Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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May 24, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and a bipartisan group of Texas members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in support of the City of Austin’s application for the

May 20, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – On Thursday, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and a bipartisan group of Texas members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald requesting answers and action on

May 19, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today sent a letter to the Library of Congress on their misguided decision to eliminate the terms “illegal aliens” and “alien” from subject heading and search classifications.

May 18, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today released the following statement after voting in support of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017, which passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 277-147.

May 13, 2016 Floor Statements

Mr. Speaker, a new report by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reveals that last year the Obama administration released 20,000 illegal immigrants convicted of crimes into our communities.  Together, they had committed 64,000 crimes, including kidnapping, homicide, drunken driving, and sexual assault.

May 12, 2016 Press Release

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) released the following statement after a U.S. District Court sided with congressional Republicans who have challenged the implementation of Obamacare.

May 11, 2016 Press Release

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) today spoke at a news conference with Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and David Vitter (R-LA), former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the President of the National Association of Assistant U.S.

May 11, 2016 Floor Statements

Mr. Speaker, a recent story from the tech blog Gizmodo details Facebook’s alleged efforts to suppress conservative views in its popular trending news section.

Mar 22, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC— Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the following statement in response to the terrorist attacks in Brussels this morning.

Congressman Lamar Smith: “We mourn with the people of Brussels and we strengthen our resolve to stand boldly with them against the forces of evil responsible for these acts of terrorism.”

Mar 17, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) delivered the following remarks on the House floor in support of H. Res. 639 - Authorizing the Speaker to appear as amicus curiae on behalf of the House of Representatives in the matter of United States, et al. v. Texas, et al.

In The News

Mar 9, 2016 In The News

Congress should be wary of reducing federal prison sentences. Unfortunately, much of the discussion on sentencing laws has focused on the criminals. What about the victims of their crimes? What about the dangers of putting these offenders back out on the streets where many prey again on law-abiding citizens?

Mar 3, 2016 In The News

Remember the university professor who wanted the government to use the RICO law created to prosecute mobsters as a tool against global-warming dissenters? Well, taxpayers may be the ones calling for an investigation after examining the nonprofit venture that George Mason University Professor Jagadish Shukla has been running with generous government funding.

Feb 25, 2016 In The News

I recently took a group of members of the Congressional Border Security Caucus to our Southern border. I founded this group in 2014 so that Members of Congress could join forces in pursuing “border security first” solutions to our illegal immigration problems. In McAllen, Texas, we received an updated briefing on the challenges that our border patrol agents and states like Texas face.

Feb 6, 2016 In The News

Members of the Border Security Caucus bashed the Obama administration on Friday for dismantling immigration policies.

Feb 1, 2016 In The News

Recent evidence that refugees are plotting with terrorists have renewed concerns about the Obama administration’s plans to admit tens of thousands of refugees from Syria. We should not be surprised if terrorists succeed in exploiting our refugee system.

Jan 8, 2016 In The News

The arrest of two Iraq-born refugees on terror-related charges has recharged Capitol Hill calls for the Obama administration to pull back on plans to welcome thousands more refugees from Middle East warzones. 

Dec 16, 2015 In The News

The battle between National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials and congressional investigators may be winding down as bureaucrats have finally handed over emails to lawmakers after months of refusing to do so.

Dec 14, 2015 In The News

San Antonio has been chosen for one of the National Guard’s 13 new cyber units.

The decision was celebrated by U.S. Reps. Will Hurd, Joaquín Castro, Henry Cuellar and Lamar Smith, all of whom requested “Cyber City, USA” be considered for the new units.