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 Trump Summit With President Putin

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Armed Services Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement about President Trump’s meeting with President Vladimir Putin: “We should all be gravely concerned about whatever discussions President Trump has had with President Putin behind closed doors. At every turn of his trip to Europe, President Trump has followed a … READ MORE

ICYMI: Smith Statement on Transgender Military Service

Washington, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement about President Trump’s policy on transgender military service: “President Trump’s decision to ban transgender military service is vicious, inhumane, and utterly wrong. There are scores of transgender men and women serving in the military right now, under a policy that had already … READ MORE

Smith Statement on FY 2019 Budget Request

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement about the President’s FY 2019 budget request: “It is essential that we provide the Department of Defense with stable, coherent budgets that enable our military to defend the United States and our allies in a complex threat environment. I … READ MORE

Smith Statement on the Nuclear Posture Review

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement about the Nuclear Posture Review: “I am deeply concerned that President Trump’s draft Nuclear Posture Review calls for an expansion of America’s currently unaffordable $1.2 trillion plan to upgrade our nuclear weapons enterprise with even more new nuclear weapon … 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

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 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