MORE THAN 50 HOUSE ARMED SERVICES, JUDICIARY & LGBT EQUALITY CAUCUS DEMOCRATS URGE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE & JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF TO NOT COMPLY WITH TRUMP’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL TRANSGENDER BAN

Washington, D.C. – More than 50 Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee, Judiciary Committee, and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus today wrote to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. to urge that they not comply with any unconstitutional directive to ban transgender individuals from serving in … READ MORE

Congressman Adam Smith’s Statement on Charlottesville, Virginia

This past weekend white supremacists rallied in Charlottesville, VA with a message of hatred, divisiveness and bigotry.  Counter protesters gathered in support of unity, solidarity and inclusion of all people.  Violence broke out culminating with a vehicle ramming into the crowd of counter protesters, which ended in the death of a young woman and several … READ MORE

Smith Statement in Support of Bipartisan Sanctions Legislation

Washington D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement following his vote in support of H.R. 3364, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act: “Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election in the United States were flagrant and unacceptable. Their meddling has not been confined simply to our borders –  as they carried out aggressive … READ MORE

Smith Statement on Trump Remarks and Politicization of the Military

Washington, DC – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) made the following statement about President Trump’s remarks to service members at the commissioning of the USS Ford urging members of the military to lobby Congress on his behalf:‎ “I condemn President Trump’s remarks. We need to be one-hundred percent clear that it is utterly beyond … READ MORE

Smith Statement on the Defense Department Delaying Transgender Enlistment

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) made the following statement about the decision to delay the date for transgender accessions to the military: “This decision to delay transgender accession to the military is unjustified and morally wrong. The Defense Department has already studied the issue extensively and found that … READ MORE

SMITH TO UNVEIL BILL TO BOOST ALLIED UNITY AND DETERRENCE AGAINST RUSSIAN AGGRESSION

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) will host a press conference unveiling the Fostering Unity Against Russian Aggression Act of 2017. The press conference will occur at 10:45am ET in room 2118 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Ranking Member Smith released the following embargoed statement on the … READ MORE

Smith Statement on Trump Administration Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement

“President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement is a disastrous move that undermines the most significant global climate change agreement to date. Either the President does not understand or simply does not care about the devastating impact global climate change will bring about. “As the world’s second-largest polluter, emitting fifteen percent of global emissions, but … READ MORE

Smith Statement on Nuclear Weapons Spending in Trump Budget

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’s budget fails to provide us with a realistic plan for modernizing the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal. Instead, he would continue to pour taxpayer dollars into an unnecessary and impractical $1.2 … READ MORE