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 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

Smith Statement on Defense Budget Request

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 has not done his duty to the public in assembling this defense budget request. “Even though his request would violate the Budget Control Act, the President has presented no plan … READ MORE

Ranking Member Smith Statement on Passage of the FY 2017 NDAA

Washington, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) made the following statement on passage of the FY 2017 NDAA conference report:  “This bill makes a valuable contribution to our country’s national security. While it does not contain everything we could have hoped for, the bill includes a number of positive improvements … READ MORE

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Politico Pro Q&A with Congressman Adam Smith

By Connor O’Brien and Jeremy Herb Rep. Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, has long criticized his colleagues for failing to make hard choices in the Pentagon’s budget. The 10-term congressman from Washington state voted against the National Defense Authorization Act in May, hitting Republicans for shortchanging the Pentagon’s war … READ MORE