Washington, DC – Today, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement congratulating Congressman Anthony G. Brown (D-MD) on his election as Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Committee:

“I am very pleased to congratulate my colleague Congressman Anthony Brown of Maryland on his election as Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Committee,” said Smith. “He is a committed patriot, and his contributions to the work of the Committee and the national security of the United States have been invaluable. I look forward to working together with him in this new capacity.”

“As we confront evolving national security challenges, renewed budget uncertainty, and an administration that is upending our alliances and emboldening our strategic competitors, the Committee on Armed Services must advance our national security interests and uphold our constitutional duty to oversee the pursuit of these interests,” said Brown. “In my new role, I look forward to working with Chairman Smith and Members on the committee on these issues, amplifying the diverse voices of our caucus, and helping push an affirmative agenda to reinvigorate American leadership and make the United States more secure. Second only to my 30 years of active and reserve service in the United States Army, it will be an honor to serve as Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Committee in the 116th Congress.”