Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) released the following statement after President Biden delivered his State of the Union address.

“President Biden’s address tonight made it clear: the past two years have been marked by historic progress for the American people, and in the next two years we must work together to build on that progress in a meaningful way.

“When President Biden took office, he promised to rebuild our economy from the bottom up and the middle out. Democrats in Congress have worked with him to deliver on this promise, and the facts speak for themselves. In just two years, we have created a record 12 million jobs, unemployment is down to its lowest level in half a century, and real wages are increasing. We have passed legislation to generate a manufacturing boom in infrastructure, semi-conductors, and clean energy, and to lower costs for working families, including prescription drug prices, health insurance premiums, and energy bills.

“I was inspired tonight by the honorary guests who represent our continued commitments to the American people: preventing gun violence, enacting police reform, continuing to lower costs, including child care, paid sick leave, and housing, codifying the right to abortion, combatting extremism, and defending democracy – both at home and abroad. President Biden knows the work that still needs to be done, and how we can get there. Tonight, he painted a picture of what’s possible over these next two years.

“There are areas where both parties can come together, including continuing to support Ukraine in their fight against Russia, and other important advancements for the American people: ending cancer as we know it; supporting our veterans; tackling the mental health crisis; and beating the opioid and overdose epidemic. During his first State of the Union address, President Biden laid out this four-part Unity Agenda and tonight, he reaffirmed his commitment to moving us forward in these areas.

“America is a story of resilience and progress, and the progress we've made over the past two years is undeniable. Now we need to finish the job. I look forward to my continued work with the administration to deliver real results for the Ninth District and for the future of our country.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) released the following statement regarding the House Republican Resolution to ‘Denounce the Horrors of Socialism.’

“The Republican resolution on the floor today is another show of Speaker McCarthy and House Republicans’ inability to seriously legislate. Republicans clearly don’t understand the meaning of the word “socialism.” The fact of the matter is that the “socialist” policies that they would like to defund – like Social Security, Medicare, and the ACA – are immensely popular because they help expand the social safety net for people who are struggling. Of course, we all condemn and denounce the atrocities of regimes and dictatorships, but no one in Congress is looking to repeat those horrors. This absurd resolution is nothing but political theatre and a ridiculous waste of time instead of real legislation that will make a difference in the lives of the American people.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) released the following statement regarding the terrorist attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem that killed seven people and left several others injured. 

"The terrorist attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem on Friday was horrific and abhorrent. The dangerous rise in antisemitism and attacks on people trying to worship and practice their religion is unacceptable and must be condemned.

"Secretary Antony Blinken’s trip to the region comes at a critical time. Promoting dialogue and cooperation, including security cooperation between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel, is critical to restoring calm in the region and advancing long-term security.

"It's crucial for the U.S. and regional leaders to continue to look for ways to de-escalate and prevent more violence. Today, the House Armed Services Committee met with King Abdullah II of Jordan who briefed us on the constructive role that Jordan is playing in trying to find a long-term peaceful solution between Israel and the Palestinians. Palestinian leaders must take greater steps to prevent acts of terror and incitement of violence by militant groups, and the PA must immediately restore security cooperation with Israel. Additionally, Israel should not take actions like settlement expansion that jeopardize both the viability of a Palestinian state and the ultimate and necessary goal of a two state solution.

"Secretary Antony Blinken's visit comes at a time when U.S. leadership is needed."

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SEATTLE, WA – Today, Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) released the following statement after the City of Memphis released the body camera and surveillance video of the traffic stop and brutal beating that led to the death of Tyre Nichols. 

“Tyre Nichols should be alive today. The video we saw documenting the brutal beating he suffered at the hands of police was horrific. Swift action to arrest and charge the officers who were involved in his murder is absolutely necessary. But more must be done. We need to transform our approach to public safety, which includes drastic reforms to policing. Police training should be focused on de-escalation, rather than aggression, as it historically has been, so that what happened to Tyre Nichols and so many others is not repeated. Equally as important, we must invest in programs that train specialized professionals to respond to nonviolent 911 calls that don’t require police officers. These programs are successful in reducing unnecessary interactions between police and community members and pay special attention to vulnerable and under-represented communities, so that they get the treatment and care they deserve. In my district, the Health One program has saved countless lives and has enabled us to better respond to our public safety needs. We need more investments from the federal government to expand programs like this to communities across the country. Calls to abolish the criminal justice system entirely are the wrong approach and are distracting from the work that needs to be done to dramatically reform the system. House Democrats have previously passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which has some of the reforms and investments we need to be pushing for in Congress that will make our communities safer for everyone. My thoughts are with the friends and family of Tyre Nichols, who should not have to endure the grief they are experiencing right now. His tragic and unjust death is a result of the failure of our policing system. We can and should do better.” 

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SEATTLE, WA – On Tuesday, January 10th, as part of his visit to the Seattle area, Under Secretary of the Treasury Brian E. Nelson participated in a roundtable at the office of Congressman Adam Smith to discuss the challenges facing money services businesses (MSBs) who are unable to get banking access. Congressman Smith brought together Under Secretary Nelson and local MSBs from King County and the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions for the roundtable.

“Money service businesses make it possible for people here in Ninth District and around the country to send money to family and loved ones abroad, providing a lifeline to millions of people and communities around the world. The lack of access to banking services for MSBs is a dangerous problem that I have worked to address with stakeholders in the community for years. Not being able to obtain banking services increases costs and makes it incredibly difficult for these businesses to serve their customers – most often immigrant communities and communities of color. It also poses a huge public safety risk for these businesses and employees operating in cash. I appreciate the local MSBs who joined to share their stories and continue to work with my office so that we can make progress on this issue. And I thank Under Secretary Nelson for prioritizing this issue during his visit to the region. I look forward to our continued work together to advance solutions on behalf of MSBs in the Ninth District and across the country.”

See below for a recap of the de-risking roundtable.

Under Secretary Nelson, the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, and local MSBs gathered for a conversation about the hurdles that many MSBs face in finding a bank that will serve them. MSB owners shared their stories about the challenges of obtaining banking services and the risks that it poses to their businesses and customers to be unbanked. Throughout the discussion, the MSBs made it clear that the lack of access to banking services is not only a financial obstacle, but a broader issue of racial equity, national security, and public safety. The Treasury Department will be releasing its National De-Risking Strategy with recommendations to tackle these challenges in the coming weeks, and Under Secretary Nelson shared that participating in this conversation and hearing these perspectives will help him as he prepares the report. The de-risking strategy being developed by Treasury was required as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act.

In January 2022, Congressman Smith sent a letter to the Treasury Department and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) urging them to address the lack of banking access for MSBs. More information about that letter can be found here.