Rep. Lamar Smith

While climate change hasn’t been a major issue in this year’s presidential election, one could say it's on the ballot in the Texas 21st Congressional District race. 

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During his final State of the Union speech, President Obama will address problems still plaguing the nation. A couple of Texas congressmen hope the President’s speech includes a number of national issues affecting the lives of Texans. 

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As different political voices in Washington D.C. lay out their views for what immigration reform should look like, San Antonio Congressman Lamar Smith described his litmus test for viable immigration reform. 

Smith is seen an influential vote needed for immigration reform to pass the House and said there are three elements that must be included in any proposal.

"First of all we need to secure both our border and our interior," he said.