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Congressman Smith Invites Local Veterans to Join Telephone Discussion

3 hours 37 min ago
I would like to invited veterans across the 21st congressional district to participate in a telephone town hall on Wednesday, June 3rd.

How To Restore Trust In Our Criminal Justice System

5 hours 40 min ago
On a recent visit to Dallas, I met a man named James. James started experimenting with drugs in high school and became addicted to methamphetamine. He spent the next decade in and out of jail and was arrested nearly 35 times. Despite good intentions, every time he was released, he fell back into the same patterns.

Take Immigration Reform Past Talking Points

May 28, 2015 - 12:50pm
Fom Hillary Clinton’s Nevada speech in favor of immigration reform to Jeb Bush’s unwavering support for it, every presidential candidate in both parties is busy staking out a position on immigration.

Rep. Farenthold Meets with Local Officials, Residents of Bastrop

May 28, 2015 - 12:06pm
Tuesday morning, I visited the Emergency Operations Center in Bastrop. The EOC is coordinating response efforts after the devastating floods that have occurred in Central Texas. I was briefed by County Judge Paul Pate, Commissioner Willie Piña and various law enforcement, fire and other public safety officials on emergency operations.

New Military Opportunities for SpaceX Could Bring Jobs to Texas

May 28, 2015 - 5:26am
The United States Air Force has cleared SpaceX to conduct military space launches. Previously, only United Launch Alliance (ULA) was certified to perform these types of space missions for the military.

Trade Promotion Authority Creates a Path for Prosperity

May 27, 2015 - 5:08pm
The American middle class is getting crushed by the Obama economy. Middle class incomes are stagnating, and the labor force participation rate has not been this low since the Carter Administration.

A Woman on the $20 Bill?

May 27, 2015 - 3:20pm
Miller High school student Andres “Andrew” Gonzales wrote to me as part of a class project about what it would take to get a woman’s picture on the $20 bill to replace Andrew Jackson. Since I was in town Friday, I decided to stop by his class and talk about it.

The Media's Slobbering Love Affair with the Clintons

May 27, 2015 - 8:08am
In 1998, the then Time Correspondent Nina Burleigh stated that she would be glad to give President Bill Clinton a blow job for keeping abortion legal.

Texas Flood Disaster Information

May 26, 2015 - 5:18pm
We are saddened by the weekend's tragic storms and flooding that took lives and damaged or destroyed more than a thousand homes and businesses. I am meeting with local officials and surveying damaged areas, and my office stands ready to assist.

Controlling the Narrative with Gender

May 26, 2015 - 2:05pm
The tactics of these activists may be annoying. Following elected officials around and asking questions while refusing to identify yourself is certainly new at the Texas Capitol, but what is not new is trying to paint a group in a negative light to diminish any damning information they may have.

American Community Survey on the way to 3 million homes

May 26, 2015 - 10:40am
It’s Friday night. You come home from work, tired and hungry for supper.There is a big stack of mail on the table you sift through, including one piece addressed to you from the government.You open the envelope only to find a survey.

The Naturalization of Father Pancho

May 26, 2015 - 8:12am
On Thursday, April 23, 2015 San Jose Mission in San Antonio, Texas held its very first naturalization ceremony during National Park Week. It was an exciting day for the 49 men and women from 22 different countries, including, Japan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Spain, Guinea-Bissau and Mexico seeking to become American citizens.

Let’s Get All Drivers Permitted and Insured

May 25, 2015 - 3:32pm
The Texas Association of Business would be happy to co-sponsor a debate about the issue between Norman Adams and Michael Quinn Sullivan

Say Thank You on Memorial Day

May 25, 2015 - 9:37am
In addition to having a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend, let's all take the chance to reflect upon and remember those who gave their lives so we can be free.

Creating Certainty for American Businesses

May 24, 2015 - 2:01pm
As our economy continues to lurch towards a recovery, I believe it is necessary for Congress to provide relief to American businesses and give them the economic certainty they need to succeed. Research and development allows companies in North Texas and across America to innovate and become more efficient.

Honoring Those Who Serve

May 22, 2015 - 5:25pm
As we gather this weekend to celebrate Memorial Day with our friends and family, please take a moment to remember the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we may have freedom. America is a stronger country because of our Armed Service members.

Using the Power of the Purse to Rein in the Federal Government

May 22, 2015 - 3:20pm
In my new assignment as Chairman of the CJS Appropriations Subcommittee, I am working to ensure that federal agencies under my jurisdiction uphold the law as written by Congress – not as the President wishes they were written.

Finally: Mandatory drug-testing for welfare

May 22, 2015 - 12:09pm
Why is mandatory drug-testing for welfare not the law all around the country?One would think that the people funding those on welfare would at least like to know that they are living a drug-free life. Why should taxpayers have to fund people’s vices or indulgences?

Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) Headed to President's Desk

May 22, 2015 - 7:48am
Wednesday the House passed historic, bipartisan legislation to combat human trafficking in America. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) is now on its way to the President's desk to be signed into law. JVTA was sponsored in the House by myself and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York, and in the Senate by Senator Cornyn.

The Facts Behind SPACE Act

May 21, 2015 - 2:38pm
The SPACE Act facilitates a pro-growth environment for the developing commercial space industry by encouraging private sector investment, creating more stable and predictable regulatory conditions, and improving safety. The Act will ensure American leadership in space and foster the development of advanced space technologies. The bill: