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Congressman Adam Smith announced today that he will attend an Emergency Energy Conservation Summit this Saturday, March 31, 2001, starting at 10:00 a.m., held at the Jackson Federal Building in Seattle. Smith will be joined by other Washington State Delegation members along with representatives of several public utilities, government agencies, and school groups to discuss possible solutions to the pending continuation of the energy crisis our region is enduring.

"It is important that our region come together to discuss our current energy situation," said Smith. "We need to discuss how we can ensure that our economy remains strong and consumers are protected.

The intent of the summit is to help devise energy conservation solutions. It is Smith's hope that open dialogue among interested parties will aid in the solution process providing process.

The Energy summit will feature three panels, each with separate subjects and guests. It will conclude at 2:30 p.m.. The public and media are invited to attend. Congressman Smith will be available to speak with the press at 9:45 a.m.. Details of the summit to follow:

WHAT: Emergency Energy Conservation Summit
WHO: Legislators, Guest Participant, and Citizens
WHEN: Saturday, March 31, 2001 

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Member Press Availability
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Summit

WHERE: Jackson Federal Building/South Auditorium/915 Second Avenue, Seattle

"I am obviously very disappointed with the Boeing Company's decision to move its corporate headquarters out of Seattle. Although this move will not have an immediate effect on the thousands of people in my district and throughout Washington state who have worked on the production of Boeing airplanes which in turn has contributed to the success of one of the country's most celebrated businesses, it is still disheartening to learn that Boeing will no longer be a Seattle-based business.

I believe the Puget Sound region offers one of the world's best locations for a successful businesses to grow and prosper, as Boeing itself has demonstrated since its creation in 1916. Nonetheless, we must determine the reasons behind Boeing's decision and, if necessary, address factors that damper Washington's business climate. By doing so, we will ensure that our region's economy continues to prosper and that our citizens have access to high-paying jobs.

I look forward to continuing to work with the thousands of engineers. machinists, and other Boeing employees in the Seattle region in the years ahead."

Yesterday Representative Adam Smith announced that he will oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). This announcement was made in the wake of several recent events.

On Monday, February 26, 2001, Senator Frank Murkowski of Alaska introduced S. 389. Although he defers to this piece of legislation as a comprehensive energy package, it does little to help the U.S. develop a sustainable energy policy. Additionally, Murkowski's energy package opens ANWR to oil drilling. Congressman Smith opposes this bill. He believes that our country cannot drill its way out of our energy situation. Rather our country needs to develop a sustainable energy policy that uses renewable energy and encourage conservation.

Additionally, on February 27, 2001 President Bush made his Joint Address to Congress. In his address he outlined his budget. Included in his long term budget projections is revenue from drilling in ANWR beginning in 2004. Congressman Smith believes that including ANWR is misleading, and gives us an unrealistic picture of our future revenue. Since drilling in ANWR would require Congress to pass legislation, it is misleading to include projected revenue from a project that Congress has not even considered.

As a result of these two events Congressman Smith felt it was necessary to make a decision on this issue now. "I am making this decision at this time because I want to show President Bush and my colleagues that I will not support drilling in ANWR and I do not believe that it should be included in any budget projections," Smith said. "Over the next few months I plan to work with my colleagues to develop a sustainable energy policy that focuses on conservation and alternative sources of energy."

"I am encouraged to hear the preliminary reports of the recent oral arguments in the Court of Appeals' Microsoft case. While this process is still unfolding, it is my hope that the Court of Appeals will closely examine all the evidence and render a decision that would eliminate any future discussion of breaking up Microsoft. These proceedings have dragged on for nearly three years. For the sake of consumers and the technology industry in general, we need resolution to this matter soon.

I remain troubled by Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's Lower Court ruling and its potential chilling effect on the "New Economy" and the technology industry at large. His support of a "remedy" to break Microsoft in two separate companies was unfounded. At no point has anyone been able to demonstrate harm to consumers -- indeed, Microsoft has consistently offered computer users better products at lower prices.

The technology industry remains vibrant and competitive -- by putting this lengthy and expensive trial behind us, I'm confident it will remian that way. Microsoft has made significant contributions to our nation's economy, to technological innovation and - perhaps most importantly - to the quality of life for American consumers. It is my hope and expectation that Microsoft will continue to be a leader and an innovator in tomorrow's marketplace."

Ninth District Congressman Adam Smith offers his congratulations to the Oppong family as they celebrate their long-awaited reunion with sons, Samuel Jr. A reception will be held at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church on Sunday, February 25, 2001 at 12:00 p.m..

When Samuel Jr. Oppong was one year old, he came down with malaria two days before he was to leave with his parents for the United States. He did not recover until ten days after his visa expired. His parents, Samuel and Irene, have been desperately trying to ensure the arrival of Samuel Jr. to the United States for over four years.

Finally, after an exhaustive process and with the assistance of a committee formed by Lake Burien Presbyterian Church coupled with the help from Congressman Adam Smith's office, Samuel Jr.arrived on January 31, 2001.

"I am very pleased to be a part of the process that allowed such a happy reunion," Smith said. "Although it has been a long procedure, I am encouraged by the community effort on behalf of the Oppongs by Lake Burien Presbyterian Church. The Church saw a problem and formed a committee to help the Oppong family follow the legal steps to bring their son home to them. The Church also moved to act to help other children on Ghana avoid malaria by making beds tents to send to Ghana. The congregation both recognized the broader issue that lay behind this family's separation and made a contribution to solving that problem. I applaud them for both support of the Oppong family and for their outreach to Ghana."

The reception will be help at 15003 - 14th Avenue SW in Burien.