Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Jan 30, 2017 Press Release

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

Jan 25, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC –  Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) issued the following statement today in response to President Donald Trump signing executive orders to enhance border security, provide the necessary personnel and resources to enforce immigration laws, and compel sanctuary cities to comply with the law.

Jan 24, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC –  Today Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) voted in support of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7) which passed in the House 238-183.

Jan 11, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC –  Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Regulatory Accountability Act” to provide relief to hardworking Americans by putting strong checks and balances on regulations from the executive branch.  

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.

In The News

Jan 10, 2017 In The News

The House Appropriations Committee announced the members who will chair its 12 subcommittees today.   At the same time, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee announced the Republican members and chairs of its six subcommittees.  There is no change for NASA and NOAA, but the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee will get a new chairwoman -- Kay Granger of Texas.  She joi

Jan 9, 2017 In The News

President Obama on Friday signed into law the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA).

Jan 8, 2017 In The News

COLLEGE STATION- Morrigan Land, a 2013 graduate of New Braunfels High School recently began a spring 2017 internship in Washington, D.C. 

Morrigan will spend the spring as an integral part of the Office of Congressman Lamar Smith.

Dec 21, 2016 In The News

SAN ANTONIO – After years of public pressure, the Department of Veterans Affairs is releasing ratings for each of its medical centers around the country.

Mar 15, 2016 In The News

How can the federal government secure the border when it can’t even keep convicted murderers behind bars?

Mar 10, 2016 In The News

Last week, Astronaut Scott Kelly returned from an almost one-year mission to test the effects of space travel on the human body. Kelly's experiment directly contributes to our understanding of the challenges NASA must overcome to send astronauts to deep-space destinations like Mars. And one of our best opportunities to go there is right around the corner.

Mar 9, 2016 In The News

Congress should be wary of reducing federal prison sentences. Unfortunately, much of the discussion on sentencing laws has focused on the criminals. What about the victims of their crimes? What about the dangers of putting these offenders back out on the streets where many prey again on law-abiding citizens?

Mar 3, 2016 In The News

Remember the university professor who wanted the government to use the RICO law created to prosecute mobsters as a tool against global-warming dissenters? Well, taxpayers may be the ones calling for an investigation after examining the nonprofit venture that George Mason University Professor Jagadish Shukla has been running with generous government funding.

Feb 25, 2016 In The News

I recently took a group of members of the Congressional Border Security Caucus to our Southern border. I founded this group in 2014 so that Members of Congress could join forces in pursuing “border security first” solutions to our illegal immigration problems. In McAllen, Texas, we received an updated briefing on the challenges that our border patrol agents and states like Texas face.