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

"Let us celebrate the 29th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by honoring the principles Dr. King used to inspire millions towards justice, equality, and civil rights for all people regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or economic status.

"His legacy challenges us to remember that through compassion and service to our communities, we can have a society that provides equal opportunity for all individuals ready to achieve their dreams.

"The impact of Dr. King’s work will never be forgotten. His commitment to a more just society continues to inspire us all."

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Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement today commemorating the one-year anniversary of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona:

“The tragedy that occurred on January 8, 2011 will be remembered for the way it impacted and changed hundreds of lives. It will also be celebrated as a time when people in Tucson and around the country united in a spirit of service to each other that reflected Gabby’s commitment to her community and to our country.

“As we honor the victims whose lives were lost that day, I also hope we remember how important it is to work together to solve our problems, to engage in civil dialogue with those who disagree with us and to realize how important it is when we make an effort to find common ground.

“I offer the families of those who died that day my deepest condolences, and as Gabby continues to show amazing progress in her recovery, I look forward to supporting her when she returns.”

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Rep. Smith Announces U.S. Service Academy Nominations

TACOMA, Wash. - Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) today announced the U.S. Service Academy nominations from Washington State’s 9th congressional district:

“I’m honored to nominate these outstanding young men and women to our United States Service Academies. They each exhibit exceptional academic skills and character, and demonstrate a commitment to serving our country.

“These academies provide students unique educational and leadership development opportunities and I wish our nominees the best of luck in receiving an offer of appointment.”

Nominees:

United States Military Academy

Joseph Lee, Auburn, Auburn Senior High School
Alexander Stewart, Steilacoom,
Bellarmine Prep School
Sarah Sorenson, Lakewood,
Bellarmine Prep School
Jennifer Lee, Federal Way, Decatur High School
Nick Rollolazo, Federal Way, Federal Way Senior High School
Isaac Wani, Federal Way, Federal Way Senior High School
Dillon Wright, DuPont,
Meadowdale High School
Jennifer Ashmore, Puyallup, Puyallup Senior High School
Greg Herschberger, Lacey, River Ridge High School
Nate Knox, Lacey, Timberline High School

United States Naval Academy

Sarah Sorenson, Lakewood, Bellarmine Prep School
Damon Medina, Spanaway, Bethel High School
Wesley Pond, Federal Way, Christian Faith School
Jennifer Lee, Federal Way, Decatur High School
Isaac Wani, Federal Way, Federal Way Senior High School
Abby Allen, Kent , Kentridge High School
Katelyn Orchard, Olympia, Olympia High School
Jennifer Ashmore, Puyallup, Puyallup Senior High School
Courtney Lee, Puyallup, Puyallup Senior High School
Greg Herschberger, Lacey, River Ridge High School

United States Air Force Academy

Joseph Lee, Auburn, Auburn Senior High School
Nick Rollolazo, Federal Way,
Federal Way Senior High School
Isaac Wani, Federal Way, Federal Way Senior High School
Billie Rae Edwards, Lakewood, Lakes High School
McKall Turk, Olympia, Pierce College
Jennifer Ashmore, Puyallup, Puyallup Senior High School
Courtney Lee, Puyallup, Puyallup Senior High School
Zach Eberl, Olympia, River Ridge High School (Graduate), University of Washington
Greg Herschberger, Lacey, River Ridge High School
Breanna Ziccarelli, Auburn, Thomas Jefferson High School

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Isaac Wani, Federal Way, Federal Way Senior High School
Jennifer Ashmore, Puyallup, Puyallup Senior High School

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House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith made the following statement regarding the strategic review released by the Department of Defense.
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House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith made the following statement regarding the strategic review released by the Department of Defense:

“Today’s announcement marks the conclusion of an important strategic analysis of the threats our country faces today, as well as in the future and how we can best address those threats moving forward. It represents a synopsis of the global threat environment, and presents a broad strategy to address those threats.

“This review comes at an important time. Congress has been engaged in an ongoing debate about how best to meet the spending reductions stipulated in the bipartisan Budget Control Agreement without undermining our national security objectives. I have consistently said that we can rationally evaluate our national security strategy, our defense expenditures, and the current set of missions we ask the military to undertake and come up with a strategy that requires less funding and strengthens national security. I believe this review provides a framework to achieve that goal.

“Not only does the strategic review clearly articulate the threats we face, but it also shows that simply spending more money on defense does not necessarily makes us safer – spending more wisely and effectively does.  Clearly, we do not have an endless amount of resources, and that should be taken into consideration, but it should not be the driving force behind our national security strategy. As demonstrated by the strategy laid out today, the Administration fully understands this fact.

“The Administration has put together a significant string of foreign policy successes, including the death of bin Laden, Anwar Al-Awlaki, the elimination of much of al Qaeda's leadership, the end of the war in Iraq, and supporting the uprising in Libya.  Today's announcement lays out a strategy that will enable the United States to build on those successes and confront the threats of today as well as in the future, wherever they may emerge."

 

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House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith released the following statement after the President signed the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act into law:

“I am pleased to see that the President signed this important piece of legislation into law. Overall, this bill prioritizes our troops deployed in Afghanistan, and around the world, by ensuring that they have the tools and resources they need to do their job and protect national security. It also provides our troops and their families with the benefits and support that they deserve, including a 1.6 percent pay increase.

“It continues to make counterterrorism a priority and makes significant investments in all branches of our Armed Services, ensuring that our military is prepared to meet the threats of today as well as in the future. It supports our troops as they continue to fight overseas, invests in new technologies for the future, and protects vital military equipment production capacity here at home.

“I share many of the President’s concerns with this bill, but I also feel confident that we made adequate adjustments to mitigate many of those concerns. Moving forward, I will continue to work to make sure that the President is not needlessly restricted in his ability to take steps to protect us from attacks while at the same time making sure that our basic civil rights are protected.

“In drafting the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, the House Armed Services Committee worked diligently to strengthen our support for the troops and their families, and to address some of the bills shortfalls. I believe we made progress, but more work remains to be done and I look forward to working with my colleagues as well as the Administration moving forward.”

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