Representative Adrian 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 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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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.

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  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (
  • "Defending the sanctity of all human life is essential to defending freedom, and I remain committed to advancing legislation which promotes a culture of life." (

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  • "A plan which simplifies the code would allow us to lower rates and reduce the massive cost of compliance, which would benefit our entire economy." (
  • "I do not believe raising taxes is a solution to our budget crisis." (
  • Signed a pledge stating "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses." (

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  • "When criminal sentences do not make sense to those handing them down, we know we must take a closer look at the situation." (

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  • "In order to grow the economy and create jobs we have to get government out of the way." (
  • "A more limited federal role would be easier to manage and to hold accountable for abuse. A balanced budget amendment would force prioritized spending and stop adding to the debt we will leave to future generations." (
  • "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." (

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  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" (
  • "In order to foster economic growth, uncertainty must be removed from the marketplace by cutting spending and removing the threat of new taxes and regulation." (
  • "To truly get our economy working again, Washington must not raid the pocketbooks of the very individuals we need to take risks, start and grow businesses, and create jobs." (

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  • "I have always believed that decisions about educating our children should be made by parents, local school boards and educators – not bureaucrats in Washington." (

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  • "[…] this project which would encourage American energy, create thousands of jobs, and according to the President’s own State Department would not have a significant environmental impact." (
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (

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  • "We must pursue an all-of-the-above energy policy, which includes ethanol and other renewable fuels, by reducing red tape and encouraging innovation in the energy marketplace." (
  • "I support utilizing all of America's vast energy resources to ensure a diverse, reliable, and affordable power supply." (

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  • "Federal regulations often do more harm than good. Executive agencies abuse vague legislation to issue rules, without the consent of Congress and without consideration to their impact on our lives, jobs, or the economy as a whole." (
  • "As a candidate for President in 2008, then-Senator Obama predicted his plan to cap carbon emissions would make energy prices 'skyrocket' for consumers. Today, the President's EPA, without the consent of Congress, is imposing new rules which would make this prediction a reality. "The costs of retrofitting power plants and the increased costs of producing electricity will be disastrous for manufacturing, agriculture, and especially for low- and middle-income Americans who can least afford huge increases in their electric bills." (
  • "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." (

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  • "We all share the goal of reduced violence, but arbitrary gun restrictions do not address the root causes of the problem and only punish law-abiding citizens." (
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association (
  • "As a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, I will continue working in the House to preserve the constitutional freedoms of all law-abiding Americans." (

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  • "We must replace the President’s failed legislation with consumer-based solutions which reduce costs and empower patients to make their own health care choices." (
  • "I believe we must repeal Obamacare and pursue market-based reforms." (
  • "Our budget calls for a full repeal of Obamacare's taxes and mandates, and provides structural reforms to programs such as Medicare and Social Security." (
  • Voted in favor of H. R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (

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  • "Congress should require the deportation of illegal immigrants." (
  • "I support efforts to eliminate incentives which promote illegal immigration, and I will continue to fight against proposals which undermine our immigration laws and reward illegal actions." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (

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  • "On the issue of gay marriage, a spokesman for Rep. Adrian Smith said simply that the congressman supports 'traditional marriage.'" (
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign (

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  • "After months of delay and an outpouring of concern by the American people, President Obama has announced his strategy for combatting ISIS. I appreciate the President's building of a broad international coalition for this effort, and his willingness to use airstrikes to attack ISIS in both Iraq and Syria. Increased efforts to stop the financing of this group and to unravel their network of support are also appropriate." (

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  • Star Herald "Regarding the current status of the Social Security system, Smith said he wants to see it last a long time and emphasized that the program was never intended to be a retirement program." (
  • "Many Nebraskans depend on the Social Security and Medicare benefits they have earned by paying into these programs throughout their careers. Many more are planning on these benefits being in place as part of their retirement savings. However, both of these programs are unsustainable on their current path." (


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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.

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