Press Releases

Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch:
 
“I am glad to see the Senate finally confirm Loretta Lynch as our next Attorney General.  Ms. Lynch, who is the first African American woman Attorney General, has spent her career promoting civil rights and equality.  I look forward to working with her in this new capacity.  I also want to thank former Attorney General Eric Holder for his dedicated service to our country through many difficult challenges.”

 

Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement on Earth Day:

“Protecting our planet is one of our greatest challenges.  Climate change continues to result in unpredictable and extreme temperatures, rising sea levels, and extreme weather, all of which threaten our environment and future generations.  In order to address the growing problem of climate change and to conserve our natural resources, Congress must make major improvements to our nation’s energy policy and take meaningful steps to reduce the impacts of global climate change.  

“We must continue to invest in and encourage the development of clean energy and energy efficiency technologies that will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.  Building a clean energy economy that cuts carbon pollution and promotes wind, solar, low-carbon fuel, and other renewable energy technologies is critical to saving our planet.  

“Earth Day serves as a reminder that each individual and community must play a role in protecting and preserving our environment.  I am honored to represent a district that truly understands the importance of curbing climate change and caring for our environment.  It was great to see that many South Sound schools pledged to power down equipment and lights to recognize Earth Day, as well as those communities in my district which celebrated their support for environmental protection.  I look forward to continuing to work in Congress to promote legislation that combats climate change and protects our resources.”

Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement recognizing Equal Pay Day: 

“The Equal Pay Act was signed into law over 50 years ago, yet women still are paid less than men across all levels of education and occupation.  The pay inequality that exists for women is discriminatory, harmful, and unacceptable. As women make up a growing percentage of the workforce and their family incomes, this pay gap has a devastating impact on children, spouses and the family as a whole.  More must be done.
 
“We must pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to help ensure women are paid equally for equal work.  This legislation, introduced by Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), would make it easier for women to file class-action lawsuits, require employers to provide proof that pay disparity is based on performance and not gender, and prohibit employers from punishing employees who discuss salary information in the work place.  I am an original cosponsor of this bill because it takes further steps to fix the discriminatory pay gap between men and women.  
 
“Equal Pay Day serves as a reminder that our current laws are not protecting pay equality.  When women are paid equally for equal work, it benefits us all, and Congress must do more to ensure that they do.”  
 

Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement on the Senate HELP Committee marking up the Elementary and Secondary Education Act this week:
 

“I thank Senators Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander for working together to offer a bipartisan ESEA reauthorizing bill that would finally get rid of No Child Left Behind.  Everyone agrees that NCLB is deeply-flawed.  Its policies have placed unreasonable standards on students, teachers, and administrators, and has led to award-winning schools to be labeled as failing.  Nowhere is this more clear than in Washington State, where our loss of the NCLB waiver has resulted in nearly every school in Washington being labeled as failing, when clearly this is not the case.  
 
“I understand that Congress’s failure to pass ESEA reauthorization has put Washington State schools, teachers, and students in an impossible situation, and I will do everything I can to change that.  Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander’s bill is a step forward in changing our broken policy.  But a lot of work still remains to ensure that all of our students, regardless of where they live, are receiving a high-quality education.  I hope their bipartisan proposal will spark further debate in the House of Representatives on how to reauthorize ESEA and get rid of NCLB.”

 

Earlier this week, Sound Transit and the City of Bellevue announced a proposed agreement to move forward with construction on East Link light rail line.  Congressman Smith released the following statement on the agreement:

“I applaud Sound Transit, the City of Bellevue, King County and other stakeholders for working together to form an agreement regarding the East Link light rail.  This agreement marks a major step towards building a more efficient and effective regional transit system that will benefit the regional economy.  As this agreement is publicly discussed and debated, I stand ready to assist in any way I can.”
 
Congressman Smith has been actively involved in this process.  This engagement included a stakeholder roundtable hosted by the Congressman last fall, where attendees discussed challenges and opportunities within the corridor.  Leaders from local government, the private sector, non-profits and neighborhood groups were in attendance.  The Congressman and his staff remained engaged with stakeholders and will closely follow developments as they happen.