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Smith Statement on Final FY21 NDAA Veto Override Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. January 1, 2021 – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate voted to override the President’s veto of the Conference Report for the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 by a vote of 81 to 13, […]

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Smith Statement on Successful Veto Override

WASHINGTON, D.C. December 28, 2020 – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement after the House voted to override the President’s veto of the Conference Report for the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 by a vote of 332 to 87. […]

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Smith Statement on President Trump’s Harmful NDAA Veto

WASHINGTON, D.C. December 23, 2020 – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement after President Trump vetoed the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 335-78-1 and in the U.S. […]

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Smith Condemns Trump EO Establishing Schedule F Appointments to Eliminate Merit-Based Hiring and Permit “At Will” Termination

WASHINGTON, D.C. October 23, 2020 – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement after the White House announced its intent to create a new class of civil service positions designed to eliminate merit-based hiring and permit “at will” termination of these positions: “President Trump’s latest executive […]

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HASC Chairman Smith Demands Answers on the Apparent Militarization of America

WASHINGTON, D.C. June 2, 2020 – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement demanding the Trump Administration provide crucial details about the potential deployments of United States military personnel within the boundaries of the United States: “At a time when our nation is hurting the President […]

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HASC Democrats Introduce Bill to Limit DOD’s Authority to Reprogram Military Construction Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. May 15, 2019 – Today, a group of House Armed Services Committee Democrats led by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), HASC Chair Adam Smith (D-Wash.), and HASC Readiness Subcommittee Chair John Garamendi (D-Calif.) introduced a bill that will limit the Department of Defense’s authority to repurpose funds that were designated for military construction. The […]

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Reps. Smith, Lieu, Garamendi, Blumenauer and Sen. Markey Introduce Bicameral Bill Banning Low-Yield Nukes

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 18, 2018 – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA), Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-CA), Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the bicameral Hold the LYNE—or Low-Yield Nuclear Explosive—Act. The legislation would prohibit the research, develop, production, and deployment of […]

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House National Security Dems Demand Answers on Trump’s Border Troop Deployment

WASHINGTON, DC, April 11, 2018 – Today, seven House Democratic national security leaders sent a letter to Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Defense Secretary James Mattis to oppose President Trump’s recent decision to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. Given the potential cost and with border crossings at a 40-year low, the Administration […]

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House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on Nuclear Posture Review

Washington, D.C. Jan. 24, 2018 – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement about the Nuclear Posture Review: “I am deeply concerned that President Trump’s draft Nuclear Posture Review calls for an expansion of America’s currently unaffordable $1.2 trillion plan to upgrade our nuclear weapons enterprise with even […]

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106 Democrats and Republicans urge President Trump to acknowledge that climate change is a national security threat

January 11, 2018 – Dear Mr. President: As Members of the House of Representatives with a deep interest in the many dimensions of our national security, we write to express our concern regarding your recent National Security Strategy, which fails to recognize climate change as a threat to the United States. We have heard from […]