THE VOTING RECORD FACTS ON LAMAR SMITH
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Representative, Texas 21
Lamar has a 100 percent rating from Texas Right to Life and National Right to Life.
The NRA rates Lamar Smith's voting record as an A+; the American Conservative Union, 91 percent; the Eagle Forum, 100 percent; and National Right to Life, 100 percent.
He is endorsed by conservative organizations including the Conservative Republicans of Texas and the LINKLetter.
Lamar's repeated votes against Obama's liberal agenda nearly tie him for the lead in opposition to Obama among the 24 House Republicans in the Texas delegation.
Lamar Smith has co-sponsored a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution to rein in Washington's out-of-control spending.
Lamar will continue to push for its passage – 49 states have such a requirement, as does every business and family budget.
Lamar wants our borders secured and our immigration laws fully enforced. And he will not support any form amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Immigration policy watchdog group NumbersUSA rates Lamar's lifetime voting record an A+.
Lamar has voted more than 50 times to repeal/replace the federal takeover of our health care decisions.
But under our Constitution, the Senate must agree.
That won't happen under Democratic control.
Lamar believes taking back the Senate should be a top priority of all conservatives.
Some mistakenly assert Lamar sponsored a bill funding Obamacare.
The fact is, as Chairman of the Science and Space Committee, he sponsored a bill reauthorizing funding for NASA -- and NASA only.
The Senate, in a procedural move, then attached the omnibus budget bill to Lamar's NASA budget bill.
The procedural move is used often in the Senate, which, under the Constitution, cannot originate its own spending bills.
Lamar backed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which sets funding levels for our nation's military defense.
One part of the bill relates to the detention of those who would do harm to us. While many wrongly claim this provision can be applied to U.S. citizens, the act expressly and clearly protects U.S. citizens.
Section 1021 of the FY12 NDAA:
"Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States."
Section 1022 of the FY12 NDAA Military Custody for Foreign Terrorists:
"The requirement to detain a person in military custody does not extend to citizens of the United States."
Our men and women in the Armed Services deserve to be on solid legal footing when detaining terrorists who seek to harm the United States and the NDAA assures this while at the same time protecting the rights of U.S. citizens.
A strong supporter of the 10th Amendment, Lamar believes states have the constitutional right to make decisions about the taxation of sales transacted within their borders.
Lamar is a staunch gun rights advocate. He voted against the 1993 "Brady Bill," holds a CHL and has a lifetime A+ rating from the NRA.
Legislation was advanced following the 207 school shooting at Virginia Tech in which 17 students were injured and 32 students were killed by gunfire from another student who earlier was declared mentally ill by a state justice.
Some wrongly label this legislation the "Veterans Disarmament Act."
There is no such act.
The "National Instant Criminal Background Check System Improvement Amendments Act of 2007" (HR 2640) required states to keep their criminal background check systems updated in order to better the chances of identifying people applying to own a gun who had been declared by a court to be mentally incompetent.
Backed by the NRA, HR 2640 was signed into law by President George W. Bush.
Lamar opposed the "Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act" – commonly known as "Dodd–Frank" -- as it takes operational control away from banks and places it in the hands of federal regulators.
In 2013, the House took up a roll call vote on HR 992 -- sometimes called the "Citi Bank bill," which repeals a portion of Dodd-Frank mandating how banks manage derivatives. Congressman Smith voted for HR 992 along with 221 other Republicans. Only three Republicans cast No votes.
Bailouts, in general
Lamar voted against Obama's "TARP Reform and Accountability Act," since it authorized the spending of $350 billion, all to be disbursed without proper transparency and accountability.
He supported the Bush-era Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 in its amended form. The act included a range of provisions designed to reverse the economic slide caused by the collapse of the housing market. At the time, stocks had lost half their value and Congress needed to protect the financial security of families and the economy of our nation.
- Supported legislation that would audit the Federal Reserve. (Stalled in the Democratic-led Senate)
- Issued the Science Committee's first subpoena in 21 years, with the EPA as the target.
- Supports measures promoting energy independence, such as the Keystone XL pipeline.
- Works Hard, Votes Right, Stays in Touch
Questions on these or any facts?
Give Lamar a call @ 210-826-1085.