Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) submitted a Community Project Funding request of $1,000,000 for the Keiro Site, Africatown Community Land Trust (ACLT) in the Central District of Seattle, Wash. to the House Appropriations Committee.

“Africatown Community Land Trust is pleased that Keiro will be selected as one of the projects that may be awarded funding through this congressional process. Immediately upon receiving these funds ACLT will be able to provide 150 beds to homeless and unsheltered individuals. We hope that many of the homeless residents that are housed at Keiro temporarily will become permanent residents when we open our doors. These residents will be supported by wraparound services. At the time of completion, Keiro will provide 285 units of permanently affordable rental housing that is much needed in Seattle – a city that is suffering the dual crises of a lack of affordable housing and homelessness.”

The Keiro Site will be a mixed-use project that will provide opportunities for affordable rental housing, economic development, and community space in the Central District of Seattle; a historically Black neighborhood that is experiencing intense gentrification and displacement pressures. The Keiro Site is expected to create approximately 300 units of affordable rental housing and will have dedicated space for culturally relevant early childhood education, a critical need in the Central District.

The requested funds for the Keiro Site will help combat growing displacement, increase access to affordable housing and early learning services, and provide economic opportunities for Black-owned businesses.

Click here for information about other Community Project Funding requests submitted by Congressman Smith.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) released the following statement on D.C. statehood after the House passed H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admissions Act:

“Washington, D.C. residents pay federal taxes, serve on juries, and serve our country, yet they are barred from having a vote in Congress. The United States is the only democratic country in the world that denies full democratic rights to citizens because they live in the nation’s capital. D.C.’s robust economy, rich culture, and diverse population operate on a budget that is already larger than twelve states and bring in more federal income tax dollars than twenty-one other states. The over 700,000 American citizens who live in the District of Columbia deserve the same voting and representational rights as citizens from every other state in the Union.

“The Washington, D.C. Admission Act would establish the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st state in the Union and finally give residents meaningful political representation and control over local affairs. I am proud to join Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton in strong support of statehood to correct the injustice citizens who live in our nation’s capital have faced for decades. The passage of this bill in the House is a step forward in realizing the full promise of our democratic system.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith (D-Wash) issued the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 1333, the NO BAN Act, and H.R. 1573, the Access to Counsel Act:

“The United States should be a place that welcomes and embraces people of all nationalities and religions. By passing the NO BAN Act and the Access to Counsel Act, the House is setting a path forward that better reflects America’s values where we do not shut our doors for xenophobic reasons.

“Following President Biden’s executive action to rescind the egregious Muslim ban put forward by President Trump, the NO BAN Act will establish guardrails to prevent future attempts at discriminatory travel bans. I have spoken with countless constituents who were forced to live apart from their loved ones because of the Muslim ban. This is unacceptable and this bill helps ensure we will not have similar needless and cruel policies in the future.

“Following Trump’s Muslim ban, many individuals lawfully entering the U.S. were held by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for secondary inspection for hours and often denied the ability to contact loved ones or lawyers. Just last year we saw this happen in Washington when hundreds of Iranian Americans were held at the U.S.-Canada border for hours. The Access to Counsel Act seeks to ensure that individuals entering the U.S. who are subjected to secondary inspection can rightfully access and communicate with legal counsel, family, and others who can assist with verifying the legal status of their trip.

“The two bills passed today are important steps to address bigoted policies and practices that have caused unnecessary suffering for years.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), released the following statement after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts for which he was charged in the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“Today, we saw the judicial system work to hold Derek Chauvin accountable for the murder of George Floyd by convicting him on all three criminal charges, but it does not change the fact that his life was brutally cut short.

“Derek Chauvin’s conviction in this case of such brutal violence follows years of impunity for officers who committed similar abuses of power and violations of public trust. Our current system fails far too often, and while today’s guilty verdict brings a sense of relief, it does not represent the fundamental reforms needed to prevent further acts of brutality against Black Americans at the hands of those sworn to protect them.

“George Floyd will not have the opportunity to spend time with his loved ones, raise his children, or live his life free of the threat of police violence. We owe it to him and countless others to continue the work of combatting systemic racism, eliminating police brutality, and reforming the criminal justice system to ensure police are held accountable when they fail to protect the communities they serve. Efforts to overhaul policing in the U.S., like those in the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, are as desperately needed today as they were yesterday.

“My thoughts are with George Floyd’s friends and family – I hope this verdict can bring his loved ones peace while knowing that his life has inspired so many as we continue to work on police reform.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1195, Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, which provides health care and social service workers the protection they deserve through OSHA standards for responsibility and accountability, and the implementation of workplace violence prevention programs.

“For the last year, essential workers have worked tirelessly on the front lines of this pandemic while the rate of workplace violence against them has continued to rise. Nurses, social workers, and many others in health and social services occupations suffer from disproportionate rates of workplace violence injuries. In 2018, health care workers accounted for nearly three out of four nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses caused by violence.

“The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has the responsibility to protect caregivers from workplace violence, but it does not have the basic tools needed to do so. Currently, there is no enforceable standard that requires employers to implement violence prevention plans that would help reduce workplace violence injuries among health care and social service workers. The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act directs OSHA to establish an enforceable workplace standard to protect workers on the job. This bill also requires employers to develop workplace violence prevention programs and identify risks, specify solutions, and require training, reporting, and incident investigations.

“Essential workers who are disproportionately affected by these preventable incidents deserve workplace violence protections, and this bill takes a meaningful step forward in prevention and accountability for these actions.”

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