WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.Res. 275, Condemning Horrific Shootings in Atlanta/Reaffirming Our Commitment to Combat Hate and Violence Against AAPI Community, a resolution on which he is a cosponsor.

“The horrific surge in violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders during the pandemic is unacceptable. On the heels of the spike in anti-Asian attacks due to misinformation and xenophobia, the shooting at three Asian-owned spas left 8 dead including 6 Asian American women. I’m proud to join my colleagues in condemning the heinous and inexcusable acts of gun violence that led to this tragic loss in Georgia in March.

“Today, we honor the memory of the victims, offer our condolences to their families, and stand in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community through this difficult healing process for all who were impacted. It's incumbent upon all of us to speak out against hate and violence directed at the Asian American community, and this resolution reaffirms the commitment of the federal government to combat hate, bigotry, and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to prevent tragedies like this from ever happening again.”