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Roger Williams Response to Amendment Review


This is why people are so tired of politics. A laughable "charge" has been brought on by an editor of a publication backed by billionaire liberal George Soros. For years, the so-called Center for Public Integrity has mounted countless attacks against Republicans under the false description as a “nonpartisan” “news organization” (and I use those quotations intentionally because this organization is neither).  
The fact is that there is no ethics investigation against me. During public debate of the recently passed transportation bill on the floor of the United States House of Representatives, I offered a one word, technical amendment that would affect thousands of auto dealers industry-wide because today, not all automotive safety recalls are created equal. Dealers should not be forced to ground vehicles for a misprint or a peeled sticker.
That's it. Let's not forget that my technical amendment passed the House unanimously, which in the current state of Congress, can only mean that it was a glaringly commonsensical fix. Let me be clear that my amendment does not protect dealers from future lawsuits that could strip away their livelihoods.
I chose to apply some common sense to legislation that specifically intended to further over regulate small businesses and increase burdens on Main Street while they are still trying to survive in this Obama economy. As the piece correctly stated, I have extensive experience in actually running a business – that’s something I am proud of and something most in Washington, D.C. know nothing about. It is precisely why the people of my district sent me to Washington.
Unless a Member is a career politician, like Hillary Clinton, they have probably had at least one prior job. Should those Members excuse themselves from engaging in debate that affects the industries or sectors they know best? In my opinion, absolutely not.
Are Members of Congress who are doctors engaged in conflicts of interest when they vote on Medicare, Medicaid or NIH funding? Are Members of Congress who are involved in real estate engaged in conflicts of interest when they vote on public housing or tax credits? What about CPAs in Congress who would be affected by tax reform? How about lawyers and tort reform?
My minor, technical amendment reined in the federal government. I remain committed to continuing to fight for my district, for my state and for all Americans against an administration that continues to choke small businesses.
This country has suffered immensely under Barack Obama’s failed anti-growth policies. I will proudly stand on the courthouse square in any city in my district at high noon on any day of the week and defend small businesses against this run-away federal government, run by career politicians and protected by a biased liberal media.

As for this "charge" from George Soros' organization?  What a joke.

 - Rep. Roger Williams

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Roger Williams Statement on SAFE Act Passage


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act – a measure that will block Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the United States until top U.S. security officials confirm those individuals are not a threat.

“We need to keep America safe, period, and this bill will do that,” said Williams, who was a cosponsor of the bill. “We need to tighten our borders. Giving radical Islamist extremists the ability to enter the U.S. would be a gross negligence of our responsibility as lawmakers to ensure the safety and security of the homeland.”    

The bill prevents Syrian or Iraqi refugees, or any proposed refugee present in Iraq or Syria at any time on or after March 1st, 2011, from entering the United States until the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence unanimously certify that the individual does not represent a security threat.

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Rep. Williams Drafting Legislation to Block Syrian Refugee Entry


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today announced he is working on legislation that would disapprove of President Barack Obama’s plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States and immediately eliminate current federal funding for such programs.

“President Obama hasn’t developed a single legitimate plan for Syria even though the conflict has been waging for years,” said Williams. “Unbelievably, the attacks in Paris still haven’t convinced our commander-in-chief to develop an appropriate course of action to defeat ISIS. So, as a Member of Congress, I am picking up where this president has fallen short.”

“The vetting process for Syrian refugees has proven to be ineffective. And there is no way to weed out future radical Islamist extremists who plan and carry out attacks after they arrive here. We need to secure our borders and we need to secure them now more than ever.”

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Roger Williams: When a compromise deal doesn’t deserve to be applauded


Special to the Star-Telegram

Reading the headlines, you would think that in Washington bipartisanship is the litmus test for determining what is “good” legislation.

Never mind if that legislation allows an increase in spending with money we don’t have, bypasses the proper legislative process and unsteadies the delicate balance of power that keeps our branches of government in check.

Who cares if it’s just plain bad policy? As long as there are compromises and deals, celebration follows. It is walked back slightly with the line: “No one got everything they wanted.”

We saw this most recently with the budget deal that was passed by the U.S. House on Wednesday.

The editorial boards of The New York Times, USA Today and The Washington Post previewed the agreement between Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama as “a big victory,” “a modest step in the right direction” and “the best achievable outcome.”

I disagree with those conclusions.

First and foremost, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, as it is so appropriately named, blows through the spending caps that Congress had previously established.

Four years ago, it appeared fiscal sanity finally set in. Now Congress has voted to push those spending restrictions aside and authorize $112 billion in additional spending over the next two years.

While the president is quick to cite declining annual deficits, he will never mention the ever-growing $18 trillion national debt accrued under his watch.

America’s financial charade is the equivalent of increasing the balance on a credit card every month while simultaneously over-drafting a checking account repeatedly, just not over-drafting as much as the previous time.

If I ran my business the way we run our government, I would have been forced out of my industry and my reputation would have soured long ago.

I fault those who believe responsible budgeting need not apply to the U.S. government, but the complete breakdown in the legislative process is to blame too.

Because this deal was made by few participants behind closed doors at the 11th hour, it was delivered to me and most of my colleagues as a take-it-or-leave-it. So I left it.

This 144-page bill was not brokered at the committee levels. It wasn’t debated. It was called for an up-or-down vote less than 48 hours after it was finalized.

Party leaders got together days before the U.S. risked another credit rating downgrade and presented a deal to sell off U.S. strategic petroleum reserves, cut crop insurance subsidies and take in savings from future cuts to entitlement spending.

Even recent history has shown we’re not good at honoring prior budgetary commitments. This is a perfect example of “kicking the can down the road” for later generations of Americans to deal with.

Strategically, this agreement encourages the executive branch to run wild.

The Obama administration has notoriously circumvented Congress whenever it can. We have seen this with immigration orders and environmental and labor rulings.

The power of the purse and ability to increase borrowing authority are among the few mechanisms Congress has to keep an out-of-control executive branch in line.

Even though Republicans control both chambers of Congress, we have foolishly handed over our bargaining chips by preemptively raising the debt limit through the beginning of the next administration.

Nothing good comes from this budget agreement — it is lazy legislating. Republicans traded promises they campaigned on just to make a deal, and an awful one at that.

Sticking to previously agreed-to spending measures is a must. Phony offsets nullify the exhausting work of previous negotiations and set nonbinding precedents.

Bills this large shouldn’t be rushed through the chambers. We know when deadlines are coming, and I hope under new House leadership the Republican Conference does a better job at planning appropriately.

Regardless of its bipartisanship, nothing about this budget deal should be applauded.

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, represents District 25, which stretches from Fort Worth south to near San Marcos.


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House Passes Budget Plan, Debt Limit Increase


WASHINGTON (October 28, 2015) The U.S. House Wednesday passed a bipartisan budget-and-debt deal that prevents  an unprecedented government default.
A coalition of Democrats, GOP defense hawks and pragmatic Republicans supported the measure.

The legislation now heads to the Senate, which is on track to pass it before Tuesday's deadline for increasing the so-called debt limit.
It gives the government  authority to borrow freely through March 2017.

The measure is the result  of hard-fought negotiations between congressional leaders and President Barack Obama.

The bill also calls for approximately $112 billion in additional spending over two years, to be allocated in upcoming legislation negotiated by theHouse  and Senate.
About $80 billion would be offset by spending cuts elsewhere in the budget .

U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, opposed the deal , which he said “falls far short.”

“The ‘spend now, save later’ approach in this bill fails to address  the critical drivers contributing to Washington’s fiscal nightmare,” he said.

U.S. Rep Roger Williams, R-Austin, was also critical of the deal.

“America’s financial  charades need to be put in order,” he said.

“Despite President Obama’s favorite claim of shrinking deficits, we are increasing the balance on our national credit card while at the same time over-drafting our checking account  again and again.”


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Roger Williams Statement on Speaker’s Race


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted for Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to succeed John Boehner as Speaker of the House:

“Last month, when John announced his resignation, I said it was an opportunity for Republicans to ‘pass the torch on to new management and advance a strong conservative agenda.’ As a proven leader, I am hopeful Paul Ryan will effectively accomplish that goal while guiding the Republican Conference with one voice to confront the anti-growth policies of the Democrat Party and the Obama Administration.”

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Roger Williams Opposes Budget Deal


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) this evening released the following statement after voting against the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 which passed the House by a vote of 266 to 167:

“Four years ago Congress passed a budget to rein in Washington’s out of control spending, and this recent deal violates those caps while raising the debt ceiling simultaneously. America’s financial charades need to be put in order. Despite President Obama’s favorite claim of shrinking deficits, we are increasing the balance on our national credit card while at the same time over-drafting our checking account again and again.”

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Some notes on vetoed defense bill


In case you haven’t heard, President Barack Obama vetoed a $612 billion defense policy bill last week.

What does that mean exactly? Well, in the short run, it means the military will have to wait longer to see what funding it will have in the future to conduct training, support soldiers and perform any number of construction or other projects.

As the Associated Press reported, Thursday’s veto is a rebuke to congressional Republicans, and Obama insisted they send him a better version that doesn’t tie his hands on some of his top priorities. In an unusual Oval Office ceremony, Obama praised the bill for ensuring the military stays funded and making improvements on armed forces retirement and cybersecurity. Yet he pointedly accused Republicans of resorting to “gimmicks” and prohibiting other changes needed to address modern security threats.

“Unfortunately, it falls woefully short,” Obama said. “I’m going to be sending it back to Congress, and my message to them is very simple: Let’s do this right.”
Now, Republicans are trying to drum up support to override Obama’s veto.

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, whose district covers a portion of Fort Hood, called the president’s veto “reckless.”

“The Taliban is re-entering Afghanistan, Islamist extremists are attempting to conquer Iraq, the U.S. is at odds with Russia over Syria’s civil war and China is expanding its territorial claims in the Pacific,” Williams said in the House last week. “While he only has one more year in office, there could not be a worse time for President Obama to so selfishly — no, so recklessly — push his agenda, at the cost of U.S. national security.”

Similar words came from Retired Navy Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, president of Military Officers Association of America.

“(The veto) sends the wrong signal to our troops and their families at the wrong time. Though the bill contains provisions that give MOAA concerns for future readiness of the all-volunteer force, it represents the best efforts of legislators in both chambers after long and contentious deliberation. The fact is, we are still a nation at war, and this legislation is vital to fulfilling wartime requirements,” Ryan said.

Hopefully, Congress and the president can get something accomplished soon.

The bitterness and back-and-forth legislation can only last so long. Eventually, the military needs to know what funding it has so it can responsibly and realistically defend our nation.


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Roger Williams Statement on President’s Veto of Defense Bill


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today released the following statement after President Barack Obama vetoed the bipartisan 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“At a time when so much chaos is taking place around the world, President Obama has recklessly taken our annual defense policy bill hostage to force Congress to approve even more government spending. This veto is unprecedented and jeopardizes the nation’s safety and security the president is tasked with upholding as commander-in-chief. I will work with my colleagues to pick up where President Obama has yet again fallen short.”

Congress can override a presidential veto with a two-thirds majority in both chambers. The 2016 NDAA passed the House of Representatives 270-156 and the Senate 70-27. Since its inception in 1961, the NDAA has been enacted into law every year.

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I would like to remind my constituents that Wednesday, October 21 will be this year’s deadline to apply for a service academy nomination through my congressional office. 
Applicants to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and United States Coast Guard Academy must be:
• U.S. Citizens
• Legal Residents of the 25th Congressional District of Texas
• At least 17 years of age, but not yet 23 years of age by July 1 of the year of admission
• Unmarried with no dependents
By law, graduates of the service academies are appointed to active duty as commissioned officers and serve in the appropriate branch of the military for a minimum of five years.
For more information, the nomination packet request forms, please visit my website:


Three weeks ago, when Speaker of the House John Boehner declared his intention to resign, I wrote that his announcement is "an opportunity for conservatives." I feel the same way today, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to nominate a candidate who will promote a conservative agenda and lead our party with a firm and guiding voice.

Rep. Roger Williams: An Opportunity for Conservatives

The following column, by Congressman Roger Williams, appeared in USA Today on September 27, 2015.

Last week, when Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced his resignation, I thanked him for his devotion to public service and wished him and his family the best of luck in their future endeavors.

Speaker Boehner’s decision to step down has been met with feelings of surprise, worry and even relief. On one hand, some believe that his acts of bipartisanship make him an ideal leader of an institution where deals must be made to achieve results. On the other, there are those who think Speaker Boehner compromises too much for too little gain.
I welcome the speaker’s resignation as an opportunity for Republicans to pass the torch on to new management. I see this as our opportunity to advance a strong conservative agenda.

As chairman of the House Conservatives Fund, I work to help elect the next generation of conservative leaders to Congress — leaders who will push back against President Obama’s liberal agenda. These are leaders who will fight for pro-business, pro-growth initiatives to encourage opportunity. This is where Republicans stand united. Under this administration, these priorities have taken a back seat to an expansion of government.

One of the biggest problems in Washington is the lack of business experience. There are men and women in power who have never had to meet payrolls, have never counted inventory and have never put people to work. Businesses have to balance their budgets, and there is no reason why our federal government shouldn’t have that same obligation.

As a representative for Fort Hood, the most populous U.S. military installation in the world, I have seen firsthand what happens when Washington tries to make our brave men and women in uniform pay for its out-of-control spending. It’s not right. It’s not fair.

It’s time for us to go back to basics. As members of Congress, we must look out for the people who sent us here. I believe we should learn from our past and look to the future. As my father would tell me, our windshield is always bigger than our rearview mirror.

Roger Williams, R-Tex., chairs the House Conservatives Fund.


Roger Williams Statement on Afghanistan Troop Withdraw

On Thursday, President Obama announced 5,500 troops will remain in Afghanistan beyond 2016 – a reversal of his pledge to bring nearly all troops home before leaving office.

President Obama is slowly learning that his delusional campaign promises are just out of touch with the realities of the world.

From the destabilization of Iraq, lawlessness in Syria and resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, this president is responsible for back-tracking the gains America and our allies had spent more than a decade working so hard to achieve.

If it isn’t bad enough that President Obama is publicly announcing our military intentions to our enemies, his capitulation to Iran, coddling of Russia and turning his back on our best friend in the Middle East hopefully provides lessons for future presidents in how not to conduct foreign policy.


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A lesson in poor leadership

The following column, by Congressman Roger Williams, appeared in Washington Examiner on October 9, 2015.

Last week, just four hours after a gunman opened fire inside a western Oregon community college, the networks suspended their news coverage to give the president the airwaves.

The nation, looking for answers, was glued to radios and television screens as new details poured in. President Obama's audience was set. He would have their undivided attention. This was the president's chance to offer guidance and deliver concrete solutions to the American people.

It was his chance to lead. But he took a different path.

"When you decide to vote for somebody, you are making a determination as to whether this cause of continuing death for innocent people should be a relevant factor in your decision," the president said.

As a Texan and chair of the House Conservatives Fund, no one supports the rights of fellow lawful gun owners more than I do.

As a Christian, I am highly offended that the president would suggest that I, or those whom I help elect to Congress, would cower to the wishes of a special interest group at the cost of innocent American lives.

I am offended that the president would place blame on me and my party because I oppose ineffective knee-jerk responses to horrific events. Yes, I disagree with the logic: Make laws first and hope their outcomes work out later.

Instead of ordering a thorough investigation and using those findings to work with Congress to pass realistic and effective reforms, President Obama used this as an opportunity to profit from people's emotions and shove his badly bruised anti-gun agenda back into the ring for another round.

Never mind that an expansion of background checks would not have prevented the shooting in Newtown. Never mind that a ban on the broad definition of assault rifles — which to many antigun supporters, is a firearm that looks scary — would not have stopped the shootings at Virginia Tech, Tucson or the African American church in Charleston.

These realities do not matter to the president. In his eyes, a horrific tragedy involving a gun sets the stage for him to promote his policies.

Reactionary responses fuel passions, but when it comes down to it they are oftentimes nothing more than talking points without substance. As we saw, the most specific idea President Obama put forward was that "we're going to have to change our laws."

Instead of addressing the common theme for all of these catastrophes — mental health — expanding government was his top priority.

President Obama took advantage of a highly anticipated press conference to talk down to his political opponents and prop up the image of his moral compass. It was shameful.

He even admitted, "This is something we should politicize." Well I disagree, and if the president truly wants the help of Congress as he said he did, then he should be working to bridge the divide, not separate us further.

One of the more public criticisms of this president is that he dislikes meeting with members of Congress — even those within his own party. As the executive, it is his responsibility to find common ground with lawmakers to ensure the proper functioning of our government.

If President Obama would take the time to sit down with those of us who are constitutionally tasked with passing the laws, he would discover, regardless of party or NRA rating, that we oppose criminal acts of violence and destruction so blatantly demonstrated last week.

Time and again President Obama has missed opportunities to take the high ground, bring us together and work to produce results that we can all get behind.

Instead this president prefers to point fingers, divide the nation and shift blame for the inexcusable action of an obviously troubled young man.

He would prefer to mock from his bully pulpit in front of the cameras and the microphones in a demonstration of passive aggressiveness that is not suited for any leader, let alone the president of the United States.



Roger Williams
Member of Congress 




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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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