Washington D.C.House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member, Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), released the following statement in response to the implementation of sequestration:

“Today marks the beginning of the implementation of across the board cuts through sequestration. This is a disappointing development that should have been avoided. As I have said for months, this is not how we should govern or address our deficit issues.

“Congress has a responsibility to the American people to address our fiscal issues in a balanced and effective way. Without a doubt, the federal government has a deficit problem.  Over the last ten years, we have dramatically cut taxes and increased spending. This is unsustainable. We need to take steps to address our long-term budget problems, but cuts through sequestration are the wrong way to achieve that goal.

“We need a holistic and balanced approach that addresses mandatory spending and raises new revenues while, at the same time, responsibly reducing discretionary spending over the long-term. Deep and indiscriminate cuts in the short -term could push our economy back into a recession and damage national security and important programs.

“This week, I introduced a bill designed to eliminate sequestration and implement an alternative spending plan that is designed to promote greater certainty in our economy, the Department of Defense, and the entire federal government. This plan would ensure that discretionary spending, and the economy, are no longer held hostage while Congress debates the larger revenue increases and mandatory spending changes necessary to move towards fiscal responsibility.

“It is my hope that a deal is reached before the cuts go too deep. I remain committed to working with my colleagues and constituents to resolve these devastating cuts and find a long-term solution to our fiscal issues.”

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10/12/16 Smith Statement on the U.S. Military’s Disaster Relief Efforts
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9/9/16 Smith Statement on North Korean Nuclear Test
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8/29/16 Smith Statement on the Situation in Yemen
8/1/16 Smith Statement on Air Strikes in Libya
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7/20/16 Smith Statement on the Passing of Congressman Mark Takai
7/16/16 Smith Statement on the Attempted Coup in Turkey
7/12/16 Statement by Armed Services & Foreign Affairs Democrats on South China Sea Decision
7/11/16 Smith Statement on New Troop Levels and the Readiness Crisis
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6/30/16 Smith Statement on the Defense Department’s New Policy on Transgender Servicemembers Files
6/30/16 Smith Statement on Navy Report into the Farsi Island Incident
6/27/16 Democrats Issue Benghazi Report and Release Interview Transcripts
6/21/16 Smith Introduces Bill to Reduce Excess Military Infrastructure
6/9/16 Smith Statement on the House Republicans' National Security Agenda
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5/18/16 Smith Announces Opposition to FY2017 NDAA
5/18/16 HASC Democratic Summary of the FY17NDAA Files
5/17/16 Statement on the Rules Committee’s “Dead-of-Night” Move to Overturn Women in the Selective Service Provision
5/16/16 Smith Letter: Benghazi Committee’s Credibility Shredded by Statements From Benghazi Committee’s Own Counsel
5/12/16 Smith Statement on Defense Appropriations Bill
5/8/16 Smith Statement on the Two-Year Anniversary of the Benghazi Committee
5/2/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth’s Final NDAA Markup
5/2/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s Final NDAA Markup
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4/28/16 Republicans Vote to Allow Confederate Flag to Fly at The Citadel
4/28/16 Smith Statement on Passage of the FY2017 NDAA Out of Committee
4/26/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on NDAA Funding
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