Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Rep. Smith Statement on Vote Against Spending Bill

May 3, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) voted against the Fiscal Year 2017 spending bill. The legislation allocates $1.07 trillion to fund the federal government through September 30, 2017.

Rep. Smith: “In Congress, legislation is seldom all good or all bad.  Most bills that are signed into law are a mix of the two. This spending bill was no different.

“However, the negative provisions in this spending bill outweigh the positive ones. 

“I would have preferred a bill that reduces spending, increases immigration enforcement and border security, and promotes the priorities of the American people. The spending bill did not meet these criteria and as a result I could not support it.”