Representative Lamar S. Smith's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 21, Republican
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Lamar Smith has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Lamar Smith is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lamar Smith. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Lamar Smith voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Lamar Smith a rating of 31 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Lamar Smith voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Lamar Smith voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Lamar Smith voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Lamar Smith voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. No Taxpayer Funding on Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "Many Members and the American people have strong feelings about the subject of abortion, but one thing is clear: The Federal funding of abortion will lead to more abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Lamar Smith voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Lamar Smith voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Lamar Smith voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 89 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Texas and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (www.atr.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lamar Smith. Smith Introduces Bill To Reduce Deficits. 19 May 2010. "Our national debt has reached a crisis level, yet government spending continues without any meaningful limits in place. We cannot afford to wait any longer and need to put a stop to runaway spending in Washington. Our debt threatens our economy and our national security. We must take the necessary steps today to ensure the economic future of our nation. Putting spending limits in place will reduce deficits and lead us towards a balanced budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. Smith Supports Significant Spending Cuts. 1 August 2011. "The big government, big spending policies of the Obama administration are bankrupting our nation. Under President Obama, federal spending has increased 16% in just the last two and a half years. That kind of excessive government spending is unsustainable." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. Smith to Vote for Budget Control Act. 29 July 2011. "The United States is facing a fiscal crisis, caused by excessive government spending. The federal government is now borrowing 42 cents for every dollar it spends. No family, no community, no business, no country can afford to do that." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. Time to Reclaim our Country. 10 August 2010. "Over 20 million Americans are out of work or have given up looking for work. Federal spending is out of control, and congressional Democrats won't even propose a budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. Hearing of the House Judiciary Committee “ Economic Impact of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. 4 October 2011. "If we want to make permanent cuts to federal spending -- cuts that cannot be undone by future Congresses -- a constitutional amendment is the only solution [¦] We've only amended the Constitution twenty-seven times. But America's continued economic prosperity depends on changing our course on federal spending and growing deficits." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. Securing Our Economic Future. 15 July 2011. "America's continued economic prosperity depends on changing our course and reducing federal spending and growing deficits." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Lamar Smith voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Lamar Smith a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. Twitter: LamarSmithTX21. 16 March 2011. "The solution for reviving our economy is straightforward: cut job-destroying gvt spending to allow employers to create jobs." (twitter.com)
  • Lamar Smith. Department Of Defense And Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 14 April 2011. "The question is no longer about how much to increase Federal spending as it has been these last few years. And it isn't even whether or not to cut Federal spending. Instead, the question is now by how much to cut Federal spending." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lamar Smith. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "No Child Left Behind: Attention needs to return to America's educational priorities. For far too long we have ignored our students' achievements. Our children deserve better. They need quality teachers, quality instruction time, and quality schools with the flexibility to implement sound teaching programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Lamar Smith voted Nay on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

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Vote Smart's Research

  • Lamar Smith. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Lamar Smith voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lamar Smith. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Lamar Smith in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. 20 October 2005. "Mr. Speaker, my home State of Texas is well known for the number of residents who enjoy hunting and value their right to own a gun. Today firearms are found in half of all Texas households [¦] The Constitution protects all Americans' right to bear arms. The second amendment states, 'The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. Smith: Administration's Gun Restrictions Target Border State Citizens. 11 July 2011. "Limiting the second amendment rights of law abiding citizens is not going to solve the problem of guns being trafficked into Mexico. An additional reporting requirement won't stop drug cartels from getting weapons. This rule unfairly punishes citizens in Border States who have the right to purchase firearms to protect themselves and their families from dangerous drug traffickers and human smugglers." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. Smith: Second Amendment Rights Restored to DC Residents and Preserved for Other Americans. 26 June 2008. "Today's decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the right to own handguns for D.C. residents is one of the most important rulings in our lifetime, affirming that the 2nd Amendment is a Constitutional right granted to individuals and not merely members of the militia. Today's ruling finds that as a legal matter, restricting the rights of American citizens to the point where those rights become non-existent or are rendered ineffective, is unconstitutional." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Lamar Smith voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Lamar Smith a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Lamar Smith voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Lamar Smith in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Lamar Smith in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Lamar Smith voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. Democrat Amnesty Plan Has No Prayer. 13 October 2009. "Illegal immigrants should play by the rules, return home and wait their turn just like millions of legal immigrants do." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. Smith Sets The Record Straight On Amnesty. 5 May 2010. "Democrats claim that amnesty would be a good thing for the American economy. But amnesty for 12 million illegal immigrants would require American citizens and legal immigrant taxpayers to dole out billions of dollars in benefits, while allowing illegal immigrants to permanently keep the jobs they've stolen from citizen and legal immigrant workers [¦] Amnesty would devastate the economy and further burden citizen and legal immigrant families. We should put the interests of Americans first." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. Smith to President: Amnesty Buries U.S. in Debt. 25 June 2011. "With the national debt at $14.5 trillion, it's unbelievable that President Obama continues to call for amnesty legislation [¦] Amnesty would only further bury us in debt. If millions of illegal immigrants are legalized, they will be eligible for a wide array of taxpayer-funded benefits, such as health care and education. They will also further deplete our entitlement programs, which are already on the verge of insolvency. Amnesty would also prevent many Americans from getting jobs since millions of illegal immigrants will become eligible to work legally in the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. Smith: Administrative DREAM Act Ignores Rule of Law. 15 June 2012. "President Obama's decision to grant amnesty to potentially millions of illegal immigrants is a breach of faith with the American people. It also blatantly ignores the rule of law that is the foundation of our democracy. This huge policy shift has horrible consequences for unemployed Americans looking for jobs and violates President Obama's oath to uphold the laws of this land." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. Smith: Immigration Plan Hurts Americans. 23 January 2008. "If a guest worker program were to provide a path to citizenship, we would be rewarding lawbreakers with the greatest honor our country can bestow “ citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. The President 'Can't Wait' to Ignore Our Laws. 1 May 2012. "One of the most egregious examples of this unconstitutional agenda is the president's disregard for our nation's immigration laws. The Constitution gives Congress the authority to write our nation's immigration laws, and it is the president's job to enforce them. But because his amnesty agenda has faced bipartisan opposition in Congress and is opposed by the majority of Americans, President Obama and his administration instead have chosen to undermine the rule of law at every opportunity. Last November, the Obama administration unilaterally changed our nation's deportation guidelines by abusing executive power. Under this administration's deportation policy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorneys review all incoming, and most pending, cases before an immigration court to determine if the illegal immigrant can remain in the U.S. Since the Obama administration has decided that many illegal immigrants are not considered "priorities" for deportation, this means that huge numbers of illegal immigrants, potentially millions, will be allowed to remain in the U.S." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Lamar Smith voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Lamar Smith voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Lamar Smith voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Lamar Smith supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Lamar Smith. Protecting Our Children's Future. 25 March 2005. "Personal accounts will give workers the chance to earn higher rates of return-and receive higher benefits-than the current system can afford to pay [¦] I consider personal accounts a viable idea, but it will take a number of careful and well thought-out solutions, gradually implemented over time, to stabilize Social Security." (votesmart.org)

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