Roger Williams

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

CBO: The Budget Is on an Unsustainable Path

2014/07/16

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its annual Long-Term Budget Outlook, which had some sober news for the American people.   Key points from CBO’s Long-Term Budget Outlook:  Federal Debt Is Soaring: The debt has doubled since the onset of the financial crisis, and CBO concludes the growth in the debt is “unsustainable.” Now Is the Time to Act: CBO says that prompt decisions to rein in future deficits would expand employment and economic growth.  The Economy Is Slowing Down: CBO has again lowered its projection of GDP growth, and the average number of hours worked by Americans is shrinking.  Spending Is Still the Problem: Major entitlements and interest on a growing stock of debt will cause real spending to soar by 27 percent over the next two decades. Raising Taxes Will Cost Jobs: Taxes will exceed their historic average level this year, and they are on pace to rise even further. Yet these tax increases still never match the pace of spending, even while they discourage work, saving, and investment. Entitlement Reform Is Key: We run the risk of breaking our promise to seniors and future generations if we don’t reform our entitlement programs soon. CBO has increased their measure of Social Security’s unfunded liability by 25 percent.  The Debt Threatens Our National Security: CBO warns that our growing national debt could compromise national security by constraining defense spending and limiting the country’s ability to prepare for future challenges. Read More

Williams invites Obama to meet with TX delegation

2014/07/10

Today, Congressman Roger Williams (RTX-25) responded to President Obama’s request for support of the Texas delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives by inviting the President to meet with the Texas congressmen. Williams states that President Obama differs from the Texas delegation in their end goal for solving the immigration crisis unfolding at the U.S.-Mexico border.  President Obama has asked for $3.7 billion to expedite the legal process, while Williams supports efforts to seal the border first. Williams’ letter was sent this morning and can be viewed here. # # # Read More

Monthly Column - Crisis at the Border

2014/06/27

The immigration crisis unfolding in Texas and the southern border is a tragedy – one that presents complex issues with limited options.  Since last October, more than 180,000 people, nearly one-quarter who are unaccompanied children, have crossed the Southwest border from Central America.  That’s a 99% increase from the previous year, and Border Patrol data indicates it has soared over 1,000% since 2009.  This massive uptick in illegal immigration has taken its toll on Texas’ resources.  Border Patrol officers are overwhelmed, and many are leaving their assigned missions to tend to the unaccompanied minors, meaning the border is left even less monitored.  That’s a crisis in itself since only 6.5% of the border is fully monitored.  The non-partisan Government Accountability Office released a report saying the current monitoring system “limits oversight and accountability and has reduced information provided to Congress.”  They can’t even tell Congress how broken and porous our border is because President Obama’s system doesn’t require them to gather this information.  It’s no wonder that hundreds of thousands of people from Mexico and Central America are illegally crossing into the United States: They know they won’t get caught!  And to make matters worse, President Obama continues to make illegal immigration appealing by broadcasting his support for amnesty programs like DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and the DREAM Act, when he should be making it loud and clear that if you cross our border illegally, you will be sent back.  Our number one priority right now must be to secure the border.  Until we seal the border and stem the flow, this crisis will grow.  With detention centers, makeshift warehouses, and military bases already filled with children, many who are sick, we are soon to be out of options.  U.S. law prohibits the deportation of unaccompanied minors from Central America, leaving border towns overflowing.  It’s no secret that conditions are dire in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.  Gang-related violence is on the rise, and families are scared for their children’s safety.  That’s why the U.S. has partnered with each of these governments and provided them with hundreds of millions of dollars to help combat gang violence, strengthen citizen security, spur economic development, and improve their capacity to receive and reintegrate returned families and children.  Our resources are aptly spent to aid these countries, but I fear the crisis at the southern border will soon consume these humanitarian dollars, leaving millions of Central Americans even more vulnerable in their home countries.  That’s why a fully closed and secure border is the first, and most important, step.  We shouldn’t be in the business of enforcing other countries’ laws without enforcing our own first. # # # Read More

Congressman Williams Announces District Office Hours for Wednesday, June 25th in Dripping Springs

2014/06/18

On Wednesday, June 25th, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., the staff of Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) will host the monthly District Office Hours at the Hays County Office Building at 195 Roger Hanks Parkway in Dripping Springs. Each month, Williams’ staff visits different communities throughout the 25th Congressional District to assist residents with federal issues or government agencies – such as Medicare, Veterans Affairs, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration, Social Security, or the Internal Revenue Service – in an area most convenient to them. Anyone requesting assistance with a federal agency should bring all relevant documents and be prepared to sign a privacy disclaimer.  Appointments are not necessary.  Constituents who cannot attend the scheduled District Office Hours are welcome to contact the Congressman’s Cleburne office at 817-774-2575 or visit www.williams.house.gov and click “Help with a Federal Agency” under the “Services” tab. # # # Read More

Williams: “Operation Choke Point is socialism at its purest”

2014/06/10

Today, Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX25) accused President Obama and the Justice Department of pursuing a socialist agenda through the program “Operation Choke Point.”  The program, which began in 2013, pushes banks to terminate services for certain legal businesses and industries which the Obama administration deems objectionable. Williams, a business owner for more than 40 years, spoke on the House floor to condemn the program.  Transcript follows, and the video can be seen here. “Mr. Speaker, one of the most abusive government overreaches in our nation’s history is happening right now, under our watch.  Operation Choke Point began quietly last year as a way for President Obama and the Justice Department to intimidate and strangle businesses they no longer support.  By forcing banks to cut ties with law-abiding businesses – like sporting goods stores, licensed gun dealers, and thousands of others – these business owners have no recourse.  “Once again, President Obama is circumventing the legal and legislative process that was set in place to protect the free market, personal choice, and individual freedom.  When did it become okay for the federal government of the United States of America to tell business owners that their business is no longer wanted in America?  That is socialism in its purest form.  “Owning the banks and owning the market is the goal of this administration, and I urge my colleagues in Congress, as well as anyone who has ever owned or dreams about owning their own business, to end the abuse.   Operation Choke Point is an affront to the freedoms and liberty that millions of Americans have died to protect.” # # # Read More

Support our Fort Hood troops

2014/05/23

Today, the House passed H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act, to provide necessary authority to fund the military.  Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) spoke on the House floor in support of the bill which contains a provision he helped craft that would make the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting eligible to receive the Purple Heart under newly passed criteria. Williams’ remarks can be viewed here. “Mr. Speaker, as we approach Memorial Day to honor and remember the fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price while serving in the Armed Forces - it is vital for Congress to ensure appropriate funding for our troops.   With crises around the world and constant threats to our national defense, we ask a lot of those who wear the uniform.  They shouldn’t have to ask for anything in return. “In November of 2009, an Islamic extremist opened fire on troops at Fort Hood, killing 14 and injuring dozens of others.  The victims and survivors have been denied the benefits and honors granted to injured troops in combat zones because the President considers the massacre “workplace violence,” rather than a terrorist attack.  Nobody but this Administration believes this was workplace violence.  The men and women dressed in Army fatigues that day were targets…simply because they were American soldiers. “H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act, brings the victims of the Fort Hood shooting one step closer to receiving the Purple Heart medal, giving them the benefits they earned and the recognition they deserve. They were victims of terrorism, and it’s time for them to be recognized as such.  I urge every member to vote in favor of our troops.” # # # Read More

Texas Members Call for IG Investigation into VA

2014/05/13

Members of the Texas delegation today called for an Inspector General investigation into allegations that Veterans Affairs officials in Central Texas manipulated medical appointment data in order to conceal long wait times for veterans seeking care.                                   According to media reports, employees at the North Central Federal Clinic in San Antonio, the Austin Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic and Waco Veterans Affairs Medical Center were instructed by supervisors to ensure that wait times for veterans were as “close to zero days as possible.”  An employee of Veterans Affairs who recently worked at all three clinics claims that staffers falsely logged patients’ desired appointment dates to closely coincide with appointment openings. But in reality, veterans were left waiting for months.  These new allegations come on the heels of reports that at least 40 veterans in Phoenix died while waiting to receive care. Led by Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21), members of the Texas delegation wrote Veterans Affairs Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin calling on him to immediately initiate investigations into all three VA facilities.  “The policy of falsifying medical records is dishonest, deceptive, and injurious to veterans,” wrote the members. “Swift action must be taken to protect the health and well-being of our nation’s veterans.”  “We understand that your office has staff in San Antonio reviewing these allegations,” the letter continued.  “However, we want to make sure that your office is also investigating the potential misconduct that may have affected veterans seeking care in Waco and Austin. Any individuals found to have engaged in misconduct or mismanagement must face serious consequences.” The members urged Inspector General Griffin to “expeditiously and thoroughly investigate the claims regarding misconduct” and report back to Congress on his findings.  Twenty-three members joined Rep. Smith in calling for the IG investigation including:  Rep. Joe Barton (TX-06), Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-08), Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26), Rep. John Carter (TX-31), Rep. Michael Conaway (TX-11), Rep. John Culberson (TX-07), Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27), Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17), Rep. Pete Gallego (TX-23), Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12), Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04), Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), Rep. Sam Johnson (TX-03), Rep. Kenny Marchant (TX-24), Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-10), Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19), Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22), Rep. Ted Poe (TX-02), Rep. Pete Sessions (TX-32), Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX-13), Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14), and Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25). A full copy of the letter can be found here.  ### Read More

Fort Hood shooting victims one step closer to receiving Purple Hearts

2014/05/08

Victims and families of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting could soon receive Purple Hearts, benefits and closure thanks to language entered in the House’s National Defense Authorization Act late last night. During the House Armed Services Committee’s markup of the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congressman Michael Conaway (R-TX11) offered the amendment on behalf of Congressman John Carter (R-TX31) and Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX25).  The Committee adopted the amendment unanimously by voice vote showing strong bipartisan support. “Last night was a tremendous victory for the victims and families of the 2009 Fort Hood terror attack,” said Congressman John Carter, Representative of Fort Hood. “By adopting this amendment we will provide the benefits, the recognition, and hopefully some closure to the victims and their families, all of whom have experienced unimaginable pain and hardship. This language will finally allow these soldiers to begin to move on with their lives, and I thank Congressman Mike Conaway, Congressman Mac Thornberry and the members of the House Armed Services Committee for their overwhelming support of this effort.” The amendment Congressman Conaway offered would adjust the Purple Heart criteria so that our servicemembers and civilians, who experience an attack inspired by international terrorism, receive the appropriate award and recognition. The amendment awards the Purple Heart to service members who are victims of an attack that was inspired or motivated by a U.S. State Department-designated foreign terrorist organization. The provision would be retroactively effective as of September 11, 2001.     “The service members who lost their lives on November 5th, 2009, were fighting a terrorist.  As we know too well, the battlefield in the War on Terror is not limited to foreign lands.  Men and women who defend America against terrorism on American soil, should be eligible to receive the Purple Heart and other medals that recognize their heroism,” said Congressman Conaway. “Judge Carter has been relentless in working to make sure that the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood attack are given the appropriate honors and recognition.  Just like those service members killed at the Pentagon on 9/11, they are victims of terrorism, and I am optimistic that this year they will be recognized as such,” said Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. “Nearly five years have passed since the horrible tragedy at Fort Hood took the lives of 13 innocent Americans,” said Congressman Williams. “It is beyond comprehension why the current Administration has labeled this gruesome terrorist attack “workplace violence,” leaving the victims and their families without the benefits, treatment and honor they earned and deserve.  This provision in the NDAA would restore the full range of deserved benefits for the victims.  Though justice cannot bring back those we lost, justice can be served for the killed and injured troops whose brave actions prevented further bloodshed.  I want to thank Congressman Carter for his dedication to the Fort Hood community, and Congressman Mike Conaway and Congressman Mac Thornberry for leading this effort in the Armed Services Committee.  We will not stop fighting for those who fight for us every day.” # # # Read More

House passes crucial funding bill for military and VA

2014/04/30

Today, the House passed a Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill that includes oversight and reporting provisions critical to holding the VA accountable. Congressman Roger Williams (RTX-25), a staunch advocate for better treatment of veterans, supported the bill and issued the following statement. “Over the last year, multiple reports have revealed shocking information regarding the treatment of our nation’s heroes.  Offenses range from an unfathomable backlog of veterans’ claims and appeals, to record breaking waiting times at the Waco VA for claims to be processed, to “secret waiting lists” that resulted in the death of 40 Arizona veterans, to grossly mishandled claims dealing with traumatic brain injuries.  This is unacceptable, and the American public is right to be outraged.  This important legislation includes provisions that uphold the promises we made to our veterans and ensures they continue to receive their deserved benefits.  I’m especially pleased to see the inclusion of a programmatic request I submitted with several colleagues to prevent performance-based bonuses from being awarded to VA officials in this appropriations bills.  Until the VA backlog is substantially reduced, executives should not be rewarded. “In addition to VA funding, the bill sufficiently funds training and equipment for troops, housing maintenance for military personnel, and maintenance of base infrastructure.  I applaud Chairman Rogers and my colleagues for saving taxpayers $1.8 billion without cutting services for troops and veterans.” # # # Read More

Williams challenges Attorney General Eric Holder on Fort Hood

2014/04/04

Today, Congressman Roger Williams (RTX-25) challenged Attorney General Eric Holder on the administration’s “workplace violence” designation of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting.  Although not a member of the Appropriations Committee, with the help of Congressman John Carter (RTX-31), Williams was granted time to speak before the subcommittee.  Excerpts from Williams’ opening statement are below.  The full video can be seen here. “The Pentagon labeled the 2009 attack as workplace violence – like a disgruntled employee taking out his anger on fellow coworkers, but the evidence and the trial proved otherwise… “This Administration’s workplace violence designation clearly favors political correctness over truth and justice… “By labeling the attack workplace violence, the victims of this attack have been denied the benefits, treatment and awards their deployed counterparts receive when wounded or killed overseas.  We should correct this injustice by awarding the military victims the Purple Heart medal and the civilian victims the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom.  Both awards would provide combat-related special compensation and the benefits that have been withheld from them.  It is my hope that the Department of Justice will thoroughly investigate yesterday’s attack on Fort Hood.” Congressmen Williams and Carter both represent Fort Hood. # # # Read More

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Roger Williams represents the 25th District of Texas in the United States Congress, a district that stretches from Tarrant County in the North to Hays County in the South and includes much of Austin and the Texas Hill Country.

Prior to his election in November 2012, Congressman Williams served his country in a number of ways and brings a unique background to Congress. He was raised in the Fort Worth area where he graduated from high school and later played baseball at Texas Christian University.

After graduating from college, he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves where he played in their farm system before an injury ended his sports career and forced him to begin his business career. He began working in the family car business and has owned and operated the business for 40 years.

Along the way, he also became involved civically and politically. He served as Regional Finance Chairman for Governor Bush in 1994 and 1998 before he went on to later serve as the North Texas Chairman for the Bush/Cheney 2000 campaign. Additionally, as well as the North Texas Finance Chairman and National Grassroots Fundraising Chairman for Bush/Cheney ’04, Inc. Williams was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001 as the Chairman of the Republican National Finance Committee’s Eagles Program. He has also served as State Finance Chair for John Cornyn for U.S. Senate, Inc., in 2002 and as the National Director of the “Patriots” program for Senator Cornyn.

In 2005, Governor Rick Perry appointed Congressman Williams to serve as Texas Secretary of State. As Chief Election Officer for Texas, he worked to ensure the uniform application and interpretation of election laws throughout the state. The Congressman worked tirelessly to promote economic development, investment and job creation in Texas. He also served as the state’s Chief Liaison for Texas Border and Mexican Affairs as well as Chair of the state’s 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Response Strike Force.

Congressman Williams was elected to his first term in Congress on November 6th, 2012 and was selected to serve on the House Committee on the Budget, along with the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.


Serving With

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Ralph Hall

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Mac Thornberry

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Weber

TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT

Bill Flores

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Randy Neugebauer

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Pete Olson

TEXAS' 22nd DISTRICT

Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Michael Burgess

TEXAS' 26th DISTRICT

Blake Farenthold

TEXAS' 27th DISTRICT

John Carter

TEXAS' 31st DISTRICT

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

Steve Stockman

TEXAS' 36th DISTRICT