Congressman Adam Smith

Representing the 9th District of Washington

America's Workers

I firmly believe that America has the hardest working, most talented, and best educated workforce in the world. Our country has been successful because of our excellent workforce, and it will continue to thrive as a result. This is also why I am confident that, moving forward, we will maintain the highest standard of living in the world. Throughout my career, I have consistently fought to safeguard critical worker rights to protect our strong workforce. 

The ability to organize and collectively bargain for benefits was one of the most important advances in American labor law and has been a major contributor to our historically robust middle class.  As the son of a union baggage handler at SeaTac airport, I understand how important labor unions are in the lives of American workers and their families. I have consistently supported workers’ rights during my time in Congress, and will continue to support legislation that protects living wage jobs, lowers health care costs, and ensures that Americans have a safety net to make a better life for themselves and their families.

  • Fighting to close the gender wage gap. Despite many transformative changes in our economy, American women still earn less than their male counterparts. I am a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would limit differences in pay to factors of education, training or experience. The bill also requires collection of data to ensure that the gender wage gap is erased with punitive damages possible for any future discrimination.
  • It’s time to give working Americans a raise, which is why I support the Raise the Wage Act. Over the years, American wages have stagnated while worker productivity has gone up. This is fundamentally unfair. This legislation would raise the minimum wage to $15/hour nationally, a $7.75 increase over the current rate, which has gone untouched since 2009.
  • We must prepare our young people for the economy of today, and tomorrow. Recognizing that many job opportunities are in the STEM fields, I support legislation that provides relevant STEM education opportunities to high school students. The Youth Access to American Jobs Act encourages students to enroll in a course of study related to the manufacturing field at their community college, or enroll, for a two-year period, in their state’s apprenticeship program after graduating from secondary school. Students are also encouraged to enroll in the joint-labor management training program upon receiving an associate's degree from their community college. We must provide our students with an education that actually prepares them for a career.
  • Support our working families with paid parental leave. I recognize the difficulties that many Americans face when balancing their career and family life. I have been a strong supporter of the Paid Parental Leave Act, which allows federal employees to substitute any available paid leave for any leave without pay available for the birth of a child, or placement of a child with the employee for either adoption or foster care. This bill directs the Office of Personnel Management to increase the amount of paid parental leave available to a total of 12 administrative workweeks. I am also a cosponsor of the FAMILY Act, which would create a national paid family and medical leave program.

I understand and strongly empathize with the financial challenges that many Americans face.  I am working hard in Congress to support policies that will help to get our economy back on track and create good-paying jobs here in America.  I take the need for economic stability and jobs creation very seriously. I support policies to create broad-based opportunities for all, grow our economy, keep our country strong and forward-looking, and make government work better for everyone.  

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More on America's Workers

Oct 18, 2017 Event

Congressman Adam Smith
Invites you to attend his upcoming Grants Workshop 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
8:30am– 12:00 pm
​The Ethiopian Community In Seattle (ECS)
8323 Rainier Ave. S.,
Seattle, WA 98118

Don’t miss this FREE opportunity to learn best practices when applying for federal grants.

Oct 10, 2017 Press Release

“Dismantling the Clean Power Plan is a direct attack on the health of Americans and the future of our climate. As the very real impacts of climate change continue to devastate vulnerable communities both at home and abroad, the United States cannot ignore our responsibility to defend the environment against the harmful effects of pollution.

Oct 5, 2017 Press Release

Congress has a responsibility to put forth a budget that expands opportunities for American families to prosper. We must invest in education, affordable health care, rebuilding our collapsing infrastructure, and growing our economy for everyone. The Democratic budget proposals offered this week on the House Floor would do just that.   

Oct 3, 2017 Press Release

“The military effort in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands continues to be significantly under-resourced and we are still not responding properly to the logistical needs at hand. These U.S. citizens are in desperate need of heliborne airlift and search capability, truck drivers, and civil engineers to clear roads and enable the delivery of food, water, and supplies. The center of Puerto Rico is still almost entirely cut off from the outside world as a result of power outages, blocked and washed-out roads, and the destruction of telecommunication infrastructure.

Sep 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, House Armed Services Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) led 145 Members of Congress in writing a letter to President Trump demanding that the Department of Defense deploy additional resources to aid recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Sep 24, 2017 Event

Join Congressman Adam Smith for a Town Hall Meeting

Ninth District Congressman Adam Smith is looking forward to meeting with constituents to hear their concerns, answer questions and discuss issues facing Congress.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Newport High School
4333 Factoria Blvd SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
United States

Space is limited so please RSVP if you are able to attend.

Sep 15, 2017 Event

Congressman Adam Smith
Invites you to attend his

Procurement Workshop
Friday, September 15, 2017
Federal Way Community Center
876 S 333rd St., Federal Way, WA 98063

You are invited to join other interested small business owners for a morning event to learn about government contracting opportunities and various resources to small businesses. 

Sep 14, 2017 Press Release

“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 transport goods and providing opportunities for job creation across the country.”

Sep 4, 2017 Press Release

“On Labor Day, we pay tribute to the American worker and their role in supporting a strong economy. In an ever-changing world, the contributions of the labor community make certain that the United States remains globally competitive. As the son of a union baggage handler at SeaTac Airport, I know firsthand how labor unions have helped generations of America’s working families thrive. 

Jul 27, 2017 Press Release

“The “Security Minibus” appropriations bill the House is currently debating is completely disconnected from the realities that our country faces and the spending choices we must make. This spending package includes funding for the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Legislative Branch, Department of Energy, the Army Corps of Engineers, agencies of the Department of Interior, and several independent agencies.