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Today, Washington state Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) announced  his support for a bipartisan effort to bring the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission to the House floor for a vote as soon as possible. Smith, together with over 100 Members of Congress, has cosponsored a bill that presents the commission’s recommendations in legislative form.

“The Ninth District has one of the largest ports in Washington state as well as two active military bases. I will always work to protect these vital interests that are important not only to our state, but to the entire country.  The legislation that was introduced in Congress today is critical for ensuring that Washington state, and the United States as a whole, are able to prevent future terrorist attacks and will help to build a consolidated effort against terrorists,” said Smith. “With this legislation, we will be taking the first steps needed in implementing some of the lessons learned from that horrific day in September of 2001.”

The 9/11 Commission has recommended sweeping changes in how our intelligence agencies and the Department of Homeland Security operate.  The Democratic bill would follow the blueprint set by the 9-11 Commission, and:

·         Create a strong National Intelligence Director
·         Improve Congressional oversight
·         Ensure an integrated terrorist watch list
·         Strengthen the FBI's ability to collect and analyze domestic intelligence
·         Create an integrated strategic plan for aviation and transportation security
·         Improve airline passenger and baggage screening
·         Improve coordination between FAA and military authorities
·         Provide for the increased assignment of radio spectrum for safety purposes
·         Protect our civil liberties
·         Make the Select Committee on Homeland Security permanent
 
“We must strengthen our intelligence capabilities and refocus our efforts on defeating international terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda,” Smith said. “A bipartisan effort in Congress to pass this legislation is critical to strengthening America’s security.”

 

Congressman Adam Smith announced today that the Defense Department will spend $2.8 million for a wireless Helmet Mounted Display for the Stryker program.

“Wireless Helmet Mounted Displays allow our soldiers to have full situational awareness without having to look throughout the vehicle for important data,” Smith explained.  “I’m extremely pleased that Congress is set to fund these improvements for the Strykers.”

Smith requested the funding as part of the Defense Appropriations bill.  The House is expected to pass the legislation next week.

“As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, one of my top priorities is ensuring our soldiers have the tools they need to protect our country,” Smith said.

The Helmet Mounted Display connectivity technology will be purchased from Microvision, a Bothell company.

Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) is pleased to announce that the Clover Park school district, the Renton school district and the Highline school district have received funding through the federal Smaller Learning Communities Program. The purpose of the program is to promote academic achievement through the planning, implementation or expansion of small, safe and successful learning environments in large public high schools.

“This funding is an important step in continuing to fund our public education system,” said Smith. “This funding will help ensure that all students graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to make successful transitions to college and careers.”

The grants range from $149,000 to more than $1.2 million and will be issued over a one to three-year period. The grants will be used to implement smaller learning programs at large public high schools and will be used to implement programs that will go towards improving student achievement levels in math and reading.
 

Congressman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) made the following statement today on the handover of power in Iraq:

“I am pleased that the transfer of sovereignty to the interim Iraqi government has been completed.  There is clearly a great deal of work ahead and it is my sincere hope that the Iraqi leadership will rise to this challenge and create a better nation for the Iraqi people.  Right now, it is important that the United States and its NATO and Coalition allies continue to have a presence in the country in order to support the Iraqi security forces that will provide the level of security and stability needed for democracy to take hold.  We have made our mission in Iraq a priority and, although continued violence remains likely, we must continue to support our troops by providing them with the proper equipment and training necessary for them to be successful in their mission.”

 

Congressman Adam Smith (D-Wash) is pleased with today’s announcement that the Boeing Co. has been awarded a $3.9 billion cost-plus-award-fee contract to develop the U.S. Navy’s Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA).

“I’m excited that the Boeing Company, in particular, the Boeing plant in Renton, will play a large role in the development and manufacturing of this new aircraft,” said Smith. “Our Navy has played an important role in the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan and the MMA will replace our aging P-3 Orion fleet.  With the development of this aircraft in the Puget Sound region, this will be a boost to our local economy and bring much needed economic relief to the entire region. ”

The MMA offers a modern, highly reliable airframe which will be equipped with improved maritime surveillance and attack capability, allowing a smaller force to provide worldwide responsiveness while potentially on a smaller support infrastructure.  MMA will be a key component in the Navy’s Sea Power 21 Sea Shield concept by providing persistent anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities, supporting Sea Power 21’s Sea Strike doctrine through provisions of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities.  The platform will also play a key role in the Navy’s FORCEnet architecture via development of the common undersea picture.  These operational capabilities will be key factors in providing a sustained forward presence, sea domination, and distributed and networked intelligence.