Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Science and Technology

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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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Apr 19, 2018

After EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that he will implement a policy to make our government more accountable to the American people, we’ve seen massive media coverage misrepresenting the potential effects of such a policy.

Regrettably, the EPA is able to make rules and regulations based on data that not even rule-makers at the agency have seen. It’s time to change that.

Mar 12, 2018

Climate alarmism has become the chant of the media and liberals who favor more government regulations. As Chairman of the House Science Committee, I have challenged the alarmist rhetoric and pursued the facts about climate change. 

The Committee follows the scientific method, which welcomes critiques, avoids exaggerated predictions, and relies on unbiased data. Unfortunately, alarmists ignore all these principles.

Jan 29, 2018

Technology has advanced civilizations throughout history. Even in ancient civilizations, such as during the Bronze Age, technological innovation improved the quality of life for millions of people around the world. More recently, innovations have continued at increased speed. For instance, important technologies have led to lifesaving medical cures and affordable energy through hydraulic fracturing.

Jan 17, 2018

When one first focuses on the Ultra Deep Field image, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2004, it appears to be just a photo of the night sky. Dots, stars at first glance, clutter the image, but a longer, closer look leads to wonder and amazement. The image, which is a piece of the sky about the size of a penny at arm's length, shows that the "stars" are really galaxies, an estimated 10,000!

Dec 19, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) forecasts that next year U.S. employers will be unable to fill nearly 2.5 million job openings in STEM and STEM-related occupations. At an average pay of $85,000 per year for jobs in STEM fields, 2.5 million unfilled positions means working Americans will lose $200 billion in lost wages. Lost productivity will decrease U.S. economic growth.

Nov 30, 2017

This past summer, Chinese scientists used quantum technology to teleport a single photon from the Earth’s surface to an orbiting satellite. Although Star Trek fans will be disappointed that teleportation of human beings is a long way off, teleporting a photon into space is an amazing achievement — and an example of China’s all-out effort to dominate quantum information science and other emerging technologies.

Nov 15, 2017

Dyslexia differs from other learning disabilities. These differences are highly specific and readily identifiable. In dyslexic readers, these neural systems function inefficiently – the signature of dyslexia. There may be other indicators, as well.
With early identification and timely intervention, affected individuals can live productive lives and accomplish great things. Even Nobel Prize-winning scientists, some of the greatest and most creative individuals, have overcome dyslexia. 

Nov 8, 2017

Today’s world is driven by technological advancements in every industry, which can increase efficiency, lower costs and benefit the environment.

Sep 25, 2017


In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many members of the media and the political left have been quick to pin the blame for these storms on climate change. While there is no question that the hurricanes have wreaked havoc across many communities, including in my home state of Texas, these severe storms are not indicative of a climate trend — despite what the clickbait masters would have us believe.

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.