Press Releases

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.J. Res. 59, a measure that threatens a government shutdown and does nothing to eliminate sequestration:

“We should be focused on removing the damaging cuts of sequestration and addressing the budget in a balanced and responsible way.  Sequestration’s indiscriminate cuts continue to threaten national security and military readiness, jobs, and the economy.  Unfortunately, rather than using the Continuing Resolution as an opportunity to address sequestration and our budget, House Republicans continued to play politics and used the threat of a government shutdown to push their agenda.  

“As this bill moves through the legislative process, I hope the Senate can work on a balanced approach that removes sequestration and gives some long-term certainty for our economy.  I remain committed to working with my colleagues and constituents to resolve these devastating cuts and find long-term solutions to our fiscal issues.”

###

Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement in recognition of the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps:

“Tomorrow we recognize the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps and the 80,000 members that help fight to expand educational and economic opportunities for our nation’s most vulnerable people.
 
“In Washington’s 9th Congressional District  AmeriCorps members work in schools across all levels of education, Boys and Girls Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, and many more valuable service organizations.  They help teach and mentor students, support veterans transitioning into civilian life, and protect our environment by restoring habitats and promoting clean energy.  In the process, members get tremendous leadership experience for their future careers.
 
“I look forward to hearing about AmeriCorps future progress and success for the years to come.”

###

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement on H.R. 3102, a bill that would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by nearly $40 billion:

“Today, I opposed drastic cuts to SNAP that would eliminate essential nutrition support for millions of families across our nation.  By changing eligibility requirements, the Republican led bill would slash $39 billion in SNAP funding over the next 10 years, resulting in nearly 4 million people losing all or part of their nutrition assistance.  This is just wrong. 

“This summer, I visited the Cherry Street Food Bank, Seattle’s Summer Food Service Program, Marra Farm, and more nutrition services throughout the 9th District.  I saw firsthand how thousands of children, seniors, veterans, and families in our state rely on SNAP for meals and nutrition.  Cutting close to $4 billion a year from this program would have a devastating impact.

“As our economy continues to recover, and unemployment is still high, it is critical that we continue to fight to save SNAP and the essential assistance it provides for millions of Americans.  I have cosigned letters and cosponsored legislation that demands adequate funding for SNAP, and will do all I can to ensure that families get the nutrition assistance they need.”

###

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon and Ranking Member Adam Smith made the following joint statement about the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard:

"We’re saddened by today’s heartbreaking attack at the Washington Navy Yard. Unfortunately, this is not the first time we've seen such a tragedy befall the patriotic personnel working at a U.S. Military installation. There is nothing more cowardly than targeting innocents, and we have full faith in military and law enforcement officials to bring the perpetrators to justice.  We send our thoughts and prayers out to the victims and their families."

###
Congressman Adam Smith made the following statement in remembrance of September 11th:

“On the 12th anniversary of September 11th, my thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who we lost on that tragic day.  We must honor the innocent Americans who perished and all the heroic first responders who put their lives on the line to save others.  We will never forget their sacrifice.

“September 11th also serves as a reminder of the tremendous work our Armed Forces have done to protect the United States.  Each and every day, all over the world, our brave men and women in uniform continue to risk their lives to fight terrorism and threats against our country.  We must honor those who have and continue to serve to protect our freedoms and values at home.”