U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today released the following statement in response to President Bush’s State of the Union address.  Smith chairs the terrorism subcommittee on the House Armed Services Committee and is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 

“The President outlined challenges facing our country – the threat of terrorism, health care costs, educating our workforce, decaying infrastructure – but failed to back policies to move us forward.  Al-Qaida remains a growing threat in Afghanistan, Pakistan and many other countries around the world, but the bulk of our troops and resources remain bogged down in Iraq.  And, the structural problems in our economy need more than just a quick fix.  In the final year of this administration, the President should work with Congress in a bipartisan way to find solutions for these and other problems Americans face.”