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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Smith Slams Trump’s Continued Theft of DoD Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 28, 2020 – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement after the Trump Administration notified Congress that it intends to partially backfill military construction projects that were robbed to fund the border wall by pilfering additional funding from the European Deterrence Initiative and other overseas projects, […]

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Committee Chairman Adam Smith Condemns Waste of DoD Funds on Border Wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. Feb. 13, 2020 – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced their intention to reprogram $3.8 billion in Department of Defense funding from various procurement priorities – including critical ships, vehicles, and aircraft – to instead fund the wall through the counter-narcotics […]

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Chairman Smith Statement on Future Plans to Steal DOD Funds to pay for a Border Wall

WASHINGTON, D.C. Jan. 15, 2020 – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement in response to recent reporting that confirmed the Trump Administration intends to divert an additional $7.2 billion in Department of Defense funding to pay for the border wall. “We are only two weeks into the new […]

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Smith Raises Grave Concerns About Pentagon Military Action in Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. January 3, 2020 – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement in response to the recent United States kinetic action in Iraq. “I have grave concerns about the chain of events leading to the direct action that resulted in the death of Qasem Soleimani, the head of […]

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Chairman Smith Response to Trump’s Lies Regarding Transgender Service Members’ Medical Treatment

WASHINGTON, D.C. June 5, 2019– House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) today issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s lies about transgender Americans who sacrifice every day to serve their country: “The President is known to stretch the truth and outright lie on a regular basis, but when he talks about […]

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Chairman Smith Statement on DoD Reprogramming to Fund Border Wall

Washington, D.C. March 26, 2019 – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Smith (D-WA) released the following statement about DoD’s intent to reprogramming funding to fund building a wall on the southwest border and has issued a letter denying the request. “Congress grants the Department of Defense the ability to move a limited amount of appropriated […]

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Chairman Smith Statement on Release of List of At-Risk Military Construction Projects That Could be Cut to Fund Border Wall

Washington, D.C. March 19, 2019– House Armed Services Committee Chairman (D-WA) admonished the Trump Administration after receiving the long-awaited release of in jeopardy military construction projects that could be used to fund building a border wall. “After repeated requests by the Committee and individual Member offices, Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan provided the list of unobligated […]

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Chairman Smith and Chairman Yarmuth Denounce Trump Budget’s Planned Use of Defense Budget Gimmick

Washington, D.C. Feb. 25, 2019– House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) and House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) today issued the following joint statement in response to an op-ed from Russ Vought, acting director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, announcing that the upcoming Trump budget will rely on a […]

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Smith Decries President Trump’s Attack on Congressional Oversight of Military Issues

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 18, 2019 – Today, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) decried President Trump’s attempt to prevent Congressional oversight of military issues worldwide by denying support for legislative oversight travel: “President Trump’s attempt to deny members of Congress the ability to conduct oversight of military issues by refusing to support official […]

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Ranking Member Adam Smith Blasts Trump Administration Proposal to Export Coal and Gas from West Coast Military Bases

Washington, D.C. Oct. 16, 2018 – Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement in response to reports that the Trump Administration is considering using West Coast military installations and federal properties to export coal and natural gas: “I am extremely concerned with reports that the Trump administration may be considering the use of military bases […]

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Forty-Four Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committee Democrats Release Statement on Trump Meetings With NATO and Putin

Washington, D.C. July 10, 2018 – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), and 42 other Democrats from the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees released the following statement on President Trump’s attendance at the NATO Summit and his meeting with Russian President […]

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Congressman Adam Smith: The Importance of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Investigation

March 21, 2018 – It is deeply concerning that President Trump has increased his criticism of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, and also increased his criticism of the FBI and the intelligence community. Undermining the basic institutions that underpin our society is not good for the country, and more importantly, the President’s wrong. They are […]