Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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May 26, 2017 In The News

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.

May 25, 2017 In The News
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 In The News

Protecting animals has never been a partisan concern – in fact, in our experience, it is a unifying cause on Capitol Hill. That’s why we’re pleased, as a Democrat and a Republican, to lead the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus. Our group is built on the principle of passing legislation to prevent cruelty and protect vulnerable creatures.

May 15, 2017 In The News

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 In The News

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.

May 8, 2017 In The News

In an unusual step, Governor Greg Abbott went on Facebook Sunday evening to sign a bill banning sanctuary cities in Texas.

The law approved by the Texas Legislature allows police to inquire about a person’s immigration status during routine interactions  such as traffic stops.  It also threatens to jail sheriffs who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

May 6, 2017 In The News

The Texas Insider, for May 6. Jim is joined by Congressman Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) from Texas' 21st Congressional District.

May 4, 2017 In The News

Rep. Lamar Smith told Newsmax TV on Thursday that the revised American Health Care Act passed by the House included $8 billion for states over five years because "it just is absolutely politically impossible for them not to cover pre-existing conditions."

May 4, 2017 In The News

All but one Texas Republican U.S. House member, Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, voted in favor of the GOP health care bill. All Democrats voted no. Here’s what Central Texas congressmen said following the vote:

May 4, 2017 In The News

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.