Press Releases

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (WA-09) issued the following statement on the President's support of immigration reform and a bipartisan framework in Congress:

"Addressing our immigration system in a comprehensive way is incredibly important and long overdue. The announcement of a framework Monday morning by the bipartisan group of Senators and President Obama's vocal support of similar principles today are critical steps forward. While there are still many details to be figured out and significant work to be done, I'm encouraged by this initial action and look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to make immigration reform a reality this Congress."
Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement after Denis McDonough was named White House Chief of Staff:

”I would like to express my sincere congratulations to Denis McDonough for his appointment as the next White House Chief of Staff.   I have known and worked with Denis for years.  He is a strong leader, a thoughtful advisor, and a tireless worker.  Denis’ advice has helped President Obama accomplish his national security objectives throughout his presidency.  As a seasoned Congressional staffer and with his experience in the Obama Administration, most recently as the Deputy National Security Advisor, Denis has built and maintained strong relationships with Congress that will serve him well in his new capacity as Chief of Staff.  I have no doubt that Denis will continue be a tremendous advisor to President Obama and look forward to working with him in his new role.”  
House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement after he opposed H.R. 325, the “No Budget, No Pay Act”:

"Rather than increasing the debt limit in a long-term way that would provide certainty and stability for our economy, the legislation passed by the House of Representatives simply punts the debt limit issue until May.  By choosing to delay addressing our debt limit in a serious way, we only make matters worse.

“The debt limit allows the U.S. government to pay back its debts and in no way increases our spending.  Not being able to find long-term solutions to our debt limit will only prevent the U.S. from being able to pay back our debts – not reduce our deficits. Congress and the American people need to be serious about reducing our deficits by cutting spending and increasing revenue. The proposal passed today fails to get us on a path to fiscal security. “

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) made the following statement in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

"Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by remembering Dr. King's commitment and tireless efforts to provide every American with equal rights and opportunities. His courage, compassion, and inspiration continue to make our nation better.

"Although our country has made strides, we have not fully achieved Dr. King's dream. Too many children still have unequal access to a good education and adequate healthcare. On this important day, we must honor Dr. King's legacy by continuing the fight for equality."
House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement after President Obama announced his proposal to reduce gun violence:

“America is facing an epidemic of gun violence.  We need to find a comprehensive approach that improves access to mental health services, closes loopholes in background check requirements, and bans military-style and excessively violent assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.   

“Today, the President offered an initial plan to reduce and prevent gun violence through executive actions.  It is now Congress’ turn to act to create lasting reforms that keep our communities safe.  As part of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I will work with my colleagues to review the President’s plan, as well as other proposals, to put policies in place that protect our children and communities while maintaining the rights granted by the Second Amendment.“