Press Releases

Today, Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to the announcement that EADS will not appeal the Department of Defense’s decision to award the KC-46A Aerial Refueling Tanker contract to The Boeing Company:
 
“This is a step forward in America's military readiness. Last week’s decision to award the $35 billion tanker contract to Boeing secured a key acquisition priority for the Air Force, and today solidifies a big win for the national security needs of our nation.
 
“I am pleased to hear that this important contract award will not be subject to an appeal. This gives Boeing the green-light to begin delivering on building the KC-46A, creating 11,000 Washington jobs as well as 50,000 nationwide.
 
“The Pentagon has scrupulously applied its rules to this competition, taking into account mission effectiveness and life cycle costs, including fuel efficiency and military construction costs, when choosing the Boeing bid. I am confident that the men and women of the Boeing Company will be able to deliver a quality aircraft that meets our warfighters’ requirements, and look forward to seeing the first KC-46A go into service in the years ahead.
 
“Our warfighters have needed this tanker replacement for almost a decade, and I am pleased to see the process coming to a close with a favorable outcome for The Boeing Company and aerospace jobs in Washington.”

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Today, Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the Department of Defense has selected a provider for the KC-X Aerial Refueling Tanker:

“I am pleased that the Air Force has selected Boeing’s proposal to replace the aging fleet of aerial refueling tankers. After numerous delays, today’s announcement moves us closer to meeting the Air Force’s top acquisition priority.

“In a time when our nation is recovering from an economic crisis, today’s announcement by the Department of Defense is a huge boost to Washington State. A Washington State-made tanker will support more than 11,000 jobs in state and 50,000 jobs across the country.

“I know that the men and women at the Boeing Company will provide the warfighter with a high quality product to meet their mission requirements and I look forward to working with the Air Force as we move forward.”

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Today, Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement regarding the expiration of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program.

"I am disappointed that despite its strong track record and history of bipartisan support, the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program has failed to receive a long-term extension.  This is the wrong time to delay extending this critical program, and with the expiration of the TAA reauthorization this past Saturday, countless American workers have lost a program that helped provide essential education and job training."
 
"I believe these programs are important to American workers and to the health of our economy, which is why I continue to support proven, bipartisan programs like TAA.  I am hopeful that we can work towards an extension of TAA in the future, and I urge my colleagues in the House to pass legislation to continue the TAA program that has been so important to those hardest hit in our economic downturn."




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

“We celebrate this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by remembering his courage and honoring his legacy of hope.  He was a once in a lifetime figure that changed the mindset of a nation and his work continues to inspire us today." 

"On this important day, we need to remind ourselves that Dr. King's dream has not yet been fully achieved and we must continue to work toward full equality for all people. In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let us also remember to challenge one another to have compassion for all and fight to rid our communities of discrimination of any form." 

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Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in reaction to the shooting in Tucson, Arizona: 

“I am deeply saddened by the senseless attack on Congresswoman Giffords, her staff and others victims of the shooting. 

“I have served with Congresswoman Giffords on the House Armed Services Committee for years, and she is a dear personal friend. She is an extraordinary member of Congress and an outstanding member of the House Armed Services Committee. 

“Her commitment to her family, our nation and our troops is unparalleled. I have never served with a more principled, dedicated member of Congress.  

“Her family, as well as the families of everyone involved in this tragedy, will be in my thoughts and prayers.”