Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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May 11, 2016 Press Release

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) today spoke at a news conference with Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and David Vitter (R-LA), former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the President of the National Association of Assistant U.S.

May 11, 2016 Floor Statements

Mr. Speaker, a recent story from the tech blog Gizmodo details Facebook’s alleged efforts to suppress conservative views in its popular trending news section.

Mar 22, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC— Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the following statement in response to the terrorist attacks in Brussels this morning.

Congressman Lamar Smith: “We mourn with the people of Brussels and we strengthen our resolve to stand boldly with them against the forces of evil responsible for these acts of terrorism.”

Mar 17, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) delivered the following remarks on the House floor in support of H. Res. 639 - Authorizing the Speaker to appear as amicus curiae on behalf of the House of Representatives in the matter of United States, et al. v. Texas, et al.

Mar 16, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the following statement today after the House Judiciary Committee approved the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act (H.R. 4731).

Mar 15, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) responded to new reports this week revealing that, since 2010, 124 criminal immigrants that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released were re-arrested on 135 new charges of homicide.

Mar 10, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC –Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas) responded to the release of several long-awaited Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (IG) reports on wait times for Texas veterans.

Feb 25, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee today held a hearing on The Space Leadership Preservation Act and the need for stability at NASA. The hearing featured input from former astronaut and first female Space Shuttle pilot and commander, Eileen Collins, former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, and Rep.

Feb 23, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith today joined over 200 colleagues in both the House and Senate to file an amicus brief supporting petitions filed by 27 states seeking to overturn the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

In The News

Feb 1, 2016 In The News

Recent evidence that refugees are plotting with terrorists have renewed concerns about the Obama administration’s plans to admit tens of thousands of refugees from Syria. We should not be surprised if terrorists succeed in exploiting our refugee system.

Jan 8, 2016 In The News

The arrest of two Iraq-born refugees on terror-related charges has recharged Capitol Hill calls for the Obama administration to pull back on plans to welcome thousands more refugees from Middle East warzones. 

Dec 16, 2015 In The News

The battle between National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials and congressional investigators may be winding down as bureaucrats have finally handed over emails to lawmakers after months of refusing to do so.

Dec 14, 2015 In The News

San Antonio has been chosen for one of the National Guard’s 13 new cyber units.

The decision was celebrated by U.S. Reps. Will Hurd, Joaquín Castro, Henry Cuellar and Lamar Smith, all of whom requested “Cyber City, USA” be considered for the new units.

Dec 11, 2015 In The News

“Our bill is simple: no more refugee admittance until we can strengthen the system and better ensure the safety of Americans,” 

Oct 28, 2015 In The News

Top law enforcement and security officials cautioned Wednesday that bringing in 10,000 Syrian refugees as planned carries a terror risk, with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledging background checks can only do so much and "there is no risk-free process.”

Sep 16, 2015 In The News

Frivolous lawsuits have become too common in the United States.  In recent years, for example, meritless lawsuits have been filed against the Weather Channel for failing to accurately predict storms.  But when it rains it pours for abusive litigation.  Frivolous lawsuits also have been filed against television shows people claimed were too scary, and against fast-food companies because inactive

Jun 22, 2015 In The News

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency rolled out its controversial Waters of the U.S. rule along with a new PR campaign attempting to rebrand the rule’s tarnished image. 

May 20, 2015 In The News

I recently hosted Apollo astronaut and fellow Texan Gene Cernan in the U.S. Capitol. Gene is one of only 12 people to have landed on the moon, and he was the last to leave 42 years ago. He is a strong advocate for U.S. space leadership, and he has a message for lawmakers: America needs to continue to lead the world in space.

Feb 23, 2015 In The News