Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Smith Statement on Omnibus Appropriations

Dec 18, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today released the following statement after voting against a year-end omnibus appropriations bill.

Congressman Lamar Smith: “This bill includes priorities such as funding for the dilapidated San Antonio courthouse and a repeal of the outdated oil export ban.  

“Overall, I could not support this $1.1 trillion bill. It lacks serious reforms of our refugee policy and fully funds plans to admit tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into our country. It does nothing to prohibit the White House from funding its Green Climate Fund and serves as an endorsement of the president’s extreme agenda he committed to in Paris. Similarly, it omits congressionally-passed restrictions on controversial EPA regulations. It admits 264,000 unskilled guestworkers to compete in the job market against unemployed Americans for scarce jobs. Finally, it does nothing to defund Planned Parenthood despite the fact that it appears the organization engaged in the sale of unborn baby body parts.”