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Rep. Adam Smith and the 2021 NDAA

(update 2020-07-10) Rep. Adam Smith (D -CD09 WA), Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, is continuing his mostly hawkish management of the Pentagon with the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA raises the base Pentagon budget to $740.5 billion (versus $738 this for the 2020 budget). It restricts President Trump’s ability to withdraw troops […]

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How much does the U.S. spend on the military? A least 24% of the federal budget.

Rep. Adam Smith said in a town hall meeting with Indivisible Saturday (June 19) that 15% of federal spending goes to the military. I looked at the CBO’s data on federal spending at The Federal Budget in 2019: An Infographic.  For 2019 it says that $676 billion was spent on “Defense” and that total federal […]

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Report on Rep. Adam Smith Town Hall about NDAA (Jan 25, 2020)

On Jan 25 in Tukwila, Rep. Adam Smith gave a town hall to discuss the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act.  The NDAA has been widely criticized by anti-war and progressive groups for compromising away too many progressive amendments and for raising Pentagon spending to $738 billion. As Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, […]

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Disastrous NDAA: “near complete capitulation”

The National Defense Authorization Act bill negotiated by Rep. Adam Smith and passed by the House Dec 11, 2019 (377 to 48) was an almost total sellout to the the MIC and the Republicans. The NY Times article House Passes $738 Billion Military Bill With Space Force and Parental Leave says: Mr. Trump appeared to […]

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The Dems caved in on important NDAA amendments

(Revised 2019-12-10) Democratic negotiators have agreed on a NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) that omits all or most of the progressive anti-war amendments they had proposed earlier this year. The version passed by the House of Representatives this summer had amendments for restricting participation in Saudi Arabia’s war with Yemen, withdrawing the Authorization for Military […]

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Thoughts on the survey from Rep. Adam Smith

I got constituent email from Rep. Adam Smith that included a link to a survey about what issues are important to me as a constituent. The survey page asks “What issues matter most to you that you would like updates on?” and lists the following issues and no others. Taking meaningful steps to fight climate […]

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Report on Town Hall with Rep. Adam Smith in Kent, Aug 17, 2019

After a short introduction by Dana Ralph, Mayor of Kent, Rep. Smith spent twenty minutes giving an overview of his political positions.    They were uniformly progressive.  He spoke on concentration of wealth, racism, sexism, immigration, gun control, corporate control, taxation,militarism, and impeachment.  Most of the two hours were spent on constituents’ questions. If there were […]

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Rep. Adam Smith explains why he accepts PAC money

At the June 8th Town Hall meeting of Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA 9th CD) in Crossroads, Bellevue, Rep Adam Smith gave progressive answers to almost every question he was asked: on immigration, on the environment, on low-yield nuclear weapons, on convening impeachment hearings for Trump (he mostly supports it),  on taxation, on peace, etc. One […]

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Rep. Adam Smith on nuclear arms control and how to lobby Congress

Rep. Adam Smith spoke at a meeting of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about arms control, nuclear arms non-proliferation, and  President Trump’s withdrawal from international treaties. Smith said we need to modernize our nuclear weapons, but we should not intend to use them tactically, as some people do   Perhaps one leg of the […]

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WA Dems pass a resolution calling for lower military spending

At the state party meeting in Pasco last weekend, the Washington State Democratic Central Committee passed  a resolution calling for Rep. Adam Smith, Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, to work to lower military spending.   The resolution’s THEREFORE clause reads: THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we, the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, call on […]