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Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) announced today that the City of Federal Way was awarded a grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and United States Fire Administration (USFA) to purchase new lifesaving equipment and provide more firefighter training.

“This grant will provide Federal Way’s firefighters with the tools they need to do their jobs safely and more efficiently,” Smith said.  “Our nation’s fire departments are the first responders into almost every emergency situation and this grant program is one of the ways that we can help to ensure their continued safety as they face a variety of threats.  This was a very competitive grant process, involving a national peer review process with over 300 fire service leaders.  With their receipt of the award, the Federal Way department has successfully demonstrated their commitment to ‘safety first’ for their team.” 

Awarded jointly by FEMA and USFA, the Assistance to Fire Fighters Grant Program is designed to increase the effectiveness of fire fighting operations, fire fighter health and safety programs, new fire apparatus, EMS programs, and Fire Prevention and Safety Programs.  The Federal Way Fire Department received $475,950 to help address firefighter safety issues and improve the basic fire fighting services they provide to the community.

 

Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) announced today that the City of Federal Way was awarded a grant through the Department of Justice to purchase information technology to help streamline administrative and clerical duties for law enforcement officers, giving them more time to patrol local streets and neighborhoods.   
“This grant will provide critical support to Federal Way’s law enforcement personnel and help give them the tools they need to fight crime more effectively,” Smith said.  “As a former prosecutor, I've seen firsthand the devastating impact crime has on communities and this is one of the ways Congress can be an effective partner with local and state law enforcement to combat crime.  This was a very competitive grant process and in receiving the award Federal Way successfully demonstrated both their vision for more effective community policing and the compelling need for strengthened law enforcement in the area to ensure the safety and well-being of our families.” 

The grant was awarded through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Making Officer Redeployment Effective (MORE) program, created under the 1994 Crime Bill.  Federal Way received $138,900 to purchase department computers, mobile computing units, computer-aided dispatch systems, automated booking and automated fingerprint identification systems.  The grant will help the Federal Way Police Department address officer safety issues and improve services they provide to the community.

 

On Tuesday, August 27, Congressman Adam Smith (D-09) will be in Yelm to meet with the Yelm Chamber of Commerce and then for a roundtable meeting with Yelm’s elected and community leaders. 

The Yelm Chamber of Commerce has invited Congressman Smith to talk about the current state of affairs in Congress and to update them on issues of concern to the Yelm area including health care, transportation, veterans affairs, homeland security and the war on terrorism.  

After the Chamber meeting, Congressman Smith has invited elected and community leaders for a conversation about the current state of affairs in Yelm.  He will also get a brief update on the Y3 project from city staff.  

Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend both the Chamber meeting and the roundtable with Yelm’s leaders.  For further information or to speak with Smith during the day, please contact Katharine Lister at (202) 226-8454.

9:00a.m. – 10:30a.m.  
Meeting with the Yelm Chamber of Commerce

Where: Nisqually Valley Moose Lodge, Yelm 

10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m. 
Meeting with elected and community leaders from Yelm.  Invitees include Mayor Rivas, City Councilmembers, State Rep. Richard DeBolt (20th District), Police Chief Todd Stancil, County Commissioner Diane Oberquell, Superintendent of Schools Alan Burke, Sheriff Gary Edwards, Yelm Chamber of Commerce President Glen Cunningham, Yelm Senior Center Director Fran Sherrill and city staff.
Where: Yelm City Hall, City Council Chambers
105 Yelm Avenue West, Yelm

On Friday August 23, Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) will speak with the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Lakewood about using fiscal discipline to get our economy back on track.    
 
Last month the Office of Management and Budget revealed that projected federal deficits for this year have exploded to $165 billion, leaving little doubt that the federal government will be forced to dip even further into the Social Security trust fund.  The national debt clock, reset last month, highlights the nation’s troubles as the clock's $6.1 trillion debt figure skyrockets upwards at a rate of $30 a second.  

Congressman Adam Smith believes that a return to sincere and deliberate fiscal discipline must be the cornerstone of our government’s economic policy.  In the 1990s when Wall Street and Main Street saw that the government was serious about keeping its books in order and reducing the national debt, interest rates fell and private investment grew.  Businesses created jobs and all Americans benefited from lower interest rates on their mortgages, student loans and consumer credit.

Members of the media are invited to attend both the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce meeting and the Rotary Club of Lakewood address.  For further information on the meetings or to speak with Smith during the day, please contact Katharine Lister at (202) 225-6902.

7:30a.m. – 9:00a.m.  Meeting with Des Moines Chamber of Commerce 
Where: Des Moines Creek Restaurant
21830 Marine View Drive, Des Moines

12:00p.m. – 1:30p.m. Meeting with the Rotary Club of Lakewood
Where: Oakbrook Golf and Country Club
8102 Zircon Drive SW, Lakewood

On Monday, August 26, Congressman Adam Smith (D-09) will hold a town hall meeting to discuss current Congressional efforts to tackle corporate responsibility.    

In late July, the House of Representatives passed, by 412-3, tough corporate reform legislation to create a strong, independent oversight board, increase civil and criminal penalties on corporate wrongdoers.  The passage of the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act was an important step forward in restoring investor confidence in our economy, but is by no means the last.

Congressman Adam Smith continues to call for effective legislation on corporate governance and accounting, which must be enacted to restore investor confidence and firmly lift the U.S. economy out of last year’s recession.  U.S. capital markets, despite being the deepest in the world, may fail to attract steady investments if the public feels there are more Enrons or WorldComs lurking in the wings.

Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend the town hall.  For further information or to speak with Smith during the day, please contact Katharine Lister at (202) 226-8454.

6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.  
Corporate Responsibility Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Adam Smith
Where: Federal Way Regional Library
34200 First Way South, Federal Way