July 23, 2014

Cong. Smith says the “pressure is on” to stop bickering, do something

Cong. Smith addresses high school students during this week’s visit to Crofton

Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith says he knows many important issues are waiting for members of Congress when they return to Washington after next month’s election.

Smith, a Republican, says several key deadlines are looming.

“The pressure is on,” Smith says. “It’s not just the farm bill, it’s not just this fiscal cliff or the culmination there of, there are things we cannot control. There are things we can control and it’s up to us to take advantage of this opportunity to control those things which we can.”

Smith says the voters can be a big influence in how issues like tax increases are decided.

“There is huge incentive for coming together and reducing the bickering,” Smith says. “A good debate is what the American people want and expect and deserve. The bickering is what gets in the way.”

Smith says during the current break, he’s hearing a lot about one federal agency in particular, the Environmental Protection Agency. He says the “runaway EPA” and its intervention in agricultural operations is limiting opportunity in Nebraska.

By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton