Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith

NEW JERSEY's 4th DISTRICT

<span class ="kicker">Smith, congressional Autism Caucus co-chair, helped secure funding</span>Rutgers Center Receives Fed Designation Boosting Developmental Disabilities Program

2016/06/29

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith announced today that Rutgers University’s Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities (The Boggs Center) will receive a federal designated funding to boost its system of care for children with disabilities and their families.

     Last year, Smith secured a provision in the Fiscal Year 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (PL 114-113) boosting resources for LEND programs and directing HRSA to designate new programs in states, like New Jersey, that do not have one, yet have high incidence rates of autism.

     Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) confirmed that The Boggs Center will indeed join the university network of Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs for 5 years and receive roughly $441,000 annually (subject to appropriations). Smith also recent wrote to HRSA urging this designation.  

     “The Boggs Center is a proven resource for individuals with autism and their families across our state,” said Smith, founder and co-chairman of the Coalition for Autism Research and Education (C.A.R.E.) and the author of three major laws on autism, including most recently the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act (the Autism CARES Act/ Public Law 113-157). “This investment is long-overdue and sorely needed. The designation and funding will allow The Boggs Center to recruit additional personnel to better address the needs of children and adults with developmental disabilities—including and especially the aging out generation.”

     In the most recent CDC study, New Jersey has the highest rate of autism in the nation—1 in every 45 children has ASD, whereas 1 in every 68 children has ASD nationally.

     “With the highest reported prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the nation, New Jersey has long been in desperate need of additional personnel in a variety of health and allied health professions with the requisite knowledge and skills to address the complex needs of children with autism and their families,” said Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Executive Director, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 

     “As envisioned in the Autism CARES Act and the Fiscal Year 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act,, the funding awarded to establish a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program will enable The Boggs Center to improve the lives of children, young adults, and their families living with autism in New Jersey, through interdisciplinary clinical leadership training to develop the next generation of health leaders and advocates,” Dr. Spitalnik continued.

     LEND programs provide advanced training to students and fellows from at least 12 disciplines in the identification, assessment, and treatment of children and youth with a wide range of developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The network is currently made up of 43 programs that are making significant strides toward improved screening and diagnosis of autism among younger children and helping to train healthcare professionals who treat a number of different developmental and intellectual disabilities.

     This announcement will expand the LEND network to 49 programs—bringing us closer to our goal of allowing LENDs to meet the pressing needs of the autism community in every state.

     "Every year 50,000 youths with autism enter into adulthood and communities unprepared to support them,” Smith said. "The LEND network is uniquely positioned to assist transitioning adolescents and encourage independent living, equal opportunity, full participation, and economic self-sufficiency.”  


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Statement by Chris Smith on Burma's Trafficking Status

2016/06/28

Rep. Chris Smith, chairman of a house panel on global human rights, released the following statement on the possibility of a downgrade of Burma’s Trafficking Status:

     “Burma's downgrade, if true, is justified and long overdue—the government was warned for the past four years that such an action was possible.  Something must be done when government officials and military leaders are complicit in forced labor, recruiting child soldiers, and pushing the Rohingya into the hands of the traffickers. If true, this decision is a triumph of facts over politics—and the same criteria should be used for countries like Malaysia, China, Oman, Uzbekistan and other governments whose deplorable trafficking records were whitewashed last year. The scourge of modern slavery must end, the first step is getting right the State Department rankings.”  

     Smith is the author of the landmark Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, which created the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. State Department and mandates the annual Trafficking in Persons report. 

     He has chaired 18 hearings on trafficking, the most recent titled “Get It Right This Time: A Victims-Centered Trafficking in Persons Report.”

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<span class ="kicker">Trenton Times News Article</span>'Hamilton firefighters get $140K grant for new gear'

2016/06/27

BY CRISTINA ROJAS, TRENTON TIMES STAFF WRITER -

One of Hamilton's nine fire districts has been awarded a $140,908 federal grant that will  allow it invest in new respirators and other gear.

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.) made the announcement Thursday.

Fire District 4 will use the money to buy 22 self-contained breathing apparatus and a thermal imaging camera that can be used to help find downed firefighters and bring them to safety.

"This grant will help protect those who are willing to put their lives on the line every day and to run into burning buildings to save lives," Smith said. "This federal support will help them obtain more substantial equipment to keep them as safe as possible."

Feds award $13K grant to Robbinsville firefighters

Feds award $13K grant to Robbinsville firefighters

The money is earmarked for a health and wellness program


The new SCBA gear, which will have face pieces and air cylinders, will replace its inventory of obsolete or damaged equipment.

Smith, in his letter of support, referenced a recent risk analysis that found the department's current SCBAs are either approaching or have exceeded their recommended replacement dates.

District 4, which is led by Chief Thomas Gribbin, has 16 career staff and 20 volunteer firefighters. It provides mutual support to the township's eight other fire districts as well as to neighboring Trenton.

Hamilton firefighters put out 2-alarm fire
A file photo of Hamilton firefighters putting out a fire
on the 2000 block of South Clinton Avenue.
(Cristina Rojas | For NJ.com)

The  grant was awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters program.

This article was published in the Trenton Times on June 24, 2016 and can be found at:
http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2016/06/hamilton_firefighters_get_140k_grant_for_new_gear.html#incart_most_shared-mercer 

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Supreme Court Shamefully Prioritizes Abortion Industry over Women’s Safety

2016/06/27

Today the Supreme Court ruled against the state of Texas in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a case challenging a 2013 Texas law that required abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic, and requiring abortion clinics to meet the minimum standards for ambulatory surgical centers. U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Co-Chairman of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, made the following statement:

“The Supreme Court’s tragic decision today shields the abortion industry from accountability and minimal medical standards,” said Smith. “Abortionists should not get a free pass on commonsense safety standards. Women deserve better than this decision that prioritizes the abortion industry’s profit margin.”

“Today’s devastating news underscores the incredibly high stakes the Supreme Court vacancy holds for the unborn child. 43 years ago the Supreme Court stripped away protection for unborn children and their mothers.  Restoring that protection requires a Court that acknowledges the right of states to protect women’s health and the unborn.”

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was also a part of the 2013 Texas law, yet that portion of the law was never challenged by the abortion industry and is in effect today. This law protects unborn children from the excruciating pain of abortion around the start of the 6th month of pregnancy.  The U.S. House has passed a similar law, but the Senate fell short of the 60 votes necessary to stop a filibuster. 

Smith said, “We will continue to work to enact commonsense laws and look forward to a day when we have a Court that recognizes the danger of abortion to both women and their babies.”

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<span class ="kicker">Courier Post News Article</span>'Joint base could be home of next Air Force tankers'

2016/06/24

By JIM WALSH Staff Writer -

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is a finalist in the competition to host the next generation of Air Force air-refueling tankers, federal legislators said Thursday.

The military base is one of five sites being considered to host the KC-46 aircraft, which are expected to arrive by 2020. The planes, now in testing, eventually would replace the military’s current fleet of KC-10s.

The other finalists are Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Fairchild in Washington; Grand Forks in North Dakota and Travis in California.

Boeing plans to build 179 KC-46 aircraft for the Air Force.

If chosen, the joint base would receive “up to 36 new tankers to replace the current fleet of 32 KC-10 Extenders,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. He noted the base also hosts eight KC-135 Stratotankers for the New Jersey Air National Guard.

A KC-46 (left) fuels an F-16 similar to the ones operated by the NJ National
Guard, on a test mission. (Photo: USAF)

The Pentagon is expected to announce a decision late next year after officials visit the five bases, said Jeff Sagnip, a spokesman for Smith.

“This is a promising new development,” said Rep. Donald Norcross, DN. J. He said the ultimate selection of the joint base “would mean certainty for future generations of New Jerseyans, for our national security and the state’s economy.

The base, which overlaps Burlington and Ocean counties, employs about 42,000 state residents. It also supports “tens of thousands of additional jobs” elsewhere, according to Rep. Tom Mac-Arthur, R-N.J.

Both congressmen vowed to advocate for the base as members of the House Armed Services Committee.

An Air Force KC-10 similar to the ones operated at Joint Base MDL refuels a
next-generation KC-46 on a test flight. A KC-135, similar to the tankers flown
by the NJ Air National Guard out of Jt. Base MDL, flies in the background. (Photo: USAF)

New Jersey’s U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, both D-N.J., praised the base’s appearance on the Pentagon’s short list.

Menendez said the base “is strongly positioned from a geographic and strategic standpoint.” He and Booker also noted air refueling is “a core mission” of the South Jersey facility.

“Joint Base McGuire is one of the biggest tanker bases in the country,” noted Sagnip, the spokesman for Smith. He said the local facility, with existing infrastructure to support refueling operations, “would be a natural fit” for the new aircraft.

Sagnip also suggested the base’s current tankers could remain in operation for years, easing the impact if the new planes go elsewhere. He also suggested the joint base, if passed over initially, might receive later shipments of new tankers.

But, he added, “It’s good to let the Air Force decision-makers know the base is completely capable of taking on the new planes.”Jim Walsh: 856-486-2646; jwalsh@gannettnj.com

This article ran on Page 1 of the Courier Post in the June 24, 2016 print edition:
http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2016/06/23/joint-base-advances-tanker-competition/86295406/


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<span class ="kicker">Asbury Park Press Page 1 Article</span>Joint Base could be home of next Air Force tankers

2016/06/24

BY JIM WALSH, STAFF WRITER

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is a finalist in the competition to host the next generation of Air Force air-refueling tankers, federal legislators said Thursday.

The military base is one of five sites being considered to host the KC-46 aircraft, which are expected to arrive by 2020. The planes, now in testing, eventually would replace the military’s current fleet of KC-10s.

The other finalists are Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Fairchild in Washington; Grand Forks in North Dakota and Travis in California.

Boeing plans to build 179 KC-46 aircraft for the Air Force.

If chosen, the joint base would receive “up to 36 new tankers to replace the current fleet of 32 KC-10 Extenders,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. He noted the base also hosts eight KC-135 Stratotankers for the New Jersey Air National Guard.

The Pentagon is expected to announce a decision late next year after officials visit the five bases, said Jeff Sagnip, a spokesman for Smith.

“This is a promising new development,” said Rep. Donald Norcross, DN. J. He said the ultimate selection of the joint base “would mean certainty for future generations of New Jerseyans, for our national security and the state’s economy.

The base, which overlaps Burlington and Ocean counties, employs about 42,000 state residents. It also supports “tens of thousands of additional jobs” elsewhere, according to Rep. Tom Mac-Arthur, R-N.J.

Both congressmen vowed to advocate for the base as members of the House Armed Services Committee.

New Jersey’s U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, both D-N.J., praised the base’s appearance on the Pentagon’s short list.

Menendez said the base “is strongly positioned from a geographic and strategic standpoint.” He and Booker also noted air refueling is “a core mission” of the South Jersey facility.

“Joint Base McGuire is one of the biggest tanker bases in the country,” noted Sagnip, the spokesman for Smith. He said the local facility, with existing infrastructure to support refueling operations, “would be a natural fit” for the new aircraft.

Sagnip also suggested the base’s current tankers could remain in operation for years, easing the impact if the new planes go elsewhere. He also suggested the joint base, if passed over initially, might receive later shipments of new tankers.

But, he added, “It’s good to let the Air Force decision-makers know the base is completely capable of taking on the new planes.”

This story ran on page one of the Asbury Park Press print edition on June 24, 2016 and can be found at:
http://asburyparkpress.nj.newsmemory.com/?token=a8d7ac6118522d7f804718ac3515d33e&cnum=2511843&fod=1111111STD&selDate=20160624&licenseType=none&

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<span class ="kicker">Trenton Times Page 1 News Article</span>'Joint Base in running for tankers'

2016/06/24

BY JONATHAN SALANT OF THE STAR LEDGER

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is one of five finalists to house the Air Force's new KC-46 tankers.

Six other facilities were eliminated from consideration for the tanker fleet. A decision is expected Dec. 15 and the tankers are expected to be delivered in 2020.

"The joint base is one of our nation's premier air mobility installations, and a great option for housing the KC-46," said Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-3rd Dist.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Lt. Gov Kim Guadagno, chairwoman of the state's Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force, called the announcement "great news" for the base and the state's economy. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.) said it was a "positive step."

New tankers for the joint base?

The Air Force is considering housing a fleet of tankers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

MacArthur and Rep. Donald Norcross (D-1st Dist.) used the annual defense policy bill to block any efforts to move any of the KC-10 tankers now at the base. The addition of the KC-46 tankers would make it more unlikely that the Pentagon would seek to close or scale back the facility in any future round of military base closings.

"The next generation of air refueling tankers at New Jersey's joint base would mean certainty for future generations of New Jerseyans, for our national security, and the state's economy," Norcross said.

President Barack Obama visited the base in December 2014 to mark the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan.

Four other bases also are in the running to house the fleet: Dover Air Force Base in Delaware; Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Wash.; Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota; and Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif.

Lawmakers said they planned to continue to push the Air Force to select the New Jersey facility.

The base is "strongly positioned from a geographic and strategic standpoint to continue hosting the Air Force's critical refueling mission with new, state of the art aircraft," said U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).

And U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) touted the base's "critical role" in national defense.


This story was originally published on Page 1 of the June 24, 2016 print edition of the Trenton Times and can be found at:
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/06/what_are_the_chances_of_a_new_tanker_fleet_coming.html

 

 

 
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Treasury Action to Sanction DRC Official for Frustrating Elections a Step in the Right Direction

2016/06/24

After four years of congressional hearings focusing on the potential for disaster in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the U.S. Department of the Treasury finally added Celestin Kanyama, a Congolese government official, to the Specially Designated Nationals list for his role in using violence to prevent preparation for election. 

     “The Department of Treasury’s decision to sanction this first government official is a welcome first step, however more must be done while there is still time to prevent chaos in DRC,” said Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa. “A growing number of DRC citizens oppose the extension of President Joseph Kabila’s term in office. This action by the Treasury Department must be only the first step in our response to the actions by the government of President Kabila in frustrating the democratic process.”

     Kanyama is the Congolese National Police Provincial Commissioner for the capital city of Kinshasa, and is being sanctioned for extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances, especially targeting women and children. As a result of Treasury’s actions, all assets of Kanyama that are based in the United States or in the control of U.S. persons are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with him.

     This action is consistent with H. Res. 780, introduced last week by Smith.  H. Res. 780 would broaden the number of Congolese officials who would qualify for sanctions and urges the President to use existing authorities to help ensure that the government of President Joseph Kabila does not reverse constitutional restrictions to prolong his term in office by sanctioning those officials responsible for helping to frustrate the democratic process. 

     There already have been violent demonstrations in DRC against President Kabila’s efforts to delay the elections by as much as three years, and observers, including the U.S. Embassy in the DRC, predict chaos in the country if elections are not held on schedule and Kabila remains in office beyond his term. According to the current constitution, Kabila’s final term ends on December 19, and elections scheduled for November would select a new president before Kabila’s term expires and elect members of Parliament, whose current terms also will expire this year.  According to the constitution, if no election is held on schedule and a presidential vacancy is declared, the President of the Senate will assume power for a three-month term in order to hold elections.  However, on May 11, the Constitutional Court ruled that the president would remain in office until his successor is voted in.

     The Committee on Foreign Affairs had a planned mark-up on H. Res. 780 today, but that proceeding was postponed due to the unexpected early adjournment of the House.

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<span class ="kicker">Jt. Base MDL Advances to Final Round </span>McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on short list for new air-refueling planes

2016/06/23

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB-MDL) has made the U.S. Air Force’s final list of installations that will be considered for the next round of KC-46 Pegasus tankers, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) announced today.

The Air Force is in the process of determining which installation will host Main Operating Base 4 (MOB4). If chosen, JB-MDL will receive up to 36 new tankers to replace the current fleet of 32 KC-10 Extenders. JB-MDL is also currently home to eight KC-135 Stratotankers operated by the New Jersey Air National Guard.

“The Air Force’s announcement is a positive step for the Joint Base, our local community and the skilled and talented workforce that makes the nation’s only tri-service installation run so well,” said Smith, Dean of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation who represents JB-MDL with Rep. Tom MacArthur (NJ-03).

"This is great news for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, and for our State's economy as well," said Kim Guadagno the Lieutenant Governor and chair of the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force. "We look forward to continuing to make the case for why New Jersey would be the best selection as the home to the Air Force's Main Operating Base 4‎."

Smith has worked with partners in the State, including the Lt. Governor, and New Jersey National Guard Adjutant General Michael Cunniff, as well as members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation to highlight the military value of JB-MDL and the assets and facilities that make the base an ideal candidate.  

In January, the Air Force announced that JB-MDL was one of 11 installations in the running for MOB4.

“Our delegation has worked hard to highlight the Joint Base’s capabilities and strong record of demonstrating mission-critical worth. We have competed for and won many critical new missions, expanding the federal investment in the base, enhancing its overall military value and bringing in new jobs and economic activity to the area,” Smith stated. “This decision continues the trend but we have to work hard to stay in the running.”

JB-MDL hosts active duty, Reserve and Guard units, and is the Air Mobility Command’s premier East Coast refueling hub. The base is strategically located, with the necessary and existing capacity and infrastructure in place to easily absorb, and successfully execute its mission. It is a longtime tanker base, a critical East Coast mission to U.S. global reach over the Atlantic to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The base’s current KC-10s are continually targeted for retirement and would be replaced by the new KC-46s if it is chosen as MOB4 in the final decision.

JB-MDL is the largest employer in the region, second only to the State of New Jersey as the largest employer in the Garden State, and contributes $6.9 billion annually to the regional economy

JB-MDL is one of five installations in the running, along with: Dover AFB, Fairchild AFB, Grand Forks AFB, and Travis AFB. A final basing decision is expected by the end of next year. JB MDL and 10 other installations were selected in the initial consideration in January: Dover AFB, Dyess AFB, Fairchild AFB, Grand Forks AFB, JB Charleston, JB Lewis McChord, Little Rock AFB, MacDill AFB, Scott AFB and Travis AFB.

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<span class ="kicker">Smith: ‘Barbaric’ practice needs a global response to hold Chinese and other entities accountable</span>Joint Hearing on Organ Trafficking Reveals Horrors Worldwide

2016/06/23

New evidence that the Chinese government, hospitals and officials continue to profit from the billion-dollar illicit organ harvesting industry was revealed today by medical experts at a hearing jointly chaired by Representative Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Human Rights, and Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats.

     “The illegal practice of organ harvesting is barbaric, but it is growing as a commercial and punitive practice. We need a concerted global response to this problem,” said Smith. “The conflict in Syria has created a black market from human organs and ISIS has sanctioned the harvesting and sale of organs taken from Christian prisoners. We also have horrific evidence of Eritrean victims in Sinai, whose organs are brutally removed and sold when families are unable to pay the traffickers a ransom. The biggest problem by far is China and the government sanctioned harvesting of organs from executed prisoners—including prisoners of conscience.” (Link to Smith testimony)

     Witnesses included a medical expert from Harvard Medical School and researchers on the harvesting of organs from prisoners of conscience in China. The Chinese government has made public promises to stop the practice of harvesting organs from prisoners and reform its organ transplant system, however Falun Gong religious adherents report of non-consensual organ removals by the Chinese government. 

     “The fact that the evidence we have now examined shows much larger volumes of transplants than the Government of China has asserted points to a larger discrepancy between transplant volumes and Government of China-identified sources than we had previously thought existed,” said David Matas, Senior Legal Counsel for B’nai Brith Canada. “That increased discrepancy leads us to conclude that there has been a far larger slaughter of practitioners of Falun Gong for their organs than we had originally estimated.” (Link to Matas testimony)

     “Profits drive hospital production.  But what drives the (Chinese Communist) Party?  I don’t pretend to have special insight into that black box other than the Marxist practice of covering up a crime against humanity by liquidating anyone who is familiar with the crime,” said journalist Ethan Gutmann. “Perhaps that explains why 500 Falun Gong are examined in a single day, or given blood tests in their homes, or why Uyghur neighborhoods are riddled with forced disappearances.” (Link to Gutmann testimony)

     “I have visited more than 70 countries in this world with a goal of combating organ trafficking. In one such visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the physician sitting next to me at dinner told me of this incident: the mother of a 14-year-old girl who underwent a kidney transplant in Tianjin, China, and return home to Saudi Arabia ill. This patient underwent a biopsy of a kidney transplant to discover the kidney was obsolescent, scarred, certainly not suitable for transplantation,” said Dr. Francis L. Delmonico, Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. “It had been obtained from an executed prisoner. This patient subsequently developed a viral infection that should’ve been prophylactically treated at the time of the transplant in China. This 14-year-old girl died within weeks of her transplant because of that derelict care.” (Link to Delmonico testimony)

     “In the event of brain dead organ recovery, the warm ischemic time is very minimal, because the heart stops only moments before the organs are cooled,” said Dr. Charles Lee, spokesperson for the Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party.  “With “brain death” not practicable, and almost no explainable, legitimate cause of death, then why did almost all organ procurements have such short warm ischemia times, with many of them even being under a minute? The most plausible explanation is that most of these donors have been arranged to die when the organ procurement needs to happen. We know that these were not voluntary donors, and we know that the operation was scheduled in advance, because the recipient was already ready for the organ (given the short cold ischemic times.) This required blood-matching. Thus, the donors must have been killed for the purpose of having their organs removed.  This is mass murder.” (Link to Lee testimony)

     “The Chinese government has been trafficking in organs for profit for far too long and we have strong evidence that Falun Gong practitioners were singled out for organ harvesting,” said Smith. “We cannot accept more excuses. We don’t want more false promises.  We need concerted effort to stop this barbaric practice. Organ harvesting should be condemned by the world community by the world community any complicit Chinese officials or doctor should be held accountable.”   

     The House passed HR 3694, the Strategy to Oppose Predatory Organ Trafficking Act, two weeks ago.  That bill amended the Trafficking Victims Protection Action of 2000 and required more diplomatic action to stop organ trafficking and required reporting on the issue by the State Department.  Smith is the author of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.    

     This is the fourth hearing Rep. Smith has held looking at the issue of organ harvesting in China.  

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President Obama's epic failure of diplomacy in Vietnam

2016-06-22 19:20:17


Less than 1% of Iraqis & Syrians resettled in US are Christian

2016-06-22 18:20:53


Religious Freedom deserves protection everywhere for everyone- no exceptions

2016-06-17 21:25:35


Rep. Chris Smith on Jobs for Individuals with Autism and Special Needs

2016-05-19 21:48:57


Rep. Chris Smith at the passage of the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act

2016-05-16 22:54:37


Rep. Chris Smith on America's Human Rights Leadership in Asia

2016-04-28 16:34:27


Rep. Chris Smith Takes Aim at Global Hunger

2016-04-13 13:44:56


Chris Smith on BBC World News: ISIS Genocide Against Christians and Yazidis

2016-03-21 19:34:19


Rep. Chris Smith condemning organ harvesting from prisoners in China

2016-03-16 20:29:00


Chris Smith on stopping President Obama's handover of Guantanamo Bay

2016-03-16 20:18:10


Establish a Syrian War Crimes Tribunal

2016-03-16 07:09:39


U.S. House Passes Bill Urging New Syrian War Crimes Tribunal

2016-03-15 21:06:23


Top Obama Admin Official Doesn’t Know Where Iran’s Enriched Uranium has been sent

2016-02-12 20:52:18


Rep. Chris Smith on International Megan's Law at final passage

2016-02-02 20:37:48


Congressman Chris Smith on the Electrify Africa Act

2016-02-02 20:21:28


Planned Parenthood Has Killed 7 Million Babies

2016-01-06 22:40:49


Support the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Authorization Act

2015-12-16 18:42:06


Rep. Smith: Support H.Res.354

2015-11-03 21:50:40


Support the PACE Innovation Act

2015-11-03 21:44:45


Chris Smith: Protect Jewish Communities in Europe

2015-11-03 17:59:53


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Committee Assignments

Foreign Affairs

Elected in 1980, Rep. Chris Smith (R-Robbinsville, N.J.) is currently in his 17th term in the U.S. House of Representatives, and serves residents in the Fourth Congressional District of New Jersey. Smith, 60, currently serves as a senior member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, and is chairman of its Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organization Subcommittee. In 2011-2012 he chaired both the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. He also serves as “Special Representative” on Human Trafficking for the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and as an executive member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Veterans Committee (two terms) and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Operations and the Subcommittee on Africa.

Smith has long chaired a number of bipartisan congressional caucuses (working groups) including the Pro-life (31 years), Autism (15 years), Alzheimer’s (13 years), Lyme Disease (nineyears), Spina Bifida (nine years), Human Trafficking (nine years), Refugees (nine years), and Combating Anti-Semitism caucuses, and serves on caucuses on Bosnia, Uganda and Vietnam.

According to the independent watchdog organization Govtrack, as of January 2014 Smith ranks fourth among all 435 Members of the House over the last two decades in the number of laws authored.

He is the author of America’s three landmark anti-human trafficking laws including The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, a comprehensive law designed to prevent modern-day slavery, protect victims, and enhance civil and criminal penalties against traffickers, as well as more than a dozen veterans health, education and homeless benefits laws, and laws to boost embassy security, promote democracy, religious freedom, and health care.

Smith is the author of the $265 million Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005 which established a nationwide program for ethical research and treatment using umbilical cord blood and bone marrow cells. That landmark law was reauthorized in September 2010 for another five years.
In October 2011, Smith’s bill, HR 2005, the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) of 2011, was signed into law (Public Law PL112-32), a follow-up to his Autism Statistics, Surveillance, Research, and Epidemiology Act (ASSURE) of 2000.

A lifelong New Jerseyan, Congressman Smith graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in business administration. Prior to being elected to Congress, he helped run a small business– his family’s wholesale sporting goods corporation. He is also the former Executive Director of the New Jersey Right to Life Committee.

The congressman is married to his wife of 35 years, Marie, and they have four grown children.


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Frank LoBiondo

NEW JERSEY's 2nd DISTRICT

Tom MacArthur

NEW JERSEY's 3rd DISTRICT

Scott Garrett

NEW JERSEY's 5th DISTRICT

Leonard Lance

NEW JERSEY's 7th DISTRICT

Rodney Frelinghuysen

NEW JERSEY's 11th DISTRICT

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