Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Sep 7, 2017 Press Release

Statement by Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) – As Delivered

Member Press Conference on the Legal Workforce Act and Immigration in the National Interest Act

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 9:30 a.m., Studio B


Sep 6, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today Rep. Lamar Smith voted to provide nearly $8 billion in relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. The funding bill passed with bipartisan support.

Sep 5, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) issued the following statement today in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcement on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Aug 2, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) issued the following statement in response to Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue’s (R-GA) introduction of the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act.

Jul 27, 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. 3219, Make America Secure Appropriations Act. The bill passed 235-192.

Jul 25, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – On Monday evening, Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) held a tele-town meeting with constituents from across the 21st Congressional District. During the event, the Congressman answered questions and took comments on a variety of issues including health care, border security and tax reform. Participants were asked four poll questions during the tele-town meeting.

Jul 14, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) voted to provide critical resources for our national security with his support for The National Defense Authorization Act. The bipartisan bill passed 344-81.

Jun 29, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) voted today in support of the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law – bills that strengthen immigration enforcement

Jun 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith gave the following statement today following President Trump signing the bipartisan Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (S. 1094) into law.


In The News

Apr 6, 2017 In The News

Honor Veterans Now has the single-minded mission of making sure that every veteran has at least one hot, nutritious meal a day. There are a number of safety nets for veterans and seniors who are at least 60 years old. But younger veterans have fewer resources available to them – especially those who live in rural areas.

Apr 4, 2017 In The News

A sweeping piece of legislation that aims to improve forecasts for everything from Category 5 hurricanes to El Nino has passed both houses of Congress.

Years in the making, it will become the first major weather legislation enacted since the early 1990s if signed by President Trump.

Mar 31, 2017 In The News

The solar energy industry is growing the fastest in some of the most politically conservative corners of the Lone Star State, a new report from the Solar Foundation shows.

Mar 23, 2017 In The News

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says 142 charged suspects on requested immigration detainers were released from the Travis County jail during a one-week period last month.

The releases constituted nearly 70 percent of the 206 inmates freed nationally due to denial of detainer requests by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

Mar 22, 2017 In The News

NASA gets a solid boost from the White House.

Austin/San Antonio representative Lamar Smith was among the Texas lawmakers who worked to get the NASA Authorization act signed into law by President Trump yesterday.  "The President talked about space in his State of the Union speech. He wants to make America's space program great again and that's what this bill will do."

Mar 21, 2017 In The News

President Donald Trump signed a bill to authorize and fund NASA for a mission to Mars by 2033.

The new law pumps $19.5 billion into deep space human exploration programs, including a manned mission to Mars. The law also instructs NASA to accelerate plans to put U.S. astronauts to lunar orbit in 2019 and send a crewed mission to Mars in 16 years.

Mar 10, 2017 In The News

The House passed legislation Friday aimed at cracking down on attorneys who bring frivolous lawsuits.

The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act was approved by 230-188 vote. The bill would amend the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures to require judges to sanction attorneys who bring forward a frivolous lawsuit — one that, due to lack of legal merit, a plaintiff has little chance of winning.

Mar 10, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed another major legal reform bill, one that would reinstate mandatory sanctions for attorneys who file frivolous lawsuits.

The House, after an hour of general debate plus discussion on various amendments early in the day, voted 230-188 in favor of the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017, or LARA.

Mar 8, 2017 In The News

Transparency for thee, but not for me—that seems to be the motto of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Last year they led a group of their colleagues—dubbed the “Green