Press Releases

Congressman Adam Smith announced today his schedule for this spring's Town Hall meetings. Issues to be discussed include energy, tax cuts, education, health and others. Congressman Adam Smith appreciates the opportunity to engage in open dialogue with people who reside in his district, and he looks forward to these upcoming Town Hall meetings.

Saturday, April 21, 2001 - DuPont:
State Farm Insurance Building
1000 Wilmington Drive, DuPont

Saturday, April 21, 2001 - Federal Way:
Federal Way Branch of King County Library
848 South 320th, Federal Way

Saturday, May 19, 2001 - Des Moines:
Des Moines City Hall
21630 11th Avenue South, Des Moines

Saturday, May 19, 2001 - Puyallup:
Puyallup Senior Center
212 West Pioneer, Puyallup

Also, please note that on Tuesday, April 10, 2001, from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Congressman Smith will host an Agricultural Advisory Council Meeting, located at the World Trade Center if Fife. If you are interested in participating, please contact Linda Danforth at (253) 926-6683.

U.S. Representative Adam Smith announced today that he has reintroduced the Honesty in Budgeting Act, which he had originally introduced in the 106th Congress. The bill encouraged Members of Congress and the executive branch to be honest with the public about true on-budget circumstances.

"I introduced this bill to tackle a very important problem," Smith explained. "Although Social Security is technically off-budget, politicians and government agencies still use the Social Security trust fund to mask the budget deficit. This perception that we have much larger budget surplus confuses and angers the public. I've included the Medicare surplus as well, because with the upcoming retirement of the baby boomers, it's clear we're going to need those surpluses to pay out benefits in the future. The bottom line is, we shouldn't be dipping into either the Medicare or Social Security trust funds, and the public has the right to know about the true state of our federal budget. That's why my bill will help accomplish."

Specifically the bill would encourage the exclusion of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds from the annual Federal budget baseline, and would prohibit trust fund surpluses to be used as offsets for tax cuts of spending increases. It would also exclude both trust funds from any official budget surplus or deficit pronouncements.

Congressman Smith is currently working with his Congressional colleagues on both sides of the aisle in hopes to convince them that passing the Honesty in Budgeting Act is the right thing to do.

"This is not a Democratic or Republican idea; This is simply good public policy that both parties should support because it will help us regain the trust of the American people," Smith concluded.

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."