Washington, DC – Today Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) gave the following statement on the Senate Democrats' vote to shut down the federal government.
Rep. Smith: “The American people can count.
“Forty-four Senate Democrats voted to shut down the government. Only four Senate Republicans wanted to do the same.
“So ten times as many Democrats as Republicans supported denying funds to our military, to children’s healthcare, and to everyday Americans.
“The Senate Democrats must be held accountable. Their actions halted government services. They can’t blame anyone else.
“The numbers don’t lie and the American people can count. Forty-four Senate Democrats voted to shut down the government.
“Let’s hope they change their mind and vote to get back to work. We have much to do to make America great.”Read More
Washington, DC – Today Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) voted in support of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act which passed in the House by a vote of 241-183.
Rep. Smith: “Today we celebrate and protect life. While thousands march across Washington today to recognize the dignity of human life, here in the House of Representatives we voted on critical legislation for children.
“The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act helps ensure children born alive during an abortion procedure receive the same professional medical care as any other child born alive.”Read More
WASHINGTON – In a speech on the House floor Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21) spoke on how Congress should include an E-Verify employment verification program in any immigration reform package.
Include E-Verify in Immigration Reform Package
Congress should include an E-Verify employment eligibility verification program in any immigration reform package.
E-Verify is the most effective deterrent to illegal immigration because it shuts off the jobs magnet and saves jobs for hardworking Americans.
It’s no surprise that E-Verify receives the most public support – 82 percent – of any proposed immigration reform.
The E-Verify legislation, the Legal Workforce Act, approved by the Judiciary Committee has the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and immigration enforcement groups.
It provides employers with an efficient and workable system to verify their employees’ work status. And the requirement for employers to verify their workers only applies to new employees – not existing workers.
Members should hesitate to support any immigration reform package that does not include requiring employers to use E-Verify. Congress should put the interests of American workers first.
WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) voted in support of the final Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which raises take-home pay and creates jobs. The bill passed 227-203.
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 is the biggest update to the tax code in more than 30 years. The bill creates jobs, reduces taxes and gives bigger paychecks to families.
“This bill increases the child tax credit from $1000 to $2000 to provide more support for Texans to take care of their children. Over 45,000 taxpayers in the 21st district will benefit from the child credit increase. The standard deductions for both single and married filers are also doubled. The typical family making the median income of $73,000 will receive a tax cut of more than $2000. That’s $2,000 more of their earned income that they can use as they choose, and that’s not going to the government’s coffers.
“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.
“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act also eliminates Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty tax, providing families the flexibility to make their own health care choices.”
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
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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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