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ENG: Lamar Seeligson Smith (born November 19, 1947) is the U.S. Representative (Republican) for Texas's 21st congressional district, serving since 1987. The district includes most of the wealthier sections of San Antonio and Austin, as well as nearly all of the Texas Hill Country. He introduced the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and the Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act (PCIP). He also introduced the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Early life, education, and legal career Smith was born in San Antonio, Texas to Eloise Keith (née Seeligson) and Jamal Donald Willing.[citation needed] He graduated from T.M.I.: The Episcopal School of Texas (1965), Yale University (1969), and Southern Methodist University Law School (1975). In 1969, he was hired as a management ...
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Smith Calls Wikipedia Blackout Protest a 'Publicity Stunt'

SOPA sponsor and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) thinks Wikipedia's decision to shut down the U.S. version of its popular site is a stunt to garner attention. Smith continues to say that SOPA will not harm sites like Wikipedia,and will only target foreign websites identified as trafficking in counterfeit goods or copyrighted material. Wikipedia's protest will apply only to the English version of the online encyclopedia and will last for about 24 hours. Wikipedia is the fifth or sixth most visited site in the U.S. depending on what research firm's data you look at. ...

Lamar Smith At It Again With Porn Bill...

Lamar Smith, the infamous Texas Congressman behind SOPA, is facing criticismyet again for another Internet related bill associated with his name. H.R. 1984 1981 would force Internet service providers to track and store every action of its subscribers for a year, you know, in case the government ever suspects you of being a pedophile. (Which isn’t unlikely; the number of people on the government’s no-fly list has doubled in the last year to about 21,000 names.) H.R. 1981 limits Internet freedom in a very different way than SOPA. SOPA restricted freedom of content whereas H.R. 1981 ...

Smith Kills SOPA After Massive Internet Outrage

In an announcement on Friday, Congressman Lamar Smith, the author of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) officially killed the bill after a day of massive protests that saw Wikipedia and Reddit go dark. Google announced that over 4 million people signed their petition against the bill and Wikipedia inspired millions more to search for their representatives and senators in Congress in order to contact them in protest of the bill. “I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy. It is clear that we ...

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Smith Votes to Rein in Federal Regulations
Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) today joined House Republicans in voting to rein in federal regulations that burden businesses and stymie economic growth.  The House of Representatives passed the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (H.R. 367) by a vote of 232-183. The bill prevents the federal government from imposing regulations that have an economic impact of $100 million or more without congressional approval.  The bill gives the people’s representatives in Congress the authority to vote on costly regulations before they are imposed on the American people. Congressman Smith is an original cosponsor of the REINS Act. Congressman Smith: “The American people today face an onslaught of unnecessary federal regulations from the Obama administration.  From Obamacare to the never-ending list of EPA rules, government regulation has become a barrier to economic growth and job creation. In 2012 alone, unnecessary regulation imposed an estimated
Smith Supports Medical Research for Wounded Warriors
At a hearing today on Capitol Hill, Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) discussed the importance of brain science research to help advance technologies and treatments for all Americans, but particularly wounded warriors with serious injuries and neurological disorders. The Research and Technology Subcommittee held a hearing on better understanding the frontiers and challenges of brain science research, including its potential and limitations for curing brain diseases and rehabilitating those with brain-related injuries and disorders. During testimony, Air Force Master Sergeant Joe Deslauriers, Jr. provided members a demonstration of his neuro-prosthetic limb, which allows him to control his hand and arm with just his thoughts. Sensors on his skin detect brain signals from his nerves and use those signals to control his robotic arm and hand [photos]. Master Sergeant Deslauriers served in Iraq and Afghanistan as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Techni
Smith Votes to Stop Government Abuse at the IRS
Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) today joined House Republicans in voting on several bills to stop government abuse at federal agencies, including the IRS.  Specifically, the House of Representatives passed legislation to prevent the IRS from implementing any portion of Obamacare.  The House approved a bill that allows for the termination of IRS employees who use their official positions for political purposes.  And the House supported legislation to impose a moratorium on IRS conferences in light of the Inspector General’s findings that the agency failed to adopt reforms necessary to prevent waste and abuse of taxpayer funds. Congressman Smith: “This is just the beginning of our efforts to restore accountability and responsibility to the IRS.  Under the Obama administration, it is clear that the IRS is an agency run amok. “IRS officials abused their authority to discriminate against conservative organizations and subject them to additional scrutiny. 
Smith to Holder: Don’t Mess with Texas
Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today issued the below statement in response to reports that Attorney General Eric Holder plans to ask a federal court to require Texas to get permission from the Justice Department before election rules and laws can be implemented. Texas, along with several other states, was released from the decades-old pre-clearance rule under the Voting Rights Act after a Supreme Court decision found the rule to be unconstitutional. According to reports, the Justice Department will seek to reinstate the pre-clearance rule against Texas for another ten years.  Congressman Smith: “In June, the Supreme Court found that it was unconstitutional to hold Texas and several other states to a different standard in the Voting Rights Act.  The Court found that the actions of the past could not be held against current and future generations.  The result of the decision is that Texas is no longer required to seek pre-clearance from the Justice Department befor

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