Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) beat out Congressman Silvestre Reyes and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez to get selected for Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee in the 112th Congress.
“As Ranking Member, I will continue to be a strong advocate for our military personnel and their families,” said Rep. Smith. “I am committed to providing them with the benefits and support they deserve for their years of faithful service. We will provide our Armed Forces with the best equipment and resources available to carry out their current and future missions. Also, it must be a priority to ensure that the Pentagon spends taxpayer dollars in the most efficient and effective manner. This also includes carefully examining our current policies and working to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse.”
Rep. Smith wants to make sure the policies in Afghanistan bring security and stability, while advancing toward a responsible draw-down of military forces. He feels that long and frequent deployments have put strains on the military, the budget, and have had a negative impact on U.S. foreign policy.
Smith also voted to pass the 2011 National Defense Authorization Bill.
“The bill authorizes a 1.4 % pay raise for our troops, strengthens military health care and family support programs, and authorizes numerous other programs that will assist military families. It builds on the Committee’s efforts to support our military personnel and ensures that our military is properly resourced to meet the threats we face today, as well as those of the future.”
According to Rep. Smith’s press release, the bill is vitally important to U.S. national security and he is proud of the support that it provides to military troops and their efforts to keep Americans safe.
“As the Chairman of the Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, I am pleased to see this legislation authorizes funding for the procurement and research development programs to ensure that our soldiers and airmen have the equipment and resources they need to carry out their missions,” Smith announced. “This includes funding for programs such as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles, equipment for the National Guard and Reserve, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems, as well as other vital equipment and systems used by the Army and Air Force.”