Joe Biden’s cries for unity clash with the heavily partisan government overreach his party has championed since he took office. Just as they did with the $1.9 trillion blue state bail-out package, the Democrats are considering cutting out Republicans and the voices of millions of working-class Americans by using reconciliation to pass their so-called “infrastructure” bill. In bypassing half of the legislature, they wish to avoid debate and transparency all to pass their radical bill that will exert greater Washington command over the lives and livelihoods of the American people.
Biden’s COVID Package is nothing more than a liberal slush fund designed to bail out his allies in blue states. This package was not about crushing the virus, only 9% of funds go towards direct payments to Americans, distributing vaccines, and getting shots in arms. Nor was it about providing immediate relief to the American people because half the money allocated will not be spent until after 2022. With over $1 trillion still unspent from the previous COVID packages, this was the wrong plan at the wrong time.
The Death Tax is a callous and greedy penalty on those grieving the loss of a family member, one that particularly targets farms that are transferred from generation to generation. Many cash-strapped farmers and ranchers are forced to liquidate equipment and other assets to fulfill the burden the federal government places upon them. Americans who work their whole lives to pass on benefits to their loved ones shouldn’t have to worry about big government swooping in to take what they can. To combat this greed, Rep. Smith introduced the Death Tax Repeal Act along with Senator John Thune and Rep. Sanford Bishop which would strike this unjust tax code from the law.
Communities across Missouri thrive when small businesses have more money to invest, hire, and grow. To ease the burden felt by Main Street and the working class, Rep. Smith partnered with colleagues and introduced legislation to cut small business taxes so D.C. bureaucrats aren’t telling these businesses how to spend their money. This bill, the Main Street Tax Certainty Act, levels the playing field for family-owned businesses and puts more working-class Americans back to work.
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.