WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressmen Joe Barton and Roger Williams, the manager and coach of the Republican Congressional Baseball Team, today invited members of the media to attend the team’s final practice Wednesday morning in preparation for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity on Thursday.
What: Republican Congressional Baseball Team practice
Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Time: 6:30am – 7:30am
Location: Eugene Simpson Stadium: 426 E. Monroe Ave Alexandria, VA 22301
Open to Press: Yes
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, today introduced his bill, the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) Rule Accountability Act to require congressional authorization for any CFPB ruling that would have an economic impact of $100 million or greater.
“Despite its title, President Obama’s CFPB does nothing to protect consumers but rather gives lawmaking authority to unelected government workers who are oblivious to the effects their policies have on millions of hardworking American families,” said Williams. “Since the CFPB’s inception, we have witnessed unnecessary, costly standards come out of a closed door agency that have the effect of law. As the Obama Administration’s days come to an end, it’s time to restore the decision making power to the lawmakers who are held accountable to the people who sent them to Washington.”
The chairman of the Financial Services Committee, Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R – Dallas), offered his support for Williams’ bill.
“The American people are tired of out-of-control, unaccountable Washington bureaucrats passing unnecessary rules, without their consent, that shackle the economy and rob them of a higher standard of living. Nowhere is this more true than at the CFPB – where a single unelected director is granted unprecedented power to arbitrarily decide what mortgages, credit cards and back accounts Americans can have access to.
“I commend Rep. Williams for introducing the CFPB Rule Accountability Act, which applies the House-passed REINS Act to CFPB rules, ensuring that Congress has the final say on the rules proposed by this unaccountable bureaucracy. It is far past time to put the American people, through their elected representatives, back in charge of writing federal law.”
The CFPB was created in 2011 after President Barack Obama signed the Dodd Frank Act.
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The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was as an emotional response to one of our nation’s most trying economic times. Nearly six years later it has proven to be an expensive blanket of one-size fits all rules on the private sector written by Washington bureaucrats, some of whom have never spent one day of their adult life outside of government.
Even though this law was sold to the American public as a watchdog over big banks, it has forced Main Street job creators to close shop because many of America’s 28 million small businesses cannot afford to hire teams of accountants and lawyers to navigate its 2,300 pages of jargon.
Laws like Dodd-Frank are why people are no longer willing to start a business – the risk and cost simply outweigh the possible reward. In a country where we cherish small businesses and depend on them for the employment of 48 percent of our private sector workforce, this is a problem.
Government must pave the way for entrepreneurship so Americans can succeed if they work hard regardless of their age, gender or race.
I am pleased that my colleagues and I are working on solutions to do just that, and I believe the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs) Act is a good start.
We must increase government transparency to hold unelected regulators accountable for the policies they draft, prohibit big bank bailouts and provide regulatory relief not just for small businesses but also for the community lending institutions which serve them.
I’ve always said America’s greatest asset is its workers. The only thing the government needs to give them is a clean path to lessen their chances of hitting any obstructions.
Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, has more than 40 years’ experience in small business.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressmen Joe Barton and Roger Williams, the manager and coach of the Republican Congressional Baseball Team, announced an inter-squad scrimmage under the lights at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Anacostia tonight after votes.
What: Republican Congressional Baseball Team inter-squad scrimmage
Date: Monday, June 13, 2016
Time: After votes (estimated 7:00pm ET)
Location: Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy: 3675 Ely Place SE, Washington, DC 20019
Open to Press: Yes
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President Barack Obama offered condolences and praise to the community of Fort Hood following the death of nine soldiers in a flood during a training exercise.
Obama spoke by phone on Monday with Maj. Gen. John Thomson, 1st Cavalry Division commander. The White House says Obama sent his sympathies to the families of those killed and thanked the general and first responders for the search and recovery operation.
The White House says the incident is a reminder of the “tremendous risks” related to military operations and that the U.S. owes a debt to its troops for their sacrifices.
Fort Hood officials are also working closely with local relief organizations and agencies to determine where additional help and supplies are needed to assist the families of the soldiers who died Thursday.
“Fort Hood has received an enormous outpouring of donation support from our local and national communities,” said Col. Todd Fox, Fort Hood garrison commander. “Currently, public donations to assist Fort Hood families affected by the tragedy are being accepted by the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare & Recreation and the American Red Cross.”
Eight active-duty soldiers and a West Point military cadet died in the training accident involving an Army truck, known as a light medium tactical vehicle. Twelve soldiers were on the truck when it overturned in Owl Creek along East Range Road in Fort Hood’s training area.
Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez, Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong, Spc. Yingming Sun, Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner, Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon, Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates, Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James and Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey all died in the incident, according to the news release from the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office.
On Thursday, Fort Hood officials said the soldiers were part of the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
The three surviving soldiers who were treated for injuries sustained during the accident were released from Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center to be with their families and were cleared to return to duty, said Maj. Gen. John Uberti, Fort Hood deputy commander, on Friday.
“Again, I’d like to offer my heartfelt and sincerest condolences to the family and friends who have lost one of their loved ones,” Uberti said.
U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, said on Thursday that “I’m saddened to hear of the tragedy at Fort Hood today. My heartfelt condolences go out to the families of our brave soldiers. The men and women of our Army are our country’s best and brightest. And every day we are reminded of how much they mean to us. The Great Place is a strong community and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Fort Hood tonight.”
In a statement Saturday, U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, said he and his wife continue to pray for the families, soldiers and Fort Hood family.
“Erika and I continue to pray for the families, the soldiers and the entire Fort Hood family. The Great Place has suffered a devastating loss,” Carter said. “The men and women at Fort Hood are truly a blessing to our great nation, and I know our military is resilient and strong.
“This tragedy illuminates the inherent risks our soldiers take every day, outside of the spotlight, day in and day out, across our country in preparation for war. I am honored to call the men and women at Fort Hood my neighbor. God bless their memory, God bless their families and God bless our country.”
Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra ordered city of Killeen flags to half-staff in honor of the soldiers, which started Sunday.
“In times of tragedy, the bond between city and fort is ever present and we stand ready to assist in the days to come,” Segarra said Friday.
During a news conference Friday morning, Chris Haug, III Corps media relations chief, said the soldiers were training on the range Thursday with convoy operations and were already trained on how to operate the vehicle.
“It’s a situation where the rain had come,” Haug said. “The water was rising quickly, and we were in the process at the moment of the event of closing the roads.”
Families seeking information for help should call the Fort Hood Family Assistance Center at 254-288-7570 or 866-836-2751. For more information from the Red Cross, please call 254-200-4400 or visitwww.waco.redcross.org.
Fort Hood Public Affairs will release more information as it becomes available.
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) today released the following statement on the 72nd anniversary of the Allied forces’ landing in Normandy, France:
“Today, we remember those young men who so bravely stormed the beaches of Normandy to free our European friends from tyranny. Thousands of Americans and our allies gave their lives to pave the way for the liberation of France, Europe and the freedom of oppressed people whom they would never meet. They are real heroes. We are thankful for them, and while most are no longer with us their story will always live on.”
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AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the House Financial Services Committee and a second generation small business owner, today released the following statement after the May employment report determined the U.S. economy created 38,000 jobs last month instead of the 160,000 jobs expected – the weakest report since 2010:
“It’s no surprise that President Obama’s job killing policies are having such a disastrous effect on the economy. As a small business owner, I know firsthand that between over regulation and the inability to access credit, Main Street job creators are struggling to stay afloat. The labor participation rate is nearing all-time lows. We need more policymakers with real world experience, but unfortunately it is clear that the Obama Administration’s only focus is big government.”
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AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the House Financial Services Committee and a second generation small business owner, today released the following statement after the Obama Administration singlehandedly announced a proposed rule to restrict lending practices to lower income Americans.
“What we are seeing today, and what has been promoted by the Obama presidency, is the false belief that government is simply smarter,” said Williams. “This latest proposal from President Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will take away hardworking Americans’ choice to access quick, reliable cash so they can, at minimum, afford rent, car payments and day to day expenses. Even though President Obama and his endless team of unelected Washington bureaucrats will never find themselves in a financial struggle, they are again hurting the very people they claim to be helping.”
The proposed rule sets an arbitrary and vague financial standard that lenders must prove before issuing short-term, small dollar lending.
This proposal is among a host of recent rulings by the Obama Administration that have bypassed the lawmaking branch of government in the U.S. Congress.
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The ground remained soggy Monday morning and puddle and mud encounters proved impossible to avoid. Yet the overnight downpour gave way to a cool, breeze-filled morning at Cleburne Memorial Cemetery as about 90 gathered to mark Memorial Day.
To many, the holiday brings summer’s kick off and family fun, several program speakers noted, all of which is good. More importantly, all said, is the opportunity the day brings to pause and remember those who secured our freedoms to enjoy such activities.
American Legion Post 50 Commander Jeff Hill commented on Memorial Day’s importance to POW/MIA service men and women and their families.
“The sweetness of enduring peace has always been tainted by the bitterness of personal sacrifice,” Hill said. “We are compelled to never forget that while we enjoy our daily pleasures, there are others who have endured and may still be enduring the agonies of pain, deprivations and imprisonment.
“All Americans should never forget the brave men and women who answered our nation’s call to serve an served the cause of freedom in a special way.”
Cleburne Fire Chief Clint Ishmael discussed the history of Memorial Day from it’s beginnings in May 1868 several years after the Civil War when Gen. John A. Logan called for a nationwide day of remembrance each May 30 through 1968 when Congress declared the day previously known as Decoration Day as Memorial Day and established it as a federal holiday.
Cleburne Councilman Bob Kelly proclaimed May 30, 2016, as Cleburne Solemn Remembrance and Poppy Day. Memorial Day is both solemn and uplifting, Kelly said, in characterizing the day as personal to him.
“I’m the son of an MIA,” Kelly said. “I never knew my father. He was shot down over the Pacific flying a B-29 before I was born. “I myself am a veteran of the Air Force and I’ve always lived by the words of Gen. [George S.] Patton who said, ‘Don’t mourn these people but thank God that they lived and fought for the freedoms we have.’”
U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, said it is good and proper for Americans to be excited about their day off as they look forward to baseball games, cookouts and family togetherness.
“I think some of the swimming pools are even open by now,” Williams said. “But lets not lose sight of the true purpose of today as we remember those who died, our sons and daughters throughout our history who answered our highest call.
“It is also important to remember that we have a volunteer military made up of men and women who sign up because they want to fight those who want to harm us. In a time when our nation is so desperately searching for heroes, these brave souls have filled the void above and beyond.”
Williams said he is honored to serve in the district, Congressional District 25, which includes Fort Hood.
“They are the brightest and the best,” Williams said, “Resilient, tough and an inspiration to us all. America is a country where anybody has an opportunity to accomplish anything, but we have those opportunities only because of the brave men and women who protect our freedoms.”
Williams challenged all to seek out a veteran or current service member and thank them for their service.
“They miss Christmas times, miss Thanksgivings, births and family time,” Williams said. “Sometimes they never make it home. So enjoy the ball games. Enjoy the cookouts today but remember those who make that possible.”
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 50 President Robbyn Hill and ALA Unit 50 First Vice President Candy Long explained the significance poppies and the 1915 John McCrae poem “In Flanders Fields” while children distributed paper poppies to attendees.
Carolyn Tarter, member of the Cleburne Poetry Society and the daughter of a World War II veteran, read a poem she penned especially for the day.
“I’ve attended [the Cleburne ceremony] each year,” Tarter said. “One year I was so moved that I had to go home and write about it.”
Titled “Where You There?” Tarter’s poem pays tribute to those “who gave their lives because they chose to serve their country against our foes.”
U.S. Air Force veteran Randy Baldwin name checked the wars throughout America’s history and paid tribute to the men and women lost in each after which Williams and Sons of American Legion Squadron 50 member Jake Hill placed a wreath at the grave of a veteran.
The ceremony opened with the posting of colors by members of the Joshua JROTC and concluded with “Taps” played by Kenyon Pio of Boy Scout Troop 673.
In between, Johnson County Sheriff-Elect Adam King delivered the opening prayer, followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance” led by U.S. Air Force veteran Ken Peters Sr.
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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.
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