Washington D.C.After today’s vote on the Smith-Amash amendment to the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member, Congressman Adam Smith, made the following statement:

"While I am disappointed in the outcome of today's vote, I am proud of all those who have rallied behind this cause and helped to move the issue forward. This fight does not end with today's vote. We will continue to work to restore civil liberties and due process rights in this country.

"I want to specifically applaud Congressman Justin Amash for his hard work. Over the last few weeks, Rep. Amash has worked tirelessly to build support for our amendment and I look forward to working with him in the future.

"I am also disappointed that the Republican amendment, which was supposedly offered to address the same issue, does nothing to fix the problem. It was offered solely as a smoke screen to divert attention from our amendment. 

"To give the President the power to take away a person's freedom and lock them up, potentially simply based on allegations, without due process, and without the civil liberties protected by our Constitution, is an extraordinary step. Due process rights are designed to protect the innocent and I will continue to work to ensure that we rein in executive powers and protect the Constitution and all those to which it applies."

 

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2/9/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Defense Budget Proposal
2/2/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Afghanistan Hearing
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1/22/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Terror Attacks in Burkina Faso and Somalia
1/14/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Nomination of General Joseph Votel
1/7/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement at Hearing Discussing Acquisition Reform
1/6/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on North Korea
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12/10/15 Ranking Member Smith and Ranking Member Speier Statement on Release of Oversight and Investigations Report
12/1/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement at Hearing Examining U.S. Strategy for Syria and Iraq
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11/25/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement on President Signing 2016 National Defense Authorization Act
11/25/15 Chairman Thornberry and Ranking Member Smith Statement on Kunduz Investigation
11/23/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Mali
11/18/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on Syrian Refugee Bill Offered by Chairman McCaul
11/18/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement for Hearing on Iraq and Syria
11/17/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on OPM/DHS/OMB Decision Not To Testify Before HASC
11/13/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Paris
11/5/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on Passage of NDAA
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10/30/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on President’s Announcement of Special Operations Deployment in Syria
10/27/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement at Hearing Examining Shortening the Defense Acquisition Cycle
10/22/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement on NDAA Veto
10/21/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement for DOD Security Cooperation Hearing
10/16/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on the President’s Announcement Regarding Troop Levels in Afghanistan
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9/30/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith on Pending Defense Bill Veto
9/30/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith on McCarthy’s Benghazi Comments
9/29/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith on NDAA Conference Report
9/29/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement for Cyber Hearing