Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID relief package is a textbook example of excessive spending. With $4 trillion already appropriated and $1 trillion yet to be spent, their package would bring us to $6 trillion total since the pandemic began, a cost of $17,000 to every American. The Democrats’ unwillingness to use the $1 trillion already appropriated shows how they plan on running up the tab on hardworking Americans without caring about the strain it would put on them. Congressman Smith is committed to taking a stand against this wasteful spending.
To allow families greater flexibility for K-12 education expenses, Rep. Smith partnered with Senator Ted Cruz and introduced the Student Empowerment Act. This would allow for 529 tax-free college savings to be expanded to include the use of tuition, books, fees and exams related to college admissions, and educational therapy for kids with disabilities, adding even greater flexibility and choice for the education of our children. By allowing parents, who know what’s best for their children, to be more flexible with their 529 we enable families to better handle unexpected expenses that come with raising a family and give them even more educational freedom.
Congressman Smith will lead the charge for Republicans in the Budget Committee against uncapped spending, growing debt, and higher taxes. While Democrats have firmly cemented themselves as the party of the elite, Rep. Smith plans to focus on the working class and the security of our communities by rejecting the radical left’s desire to defund the police and committing to fully funding our law enforcement. By being aggressive in pushing back against socialist policies and spending, Congressman Smith will fight to ensure American families, workers, and small businesses keep more of their hard-earned money.
With 95,000 farms operating 27 million acres across Missouri, farming is more than our main economic driver, it’s a way of life that many of our communities are built around. Missouri has been feeding America for generations and Jason Smith is honored to fight for one of the most agriculturally diverse areas in our nation. As a 7th generation Missourian and family farm owner himself, Rep. Smith takes looking out for Missouri farmers personally. He’s proud to be endorsed by Missouri Farm Bureau because championing ag friendly policies that get Washington bureaucrats off of farmers’ backs and being a voice for those farmers and ranchers is something that benefits families across America.
For the 2020 Presidential election, the left wants universal mail-in balloting to replace in-person voting. Large scale universal mail-in voting would leave our elections vulnerable to fraud, ballot harvesting, and illegitimate votes. To combat this, Congressman Smith introduced a policy that would require every state considering this to first verify that it was only mailing ballots to eligible and registered voters. A basic and straightforward idea that has been blocked for consideration by Speaker Pelosi.
Rural hospitals are not only a place where our communities go for care but also can often be the only option for critical services within hundreds of miles. With COVID presenting new challenges for these hospitals, many in rural areas are now feeling the pressure to close. Because of this, Congressman Smith proposed that the Health and Human Services Department should take all steps necessary to financially assist rural hospitals experiencing extreme debt, hardships, or the possibility of closure.
Armed service members should not have their 2nd amendment rights jeopardized simply because they decide to enlist for our country. Congressman Smith introduced legislation allowing members of our armed forces to renew their concealed carry permit by mail after a southern Missouri resident notified him that he would need to leave his station and renew in person. Armed service members should never face discrimination, unnecessary red tape, or any other impediment to their lawful right to carry.
In response to the politically motivated charging of the McCloskey family in St. Louis, Congressman Smith introduced the American Family and Private Property Defense Act. As an original author of the Missouri Castle Doctrine, Rep. Smith understands how the law must stand on the side of you justly protecting your family and property. His bill would prevent law-abiding citizens from being railroaded by a rogue prosecutor like the McCloskey family is.
Missourians do not need Washington bureaucrats spending their hard-earned dollars for them. It is your money and you should get to keep it. You know best how to invest for your family’s future, not the government. Rep Smith was recently awarded the Taxpayers’ Friend Award” for having one of the strongest voting records in Congress supporting limited government, economic freedom, and fighting middle-class tax increases. Rep. Smith was the only Congressional Member of the Missouri delegation to be recognized with the award.
Farmers across Missouri have suffered during the pandemic shutdown. Rep. Smith followed President Trump’s example in leading his colleagues in the Ways and Means committee to hold China accountable for the agricultural purchase commitments made in the Phase One trade deal.