Press Releases

On Tuesday, Seven South King County school districts collectively won a $40 million Race to the Top grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  This tremendous achievement is the result of a coordinated effort between Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle, and Tukwila school districts and their partnership with the Road Map Project, which is a region-wide effort to bring together community organizations, government, universities, community colleges, school districts and others to advance K-12 student achievement and access to higher education. 

“I want to congratulate each school district for recognizing the common challenges they face and working together with the Road Map Project to collectively solve them,” said Congressman Adam Smith.  “This grant will provide funds for critical early learning programs, STEM education, and resources to improve access to higher education for students in South King County.  At a time of limited federal resources, this remarkable coordinated effort to achieve a Race to the Top grant stands as a model for school districts across the country.” 

Race to the Top is a national grant competition that helps drive states and school districts across the country to raise academic standards, use data more effectively, create innovative strategies to help schools, and generally improve our education system.  These 7 South King County School districts were one of 16 winners chosen out of 372 applications nationwide, and were one of only two awardees that received the maximum $40 million dollar award. 

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement in recognition of World AIDS Day:

“On World AIDS Day, we stand with the millions of people living with HIV and AIDS across the globe, reflect on the progress we have made, and continue to advance the fight against the disease.

“Combating AIDS is a shared responsibility.  Our country and the global community have made incredible strides over the last 30 years in the battle against HIV and AIDS, but there are still an estimated 34 million people worldwide and over 1 million people in the United States living with HIV.  Investment in medical research, regular HIV testing, increased access to treatment, and education about preventing the spread of HIV are absolutely critical in creating an AIDS-free generation.

“Today, we reflect and celebrate our achievements, but also remember that we must strive towards our goal of ridding the world of HIV/AIDS each and every day.“

Three years ago today, Washington state faced a tragedy when four police officers were shot and killed as they prepared for the day ahead.  Investigation later revealed that the individual who murdered the officers was a convicted felon on parole and that relevant information was not effectively transmitted to the proper authorities.

Today, Representatives Adam Smith (WA-09) and Dave Reichert (WA-08) introduced the Department of Justice (DOJ) Global Advisory Committee (GAC) Authorization Act to improve information sharing between all local, state, and federal law enforcement across the country.

“As a former cop and sheriff, I know that the more information law enforcement agents have, the better they can do their jobs,” said Reichert, the former Sheriff of King County who served 33 years in law enforcement.  “This bill will improve communication among members of law enforcement and enhance the security of communities across the country.  When the lives of cops and citizens are at stake, law enforcement officers must have all available information at their disposal so that they may effectively serve and protect the well-being of those citizens who count on them every day and to safeguard their colleagues."

This legislation would continue to provide technical and financial support for GAC. The bill would also add a new requirement that the Attorney General (AG) issue a report to Congress detailing GAC’s review and their suggestions to improve data interoperability and information sharing policies.

"Information sharing between all levels of law enforcement plays a critical role in keeping our nation safe," Smith said. "This bill can only help move that process forward."

GAC, which consists of over 30 representatives from law enforcement and criminal justice organizations, advises the AG on how to improve best practices and information sharing within the law enforcement community.  The committee provides a forum to discuss strategies and potential solutions to keep our communities safe.

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement on escalating violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC):

"I condemn the ongoing violence in Eastern Congo and the March 23 Movement (M23) takeover of Goma.  M23 rebels are responsible for war crimes, and countless attacks against innocent women and children.  Their actions in Goma and continued ambition to seize cities in the east and across the country stand in violation of international law and could potentially destabilize the region at large.

“The United States and the United Nations must continue to actively engage leaders in the international community to work towards a solution to this conflict.  It is critical that the people in the DRC are protected and rebel groups are prevented from wreaking further havoc in this vulnerable part of the world."

"Today's ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is a positive step in the right direction toward ending the rocket fire into Israel, which has gone on far too long.  I applaud Hillary Clinton, the Obama Administration, and the Egyptian Government for brokering this agreement.

"It is a fragile agreement, however, and continued US involvement is critical to achieve lasting long-term stability in the region.  In order for the ceasefire to hold, Hamas must stop firing rockets into Israel and the U.S. must continue to ensure Israel's right to self-defense, particularly through Iron Dome.  This agreement and additional assistance to support joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense efforts are absolutely critical to regional stability.

"Both the Israelis and the Palestinians have suffered far too long in this conflict.  We must use this ceasefire as an opportunity to work together to find lasting peace in the region."