Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Jan 5, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today Congressman Lamar Smith voted in support of H. Res. 11, which rejects the recent anti-Israel United Nations resolution. The House adopted the opposition measure by a vote of 342 to 80.

Jan 3, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today Congressman Lamar Smith voted to pass H.Res. 5 to adopt the rules for the 115th Congress. The Rules Package did not include any changes to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).  The OCE’s independence and authority will remain unaltered. 

Dec 14, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the following statement today after President-elect Donald J. Trump announced former Texas Governor Rick Perry will lead the Department of Energy.

Dec 2, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) released the following statement after the House passed the conference report to the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Article 1 Section VIII of the Constitution states the Congress is charged with providing for the common defense of the United States.

Oct 28, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, today released the following statement following the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) announcement that it has reopened its investigation of the use of an insecure, private email server to conduct official business by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Oct 27, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week Congressman Smith was recognized by the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) for having a strong voting record on lowering taxes and limiting government. Rep. Smith is one of the few members on Capitol Hill whose votes during the past legislative session are worthy of the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” for 2015.

Sep 28, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, today urged FBI Director James Comey to reopen the FBI’s investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

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Sep 22, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Lamar Smith, member and former chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, delivered the following statement today at the hearing “Oversight of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.” Agency director Sarah Saldaña testified at the hearing.

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Sep 22, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Thursday evening, Congressman Lamar Smith voted in support of Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act (H.R. 5931) of which he is a cosponsor.

In The News

Feb 22, 2017 In The News

Texas Rep. Lamar Smith of Congressional District 21 made a quick stop during his off-week to speak with Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce members about a number of issues, as well as to give listeners a foretelling of immigration news to be released in the next two days.

Feb 21, 2017 In The News

“The American people should thank Secretary Kelly for issuing two enforcement memorandums today that overturn the dangerous immigration policies of President Obama. Secretary Kelly’s actions return the Department of Homeland Security to its central mission.

Feb 15, 2017 In The News

In a letter sent yesterday to the EPA’s independent watchdog, two Republican representatives asked the agency to investigate reports that EPA officials have been using encrypted messaging apps like Signal to discuss Trump

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Feb 14, 2017 In The News

Veterans — Congress wants to be your "wingman." That's what lawmakers are calling a bill they hope would make it easier for you to find out where veterans’ medical claims stand.

At the oldest VFW post in Texas, veterans share their war stories.

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Feb 9, 2017 In The News

One of the biggest post-election winners on Capitol Hill is Representative Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. This soft-spoken Texas Republican has become an unlikely warrior against dubious science used to justify costly federal regulations imposed on American industry, particularly from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Feb 8, 2017 In The News

A new year, a new Congress, and a new presidential administration but the same perennial debate about illegal immigration. And with it comes countless polls that suggest solutions to the problem.

Feb 7, 2017 In The News

Americans didn’t fall for the media’s constant barrage of “slanted” stories attacking Pres. Trump’s immigration orders, the chairman of the House Media Fairness Caucus said in a House floor speech.

Caucus Chair Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) slammed the media for twisting words, facts and poll results to try to turn the public against Trump’s efforts to keep America safe.

Feb 6, 2017 In The News

It may be called the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (LARA) of 2017, but U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith of Austin has been proposing this measure for years without success.

Though prospects for passage were bleak in the past, now with a Republican president in the White House and Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress, things are looking up for LARA.

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Feb 2, 2017 In The News

Law360, Washington (February 2, 2017, 4:56 PM EST) -- Sanctions for frivolous federal lawsuits could become mandatory again, if a bill passed by a House panel Thursday makes it through the rest of Congress.

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Jan 31, 2017 In The News

On January 3, 2017, the 115th Congress officially convened. For our purposes, it is the House Judiciary Committee that will be the body of primary importance insofar as the House of Representatives is concerned.

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