Washington, D.C. – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) made the following statement about President Trump’s announced expansion of surplus military equipment transfers to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies under the 1033 program: “This is a dangerous decision. After a careful interagency review, the Obama administration halted the provision of surplus armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade … 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.
It is also imperative that we provide our military personnel with quality housing and healthcare benefits, competitive pay, and support for military spouses and their families. For our veterans and their families who have faithfully served our nation, I am dedicated to resolve the two most inequitable policies affecting these individuals: providing full concurrent receipt of retirement pay and disability benefits, and repealing the widow’s tax. In addition, I am working to ensure that the VA remains capable of delivering quality healthcare that is capable of serving the unique needs of the veteran population. This includes ensuring that the VA is able to meet the demands of our newest veterans, those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Adam’s work on National Security:
- 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