Smith Statement on Resignation of Attorney General Sessions

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

Smith Leads House Democrats in Demanding Answers on Trump Border Deployment

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), and 104 other House Democrats sent a letter calling on Secretary Mattis … READ MORE

Statement on Trump Plan to Send Additional Troops to the Border

Washington, D.C. – House Armed Services Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement about President Trump’s announcement that he plans to send 800 additional U.S. troops to the border: “The President’s announcement that he will send more troops to the border is fundamentally wrong and a political act at a time when leadership is … READ MORE

Smith Statement on Murder of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

“After 17 days, the Saudis have finally come forward admitting Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed. Their claim that ‘quarrels and an altercation’ resulted in his death is a pitiful cover up. If this was just a fist fight gone wrong, why did the Saudis say the next day that Khashoggi had left the consulate? … READ MORE

Smith Introduces Bill to Support Individuals Receiving Education and Workforce Training

Washington, D.C. – On October 5,2018, Congressman Adam Smith introduced the Empowering Individuals to Succeed Through Education and Workforce Training Act. This legislation would establish a new grant program under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), dedicated exclusively to providing support services for individuals receiving workforce training and education. For too many individuals, the barriers … READ MORE

Smith Blasts Trump Administration Proposal to Export Coal and Gas from West Coast Military Bases

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement in response to reports that the Trump Administration is considering using West Coast military installations and federal properties to export coal and natural gas: “I am extremely concerned with reports that the Trump administration may be considering the use of military bases to ship coal and gas. … READ MORE

Smith Introduces Legislation to Make Social Security More Equitable for Retirees

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adam Smith introduced the Social Security Equity Act, legislation to provide relief to some of those workers and retirees who see their Social Security benefits reduced because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). The Social Security Equity Act helps to keep many workers and retirees from experiencing benefit cuts due to … READ MORE

Congressman Smith Introduces Legislation to Pay Congressional Interns

Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman Adam Smith introduced the House Intern Pay Act, legislation to set aside funds so that interns in each congressional office can be paid. “Paid internships help to provide equality of opportunity for all and ensure Congressional offices in Washington, D.C. and local district offices benefit from a strong diversity … READ MORE

Ranking Member Smith Secures Critical Nuclear Safety and Whistleblower Protection Provisions in National Defense Authorization Act

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), the Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Committee, today announced the inclusion of a package of provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will provide critical support for the U.S. Department of Energy’s ongoing cleanup mission at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state.   “It is … READ MORE

Smith Leads Colleagues in Passing Yemen Reforms

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Smith, Khanna, O’Rourke, and Pocan made the following statements about major provisions on Yemen that House Armed Services Committee Democrats negotiated into the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA.) The bill passed the House today by a vote of 359-54. “There is a terrible humanitarian crisis occurring in … READ MORE