February 1, 2012
“As we celebrate Black History Month this February, let us honor the significant contributions and achievements African-Americans have made to our nation. The legacy of African-American trailblazers serves as an example of the leadership and commitment necessary to overcome insurmountable obstacles.
“As our country continues to face difficult economic times, we must also acknowledge that people of color are still disproportionately affected by unemployment and by discriminatory practices that must be addressed.
“There is still more work to do to realize a society that grants everyone a fair chance to succeed. No matter their race, creed, or background, we must ensure all people have an equal opportunity in our country to reach their highest potential, and to achieve their dreams.”
“I am greatly disappointed with Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision to sever its ties with Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Susan G. Komen, known for promoting and advocating for women’s health, has allowed politics to stand in its way of delivering on its mission and its promise to thousands of women. The true victims of this new policy will be low-income and uninsured women who are in need of affordable and regular mammograms and other preventative screenings.
“I hope the Komen Foundation seriously reconsiders this policy and figures out a way to continue meeting the needs of the women it means to serve without succumbing to political pressures.”
January 25, 2012
“The most important issue facing our country is creating broad-based economic opportunity for every American. Returning our society to a place where every American has an equal chance to succeed has been slow, and there is much more to be done.
“The President outlined steps we must take to continue moving forward. By focusing on bringing jobs back to America through tax breaks to companies that keep them here, investing in community colleges to train and prepare our workforce with skills needed to compete in a 21st century global economy, by making higher education more accessible and affordable for anyone who wants to attend, and by monitoring unfair trade practices that ensure American workers and our products compete fairly within the global marketplace, we can do what is necessary to get our economy back on track.
“The Administration has also put together a significant string of foreign policy successes, including the death of Osama bin Laden, the elimination of much of al Qaeda's leadership, the end of the war in Iraq and by supporting the people of the Middle East and North Africa in their pursuit of a more representative government. Most recently, the President laid out a strategy to enable the United States to build on those successes and confront the threats of today and of the future, wherever they may emerge.
“There is still much work to do. Too many people working hard, being responsible and playing by the rules only to realize that opportunities that once existed are no longer there. I look forward to working with the President and my colleagues in Congress to support initiatives and policies that level the playing field, rebuild our economy and prepare us to meet the challenges of the future."
January 22, 2012
Congressman Smith (WA-09) today released the following statement after Congresswoman Gabby Giffords announced she will resign from Congress:
"Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is a true friend, and a dynamic and dedicated public servant. Over the last year, she and her family have experienced very difficult and life changing events, but her courage and determination in the face of these challenges has truly been inspiring.
"Gabby has been an extraordinary Member of Congress and an outstanding member of the House Armed Services Committee. Her top priority has always been to serve and work hard to advocate for the people of southern Arizona and the impact she’s had in Congress will be felt for years to come.
"While Gabby will be deeply missed, the speed of her recovery has been remarkable. I respect her decision to step down from Congress to continue focusing on her health. I have no doubt she will continue making a positive impact on the lives of those around her
"I wish Gabby and her family nothing but the best, and I will continue to do whatever I can to support her recovery."