In response to the resolution to Rep. Adam Smith about military spending, the congressman has issued the statement below and will attend the meeting of the 41st LD Democrats in Issaquah at 7PM on Feb 20 (at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way, in Issaquah). See agenda and other docs here.
Statement by Rep. Adam Smith in response to resolution
As Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), Congressman Adam Smith is focused on:
- Eliminating inefficiency and waste at the Department of Defense
- Advocating for greater inclusivity in the military, particularly for our transgendered service members
- Increasing transparency and Congressional oversight of national security issues
- Imposing limits on Americas use of nuclear weapons Increased oversight of sensitive military operations and ensuring the military prevents civilian casualties
In the 116th Congress, Congressman Smith has supported defense-related legislation including:
- H.R. 921, To establish the policy of the United States regarding the no-first-use of nuclear weapons (Rep. Smith is the sponsor of this legislation);
- H.J. Res. 37, Directing the removal of the United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress
(Rep. Smith is an original co-sponsor of this legislation);
- H.R. 95, Homeless Veteran Families Act;
- H.R. 299, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019.
As the Chair of HASC, Congressman Smith has demanded transparency from the Department of Defense on troops being sent to the Southern border. Under his leadership, HASC conducted a Border Hearing regarding the Department of Defenses support to the Southern border. Congressman Smith continues to fight to ensure that climate change is taken seriously as the national security issue it is.
In terms of military spending, Congressman Smith has repeatedly stated that he believes our defense budget can and should be less. Rep. Smith has voted against the defense budget over eight times and has stood up to the Trump Administration’s incredibly expensive, unnecessary, and potentially disastrous proposed nuclear weapons policy. He will continue to fight against wasteful spending, both as the Chair of HASC and as a congressman.