Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), as they are currently being discussed, do not do enough to protect workers and the environment at home and abroad. The biggest problem facing our economy is a vanishing middle class. Corporations are incentivized to value customers, shareholders, and executives over their workers resulting in less take home pay and benefits.
Today, Ranking Member Adam Smith spoke on the House Floor during debate on the National Defense Authorization Act in support of granting DREAMers legal status through service in the military. "The least our country can do for someone who is willing to fight and potentially die on our behalf is to give them legal status and treat them as the Americans they truly are," said Smith.
Congressman Adam Smith reintroduced the Accountability in Immigration Detention Act, legislation that would create enforceable standards and improve conditions at immigration detention centers while encouraging alternatives to detention and the repeal of the detention bed mandate. Over a year after hunger strikes at the NWDC protesting conditions, detainees at the facility report that they continue to experience unfair, unjust, and inhumane treatment.
House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith offered an amendment during markup of the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act designed to ensure equal benefits for all military spouses and equal standing for all military families. This change will require the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs to recognize any marriage that has been recognized by a state or the District of Columbia and provide the same benefits to the spouses of all service members.
Every year, Members of Congress are allowed to display one piece of artwork by a high school student from their district in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Congressman Smith is once again holding an judged art competition for students in the 9th Congressional District. Click the image to the left for more information.
Congressman Adam Smith will host a Town Hall on March 7, 2015 at Bellevue College. Congressman Smith is looking forward to meeting with constituents and hearing all questions and concerns. For a listing of all upcoming town halls, please visit the Events page on the website.