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Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) made the following statement today in celebration of International Women's Day.
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Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) made the following statement today in celebration of International Women's Day:

“Today, we celebrate International Women’s Day by recognizing the achievements women have made as leaders in our communities and across the globe.  Throughout history, women have played a vital role in securing the civil rights and liberties of all people, and though it is sometimes unfairly overlooked, we all continue to benefit from their commitment to a more just and equal society where women have the opportunity to reach their highest potential.

"Women everywhere continue to face numerous obstacles in achieving full political, economic, and social equality. But with the strides they’ve attained over the past century, crucial progress has and will continue to be made. We must all continue working toward a society where no person is denied their right to an education, access to healthcare, or economic opportunity because of their gender.


“As we celebrate today and during Women’s History Month this March, we have an opportunity to reaffirm our dedication to the advancement and empowerment of women worldwide. We also reiterate our commitment to leveling the playing field to ensure paths of leadership for women and girls are meaningfully paved.”

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Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement today on the passing of Congressman Donald Payne of New Jersey:

“Congressman Donald Payne was an outspoken advocate for the civil liberties of all people. He worked tirelessly representing his constituents as the first African-American to serve from New Jersey and as the former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

“I was honored to serve with Congressman Payne during his time as the highest ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights where we worked together to find solutions to the global health challenges being tackled in Washington state such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic and better measures to treat and put a stop to widespread preventable diseases like tuberculosis and malaria. Don was a humanitarian and his commitment to improving the lives of those who were most in need will leave an indelible mark on our world.

“Congressman Payne will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

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Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement today after Congressman Norm Dicks announced he would not seek re-election to Congress this year.
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Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement today after Congressman Norm Dicks announced he would not seek re-election to Congress this year: 

“For 36 years, Norm Dicks has been a champion for the people of Washington State. He has been one of the most influential and effective members of Congress and has worked on a range of issues with boundless energy.  Norm has worked tirelessly to support programs that helped build vital relationships for our community and he’s been an advocate for policies that protect the natural resources and habitat within the Puget Sound. Through his work on behalf of our military and their families, Norm has done his best to ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines have the resources and support they need to maintain our national security and are esteemed for their service to our country.

“Since I began my career in Congress, Norm has also been a great mentor and close friend.  As our districts share a border, we’ve worked together on issues that have significantly impacted our economy and the well being of the people living in the South Sound. We’ve partnered to secure funds for school reconstruction on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, to protect the Green River Valley and strengthen the Howard Hanson Dam, and we’ve worked to strengthen the industrial base in the Pacific Northwest.

“I will greatly miss working with Norm as a member of the Washington State Delegation. I thank him for his service, his partnership and for the contributions he has made to our community and to our country. I wish him and his family the very best as he moves into the next stage of his life.”

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Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) today made the following statement in response to the Executive Order signed by President Obama establishing the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC):

“The creation of an Interagency Trade Enforcement Center is an important step forward toward ensuring that our trading partners are held accountable when they violate international agreements and, importantly enabling American workers to compete fairly in the global marketplace.

“Coordinating the relevant agencies and increasing resources to investigate unfair trade practices by our competitors is critical to our economy’s growth and is essential to putting more Americans back to work. As the fourth largest exporter in the country, we must level the playing field for Washington State products that face unfair trade practices and subsidies by foreign countries.

“I’m pleased the Administration has shown a real commitment to American economic growth and I am confident the Enforcement Center will continue to help secure economic prosperity and advance American interests.”
House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith released the following statement after Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab received a life sentence in a federal courtroom this afternoon.
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House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith released the following statement after Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab received a life sentence in a federal courtroom this afternoon:

“The life sentence given to Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab by a federal court in Detroit this afternoon demonstrations that our federal court system is fully capable of bringing terrorist to justice. It is now clear, without a doubt, that the terrorist who sought kill innocent Americans will spend the rest of his life behind bars and far, far away from the battle field.

“I agree with Attorney General Holder that ‘today's sentence once again underscores the effectiveness of the criminal justice system in both incapacitating terrorists and gathering valuable intelligence from them.’ I applaud our domestic law enforcement agencies who played an active role in apprehending AbdulMutallab and bringing him to justice."

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