Press Releases

Congressman Adam Smith Statement on President-Elect Trump

Washington D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement regarding President-elect Donald Trump:

November 10, 2016

“President-elect Trump ran the most bitter, divisive, and negative presidential campaign in history.  Now he claims he wants to change his tone. For the sake of our country, I hope he does. 

“From day one, I will do everything I can to hold President-elect Trump and his administration accountable. I would like to see his agenda create good jobs, increase equality and equity, and respect the rights of all Americans; particularly women, communities of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and immigrants. However, if he continues to divide us as a nation, I will fight him every step of the way.”

“I am saddened by the tragic news that State Senator Andy Hill has passed away after a difficult battle with cancer. Senator Hill was a leader in our region, working across the aisle to increase opportunities for students during his career in public service. I offer my deepest condolences to Senator Hill's family and friends, and my thanks for his dedication to Washington state throughout his life." 

Congressman Adam Smith Introduces Legislation to Increase Competition in the Generic Pharmaceutical Market

Washington D.C. – On September 28, 2016, Congressman Adam Smith introduced the Eliminate Price Increases Act, a bill that will improve the process for drug applications to help keep medical treatments affordable:

October 5, 2016

“Under current law, pharmaceutical companies holding a patent for a drug can develop, distribute, and market what is known as an Authorized Generic (AG) through a privileged process provided in the Hatch-Waxman Act (PL 98-417) that allows the brand-name company to introduce and begin sales of a generic product, rather than going through the ‘Abbreviated New Drug Application’ process that third-party generics must pursue. An AG may artificially crowd the generic market for a given drug because it is exempted from a third party generic producer’s market exclusivity period, which is intended to encourage third party pharmaceutical companies to compete in the generic market.

“The opportunity to advance an AG is a benefit afforded only to the brand-name drug company. A 2011 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) study found that AGs harm the generic market in the long-term. In addition, some argue that the practice of allowing AGs can incentivize brand-name drug price increases separate from any changes in supply or demand. This inequitable system can hurt patients and dissuade competition. My bill, the Eliminate Price Increases Act, H.R. 6284, would simply prohibit a company that holds the patent for a brand-name pharmaceutical product from also introducing an AG.

“Recently, those with severe allergies saw a dramatic increase in the price of a life-saving drug, the EpiPen. When a pharmaceutical company dramatically increases the price of a brand-name drug, many families and consumers may be forced to rely on less ideal or potentially riskier options such as using expired medications. It is critical that we keep life-saving medical devices and drugs affordable for American families. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to enact policies that will help keep necessary medical treatments within reach for all those who need them.”  

Congressman Smith Supports House Passage of Water Resources Development Act

Washington D.C. – Congressman Smith released the following statement regarding H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016:

September 29, 2016

“This week the House of Representatives passed a much needed reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), a bill that will assist local governments in improving their infrastructure. The legislation provides the Army Corps of Engineers with the authority to study water resource issues, construct projects, and modify existing water development projects.

“WRDA will authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to initiate over 25 water-related infrastructure projects throughout the country. Here in the Pacific Northwest, this authorization language will impact a number of ecosystem restoration projects. Additionally, the bill requires the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study regarding any remaining federal obligation to Native American communities displaced by dams on the Columbia River in both Oregon and Washington. As the House version of WRDA was crafted, I was a strong supporter of ecosystem restoration funding for the Puget Sound. In June of this year, I joined members of the Washington state delegation in sending a letter to the USACE in support of the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration General Investigation (GI) study and asked for the swift completion of the Chief’s Report so that it could be included in WRDA. The GI study contained an implementation strategy developed jointly with the USACE and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife to identify and develop projects to advance restoration of critical nearshore habitat in our region. I was happy to see that following the completion of the Chief’s Report, language authorizing funding for nearshore restoration projects in the Puget Sound made it into the House passed version of the bill.

“I am also extremely pleased to see that the House passed WRDA includes Congressman Dan Kildee’s amendment to authorize $170 million to replace infrastructure in communities like Flint that have declared a state of emergency as a result of the presence of lead and other contaminants in their water. As a co-sponsor of Rep. Kildee’s bill the Families in Flint Act, I have been a strong advocate of providing aid to Flint through federal funding to help families recover from this man-made disaster. I appreciate Rep. Kildee’s leadership in this time of crisis for the over 100,000 Americans impacted by the continued lack of access to safe drinking water, and will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure the Federal government provides resources to families in need during this ongoing public health crisis.    

“As WRDA moves to a conference committee between the House of Representatives and the Senate, I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure Congress is able to pass a bipartisan solution to address the needs of our country’s rivers, harbors, dams, flood protection, aid for disadvantaged communities, and other water resources infrastructure that will provide national economic and environmental benefits.” 

Smith Statement on the Passing of Former Israeli President Shimon Peres

Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement:

September 28, 2016

“I extend our deepest sympathies to the people of the State of Israel on the passing of former President Shimon Peres, a visionary leader who dedicated himself to Israel and the cause of peace. 

“With so many conflicts around the globe, we can best honor President Peres by striving to pursue his vision for a more just, stable, and peaceful world. May his memory be a blessing to his family, the people of the State of Israel, and people from all countries.”