BROKEN BOW—From energy production to health insurance, Custer County residents have concerns and questions on their minds. Constituents of Nebraska’s third congressional district gathered at the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday afternoon to meet with Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE).
Questions from the audience varied on topics such as national tariffs, corporate tax rates, and human resources. Congressman Smith said approximately 42 million Americans are on food stamps, but in Nebraska he hears concerns regarding a lack of employees.
“One of the most common concerns I hear across the third district as I travel and meet with folks all across the district is they need employees. The need workers to fill open positions,” Smith said.
Member of the local business community expressed concerns regarding health insurance in Nebraska. Congressman Smith said he knows there is pain across the country and hopes representatives in Washington can give Americans more choices.
“If someone only goes and gets a job because of health insurance—we can do better than that,” Smith said. “We need to foster environment where consumers have more choices.”
Other concerns from the crowd of 15 people included tariffs, cow/calf country of origin voluntary labels, corporate tax rates, and net neutrality.
“I just think we need to be very cautious about new regulations that can tend to backfire,” Smith said.
Congressman Smith will be at the Cherry County Courthouse in Valentine on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.