Smith discusses Heineman decision, Farm Bill

Third District Congressman Adrian Smith says he was not surprised by Governor Heineman's decision not to run for the U.S. Senate but is disappointed he does not seem to have much interest in being a legislator in Washington.

One of the reasons Heineman indicated he decided not to run for the Senate was the gridlock in Washington and the time it takes to get anything accomplished. Smith said even with that frustration, he thought Heineman might still decide to run and become part of what Smith believes is a solid Nebraska Congressional delegation.

Smith believes the five menber Nebraska delegation, between the members of both the House and Senate, work together better than most delegations in Washington.

On another subject, Smith says progress is being made on the Farm Bill. Smith told KNEB News during an appearance on our "News Extra" program Monday that it appears the House, where a bill was moved out of committee last week, is in better shape to pass a long-term Farm Bill than they were last year.

The Senate is already debating the bill on the floor, and Smith says when Congress allows the process to work and move along in a timely fashion, that's when things actually get accomplished.

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