Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement after he voted for, and the House passed, H. Res. 915, Recognizing Congressional Workers' Right to Organize.
 
“As the son of a union worker, I firmly believe in the power of unions because I know how important they are in the lives of American workers and families. In Congress, I have fought for the right to collectively bargain for workers in Washington’s Ninth District and across the country, and today, the House took an important step to uphold that right in these very halls.
 
“Congressional staffers are invaluable to the work that we do in Congress and should not be denied the right to unionize. We must emulate the promises that we make to workers across the country in our own offices. I am proud of the House vote today to uplift Congressional workers and strengthen their right to unionize and I will continue to work to help safeguard this crucial right for every worker across the country.”
 
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SEATTLE, WA – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement after a draft opinion from the United States Supreme Court showed that the Court may soon overturn Roe v. Wade, stripping millions of Americans of their rights and endangering millions more.

“In an initial draft majority opinion obtained by the public, the United States Supreme Court has shown intent to overturn the precedent set by Roe v. Wade more than 50 years ago, which enshrined the constitutional right to an abortion. If this draft opinion becomes the final ruling of the Supreme Court, the Court will strip the rights of millions of Americans to make deeply personal and medical decisions about their own bodies and futures. As a staunch advocate for abortion and reproductive rights, this decision alarms me deeply. Americans must be aware of the threat that this potential ruling poses to all fundamental civil rights, not just access to abortions.

“To codify Roe at the federal level and safeguard abortion rights for everyone across the country, I voted for, and the House passed the Women’s Health Protection Act, and I will continue to push the Senate to act on this critically important bill so it can be signed into law. In this moment of crisis, we must also call on our Senate colleagues to abolish the filibuster. If there is ever a time to do so, now is that time – our civil liberties are on the line.

“I am proud to represent a state that has safeguarded the right to choose. Washington State is committed to protecting abortion rights for every person, and as Governor Inslee stated yesterday, our state will always be a beacon of choice for people seeking abortions from states where extremists have managed to ban abortion care.

“It’s important to remember this opinion is a draft, not a final ruling. Abortion is still legal in many states across the country today. However, anti-abortion groups will continue to push for a federal abortion ban, which is their ultimate goal. This reality underscores the urgency of the moment –we must pass federal legislation so that no matter your zip-code or income, you have full access to abortion and reproductive care.”

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SEATTLE, WA – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement on the passing of Norman Mineta, former Democratic Congressman and the first Asian American Cabinet member in history.
 
“Yesterday, we lost Norman Mineta, a dedicated public servant, and a trailblazer for Asian Americans. Arising from the dark chapter of Japanese American internment, Mineta went on to serve the United States in countless ways. After serving in the U.S. Army, Mineta began his tenure in California State politics, eventually earning a seat in Congress, where he represented his district for 20 years. While in Congress, Mineta co-founded the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Mineta later became the first Asian American to hold a Cabinet position when he was appointed as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Afterwards, he became the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, during which he led our nation with courage and decisiveness in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. A defining point of his career, Mineta pioneered efforts to establish the Transportation Security Administration, making our nation safer and more secure. Mineta’s career is a story of tireless public service, and our country is surely better off because of his many contributions. As we mourn this tremendous loss, we remember a man of integrity, drive, and compassion. My thoughts are with his family and friends as they grieve his passing.”
 
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement, announcing the departure of his longtime Chief of Staff, Shana Chandler, and other senior staff changes.

“Shana is a dedicated public servant who has worked for the people of Washington’s Ninth for more than 25 years, starting her career as an executive assistant and rising to the role of Chief of Staff. I first met Shana shortly after being elected to Congress, and she has worked alongside me ever since. In 2007, Shana became Chief of Staff and has led our office with integrity, ambition, and relentless commitment to the people of Washington’s Ninth.” said Representative Smith. “The successes of our office are in no small part due to Shana’s tireless work as a leader and mentor to the whole staff – both in the capital and in our district. I am eternally grateful for the contributions she has made to our office, our district, and our country. Although her departure will be deeply felt, we wish her all the best in her future endeavors and look forward to seeing what more she will accomplish for our country.”

In addition to Chandler’s departure, the following staff changes will go into effect on May 6:

  • Sarah Servin, currently Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director, will assume the role of Chief of Staff; and
  • Glenn Carpenter, currently Deputy District Director, will assume the role of District Director.
Representative Smith continued, “I am thrilled that Sarah will be stepping into the role of Chief. Sarah has been a member of our team for nearly six years, and I am confident she will bring to the position her extensive expertise, passion, and dedication. Under her leadership, the staff will continue their work to strengthen our community and advance progressive policies that will benefit Americans here at home and across the country. I extend my gratitude and congratulations to Sarah and the other members of our staff who are taking on new roles and furthering their commitment to delivering real results for the people of the Ninth District.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Cori Bush (D-Mo.) sent a letter with their colleagues to House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Chair DeLauro and Ranking Member Granger requesting $100 million be included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 appropriations bill for the creation and expansion of alternative crisis response teams. Representative Adam Smith released the following statement after the letter was transmitted.

“Encouraging the use of behavioral health professionals to respond to mental health crisis situations improves the quality of crisis response and strengthens public safety by providing long term solutions to mental health and substance use issues,” the members wrote.

“The overwhelming majority of 911 calls involve mental health and substance use incidents, neighbor disputes, nuisance complaints, and requests for wellness checks that require appropriately trained, unarmed behavioral health professionals. Both the police and policing reform advocates often assert that specialized service providers—such as social workers, paramedics, and peer support counselors—are better equipped to handle such situations than armed officers,” wrote the members. “For some local governments, however, establishing and growing crisis response teams is cost prohibitive given the resources it takes to cover training, personnel, and equipment. Additional federal funding could go a long way in offsetting costs and spurring growth of these programs across the country.”

“Existing 911 response limited to police, fire, or EMT services have been overwhelmed and simply do not meet the needs of the communities they serve. A focus on a holistic public safety approach centered on the needs of communities is long overdue,” the members concluded.

A full copy of the letter can be found here.

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