Press Releases

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy:
“One year ago, President Obama officially repealed the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, allowing lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members to serve openly and honestly for the first time in our nation’s history.  The transition over the last twelve months has been a very successful one.  Our military, and country as a whole, are stronger as a result.  Today, we must recognize and reflect on the significant progress we have made.
“There is still more that must be done to reach full equality in the Armed Forces. To that end, Congress must work to pass the Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act – a bill that I have spearheaded that would provide same-sex spouses of service members and veterans the same rights and benefits as their heterosexual counterparts.”

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) issued the following statement in response to Jason Puracal being released from prison in Nicaragua and returning home to the United States :

The hard work Jason Puracal’s family put in every day to secure his release has finally paid off.  After nearly 2 years behind bars in Nicaragua for a crime he should never have been convicted of, Jason has been released from La Modelo prison and he is now safely out of Nicaragua.  His family’s dedication to this uphill battle is unmatched.  I am so pleased to know that they have had the joy of welcoming him home this week.  

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) today made the following statement recognizing African Immigrant Health and Heritage Month. This year, the theme for African Immigrant Health and Heritage Month honors those African immigrants who have served in our Armed Forces:


“I am proud that Governor Christine Gregoire has recognized September as African Immigrant Health and Heritage Month, highlighting the tremendous contributions millions of African immigrants have made to our nation. As the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand the contributions that African immigrants make to our national security.  Their commitment, courage and honor are commendable, and we should take this month to remember and appreciate all that these fine men and women have done for our nation.


“It is also imperative that we use African Immigrant Health and Heritage Month to bring attention to the health challenges this community currently faces.  In addition to infectious diseases, African immigrants are generally vulnerable to chronic illnesses such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, hypertension, and cancer. By raising awareness, we can improve health services and networks to confront health disparities, serve the African immigrant population in a comprehensive way, and promote lifesaving preventative measures.”



WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s launch of enforcement action against China at the World Trade Organization for illegally subsidizing exports for their auto and auto-parts manufacturers:

“I was pleased to see today’s announcement that the United States has requested dispute settlement consultations with China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for China’s auto and auto parts export subsidies.  Once again, the Obama Administration has proven that it is dedicated to fairness in our international trading system.  The Administration has put the resources necessary toward building a solid case against these trade distorting export subsidies that benefit Chinese manufacturers. 

When China joined the WTO, they agreed to eliminate all export subsidies. It’s time to hold them to that commitment.  Our manufacturers are among the best in the world but for them to compete directly with their international competitors, we must ensure that they have a level playing field.  The policies of our trading partners and international businesses must comply with global trade rules.”



Tonight, I was thrilled to hear Jason will be released.  The Granada appeals court has annulled Jason’s case and ordered his release.  For too long, Jason has been languishing behind bars as the result of a flawed conviction.  I am extremely pleased to hear that the situation will soon be rectified when the release orders are carried out.  I look forward to seeing Jason released from prison and on his way home shortly.