Smith Statement on Defense Budget Request

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) made the following statement about the President’s defense budget request: “President Trump has not done his duty to the public in assembling this defense budget request. “Even though his request would violate the Budget Control Act, the President has presented no plan … READ MORE

Smith Statement on Republican Plan to Replace the Affordable Care Act

Washington D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement in response to the Republican’s hastily introduced health bill:   “I am strongly opposed to the Republican plan to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ‘Obamacare.’ This legislation, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), introduced earlier this month, … READ MORE

Smith Reaction To Senate Blocking Legislation To Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision

Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement after the Senate Republicans blocked the Protect Women From Corporate Interference Act:“I am disappointed that Senate Republicans blocked a vote on the Protect Women From Corporate Interference Act today, which would reverse the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.  The Hobby Lobby ruling set a very dangerous precedent … READ MORE

Smith Statement On Humanitarian Crisis At The Border

There is a common misperception that the arrival of unaccompanied minors from Central America to the United States is an immigration problem and a failure of enforcement at our borders. It is not.  It is a humanitarian crisis. Our government has the responsibility to reflect our country’s values by treating these children in a humane … READ MORE

Huffington Post Op-ed Piece On Smith’s Plan to Close GTMO

“It is time to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO). Until it is closed, it will remain a symbol of attempts to avoid the rule of law. While the detainees are treated humanely and in a manner consistent with international law, al-Qaeda continues to evoke GTMO when rallying extremists to its cause. … READ MORE

Ranking Member Adam Smith Offers To Plan To Close GTMO

DETAINEE PROVISIONS IN NDAA PROVOKE VETO THREAT FROM WHITE HOUSE Washington D.C. – As the House considers the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (FY2015 NDAA), House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith will offer an amendment designed to provide an effective strategy to close the detention facility located at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO).  … READ MORE

Smith Seeks To Prevent Indefinite Detention, Strengthens Federal Courts

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member, Congressman Adam Smith, will offer an amendment (text) to the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act designed to uphold our national values by promoting due process and bolstering civil protections while enhancing public safety and security. “As we confront threats from violent extremist groups around the world, it is … READ MORE

Congressman Smith Introduces Legislation To Improve Standards, Conditions At Detention Centers

Today, Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) introduced the Accountability in Immigration Detention Act, legislation that aims to improve standards and living conditions in detention centers across the country.  This comes after detainees in Tacoma went on a nearly two-month hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) over access to nutritious food, isolation practices, treatment by … READ MORE

Smith Statement On Passing Of Billy Frank Jr.

Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement recognizing the life and legacy of Billy Frank, Jr:  “Our state lost a great leader today when Billy Frank Jr. passed away.  Billy never stopped fighting for the rights of Washington State’s native people and the health of our natural resources. His life and legacy of work will … READ MORE

Smith Statement on Equal Pay Day

Congressman Smith released the following statement in recognition of Equal Pay Day:“Equal Pay Day serves as a reminder of the discrimination that women face in the workplace. Over 50 years ago the Equal Pay Act became law, but women in the United States still face a significant pay gap. Women make up half of the … READ MORE