increased paperwork, additional costs, and greater fraud risk.' H.R. 4 is the leading 1099 repeal bill in the House. Additionally, it reduces the deficit by $166 million in the first 10 years, decreases federal spending by $20 billion over 10 years, and lowers taxes by $19.7 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Spending Reforms Must Come First. 7 July 2011. "Like a family or business which finds itself in deep debt, we need to create and implement a realistic plan to balance our budget and pay down our debt to solve long-standing spending problems in a responsible way. Before there is any consideration of an increase to the debt limit, a solution to immediately address our debt crisis must be considered." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Stop Gap Measures Poor Substitute for Action. 20 October 2010. "We can strengthen our nation's economy by cutting non-security spending back to 2008 levels, freezing all tax rates for two years, and providing long-term certainty for entrepreneurs, families and workers. This isn't rocket science - it's just common sense." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Adrian Smith. Issue Position: Education. 30 May 2012. "I have always believed that decisions about educating our children should be made by parents, local school boards and educators -- not bureaucrats in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Issue Position: Education. 30 May 2012. "I have always believed that decisions about educating our children should be made by parents, local school boards and educators -- not bureaucrats in Washington." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adrian Smith. Summertime Energy Blues. 21 June 2010. "Cap-and-trade regulations imposed in attempt to reduce carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions are especially costly for states like Nebraska. Our state generates two-thirds of its electricity from coal, a process which produces carbon dioxide. Under any cap-and-trade system, facilities which emit greenhouse gases - such as power plants, manufacturers, and possibly even farmers and ranchers - would purchase credits for their emissions from the EPA. Today, there is no cost-effective way to capture carbon dioxide output, so any regulation which limits carbon dioxide emissions will either limit the use of natural gas, petroleum, and coal or dramatically increase their prices. The costs to businesses and agricultural producers would be passed on to consumers in the form of higher electric bills and more expensive products - including agriculture products." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. The EPA and Flawed Science. 02 March 2010. "The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tremendous power and authority, and the decisions it makes regarding both crop and livestock production agriculture will have a major impact on our rural economy for years to come. It is imperative any regulations enacted by the EPA be guided by sound science, transparent analysis, and economic modeling which stands up to scrutiny. It is simply not practical to draw broad conclusions across a large geographic region concerning the effects of particular land use changes on resulting greenhouse gas emissions. Different greenhouse gas emissions are caused by variations in soil, local climate, and various farming practices. To think we can credibly measure the impact of international indirect land use is completely unrealistic. It is ridiculous for practices in areas as far away as Southeast Asia or Brazil to determine policies which could not only reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but also very well impact our agriculture industries for generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Summertime Energy Blues. 21 June 2010. "Cap-and-trade regulations imposed in attempt to reduce carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions are especially costly for states like Nebraska. Our state generates two-thirds of its electricity from coal, a process which produces carbon dioxide. Under any cap-and-trade system, facilities which emit greenhouse gases - such as power plants, manufacturers, and possibly even farmers and ranchers - would purchase credits for their emissions from the EPA. Today, there is no cost-effective way to capture carbon dioxide output, so any regulation which limits carbon dioxide emissions will either limit the use of natural gas, petroleum, and coal or dramatically increase their prices. The costs to businesses and agricultural producers would be passed on to consumers in the form of higher electric bills and more expensive products - including agriculture products." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Stopping Government's Overreach to Grow the Economy. 7 July 2011. "Removing redundant, harmful, and burdensome regulations is critical to our economic recovery. Committees in the U.S. House of Representatives are actively conducting an audit of existing and pending regulations to identify and address those which are hindering economic growth. Additionally, the House has already acted on several regulations which hurt businesses both large and small, including the EPA's regulation of greenhouse gases and the Federal Communications Commission's regulation of the Internet. Slowing the reach of government by stopping onerous, unnecessary regulations will help address our economic challenges, foster investment, and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Opposes Cap & Trade Bill. 26 June 2009. ""This bill supposedly combats global warming by setting strict limits on carbon emissions, but it doesn't. In fact, it imposes enormous taxes and restrictions on energy use - placing an especially heavy burden on rural America and our nation's agriculture producers. Even a small increase in operating costs could devastate farmers and ranchers. "Under this legislation - which drastically adds volatility to the energy sector - U.S. agriculture producers also would be at a severe disadvantage compared to farmers in nations which do not have a cap-and-trade system. We had the chance to make this bill better, but Congress turned its back on America's farmers and ranchers," (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Criticizes EPA On Overreaching Regulation. 7 December 2009. "Smith is a cosponsor of H.R. 391, legislation which would exempt certain gases, including methane, from EPA regulations under the Clean Air Act. In April, Smith sent a letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) requesting a hearing on environmental burdens on rural American. "Today's announcement was a tremendous disappointment for everyone concerned for the future of production agriculture. Agriculture is an energy-intensive industry, and new federal mandates could stifle any growth we are experiencing. This is a dangerous shift in policy which could result in a direct compliance tax on ag producers at a time when we can least afford it," (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Heading Into 2010. 5 January 2010. "In June, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, so-called climate change legislation commonly referred to as "cap-and-trade." The bill, which I opposed, would impose costly new greenhouse gas emission and efficiency standards across the U.S. economy while creating an untested and complex cap-and-trade scheme. Forcing a cap-and-trade mandate will create greater challenges for our rural economy. Implementing a cap-and-trade system amounts to a national energy tax at a time when both producers and consumers are struggling. The agriculture sector is one of the most energy-intensive, and any increase in operating costs could devastate farmers and ranchers." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Energy and the American Economy. 16 February 2010. "Cap-and-trade will stifle opportunity and hurt an already struggling job market. Though it purports to create "green jobs," the bill could actually cost our economy as many as 2.5 million jobs. That's because at its core, this bill is a national energy tax certain to be passed onto energy consumers. That's you. Cap-and-trade will kill jobs, bleed budgets, and lead to more government intervention into our energy markets. Annual energy costs for a family of four in Nebraska could grow by as much as $1,700 including taxes, forcing families to reduce consumption of goods and services or making other sacrifices. The stakes are even higher for Nebraska agriculture. Agriculture is an energy-intensive industry relying on fuel for the pick-up truck, to fertilizer for the crops, to generators to keep heaters on during the winter. Even a small increase in the operating costs for agriculture producers would have dire results. I support an all-of-the-above approach to our energy policy, focusing on job creation and innovation in the marketplace to conserve our resources for future generations. America needs to encourage research and exploration into all sources of energy - including solar, biofuels, clean coal technology, hydropower, wind, domestic oil exploration, and yes - nuclear energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Cap-And-Trade. 8 December 2009. "Madam Speaker, I rise to express my concerns about the rush of some of my colleagues that they seem to be in to enact cap-and-trade legislation. We are seeing serious doubts on the validity of the science which is driving this flawed policy. In fact, the EPA has formally declared greenhouse gas emissions as dangerous pollutants, an action which could prove costly to America's farms, ranches, and small businesses. At a time of double-digit unemployment, the last thing our country needs is a jobs-killing tax regime imposed on our family-run small businesses and agriculture producers. Agriculture is an energy-intensive industry, relying on fuel for the truck, fertilizer for the crops, and generators to keep heaters on during the winter." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Cap and Trade, New Regulations Will Hurt America. 19 May 2009. "Farmers and ranchers also might find themselves paying for what their livestock "produces" as well as their own increasing input costs thanks to overreaching government regulations. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared carbon dioxide, methane, and four other heat-trapping gases as pollutants. This action paves the way for the EPA to regulate anything and everything which emits carbon or other greenhouse gases - including livestock. This "cow tax" could have a devastating impact on agriculture producers, which is why I have called for a House Agriculture Committee hearing on the burdens on rural America these overreaching proposals will create." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Adrian Smith voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Adrian Smith voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. The EPA and Flawed Science. 02 March 2010. "The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tremendous power and authority, and the decisions it makes regarding both crop and livestock production agriculture will have a major impact on our rural economy for years to come. It is imperative any regulations enacted by the EPA be guided by sound science, transparent analysis, and economic modeling which stands up to scrutiny. It is simply not practical to draw broad conclusions across a large geographic region concerning the effects of particular land use changes on resulting greenhouse gas emissions. Different greenhouse gas emissions are caused by variations in soil, local climate, and various farming practices. To think we can credibly measure the impact of international indirect land use is completely unrealistic. It is ridiculous for practices in areas as far away as Southeast Asia or Brazil to determine policies which could not only reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but also very well impact our agriculture industries for generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Stopping Government's Overreach to Grow the Economy. 7 July 2011. "Removing redundant, harmful, and burdensome regulations is critical to our economic recovery. Committees in the U.S. House of Representatives are actively conducting an audit of existing and pending regulations to identify and address those which are hindering economic growth. Additionally, the House has already acted on several regulations which hurt businesses both large and small, including the EPA's regulation of greenhouse gases and the Federal Communications Commission's regulation of the Internet. Slowing the reach of government by stopping onerous, unnecessary regulations will help address our economic challenges, foster investment, and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Opposes Cap & Trade Bill. 26 June 2009. ""This bill supposedly combats global warming by setting strict limits on carbon emissions, but it doesn't. In fact, it imposes enormous taxes and restrictions on energy use - placing an especially heavy burden on rural America and our nation's agriculture producers. Even a small increase in operating costs could devastate farmers and ranchers. "Under this legislation - which drastically adds volatility to the energy sector - U.S. agriculture producers also would be at a severe disadvantage compared to farmers in nations which do not have a cap-and-trade system. We had the chance to make this bill better, but Congress turned its back on America's farmers and ranchers," (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Criticizes EPA On Overreaching Regulation. 7 December 2009. "Smith is a cosponsor of H.R. 391, legislation which would exempt certain gases, including methane, from EPA regulations under the Clean Air Act. In April, Smith sent a letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) requesting a hearing on environmental burdens on rural American. "Today's announcement was a tremendous disappointment for everyone concerned for the future of production agriculture. Agriculture is an energy-intensive industry, and new federal mandates could stifle any growth we are experiencing. This is a dangerous shift in policy which could result in a direct compliance tax on ag producers at a time when we can least afford it," (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Heading Into 2010. 5 January 2010. "In June, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, so-called climate change legislation commonly referred to as "cap-and-trade." The bill, which I opposed, would impose costly new greenhouse gas emission and efficiency standards across the U.S. economy while creating an untested and complex cap-and-trade scheme. Forcing a cap-and-trade mandate will create greater challenges for our rural economy. Implementing a cap-and-trade system amounts to a national energy tax at a time when both producers and consumers are struggling. The agriculture sector is one of the most energy-intensive, and any increase in operating costs could devastate farmers and ranchers." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Energy and the American Economy. 16 February 2010. "Cap-and-trade will stifle opportunity and hurt an already struggling job market. Though it purports to create "green jobs," the bill could actually cost our economy as many as 2.5 million jobs. That's because at its core, this bill is a national energy tax certain to be passed onto energy consumers. That's you. Cap-and-trade will kill jobs, bleed budgets, and lead to more government intervention into our energy markets. Annual energy costs for a family of four in Nebraska could grow by as much as $1,700 including taxes, forcing families to reduce consumption of goods and services or making other sacrifices. The stakes are even higher for Nebraska agriculture. Agriculture is an energy-intensive industry relying on fuel for the pick-up truck, to fertilizer for the crops, to generators to keep heaters on during the winter. Even a small increase in the operating costs for agriculture producers would have dire results. I support an all-of-the-above approach to our energy policy, focusing on job creation and innovation in the marketplace to conserve our resources for future generations. America needs to encourage research and exploration into all sources of energy - including solar, biofuels, clean coal technology, hydropower, wind, domestic oil exploration, and yes - nuclear energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Cap-And-Trade. 8 December 2009. "Madam Speaker, I rise to express my concerns about the rush of some of my colleagues that they seem to be in to enact cap-and-trade legislation. We are seeing serious doubts on the validity of the science which is driving this flawed policy. In fact, the EPA has formally declared greenhouse gas emissions as dangerous pollutants, an action which could prove costly to America's farms, ranches, and small businesses. At a time of double-digit unemployment, the last thing our country needs is a jobs-killing tax regime imposed on our family-run small businesses and agriculture producers. Agriculture is an energy-intensive industry, relying on fuel for the truck, fertilizer for the crops, and generators to keep heaters on during the winter." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Cap and Trade, New Regulations Will Hurt America. 19 May 2009. "Farmers and ranchers also might find themselves paying for what their livestock "produces" as well as their own increasing input costs thanks to overreaching government regulations. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared carbon dioxide, methane, and four other heat-trapping gases as pollutants. This action paves the way for the EPA to regulate anything and everything which emits carbon or other greenhouse gases - including livestock. This "cow tax" could have a devastating impact on agriculture producers, which is why I have called for a House Agriculture Committee hearing on the burdens on rural America these overreaching proposals will create." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Adrian Smith voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Adrian Smith voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adrian Smith. Preserving Our Second Amendment Right. 1 April 2011. "Democracy and freedom are cornerstones of our unique American heritage, and we must remain vigilant to ensure that our rights are protected. As a member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus as well as a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, I am committed to support legislation which protects the constitutional rights of all law-abiding, gun-owning Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Adrian Smith a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Adrian Smith in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Adrian Smith voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Access As Guaranteed by the Second Amendment. 1 May 2010. "Nebraskans have long held our rights close to our hearts - especially our Second Amendment right to bear arms. The Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to keep and bear arms; however, for too long this right has been denied to some Americans simply because of where they live. Law-abiding citizens who live in Chicago and Washington, D.C., have just as much right to protect themselves and their families as do Nebraskans, yet these two cities have such restrictive gun access laws it is tantamount to violating the Second Amendment. Residents across this country should be able to exercise their constitutional rights to protect themselves and their families." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. McDonald V. City of Chicago. 29 June 2010. "Mr. SMITH of Nebraska. Madam Speaker, yesterday the United States Supreme Court upheld a Federal appeals court ruling overturning a law prohibiting private citizens from possessing handguns in the City of Chicago. This is a momentous decision, and I commend the justices for protecting our right to gun ownership." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Preserving Our Second Amendment Rights. 1 April 2011. "Democracy and freedom are cornerstones of our unique American heritage, and we must remain vigilant to ensure that our rights are protected. As a member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus as well as a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, I am committed to support legislation which protects the constitutional rights of all law-abiding, gun-owning Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Calls On Supreme Court To Uphold Second Amendment. 24 November 2009. "A ruling the Second Amendment does not apply to the states and to their localities would not only jeopardize our individual right to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes, it would also be contrary to the legislative history of the Fourteenth Amendment, whose sponsors in the Reconstruction era clearly intended to protect the right to keep and bear arms against infringement by state and local governments. The Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to keep and bear arms, and for too long this right has been denied to some Americans simply because of where they live. Law abiding citizens who live in Chicago have just as much right to protect themselves and their families as do Nebraskans." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Hails Supreme Court Decision Overturning Gun Ban. 28 June 2010. "This is a momentous decision. I commend the justices for protecting all Americans' right to gun ownership, though the close margin of the decision underscores the necessity to remain vigilant. The Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees an individual's right to keep and bear arms; however, for too long this right has been denied to some Americans simply because of where they live." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Hails Supreme Court Decision. 26 June 2008. "The Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees an individual's right to keep and bear arms. As a member of the National Rifle Association and the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, I want to commend the justices for this decision protecting all Americans' right to gun ownership. Laws such as this one fly in the face of our heritage. As Americans, we have the right to defend ourselves and, under the Constitution, we are clearly guaranteed this right." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Votes to Restore D.C. Gun Rights. 17 September 2008. "'The Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to keep and bear arms, and for too long this right has been denied to the people living in our nation's capital,' Smith, a cosponsor of the legislation, said. 'Law abiding citizens who live in D.C. have just as much right to protect themselves and their families as do Nebraskans.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. The Second Amendment Should Apply to All Americans. 17 September 2008. "The Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to keep and bear arms, and for too long this right has been denied to the people living in our nation's capital. The Supreme Court in its ruling upheld American citizens' right to defend themselves, and no city or state has the right to take that right away. Crucially, the Court ruled a militia is in fact not a military, but made up of members of the citizenry itself who have a right to home and self-defense - a right which supersedes any attempt by a city or state to abrogate that right. The D.C. city council responded in July by passing a temporary measure allowing possession of unloaded and inoperable weapons in homes, but keeping intact numerous onerous regulations and the ban on semiautomatic weapons. I have long felt law abiding citizens who live in Washington D.C. have just as much right to protect themselves and their families as do Nebraskans." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Adrian Smith. Preserving Our Second Amendment Right. 1 April 2011. "Democracy and freedom are cornerstones of our unique American heritage, and we must remain vigilant to ensure that our rights are protected. As a member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus as well as a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, I am committed to support legislation which protects the constitutional rights of all law-abiding, gun-owning Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Adrian Smith a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Adrian Smith in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Adrian Smith voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Access As Guaranteed by the Second Amendment. 1 May 2010. "Nebraskans have long held our rights close to our hearts - especially our Second Amendment right to bear arms. The Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to keep and bear arms; however, for too long this right has been denied to some Americans simply because of where they live. Law-abiding citizens who live in Chicago and Washington, D.C., have just as much right to protect themselves and their families as do Nebraskans, yet these two cities have such restrictive gun access laws it is tantamount to violating the Second Amendment. Residents across this country should be able to exercise their constitutional rights to protect themselves and their families." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. McDonald V. City of Chicago. 29 June 2010. "Mr. SMITH of Nebraska. Madam Speaker, yesterday the United States Supreme Court upheld a Federal appeals court ruling overturning a law prohibiting private citizens from possessing handguns in the City of Chicago. This is a momentous decision, and I commend the justices for protecting our right to gun ownership." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Preserving Our Second Amendment Rights. 1 April 2011. "Democracy and freedom are cornerstones of our unique American heritage, and we must remain vigilant to ensure that our rights are protected. As a member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus as well as a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, I am committed to support legislation which protects the constitutional rights of all law-abiding, gun-owning Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Calls On Supreme Court To Uphold Second Amendment. 24 November 2009. "A ruling the Second Amendment does not apply to the states and to their localities would not only jeopardize our individual right to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes, it would also be contrary to the legislative history of the Fourteenth Amendment, whose sponsors in the Reconstruction era clearly intended to protect the right to keep and bear arms against infringement by state and local governments. The Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to keep and bear arms, and for too long this right has been denied to some Americans simply because of where they live. Law abiding citizens who live in Chicago have just as much right to protect themselves and their families as do Nebraskans." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Hails Supreme Court Decision Overturning Gun Ban. 28 June 2010. "This is a momentous decision. I commend the justices for protecting all Americans' right to gun ownership, though the close margin of the decision underscores the necessity to remain vigilant. The Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees an individual's right to keep and bear arms; however, for too long this right has been denied to some Americans simply because of where they live." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Hails Supreme Court Decision. 26 June 2008. "The Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees an individual's right to keep and bear arms. As a member of the National Rifle Association and the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, I want to commend the justices for this decision protecting all Americans' right to gun ownership. Laws such as this one fly in the face of our heritage. As Americans, we have the right to defend ourselves and, under the Constitution, we are clearly guaranteed this right." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Votes to Restore D.C. Gun Rights. 17 September 2008. "'The Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to keep and bear arms, and for too long this right has been denied to the people living in our nation's capital,' Smith, a cosponsor of the legislation, said. 'Law abiding citizens who live in D.C. have just as much right to protect themselves and their families as do Nebraskans.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. The Second Amendment Should Apply to All Americans. 17 September 2008. "The Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to keep and bear arms, and for too long this right has been denied to the people living in our nation's capital. The Supreme Court in its ruling upheld American citizens' right to defend themselves, and no city or state has the right to take that right away. Crucially, the Court ruled a militia is in fact not a military, but made up of members of the citizenry itself who have a right to home and self-defense - a right which supersedes any attempt by a city or state to abrogate that right. The D.C. city council responded in July by passing a temporary measure allowing possession of unloaded and inoperable weapons in homes, but keeping intact numerous onerous regulations and the ban on semiautomatic weapons. I have long felt law abiding citizens who live in Washington D.C. have just as much right to protect themselves and their families as do Nebraskans." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Adrian Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Nebraska State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adrian Smith. Smith Votes in Committee to Repeal 1099 Mandate. 9 February 2011. "'I am pleased we are taking action to move the repeal of this burdensome mandate forward. Of all the concerns with ObamaCare, nothing hits Nebraska's small businesses, family farms, and ranchers so immediately as this misguided provision,' Smith said after the Committee's mark-up. 'The 1099-nightmare punishes farmers, ranchers, and small business owners with higher administrative costs and more paper work which could lead to an increased risk of fraud and potentially more penalties from the IRS. Now, Congress must continue moving forward to eliminate this provision before it produces even more economic havoc, particularly for Nebraskans.'" (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Adrian Smith voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Applauds Decision Striking Down Health Care Law. 31 January 2011. "Nebraskans deserve the freedom to make their own health care decisions without the federal government interfering. Today's ruling is another step toward replacing this misguided law with reforms which reduce costs and increase access for Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Statement on Court Ruling Health Care Law Unconstitutional. 13 December 2010. "Americans should have the freedom to make their own health care insurance decisions without the federal government looking over their shoulders. Today's ruling is an important first step toward replacing ObamaCare with a commonsense, step-by-step approach to reform which lowers costs for families and small businesses without encroaching on our personal liberties," (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Statement on First Anniversary of Obamacare. 23 March 2011. "Since ObamaCare was signed into law one year ago, it has proved far different and even worse than anticipated. While the first anniversary of ObamaCare's enactment will come and go today, its damaging consequences will continue being felt until it is fully repealed and replaced. My colleagues and I remain committed to commonsense health care reforms which will lower costs and make quality health care more accessible for Nebraska's families, seniors, and small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Following Reagan's Lead on Regulation. 14 February 2011. "Job-crushing regulations are at an unprecedented high. For too long, Congress has failed to implement legislative oversight and allowed agencies to ignore its Constitutional authority. Particularly, legislation such as the health care overhaul and sweeping financial reform empowered executive branch bureaucrats to legislate like never before. Within nine months of ObamaCare's passage, for example, the administration added 6,123 pages of regulations. To put that figure in context, those pages would stretch the length of nearly 19 football fields!" (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Votes in Committee to Repeal 1099 Mandate. 9 February 2011. "'I am pleased we are taking action to move the repeal of this burdensome mandate forward. Of all the concerns with ObamaCare, nothing hits Nebraska's small businesses, family farms, and ranchers so immediately as this misguided provision,' Smith said after the Committee's mark-up. 'The 1099-nightmare punishes farmers, ranchers, and small business owners with higher administrative costs and more paper work which could lead to an increased risk of fraud and potentially more penalties from the IRS. Now, Congress must continue moving forward to eliminate this provision before it produces even more economic havoc, particularly for Nebraskans.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. The First Anniversary of Obamacare. 23 March 2011. "We were promised ObamaCare would reduce health care costs, but instead they have continued to rise. By increasing taxes, adding regulations and mandates, and creating more liabilities for insurance providers, health insurance costs will only grow even more rapidly than they have in the past. In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts the cost of health care insurance will rise by $2,100 per family by 2016. A year later it is clear ObamaCare failed to improve our health care system. Furthermore, it continues slowing economic recovery by expanding the size of government, burdening job creators, and skyrocketing the national debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. World-Herald Bureau: Midlands Congressmen Back Repeal. 19 January 2011. "We simply can't afford the billions of new spending contained in this misguided health care law, and our small businesses -- those very businesses we need to create jobs -- can't afford the new taxes. This is the first step to replace Obamacare with true health care reform which reduces costs and increases access for the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. After Two Years, Health Law Still Failing to Deliver. 23 March 2012. "Over the past two years, I have voted 26 times to repeal, dismantle, or defund this misguided law -- many times on a bipartisan basis. Just this past week, I joined colleagues from both sides of the aisle to repeal the health care law's Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB. This fifteen-member panel of unelected bureaucrats would have the power to limit access to medical treatments by reducing Medicare reimbursements for disfavored procedures to the point where physicians simply would no longer provide them. It is a classic case of government getting between patients and their doctors. I've also worked on a bipartisan basis in the House to repeal the unsustainable CLASS Act and to relieve businesses of the law's burdensome 1099 reporting requirement." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Adrian Smith voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Applauds Decision Striking Down Health Care Law. 31 January 2011. "Nebraskans deserve the freedom to make their own health care decisions without the federal government interfering. Today's ruling is another step toward replacing this misguided law with reforms which reduce costs and increase access for Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Statement on Court Ruling Health Care Law Unconstitutional. 13 December 2010. "Americans should have the freedom to make their own health care insurance decisions without the federal government looking over their shoulders. Today's ruling is an important first step toward replacing ObamaCare with a commonsense, step-by-step approach to reform which lowers costs for families and small businesses without encroaching on our personal liberties," (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Statement on First Anniversary of Obamacare. 23 March 2011. "Since ObamaCare was signed into law one year ago, it has proved far different and even worse than anticipated. While the first anniversary of ObamaCare's enactment will come and go today, its damaging consequences will continue being felt until it is fully repealed and replaced. My colleagues and I remain committed to commonsense health care reforms which will lower costs and make quality health care more accessible for Nebraska's families, seniors, and small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Following Reagan's Lead on Regulation. 14 February 2011. "Job-crushing regulations are at an unprecedented high. For too long, Congress has failed to implement legislative oversight and allowed agencies to ignore its Constitutional authority. Particularly, legislation such as the health care overhaul and sweeping financial reform empowered executive branch bureaucrats to legislate like never before. Within nine months of ObamaCare's passage, for example, the administration added 6,123 pages of regulations. To put that figure in context, those pages would stretch the length of nearly 19 football fields!" (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. The First Anniversary of Obamacare. 23 March 2011. "We were promised ObamaCare would reduce health care costs, but instead they have continued to rise. By increasing taxes, adding regulations and mandates, and creating more liabilities for insurance providers, health insurance costs will only grow even more rapidly than they have in the past. In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts the cost of health care insurance will rise by $2,100 per family by 2016. A year later it is clear ObamaCare failed to improve our health care system. Furthermore, it continues slowing economic recovery by expanding the size of government, burdening job creators, and skyrocketing the national debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. World-Herald Bureau: Midlands Congressmen Back Repeal. 19 January 2011. "We simply can't afford the billions of new spending contained in this misguided health care law, and our small businesses -- those very businesses we need to create jobs -- can't afford the new taxes. This is the first step to replace Obamacare with true health care reform which reduces costs and increases access for the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. After Two Years, Health Law Still Failing to Deliver. 23 March 2012. "Over the past two years, I have voted 26 times to repeal, dismantle, or defund this misguided law -- many times on a bipartisan basis. Just this past week, I joined colleagues from both sides of the aisle to repeal the health care law's Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB. This fifteen-member panel of unelected bureaucrats would have the power to limit access to medical treatments by reducing Medicare reimbursements for disfavored procedures to the point where physicians simply would no longer provide them. It is a classic case of government getting between patients and their doctors. I've also worked on a bipartisan basis in the House to repeal the unsustainable CLASS Act and to relieve businesses of the law's burdensome 1099 reporting requirement." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adrian Smith. Stemming the Tide of Illegal Immigration. 5 October 2010. "The American people deserve border security and comprehensive enforcement which does not provide amnesty for those who break the law. Instead of addressing an inclusive reform measure, the majority leadership in the Senate decided to play politics with legislation dedicated to funding our troops." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Adrian Smith voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Adrian Smith in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Adrian Smith in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 20 July 2011. "Illegal immigration is a serious threat to our nation's security and safety. Today, there may be as many as 20 million illegal immigrants in the United States. Entering our nation through our ports and borders to the north and south, illegal immigrants present a vexing problem for our nation. It is simple: we must maintain secure and firm control of our borders and our ports of entry. We must know who is entering our country and make sure those who would do us harm are caught, prosecuted and deported." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Votes Against Amnesty for Illegal Aliens. 8 December 2010. "While illegal immigration is a problem in need of an aggressive and comprehensive solution, the answer is not to legalize the illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States. This bill was never vetted through committee hearings and was forced to a vote during a lame duck session for purely political reasons. "Our nation was founded by immigrants who sought a better life for themselves and their families. This tradition shouldn't be diminished by awarding amnesty to those who break our laws," (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Stemming the Tide of Illegal Immigration. 5 October 2010. "The American people deserve border security and comprehensive enforcement which does not provide amnesty for those who break the law. Instead of addressing an inclusive reform measure, the majority leadership in the Senate decided to play politics with legislation dedicated to funding our troops." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Adrian Smith voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Adrian Smith in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Adrian Smith in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 20 July 2011. "Illegal immigration is a serious threat to our nation's security and safety. Today, there may be as many as 20 million illegal immigrants in the United States. Entering our nation through our ports and borders to the north and south, illegal immigrants present a vexing problem for our nation. It is simple: we must maintain secure and firm control of our borders and our ports of entry. We must know who is entering our country and make sure those who would do us harm are caught, prosecuted and deported." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Smith Votes Against Amnesty for Illegal Aliens. 8 December 2010. "While illegal immigration is a problem in need of an aggressive and comprehensive solution, the answer is not to legalize the illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States. This bill was never vetted through committee hearings and was forced to a vote during a lame duck session for purely political reasons. "Our nation was founded by immigrants who sought a better life for themselves and their families. This tradition shouldn't be diminished by awarding amnesty to those who break our laws," (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adrian Smith. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Adrian Smith voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Adrian Smith voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Adrian Smith voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Adrian Smith voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adrian Smith. The Need for Missile Defense. 6 October 2009. "It is an unfortunate reality: the world is a dangerous place. There are terrorist organizations and even entire countries which are enemies of freedom. It is our responsibility to provide an appropriate and timely defense against those who threaten our security, especially those who would use ballistic missile technology against America or our allies." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Statement on Osama Bin Laden's Death. 2 May 2011. "This event is justice for the loss of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans in the vicious attacks of September 11th. The credit belongs to the men and women in our military and intelligence agencies who never gave up, prevented further terrorist attacks on American soil, and kept the fight off our shores. However, we must remember the war on terrorism is not over, and we must remain vigilant as our troops continue the fight to destroy and disrupt terrorist networks which threaten our nation. May God bless and protect those who serve in harm's way." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. The Need for Missile Defense. 6 October 2009. "It is an unfortunate reality: the world is a dangerous place. There are terrorist organizations and even entire countries which are enemies of freedom. It is our responsibility to provide an appropriate and timely defense against those who threaten our security, especially those who would use ballistic missile technology against America or our allies." (votesmart.org)
  • Adrian Smith. Statement on Osama Bin Laden's Death. 2 May 2011. "This event is justice for the loss of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans in the vicious attacks of September 11th. The credit belongs to the men and women in our military and intelligence agencies who never gave up, prevented further terrorist attacks on American soil, and kept the fight off our shores. However, we must remember the war on terrorism is not over, and we must remain vigilant as our troops continue the fight to destroy and disrupt terrorist networks which threaten our nation. May God bless and protect those who serve in harm's way." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 30 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Adrian Smith supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 30 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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Nebraska State Legislative Election 2002 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.

Slightly Decrease Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Maintain Funding Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusc) Environment
Maintain Funding Statusd) Health care
Maintain Funding Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decreasei) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusk) Vehicle taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Undecidedm) Should Nebraska expand the sales tax on services?
Non) Should Internet sales be taxed?
o) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

Yesa) Do you support the current two term eight year limit for Nebraska governors?
Undecidedb) Do you support the current two term eight year limit for Nebraska state legislators?

c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

No1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Undecided4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Nog) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesh) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying, and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesi) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Nebraska are closed?
Noj) Do you support allowing Native American tribes to have casinos on reservations?
Nok) Do you support allowing video gaming machines in Nebraska?
Nol) Should Nebraska recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesm) Should Nebraska restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
n) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
c) Oppose the use of the death penalty in Nebraska.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
h) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xi) Support the .08 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
Xj) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
k) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xl) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
m) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
n) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
Xo) Require that sex offenders register with local police in every county where they live, work, or go to school.
p) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
c) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
d) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
e) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
f) Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase state funding to expand Head Start programs.
k) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
Xm) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.

a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children of low-income working families.
f) Prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.
g) Other or expanded principles

Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:

Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Undecidedc) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Undecidedd) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
Xb) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
c) Reduce the amount the state pays to pharmacies for filling Medicaid patients' prescriptions.
Xd) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
e) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
f) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied by their HMO.
g) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
h) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in Nebraska.
i) Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
j) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

Xa) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
b) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
e) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
Xg) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
i) Other or expanded principles
In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

Economic opportunity is vital to government. Without the driving forces of economic development, government has no ability to maintain the "safety net" that is important to citizens in need of government services. I hope to continue my efforts in the area of affordable housing and public safety. Economic development works best at the local level.