Press Releases

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement in observance of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day:

“Today, let us pause to remember those who lost their lives on this day in 1941, when American forces at Pearl Harbor were attacked. From the first wave of the attack our brave men and women in uniform fought back as best they could, showing the spirit and resolve of a generation. Despite their brave actions, our nation suffered great losses that morning as we were thrust into World War II. Their sacrifice, and others who served in World War II, will not be forgotten. 

“We owe the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces a tremendous amount of gratitude and respect, and as we mark this solemn occasion let us take a moment to honor those who have served in the military or who are currently deployed in harms way.”

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Congressman Adam Smith recently returned from leading a Congressional Delegation to Afghanistan. The delegation met with U.S. and Afghan officials, U.S. and NATO commanders, and U.S. military personnel to assess the political, civil and military developments on the ground. 
“I recently had the opportunity to visit our service men and women in a number of different regions across Afghanistan and it is clear that they are doing a tremendous job in a very difficult situation,” said Congressman Adam Smith. “We are beginning to see some signs of success. They have created some space in regions where the Taliban was once prominent. This space is now allowing U.S. and NATO personnel to work with local partners and make progress toward establishing functional governance and civil institutions.”

“While we are beginning to see some signs of progress,” continued Smith. “I remain very concerned about the high cost of our efforts and the challenges we continue to face in developing a reliable partner in the Afghan government. We have a significant national security threat in the region and we must make certain that there is a clear, more cost-efficient policy to both ensure the security and stability of Afghanistan and to responsibly draw down our military forces. 

Smith, who chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, organized the trip to help educate key Congressional Members on civil, military and political counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism initiatives in Afghanistan.  Specifically, the focus of the trip was on interagency cooperation, special operations, intelligence and development activities in Afghanistan.  

Smith formerly chaired the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, where he focused extensively on our nation’s counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan and other regions of the world. His committee work and extensive travel to Afghanistan and the region has allowed him to develop extensive knowledge of the national security challenges we face. 

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Today, Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement in reflection of the shooting which killed four Lakewood Police Officers a year ago:

“One year ago today, four Lakewood Police Officers were the target of a heinous, senseless crime. As we reflect on this tragic day, let us honor and remember their sacrifice and service. These valiant officers lost their lives working to keep our communities safe and they will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers also continue to be with their friends, family and loved ones. 

“The horrific murder of these officers, committed by a criminal originating from a state hundreds of miles away, is a vivid reminder of the risks our police officers face each and every day. While there is nothing we can do to bring them back, we can honor their loss by working to help prevent an act like this from occurring again.

“In the days and months since that dreadful day, we have not only mourned with gatherings and vigils, but also with action to help prevent this sort of tragedy from happening again. Earlier this year, the Interstate Commission for Adult Offenders Supervision, the body that governs the release and supervision of convicted felons across state lines, adopted changes to the compact between states that will help prevent similar tragedies from happening again. 

“I will continue to do what I can to protect and support the men and women who work to keep our families and our communities safe.”

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Congressman Adam Smith, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, released the following statement in response North Korea’s artillery attack on South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island: 
 
“This reckless behavior displayed by North Korea is an unacceptable act of aggression against South Korea, a long-standing ally of the United States. I am concerned about the threat not only for the citizens of South Korea but also for U.S. military personnel stationed on the Korean Peninsula.
 
“I join my colleagues and the Administration in strongly condemning the actions of the North Korean military. These hostile actions by the North Korean regime are the latest in a series of belligerent nuclear ambitions and military actions that have escalated tensions in the region and cannot continue.  
 
“The United States is committed to maintaining peace on the Korean Peninsula. Additional escalation of hostilities between North and South Korea is not in the interest of either country, the United States or the international community. I urge all parties to practice restraint and focus on defusing this situation. “

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced that he will lead a high-tech trade mission to India early next year. The mission is designed to help U.S. companies enter the Indian market or build on existing operations.  It will highlight export opportunities for a range of sectors including specialized materials, aerospace, information and communication technologies among others. Given the high-quality products available from the Puget Sound Region, Congressman Smith strongly encourages local businesses and business leaders to apply to participate in this trade mission. 
 
“India’s market is one of the fastest growing in the world and the growth is projected to continue.  At the same time, the U.S.-India trade relationship is becoming increasingly important for American exporters.  I encourage all eligible local business leaders and companies to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Congressman Adam Smith. “As our region looks to recover and create jobs, we must take advantage of every opportunity. The Puget Sound Region is particularly strong in products from sectors such as technology and civil aviation that India desires. We should seek to build a stronger, mutually beneficial relationship with India as well as other growing economies throughout Asia.” 
 
The business development trip will take place February 6 through 11, 2011 and will travel to New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.  Participating firms and business leaders will join the Secretary and export financing agency officials to promote U.S. exports in a broad range of advanced industrial sectors, including civil-nuclear trade, defense and security, civil aviation, and information and communications technology.  For more information, visit: www.trade.gov/IndiaMission2011. The deadline to apply is November, 30 2010. 
 
The U.S.-India trade relationship continues to grow in strength.  From 2002 to 2009, U.S. goods exports to India quadrupled, growing from $4.1 billion to $16.4 billion.  U.S. exports to India through the first eight months of this year are up 17.5% and are on target to reach an all-time high of $19 billion.  Trade in advanced technologies – the focus of Secretary Locke’s upcoming trade mission to India – was a key driver in much of this growth.