Roger Williams

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Williams calls on Administration to stop neglecting Fort Hood attack victims

2014/08/13

Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), along with Congressman John Carter (TX-31), sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel demanding the Department of Defense (DoD) to follow through with a law requiring a Purple Heart review.  The 2014 National Defense Authorization Act mandates that Congress receive a report of the review of the Purple Heart award for the victims of the 2009 terrorist attack on Fort Hood no later than 180 days after the law was enacted. Secretary Hagel and the DoD announced they have delayed the review for another year, leaving the victims of the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood ineligible for the Purple Heart indefinitely. Rep. Williams, along with Rep. Carter who has championed legislation to help the soldiers for nearly four years, send a letter to Secretary Hagel demanding the report be submitted on time, as the law requires. Excerpts are below, and the letter can be viewed here. “We were very disappointed to see you have chosen not to obey the law,” write the Congressmen.  “This is unacceptable…Almost five years after the attack, we find it absurd that the Department of Defense needs yet another additional year to clarify if the victims are eligible for the Purple Heart.  These men and women proudly wore the United States Army uniform and placed their trust in the Army and the Department.  Five years after this tragic event the Department of Defense has failed them.” # # # Read More

Top 10 Bipartisan Jobs Bills Blocked by Senate Democrats

2014/08/07

Under the control of Senate Democrats, “The Senate went three months this spring without voting on a single legislative amendment, the nitty-gritty kind of work usually at the heart of congressional lawmaking,” The Washington Post reports. “So few bills have been approved this year, and so little else has gotten done, that many senators say they are spending most of their time on insignificant and unrewarding work.” Check out the stats. Even Democrats have complained about the Senate’s obstruction, and one actually said he was “furious.” When President Obama tried to blame Republicans, his rhetoric didn’t match reality and fact-checkers called him out for it, noting the dozens of jobs bills listed on speaker.gov/jobs that Senate  Democrats are currently blocking. Here are just 10 of them, ranked in order of bipartisan support: The Hire More Heroes Act (H.R. 3474) passed the House on March 11, 2014, with support from 183 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 10) passed the House on May 9, 2014, with support from 158 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) passed the House on December 5, 2013, with support from 130 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act (H.R. 624) passed the House on April 18, 2013, with support from 92 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The American Research and Competitiveness Act (H.R. 4438) passed the House on May 9, 2014, with support from 62 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The America's Small Business Tax Relief Act (H.R. 4457) passed the House on June 12, 2014, with support from 53 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act (H.R. 6) passed the House on June 25, 2014, with support from 46 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The S Corporation Permanent Tax Relief Act (H.R. 4453) passed the House on June 12, 2014, with support from 42 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2218) passed the House on July 25, 2013, with support from 39 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act (H.R. 1105) passed the House on December 4, 2013, with support from 36 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. “These are just a few of the examples of what Republicans are working on to foster more economic growth and more job creation in our country,” Speaker Boehner said last week. “For the nearly four years of our majority, Republicans have stayed focused on the economy and on jobs. We’ve listened to the American people. Their priorities are our priorities.” Instead of focusing on things like restricting religious freedom, the Democrats who run the Senate should follow the House’s lead and pass these jobs bills. - See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/general/top-10-bipartisan-jobs-bills-blocked-senate-democrats#sthash.U08EX1ea.dpuf Read More

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

Burleson Post Office renaming signed into law

2014/06/10

Last night, H.R. 3060, a bill to designate the Post Office in Burleson, TX, as the “Sergeant William Moody Post Office Building” was signed into law by the President.  Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) introduced the bill in August 2013. “I am proud to know this facility will forever stand as a reminder that our freedom is not free,” said Williams.  “It was paid for by the sacrifice of thousands of men and women like Sgt. William Moody who have put service before self.  Sgt. Moody is a true hometown hero, and this dedication will serve as a lasting testament to the tremendous patriotism shared by our community.” Williams and local officials plan to host a celebration in honor of Sgt. Moody, his family, and the newly named Sergeant William Moody Post Office Building later this summer. Information on Sgt. Moody and Williams' efforts here.  # # # 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

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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