Press Releases

Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges: 

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a victory for justice and equality.  Ensuring marriage equality for all Americans regardless of who they love strengthens families, communities, and our nation as a whole.   I stand with the LGBT community and the rest of our country in celebrating this monumental step towards equality.  

“Today, we celebrate this victory, but we must remain committed to fighting for LGBT equality.  Despite the ruling today, significant work remains to ensure equal rights to the LGBT community.  LGBT people are still denied work, bulled in our schools, and homelessness and poverty rates are still unacceptably high among LGBT people.  I will continue to advocate and fight for policies that ensure equality and justice for the LGBT community.”
 

Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement in support of Trade Adjustment Assistance:

“I voted in support of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) today because it allows workers in my district and across the country to access critical support to compete in our global economy. Those who are impacted from increased competition deserve to be retrained so they can reenter the job market. TAA will expire on September 30 and unless it is reauthorized, our workers will no longer have access to this assistance.

“Although I supported the bill, this is not the best reauthorization legislation the House could consider.  Unlike the TAA bill that I introduced with Ranking Member Levin earlier this year, today’s bill has several shortcomings, including one of critical concern.  This legislation cuts funding for worker training from $575 million to $450 million at a time when we are expanding markets and transforming our economy.  Should this funding not be sufficient, I hope the Administration is prepared to work with Congress to provide additional resources with the same vigor they’ve invested in passing TPA.

“Although I am glad to see that we are no longer paying for this program by cutting funds from Medicare, I remain disappointed that this bill does not qualify public sector workers for Trade Adjustment Assistance.  They are an important part of our workforce and should be able to qualify for access to the same services. 

“Our nation's economy and success depend on our workers.  Over the last decade, I have been a strong supporter of Trade Adjustment Assistance and have led the effort to protect, extend, and enhance the program.  Despite this bill being imperfect, I believe in this program and will continue this fight for good jobs, to ensure American workers can provide for their families, and that our country remains competitive.”

Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s revised plan to limit family detention:

“The Department of Homeland Security’s revised plan for family detention again fails to address the real issue. We must end family detention, not mend it.  Jailing children and mothers has devastating impacts on these families and in order to truly fix this problem we must implement more sensible, humane, and cost-effective alternatives to detention.  Our government must get out of the business of detaining families.”

Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement regarding the King v. Burwell Supreme Court Decision:

“The decision issued by the Supreme Court of the United States today ensures that American workers and middle class families, regardless of what state they live in, will be able to access affordable and quality healthcare.  Federal tax credits made available through the Affordable Care Act save lives by continuing to make healthcare affordable for millions of Americans, that would otherwise be out of the marketplace.  This decision ensures that those tax credits remain available. 
 
“The Affordable Care Act has now been upheld by the Supreme Court twice.  In that time, millions of Americans who couldn’t afford healthcare before, are now insured.   Instead of continuing to fight to repeal a law that has benefitted millions, I hope both Republicans and Democrats can come together to look for ways to improve upon the law, rather than continuing to fight to dismantle it.”

Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement in support of Trade Adjustment Assistance: 

“The global economy, technological advancements, and increasing competition will continue to pressure workers and it is essential and only fair that we support and retrain those who lose their jobs as a result. With the Medicare cuts off the table, I voted in support of the House Trade Adjustment Assistance bill because it reestablishes critical training and support to these workers that have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.  Our nation's economy and success depend on our workers, and the strategy of opposing TAA to stop Trade Promotion Authority risks killing this critical program.  

“This version of TAA improves the current program because it reestablishes coverage for service sector workers and those who have lost their jobs to increased competition with countries like China. Over the last decade, I have been a strong supporter of the Trade Adjustment Assistance and have been a leader to protect, extend, and enhance the program.  I will continue to fight for American workers.”