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THOMAS DONNELLY, AEI
REPRESENTATIVE ADAM SMITH (D-WA), Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee
Question and Answer
Representative Adam Smith (D-WA), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, argued for maintaining a strong defense amid federal budgetary pressures in a wide-ranging speech this morning at the American Enterprise Institute. The congressman discussed the need to tie the reduced capabilities that come with lower budgets to precise security threats, explaining in concrete terms the consequences of defense budget reductions. But sustaining a strong national defense depends not only on articulating the importance of the defense budget but also on proposing comprehensive solutions, particularly on the revenue side, for reducing the federal deficit and debt. Failing to do so will leave the defense budget to be "crucified," Smith argued.
Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) represents Washington’s ninth district and serves as the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, where he is a strong advocate for our military personnel and their families. He served until recently on both the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. As a 14-year member of the House Armed Services Committee, he most recently chaired the Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces and, before that, the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities. During the last Congress, he also served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he was responsible for overseeing and funding the intelligence community and intelligence-related activities and programs of the US government.