Lamar Smith on The Economy

Last Updated : Aug 11, 2010

Summary

Congressman Smith opposed the 2009 stimulus and voted against it. He voted in favor of the TARP legislation, and in favor of the Bush stimulus.

 

Opposition to Stimulus

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

Voting Record

Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act of 2010

In June of 2010 the House voted to pass the Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act of 2010. The act passed 247-170. Lamar Smith voted against the Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act of 2010

Lamar Smith voted against the Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act of 2010

Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009

In June of 2010, the House voted on the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009. The act failed to pass in a . Lamar Smith voted in favor of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009.

Lamar Smith voted in favor of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009.

TARP Bonuses

In March of 2010, the House voted on legislation to impose an additional tax on bonuses received from certain TARP recipients, and for other purposes. The legislation passed the House 276-145. Lamar Smith voted against the legislation to tax bonuses to TARP recepients.

Lamar Smith voted against the legislation to tax bonuses to TARP recepients.

Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act of 2010

In March of 2010 the House voted to pass the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act of 2010 246-178. Lamar Smith voted against passing the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act of 2010.

Lamar Smith voted against passing the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act of 2010.

Wall Street Reform

In late 2009, the House passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009. The legislation consolidated many financial regulatory agencies, increased transparency in the derivatives market, regulation of credit rating agencies, and a "resolution regime" to resolve insolvent banks. Lamar Smith voted against the Wall Street Reform Legislation.

Lamar Smith voted against the Wall Street Reform Legislation.

The Stimulus

After the Senate passed the Stimulus package, the House voted on a passage of a conference bill to join the House and Senate versions. Lamar Smith voted against the unified version of the Stimulus bill.

Lamar Smith voted against the unified version of the Stimulus bill.

The Stimulus

The Stimulus bill (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) passed through the House on January 28, just days after President Obama\'s inauguration. The bill got no support from Republicans and 11 Democrats voted against it as well. Lamar Smith voted against the Stimulus when it passed the House.

Lamar Smith voted against the Stimulus when it passed the House.

Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009

The Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009 was a program designed to assist those who may be able to remain in their home with a modest amount of government assistance. The bill got wide bi-partisan support in the House and passed 367-54. Lamar Smith voted in favor of the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009.

Lamar Smith voted in favor of the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009.

Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act

In December of 2008 the US House voted to pass the Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act. The act provided a loan to GM through TARP funds and set up a plan to allow the company to receive more if they demonstrated a path back to viability. The act failed to pass the Senate, but was used as a guideline for the GM bailout for the Obama administration. Lamar Smith voted against the Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act.

Lamar Smith voted against the Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act.

Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)

The TARP program was designed to prevent the failure of large banks by purchasing their "troubled assets" and allowing them to move them off their records as liabilities. The vote on the legislation passed 263-171 Lamar Smith voted in favor of the TARP program.

Lamar Smith voted in favor of the TARP program.

The Bush Stimulus

In early 2008, the Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008 was passed in an attempt to stimulate the economy. Also known as the Bush Stimulus, the act consisted largely of checks sent to individuals. The bill received wide bipartisan support and passed the House 385-35. Lamar Smith voted in favor of the Bush Stimulus.

Lamar Smith voted in favor of the Bush Stimulus.

Bankruptcy Reform

The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 completely redefined bankruptcy in the United States. The bill made it much more for people to walk away from unsecured debt, such as credit cards, and permitted the court to award some compensation to creditors in the event that a bankruptcy was awarded. The bill got moderate bipartisan support and passed 302-126. Lamar Smith voted in favor of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.

Lamar Smith voted in favor of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.

American Jobs Creation Act

The American Jobs Creation Act was a Republican plan that was signed into law in the summer of 2004. The legislation ending some taxes in the agriculture industry, reduced corporate tax rates from 35% to 32%, reduced taxation on overseas income, and provisions to help companies invest in equipment. It passed the House 251-178. Lamar Smith voted in favor of the American Jobs Act.

Lamar Smith voted in favor of the American Jobs Act.

Sarbanes-Oxley

In response to Enron and other accounting scandals, Congress passed a bill which imposed a number of book-keeping and accounting regulations on several industries. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 The bill received moderate bi-partisan support in the House and passed in a 334-90 vote. Lamar Smith voted in favor of Sarbanes-Oxley.

Lamar Smith voted in favor of Sarbanes-Oxley.

Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999

Also known as GRAMM-LEACH-BLILEY ACT, this legislation ended the Glass-Stegall rule that separated banking institutions from investment institutions. Lamar Smith voted in favor of the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999.

Lamar Smith voted in favor of the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5141; Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal a provision (added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that extends to corporations that are not tax-exempt the requirement to report payments of $600 or more.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 5029; Economic Freedom Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) eliminate the tax on the capital gains of individuals and corporations; (2) reduce the maximum corporate income tax rate to 12.5%; (3) allow a permanent and unlimited expensing allowance for depreciable business assets; and (4) reduce payroll tax rates for employers, employees, and self-employed individuals in 2010. Makes permanent the repeal of the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes. Rescinds unobligated balances available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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