Congressman Adam Smith

Representing the 9th District of Washington

International Leadership & Foreign Affairs

I support a comprehensive national security approach, fully integrating and resourcing our diplomatic, development, and defense capabilities.  We must execute a national security strategy that counters violent religious extremism and anti-American sentiment, builds partnerships around the world, work closely with friends and allies, and advances programs to create a more just, peaceful, and stable world.  This means policies that understand and respect other nations and encourages self-determination, democracy, human rights, gender equality, economic development, and much greater access to education, health care, and jobs. This also means an increased focus on promoting the American values of democracy and an economy that also respects people and cultures.

As Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have unique insights into today’s foremost national security issues throughout the Middle East, including the war in Afghanistan, as well as our larger efforts to stop the spread of violent extremist groups and their ideology around the globe. Understanding the need for a holistic approach to national security, I recognize the importance of poverty reduction, access to education, sustainable global markets, diplomatic engagement, and good governance to enable our pursuit of stable international partners. 


  • Preventing Iran from acquiring or developing nuclear weapons: Supported the multilaterally negotiated Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, has condemned the Iranian regime’s objectionable behavior, and taken note of the constructive voices in Iran that seek global integration.
  • Combating harmful cuts to U.S. diplomatic engagement: I have fought against draconian, misguided cuts proposed in the President’s budget request to Congress, cosigned letters to Secretary Tillerson strongly condemning what can only be seen as an effort to weaken our ability to promote peace abroad. 
  • Enhancing Peace and Stability in Somalia: Co-led a letter requesting $87.7 million in Economic Support Funds to support the formation of legitimate, durable institutions in Somalia and has continued to work closely with the Treasury Department and community members to find ways to permit the legal transfer of remittances.
  • Supporting Refugees:  In addition to vocally speaking out against hateful rhetoric towards refugees, I have asked the President to increase the number of refugees who can come to the United States.  I have also requested additional funding to help resettle refugees.


  • Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on Effective Foreign Assistance:  Adam serves as a co-founder and co-chair of a bipartisan working group focused on highlighting the work of development, aid, and relief organizations and engaged on improving efficacy and transparency
  • Building Capacity, Promoting Stability: A strong proponent of organizations such as the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Adam led a letter asking for $1 billion in funding for the MCC, which uses innovative and effective models to reduce poverty and building sustained economic growth. 
  • Strengthening Global Health: The United States is uniquely positioned to help strengthen healthcare systems in developing nations. Congressman Smith has aggressively pursued strong funding for programs which support International Family Planning, Maternal & Child Health, the Global Vaccine Initiative (GAVI), Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Vaccines for HIV and Malaria, Tuberculosis Funding, United Nations Population Fund, and Polio Eradication.

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Mar 28, 2018 Event

Join Congressman Adam Smith for a Town Hall Meeting

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

When: Wednesday, March 28th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Where: Federal Way City Hall, 33325 8th Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003

Mar 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, a bipartisan group of House members introduced legislation to promote more effective development in fragile and unstable countries, addressing the conditions that create safe havens for terrorists, criminal networks, and war lords. The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act (H.R.

Mar 8, 2018 Press Release


WASHINGTON – Representatives Adam Smith (Wash.) and Chris Smith (N.J.), along with U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Mazie K. Hirono (Hawaii), today introduced the bipartisan Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018. The legislation would close a loophole in the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (CCA), which has prevented internationally-adopted children, who are now adults, from receiving U.S. citizenship despite being raised by American parents.

Feb 28, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Effective Foreign Assistance, and fellow Co-Chair Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) have introduced H.R. 5105 – the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act of 2018.

Feb 9, 2018 Press Release

“I could have supported most, if not all, of the funding in this bill but for the fact that just two months ago, we cut taxes by $2 trillion dollars. This legislation is like quitting your job and only then deciding that you want to buy a new house and a second car. I am supportive of spending the money necessary to meet our country’s needs. I am not in favor of continuing to borrow it; I want to raise the revenue necessary.

Jan 26, 2018 Press Release


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Dec 6, 2017 Press Release

“Since its formation in 1948, the nation of Israel has been under near constant threat. I strongly support Israel, and have advocated for robust U.S. engagement to help ensure their security. It is critical that we continue to press for a comprehensive two-state agreement that creates durable states for both the Israeli and Palestinian people. Long-term peace is a goal that has long eluded all parties, however it is critical that we not lose sight.

Nov 17, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) made the following statement on passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act Conference Report:

“This week, the House of Representatives voted to approve the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act Conference Report. This legislation establishes the policies of the Department of Defense that impact our service members, their families, and our local communities.

Nov 15, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - On the one-month anniversary of the October 14th terror attack on Mogadishu, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) joined Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), along with Reps.

Nov 15, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) introduced H.R. 4415, a bill that would make it the policy of the United States not to use nuclear weapons first. Smith released the following statement about the bill: