Roger Williams

Roger Williams


Rep. Williams reacts to POTUS policy shift toward Cuba


Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) issued the following statement after President Obama announced his intentions to change U.S. policy toward Cuba upon the release of Alan Gross, an American hostage held in Cuba for the past five years: “President Obama’s negotiations with the communist regime in Cuba are inexcusable and unfathomable.  I remember the Cuban Missile crisis, the decades of human rights abuses, the withholding and covering up of information.  These atrocities directly threaten our national security, and Cuba’s leaders should continue to suffer consequences for their brutal actions.  President Obama continues to weaken our nation’s standing among our adversaries, and I’m afraid that this policy shift regarding Cuba signals an acceptance of one of the most oppressive and violent regimes in the world.”   # # # Read More

Williams votes to prevent funding President's amnesty orders


Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) issued the following statement after the House voted to pass the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015.   “Two weeks ago, I pledged to do everything in my power to prevent President Obama’s unlawful actions that would grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in the United States.  Today’s bill not only does nothing to thwart the President’s unilateral actions, it provides full funding for them. My constituents are outraged by the Administration’s neglect of our border and disregard for enforcing our current laws. While there are many good provisions in this bill, I cannot allow President Obama to receive funding to usurp Congress and implement his amnesty-driven agenda.   Fully securing our border needs to be a top priority, and we can’t afford to take this huge step backwards.”   # # # Read More

Deal Struck on Compensating Fort Hood Shooting Victims House Passes Carter and Williams’ language to award Fort Hood Victims Purple Hearts


Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX25) and Congressman John Carter (R-TX31) are proud to announce the House passed a bicameral agreement that ensures victims of the 2009 terrorist attack on Fort Hood are eligible for being awarded the Purple Heart, along with its corresponding benefits. The Senate is supportive of the House-passed legislation and is expected to pass the bill in the next week and send it to the President’s desk. The language was included in the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference agreement. The NDAA authorizes funding for the Department of Defense.   The House passed the FY15 NDAA by a vote of 325-98 in May. The Senate Armed Services Committee also passed a similar version. After a conference by both House and Senate Members, the agreed upon NDAA was passed Thursday by the House of Representatives by a vote of 300-119 and now awaits passage by the Senate.   “This is a huge step in the joint efforts to help victims of the Fort Hood terrorist attack, and I’d like to thank Rep. John Carter and many of our Texas colleagues for their endless support. Our nation’s leaders must uphold our solemn commitment to provide for troops in harm’s way – whether at home or abroad. President Obama has neglected those whose lives were taken and forever changed that day. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation gives President Obama yet another opportunity to honor his pledge to take care of our American soldiers who were victims of terrorism,” said Congressman Williams.   “This has been a top priority for my Texas colleagues and me ever since the tragic attack in 2009. I am relieved that the victims and families of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting are finally nearing justice and closure. I remain disappointed that the President has not taken action or fulfilled his promise that he made to the victims five years ago. I urge the President to forego any further politics on this issue and keep his promise by signing the NDAA into law. The victims of this terrorist attack have suffered long enough! The fight for the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting has been long and hard, but I am always honored to go to battle for the men and women who serve this great country,” said Congressman Carter.   The NDAA would adjust the Purple Heart criteria so that our service members and civilians, who experience an attack inspired by terrorism, receive the appropriate awards and recognition. The language awards the Purple Heart to service members who are victims of an attack that was inspired or motivated by a U.S. State Department-designated foreign terrorist organization. The provision would be retroactively effective as of September 11, 2001.      # # # Read More

Williams selected to House Financial Services Committee for 114th Congress


This week, Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) was recommended for appointment to the House Committee on Financial Services for the 114th Congress. The committee, led by Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), oversees issues regarding the economy, banking system, housing, insurance, and securities and exchange. Additionally, the committee has jurisdiction over monetary policy, international finance, and international monetary organizations.     “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on this powerful committee,” said Williams. “As a small business owner for more than 40 years, I know the harmful effects President Obama’s fiscal policies have had on families and businesses across the country. I am eager to work with Chairman Hensarling and my colleagues to reduce the onslaught of government overregulation and reform crucial sectors of the financial industry. I am committed to protecting the free market, personal choice, and our individual freedoms.”     Chairman Hensarling said: “I look forward to working with my friend and fellow Texan Roger Williams on the Financial Services Committee. With his decades of experience running his family’s business, I am confident Rep. Williams will be a strong advocate for common-sense solutions to strengthen our economy and help job creators thrive.”     # # # Read More

Williams welcomes new District Field Representative


Today, Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) announced that Don Nicholas will join his district staff in Cleburne, TX, as a field representative. A 31-year Army veteran and former District Director for State Rep. Ralph Sheffield, Don brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the 25th Congressional District to Williams’ office.   “It’s great to welcome Don to our team,” said Williams. “He is a seasoned, smart, and well-respected leader. Don has admirably served our country in the U.S. Army for decades, and I know he will serve the people of the 25th District well.”   As a field representative, Don will travel throughout the 25th Congressional District regularly to stay informed of local concerns and to meet with elected officials, representatives of local groups and federal and district government agencies on behalf of the Congressman.   Don retired as a senior non-commissioned officer after 31 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard. After his retirement, Don was selected as a contractor to provide force structure on President George W. Bush’s Missile Defense Initiative, and in 2005, he was hired as a Program Manager to assist the Army National Guard with restructuring its Military Intelligence Program. He most recently served as the District Director for State Rep. Ralph Sheffield.   # # # Read More

Williams’ statement on CR and McKeon amendment to arm Syrian rebels


Today, Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) released the following statement after the House passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government along with House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon’s (R-CA) amendment to equip the Free Syrian Army. “The Obama Administration has not laid out a clearly defined strategy for dealing with ISIL. Without a defined plan, an exit strategy and a cost estimate for this conflict, I cannot support President Obama’s near-sighted plans to throw money and weapons at this growing problem. We have little idea who we are helping, and we have no guarantee that any arms we send to these rebels will not be used against our men and women in uniform in the future. I hope the President will work quickly with top military commanders to define exactly what role the U.S. should play before he asks Congress to approve any legislation that will escalate our involvement. “I’m disappointed that this amendment was ultimately attached to the CR - two incredibly important issues that deserve appropriate debate and separate votes. With the inclusion of this language, I was unable to support the CR.” # # # Read More

Williams’ statement on anniversary of September 11, 2001


“Today our nation pauses to remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and honor the memory of the thousands of innocent lives lost thirteen years ago.  We are also mindful of the second anniversary of the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi that took the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three more Americans.  Though the pain of loss is just as poignant now, may we never forget the courageous men and women who charged the cockpit, helped others make it to a stairwell, rushed towards danger to help, and who undoubtedly comforted each other as they hoped and prayed for safety. “The horrific attacks awakened our country to a new threat – one that is far from over.  We have had some success in fighting terrorism.  We’ve rounded up many top terrorist operatives and gleaned valuable intelligence from them, and our brave men and women in uniform have done an incredible job defending our homeland.  Defeating radical Islamic terrorism is an enormous task, but Americans have shown again and again that they are willing to defend their freedom when it is threatened.  We will prevail in this struggle, showing the world that our love of freedom is stronger than our enemy’s desire for bloodshed and tyranny.” # # # Read More

Williams calls on Administration to stop neglecting Fort Hood attack victims


Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), along with Congressman John Carter (TX-31), sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel demanding the Department of Defense (DoD) to follow through with a law requiring a Purple Heart review.  The 2014 National Defense Authorization Act mandates that Congress receive a report of the review of the Purple Heart award for the victims of the 2009 terrorist attack on Fort Hood no later than 180 days after the law was enacted. Secretary Hagel and the DoD announced they have delayed the review for another year, leaving the victims of the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood ineligible for the Purple Heart indefinitely. Rep. Williams, along with Rep. Carter who has championed legislation to help the soldiers for nearly four years, send a letter to Secretary Hagel demanding the report be submitted on time, as the law requires. Excerpts are below, and the letter can be viewed here. “We were very disappointed to see you have chosen not to obey the law,” write the Congressmen.  “This is unacceptable…Almost five years after the attack, we find it absurd that the Department of Defense needs yet another additional year to clarify if the victims are eligible for the Purple Heart.  These men and women proudly wore the United States Army uniform and placed their trust in the Army and the Department.  Five years after this tragic event the Department of Defense has failed them.” # # # Read More

Top 10 Bipartisan Jobs Bills Blocked by Senate Democrats


Under the control of Senate Democrats, “The Senate went three months this spring without voting on a single legislative amendment, the nitty-gritty kind of work usually at the heart of congressional lawmaking,” The Washington Post reports. “So few bills have been approved this year, and so little else has gotten done, that many senators say they are spending most of their time on insignificant and unrewarding work.” Check out the stats. Even Democrats have complained about the Senate’s obstruction, and one actually said he was “furious.” When President Obama tried to blame Republicans, his rhetoric didn’t match reality and fact-checkers called him out for it, noting the dozens of jobs bills listed on that Senate  Democrats are currently blocking. Here are just 10 of them, ranked in order of bipartisan support: The Hire More Heroes Act (H.R. 3474) passed the House on March 11, 2014, with support from 183 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 10) passed the House on May 9, 2014, with support from 158 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) passed the House on December 5, 2013, with support from 130 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act (H.R. 624) passed the House on April 18, 2013, with support from 92 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The American Research and Competitiveness Act (H.R. 4438) passed the House on May 9, 2014, with support from 62 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The America's Small Business Tax Relief Act (H.R. 4457) passed the House on June 12, 2014, with support from 53 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act (H.R. 6) passed the House on June 25, 2014, with support from 46 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The S Corporation Permanent Tax Relief Act (H.R. 4453) passed the House on June 12, 2014, with support from 42 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2218) passed the House on July 25, 2013, with support from 39 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. The Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act (H.R. 1105) passed the House on December 4, 2013, with support from 36 Democrats. The Senate has done nothing. “These are just a few of the examples of what Republicans are working on to foster more economic growth and more job creation in our country,” Speaker Boehner said last week. “For the nearly four years of our majority, Republicans have stayed focused on the economy and on jobs. We’ve listened to the American people. Their priorities are our priorities.” Instead of focusing on things like restricting religious freedom, the Democrats who run the Senate should follow the House’s lead and pass these jobs bills. - See more at: Read More

CBO: The Budget Is on an Unsustainable Path


Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its annual Long-Term Budget Outlook, which had some sober news for the American people.   Key points from CBO’s Long-Term Budget Outlook:  Federal Debt Is Soaring: The debt has doubled since the onset of the financial crisis, and CBO concludes the growth in the debt is “unsustainable.” Now Is the Time to Act: CBO says that prompt decisions to rein in future deficits would expand employment and economic growth.  The Economy Is Slowing Down: CBO has again lowered its projection of GDP growth, and the average number of hours worked by Americans is shrinking.  Spending Is Still the Problem: Major entitlements and interest on a growing stock of debt will cause real spending to soar by 27 percent over the next two decades. Raising Taxes Will Cost Jobs: Taxes will exceed their historic average level this year, and they are on pace to rise even further. Yet these tax increases still never match the pace of spending, even while they discourage work, saving, and investment. Entitlement Reform Is Key: We run the risk of breaking our promise to seniors and future generations if we don’t reform our entitlement programs soon. CBO has increased their measure of Social Security’s unfunded liability by 25 percent.  The Debt Threatens Our National Security: CBO warns that our growing national debt could compromise national security by constraining defense spending and limiting the country’s ability to prepare for future challenges. Read More

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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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