Washington D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement in response to the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “As Attorney General, Jeff Sessions actively undermined voting rights and civil rights. Sessions has a horrific record when it comes to protecting the individual rights of American citizens, and I expressed my serious concerns with him at … READ MORE
Today, the actions of rogue states and groups that promote violent ideologies pose the most significant threat to our national security. In my role as the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have been working to ensure that our defense posture is capable of meeting the threats of today, as well as tomorrow. I am committed to crafting defense policies that safeguards our nation in a forward-thinking, effective manner.
While it is important to devote an adequate level of military resources to confront changing security threats posed by ISIS and more traditional state-based adversaries, we must also coordinate our military efforts with the strength of our diplomatic and civilian agencies. In the 21st century, the various components of the United States’ foreign policy must be part of a cooperative agenda such that our short-term security objectives are balanced by our long-term development goals.
It is also important that the men and women of our Armed forces receive the support and training they need to perform their missions. In my nearly two decades of experience on the House Armed Services Committee, I have been working diligently to ensure that our military personnel have the best equipment and resources to confront the threats they face today, and in the future. In a time when the Pentagon is looking for ways to reduce costs, we must carefully evaluate our policies to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and effectively, so that we might maintain a qualitative military advantage.
Adam’s work on National Security:
- Committed to going after military waste and changing the AUMF to reduce the reach of the U.S. military in the world.
- Believes that the United States is engaged in too many places throughout the world without Congressional approval, which is unacceptable.
- We rely too much on the military in our national security and we must go after wasteful spending
- Introduced and secured passage of The Veterans to Work Pilot Program Act, which expanded job opportunities for veterans.
- Secured key funds for Puget Sound area defense projects, such as $1.6 million for critical trauma training for military medical personnel, $2 million to develop and test a new malaria vaccine for the military and critical funding for local schools serving the children of military families.
- Supported record funding increases for the Department of Veterans Affairs and a provision to provide advanced appropriations for veterans healthcare to ensure a timely and predictable funding stream
- Ranking Member of House Armed Services Committee, overseeing the:
- Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
- Subcommittee on Military Personnel
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
- Subcommittee on Readiness
- Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
- Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
- Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities