Roger Williams

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Rep. Williams Votes to Increase Flood Insurance Options

2016/04/28

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) this evening voted for the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act to help incorporate private insurance providers into the flood insurance market that is currently dominated by federally backed policies.

“As we’ve seen in Texas, both this year and last, flooding is a concern even in places where rainfall has historically been scarce,” said Williams. “Taxpayer funded flood insurance policies, which are perceived by many homeowners as their only option, are expensive, inflexible and driving the National Flood Insurance Program further into debt. We must encourage competition by leveling the playing field – clarifying that private sector flood insurance is legitimate and crucial to lowering prices, increasing service and allowing for greater protection for all Americans who seek to protect their livelihoods from Mother Nature’s unexpected fury.” 

Williams was a cosponsor of the bill which passed the House this evening by a vote of 419 to 0.

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Come & Read It Report: April 27, 2016

2016/04/26

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A Newsletter from Congressman Roger Williams

Bringing Jumpstart America to Committee

I recently testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy to speak on my seven bill tax reform plan, Jumpstart America.

Click here or on the image above to watch me testify on my tax reform plan, Jumpstart America, before the tax writing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

In my remarks, I said:

“Mr. Chairman, last Congress, when the conversation on tax reform began to take shape…I traveled around the country and talked to fellow small business owners. I talked to folks in the manufacturing sector, people in distribution, my friends in the oil and gas industry and the average American entrepreneur just starting out.

“Small business owners, in particular, found it frustrating to devote so much of their time to taxes, when they could instead focus on their company.

“As we’ve seen over the last few years, companies are literally moving their headquarters to avoid our rates. Lowering that tax rate would incentivize those to move their business back to the U.S. and help us regain our competitive edge in a global economy.”

I recently joined my House colleagues outside the Capitol to urge for a sunset on our current federal tax code. 

As a small business owner for more than 40 years, I know firsthand how costly and time consuming it is to navigate our 70,000 page tax code. We need real reform, which hasn't happened since 1986.

I have joined my colleagues to urge passage of H.R.27 which would set a termination date for the current Internal Revenue Code. Jumpstart America will pick up where our tax code has fallen short.

You can read more about Jumpstart America in my op-ed that appeared in Fox News on Tax Day.

                                       

Accompanying Texas' Cherry Blossom Princess to the Congressional Reception

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of escorting Baylor University student, and Plano resident, Abby Callison to the Cherry Blossom Congressional Reception in Washington, DC. 

Abby Callison, the 2016 Texas Cherry Blossom Princess from Texas, and I took a photo in my office before the congressional reception.

Abby is the 2016 Cherry Blossom Princess representing Texas. The Cherry Blossom Princess Program, started in 1948, is described as a “cultural, educational and professional development program for women leaders” and is held each year during one week of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in our nation’s capital.

Texas Cherry Blossom Princess Abby Callison introduces me to guests and participants in the Cherry Blossom Princess Program at the Cherry Blossom Congressional Reception in Washington, DC.

I would like to thank Abby for being a role model to young women in our home state and across the country. Texas is fortunate to be represented by an intelligent and accomplished young woman who truly embodies the goal of the Cherry Blossom Princess program.

 
Sincerely,

Roger Williams
Member of Congress

  Washington, DC
1323 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Tel: (202) 225-9896
Fax: (202) 225-9692
Austin
1005 Congress Avenue
Suite 925
Austin, TX 78701
Tel: (512) 473-8910
Fax: (512) 473-8946
Cleburne
1 Walnut Street
Suite 145
Cleburne, TX 76033
Tel: (817) 774-2575
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Rep. Williams: My plan to help victims of our nation’s disastrous tax policies

2016/04/18

In 1939 a young man opened a car dealership to realize the American dream. He built his business up from nothing. He worked hard and he created jobs.

He developed a good reputation in his community – so much so that he was asked to supply the cars during President John Kennedy’s tragic visit to Texas in November 1963.

When the man passed away, his business was passed along to his only child who wanted to continue in his father’s footsteps. After the funeral, while still in grief, the IRS came to collect 55 percent of the value of the business from the son. He nearly declared bankruptcy.

Unlike many other victims of the “death tax,” the son was able to pull enough resources together to keep his father’s business afloat.

Today, the son still runs his father’s car dealership and employs more than one hundred dedicated workers. That son is me.

To the average lawmaker on Capitol Hill, my story is unique. To the average hardworking American, my story is not.

The reality of our tax code is that it is a bloated, costly mess of business-killing measures that does nothing but line the pockets of an out-of-control, wasteful federal government that is 19 trillion dollars in debt.

As someone who has been in business for 44 years and now serves in Congress, I know this to be true firsthand.

While politicians – many of whom have never worked in the private sector, let alone owned a business themselves – devote all of their attention to Wall Street, they have forgotten about the 28 million small businesses that are forced to play defense every single day.

Instead of setting up American entrepreneurs for success, the U.S. government is constantly throwing barriers in front of them.

I first ran for Congress four years ago to fight for moms and dads who have risked everything to achieve the American dream. To fight for those who do not have the means to hire teams of lawyers and accountants to navigate our 70,000 page tax code and comply with unnecessary rules and regulations.

So last summer, I introduced seven bills that make up a comprehensive tax reform plan I call Jumpstart America. It will lower individual, corporate, payroll and capital gains taxes. It will allow for 100 percent expensing of fixed asset purchases and allow business owners to continue the use of the last in, first out method of accounting.

Jumpstart America will implement repatriation at 5 percent so U.S. companies are incentivized to return home.

As a business owner of many years, I have seen friends and colleagues lose gains earned from a lifetime of hard-work because of Washington’s failed tax policies that have not seen significant reform in 30 years.

It is for that reason that my plan calls for help for cash flowing middle class families and the businesses they run.

While certain presidential candidates are charging corporations for “destroying the moral fabric” of our great country, let us not forget, on this tax day, the hardest hit victims of our nation’s disastrous tax policies – hardworking American families and the small businesses that are run by them.   

Republican Roger Williams represents Texas’s 25th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives where he serves as a member of the Financial Services Committee.

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Roger Williams to Testify on Tax Plan

2016/04/13

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) this afternoon will testify before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy to speak on his seven bill tax reform plan, Jumpstart America.

Last month, taxpayer advocacy group, Americans for Tax Reform endorsed Williams’ tax plan as “a model for pro-growth, conservative tax reform.”

What: Rep. Williams to testify on his tax reform plan
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building
Open to Press: Yes

Economist and former Congressional Budget Office (CBO) director, Douglas Holtz-Eakin said of Jumpstart America, “America’s workers desperately need a pro-growth tax reform that will spur productivity growth, raise wages and provide real economic opportunity. In seven pieces of legislation, Rep. Williams has laid out the elements of just such a reform.”

Don Powell, former chair of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) said, “A thoughtful, common sense approach to one of the most important issues facing America – compliments to Congressman Williams for engaging in this process and developing a well-thought approach to this very important issue.”

Collectively, Jumpstart America lowers federal individual, corporate, payroll and capital gains taxes, allows for 100 percent depreciation of fixed assets, implements repatriation and keeps LIFO accounting:

1.  H.R. 2842 – Individual Rate Simplification Act of 2015
2.  H.R. 2946 – Incentivize Corporate America Act of 2015
3.  H.R. 3017 – Invest in America Act of 2015
4.  H.R. 3083 – Bring Jobs Back to America Act of 2015
5.  H.R. 3213 – Fixed Asset Relief Act of 2015
6.  H.R. 3267 – Paycheck Relief Act of 2015
7.  H.CON.RES.69 – Expressing the sense of Congress that any reform or repeal of the last-in, first-out method of accounting for inventories (LIFO) would cause irreparable and unnecessary damage to United States businesses

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Roger Williams Statement on DOL Fiduciary Rule

2016/04/06

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Texas), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, today issued the following statement after the Department of Labor released its fiduciary rule to set new standards for financial advisors who manage retirement accounts. 

“This rule is another example of an administration that assumes Americans are incapable of managing their personal lives and believes our federal government is, ironically, best positioned to give financial advice,” said Williams. “Middle class families will now suffer because advisors will be incentivized to seek out larger retirement accounts to make up for the rising costs they will have to incur. As I have stated before, the Department of Labor has no business regulating brokers. While we have become accustomed to this administration bypassing Congress, today it is bypassing the Security and Exchange Commission which was designed to take up these very issues.”

This year, Williams cosponsored the Retail Investor Protection Act, which prohibits the Secretary of Labor from defining the circumstances under which an individual is considered a fiduciary.

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Williams Supports Texas Private Property Owners in ‘Fed. Land Grab’ Dispute

2016/03/30

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Texas), along with 21 members of the Texas Congressional Delegation, today filed an amicus brief in the federal district court in Wichita Falls in support of landowners whose private properties along a 116 mile stretch of the Red River are currently in dispute with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

“Today I stand in support of Texans who have, in many cases, for generations, owned and paid their taxes on property that is legally theirs,” said Williams. “The right to private ownership is a core foundation on which this nation was built, but today the federal government is trying to change the rules to strip Texans of what is rightfully theirs.”

The lawsuit, Aderholt et al. v. Bureau of Land Management et al., was filed on behalf of landowners along the Red River to protect their private property rights against claims from the BLM that tens of thousands of acres of land may now be considered public domain.

Because of the uncertainty and questions about BLM’s claim, landowners are unable to sell, borrow against or improve their land.

In December, Williams voted for the Red River Property Protection Act calling the BLM’s claims “an unconstitutional federal land grab.” That bill awaits action in the U.S. Senate.

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A Newsletter from Roger Williams: March 28, 2016

2016/03/28

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A Newsletter from Roger Williams

Apply for an Internship in my Washington Office

This Thursday is the last day for students to apply for a summer internship in my Washington, D.C. office.

Interns play a vital role in day-to-day functions: they are asked to answer phones, research legislation for the Member and legislative staff and attend hearings and briefings.

As a result, interns will learn firsthand knowledge about the legislative process and the many functions of a congressional office.

I was pleased to welcome Alan and Samantha who interned in my office this fall; I was appreciative of their hard work.

Although all internships in my offices are unpaid, students gain invaluable work experience.

The hours are flexible to accommodate students' schedules but generally run 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. when Congress is in session and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when in recess.

To apply for an internship in my D.C. office, please email your resume, cover letter and a list of references to Hanna Allred at Hanna.Allred@mail.house.gov.

       

My Statement on the Terrorist Attacks in Brussels

My thoughts and prayers are with our friends as we learn more of the terrorist attacks in Brussels. I echo the sentiment expressed by several European leaders who have proclaimed, ‘We are at war.’

Last week I joined KEYE-TV in Austin to express my sadness and frustrations with the policies that I believe contributed to the terrorist attacks in Brussels. Click here or on the image above to watch.

In order to provide for the safety and security of our nation, we must first admit the real threat that radical Islam imposes on all of us. We have to close the gaps in border security.

We must implement more accountability in the larger Islamic community, where leaders must denounce the actions of Muslims whom they say "do not represent Islam."

In December, I wrote an op-ed for The Washington Times based on this very issue titled, The real threat to America: Obama refuses to recognize Islamic extremism. 
 

     

Why the Senate Should Deny Garland Hearings

While Barack Obama, as president, has a right to nominate a Supreme Court justice, my colleagues in the United States Senate have an authority to deny confirmation hearings for Judge Merrick Garland, who does not live up to the standard set by Justice Scalia – the foremost defender of our nation’s founding document.

I believe the American people, in choosing their next president in November, should have a greater role in determining who should fill a vacancy on our nation’s highest court for a lifetime. There are precedents for this, for example:

Before he was President, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois opposed George W. Bush's Supreme Court Nominee, Samuel Alito.

Years earlier, then Senator Joe Biden of Delaware said on the Senate floor that if President George H. W. Bush "presses an election-year nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee should seriously consider not scheduling confirmation hearings on the nomination until after the political campaign season is over.”

       

Honoring Baseball Great, Brooks Robinson

  

As chair of the Congressional Baseball Caucus, it was my honor to introduce Hall of Fame third-baseman Brooks Robinson to my colleagues on Capitol Hill.

Brooks’ hospitality, charm and incredible baseball stories brought us together for some bipartisan laughter and praise.

   

As a former ball player, I helped form the Congressional Baseball Caucus in 2013 as a way for Members of Congress to hear from professional athletes and other individuals involved in the sport.

I can’t think of a better way to set aside our political differences than to get together once in a while and hear from baseball legends, discuss important issues about the game and enjoy each other’s company.

Sincerely,

Roger Williams
Member of Congress
  Washington, DC
1323 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Tel: (202) 225-9896
Fax: (202) 225-9692
Austin
1005 Congress Avenue
Suite 925
Austin, TX 78701
Tel: (512) 473-8910
Fax: (512) 473-8946
Cleburne
1 Walnut Street
Suite 145
Cleburne, TX 76033
Tel: (817) 774-2575
Fax: (817) 774-2576
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Roger Williams Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Brussels

2016/03/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Texas) today released the following statement after two terrorist attacks in the European Union’s de facto capital of Brussels on Tuesday left at least 34 dead and more than 100 injured:
“My thoughts and prayers are with our friends this morning as we learn more of the terrorist attacks in Brussels. I echo the sentiment expressed by several European leaders who have proclaimed, ‘We are at war.’ In order to provide for the safety and security of our nation, we must first admit the real threat that radical Islam imposes on all of us. We have to close the gaps in border security. We must implement more accountability in the larger Islamic community, where leaders must denounce the actions of Muslims whom they say ‘do not represent Islam.’”

In December, Williams wrote an op-ed for The Washington Times titled, The real threat to America: Obama refuses to recognize Islamic extremism.

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U.S. Chamber Awards Roger Williams for “Spirit of Enterprise”

2016/03/17

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Texas) this week was awarded for his record on key business issues for a third year in a row by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“As a second generation small business owner who is fighting for Main Street every day, it is an honor to once again receive the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award,” said Williams.

This month, Americans for Tax Reform endorsed Williams’ seven bill tax reform plan, Jumpstart America.

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Rep. Williams Introduces Baseball Great, Brooks Robinson to Colleagues

2016/03/16

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Texas), chair of the Congressional Baseball Caucus, welcomed former Baltimore Oriole and Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson to Capitol Hill yesterday evening.

“Last night, my colleagues and I were honored to visit with Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson – one of the most talented third basemen to ever play the game,” said Williams. “Brooks’ hospitality, charm and incredible baseball knowledge brought us all together for laughter and praise.”   

Williams, who played in the Atlanta Braves farm system, helped form the Congressional Baseball Caucus in 2013 as a way for Members of Congress to hear from professional athletes and other individuals involved in the sport.

“I can’t think of a better way to set aside our political differences than to get together once in a while and hear from baseball legends, discuss important issues about the game and enjoy each other’s company,” Williams has said of the caucus.

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Contact Information

1122 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-9896
Fax 202-225-9692
williams.house.gov

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Financial Services

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.


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