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WASHINGTON, D.C.Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement today on the $8.3 billion emergency supplemental funding bill to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

“The bipartisan, bicameral agreement on an emergency funding package is an enormously important step in the response to the coronavirus and our ability to protect the public’s health.

“This new funding will support research and development of vaccines, procurement of medical supplies and medicines, and prevention, preparedness, and response activities. The package also makes significant funding available to state and local health agencies. Health workers across Washington, including from the Washington State Department of Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County, are working tirelessly to respond to the outbreak. This funding helps ensure those agencies have adequate resources to continue their lifesaving work.

“It is critical that everyone listens to the guidance of health experts on actions you can take to protect yourself and the community. Misinformation about coronavirus has led to discrimination and violence against Chinese Americans and those of Asian descent. This kind of misinformation based on fear and unfounded conspiracies is a danger to public health. I encourage anyone seeking information to follow recommendations from the CDC, the Washington State Department of Health, or their local health agency to best protect you, your family, and the community.

“I look forward to the Senate acting swiftly to pass this bill and send it to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Congress must continue to remain engaged to ensure the federal government takes the appropriate steps to respond to this outbreak. This includes doing everything in our power to support our state and local health agencies, public health organizations, and other health care entities on the front lines of the response.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement today as the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo. This case could restrict access to abortion and reproductive freedom across the country, particularly in states where lawmakers have already begun chipping away at the rights protected by Roe v. Wade.

“What is happening in Louisiana is part of a coordinated effort by Republicans across the country to dismantle abortion care without explicitly touching Roe v. Wade. Four years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that a nearly identical law in Texas was unconstitutional. That law, as well as the one currently before the Supreme Court, was medically unnecessary and only made it harder for women to access the care they need.

“By imposing unreasonable and unnecessary restrictions around reproductive rights, the Louisiana law would result in the closure of every abortion clinic in the state except one, putting this crucial care out of reach for many patients, especially people of color and those lacking the means to travel far distances to access their constitutionally-protected rights.

“Access to abortion care should not depend on your zip code. I urge the Supreme Court to respect precedent and recognize that this law poses an undue burden on those who wish to exercise the rights protected by the ruling in Roe v. Wade. I will continue to support policies that respect bodily autonomy and allow women to make their own decisions related to their reproductive health.” 

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Congressman Smith Reintroduces the Aviation Impacted Communities Act

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) reintroduced the Aviation Impacted Communities Act today, which will help communities better address noise and other environmental impacts stemming from nearby airports.

 

Communities across the nation continue to experience an increased and disproportionate share of noise and other environmental impacts stemming from commercial aviation. The Aviation Impacted Communities Act seeks to help citizens better and more productively engage with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in seeking relief from aviation noise concerns.

 

“The burden of airplane noise and environmental impacts should not fall disproportionately on any single group, neighborhood, or community. Residents of these increasingly impacted areas have been raising concerns that have yet to be adequately addressed,” said Congressman Adam Smith. “The Aviation Impacted Communities Act will allow residents to bring their concerns directly to the FAA and airport operators, empowering them to work toward achieving relief from the impacts of civil and commercial aviation.”

 

“The Aviation-Impacted Communities Act comes at a critical time and crossroads for our national aviation system. The Act provides an essential new voice and role for communities that have supported, and have been disparately impacted by, aviation industry growth. By seating impacted communities at the same table with government and industry, the Act provides a meaningful tool-kit for better, balanced, collaborative decision-making that can include noise and emission studies, long-term regional plans for reducing impacts, and expanded eligibility for mitigation.  Quiet Skies Puget Sound supports and endorses the Aviation-Impacted Communities Act! We greatly value the work, advocacy, and leadership of Congressman Adam Smith on this legislation that so directly targets the preservation of our environment, human health, and quality of life,” said Sheila Brush, Founder of Quiet Skies Puget Sound.

 

"Rep. Smith's aviation impacted communities will help our beloved Seattle Beacon Hill neighborhood and other affected neighborhoods.  We are under the flight path.  Airplanes fly over us every 90 seconds on the average. 70% of inbound flights go over our heads.  The noise is disruptive and bad for our health.  There are many poor families including elderly who live in our Beacon Hill neighborhood. This bill will help relieve this unjust burden,” said Estela Ortega, Executive Director, El Centro De La Raza, located in Seattle, Washington.

 

The Aviation Impacted Communities Act would require that the FAA interface directly with and be responsive to residents and locally nominated leaders on issues of aviation noise and environmental impacts. It also ensures communities suffering from increases in aviation noise are able to partake in a process for seeking relief based on the findings of more robust impact studies. Residents will be able to assess the effects of aviation in a given area and seek mitigation through streamlined FAA engagement processes, ultimately leading to real solutions for impacted communities protecting their environment, health, and quality of life.

 

Original Cosponsors: Ro Khanna (D-CA), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Harley Rouda (D-CA), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Norma Torres (D-CA), Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), Grace Meng (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Don Beyer (D-VA), Ed Case (D-HI), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

 

 

The Aviation Impacted Communities Act:

 

  • Establishes a new “aviation impacted communities” designation for areas suffering from excessive noise or environmental impacts.
  • Establishes a process to bring together airport operators, designated community leaders, public health and environmental experts, and the FAA to discuss solutions.
  • Requires that appropriate FAA representatives attend community board meetings and respond to community questions and concerns about issues involving aviation or the FAA when requested.
  • Allows communities to petition the FAA for comprehensive impact studies and require that the FAA develop action plans to respond to communities’ concerns and the recommendations for mitigation provided in the impact studies.
  • Expands the availability of mitigation funding for aviation impacted communities outside of the current 65 day-night average sound level (DNL) contours.

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C.Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement on the positive test of coronavirus in King County.

“My office is closely tracking new developments regarding the coronavirus and the recent positive test in King County. At this time, public health officials continue to reiterate that currently the risk to the community is low, but that may change over time. Thank you to the public health professionals, including Public Health Seattle & King County and the Washington State Department of Health, for their tireless work protecting our community. We must ensure that our public health officials at the federal, state, and local levels have the resources they need to do their jobs.

“Now more than ever it’s critical for everyone – individuals, schools, and workplaces – to listen to the guidance of health experts. I encourage everyone to seek additional information here: https://www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced their intention to reprogram $3.8 billion in Department of Defense funding from various procurement priorities – including critical ships, vehicles, and aircraft – to instead fund the wall through the counter-narcotics account.    

“Today’s reprogramming request confirms once again that the President is obsessed with fulfilling a campaign promise at the expense of our national security. This Administration has already stolen billions from the Department of Defense in order to begin building the President’s vanity wall and today they are doubling down on bad policy. The President loves to take credit for ‘rebuilding’ the military, but today’s reprogramming decision does the exact opposite – it will prevent the acquisition of critical ships, vehicles, and aircraft. Of the $3.8 billion that the President will raid for the wall, $1.5 billion will come from the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account, robbing every state and territory of critical funds specifically added by Congress to address dual-purpose equipment shortfalls – such as fire-fighting, engineering, and communications equipment – to support local authorities for public safety and natural disaster response.

“The Trump Administration claims that every military decision they make is in support of the National Defense Strategy, and that their primary focus is the great power competition with Russia and China. But their policy simply does not match their rhetoric. Rather than investing in the procurement of critical platforms, this administration would rather dump another $3.8 billion into a wall on our southern border.

“It is clear to me, and anyone with experience in national security policy, that a wall on our southern border will do nothing to support our strategic advantage over Russia and China, support counterterrorism, address rogue states, or enhance relations with partners and allies. It’s past time for the administration to align their policy with their rhetoric and focus on the real national security challenges at hand, not the President’s re-election”
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