LINCOLN - Adrian Smith believes last week's House Republican "Pledge to America" responds to the concerns of his constituents.
"We have listened to the American people, and we want what they want," Smith said during a Saturday morning conversation over coffee.
"We concentrate on fiscal issues, the heavy hand of government, constitutional challenges to the health care reform bill."
All the Bush tax cuts need to be extended the 3rd District congressman said.
"Now is not the time to raise taxes. That just shrinks the economy and shrinks job creation."
Democratic proposals for cap and trade and "removal of the secret ballot in the workplace" contribute to uncertainty for business and discourage investment and economic growth, Smith said.
"Employers in my district say business is not so bad, but they're not adding employees because of the uncertainty.
"Optimally," he said, "it would be best to repeal ‘Obama-care,'" which Smith described as government overreach into health care that adds to business uncertainty.
Specific concerns of his constituents?
Revision of the federal estate tax, Smith said, and "the EPA's reach of power," dramatized most recently by discussion of strengthening environmental regulation of dust.