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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act, sending it to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
 
“Today Congress reaffirmed America’s global leadership and competitiveness by passing the CHIPS and Science Act, which will make critical investments to bolster domestic manufacturing and strengthen our workforce. These investments will reduce the shortage of essential semiconductor chips used in everything from electric vehicles to consumer electronics, shore up supply chains, lower consumer costs, and create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs right here at home. I am pleased to see that the bill maintains important safeguards to prohibit this funding from being used by corporations for stock buybacks and shareholder dividends. The bill also promotes American innovation by reforming and modernizing key federal science and research agencies to enhance their ability to conduct cutting-edge science and engineering research in emerging technologies like A.I. and advanced energy. Additionally, the bill includes a new program to create technology and innovation ‘hubs’ across the country and broaden participation in STEM fields. As Americans struggle with the cost of living, this historic bill will bring manufacturing back to the U.S. and create opportunity for our workers, strengthen the economy, and brighten our future.”
 
Background
 
The CHIPS and Science Act includes:
  • $54 billion in appropriations for the currently authorized Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act and public wireless supply chain innovation. This includes:
    • $39 billion for incentives to build, improve, or expand U.S. semiconductor manufacturing.
    • $11 billion for semiconductor R&D and workforce development.
    • $1.5 billion for the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund to support U.S. and allied leadership in the global telecommunications arena by accelerating open architectures and fostering a competitive, secure, and standards-based ecosystem for 5G and beyond networks.
    • $500 million to support international information and communications technology security and semiconductor supply chain.
    • $2 billion for the Department of Defense (DoD) to implement the Microelectronics Commons, a national network for onshore, university-based prototyping, lab-to-fab transition of semiconductor technologies - including DoD-unique applications - and semiconductor workforce training.
  • A 25% investment tax credit for manufacturing of semiconductors or semiconductor manufacturing equipment in the U.S.
  • Important guardrails provisions, including:
    • Recipients of funding cannot use the funds for stock buybacks and shareholder dividends, and funds can be ‘reclaimed’ if these conditions are met.
    • Commerce is required to ensure that the recipients of CHIPS manufacturing incentives meet their commitments to increase the participation of economically disadvantaged individuals in the semiconductor workforce. Commerce also must establish personnel to serve as a resource to support the participation of minority-owned businesses, Veteran-owned businesses, and women-owned businesses, in CHIPS-funded projects.
    • Funds for semiconductor fabrication construction would include Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage requirements.
  • New authorizations and reforms to federal science and engineering research at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the National institution of Standards and Technology (NIST) within Commerce. The goal is to modernize these agencies to enhance research in emerging technologies like AI and advanced energy. 
  • Authorizes new regional technology and innovation hub program within the Department of Commerce to establish 20 ‘hubs’ around the country to focus on technology development job creation and expanding U.S. innovation capacity.
A summary of the bill can be found here.
Fact sheets for the bill can be found here.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) recently published an op-ed in Fox News, urging Congress to include climate provisions in an upcoming reconciliation package – legislation that Democrats can pass into law because it cannot be blocked by the filibuster. In his piece, Rep. Smith makes the case that transiting to a renewable and clean energy economy will allow us to address many of the challenges we currently face, including public and environmental health, energy costs, and inflation and that failing to do so will represent a missed opportunity for our environment, economy, and future.
 
You can read the full piece below and here.

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Discussion of climate change may seem abstract or theoretical, but here in the Puget Sound region we are already feeling its effects. We see climate change in the increasing and intensifying wildfires, storms, heat waves, and other natural disasters that continue to become more deadly, displace more people, and expose more communities to harmful environmental and health hazards. Around the world, climate change is a major driver of displacement, famine, and conflict. If left unaddressed, these effects are only going to become more costly and deadly. 
 
Climate change represents the existential threat of our time and thinking about the sheer scope of the challenge can be terrifying. But the solution — transitioning off fossil fuels — presents an enormous opportunity for our country and our world. It’s not all doom and gloom.
 
Moving to a clean energy economy can address some of the most-pressing issues facing individuals and families right now like health and wellbeing, energy costs, inflation, and economic opportunity.
 
Fossil fuels have harmful effects on environmental health and wellbeing, which we have known about for years. Pollution from fossil fuels — whether from cars and trucks, gas furnaces and stoves, or manufacturing and industrial sites — negatively impacts public health, especially children and the most vulnerable members of our society. Transitioning to a clean-energy economy would drastically reduce harmful pollution and create cleaner, healthier communities.
 
A system reliant on fossil fuels also has consequences for consumers and their pocketbooks. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the global rise in oil and gas prices illustrates the volatility of the fossil fuel market and the impact it has at the pump. The increase in fuel costs is one of the primary drivers of inflation. As consumers get squeezed with rising costs from inflation and higher fuel prices, oil companies have made record profits during this crisis. All the while, the oil industry and its allies have shamelessly called for an increase in domestic oil production, which is a false solution.
 
Oil and gas production in the U.S. has been at an all-time high in recent years and the Biden-Harris administration approved more drilling permits per month than President Donald Trump did in any of his first three years in office. No matter how much fossil fuel energy we produce domestically, U.S. consumers will always be subject to price hikes based on what’s happening in the global market.
 
The only way to be truly energy independent is to build an American economy no longer dependent on fossil fuels.
 
A renewable and clean energy economy would help combat inflation and bring more affordable, stable energy to consumers, insulating folks from the volatility we see today in the price of gas, utilities, and everyday goods. Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels will remove a huge point of economic and political leverage that oil-rich autocratic leaders in Russia, Iran, and Saudi Arabia wield to their benefit. That means our transition to a clean-energy economy isn’t just smart domestic policy, it is also a matter of national security.
 
Senator Joe Manchin, D-WV, reportedly wants to wait until September, when July’s inflation numbers are released, to decide how to proceed on climate provisions in a reconciliation legislative package. Like Manchin, folks around the country are worried about the price of gas and higher costs for everyday goods. I’m worried about rising prices too.
 
But that is exactly why we need to keep making the case that a clean energy economy can help address the challenges we face — including inflation.
 
We aren’t going to convince skeptics if we only talk about the existential threat of climate change. We must focus on the opportunity in front of us. An economy that runs on renewable and clean energy will improve people’s health and wellbeing; reduce energy costs for consumers; minimize drastic energy price swings; create good paying jobs; and promote national security and global stability. 
 
Congressional Democrats and the Biden-Harris administration have made clear our commitment to combating climate change. It’s been at the forefront of executive actions from day one of this administration, and it was a pillar of the Build Back Better Act that passed in the House last year.
 
But legislative days are quickly running out and we face hard choices. If an agreement on climate provisions can be reached with Manchin, the choice is clear.
 
Congress must not squander our best opportunity to take significant climate action during Biden’s first term — it’s time to move a reconciliation bill that puts the country on a path toward net-zero emissions and to decarbonize every sector of the economy.
 
If we can successfully include other priorities — such as prescription drug pricing reform — then we should, but passage of a major climate bill is going to require members of Congress to make concessions on unresolved, non-climate related priorities and fight those battles separately. This is of course not the ideal outcome, but it is the prioritization necessary to push through a climate package that will truly catalyze our clean energy future. 
 
If an agreement can ultimately be reached with Manchin on investments in climate and clean energy, we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Our collective success will require all of us who take climate change seriously to convince the American people, especially skeptics, that passing an aggressive clean energy package is an opportunity to not only tackle climate change, but also address some of the pain points that Americans across the country are feeling right now. It’s on us, and the time is now.  
 
Congressman Adam Smith, D-Wash., represents Washington’s 9th congressional district, serving parts of King and Pierce counties including Seattle, Bellevue, and Tacoma. As a senior member of Democratic leadership in the House, Congressman Smith also serves as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) led members of the Washington State Congressional Delegation in a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra and Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen in support of the Washington Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver application. The 1332 waiver would make it possible for thousands of currently uninsured Washington residents to purchase health coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder who are currently ineligible due to their immigration status. This waiver would address inequities in health care access, reduce health disparities, and lower health care costs for all Washington residents who purchase coverage through the state-based marketplace.

“Over 100,000 uninsured Washington residents are unable to purchase coverage through the state-based marketplace, Washington Healthplanfinder, due to federal restrictions. Washington’s waiver will eliminate this restriction, an action which is broadly supported at the state level and will advance efforts the state legislature has taken to help ensure all Washingtonians can obtain high-quality health coverage,” the members wrote. “By decreasing the number of uninsured, addressing health disparities, strengthening the individual market, and improving health care affordability, this waiver also takes an important step forward in addressing health equity.”

“We believe Washington’s Section 1332 Waiver will meaningfully improve access to affordable coverage for Washingtonians and reduce costs, consistent with the law and the Administration’s commitment to expanding health coverage,” the members concluded.

A fact sheet about the Washington Section 1332 Waiver Application can be found here.
A full copy of the letter can be found here.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8294, a six-bill government funding package, by a vote of 220-207. The funding package includes Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 appropriations bills for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture and Rural Development, Energy and Water, Financial Services and General Government, Interior-Environment, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.
 
“The funding advanced by the House today will address some of our nation’s most pressing challenges – including housing and homelessness, transit and transportation, and energy and environment – by spurring investment from coast to coast. The package includes funding for new affordable housing development, housing vouchers, targeted services to reduce homelessness, and new nationwide transit routes. Importantly, the bill will move us towards a clean energy future by investing in clean, affordable, and reliable energy sources, low and no emission transit, and efforts to accelerate domestic manufacturing of clean energy technologies. This package also includes record funding levels for Urban Indian Health and Tribal Epidemiology Centers, which I helped champion, that directly support organizations like the Seattle Indian Health Board and Urban Indian Health Institute in Washington’s Ninth District.
 
“These investments pay special attention to the most vulnerable among us, including people experiencing homelessness, low-income individuals and families, people with disabilities, seniors, and – because of the historic increase in funding for environmental justice initiatives – those at the frontlines of the climate crisis, most often low-income communities and communities of color.
 
“I am glad to see this bill pass out of the House today and I look forward to getting this transformational funding across the finish line to deliver immediate and direct support to communities across the country.”
 
Additional information about the government funding package, including fact sheets for each of the six bills, is below.
 
Climate and Energy
  • Includes a historic increase of $301 million in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Justice initiatives.
  • Includes $4 billion for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), which provides for clean, affordable, and secure energy and ensures American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy.
  • Provides $100 million for activities at the Department of Energy to utilize the Defense Production Act to accelerate domestic manufacturing of key clean energy technologies. 
Housing
  • Provides over $12.8 billion in funding for new affordable housing, including critical health, safety, and maintenance improvements to ensure the safety and quality of public and low-income housing.
  • Provides funding for new support for manufactured housing, and community development activities, including $515.3 million to construct approximately 5,600 new affordable housing units for seniors and persons with disabilities.
  • Includes $1.7 billion in direct funding to states and local governments through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program and increases the number of distressed neighborhoods that could be revitalized through the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative program.
  • Expands housing choice vouchers to more than 140,000 low-income individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness, including survivors of domestic violence and Veterans.
  • Invests $3.6 billion in efforts to reduce homelessness through Homeless Assistance Grants, including targeted services for survivors of domestic violence and youth experiencing homelessness.
  • Reduces our carbon footprint by investing more than $983 million across the Department of Housing and Urban Development to improve energy and water efficiency and increase resiliency in public and low-income housing.
 
Transit and Transportation
  • Includes $17.5 billion for the Federal Transit Administration, including $13.6 billion for Transit Formula Grants to expand bus fleets and increase the transit state of good repair; $3 billion for Capital Investment Grants to create new transit routes nationwide, an increase of $764 million above the Fiscal Year 2022 enacted level; and $646 million for Transit Infrastructure Grants, to assist transit agencies in purchasing low and no emission buses, improving urban and rural ferry systems, adopting innovative approaches to mobility, and carrying out local projects, an increase of $142 million above Fiscal Year 2022.
  • Includes more than $2.6 billion to reduce emissions, increase resiliency, and address historical inequities in transportation and housing programs.
 
Urban Indian health
  • Includes record funding levels for the Urban Indian Health program and Tribal Epidemiology Centers.

FACT SHEETS:
 
The Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies fact sheet is here.
The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies face sheet is here.
The Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies fact sheet is here.
The Financial Services and General Government fact sheet is here.
The Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies is here.
The Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies is here.
 
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed the Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act by a vote of 223 to 205 and the Women’s Health Protection Act by a vote of 219 to 210 in response to the Supreme Court’s dangerous decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which revoked the constitutional right to abortion.

“In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and strip millions of Americans of their right to access abortion, at least nine states across the country have banned abortion, with more states expected to ban or severely restrict abortion in the coming weeks. The gravity of this ruling cannot be overstated, both in terms of reproductive freedom and privacy, and we know Republicans intend to pass a federal abortion ban if they retake control of Congress. Democrats know the threat we face, and today, we took action to protect Americans’ freedoms.

“I was proud to vote for the Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act, which would provide support to people who are already suffering from the consequences of the Court’s decision. This crucial bill would protect people from being prosecuted if they need to travel across state lines to receive abortion care. I also voted for the Women’s Health Protection Act to create a statutory right to receive and provide an abortion, so that every person across the country can access essential reproductive health care, regardless of their zip code or income. Importantly, this bill would protect both patients and providers who are being unjustly targeted by state laws that are attempting to criminalize abortion.

“While the action by the House today reflects the will in Congress to defend access to abortion and reproductive health care for every person across the country, these bills will now go to the Senate where their fate is not as promising. As I have said before, we must immediately end the filibuster so that we can put an end to minority rule in our country and pass legislation into law that the overwhelming majority of Americans want and need. Our fight for reproductive freedom depends on it.”

A fact sheet of the Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act can be found here.
A fact sheet of the Women’s Health Protection Act can be found here.

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