Congressman Adam Smith

Representing the 9th District of Washington

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Smith Joins Wolf Blitzer to Discuss Trump Tower Meeting - August 6, 2018

Aug 7, 2018

"From the very beginning, the president, Donald Trump Jr., the attorney general, a whole series of people have consistently lied about their interactions with Russians." Watch Rep Smith's full interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN discussing the Trump Tower Meeting.

House Passage of the BUILD Act

Aug 3, 2018

“The overall goal of foreign aid is to make sure that there hopefully at some point are no countries in the world that can’t provide for their people, to go after poverty, to reduce it wherever we can. And there are a lot of different projects that are important to foreign aid. Certainly global health, education, direct assistance all play a crucial role. But I would submit that nothing is more important than enabling these countries to develop their own economy by giving them the capital they need to invest in projects and grow businesses, so that they become self-sustaining partners. The BUILD Act does a crucially important job of making sure that the U.S. contribution to that effort is as effective as it possibly can be, it lives up to the name of our caucus: Effective Foreign Assistance.” July 19, 2018

Passage of the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area

Aug 3, 2018

The passage of the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Act, the first such designation in the Pacific Northwest, reflects the sustainable relationship between Washington state residents and nature in the Puget Sound Region. The Mountains to Sound Greenway will help preserve and promote the area’s scenery, resources and history for future generations. I thank Congressman Dave Reichert for his stalwart leadership, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust for their tireless advocacy, and the engaged community members that made it possible for us to join together in preserving this natural treasure. June 25, 2018

Keep Families Together Floor Speech

Aug 3, 2018

Tonight, I took to the House Floor to join my colleagues in condemning the Trump Administration’s unconscionable policy of separating families seeking asylum. These families are fleeing unlivable conditions in a variety of countries throughout Latin America. To have a policy of separating parents from their children is inhumane and goes against every value we as Americans hold dear. You can watch my full remarks below. #KeepFamiliesTogether June 13, 2018

Republican Defense and Budget Priorities

Aug 3, 2018

“Um, Donald Trump is president. And it seems to me like the one thing the Republican Party wants to do is they would love to have Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to kick around for, like, ever. But you’re actually in charge now. So why don’t we be responsible for the policies that we have right now? “And I just, I couldn’t believe that I just heard the Representative from Wyoming say that, ‘America is now projecting strength.’ If there was ever an example of the president of the United States projecting the most embarrassing, abject weakness I’ve ever seen, than what President Trump just did with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, I can’t think of it. And quite frankly a number of Republican commentators that I’ve seen talk over the course of the last 24 hours can’t think of it either. “So I know it is incredibly comforting from a policy perspective to blame absolutely everything that’s gone wrong in the world on President Obama, but he’s not in charge anymore. Donald Trump is in charge. The Republican Party is in charge of the House and the Senate. And it’s time to focus on policies that are going to move us forward and advance our interests. And not just feel comfort in the fact that we can sort of rewrite history and blame President Obama for absolutely everything that has gone wrong. “It is a big, complicated, and difficult world for President Trump. It was for President Obama. We need to work together, we need to confront the challenges we face in a thoughtful way. Simply blaming the past president for absolutely everything isn’t going to get us there. “So again, let me just conclude by saying I absolutely agree, the issue that needs to be addressed is to have adequate readiness for all the men and women in the military. To get there, we need to have a strategy that is actually sustainable instead of one that is based on hope. …” July 17 2018

Congressman Adam Smith Debates Fiscal Responsibility and the Defense Bill

Aug 3, 2018

"In these times of scarce resources, it is incredibly important that we get the most out of what we spend. On that point: I do worry about the future, from a fiscal standpoint. We are right now spending roughly 20% more money than we take in every year, and that is projected to go up. The debt-to-GDP ratio is over 100% and, again, is projected to only go up. "Now we’ve got the deal for FY 18 and FY 19, which gives some degree of predictability for our military and that’s good. Because the last, gosh, eight years now we have gone from CR to CR, a couple government shutdowns, a number of threatened government shutdowns, and a large amount of unpredictability. Which is a problem for the entire discretionary budget, not just the Department of Defense. Every other department that is dependent on the discretionary budget has lived with uncertainty. That makes our government less efficient and less effective. We need to lock in more predictability. "Now, traditionally at this point, this is when everyone says that the Budget Control Act and the budget caps have got to go. And I agree with that. The problem is you get rid of the budget caps, you get rid of the Budget Control Act—and we certainly should: that was passed back in 2011 and it wasn’t even passed for a good reason back then—but even if you get rid of those caps, it doesn’t make money magically appear. "We still have the debt and the deficit that we are facing. We still have the crushing needs that we have, not just in the Department of Defense, but in infrastructure and research and education and a whole bunch of critical areas to the health and well-being of our country. "Somehow in the next few years--and I’ll admit I was joking when someone talked about his fiscal hawk credentials that I’m wondering if anybody has fiscal hawk credentials at this point when you look at the debt and deficit--we have got to get that in order. Now I don’t think we’re going to balance the budget tomorrow. I don’t think we should—I think the impact on the economy would be devastating. But we’ve got to get on a glide path to a more fiscally sustainable situation or we are headed for trouble. I simply don’t believe that you can spend 20% more money than you take in, forever, and have it not be a problem. "And everything you want to know about how big a problem this is is contained in three votes that I think we took over a one-month, couple-month period. There are many, many members of Congress who voted for the tax cut, which estimates are it’s going to reduce our revenue by $2 trillion; for the spending agreement, which increased our spending by $500 billion; and then a week later they voted for a balanced budget amendment. To say that that’s a math problem is the understatement of the evening. "It doesn’t add up. We all say we want to balance the budget, we don’t want to raise taxes, we don’t want to cut spending. That doesn’t work, and a lot of different aspects of our government pay a price for that, but the Department of Defense is one of the biggest. As the largest portion of the discretionary budget, they pay the highest price when we don’t get ourselves on a fiscally responsible path, and national security is at least one of if not the most important function that our government needs to provide. "So I think FY 18 and FY 19, those are good deals, but building for the future, we have got to get on a fiscally responsible path. But again within this bill, and you’ve heard a lot of it from our members, there are a lot of good policies that I think are going to make a very positive difference in terms of making our Department of Defense work better, and most importantly providing for the men and women who serve our country and their families." May 23, 2018

Congressman Adam Smith Debates Nuclear Weapons in the Defense Bill:

Aug 3, 2018

"The one thing that I would point out that is the most troubling to me is the endorsement of the Nuclear Posture Review that was just put forward by the administration. I am very concerned, number one, that we are spending too much money on our nuclear weapons arsenal going forward, and what impact will that have on those other needs that I mentioned just a minute ago?: What impact will that have on readiness? What impact will it have on our ability to have the forces forward deployed enough to deter Russia, to deter North Korea, to deal with China’s rise in Asia? "So I think we are overemphasizing nuclear weapons, number one, in terms of the amount of money that we are spending on them, but equally as troubling, this bill authorizes low-yield nuclear weapons for the first time in a very long time. It even authorizes a low-yield nuclear weapon for our submarines. I believe that puts us down a dangerous course. We need to make sure we are deterring any possibility of nuclear war. "There is a huge risk, as Russia rises back up, with what North Korea is doing, now that we’re not in the nuclear agreement with Iran--what they might be doing--that we avoid miscalculation and stumbling into a nuclear war. Thinking that there is such a thing as a tactical nuclear weapon, a weapon small enough that it doesn’t really rise to the level of the other nuclear weapons, I think is a mistake. And, yes, I know Russia is building them. So the question is how do we deter Russia? "Well, I think we deter Russia in a very straightforward way. We have over 4,000 nuclear warheads. We have more than enough nuclear firepower to present a credible deterrent to what they are doing. We don’t have to say, well, if you use a small nuclear weapon, we won’t want to use a bigger one in response. We want to say that our deterrence is, if you cross the red line of all red lines and use a nuclear weapon, we will respond overwhelmingly. We want to make sure it never happens. "So I think building low-yield tactical nuclear weapons is a mistake. I also think it’s incredibly important that we increase the dialogue between our country and Russia and China and North Korea, nuclear armed powers, to make sure that there is not a miscalculation and that we don’t stumble into a nuclear war. But overall, I think this bill is a good product and I look forward to the amendment debate." May 23, 2018

Defense Spending & Budget Choices FY18 NDAA

Aug 3, 2018

On the broader budget issue, the main thing that I am still concerned about with the National Defense Authorization Act is that it really doesn’t make choices. It continues to spend money in a variety of different places without a recognition of finite resources, and of the choices that need to be made about how to confront the threats that are most dangerous to us. This defense bill is $72 billion over the budget caps, so if we don’t eliminate or raise the budget caps, that will go away, and leave us once again in the land of uncertainty for the Department of Defense. We have to make choices so that we don’t leave the U.S. military in the lurch, not knowing how much money they are going to have. #FY18NDAA

Holistic Approach to National Security FY18 NDAA

Aug 3, 2018

National security is more than defense. The non-defense discretionary budget is the State Department, USAID, the Department of Homeland Security. If you’re going to have a national security strategy, it can’t just be the military. And you know who will tell you that more often than anybody? The military. They don’t want to bear the burden alone. I spoke about the need for a holistic national security strategy on the House Floor today. #FY18NDAA July 14, 2017

Complex Threat Environment FY2018 NDAA

Aug 3, 2018

I want to warn strongly against using the issue of terrorism to demonize the Muslim religion. I know many people don’t want to do that—they simply want to confront groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS—but Steve Bannon, who advises the White House, indicates that he thinks that all Muslims are a threat. To the extent that we adopt a national security policy that views the world that way, we make the problem worse. That’s what ISIS wants. That’s what Al Qaeda wants. They want a clash of civilizations. We should not want that. Muslims have the biggest stake in this, and we must work with them, not against them, to confront the terrorist threat that ISIS and Al Qaeda and others present. I spoke about this, and the complex threat environment that we face, on the House Floor today. #FY18NDAA July 14, 2017

Smith Announces Opposition to #FY17NDAA

Aug 3, 2018

This is a video of me announcing my opposition to the #FY17NDAA, including the Russell Amendment which enables #LGBT discrimination. May 26, 2017

Reps Khanna & Smith Discuss Yemen

Jul 31, 2018

There’s a civil war going on in Yemen that is devastating to the civilian population and the U.S. is not doing enough to fix the situation. In the National Defense Authorization Act this year, Rep Ro Khanna was a real leader on putting provisions into the bill to try to get us to address that situation and I fought to ensure they were included. We should not be participating in making the humanitarian crisis there worse. We should be making it better. The U.S. military right now is all over the world in many places that members of Congress are not even aware of. That should not be. We should have the authority over what our military does, where, and when. And this bill attempts to address that issue. Both Congressman Khanna and I know that we’re not done. There’s a lot more work to do.

Rep Adam Smith Joins MSNBC to Discuss FISA documents

Jul 24, 2018

"This is about America; this is about all of us ... it's about whether or not we're going to have free and fair elections, that are free of foreign interference from Russia. We ought to be united on that." Check out my full interview on MSNBC with Alex Witt discussing the recently released Carter Page FISA documents, and the very clear facts of Russia's interference in our elections. July 23, 2018

Congressman Adam Smith Statement on Child Separation

Jul 24, 2018

The separation of children from their families, people fleeing violence and totally inhuman living conditions in their own countries and coming to America, hoping for a better life, is one of the most abominable policies that the US has ever had. Both the public and Congress need to put pressure on ICE, on the Executive Branch, to say “We need to know what you are doing.” Members of Congress have shown up at immigration detention facilities and have not been allowed in to see what is going on inside. These people are part of our community. They are not a threat to the community. So the reason I support this legislation is because we need to change the way we do immigration enforcement in this country. Right now, ICE is doing it and they are doing it wrong. July 18, 2018

Congressman Adam Smith Town Hall Mercer Island

Jul 24, 2018

Today, I am holding a Town Hall meeting at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center. Follow along via Facebook LIVE! July 8, 2018

Congressman Adam Smith Discusses Net Neutrality

Jul 24, 2018

Net neutrality is an incredibly important issue. It sounds complicated at first glance, in terms of how do you regulate the internet, what’s involved. But what’s really involved is the freedom of the internet, and that’s incredibly important. #Netneutrality needs to be protected. And what it means is very simple. It means that everybody has equal access to the internet. What the FCC has done under President Trump, is they have allowed companies to give out special access, so that companies may be more easily to get their content to the user on the internet. This undermines innovation and undermines freedom. Say you’ve developed a brand new application that you think could compete with, Google, Yahoo, anybody. But now your website gets to the consumers slower because some other content provider has paid more to the people that provide access to the internet; to get faster access. Well that undermines innovation, that undermines freedom, and it stifles the best parts of the internet, which are creativity and innovation. We need to restore net neutrality in any way that we can. We need to keep putting pressure on the FCC to change their ruling, and if we can do stuff on the state level to at least give us net neutrality locally, we should do that as well. I cannot possibly be in more strongly in support of net neutrality. I urge people to speak out as loudly as they can to get us back to the place where we have net neutrality and a free and open internet for all. June 4, 2018

Congressman Adam Smith Celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Jul 24, 2018

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the accomplishments and vast contributions Asian Pacific Americans have made to the United States. I am proud to represent a district in the Pacific Northwest with a significant Asian Pacific American community that enriches and strengthens our entire region. During this month, we also reflect on the deep-rooted history of Asian Pacific Americans in our country and their continued work to make our country stronger. May 1, 2018

Congressman Adam Smith Town Hall in Federal Way

Jul 24, 2018

I’m holding a Town Hall in Federal Way tonight to hear from 9th District constituents about the issues important to them. If you were unable to attend in person, you can tune in here! March 28, 2018

Adam Smith Statement on Parkland Shooting

Jul 24, 2018

I really want to thank the students from Parkland, Florida for all the leadership they have shown in the gun control debate. They have moved the needle in the way that really hasn’t happened before. We’ve had tragedy after tragedy and many of us who are strong advocates for gun control have become discouraged. To be honest, when you see something like Sandy Hook happening, and no policy change follow, you wonder what is it going to take? Well the students from Parkland seem to show us that standing up and speaking out can make a difference. The Governor of Florida signed into law some very modest restrictions on guns, but ones that the NRA clearly opposed. And the Governor of Florida has long been supported by the NRA. And it was only because of those students standing up and speaking out and this is happening all over the country now with students, and I applaud them for that. And I really appreciate their efforts, because what this is all about is making sure that the policy makers know how important this is. Poll after poll after poll after poll shows 70, 80, 90 percent support for things like an assault weapons ban, universal background checks, banning high-capacity magazines, banning bump stocks. The overwhelming majority of Americans support these common-sense approaches to gun control. We just have to get the policy makers to pay attention. And the only way to do that is to make noise. Towards that end, I’d asked before and I want all of you, all of my constituents to send me videos with your personal statement, advocating for common-sense gun legislation. I will use those statements to then show to the Speaker of the House, to show to the Majority Leader of the Senate and the President of the United States to let them know how important this is to the people of this country. Representative democracy does work. Sometimes it takes an aggravating amount of time, but I will say that you have to be patient and persistent. And again, I think the students down in Parkland, Florida have shown us the definition of that persistence. We need to follow through and give as a strong statement as possible, so we can see the laws changed in this country. There are many legislative solutions with broad bi-partisan support, that deserve debate and consideration by Congress. I am outraged about the lack of action. I am going to send Speaker Ryan a message and I plan to include messages from my constituents along with my video statement. If you would like to submit a video message, please do so by recording no more than 30 seconds (you can record on your phone!) and sending to my office Dropbox at AdamSmithOffice09. Thank you for being engaged and standing with me to fight. If Republicans have the courage to take action, it will make us all safer. #GunReformNow #DemandAction #NeverAgain March 24, 2018

Adam Smith Discusses John Bolton Appointment

Jul 24, 2018

I am very concerned about President Trump’s appointment of John Bolton as the new National Security Advisor. John Bolton is very much in favor with of going to war with just about everybody, but has specifically come out and said we should attack Iran, we should attack North Korea. He’s willing to be far more belligerent all across the globe. He’s also one of those people who think that we don’t need to work with any other countries in the world. He thinks the United States ought to be able to force and impose its will on everybody else, that is an enormous mistake and a terrible direction for our foreign policy. John Bolton is every little bit as out of touch with reality as the President is. And we don’t need two people like that overseeing the national security of this country and the stability and peacefulness of the world. So we are going to have to really keep a close eye on John Bolton and speak out strongly against policies that would lead us into wars that we don’t need to be in. Check out my full video statement below. March 23, 2018

Adam Smith Discusses Mueller Investigation

Jul 24, 2018

It is deeply concerning that President Trump has increased his criticism of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller and also increased his criticism of the FBI and the Intelligence community. Undermining the basic institutions that underpin our society is not good for the country and more importantly, the Presidents wrong. I support prohibiting the President from having any way to get at the Special prosecutor, he needs to be able to do his job. What happens if the President goes down this route? Well, I think Senator Graham said it best, he said that it would be an impeachable offense and I agree. This would clearly be an obstruction of justice and a matter critical to the United State. And if that was the case, the President should be impeached. But I hope it doesn’t come to that. I hope the President lets our special prosecutor, Robert Mueller do his job. It’s critical that he does it. Even independent of how it may impact people associated with the Trump campaign, the Russians aren’t stopping. They are planning on interfering in our 2018 election, they interfere in our political decisions. They try to spread fake news stories out there to undermine policies that they think would be contrary to their best interests. We need to fight back against that. The first step would be understanding what they are doing. Nobody is getting at the core of that more than Robert Mueller. He needs to be protected and I’ll do everything I can as a member of Congress to make sure that he is. March 21, 2018

PATH Combating Disease Panel

Jul 24, 2018

Join Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL-3), Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and myself for a panel discussion hosted by PATH about how leaders in U.S. agencies collaborate and combat disease globally. Today, we are bringing together senior representatives from USAID, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Defense, US Department of Agriculture, and private and public Global Health Security Agenda partners for the launch of the Global Health Security Agenda. We will talk about how US agencies are addressing these challenges and achieving results through results-oriented global partnerships. March 13, 2018

Congressman Adam Smith Discusses Authoritarianism

Jul 24, 2018

I have disagreements with President Trump on policy, on immigration, on healthcare. I’ve said earlier if you support his policies, I get that. But beyond all of that, regardless of how you feel about the policies, the constitution, the institutions that make us a free and democratic society are what we should cherish the most. Donald Trump is President right now, I’m a Congressman right now, in years to follow, neither one of us will be here. There will people that will follow us, that’s the way this country is set up. That we are a nation of laws not of people. Donald Trump seems to want to make it all about him, and is creeping towards authoritarianism in America. Don’t let his ego drag us into an authoritarian government. We don’t need that, we need the freedom of the democracy that has served us so well for so long. February 7, 2018

Congressman Adam Smith Honors Black History Month

Jul 24, 2018

I am honored to represent a very diverse district, where we speak well over 160 languages. African Americans are a key part of that diversity and a key part of making our community the great place to live that it is. #BlackHistoryMonth is an excellent way every year to remind us of what we’ve accomplished, but also of the work that we have to do in order to achieve true equality for all African Americans in society. Check out my full video statement honoring Black History Month. February 1, 2018

Congressman Adam Smith Discusses DACA

Jul 23, 2018

I spoke about President Trump's draconian immigration proposal announced during his #SOTU address. January 31, 2018