Roger Williams

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Come and Read It Report

2017/10/16

Dear Friends,

Last week in Washington was a busy one. Fighting for a simpler and fairer financial system continues to be a top priority on my legislative agenda, and I will not stop until we have true tax reform. As I've said before, the Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2018 was the gateway to tax reform, and the House did its job - we are now waiting on our Senate counterparts to do the same so we can get this ball rolling.

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Update

Last week, we voted on H.R. 2266, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act. I am disappointed that Congress chose to bail out the NFIP on the backs of the American taxpayers. Meaningful reforms to the NFIP were marked up, and passed out of the Financial Services Committee this past June. Those pieces of legislation, some of which were passed with bipartisan support, have yet to be considered on the House floor. The NFIP urgently needs an overhaul, and until the House passes legislation that reforms this fractured program, I cannot support a $16 billion bailout that further kicks this problem to the future. I encourage House Leadership to take up the NFIP reforms passed out of the Committee, and to consider each natural disaster individually, based upon their specific needs.

Healthcare Update

President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week that would make it easier to gain insurance through association health plans. While I am not in favor of executive orders, this was a direct result of Congress being unable to do its job. The American people sent us up here to protect and fight for them and so far, we have proven unsuccessful when it comes to meaningful healthcare reforms. Obamacare has been failing for years, and we need to get back to work by repealing it as quickly as possible.

Legislative Update

Last week: In addition to voting on 10 pieces of legislation, I co-sponsored three pieces of legislation: H.R. 3898, H.R. 785, and H.R. 1865.

The House Committee on Financial Services held a full committee mark up last week, where we passed all 22 bills that will now head to the House floor. Of those 22 bills, I am a co-sponsor of eight of them: H.R. 3898, H.R. 3971, H.R. 4061, H.R. 1116, H.R. 1699, H.R. 2706, H.R. 3312, and H.R. 3857.

I have included some articles and releases you may find interesting located on the right side of this newsletter. 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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Congressman Williams Will Not Bail Out the NFIP

2017/10/12

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who serves as a vice chair on the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement today after voting against H.R. 2266, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act:


“Today, I am disappointed that Congress chose to bail out the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on the backs of the American taxpayers. Meaningful reforms to the NFIP were marked up, and passed out of the Financial Services Committee this past June. Those pieces of legislation, some of which were passed with bipartisan support, have yet to be considered on the House floor. The NFIP urgently needs an overhaul, and until the House passes legislation that reforms this fractured program, I cannot support a $16 billion bailout that further kicks this problem to the future. I encourage House Leadership to take up the NFIP reforms passed out of the Committee, and to consider each natural disaster individually, based upon their specific needs.” 

 

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Come and Read It Report

2017/10/10

Dear Friends,

As we arrive back in Washington today, my focus continues to be on fighting for economic freedom from our overburdening tax system. As I have said for years, we have to simplify our system and lower our rates to put more money back in the pockets of hardworking Americans like yourself. Here are some highlights from last week and the week ahead that I'd like you to be aware of:

Tax Reform Update

Last week, the House voted on, and passed, H.Con.Res. 71, the Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2018. Passing this budget was the key to unlocking tax reform. Now, it is in the hands of the Senate to pass their budget so we can finally take steps to rolling out our firm plan that includes real numbers. You can find my statement on the matter here.

Small Dollar Lending Update

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Corday announced last week that he plans on taking away access to small-dollar emergency loans. This is another example of Cordray and his colleagues at the CFPB overreaching and putting the advancement of their personal agendas ahead of the needs of the consumer. I look forward to working with the House Committee on Financial Services to address this matter in a timely manner. You can find my full statement here.

Legislative Update

Last week: In addition to voting on 13 pieces of legislation, I co-sponsored two pieces of legislation: H.R. 613 and the Mercy Ships Congressional Gold Medal Act.

This week: We'll be voting on additional disaster relief funding for states affected by recent hurricanes. On Friday, we'll vote on S. 585, the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017.

The House Committee on Financial Services will hold a full committee markup tomorrow to consider 23 different pieces of legislation. On Thursday, there will be a full committee hearing at 8:30am CT regarding the Future of Housing in America, where we will get the opportunity to question Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson.

I have included some articles and releases you may find interesting located on the right side of this newsletter. 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 Statement on the CFPB Punishing Vulnerable Americans

2017/10/06

AUSTIN, TEXAS – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement after Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray announced they would be taking away access to small-dollar emergency loans:
“Once again, Director Cordray has decided to punish hardworking American consumers by taking away their right to small-dollar emergency loans. As I said back in 2016 when Obama implemented harsher lending restrictions, Washington bureaucrats will never experience the financial instability that many of our hardworking families do. We must correct this system by rolling back the rule-making authority of this agency, whose decisions are guided by “scholars” rather than industry and subject matter experts.
 
“This is not the first time that Cordray has recklessly disregarded the opinions of concerned Americans, and instead, chose to promote his own personal beliefs above all else. Dodd-Frank was misguided legislation that continues to harm millions of Americans and businesses to this day. However, the most damaging effects of the bill came with the creation of the CFPB: another government entity that relies on unelected bureaucrats to decide the well-being of the American consumer. 
 
“I strongly encourage Congress to work to reverse this irresponsible action, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the House Committee on Financial Services to address this matter.”

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Central Texas Congressman Blasts New Payday Lending Restrictions

2017/10/06

WASHINGTON (KWTX) U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, Friday blasted new restrictions of the payday lending industry, calling them irresponsible.

The rules the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unveiled Thursday represent the first nationwide regulation of the payday loan industry.

They require payday lenders to determine before making a loan whether a borrower can afford to repay the amount in full with interest within 30 days.

“Once again, (CFPB Director Richard) Cordray has decided to punish hardworking American consumers by taking away their right to small-dollar emergency loans,” Williams said in a press release Friday.

“As I said back in 2016 when (President Barack) Obama implemented harsher lending restrictions, Washington bureaucrats will never experience the financial instability that many of our hardworking families do. We must correct this system by rolling back the rule-making authority of this agency, whose decisions are guided by ‘scholars’ rather than industry and subject matter experts,” he said.

Other rules involved such issues as the number of times a loan may be renewed.

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Congressman Williams Votes to Advance Tax Reform

2017/10/05

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement today after the passage of H. Con. Res. 71, the House Budget for Fiscal Year 2018.


“The budget resolution that passed today is the first step to fulfilling our promise of comprehensive tax reform for all Americans. It is time for America to get back to the basics by increasing cash flow and promoting economic growth. Taxpayers deserve to keep more of their hard-earned dollars, and Congress must act now in order to provide relief for hardworking Americans. We need to jumpstart an economy that has suffered under decades of burdensome and outdated tax codes.”

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Come and Read It Report

2017/10/03

Dear Friends,

We're back in Washington and I am continuing to push hard for real changes up here that will benefit all Americans. Here are some highlights I want you to be aware of:

Tax Reform Update

It has been a long time coming, but I am proud and excited to say we are finally making headway with tax reform. House Republicans released the Unified Framework for Fixing our Broken Tax Code last week, that includes much of my plan, Jumpstart America. You can find my full statement on the matter here.

Equifax Data Breach Update

As I've stated from the beginning, my first concern is the American consumer. It is of the utmost importance that consumers feel confident in their financial security, and as promised, the House Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing to question Former Equifax CEO and Chairman Richard Smith on Thursday. My colleagues and I are working hard to ensure someone is held accountable for this outrageous violation of personal privacy.

Legislative Update

Last week: I sent a letter to President Trump urging him to ensure that religious organizations and churches affected by Hurricane Harvey receive funding from FEMA in order to rebuild.

In addition to voting on 13 pieces of legislation, I co-sponsored three pieces of legislation: H.R. 1150, H.R. 2832, H.R. 3053, and a piece of pending legislation, known as the PASS Act.

This week: We’ll be voting on H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which is particularly close to my heart. We are also scheduled to vote on the Budget Resolution at the end of this week, which will be the vehicle to get us to tax reform.

The House Committee on Financial Services will hold three full committee hearings, that you can watch here, here, and here. The third hearing, which will be held on Thursday, will be our first chance to question Former Equifax CEO and Chairman Richard Smith.

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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Congressman Williams Votes to Protect the Unborn

2017/10/03

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), voted in favor of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed the House today.

“Protecting the unborn is critical to our core American values and it is our moral obligation to protect those who cannot protect themselves. I made a promise to the people of Texas’ 25th Congressional District that I would vote with my conscience and use God’s word as my guide. I have continually fought for pro-life rights, which is why I am proud to have cosponsored H.R. 36. I am a firm believer that life begins at the moment of conception, and this bill saves the unborn from an excruciatingly painful abortion if they are 20 weeks or more along. We still have a long way to go, but I am encouraged by the House passing this bill, and I urge the Senate to take this up as quickly as possible.”

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Prayers for Las Vegas

2017/10/02

Dear Friends,

I am sure many of you learned of the tragic event that happened late last night in Las Vegas, Nevada - I am absolutely appalled at this vicious and heinous massacre. An event of this kind is extremely close to my heart, and I can only imagine the anger and heartbreak of all the families and loved ones affected. Law enforcement and first responders were on the scene within minutes, and I hope they know how grateful all of us are for their bravery each and every day. I am completely shocked, and my heart goes out to the people of Las Vegas and everyone that was there during this tragic time. All of America is with you. 

 

Sincerely,

Roger Williams

Member of Congress

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Rep. Williams Statement on Tax Reform

2017/09/28

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a small business owner and employer for 43 years, released the following statement Wednesday after House Republicans released the Unified Framework for Fixing our Broken Tax Code:

“After 31 years of an outdated and burdensome tax code, I am encouraged by today’s proposed Tax Reform Framework that will finally provide tax cuts across the board, and offer financial relief to hardworking Americans.
 
“Ever since I was sent to Washington by the people of Texas’ 25th District, I have been fighting for substantial and meaningful tax reform with my plan, Jumpstart America. Many of the concepts I introduced during my first term are included in this framework, such as simplifying the personal tax brackets, repealing the death tax, and reducing the corporate tax rate to 20 percent.
 
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and I am confident in the direction that President Trump and Republicans have taken in order to provide relief to the American people. We still have much work to do to ensure Americans are prosperous, and our economy flourishes. I believe that we can achieve these shared goals, and my plan can help to get us there. At the end of the day, we need a tax code that spurs job creation and encourages growth – we need to jumpstart this economy, and the time to do so is right now."

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1122 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-9896
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williams.house.gov

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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Louie Gohmert

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Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson

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John Ratcliffe

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Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Mac Thornberry

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Weber

TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT

Bill Flores

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Jodey Arrington

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Pete Olson

TEXAS' 22nd DISTRICT

Will Hurd

TEXAS' 23rd DISTRICT

Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Michael Burgess

TEXAS' 26th DISTRICT

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John Carter

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Pete Sessions

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