Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Mar 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) issued the following statement in response to the American Health Care Act being withdrawn from the legislative schedule for Friday. 

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Mar 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award, given in recognition of his 100% score in 2016.

Mar 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) issued the following statement in response to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Declined Detainer Outcome Report (DDOR). This first edition of the report includes information specifically on immigration enforcement in Travis County (Texas).

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Mar 17, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) voted in support of a bill that improves the Secretary of Veterans Affairs ability to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the VA (H.R. 1367).

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Mar 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lamar Smith voted in favor of two bills that support our nation’s veterans. Both passed and will go on to the Senate.

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Mar 10, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, legislation authored and introduced by Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) to penalize lawyers for filing frivolous lawsuits passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Mar 8, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) voted to provide critical funding for our national security with his support for H.R. 1301, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017. The bill passed 371-48.

Mar 7, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Smith (R-TX) released the following statement on the American Health Care Act.

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Mar 6, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC –  Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s new executive order to protect Americans from potential terrorists and criminals with stricter vetting of refugees and immigrants.

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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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