Today, the Democratic Leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives appointed Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) to the conference committee on the Defense Authorization Bill for FY 2005. This is the first time that Smith has been appointed to a conference committee and it will give him the opportunity to shape the final version of the bill that will be voted on by Congress.

“I am honored that I have been chosen to sit on this conference committee,” said Smith. “Having two military bases, as well as one of the largest veteran populations in the United States, gives me a unique perspective into the needs of these important communities. I will endeavor to make sure that this bill ensures that our brave service members obtain their pay raises, family housing, healthcare improvements and other benefits. It is important that Congress approves this important piece of legislation in a timely manner.”