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Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

President Obama’s Final SOTU Address Should Have Been an Apology

2016/01/15

This week, President Obama is going around the country to re-hash some of the themes from his State of the Union. I have a better idea: how about he start apologizing for the last seven years?

I’ve decided to help the president by highlighting some of the lowlights that he should address. I’ve also taken the liberty of assisting the president’s speech writers by putting this in a speech format for him:

“My fellow Americans, I apologize. I apologize for saying in 2008 that President Bush should have worked with Congress more and relied on executive power less. I do love irony! Time and again, I blatantly ignored the will of Congress and even sneered that I had a pen with which I could do what I wanted.

“I apologize for ignoring the advice of the military and pulling virtually all our troops out of Iraq. Many people, including President Bush in 2007, specifically warned of a vacuum that would be created in Iraq if we pulled out. President Bush even warned that what might emerge in that vacuum could be as bad or worse than al Qaeda. President Bush was prescient about that. What prophetic words. Who knew he was so smart. Thanks to my arrogance (or was it ignorance?), ISIS, emerged and we will be paying the price for years to come.

“I apologize for my administration telling the country that Benghazi was the result of a spontaneous protest to a video … even when my own secretary of state knew almost immediately it was a coordinated terrorist attack.

“I apologize for my bizarre comments in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attack – when I seemed unemotional and detached except when I got really angry when talking about Republicans and domestic politics. Maybe I should have directed my anger toward the Islamic extremists.

“I apologize for making Iran’s path to the bomb easier. How ironic that on the day I delivered my last State of the Union, the Iranians took over two American Navy vessels? But don’t worry, I’m sure that was just an aberration. They will behave themselves on the nuclear agreement. At least I hope they do.

“I apologize for telling Americans that if they liked their health care they could keep it.  Truth be told, I knew all along that wouldn’t happen. But hey, you do what you gotta do to get legislation passed, right?

“I apologize for the anemic economy I have presided over. A larger percentage of Americans were working under Jimmy Carter? Wait, what? Is that possible?

“I apologize for being a constitutional law professor who clearly doesn’t understand the Second Amendment. However, I have a good excuse: I was home sick the day the Bill of Rights was taught at law school.

“I apologize for Eric Holder. The Justice Department was an embarrassment during Holder’s tenure. And nothing speaks to his incompetence more than three words that will haunt me in history: Fast and Furious.

“And I apologize for helping to poison our politics. In 2008, I promised to bring us together. Instead, I thoroughly enjoyed ridiculing my opponents and creating straw man arguments that I could easily bludgeon to death. My personal favorite is when I accused Republicans of believing government ‘has no role’ in creating prosperity in America. I mean, maybe Libertarians believe that. Republicans believe in transportation, infrastructure, national security – all kinds of investments that help a free country and a free market thrive. But my philosophy has been to never let the facts get in the way of good political spin. So I just couldn’t help myself.

“So as you can see, my fellow Americans, I have a lot for which to apologize. Can you forgive me”?

Yes, that is the speech President Obama should give. But instead he will offer what he always does: excuses wrapped in rationalizations, shrouded by finger-pointing.
Election Day can’t get here fast enough.

 

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Roger Williams Response to State of the Union Address

2016/01/13

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Roger Williams Response to State of the Union Address

Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) last night delivered his response to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. 

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The text of the response is below:

It’s been seven years since President Barack Obama took office. In that time, the United States has accumulated the largest national debt in its history, the fewest number of adults are working since Jimmy Carter’s presidency and the executive branch has expanded its power immensely – the president has chosen which laws to enforce and created new ones without Congress’ approval. 

Last week we saw another example of the president’s immense power grab. 

President Obama's gun control executive order, which bypasses the lawmaking body of our government, would not have stopped any of the horrible tragedies that he so shamelessly uses to promote his antigun agenda. 

Our president is more interested in protecting the rights of radical Islamic extremists at GTMO (Guantanamo Bay), rather than the constitutional rights of American citizens.

Ultimately, the Obama Administration will have to come to Congress to get funding for its proposals. I will not sit back and let this president punish law abiding gun owners for practicing their second amendment right. Instead of creating new laws, the executive branch should practice its responsibility of enforcing the laws already on the books. This includes reuniting illegal aliens with their families back in their native countries. 

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services informed my office that Fort Hood was being considered a location to house unaccompanied alien children. I urged the president that this was not in the best interest of U.S. national security. Fortunately, we were informed that the Great Place would remain a training ground for our soldiers and not be turned into a daycare center. 

While I sympathize with these children, we are a nation of laws and these laws must be upheld. We are a nation of immigrants, but we are a nation of legal immigrants. If they wish to realize the American dream they must follow the laws as generations of future Americans did before them. On the domestic and international front, our nation is in turmoil. Our friends no longer trust us, and our enemies no longer fear us. 

During his presidency, President Obama has turned dangerous campaign promises into unbelievably disastrous realities. His promise of troop withdraws have left the Middle East in shambles. Ground gained in Iraq has fallen into the hands of radical Islamic extremists. The Taliban is again making its mark in Afghanistan. Syria is a warzone – and Russia’s recent involvement has sparked tensions not seen since the Cold War. Then there is Iran – a nation we trusted before we could verify. ISIS has expanded to Europe and influenced attacks on our homeland. 

Our president, however, is good at one thing – spinning these truths to the American people. When the public sees beyond his lies, President Obama blames his staff for not doing a better job at transforming his liberal big government failures into success stories.

Instead of addressing the financial disaster he has put us in, our president pats himself on the back for overspending a little less than he did than the year before. Never mind empowering America’s greatest asset – it’s workers. When reporters ask him about the lowest labor participation rate since the 1970s, President Obama says it’s a good thing that people don’t have to work. 

I do not share the president’s optimism. The state of our nation is grim. We need to strengthen our military, protect our borders and restore the American dream, all things that President Obama has failed to do.

Thank you for your time, and may God bless all of you.


Sincerely,

Roger Williams
Member of Congress 


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Ft. Hood “no longer appropriate for use as a temporary shelter”

2016/01/06

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today released the following statement after the Office of the Secretary of Defense notified Williams’ office that Fort Hood has “been determined to no longer be appropriate for use as a temporary shelter at this time.”

Last month, Williams urged the president, the Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Homeland Security not to provide temporary housing for unaccompanied alien children at Fort Hood.

“As I said then and will say now, Fort Hood is a military installation and not a daycare center,” said Williams. “Our military’s resources have been strained, but the Obama Administration still believes that other bases around the country are suitable places to house illegals who should not be here in the first place. While I am glad Fort Hood can now dedicate its time and energy to training our best and brightest, we must work to secure our border and return these children to their families.”

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Roger Williams Statement on President’s Executive Order

2016/01/05

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s executive order which will restrict the purchase and sale of firearms in the United States.

“From his first day in office this president has made it clear he has an antigun agenda,” said Williams. “President Obama has shamelessly used every national tragedy to promote his antigun proposals even when they would not have prevented those incidents. If our liberal academic president had it his way, he would gut the second amendment by himself. The American people deserve a president who respects their constitutional rights. The constitution is the foundation of our government, and I will not sit back and let this president pick and choose which parts to uphold. President Obama must go by the constitution, not around the constitution, and I certainly will not let him prevent law abiding citizens from practicing one of their most important rights.”

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The president hasn't learned the lessons of his past failures

2016/01/01

I have always said that I believe the role of government is to defend the borders, build infrastructure, collect our taxes and then get out of the way. Under President Obama, we have witnessed an executive branch that refuses to enforce immigration law but has expanded government like never before while our roads and bridges crumble beneath us.

For the last seven years, the former constitutional law professor who occupies the White House has completely ignored our nation's founding document which makes clear that the Congress creates law and the president enforces it. Instead, his endless stream of unaccountable bureaucrats on the federal government payrolls have authored rulings and regulations that have had damaging effects on industry and hardworking American families.

As I recently wrote to the Texans in my district, Washington this past year has brought me frustration and disappointment. Rather, it is my constituents and the "Texas spirit of resolve, determination and willingness to confront challenges head-on that give me hope for the future."
I have very little reason to believe that President Obama will suddenly reverse course and work with Congress and lead the American people during his final year in office. I think it is more realistic that he will continue to shift blame and further divide us as he lectures us from the podium in the Oval Office or his press room as if we were his students in his lecture hall.

And although he is approaching the end of his presidency, our commander-in-chief has not learned the lessons of his past. Now more than ever our allies do not trust us and our enemies do not fear us. President Obama cannot admit Islamic extremism is the real threat to America, and he does not realize his campaign promises on Guantanamo Bay and Iraq were premature then and have made us less safe now.

The United States has maintained a presence in Europe and Asia for 70 years, and it has brought prosperity, hope and stability enjoyed by millions. This must have been overlooked by the Obama Administration when it turned dangerous rhetoric into an actual policy of an American troop withdrawal — which was mildly reversed when its mistake was made clear.

The Middle East is in shambles. Dictators have been replaced with extremist groups that force Islamic law through rape, murder and fear. We have spent hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to train a handful of unreliable "moderate rebels" that have done nothing to help restore order. This administration's foreign policy handbook will provide case studies in decision-making blunders for decades to come.

Domestically, we are not fairing too well either.

Despite President Obama's favorite line that deficits are decreasing, our national debt is nearing $19 trillion and rising. If the president wishes to inform the public of our financial reality he should explain how the federal government is continuously overdrafting its checking account while simultaneously raising the balance of its credit card and that the percentage of able-bodied adults who are working is at its lowest level since the 1970s.

Instead of pushing for mental health reforms, President Obama continues to promote his anti-gun agenda immediately following any national tragedies — even ones that are committed by radical Islamists. Our president's inability to identify real problems and take effective measures to fix them are the result of his misguided view of the world and the role the United States should play in it.

In a few weeks, President Obama will deliver another State of the Union address where he will undoubtedly try to convince us that under his watch we have become safer and economically better positioned. History will suggest otherwise, and frankly, history knows otherwise.

If there is one lesson that can be learned from this presidency, it's that real world experience matters. Unfortunately, we've learned that President Obama is just better suited to be a community organizer.

Roger Williams represents the 25th congressional district of Texas.

 

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Looking Back with Thanks and Ahead with Hope

2015/12/23

As we approach the new year, it is a great time to reflect on 2015. While the past year has brought much frustration and disappointment from Washington, it is the Texas spirit of resolve, determination and willingness to confront challenges head-on that give me hope for the future.
 
November marked six years since the unspeakable tragedy that occurred at Fort Hood. This year we were finally able to get the Obama Administration to admit the events that transpired on that fateful day were an act of terrorism and not workplace violence.
 
In April, I attended an emotional ceremony at the Great Place where soldiers and their civilian counterparts received their Purple Hearts and Defense of Freedom medals that were so rightfully deserved. Although we will mourn this day every year, we can go forth knowing that these brave men and women were at last appropriately honored after making the ultimate sacrifice. But the spirit of resolve and determination neither starts nor ends at Fort Hood.
 
Earlier this year, Texas was in the midst of the most extreme drought in recent memory. But in a cruel twist of fate, we got too much of what we so desperately needed. While many communities statewide were severely impacted by the flooding, some of the worst damage occurred in the southern portion of the 25th district.
 
In what should have been another kickoff to summer marked by barbeques and baseball, many will instead remember this past Memorial Day weekend as the time when the rising waters of the Blanco River ripped through properties and devastated families. As I said at the time, the strong Texas spirit of resolve proved more powerful than Mother Nature’s fury.
 
Sure enough, the people of Wimberley took care of each other, looked out for their own and pushed forward. Remarkably, one month later, local news stations declared Wimberley was open for business. Today, flattened foundations along the river bring back painful memories, but open signs in restaurants and shops remind us that our willpower rose higher than the floodwaters.
 
That same individualism remains true when our nation is faced with a threat that our president refuses to identify – radical Islamist extremism. In July, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez killed four marines and a sailor when he fired upon two military installations in Tennessee. Inaction from our commander-in-chief prompted Texans to stand watch at military recruiting offices in Cleburne. The group appropriately named themselves Operation Hero Guard.
 
Our military holds a special place in my heart. Their selfless devotion to our country is admirable and their humility is something we can all learn from. We are lucky to have such fine men and women in our state, and I am lucky to have them in our district.
 
In April, I had the pleasure of meeting Richard Overton, the oldest living combat veteran in America. He resides in the same house he purchased when he returned to Austin after World War II. At 109 years old, he is full of life and laughter. During my visit to Fort Hood in April, I was reunited with Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford who was my guest to the State of the Union two years ago. Sgt. Lunsford was shot seven times during the terrorist attack on Fort Hood. He is an inspiration to me, and I am proud to call him my friend.
 
So while I share much disagreement with this current administration and am far too often appalled by its tactics and agenda, I remind myself of my duty to look out for the best interests of the wonderful Texans whom I have the pleasure of serving. Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year.
 
- Congressman Roger Williams
 
Congressman Williams (R – Austin) represents the 25th congressional district of Texas. Williams serves on the Financial Services Committee and is the chairman of the House Conservatives Fund.

 

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Reps. Williams and Zinke make friendly wager on Alamo Bowl

2015/12/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Roger Williams (R – Texas) and Ryan Zinke (R – Mont.), former college athletes, today announced the terms of a friendly and delicious bet surrounding this year’s Alamo Bowl between the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs and the Oregon Ducks.

Williams was an All-Southwest Conference center fielder at TCU, and Zinke was an All PAC-10 center with the Oregon Ducks.

If TCU prevails, Zinke has agreed to treat Williams to a bison burger, a native fare of his home state of Montana. Should the Ducks win, Williams will deliver Texas-style BBQ to Zinke.

“My Horned-Frogs had an incredible season, and I have no doubt they will once again bring home a victory, and let’s remember they also have the advantage playing in their home state,” said Williams. “The Ducks may put up a fight, but I’m already looking forward to that bison burger.”  

“This year’s Alamo Bowl will be a crowd pleaser with big offenses colliding to put big points on the board. But too bad for TCU fans, Oregon is hot right now, finishing the season winning the past six games,” said Zinke. “I’m confident my Ducks will take home the trophy, and I’ll take home some delicious Austin, Texas-style BBQ.”
 

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Roger Williams to White House: Do not house illegal immigrants at Fort Hood

2015/12/16

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today announced that he has sent a letter to President Barack Obama, the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security urging the Obama Administration not to provide temporary housing for unaccompanied alien children at any U.S. military installation, including Fort Hood.

“While housing these unaccompanied minors may be a challenge for you, seeking support from military bases when their resources have already been stretched thin is unacceptable,” wrote Williams.

The letter was sent in response to a notification from the Office of the Secretary of Defense that a survey team will assess the possibility of using Fort Hood to house unaccompanied minors.

A copy of the letter is below:


The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,
 
The Department of Defense (DOD) has received a formal request for assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide temporary housing for unaccompanied alien children. We have been informed that a survey team will soon be investigating Fort Hood as a possible location for housing these illegal immigrants.
 
We strongly urge your Administration not to house illegal immigrants on any military base. Furthermore, your Administration should commit to securing the border and focus your efforts on reuniting these children with their families in their native countries.
 
While housing these unaccompanied minors may be a challenge for you, seeking support from military bases when their resources have already been stretched thin is unacceptable. Our country is at war with radical Islamic extremism at home and abroad, and our military assets must be used to train and prepare our troops, not house illegal aliens. Fort Hood has already suffered two shootings, including one terrorist attack. This military base is clearly a target and our country cannot afford to further burden it with the duties of running a safe house.
 
As Members of Congress who represent Fort Hood, one of the largest military installations in the United States, we ask you to reaffirm that our military installations exist to project power around the world and to serve our men and women in uniform and their families – not house illegal immigrants. In addition, we ask that Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary Sylvia Burwell meet with us before any action is taken to use Fort Hood as a housing unit for illegal aliens.  
 
We respectfully request your immediate attention and quick response to this matter.
 
                                                                                   Sincerely,

 


            _________________                                                                   _________________
            Rep. John Carter                                                                          Rep. Roger Williams
            Member of Congress                                                                   Member of Congress

 

CC:      U.S. Department of Defense
             U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
             U.S. Department of Homeland Security

 


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The Real Threat to America

2015/12/15

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The Real Threat to America 

Obama refuses to recognize Islamic Extremism

By Congressman Roger Williams

The following op-ed originally appeared in The Washington Times on Thursday, December 10, 2015 

In his Oval Office address Sunday [December 6], President Obama made clear that he never misses an opportunity to advance his anti-gun agenda, the United States is still leading from behind, and he believes the American people are students in his lecture hall.

Mr. Obama grouped together the July attack on the military center in Chattanooga, the most recent shooting in San Bernardino, and the 2009 attack in my district at Fort Hood. It doesn’t take a constitutional scholar to realize all of the perpetrators of these horrific acts were Islamist extremists.

But regardless of California’s arguably unconstitutional restrictions on gun purchases and gun ownership, our president tried to make us believe our nation’s supposed “Wild West” gun laws are responsible for these tragedies.

It has been six years since Nidal Hasan murdered 13 of his fellow soldiers and injured 30 more on base in central Texas, and our president still refuses to acknowledge the real enemy that is threatening the safety of the homeland — radical Islamist extremism.

I can tell you firsthand the outrageous lengths I had to go through to get the Obama administration to change its classification of the attack on Fort Hood from workplace violence to an act of terrorism.

We saw this common trend from the White House continue after the first reports out of San Bernardino last week.

Two hours after the incident Mr. Obama responded, “We have a pattern of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world.” Two days later, he slowly walked back that line when it was discovered that shooter Tashfeen Malik pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

If the president had it his way, he would never admit terrorist activity and attacks are happening in America under his watch because it would imply he and his administration have failed to keep America safe. Instead, he would rather conveniently portray these incidents as failures of Congress.

The reality is these three shootings happened because Mr. Obama has refused to identify radical Islamist extremism as an enemy to the United States, and he has, therefore, taken no measures to fight it at home while making little effort to fight radicalized groups abroad.

The president has never publicly called on imams in the United States to denounce the actions of Muslims whom he says “do not represent Islam.” He has given no incentives for followers of Islam to work with federal and local law enforcement in an effort to build transparency and strengthen intelligence capabilities. He has placed zero accountability on the Muslim population in America — which, by the way, numbers somewhere between 5 million and 10 million — we don’t actually know.

For whatever reason, this president would rather practice political correctness than confess that Muslims, whom all read from the same book, need to step up to the plate and help combat this threat rather than sit back and try to differentiate “good Muslims” from “bad Muslims.” Abroad, Mr. Obama is only willing to do just enough to make it look like he is doing something.

Incredibly, our commander in chief has completely disregarded the prospect of putting boots on the ground to combat ISIS terrorists before he knows the needs of his supposed mission to defeat them. Even more remarkable, today there are U.S. special forces actually on the ground — suggesting that his rhetoric is to make good on his campaign promises.

The only international effort Mr. Obama would like the United States to lead is fighting “climate change,” and it is pitiful.

The president still believes he is a college professor. For those of us who have held real-world jobs outside of government and academia, who just don’t see the world as he does and the role the U.S. should play in it, we are, in his eyes, just misguided students.

• Roger Williams is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas and chairman of the House Conservatives Fund.

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Roger Williams on Fox Business Network

On Friday I spoke with Ashley Webster on Fox Business Network to discuss the recent tragedy in San Bernardino and the 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hood.
 

Click here or on the image above to watch me speak on Fox Business Network.

Sincerely,

Roger Williams
Member of Congress 


 

 

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Roger Williams Statement on Passing of Mayor George Marti

2015/12/14

CLEBURNE, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today released the following statement after the death of inventor, businessman, philanthropist and former Mayor of Cleburne George Marti:

“Today, we lost a true Renaissance man whose immense talents made him a household name to many and whose devotion to helping others improved the lives of so many more. George honorably served his country and community and made it his life’s work to putting others before himself. I am proud that I was able to call him a friend.”  

Marti served as Cleburne mayor from 1974-1986.

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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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