Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) today issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s new rules issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which would prohibit Title X grantees from providing or referring patients for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or medical emergency:

"The Trump administration is forcing Planned Parenthood grantees out of Title X with a gag rule that will impact women across the country.

“The Trump administration’s Title X rule change is a direct attack on Planned Parenthood and the access to health care that millions of women rely on. Reproductive choice and women’s health are being threatened due to the Trump administration’s deliberate attempt to reduce access to birth control, cancer screenings, and limit the other crucial services the organization provides.

“I stand with Planned Parenthood to ensure the reproductive rights of all women are protected, and I will fight to keep their critical services in Title X.”


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) today issued the following statement on the current conditions affecting residents in the disputed territories of Jammu and Kashmir in India. In addition to meeting with district constituents with family in the area, Smith also spoke with His Excellency Harsh Vardhan Shringla, India’s ambassador to the United States and reiterated the following position:

“I am continuing to monitor the situation regarding the government of India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. There are legitimate concerns about the ongoing communications blackouts, increased militarization of the region, and enforcement of curfews. 

“The constituents I met with all had family in Kashmir or Jammu. Some have visited the region since the change in Indian policy. They were afraid for their own lives, and terrified for the safety of their family members who remain in the region. They saw a region under siege with its residents isolated, without an ability to communicate at all outside of the region. The Indian government must take steps to reduce these fears and offer greater transparency for the world to see what is happening there.

“A commitment to the protection of basic human rights and equal rights, as well as recognition for the potential disparate impact of this decision on the region’s Muslim population and other minority groups – now and in the future – is imperative. 

“This policy decision exacerbates an already tense environment in the region. I encourage both India and Pakistan to keep lines of communication open to prevent the further deterioration of the situation, and exercise restraint instead of engaging in rhetoric and actions that inspire extremist ideology.”


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) today issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s recently proposed rule from the Department of Labor, which would allow businesses with federal contracts to skirt worker protections if they cite “religious objections” as their reason for discrimination:

“I am extremely disappointed in the President’s blatant discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This attempt to remove protections for the LGBTQ community under the guise of religious exemption is unacceptable, and these repeated attacks are dangerous and bigoted. This rule will not only undermine our civil rights, but also put millions of Americans’ livelihoods at risk. We owe it to our fellow Americans in the LGBTQ community to continue to fight for equality, and to uphold and expand these protections”


Washington, D.C. 

In one week alone, our country witnessed three horrific mass shootings resulting in the heartbreaking loss of 32 innocent victims. Time and again, Americans encounter gun violence in our schools, workplaces, places of worship, concerts, bars—the list continues. The sickening reality is that everywhere we go, the threat of gun violence follows. As we offer support for victims and their loved ones, Democrats and Republicans must come together to end the epidemic of gun violence. Lives are at stake, and the time for partisan gridlock on this issue has long passed. Our country can and must do better.

The President has a shameful record of peddling in xenophobia and bigotry. He has shown no remorse for his dehumanizing rhetoric and the role he has played in emboldening white supremacy at the root of so many recent acts of maddening violence. We must call these acts out for what they are: terrorism. We must hold the President accountable for the role he has played in galvanizing radical hatred.

The President has mongered fear by referring to an “infestation” and “invasion” of immigrants, spewed vitriol at American Congresswomen of color by telling them to “go back” to the “crime infested places from which they came,” and chuckled when a supporter shouted “Shoot them!” when he bemoaned immigrants at a rally—all the while insisting that he is the “least racist person.” This unpatriotic behavior has no place in American politics—least of all in the White House. The American people deserve better, and on the topic of gun violence, they deserve action.

161 days ago, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. 93 percent of Americans, including 76 percent of gun owners, support background checks for all gun sales. The connection between gun violence reduction and stronger background checks is clear—far clearer than its connection to mental illness or video games. The President could save lives by signing H.R. 8 into law. Instead, he threatened to veto it on the very day it passed through the House of Representatives on the grounds that it “is incompatible with the Second Amendment’s guarantee of an individual right to keep arms.” Let me be clear: President Trump’s failure to act in the face of these repeated tragedies is itself incompatible with the most fundamental promise of our nation: the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate's self-proclaimed "Grim Reaper," has single-handedly blocked H.R. 8 from coming to a vote. I call on him to end the stonewalling and allow our Senators to do their job and send meaningful, common-sense gun legislation to the President's desk. And, as my friend Congresswoman Jackie Speier eloquently stated:

This is the time for the President to lead by words and deeds, not cower behind false claims, point the finger, and deflect blame. If he is indeed serious that "open wounds cannot heal if we are divided" and wants to "seek real bipartisan solutions" he should immediately convene an emergency meeting at the White House and craft a package of bipartisan bills that he will sign. Otherwise his words are empty and follow a well-worn pattern: Big words, no action.

There is no excuse for inaction. The cost of our failure to act is measured in lives lost.

Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) issued a statement on the passage of H.R. 3877, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019:

“I am pleased that Congress and the Administration were able to reach a budget agreement this week. It will eliminate the Budget Control Act’s threat of sequestration for the final two years of that law’s effect, providing clarity in federal budgeting and crucial predictability for agencies, federal workers, and all who rely on the government. By providing parity in funding authority increases between defense and all domestic programs, it helps to appropriately balance our country’s priorities. Additionally, this deal preserves the faith in and the credit of the United States by taking the imminent threat of a default on our national debt default off the table for two years.

This agreement is far from perfect and does not include everything I wanted to see in a deal. But with divided government between the legislative and executive branches, as well as between the House and Senate, it is an important step forward. It is also far better than the alternatives of sequestration cuts to funding, increases in the likelihood of a government shutdown, and what would be a first-ever U.S. sovereign debt default.

It is now imperative that Congress turn its focus to completing the appropriations process for Fiscal Year 2020 to prevent another government shutdown. As I have long insisted, we must also craft and implement a long view budgetary approach that ensures proper support for all the federal programs and priorities our country needs, while ensuring that we are collecting the revenues that are necessary to sustainably pay for them.”