AUSTIN, TX – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement Friday in support of a discharge petition for a clean and complete repeal of Obamacare.
“Republicans sent this bill to President Obama’s desk back in 2016 where it was inevitably denied. Now that President Trump is in office, I see no reason to delay this bill any longer. With a simple majority in the House, the discharge petition would remove this bill from committee and force a floor vote in September. We promised Americans a “clean” Obamacare repeal and that is exactly what we’re going to deliver.”
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AUSTIN – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Thursday after Fort Hood Army Base was granted 145 million dollars of funding as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Operations and Maintenance appropriated funds:
“After tirelessly working with both Congress and Fort Hood, I am proud to announce we have successfully secured pivotal funding for the ‘Great Place.’ As the representative of Texas’ 25th Congressional District, I have visited the Army barracks on post numerous times throughout my duration in office. Since first being elected, I have made fighting for adequate means to be appropriated to Fort Hood, so our brave service men and women can have proper and livable housing, a top priority. I was proud to testify earlier this year to this specific Fort Hood-need in front of the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies on the House Committee on Appropriations. This funding will enhance operational readiness and is long overdue. These soldiers voluntarily give the ultimate sacrifice to our nation and these resources will allow for upgrades and repairs for 15 enlisted housing barracks. Fort Hood is a treasure of Texas and our nation, and I am proud to represent this 340-square-mile installation that serves as the gold standard for the Army.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement Tuesday after the House Committee on Ethics unanimously voted to clear Williams of a year-long ethics review regarding an amendment Williams offered to the FAST Act in November 2015, during the 114th Congress.
“First off, I would like to thank the House Committee on Ethics and its staff for their professionalism, hard work, and, as always, being very thorough when it comes to ethical matters of concern to keep Members of Congress accountable. I thank them for their service to Congress and ultimately, to the American people who trust in us to do the right thing. As promised, I fully cooperated with the Committee and am pleased that this matter is now closed.
“I have extensive knowledge and experience in running a small business and I chose to apply some commonsense to legislation that was overreaching with regulations. This bill would have resulted in unintended consequences that would punish small business owners, employees and consumers. As I knew all along, the Committee found no violation of any law, rule or regulation. My outlook as a Member of Congress has been, and always will be, to bring sensible business solutions to solve attempted government overreach, specifically on small businesses. Moving forward, I will continue to fight for and be the voice of small business owners across Texas’ 25th Congressional District and our nation.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Thursday after the House passed S. 114, the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act.
“Today, Congress passed the Veterans Affairs (VA) Choice Program that authorizes and appropriates the necessary funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs. This funding will give the VA the ability to authorize 28 major medical facility leases across the country as well as allow our veterans who are enrolled in VA health care to receive services in their community from private providers. VA Choice takes the critical steps to enhance recruitment, retention and the training of the VA workforce. Our vets have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and are more than deserving of quality health care. I am proud that we could come together and pass the VA Choice program for them.”
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Thursday after the House passed H.R. 3219, Make America Secure Appropriations Act, with a vote of 235-192.
“The security of our nation has and always will be a top priority. President Trump asked us to work together to pass funding to secure the southern border, and I am proud to say we were able to fully fund his request. We also gave our service members a much-deserved pay raise of 2.4 percent. This is the largest pay increase in eight years and it will get our brave men and women, who have their boots on the ground, the necessary equipment to be prepared to meet any threat. Additionally, this legislation takes care of our American heroes by providing the highest level of funding, ever, for the Department of Veterans Affairs. We needed to ensure the safety of our country and that is exactly what we accomplished today. I urge the Senate to act quickly on this carefully, and intentionally, designed legislation so it goes to the President’s desk immediately.”
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who is coach of the Republican Baseball Team and was injured at practice the morning of the shooting in June released the following statement on Wednesday, two days after the House passed a bill that will assist Capitol Police officers injured in baseball shooting:
“I am very pleased that the House was able to work together towards the passage of a bill that will allow donations made to the Capitol Police Memorial Fund to be used for Officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who were injured in the shooting that June day. It has been over a month since the tragic shooting at the Republican Congressional Baseball Team practice but I am reminded every day that these two officers are true American heroes and are more than deserving of any help we are able to provide them to make this devastating event a little bit easier. I urge the Senate to vote on this bill immediately so it can reach President Trump’s desk as soon as possible to be signed into law.”
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), vice chair on the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade on the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement Tuesday in response to the passage or H.J. Resolution 111, CRA Joint Resolution Disapproving the CFPB Anti-Arbitration Rule.
“A few weeks ago, the Consumer Protection Finance Bureau (CFPB) initiated a new arbitration regulation that would cost our consumers more of their hard-earned dollars and time. It did not protect consumers and caused them to pay more for less with increasing limitations. I am proud to have worked alongside my colleagues on the Financial Services Committee and in the House to successfully pass a Congressional Review Act (CRA) that will rollback this harsh mandate from the Bureau. Unsurprisingly, CFPB Director Richard Cordray was thinking about one person - himself, and it was very evident in this ruling. We will continue to hold overreaching government agencies like this responsible and we will not back down until the CFPB is held accountable to Congress and the hardworking Americans it serves.”
A Congressional Review Act is an oversight tool that allows Congress 60 legislative days to overturn a rule issued by any federal agency. Congressman Williams introduced the CFPB Accountability Act of 2016 last Congress that would require congressional authorization of any CFPB ruling that would have an economic impact of $100 million or greater. A version of this was included as a provision in the Financial CHOICE Act, which passed the House in June 2017.
Seven years after its launch in 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has done nothing for American taxpayers besides provide 2,300 pages of impulsive and deceiving legislation. This disaster of a law has unfairly blanketed our entire financial system with more than 400 overreaching and costly mandates.
Dodd-Frank was another ploy thought up by the Democrat-controlled Congress that was signed into law by President Obama in 2010. This failure, at best, was a Band-Aid disguised as the most significant piece of financial legislation of its time following the Great Recession. While there are many who argue that the financial collapse in 2008 was caused by lack of regulation, overregulation has made it almost impossible for small businesses to thrive.
The economic crisis our nation faced was alarming, and a much needed wake-up call for Americans. At the time, it was understandable for hardworking taxpayers to want to completely gut the system and reconstruct it from scratch. However, that is where this reform went terribly wrong. In order to restore our country to its best state, we needed to rebuild from the bottom-up, not the top-down. Dodd-Frank’s one-size-fits-all regulations do not work and only hurt one person; the consumer.
As a small business owner for most of my life, I remember what it was like 10 years ago; before and after our nation’s economic crisis. We did not have to worry about taxpayer-funded bailouts and crippling community financial institutions. The Obama Administration promised options, however, what we got was mass consolidations and closures.
Fortunately, I am hopeful that this year, the seventh year since the inception of Dodd-Frank, will be the last year. My colleagues and I on the House Committee on Financial Services successfully passed the Financial CHOICE Act in June of this year. The CHOICE Act will strengthen our financial regulatory system, and ultimately, the American economy.
The time for Dodd-Frank has come and gone. The past seven years have taught us that overregulation can be just as harmful as a lack of regulation. It is time we prioritize our hardworking American taxpayers and provide them with options, which is the Financial CHOICE Act.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Friday after the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18).
“For more than half a century, the NDAA has authorized the funding of the necessary equipment, supplies, and training to keep Americans safe. As the representative of the 25th District of Texas, that includes Fort Hood Army Base, I am proud to have worked alongside my friends from both sides of the aisle to pass this much needed bill. The NDAA will directly impact active military personnel in Central Texas by giving our military families a pay increase of 2.4 percent. It will supply additional equipment for brigades, grow funds for long overdue facility improvements, and get more boots on the ground by boosting defense spending by 10 percent; a $28.5 billion increase from President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. Ultimately, we made a promise last year to keep Americans safe by rebuilding our military, and that is exactly what we accomplished this week.”
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), vice chair on the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade on the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement Tuesday in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB), final arbitration rule:
“Once again, the CFPB ignored their own study because the results did not fit the narrative they were trying to impose. In order for the Bureau to initiate a new regulation, it must be in the ‘public interest and [created with the objective of protecting our] consumers.’ However, while this arbitration rule claims consumer protection, it will do nothing except cost them more of their hard-earned dollars and time. The CFPB’s own study shows the average consumer receives $5,400 in cash relief when using arbitration as opposed to an inadequate $32 through class action suit. In addition, the study concluded that the use of arbitration produced a higher recovery rate and shorter timeline. Despite this, Director Richard Cordray refuses to acknowledge that limiting our consumers’ choices is hurting them. This rule is another example of overregulation by the CFPB and I strongly encourage my colleagues in Congress and President Trump to act fast by reforming this agency.”
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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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