Smith Statement on Army Secretary Nominee

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) made the following statement about nominee for Secretary of the Army Mark Green: “I am deeply offended by the discriminatory comments that Mark Green, the nominee for Secretary of the Army, has expressed and I condemn them. They are not acceptable positions … READ MORE

Smith Statement on the Defense Department’s New Policy on Transgender Servicemembers

Washington, DC- Today, Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA), the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Defense Department’s newly announced policy on transgender servicemembers: “This policy is an important step toward ensuring that our military is strong and inclusive. It will protect the rights of transgender individuals who already … READ MORE

Smith Announces Opposition to FY2017 NDAA

Washington, DC – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith made the following statement indicating his opposition to the FY 2017 NDAA: “I have been extremely concerned about this bill’s attempt to take $18 billion from Overseas Contingency Operations, setting up a funding cliff that puts our men and women in the field … READ MORE

Smith Statement on Republican NDAA Provision Attacking LGBT Rights

Washington D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement about the Russell amendment attacking LGBT rights that was included in the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. During mark-up of the NDAA in committee, Democrats fought against efforts to expand religious organizations’ ability to conduct ‘taxpayer funded discrimination’ against LGBT individuals, women, and other … READ MORE

Congressman Smith Advocates for Equality and Justice for LGBT Americans

  The June 26th Obergefell v. Hodges decision by the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) was a victory for justice and equality. Ensuring marriage equality for all Americans regardless of who they love strengthens families, communities, and our nation as a whole. Despite the positive move forward with the Supreme Court’s ruling, significant work remains to ensure equal … READ MORE

Congressman Smith’s Statement on Supreme Court’s Ruling on Marriage Equality

  Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges: Friday’s decision by the Supreme Court is a victory for justice and equality. Ensuring marriage equality for all Americans regardless of who they love strengthens families, communities, and our nation as a whole. I stand with the … READ MORE