Press Releases

Today, the U.S. Air Force announced that the Air Mobility Command’s (AMC) biennial Rodeo readiness competition has been cancelled this year because of budget shortfalls.  The event would have been held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in July.   Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement after the cancellation was announced:

“The AMC’s Rodeo competition at JBLM is a great event that includes airlift, air-refueling, aeromedical evacuation, aerial port, and maintenance crews competing against one another in many mission-related competitions.   It is very disappointing that this training event has been cancelled, but I understand the decision since mission-essential requirements are prioritized over events like these,” said House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith.  “This represents a real example of how the fiscal uncertainty and across-the-board cuts of sequestration are negatively impacting Washington State.  Congress has a responsibility to the American people to address our fiscal issues in a balanced and effective way, and I will continue to work to that end.”

Over 20 U.S. and a dozen allied nations teams were planning to attend AMC’s 2013 Rodeo event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  For more information, see the U.S. Air Force’s Air Mobility Command press release here.     
Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) made the following statement regarding the release of the Republican budget:

“Instead of finding a balanced, comprehensive approach to dealing with our deficit right now, the Republican budget introduced today radically reforms Medicare by cutting benefits and turning the system into a voucher program, slashes investments in education and worker training programs for working class families, and fails to raise a penny of revenue.  It is intolerable to make these severe cuts without raising any revenues.

“Over the last decade, spending has significantly increased while revenue has been cut leaving us with a deficit around $1 trillion.  This is not a recipe for fiscal responsibility.  We have a deficit problem that must be addressed, and we need to find savings in all areas of government, but we cannot simply cut our way to a balanced budget.

“Without raising revenues, Medicare, Medicaid, Social security, education, transportation, and other essential programs will face deep, destabilizing cuts.  I support raising the revenue necessary to protect these programs.  By taking an all-cuts approach to deficit reduction, the Republican budget burdens seniors with cuts to health benefits, deeply cuts essential programs for millions of underserved families, and limits national growth by undermining the investment to our national priorities.  This is not fiscal responsibility.  

“I hope the House Budget Committee can come together and put forward a balanced approach that responsibly reduces our deficit by making strategic cuts in mandatory and discretionary spending, while also raising revenues.  Congress has a responsibility to the American people to address our fiscal issues in a balanced and effective way, which the Republican budget does not offer.”
House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (WA-09) made the following statement following the crash of an Navy EA-6B Prowler in Eastern Washington:
 
“My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who died in today’s tragic accident.  Our servicemen and women take the ultimate risk while training at home and serving abroad.  Nothing can replace the service and sacrifice of those who lost their lives today.”

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Today, the House passed H.R. 933, a bill that represents a missed opportunity to avoid damaging cuts through sequestration. After voting against the bill, Ranking Member Adam Smith made the following statement:
 
“While this bill does allow the Department of Defense some discretion in implementing the across-the-board spending cuts through sequestration, it is a missed opportunity to remove these cuts all together and address our budget in a balanced way. Additionally, this bill fails to address the impact of sequestration on other important programs such as education, transportation, and scientific research.
 
“We should be squarely focused on removing cuts through sequestration, not implementing them. Regardless of how the cuts are implemented, they will still be extremely damaging. The deep, indiscriminate cuts threaten jobs, our economy, and our national security. We must repeal sequestration.  This spending bill fails to end these devastating cuts and essentially locks them in for the remainder of the fiscal year without giving any department or agency, with the exception of the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs, the ability to manage their budgets given our current budget situation.  
 
“It is my hope that the Senate will be able to pass a balanced approach that removes sequestration and provides our economy with some certainty.  Congress has a responsibility to the American people to address our fiscal issues in a balanced and effective way. Over the last ten years, we have dramatically cut taxes and increased spending. This is unsustainable. We need to take steps to address our long-term budget problems, but this bill is the wrong way to achieve that goal.”

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House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member, Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), released the following statement in response to the implementation of sequestration:

“Today marks the beginning of the implementation of across-the-board cuts through sequestration. This is a disappointing development that should have been avoided.  As I have said for months, this is not how we should govern or address our deficit issues.

“Congress has a responsibility to the American people to address our fiscal issues in a balanced and effective way. Without a doubt, the federal government has a deficit problem.  Over the last ten years, we have dramatically cut taxes and increased spending.  This is unsustainable.  We need to take steps to address our long-term budget problems, but cuts through sequestration are the wrong way to achieve that goal.

“We need a holistic and balanced approach that addresses mandatory spending and raises new revenues while, at the same time, responsibly reducing discretionary spending over the long-term. Deep and indiscriminate cuts in the short -term could push our economy back into a recession and damage national security and important programs.

“This week, I introduced a bill designed to eliminate sequestration and implement an alternative spending plan that is designed to promote greater certainty in our economy, the Department of Defense, and the entire federal government.  This plan would ensure that discretionary spending, and the economy, are no longer held hostage while Congress debates the larger revenue increases and mandatory spending changes necessary to move towards fiscal responsibility.

“It is my hope that a deal is reached before the cuts go too deep.  I remain committed to working with my colleagues and constituents to resolve these devastating cuts and find a long-term solution to our fiscal issues.”