Lamar Smith

Lamar Smith


Smith Responds to President Trump’s New Strategy on Iran


Washington, DC – Congressman Smith (TX-21) issued the following statement today in response to President Trump’s announcement of policy changes toward Iran:

Rep. Smith: “President Trump’s policy change towards Iran is a positive step for U.S. foreign policy. The current Iran deal does not prohibit Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and allows Iran to obtain intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), the sole purpose of which is to deliver nuclear warheads.

“We must not allow Iran to continue to fund terrorism, obtain nuclear warheads, and threaten our allies in the Middle East, including Israel.”

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Rep. Smith Votes for Disaster Relief for Texas


Washington, DC – Today Rep. Lamar Smith voted to provide $36.5 billion in funding that includes disaster relief for those areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. This package increases resources for the Disaster Relief Fund, the federal government’s primary emergency relief program.

In September, Rep. Smith voted for a bill the House passed, and the White House quickly signed into law, which provided the first round of emergency funding following Hurricane Harvey.

Rep. Smith: “This continues our commitment to providing federal resources for first responders as they help those affected with debris removal, the repair and restoration of public infrastructure, and financial assistance. This will directly benefit Texans recovering and rebuilding from the devastation brought by Hurricane Harvey.”

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Smith Statement on White House Outline for Immigration Reform


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s immigration priorities.  

Congressman Smith: “I support the priorities in President Trump’s immigration reform outline. We need to know who's coming into the country. We need to save jobs for American workers. We need to protect American taxpayers. We need to have immigrants respect our laws and we need to keep our communities safe from criminal immigrants.

“Many of the policies in the administration’s agenda have come through the House Judiciary Committee of which I am a member and former chairman. This Congress I’ve introduced the Legal Workforce Act, which saves jobs for American workers, and the Immigration in the National Interest Act, which prioritizes skills and training and ends extended-family chain migration.

“I appreciate the President promoting these policies and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to pass needed immigration reform.”


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Rep. Smith Votes to Balance Budget


Washington, DC – Today Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) voted in support of  H. Con. Res. 71, which establishes the budget for the United States government for fiscal year 2018 and sets forth budget levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027. The budget passed by a vote of 219-206.

Rep. Smith: “We need to take our government’s debt seriously. With this budget, we put our economic house in order by reining in out-of-control spending. This legislation balances our budget over the next ten years and reduces the deficit, which is a drag on our economy.”

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Rep. Smith Votes to Protect the Sanctity of Life


Washington, DC –  Today Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) voted in support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which restricts abortions 20 weeks or more after fertilization. Specifically, H.R. 36 establishes criminal penalties for any person who performs or attempts an abortion on a fetus after the 20-week mark. In addition, this bill provides exceptions to save the life of the mother, and in the case of rape or incest. The legislation passed in the House 237-189.

Rep. Smith: “Today I voted to protect the sanctity of life and stop the needless suffering of children whom science has showed can feel pain at 20 weeks of gestation. We need to protect vulnerable babies who have heart beats and brainwaves from the violence of abortion.”

Earlier this year Congressman Smith cosponsored and the House passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions Act. This bill prohibits federal funding for abortions and for any insurance plan that includes abortion on demand.

A long-time opponent of federal funding being used for abortions, Smith has received recognition from the National Right to Life for his pro-life record and support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

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Rep. Smith: Tax plan to help taxpayers and employers, create jobs


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) gave the following statement today on Republicans’ Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code.

Rep. Smith: “Our tax plan helps the great majority of tax payers and employers, and will create more jobs for American workers. It is simpler and fairer for families. The tax plan doubles the standard deduction to $24,000 for married couples filing jointly. This means workers’ paychecks get more relief from federal income taxes. And the number of tax brackets is reduced to only three, down from seven. The tax rates for small and family-own businesses and corporations are also lowered. Our current corporate tax rate is the highest in the world and has caused countless companies to shift their business offshore. This tax reform encourages companies to bring their profits and jobs back to the U.S.”

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Rep. Smith Invites Students to Enter Congressional App Challenge


WASHINGTON – Congressman Lamar Smith is excited to announce that Texas’ 21st Congressional District is participating in the Congressional App Challenge, an app competition for K-12 students.

Congressman Lamar Smith: “We must prepare our students for degrees in STEM subjects to ensure that they have the ability to thrive in today’s technology-based economy. This means motivating more American students to study STEM subjects, including computer science. The App Challenge is a great way to get students, parents and teachers engaged and working together. I look forward to seeing the app entries from students in the 21st district.”

Officially launched in 2015, this competition is a nationwide event intended to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. This competition allows students to compete with peers in their own district by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app”, for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four, as long as two of the teammates are eligible to participate in our district. Students entering the competition must submit a video of their app and what they learned through this competition process on the website by noon (EST) on November 1, 2017.

The apps will be judged by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields. The app of the winning student or team in each participating Congressional district may be eligible to be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website (, and may be eligible to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol exhibit in Washington D.C. 

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Rep. Smith Introduces Immigration in the National Interest Act


WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) introduced the Immigration in the National Interest Act (H.R. 3775), which creates a points-based merit immigration system that gives priority to immigrants who have the skills and abilities needed to contribute to our U.S. economy. 

The legislation is the House companion to Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue’s (R-GA) introduction of the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act.

Rep. Smith: “Our immigration system is the most generous in the world. The United States admits one million legal immigrants every year. However, less than one in six green card holders are admitted based on education and skills.

“The Immigration in the National Interest Act ensures that our legal immigration system prioritizes those with the highest skills and education necessary to boost economic growth, spur innovation, and create jobs in our country. It will also reduce the number of low-skilled and under-educated immigrants. Studies have shown these individuals typically depress wages or take jobs from Americans, and receive four times as much more in government assistance than they pay in taxes.

“Additionally, this bill will end the policy of automatically admitting extended relatives of legally admitted immigrants, often referred to as chain migration. Those relatives outside the nuclear family must use other methods to immigrate legally to our country.

“Thank you to Senators Cotton and Perdue for their partnership on this important issue. And I appreciate President Trump’s support of this legislation and his help in fulfilling the pledge we made to make our immigration laws better serve America.”

Last Thursday, Rep. Smith held a press conference announcing the introduction of this legislation and another bill to protect American workers, the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 3711). Watch the video of the press conference here.

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Rep. Smith Votes to Fund Hurricane Relief


Washington, DC – Today Rep. Lamar Smith voted to provide $15 billion in emergency funding for the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey. The funding bill also extends the National Flood Insurance Program.

Rep. Smith: “Today my vote was for all those in Texas and Louisiana who have been impacted by the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. Congress worked quickly and efficiently to pass emergency federal assistance so those affected can have the aid they need to start their recovery from Hurricane Harvey.” 

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Smith Introduces Bill to Protect Jobs for Americans and Legal Workers


WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) introduced the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 3711) to save jobs for citizens and legal workers by requiring U.S. employers to check the work eligibility of all future hires through the E-Verify system. Congressman Smith has a long-standing interest in E-Verify’s success; his 1996 bill created the pilot for the system. Congressman Smith was joined in introducing the bill by coauthors House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Calif.).

E-Verify, operated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), checks the social security numbers of newly hired employees against Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security records to help ensure that they are genuinely eligible to work in the U.S. The program quickly confirms 99.8% of work-eligible employees and takes less than two minutes to use. Over 740,000 American employers currently use E-Verify and 83% of America’s employers support a mandatory electronic verification system. A summary of key components of the Legal Workforce Act can be found here.

In a short video, Congressman Smith explains how to use E-Verify. Learn more about the Legal Workforce Act here and the House Judiciary Committee’s work on immigration here.

On Thursday, Rep. Smith held a press conference on announcing the introduction of the legislation, and another bill he plans to introduce, the Immigration in the National Interest Act. Video of the press conference can be found here.

Congressman Smith, Chairman Goodlatte, and Congressman Calvert issued the following statements today on the introduction of the Legal Workforce Act.

Congressman Smith: “The Legal Workforce Act puts legal workers first and enjoys broad support from the American people. It is free, quick, easy-to-use and effective.

“Nearly 20 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed. Meanwhile, seven million people are working in the United States illegally. By expanding the E-Verify system to all U.S. employers, this bill will ensure that jobs only go to legal workers.

“A recent poll showed that 70 percent of voters support legislation that makes it illegal for businesses in the U.S. to hire illegal immigrants.

“I thank Chairman Goodlatte for his continued commitment to this legislation and to securing our border.”

Chairman Goodlatte:  “The Legal Workforce Act brings our nation’s employment eligibility system into the 21st century. Rather than relying on the current paper-based I-9 system that is susceptible to fraud, this bill requires all U.S. employers to use a web-based system, E-Verify.  This program takes less than two minutes to use and easily identifies whether or not a new employee is allowed to work in the United States.  

“Expanding E-Verify nationwide is a critical component to the interior enforcement of our immigration laws and will help maintain the integrity of our immigration system for the years ahead. I thank Congressman Smith for the many years he has worked on this important bill and look forward to the House Judiciary Committee’s consideration of it soon. ”  

Congressman Calvert: “Mandatory E-Verify is long overdue. The program is ready to go mandatory and the Legal Workforce Act will deliver on the promise to ensure that American jobs go to American workers and those authorized to work in the U.S. Chairman Smith and Chairman Goodlatte continue to demonstrate tremendous leadership in advancing the use of E-Verify and protecting American workers.”


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Committee Assignments

Science, Space, and Technology

Lamar Smith represents the 21st Congressional District of Texas.

He serves as Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which has jurisdiction over programs at NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The Committee oversees agency budgets of $39 billion, where the primary focus is on research and development.

Congressman Smith continues to serve on both the Judiciary Committee and the Homeland Security Committee. He is a former Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Ethics Committee.

In the last Congress, Congressman Smith was named Policymaker of the Year by POLITICO for his work on patent reform legislation.

A fifth generation Texan and native of San Antonio, Congressman Smith graduated from Yale University and Southern Methodist University School of Law. He and his wife, Beth, have an adult daughter and son.

The 21st Congressional District includes parts of Bexar, Travis, Comal and Hays Counties and all of Bandera, Blanco, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr and Real Counties. The district’s population is about 700,000.  Congressman Smith maintains district offices in San Antonio, Austin and Kerrville.

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