Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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As Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Representative Smith is an advocate for America’s innovators by promoting policies that encourage scientific discoveries, space exploration, and the development of new innovations to expand our economy and create jobs for American workers.  The Science Committee oversees agency budgets totaling $39 billion, most of which is focused on research and development.  The purpose of the Science Committee is to encourage the basic research that leads to new innovations. 
The Committee was established in 1958 as the primary congressional body to oversee NASA, our nation’s newly formed space agency.  Throughout the years, its jurisdiction has expanded, and now includes the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, among others.
The Committee is currently working on legislation to reauthorize NASA’s programs and give direction to our space agency as it undergoes a period of uncertainty and transition following various administration proposals. Space exploration is an investment in our nation’s future—often the far distant future.  But space exploration also captures the minds of Americans and encourages future generations to dream big, work hard and shoot for the stars.  The Committee will also be considering various bills in the coming months with the common theme of making sure America stays competitive in the global marketplace.
As Chairman of the Science Committee, Representative Smith is looking for ways to not only encourage students to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), but also to inspire them to pursue careers in STEM fields. That means preparing students for advanced degrees and ensuring that young adults have the scientific and mathematic literacy to thrive in a technology-based economy.
The Science Committee plays an important role in promoting the work of Texas’ innovators, from the high-tech industry in Austin and San Antonio to the energy and space sectors in Houston.  For more information on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, please visit the website,


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Sep 22, 2017

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lamar Smith is excited to announce that Texas’ 21st Congressional District is participating in the Congressional App Challenge, an app competition for K-12 students.

May 26, 2017

Science plays a critical role in the lives of all Americans. Every day, people around the world devote their lives to science and strive to advance our understanding of such complex subjects as human health and the environment.

To uphold the highest professional standards means to support the scientific method. This model helps guarantee that theories undergo rigorous experimentation and that when results do not match the original hypothesis or when reproducibility is not possible, that scientists reconsider their theories.

May 25, 2017
Rising fees for building upkeep, administration eat into federal grant funding

Overhead costs, such as fees for administrative support and building maintenance, are on a slow rise and becoming a larger share of federal research spending, a congressional investigator said May 24.

May 15, 2017

U.S. Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Fred Upton (R-MI) voiced support for an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Thursday to fortify the federal government’s computer security networks and bolster national defenses.

May 11, 2017

President Trump’s executive order on cybersecurity won early supporters on Capitol Hill, though several expressed continuing concern about the path forward to defend against cyber threats.

Trump signed the long-awaited executive order on Thursday, thought drafts have been circulating since the White House abruptly cancelled a planned signing event in January.

May 4, 2017

The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on Tuesday unanimously approved the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017, which aims to provide small businesses with guidance to help them manage various cybersecurity risks.

Apr 21, 2017

As the popular saying goes, “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.”  A disturbing trend in science suggests you should add, “and don’t believe everything you read in scientific journals either.”

The gold standard in science is a carefully designed experiment that yields reproducible results.  Scientific theories from Galileo, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and other brilliant scientists remained theoretical until their proofs  could be replicated

Apr 13, 2017

The Cassini space probe detected hydrogen coming from Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, which suggests alien life could develop there, according to NASA.

NASA said Enceladus has “almost all of the ingredients needed to support life as we know it on Earth,” but admitted they found no living organisms. Hydrogen is an excellent source of chemical energy that supports life near deep sea hydrothermal vents on Earth. Scientists think this kind of chemical reaction could have been the origin of life on Earth.

Apr 12, 2017

Lamar Smith, the U.S. Representative for Texas’ 21st congressional district, which includes most of the Austin-San Antonio corridor, visited Memorial Early College High School on April 10 for a question and answer session with students.

Apr 6, 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 3:14 - With bipartisan support, both houses of Congress have passed the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017, H.R. 353.

The bill aims at improving the quality of both short and long range high impact weather events and their effects.

It also gives National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service the go-ahead to establish a number of programs to enhance forecasting and alerts.