Press Releases

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s FY2015 budget:
 
“As we continue to recover from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, income inequality continues to rise and many hard-working Americans aren’t  sharing in opportunities for economic growth. The budget President Obama laid out today expands economic opportunities for all Americans through policies that extend emergency unemployment insurance, expand the earned income tax credit, raise the minimum wage, and make commitments to education and job training.  Additionally, by investing in innovation, education, infrastructure, and calling for advancing comprehensive immigration reform, this budget will create jobs and strengthen the middle class.  The President’s budget does this while continuing to reduce the deficit.  As the budget advances through the legislative process, I will work with my colleagues towards passing an FY2015 budget that promotes economic opportunity, reduces income inequality, and creates jobs.”


Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement today after Congressman Doc Hastings announced he would not seek re-election to Congress this year:
 
“For nearly 20 years, Doc Hastings has served the people of Washington State. He has been a very influential Member of Congress serving as the Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and on the House Ethics Committee.  I have enjoyed working with Doc over the years. I thank him for his service, and I wish him and his family all the best in the future.”
 
House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith made the following statement in opposition to legislation that would add another year of sequestration to mandatory spending in exchange for repealing cost of living adjustments for retired working age members of the Armed Services:

“There are a number of serious problems with this legislation.  This bill has profound implications in a number of different areas, and yet we did not have time to consider the legislation adequately to figure out the long-term impacts it will have.    

“Through adding another year of sequestration, this legislation takes from folks who rely on Medicare and other mandatory programs, and from readiness accounts that prepare and train our troops.  This is unacceptable.  These are challenging issues that we need to address, but Congress keeps refusing to make difficult choices demanded of us. We are simply robbing one group of deserving people to pay for helping another group of deserving people.  This is just a shell game, and it is irresponsible.

“By repealing the COLA provision that was just agreed to a month ago in this very body, we are forcing the Department of Defense to focus on personnel costs. Personnel costs continue to make up an increasingly large portion of the defense budget and it is squeezing out other portions, forcing cuts to readiness and procurement, which means that troops will not have the equipment and resources necessary to train and be prepared.  This could lead to a hollow force that is not trained to fight the fights that we ask of them.  Again, we are robbing one part of the Pentagon to pay for another.

“As far as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) or “Doc fix” portion of this bill is concerned, I think we need to fix it.  Cuts to physicians’ Medicare reimbursement rates would negatively impact health care access for Medicare patients. I strongly support paying for a SGR fix, but this bill pays for it in the exact wrong way.  I am willing to raise taxes and cut spending in other areas to do so, but paying for it through sequestration’s indiscriminate cuts to mandatory programs is irresponsible and unacceptable.”
 
House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement after he voted to lift the debt ceiling until March 2015:

"I am pleased that the House passed legislation today to lift the debt limit until March 2015 with bipartisan support.  Raising the debt limit allows the U.S. government to pay the bills we have already incurred, and in no way increases spending.  I am encouraged that House Republican leadership offered a clean debt limit vote that wasn’t tied to any partisan policies.  Further, by removing the potential of a destabilizing and destructive default on our obligations, lifting the debt limit allows us the focus more on advancing policies that grow our economy, create jobs, and expand economic opportunity.”

Congressman Smith released the following statement after voting against the farm bill due to Supplemental and Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cuts:

“Although I was encouraged by the bipartisan work that went into finalizing the farm bill, I voted against this bill because the cuts it would make to SNAP would reduce essential nutrition support for 850,000 households across the country.  The farm bill would cut $8.6 billion from the program over the next 10 years, with a disproportionate amount of cuts to Washington State.
 
“While in the 9th District, I have visited with multiple nutrition assistance organizations and community leaders, and seen firsthand how thousands of our state’s children, veterans, seniors, disabled, and hard-working families rely on SNAP every day.  This program is as important now as it has ever been.  With our economy continuing to recover and many Americans still searching for employment, I could not support legislation that takes essential nutrition support away from people who desperately need it.”