Representatives Smith and Jayapal Introduce Legislation to Reform Deeply Flawed Immigration Detention System

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) introduced theDignity for Detained Immigrants Act, legislation to reform the systemic problems in our immigration detention system. Our current system is inhumane, unjust, and driven by private, for-profit corporations like The GEO Group, which operates the Northwest Detention Center located in Tacoma, … READ MORE

Smith Statement on Racial Slurs at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) made the following statement about this week’s incident regarding racial slurs at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School: “The Air Force needs to investigate this incident thoroughly and take appropriate action. There is no place in the military for these kinds of acts. Incidents like these, … READ MORE

Smith Statement on President Trump’s Inadequate Disaster Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) made the following statement about President Trump’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico: “The Trump administration’s response to the destruction in Puerto Rico has been wholly inadequate. A territory of 3.5 million American citizens is almost completely without power, water, food, and telephone … READ MORE

Congressman Smith Reintroduces Bill to Improve Freight Infrastructure & Transportation

Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman Smith reintroduced the Freight Infrastructure Reinvestment Act, a bill that will support improvements to infrastructure and transportation throughout our national freight mobility network: “Freight infrastructure is critical to our future growth and competitiveness,” said Congressman Smith. “Investments in our freight transportation system support our continued economic development by expanding our capacity to … READ MORE

Congressman Smith Statement in Support of DACA

“Ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is irresponsible and contradicts who we are as Americans. DACA provides deportation relief to almost 800,000 immigrants, nearly 18,000 of who live in Washington state. These immigrant youth, known as DREAMers, represent a generation of immigrants who were brought to our country as children, through no … READ MORE

Smith Statement on Trump Expansion of Program Giving Surplus Military Equipment to Law Enforcement Agencies

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

Armed Services Ranking Member Smith Statement on Trump Transgender Ban

Washington, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) made the following statement about President Trump’s order on transgender military service: “This Presidential order is a cravenly opportunistic act of discrimination against men and women who volunteer to defend the United States. “President Trump has no credible information suggesting that transgender service undermines military … READ MORE

Smith Statement on Trump’s Lack of a Plan for Afghanistan

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement about President Trump’s announcement on the U.S. strategy for Afghanistan: “This is not a plan. The President has announced that he is committing to an open-ended war effort in Afghanistan without clearly explaining to the American people or the service … READ MORE

Congressman Smith Disavows President Trump’s Racist Statements

Congressman Smith Disavows President Trump’s Racist Statements “This week, the President has doubled down on his divisive and bigoted language. The renewed prejudice on display during his deranged press conference is further proof that Trump is morally unqualified for any elected leadership position, much less the position of President. “There is no debate, white supremacy … READ MORE

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