Press Releases

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-9), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress presenting “The American Jobs Act”:

"America’s economy is stalling. The collapse of our financial system starting in 2007 was a significant blow that the country has yet to recover from. We are now confronting twin challenges of reducing our massive federal debt while encouraging economic growth and job creation. Action is necessary to free up investment and expand the job market on the short term and to begin to achieve the long-term goal of balancing the budget.

“I believe improving our national infrastructure is essential, and I was encouraged by the President’s proposal tonight. Federal investment in workforce training, transportation, education, and energy will support living wage jobs now and make sure we are equipped to compete and succeed in the global economy of the future.

“Implementing a tax credit for companies that hire America’s veterans would be a promising step. Our returning warfighters are equipped with a variety of technical skills that are not always immediately recognized by the private sector. After sacrificing for the security of all Americans, these men and women should be rewarded with a chance at a successful civilian career for themselves and their families.

“Closing corporate tax loopholes as part of the offset for this jobs plan also makes sense, and I give the President credit for looking at the revenue side of the budget equation in this proposal. Addressing the long-term debt crisis through a balance of responsible spending cuts and revenue increases is the direction we need to be moving in.

“Unfortunately, we still need to go further to address the larger problem inhibiting job growth in America today: Instability and lack of trust in our economic system. Investors are understandably wary after years of short-sighted, unpredictable policy governing the U.S. tax code, interest rates, and spending proposals. As a result, private capital sits on the sidelines, at a time when we desperately need businesses and individuals to hire and spend.

“I believe we need a 10-year, comprehensive budget plan that would return predictability to the marketplace. Simplifying the tax code and setting out a responsible, long-term financial framework would restore confidence and free up private-sector investment to return to the economy, expand businesses, and create jobs.

“The focus of recovery should be getting people back to work. Responsible federal policies that keep our fiscal house in order, investment in infrastructure, and removing barriers to private capital investment can work together to achieve this.”
Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on Labor Day 2011:

On Labor Day, we honor the American worker, the engine of our economy, and our most important resource. It is also time to remember the important role labor unions and collective bargaining rights have historically played in supporting our nation’s workers and shaping the backbone of America’s strong middle class.

However, today, the U.S. job market is stalling and many of our friends and neighbors are unemployed or underemployed. I believe it is more important than ever that we help people achieve their American dream by supporting family-wage jobs and fighting for opportunities like education and workforce training. It is vital that we continue to invest in the American worker and help them succeed in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

As we confront our current fiscal challenges, we must keep in mind the American values of broad-based prosperity and economic opportunity for all. We need a balanced, long-term approach to getting our economy back on track that will spur job growth while protecting programs that support our working-class.
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the verdict in the Jason Puracal trial in Nicaragua:

“Jason Puracal has been taken away from his wife and son for nearly nine months and put on trial for drug trafficking and money laundering.

"Unfortunately, last night, Jason was convicted of all counts against him in a flawed Nicaraguan justice system. I was hoping for a better outcome for Jason and his family.

"Going forward, my office will continue to advocate for Jason as an American citizen and work with the State Department to explore all options under international law.”
Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, held a town hall Thursday evening in the Burien City Council Chambers to discuss the national budget and economic policy:

“I believe it is my job to listen to the people of the Ninth District and engage with them in open public forums. I will do my best to represent my constituents and do what I feel is best for the country,” said Smith.

During the meeting, Smith heard from concerned citizens who highlighted the need for job growth, addressing our mounting national debt and deficits, regulation of Wall Street, and worries about the future of programs like Social Security.

One small business owner was concerned about the extension of the Federal Aviation Administration’s funding bill, due to expire in September.  Rep. Smith assured her that he supports passing a long-term bill that will protect workers and grow jobs by allowing infrastructure improvements to move forward.

Before opening the floor to questions and comments, Rep. Smith emphasized the need for a balanced, comprehensive approach to fixing our fiscal and economic challenges.  “A complete debt-reduction plan will have to address revenue and cut spending in a responsible and balanced way,” said Smith.

Town halls and civil public debate are a longstanding tradition of our nation’s democratic process.
Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement about the groundbreaking of the new Raisbeck Aviation High School in Seattle, due to open in 2013:

“I am pleased to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for this promising institution. The Pacific Northwest is home to some of our country’s premiere technology-driven companies. The Aviation High School will help ensure we also continue to lead in producing highly skilled workers who are equipped to succeed in a competitive global economy.

“The next generation of scientists, researchers and engineers will get their start here. We must continue to invest in education and support opportunities for young people to reach their full potential.”