WASHINGTON – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) released the following statement after the Thursday night attack in Nice, France:
“Yesterday evening the world saw again senseless loss of life – this time in Nice, France, including two Central Texans.
"We’re still learning details but this tragedy shows once more that terror has no weapon of choice. We must unite together to eliminate this scourge of evil. Today Nice and the community of Lakeway, TX, will be in our prayers.”Read More
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) voted in support of The Conscience Protection Act (S. 304), which protects health care providers who decline to participate in abortions as a matter of conscience. The bill passed in the House 245-182.
Congressman Smith: “My vote today was for common sense – no health care provider should be forced to violate their conscience to fund, support or perform abortions. The bill also rightly maintains that federal funding – Americans’ tax dollars – should be denied to any entity that discriminates against individual providers who morally object to abortion services.”
WASHINGTON – Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) issued the following statement after the horrific shooting of police officers in Dallas on Thursday evening:
Congressman Smith: “I am deeply saddened by the orchestrated attack on Dallas police officers who devoted their lives to serving and protecting their community. There has been a tragic loss of life this week. In this heartbreaking time, we should all join together to pray for Dallas and our nation.”
WASHINGTON – Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) issued the following statement after FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s recommendation not to prosecute former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for maintaining classified information on a private server:
Congressman Smith: “On Tuesday, FBI Director Comey stated that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was “extremely careless” and mishandled classified information. Director Comey’s testimony today further indicates that Clinton may have lied to Congress and likely broke the law. The decision not to prosecute sets a dangerous precedent that public officials are above the law. We cannot hold elected officials to different standards than the rest of Americans when it comes to following the law.”
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) spoke on the House floor about reports demonstrating federal immigration laws are not being enforced. One report found that the administration refuses to send many criminal immigrants back to their country of origin, and as result, thousands of dangerous immigrants are released into American neighborhoods.
These reports come at a critical time, as today the Senate split 53-44 on the “Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act,” not reaching the necessary 60 senators to hold a vote on the Senate floor. Congressman Smith is the author of existing federal law that prohibits sanctuary cities, jurisdictions that refuse to share information about criminal aliens with the federal government and refuse to recognize ICE requests. The Senate bill enforces the Smith ban on sanctuary cities by denying certain federal funds to those jurisdictions that aren’t following the law.
Smith said of sanctuary cities: “Federal immigration law must be enforced. State and local jurisdictions with policies that obstruct the enforcement of the law, putting Americans at risk, should be held accountable.”
Watch Rep. Smith’s floor speech here.
“Immigration Policies Hurt Americans”
(As delivered on Wednesday, July 6, 2016)
Two recent reports demonstrate the degree to which federal immigration laws are not enforced by this administration.
A new study by the Center for Immigration Studies shows that almost one million illegal immigrants have been ordered deported but remain in the country. The administration doesn’t seem to care.
A second report found that the administration refuses to take the steps necessary to send criminal immigrants back to their countries of origin.
As a result, thousands of dangerous criminal immigrants are released into our neighborhoods. One-third commit additional crimes, including murder and sexual assault, against innocent Americans.
Our borders are not secure. One-half million people come into the U.S. illegally every year. But the administration, instead of enforcing laws, wants to give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.
The immigration policies of this administration continue to hurt Americans.
Congressman Smith represents the 21st District of Texas. He serves as chairman of the House Science, Space, & Technology Committee, is also a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and is a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.Read More
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) gave the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-3 vote to strike down a Texas law (H.B. 2) designed to provide essential protections for the health and safety of women inside the state’s abortion facilities.
Congressman Lamar Smith: “Today, the Supreme Court ruled against life, common-sense safety measures and states’ rights. The court has encroached on the State of Texas’ ability to self-govern. And the court’s decision jeopardizes the safety of women who pursue abortion services.
“The Supreme Court chose to side with pro-abortion advocates at the expense of an individual’s health care needs. I remain steadfast in my belief that life is precious, and no life is more vulnerable than that of an unborn child.”
Earlier this year, Smith and U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and John Cornyn (R-TX), along with U.S. Representatives Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) and Pete Olson (R-TX), led a broad Congressional coalition filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Texas HB 2.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision in United States v. Texas, which upholds the lower court’s decision that the president’s use of executive action to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants is unlawful:
Congressman Smith: “The Supreme Court’s decision today in their ruling on the United States v. Texas rightfully upheld the Constitution. The president’s executive amnesty for illegal immigrants is unconstitutional. Congress has the sole authority under the Constitution to write immigration laws, not Barack Obama. His unlawful amnesty agenda to prevent the deportation of illegal immigrants and to grant them work authorization is contrary to the law and hurts unemployed Americans.”
Smith has vocally supported the Texas-led, 26 state lawsuit since it was first filed in December 2014. Smith joined a brief in support of the Texas lawsuit with Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). More than a hundred members of the House and Senate supported that brief.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the early Sunday morning terror attack on an Orlando nightclub in which 50 people were killed and 53 more wounded, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) released the following statement:
Congressman Smith: “Another radical Muslim extremist who pledged his allegiance to ISIS has targeted Americans and our way of life. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the Orlando community.
“This senseless tragedy, the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11, will not intimidate us. We must fight back against terrorism. Terrorism has no one weapon of choice or method of collaboration. The U.S. must use every possible means we have to prevail over extremists.”Read More
Washington, DC – On Thursday, Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) joined his Texas colleagues in Congress by sending a letter to President Obama requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Travis and 11 other Texas counties in light of the recent severe weather and flooding.
The letter adds further support to Governor Abbott’s request for Individual Assistance, Public Assistance (Categories A and B including Direct Federal Assistance) and Hazard Mitigation Statewide. Senators Cornyn and Cruz also wrote to the president for a disaster declaration.
Congressman Lamar Smith: “Central Texas has been significantly affected by flood waters and storms that took lives and destroyed homes, roads, bridges and businesses.
“Residents, emergency responders, local governments and volunteer agencies have made a tremendous impact with their response, but the continued recovery won’t be easy. I ask the president for quick consideration and approval of Governor Abbott’s disaster declaration request.”
Washington, DC – Today Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) voted against H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), which creates a board of managers to address the fiscal condition of Puerto Rico. Smith opposed the legislation because the bill fails to hold Puerto Rican officials accountable for their policies that caused the financial crisis and it lacks reforms to improve their fiscal state.
Congressman Lamar Smith gave the following statement for the Congressional Record:
“House Resolution 5278 creates a board of managers to address the fiscal condition of Puerto Rico.
“However, Puerto Rican officials still have not been held accountable or accepted responsibility for their policies that caused the financial crisis. In fact, just the opposite: the Puerto Rican government ignored its fiscal obligations when it recently voted to approve a moratorium on repaying any of its debt.
“But it is Puerto Rico and not Congress who should take the first steps to adopt reform measures.
“There is no certainty that a financial oversight board would implement any economic growth measures to improve the Island’s fiscal condition.
“The board has no mandate from Congress to address the bloated government workforce, high taxes, an insolvent pension system, limitations on trade under the Jones Act, and excessive welfare benefits, all of which helped cause the fiscal crisis.
“This legislation rewards bad behavior and represents a missed opportunity for Congress to insist on fiscally responsible reforms.”
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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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