The 8th Congressional District is suffering from the lack of effective representation in Congress. Jason Smith ranks last in effectiveness of all our federal elected officials according to an analysis by the Center for Effective Lawmaking of the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University.
They calculate a Legislative Effectiveness Score for each legislator. For Missouri the top score is 1.722 and Jason has the lowest score: 0.179! A score below 0.5 is “Below Expectations.” (see https://thelawmakers.org/find-representatives for more details.) If you believe what you read in Jason's promotional emails his ineffectiveness may be surprising. In his recent email these are some of his misleading statements: "Washington Democrats' tax hike and social spending bill will increase IRS enforcement on lower- and middle-class Americans, according to the Congressional Budget Office. "The Congressional Budget Office – Congress’s nonpartisan scorekeeper – confirmed to me that Washington Democrats’ Inflation Act, which supercharges the IRS with 87,000 new agents, will lead to more audits and enforcement measures on families making less than $400,000.”
Neither statement is true. Forbes magazine published an interview of a tax expert who makes it clear: “... the Biden administration and its officials have gone through extreme lengths to emphasize that they're not going to increase audits on those earning less than $400,000...”
Another misleading statement: “... a $745 billion spending bill packed full of handouts for the wealthy and big corporations.” This from a politician who works for the wealthy. Look at Jason's voting record. Look at who funds Jason. That is who he represents. There is nothing in the Inflation Reduction Act that calls for handouts for the wealthy. There is a statement that tax rates will not increase, but enforcement will increase for those earning over $400,000.
The effect on the Federal Budget will be positive. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released a final score of the Inflation Reduction Act, finding it would reduce deficits by $238 billion over a decade.
From: http://politicsthatwork. com/voting-record/Jason-Smith-412596 Summary of voting record: Representative Smith opposes taxing businesses, consumer protection, funding education, environmental protection, financial sector regulation, gun control, public health, foreign and humanitarian aid, humane immigration policy, labor rights and wages, LGBT rights, avoiding default, poverty amelioration, racial equality, increasing revenues, taxing the wealthy, countering Russian interference, a robust safety net, higher spending, women's rights and supports big business, hawkish foreign policy, taxing the middle class, military spending, domestic surveillance.
Willow Springs, Mo.