Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) gave the following statement on his vote in support of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38). Congressman Smith is an original co-sponsor of the legislation. The bill passed in the House by a vote of 231-198.
Rep. Smith: “As a carrier of a Concealed Handgun License, I support this bill that allows for citizens with concealed carry permits to carry a concealed firearm in other states so long as the other state doesn’t prohibit it.
“The bill also includes commonsense measures to ensure our existing gun laws are enforced.”Read More
Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith gave the following statement commenting on the SECURE Act which was introduced today in the Senate.
Rep. Smith: “I appreciate the efforts by my colleagues in the Senate to strengthen our immigration laws.
“The SECURE Act helps reduce illegal immigration by boosting border security and interior enforcement and ensures that the biometric entry-exit program is finally implemented to track visa overstayers. It also reduces chain migration by prioritizing immediate family members of U.S. residents.
“Despite these reforms, the bill falls short in significant areas. The DACA provisions are broader than necessary and require additional measures to prevent massive fraud. Universal E-Verify for all new hires is omitted from the package, missing an important opportunity to save jobs for American workers.
“I cannot support the legislation in its current form and hope it will be improved. I want to help my colleagues in the Senate and the House enact immigration policies that reduce illegal immigration and put the interests of American workers and taxpayers first.”Read More
WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) voted in support of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which raises take-home pay and creates jobs. The bill passed 227-205.
Rep. Smith: “Today we kept our promise to the American people by passing pro-family, pro-growth tax reform for working Americans. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act creates jobs, reduces taxes and gives bigger paychecks to families.
“This bill raises incomes for families in Texas by an average of $2,558. This bill increases the child tax credit from $1000 to $1600 to provide more support for Texans taking care of their children. Over 45,000 taxpayers in the 21st district will benefit from the child credit increase.
“The legislation also simplifies the tax code – nine out of ten Americans will be able to file their taxes on a form the size of a post card.
“The tax rates for small and family-owned businesses and corporations are reduced. This encourages companies to bring their foreign profits and jobs back to the U.S. for American workers.”
Washington, DC – Today Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) voted to provide critical resources for our national security with his support for the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bipartisan bill passed 356-70.
Congressman Smith was a member of the conference committee that negotiated the final NDAA bill that was voted on today. The legislation will now go to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
The 21st Congressional District is home to Joint Base San Antonio-Ft. Sam Houston and over 60,000 active duty servicemembers, veterans and their families. Congressman Smith gave the following statement on the bill.
Rep. Smith: “Today we are providing the means to rebuild and maintain our military. The 2.4 percent pay raise in the bill is the highest in eight years. The legislation also increases the number of troops, provides greater training opportunities, and prioritizes the restoration and modernization of our military facilities.
Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) gave the following statement in response to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) announcing he will not seek re-election in 2018.
Rep. Smith: “Chairman Goodlatte is an ideal member of Congress. He is smart, persistent and always maintains a positive attitude. It’s been an honor to serve with him in the Judiciary Committee. I look forward to continuing working with him over the next 14 months on policies that keep Americans safe and uphold the rule of law.”Read More
Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) issued the following statement today in response to the tragic shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX.
Rep. Smith: “I’m deeply saddened by the news coming out of Sutherland Springs. We’re continuing to learn updates on the tragic shooting in which 26 innocent lives were taken and more injured. Thank you to all those in South Texas – law enforcement, first responders, medical staff and others – who have come together to help victims and their loved ones.”Read More
Washington, DC – Today Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) voted in support of the final budget for FY2018 (Senate Amendment to the FY2018 Budget Resolution) which establishes the budget for the United States government for fiscal year 2018 and sets budget levels for the next ten years. The budget passed by a vote of 216-212.
Rep. Smith: “With this budget, we put our economic house in order by reining in out-of-control spending. We also give Congress the go-ahead on much-needed tax reform to provide relief to all Americans.”
Congressman Smith spoke on the House floor Thursday morning about how we need to reduce the tax burden on hard-working Americans – watch video of his speech here.Read More
WASHINGTON – Today, legislation authored and introduced by Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) to save jobs for American workers and reduce illegal immigration passed the House Judiciary Committee. The Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 3711) requires U.S. employers to check the work eligibility of all new hires through the E-Verify system. Congressman Smith has a long-standing interest in E-Verify’s success since his 1996 immigration bill, which became law, created the pilot for the verification 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.).
The bill passed by a vote of 20-10.
Congressman Smith: “The Legal Workforce Act saves jobs for American workers at a time when 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, employers will check the work authorization of new employees to ensure that the jobs only go to Americans and legal workers.
“E-Verify is easy to use and liked by the American people. A September 2017 Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that 82% of voters favor requiring business owners to check the immigration status of employees they hire. E-Verify receives the most public support of any proposed immigration reform.
“I thank Chairman Goodlatte and Congressman Calvert for their continued commitment to this legislation and to securing our border.”
E-Verify, which is 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% 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.
In September, Rep. Smith held a press conference on announcing the introduction of this legislation, and another bill he introduced the Immigration in the National Interest Act. Video of the press conference can be found here.
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.”Read More
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.”Read More
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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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