Roger Williams

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Congressman Williams’ Iran Oversight Bill Passes the House

2017/12/14

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who serves as the vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, on the House Committee on Financial Services, introduced H.R. 4324, the Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act, which passed out of the House today with a vote of 252-167.

“I commend my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives, who casted a vote this morning in support of my bill, H.R. 4324, the Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act. This bill is not only important to U.S. financial institutions, but crucial to our national security. The United States of America should not be in the business of selling aircraft to the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. This legislation improves Congressional oversight on any licenses issued for the sale of aircraft to Iran, ensuring that the recipient of the aircraft can meet specifically outlined certifications.

“The Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, allowed the Treasury Department to license the sale of commercial aircraft to Iran. These planes were not solely used to transport passengers across Iran and the Middle East, but in many cases used to transfer weapons and soldiers from Iran to Syria. While our brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces fight tirelessly across the Middle East, Iran uses American made aircraft to work against our own national security interests.

“This legislation is critically necessary, and today’s vote demonstrates the urgency with which we must address the hostile actions of the Iranian regime. I share these concerns with Senators Cruz and Perdue, who introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate last month. The time is now to send a strong statement to the Ayatollah, so he may know that painting ‘death to Israel’ and ‘death to America’ upon your bombs, will not be rewarded with new airplanes and spare parts.” 

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Congressman Williams Statement on President Signing NDAA into Law

2017/12/12

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, and served on the National Defense and Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Committee, released the following statement today after President Donald Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law:
 
“Our country’s national security is absolutely paramount, and I am grateful that President Trump signed the FY18 NDAA in a swift and timely manner. When it comes to the safety of the United States, nothing can eclipse the need for this crucial funding that will help ensure our military readiness. As the representative of Fort Hood, this law will directly impact our servicemen and women by providing them with the biggest pay raise in eight years, as well as the equipment, resources and funding they need to be successful. Our American heroes are the finest fighting force in the world, and it’s time we start treating them as such.”
 
Note: Following the release of the final Conference report for NDAA on November 9, 2017, Rep. Williams said, “After serving on this committee for two weeks, I am extremely proud of what we accomplished. The House and Senate came together to create a package that will strengthen our military, give our troops a well-deserved pay raise, and ensure military readiness to keep our nation safe and secure. Once this legislation goes through final passage it will then head to President Trump’s desk. I urge the President to act swiftly by signing this NDAA in a timely manner so that our armed forces are provided with the tools they need to be the most powerful fighting force in the world.”

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Come and Read It Report

2017/12/11

Dear Friends,

Every day we are getting closer to achieving a pro-family, pro-growth and pro-American tax reform plan. In order to do so, last week, House Republican Leadership announced we will stay in Washington until at least December 22 to ensure we get this done. We promised the American people a tax break by 2018, and that is exactly what we're going to do.

Tax Reform

The House is continuing to work with the Senate to get more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks for every one in this country. We have been conferencing the bill for over a week to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. I am confident that we will see the outline for the bill by the end of the week so we can continue pushing forward to get this bill to the President's desk by Christmas.

The Strengthening Oversight of Iran's Access to Finance Act

About a month ago, I introduced H.R. 4324, the Strengthening Oversight of Iran's Access to Finance Act, which passed out of the House Committee on Financial Services. Two weeks ago, Senator Cruz and Senator Perdue introduced it on the Senate side. 

Tomorrow, my bill is expected to come before the House Committee on Rules, where it will then move to the House floor for debate. If all goes according to plan, this bill will be voted on and passed in the House by Wednesday evening. This legislation is a huge win for America by promoting increased safety between the U.S. and Iran, and I encourage the Senate to pass this bill in a timely manner.

Recognizing TX-25 Small Businesses

If you missed my letter last week, I am asking all small businesses located in our district to share their stories with me. To recognize our small business owners, I'd like to post their photos and memories on my official website and Facebook throughout the month of December. If you own a small business, or know someone who does, please submit your stories and photos here or by emailing TexasCD25@mail.house.gov. You can also click here for more information.

TX-25 Updates

Last week, it was announced that Golden State Foods Corporation would be opening a new manufacturing and distribution facility for its Liquid Provisions Division in Burleson, Texas. A year ago I notified Governor Greg Abbott of this project and my enthusiastic support for the immense contribution it would make to the 25th District of Texas, as well as the entire state. I spoke to VP John Maguire to officially welcome him to our home state – it’s a great day for Burleson and a great day for the State of Texas. People and corporations choose to come to Texas from all over the world for our small-town conservative values, and it’s no wonder that Golden State Foods wants these standards implemented into their business. I am excited to watch this business flourish in our unique Texas economy.

Second Amendment Update

On Wednesday, the House voted to protect Second Amendment rights in this country by passing H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, that I am a cosponsor of. I am, and will forever be, a champion for the Second Amendment. American citizen’s constitutional rights are not contingent upon invisible borders, and this bill protects the rights of those who follow the law, and exercise their right to self-protect. 

This bill also strengthens and streamlines background checks by including the Fix the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Act. In addition to addressing and fixing issues in the current law, it also incentivizes states and federal agencies to upload records to NICS, and penalizes agencies that fail to report relevant criminal records. While it is important that we do not punish law-abiding citizens, it is also important that we take necessary measures to ensure firearms do not get into the hands of criminals.

Legislative Update

Last week: In addition to voting on 18 legislative items, I co-sponsored H. Res. 637, H.R. 2166, H.R. 4537, and H.R. 3861.

The Financial Services Committee held a subcommittee hearing that I participated in last week. If you missed it, you can find it here. We also passed a committee bill out of the House, H.R. 477, with a vote of 426-0.

This week: as I stated earlier, my bill, H.R. 4324, the Strengthening Oversight of Iran's Access to Finance Act, will head to the Rules Committee and then to the House Floor, where it will then await a Senate vote.

The Committee will hold a mark-up this week where we will consider and vote on 15 pieces of legislation. You can watch the mark up starting tomorrow, at 9am CT, here.

It is an honor and privilege to represent the people of Texas’ 25th Congressional District and as always, please reach out to me with any issues and concerns that are important to you.

In God we trust,

Roger Williams

Member of Congress

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Congressman Williams Votes to Protect Second Amendment Rights

2017/12/06

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement Wednesday afternoon after the House passed H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, that he is a cosponsor of:

“I am, and will forever be, a champion for the Second Amendment. I am a proud cosponsor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, and I applaud my House colleagues on passing this critical legislation. American citizen’s constitutional rights are not contingent upon invisible borders, and this bill protects the rights of those who follow the law, and exercise their right to self-protect. 

“This bill also strengthens and streamlines background checks by including the Fix the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Act. In addition to addressing and fixing issues in the current law, it also incentivizes states and federal agencies to upload records to NICS, and penalizes agencies that fail to report relevant criminal records. While it is important that we do not punish law-abiding citizens, it is also important that we take necessary measures to ensure firearms do not get into the hands of criminals.”

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passed the House by a vote of 231-198.

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Congressman Williams Asks TX-25 Small Businesses to Share Their Stories

2017/12/06

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a small business owner and employer for 43 years, announced that he will be sharing the stories of small businesses located throughout the 25th Congressional District of Texas on his Congressional website throughout the month of December to showcase how taxes have impacted their businesses and how the new plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, will benefit their business in the years to come.

“The 25th District of Texas is home thousands of small businesses and their employers. As a small business man, I know the feeling of reward, and the emotions of joy and accomplishment that follow hard work and patience. I also know that all these things are accredited to Texas’ unique and conservative economy,” said Rep. Williams. “America’s greatest asset is its workers, and the businessmen and women in this country have often times sacrificed everything in order to pursue their dream of owning a business in a field they’re passionate about. Please join me in recognizing those this month who continue to be the driving force behind our economy.”

For those residents in the 25th Congressional District of Texas who own a small businesses, or know someone who does, Congressman Roger Williams is inviting them to share their success stories with him by submitting photos and stories from their journey. Congressman Williams will be sharing these stories and photos on his official website and Facebook through the month of December.

Please submit your stories and photos by clicking here or emailing TexasCD25@mail.house.gov. Please do not mail the office original photos. Those who are submitting content are asked to include a short description of the business, city in which the business resides, the year it opened, and how tax reform will benefit your business and its workers. Lastly, they are asked to be sure they have permission to share photos and stories before sending.

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Come and Read It Report

2017/12/05

Come and Read It Report

Dear Friends,

We are close, we are very close! And I am more excited than ever to pass this tax relief bill for hard-working Americans and their families. When I was elected to Congress in 2012, I made a promise to reform our current tax system, and I am more than hopeful that we will deliver on that promise by Christmas. Here are some key highlights that I'd like you to be aware of:

Tax Reform

Last week, the Senate voted on, and passed, their version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It was absolutely imperative to have both Chambers of Congress pass pro-growth tax reform packages, and I am looking forward to conferencing the two bills so we can create a single bill that is fairer, flatter and simpler for all Americans. You can find my full statement here. Also, I recently discussed tax reform on Fox Business News' Mornings with Maria - you can click here to watch.

The Strengthening Oversight of Iran's Access to Finance Act

Reinforcing our nation’s security has always been a top priority of mine, which is why I introduced H.R. 4324, the Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act, that passed out of the House Financial Services Committee three weeks ago. I commend Senator Cruz and Senator Perdue for putting the welfare of our nation on the frontlines by introducing my bill to the Senate this last week. This sensible legislation will promote the increased safety between the United States and Iran, and I encourage both Chambers of Congress to vote on this bill in a timely manner so we can get it to the President’s desk. You can find my full statement here.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Update

Last week, President Trump appointed OMB Director Mick Mulvaney to serve as acting director of the CFPB. It was immediately challenged by deputy director Leandra English, but was denied. I applaud U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly’s commitment to the Constitution by allowing Director Mulvaney to remain acting director. Former Director Richard Cordray’s final move to attempt to appoint Deputy Director English is a prime example of how corrupt this agency is. Democrats want the Obama-era CFPB to act as a fourth branch of government that they control, where they can reward their friends and punish their enemies. I look forward to dismantling this unconstitutional bureau quickly under the supervision of my friend, Mick. 

Legislative Update

Last week: In addition to voting on 14 legislative items, I co-sponsored H.R. 4274, H.R. 2327, H.R. 4494, H. Res. 630, H. Res. 576.

The Financial Services Committee held two subcommittee hearings that I participated in last week. If you missed them, you can find them here and here. This week, the Committee has two bills up for a vote on the House floor: H.R. 3971,  the Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act, that I am a co-sponsor of, and H.R. 477.

Additionally, this week we'll also vote on H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, that I am a co-sponsor of. This commonsense legislation prioritizes the rights of law-abiding citizens to concealed carry and the ability to travel freely between states without worry about conflicting state codes.

It is an honor and privilege to represent the people of Texas’ 25th Congressional District and as always, please reach out to me with any issues and concerns that are important to you.

In God we trust,

Roger Williams

Member of Congress

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Congressman Williams Welcomes New Golden State Foods Manufacturing Facility in Burleson, Texas

2017/12/05

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement Tuesday commending Golden State Foods Corporation for opening a new manufacturing and distribution facility for its Liquid Products Division in Burleson, Texas: 

“A year ago I notified Governor Greg Abbott of this project and my enthusiastic support for the immense contribution it would make to the 25th District of Texas, as well as the entire state. I was happy to speak with VP John Maguire this afternoon and officially welcome him to our home state – it’s a great day for Burleson and a great day for the State of Texas. People and corporations choose to come to Texas from all over the world for our small-town conservative values, and it’s no wonder that Golden State Foods wants these standards implemented into their business. I am excited to watch this business flourish in our unique Texas economy.”

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Williams Statement on Motion to Conference Tax Reform Package

2017/12/04

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a small business owner and employer for 43 years, released the follow statement after the House voted to conference the House and Senate versions of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: 

“Tonight, we took another step forward by choosing to conference the two tax reform bills that the House and Senate both successfully passed. We are not done yet, and I look forward to working out our differences in order to create a unified bill that will benefit all of our hard-working taxpayers. We promised the American people a simpler, fairer, and flatter tax code and now is the time for us to deliver on that promise.”

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Sens. Cruz, Perdue, and Rep. Williams Introduce Bill to Strengthen Congressional Oversight of Iran’s Access to Global Financial System

2017/11/29

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), David Perdue (R-Ga.), and U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) introduced the Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act, which requires the Treasury Secretary to submit a report to Congress regarding financial transactions authorized in connection with commercial passenger aircrafts sales to Iran.

“I’m glad to introduce this legislation with Senator Perdue. Without due diligence, we run the risk of Iran continuing to engage in regional destabilization through the deceptive practices of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC),” Sen. Cruz said. “The Islamic Republic has previously used commercial aircraft to facilitate the transport of sanctioned persons and weapons to prop up brutal dictators and terrorist proxies. As a result of the flawed Iran nuclear deal, IRGC-owned and affiliated companies now have greater access to the global financial system, and relief from sanctions on entities that have previously supported harmful activities. We must ensure Iran cannot exploit its access to the global financial system in order to provide material support to terrorism. This bill provides crucial Congressional oversight to the financing of commercial aircraft sales to Iran, while protecting the integrity of U.S. financial institutions.”

“One of the biggest flaws of President Obama’s dangerous nuclear deal was a carve out allowing Iranian airlines with known ties to terrorism the ability to purchase American commercial aircraft,” said Sen. Perdue. “Iran Air, which only received sanctions relief thanks to Obama’s deal, continues to fly weapons, materiel, and fighters directly into Syria. We need greater scrutiny into how these transactions for aircraft will be financed, and we cannot allow Iran to use them to further support terrorism, human rights abuses, or help prop up the murderous Assad regime in Syria. Senator Cruz and I are taking steps to strengthen oversight of the rogue nation and stop any attempt at terrorist activity.”

“Reinforcing our nation’s security has always been a top priority of mine, which is why I introduced H.R. 4324, the Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act, that passed out of the House Financial Services Committee two weeks ago. I commend Senator Cruz and Senator Perdue for putting the welfare of our nation on the frontlines by introducing my bill to the Senate this week,” said Rep. Roger Williams. “This sensible legislation will promote the increased safety between the United States and Iran, and I encourage both Chambers of Congress to vote on this bill in a timely manner so we can get it to the President’s desk.”

The full text of the House bill may be viewed here. 


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Come and Read It Report

2017/11/28

Dear Friends,

I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday and had the chance to spend time with family and friends. Last week was a time to remember everything we are thankful for,and show those we love how much we care. Representing all of you in Washington is something I will always be grateful for, and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the great State of Texas.

Tax Reform

The House passed their tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, almost two weeks ago. This week, we await the Senate to vote on their version of the bill. Once that bill passes, it is expected that the two Chambers will meet and conference the two bills in order to come up with a plan that benefits all Americans. Middle-income families and small businesses deserve a tax cut, and I will not stop fighting until we achieve that and send it to the President's desk. This country needs reform, and I am hopeful we will get this done before the end of the year.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Update

After five years of the CFPB acting unconstitutionally and exercising overregulation, I commend President Trump on appointing Mick Mulvaney as acting director. Mick is a good friend, and after serving the House with him for four years, I know he is the appropriate choice. Earning back the trust of the American people is of the utmost importance, and I know that under Mulvaney’s conservative leadership we will get there. You can find my full statement here.

Legislative Update

The Financial Services Committee  will hold two subcommittee hearings this week that I will participate in. There will be a joint subcommittee hearing between the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee and the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee. The hearing will be live-streamed here and is on Wednesday at 1:00pm CT. The Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, that I serve as vice chair on, will be live-streamed here on Thursday at 1:00 pm CT.

It is an honor and privilege to represent the people of Texas’ 25th Congressional District and as always, please reach out to me with any issues and concerns that are important to you.

Sincerely,

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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