Transportation and Infrastructure
I understand the importance of improving infrastructure in the US, and will continue to work on this while making sure our investments are fiscally responsible. Our infrastructure provides jobs for thousands, provides for the efficient movement of goods that keeps our economy growing, and ensures the safety of countless lives.
- Increased Accountability in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program: I have been very engaged with Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) owners to ensure that they are being given fair consideration and treatment for projects under the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program at the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). I have taken their concerns to WSDOT and have helped to spur the implementation of prompt payment software at the agency, to ensure that contractors are being paid on time. I am also taking a more active role in oversight of the DBE program by having my staff sit in on the DBE Advisory Committee meetings and make sure that WSDOT is responsive to the DBE community’s concerns.
- Reducing Airplane Noise and Emissions at the Fastest-Growing Airport Hub in the Country: The expansion and changes at SeaTac airport over the years have caused local communities have to endure increases in air traffic above their homes. I have remained active and engaged with these communities to bring their concerns to relevant officials at the Port of Seattle and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). I have organized multiple roundtables for several communities in the region to discuss solutions for airplane noise and emissions issues. I have also written a letter to the Administrator of the FAA, asking that they re-evaluate their use of the 65 Day-Night Average Sound Level (DNL).
- Holding the Federal Aviation Administration Accountable: I am a member of the Quiet Skies Caucus and have worked with my colleagues in the Caucus to hold the FAA accountable to communities. I am a cosponsor of Rep. Grace Meng’s Quiet Communities Act which would reestablish an Office of Noise Abatement at the Environmental Protection Agency, and am working on amendments to address ultrafine particulates and noise in an upcoming FAA reauthorization bill, or a government funding bill. Along with other Members of the Washington State delegation, I also introduced an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization that would allow for the continued funding of noise mitigation for the Highline School District.
- Improving Funding for Our Nation’s Critical Freight Infrastructure: Introduced the Freight Infrastructure Reinvestment Act (FIRA) in the 115th Congress, which directs the Secretary of Transportation to establish a National Freight Mobility Infrastructure Improvement Program that awards competitive grants to states and designated entities to fund projects to improve the efficiency and capacity of freight mobility in the United States. FIRA will increase funding for freight infrastructure by creating a new National Freight Mobility Infrastructure Fund paid for through a one percent user fee on the shipment of freight cargo within the US.
- Rebuilding Our Nation’s Infrastructure: I support robust public investment in our nation’s infrastructure. I am a cosponsor of Rep. Lieu’s Resolution supporting a bold jobs and infrastructure package centered around increased direct public investment in our nation’s roads, bridges, ports, railways, drinking water, and broadband infrastructure. I also understand the important role that municipal finance bonds play in funding local infrastructure projects which is why I joined the Municipal Finance Caucus in the 115th Congress.
- Rebuilding Our Vital Transportation Network: Recognizing the importance of continuing federal funding for critical projects in the region, I have pushed Congress to increase funding for vital federal programs such as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program and Capital Investment Grants. Understanding the need to shore up the Highway Trust Fund, I support making changes to the fund’s revenue stream such as the inclusion of a user-based tax in any upcoming tax reform legislation.
- Modernizing Our Nation’s Railroads: Cosponsor of the BRACE Act, which permanently extends the tax credit to Class II and III shortline railroads for track maintenance. I also weighed in with appropriators to provide full funding for the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program which was mandated in the FAST Act. This program was created to improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of passenger and freight rail systems.
- Improving our Port Infrastructure: I recognize the importance of the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma to the region’s continued economic growth. That is why I am an original cosponsor of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Reform Act, to reform the Harbor Maintenance Tax by requiring that 100 percent of the funds from the tax are used for port improvements including dredging. This legislation also addresses the issue of larger, deeper ports like Seattle and Tacoma having to give up their portion of harbor maintenance funds to smaller ports by requiring a 50/50 funding split between larger “donor “ ports.
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Highline priority passes as part of National Defense Authorization Act
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adam Smith introduced the Aviation Impacted Communities Act. As airline travel has increased, communities near airports across the country have been experiencing an increased and disproportionate share of noise and other environmental impacts stemming from commercial aviation. This has been the case even as many other areas have experienced reduced overall noise burdens. The concerns of residents of these increasingly impacted areas are not being adequately addressed.
Washington D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith issued the following video statement in support of Net Neutrality. Below is the text of the statement, and the full video statement can be viewed HERE.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to provide for noise mitigation for the Highline School District. Amendment #538 clarifies that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can provide funding for noise mitigation to schools that are outside the current noise contours if the FAA entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the schools before September 2002.
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
“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.
Congressman Adam Smith Delivers Weekly Democratic Address
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“As Republicans in Congress continue to push their reckless tax cuts, they put at risk crucial agencies and programs, such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), military pensions, and Medicare. In addition to massively benefiting the wealthy and corporations, as well as reducing revenue by more than a trillion dollars, the tax bill endangers important mandatory spending priorities on which middle class and working Americans rely.
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