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Williams Tours Businesses


U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, didn’t exactly quote former President Calvin Coolidge on Thursday but he did several times indicate that the business of Johnson County is business. And business throughout Johnson County, Texas, and America, to quote a Beatles’ song, is getting better all the time.

Williams visited three local businesses Thursday, including SACHEM Inc. and P&P Plumbing, both in Cleburne, as well as F-Wave in Burleson.

“We’re going around the district to talk about tax reform,” Williams said. “To see how tax reform is affecting employees and businesses. What we’ve found is that it’s working and people are thankful. They realize they’re getting money that the government is normally taking from them. In spite of what [U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California] just said. People today, that extra $1,000 or whatever they’re getting back they would not consider crumbs. They’re thankful for it. Those who think it’s crumbs, they can write an extra $1,000 check to the federal government and let them have it.

“So we’re going through the district taking tax reform, moving Main Street forward and the fact that we’re seeing low unemployment and growth. 
Williams visited with SACHEM employees over barbecue before touring the facility with CEO John Mooney.

The company, founded in 1950 by Mooney’s father, began with 12 employees, Mooney said, but now employs more than 100 in Cleburne and 400 globally.
The company operates facilities in Austin, Japan, China and the Netherlands as well. SACHEM is a privately held chemical science company manufacturing semiconductors, environmental catalysts for automotive and refinery uses and other products.

SACHEM, Mooney said, has grown substantially since they opened their Cleburne location both in physical size and number of employees. 
“We’ve invested about $20 million in [the Cleburne facility] over the past couple of years,” Mooney said.

Tax reforms recently passed by Congress have helped SACHEM and it’s employees, and other businesses, in several ways, Mooney said, from spurring growth to bonuses company employees recently received.

“Those bonuses were able to be paid out at lower tax rates,” Mooney said. “We’re also, because of that, more competitive now where we weren’t before compared to Europe and Asia, which leads to further investments. And, as a family business, because of the ability to not have to pay estate tax at as high a rate, we can keep this as a family business.”

Williams said that, as a business owner himself, he can relate because he faces the same challenges other business owners face.

Williams joked that he never considered entering politics when he was younger. Rather he harbored dreams of becoming a train engineer, fireman or baseball player.
Now in his fourth congressional term, however, Williams said he felt called to run.

“I ran because I didn’t think anybody in Congress was standing up for small business on either side of the aisle and I’m in Congress who actually owns a business,” Williams said. “I believe less government is best government.”

Thanks to the tax cuts and other initiatives under President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress things are looking up, Williams said.
“I think we’re heading in the right direction,” Williams said. “For the first time in a while business in on the right track and the tax cuts have certainly helped. Better for us to have the money than the federal government.”

SACHEM, Williams said, is a prime example of what’s good about Main Street America.

“Businesses like yours employ half the payroll and half the workforce in this country,” Williams said. “The last several years we haven’t been able to be aggressive. We played defense as I call it. In large part because of lots of regulations. But we’re reducing regulations, taxes are going down, and it’s freeing it up now where we can play offense, take a little risk and hope we get rewarded. America needs to drive this economy and we’re begging to have that happen.”

Mooney asked Williams to list examples of economic expansion opportunities throughout the district other than SACHEM.

“Several,” Williams said. “And several we’ve seen today. [P&P Plumbing], a company with nine employees, has seen an increase in business so they’re looking at expanding and adding more people. F-Wave, a roofing company, they have 47 employees. They’re going to expand because now they can buy equipment and expense it at 100 percent. That 47 employees is going to turn into 300, and that’s happening right here in Johnson County. It’s these kind of things that allow businesses to buy more equipment and put more people to work whether it’s a business of nine, 100 or 1,000. Look at the stock market and look at the fact that unemployment numbers are the lowest they’ve been in 20 years.”

SACHEM Director of Quality John Mattson asked if, outside the divisive political issues occupying the national stage, there are any relatively non-partisan issues of common ground between Republicans and Democrats.

“Things that both sides agree on that’s moving the ball forward that we don’t hear about,” Mattson said.

Washington, D.C., is divided, Williams said, but common ground still exists mainly in the areas of military and infrastructure matters.

“Everybody pretty much agrees that roads need to be fixed,” Williams said. “Bridges need to be fixed. Our ports need to be dredged and all those things that keep us going. We all agree to that and it’s all pretty well bipartisan. Where the debate’s going to be is how we pay for it and we’re going to address that when we get back.

“President Trump has a good program. He’s going to put $200 billion out there as seed money and then we will attract the private sector to begin to build our roads and bridges and so forth.

“We’ve done that in Texas. I was secretary of state before I was in Congress and we did a lot of that in the private sector here. The private sector, I think most of you agree, does it a lot quicker and a lot better than the federal government.

“So there are bipartisan issues like that. But you don’t see that on the news. You see everybody swinging instead.”


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Congressman Williams Tours Burleson F-Wave Facility


BURLESON, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin) visited with local Burleson small business, F-Wave, this afternoon to meet with the staff and tour their facility. As a small business owner for his entire working life, Rep. Williams was able to discuss the impact the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is having not only on their business, but their employees as well. 
“Businesses like F-Wave are a vital part of our Burleson community. In addition to providing great jobs, this company brings a sense of pride to the community,” said Rep. Williams. “It was great to meet with the employees earlier today, and hear their ideas for how we can work harder for them in Washington. F-Wave is a wonderful company that is doing extraordinary things right in our back yard, and I look forward to their growth for years to come. I’m glad I was able to see their facility, and I am proud of the work they are doing in our district.” 
F-Wave CEO and President Scott McDonald made the following comments:

“We really appreciated the opportunity to host Congressman Williams and showcase how F-Wave is reinventing steep-slope roofing by applying new technologies and a new way of thinking that puts the contractor first with our REVIAtm Synthetic Roofing Shingle,” said McDonald. “As a small businessman and homeowner, the Congressman understands the importance of a roofing product that is intelligently designed, easy to install, and built to perform - including resistance to hail damage.”

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Congressman Williams Visits with SACHEM, Inc. in Cleburne


CLEBURNE, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin) visited with the Cleburne manufacturing plant, SACHEM, Inc., a Texas-based, family-owned chemical science company, this afternoon to meet with the SACHEM associates and to tour their facility. As a small business owner for his entire working life, Rep. Williams joined SACHEM, Inc. President and CEO John Mooney to discuss small business legislation and regulations, such as the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and how it will impact the local business.
“Local businesses such as SACHEM are a fundamental part of Texas’ 25th Congressional District, and I am excited to see them flourishing as a result of the new tax law,” said Rep. Williams. “As a business owner, it was great to meet with the employees and hear their ideas that I will continue to represent and take with me to Washington. These workers need someone who understands the hardships of operating a business to represent them, and I am honored to fight for them each and every day.”
SACHEM, Inc. President and CEO John Mooney made the following comments:

“It was a pleasure to have Congressman Williams tour our plant and see what we do and how we do it,” said Mooney. “SACHEM is a family oriented company and our mission is to use our technology to create solutions that positively impact the industries we are in and the communities in which we reside.”
Mr. Mooney and his family have been in the chemical science industry since 1950. They have grown from a few dozen employees and one plant to over 300 employees, four manufacturing plants, eight offices, and have a global presence with distribution channels across 30+ countries.  With these statistics in mind, SACHEM, Inc. remains a family owned and operated small business headquartered in Austin, Texas.

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Congressman Williams Statement on the Passing of Billy Graham


AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin) released the following statement on the passing of the Reverend Billy Graham:
“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Reverend Graham. I once had the opportunity to meet and pray with Reverend Graham along with former President George H.W. Bush. As someone who has witnessed the presence of God, I can attest to the power of His love that was all around us that day. Reverend Graham dedicated his life to his faith, choosing to actively spread the word of Jesus Christ to over 200 million people throughout his 99 years on Earth.  He inspired the world, and it is my hope to preserve his legacy by continuing to spread the word of the Lord and show love and compassion to everyone I meet.”

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Come and Read It Report


Dear Texans,

Did you know that 90% of Americans will see an increase in their paychecks this month as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act? That means approximately 540,000 hardworking Americans in our district are taking more money to the bank as a result of this historic tax reform. 

In case you missed it, I joined Fox Business News' Mornings with Maria to discuss the new tax law last week. Regardless of what my colleagues across the aisle are saying, these "crumbs" are adding up, and the proof is in your paycheck. To watch, click here.

True Blue Award

Last week, I was awarded the True Blue Award by Family Research Council Action for my steadfast support of faith, family, and freedom. I promised Texans that I would bring my conservative values to Washington and vote with my conscience every day. In the past year I have fought to protect the unborn, repeal Obamacare, and overhaul our nations’ broken tax code. I am grateful for this recognition, and I look forward to continuing to uphold our American ideals. You can read my full release here.

Legislative Update

Last week: in addition to voting on 10 legislative items, I cosponsored H.R. 820, H.R. 3988, H.R. 559, and H.R. 2004

I also participated in a Financial Services Committee hearing to receive testimony on the negative effects that "de-risking" has on small businesses’ access to credit. I’d like to thank Secretary Bryan Schneider, who represented the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, and Mr. Jason Oxman, CEO of the Electronic Transactions Association, for their expert testimony on this subject. You can click on the video below to watch my exchange with the witnesses. 

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 Visits with Marble Falls Small Business


AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin) visited with local Central Texas small business, Austin Turf and Tractor, this morning to meet with the staff and tour their facility. As a small business owner for his entire working life, Rep. Williams was able to discuss small business legislation and regulations, such as the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 
While on the tour of the facility, Austin Turf and Tractor Chief Financial Officer Nathan New explained to Rep. Williams that multiple employees have mentioned to him that they saw more money in their latest paycheck as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; one employee even said he plans to use his extra money to put into his 401k so that he can save even more for his retirement.
“Our local businesses are an integral part of our communities, and it is up to Congress to ensure they have the resources and support they need to keep their doors open and be successful,” said Rep. Williams. “I visit with small businesses and employees in the district every chance I get to hear their concerns and let them know I’m fighting for their ideas in Washington.”
Austin Turf and Tractor President Tom Loftus made the following comments:
“It was good to meet with Congressman Williams this morning. I believe the new tax bill will be beneficial to our company and our employees, as well as to the entire country by attracting more corporations to do business in the United States,” said Loftus. “We really appreciated the visit, and hope that Congress can now get on with other important issues such as a major healthcare reform.” 


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Congressman Williams Awarded for Unwavering Support of the American Family


WASHINGTON, DC – Family Research Council Action released its annual Vote Scorecard for 2017, the First Session of the 115th Congress. The ‘True Blue’ Award was presented to Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin) for his steadfast support of faith, family and freedom.
Votes in the U.S. House of Representatives included:
No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
Resolution of Disapproval to Overturn Obama’s HHS Tittle X Rule
Obamacare Repeal and Replace
Amendment to Stop DOD Transgender Funding
Amendment to Undermine Congressional Authority Over D.C. Budget
Amendment to Stop D.C.’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act
Pain-Capable Unborn Children Protection Act
IPAB Repeal
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Congressman Williams issued the following statement upon receiving the award:
“Representing the 25th Congressional District of Texas is a great honor. I promised Texans that I would bring my conservative values to Washington and vote with my conscience every day. In the past year I have fought to protect the unborn, repeal Obamacare, and overhaul our nations’ broken tax code. I am grateful for this recognition, and I look forward to continuing to uphold our American ideals.”
Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins made the following comments:
“We thank Rep. Williams for consistently voting to defend and advance faith, family and freedom. As a 'True Blue Member,' he voted 100% on FRC Action’s Scorecard including votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, deliver long-needed tax cuts that are already providing much needed relief to working families, stand for religious liberty, overturn President Obama’s transgender military policy, end the forced partnership between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood, and protect pain capable babies.
“Rep. Williams deserves praise for his unwavering commitment to stand for life, family, marriage, and religious liberty. Texans should be encouraged to know that they have a Member of Congress such as Rep. Williams who has come alongside other members and our president to begin the work of rebuilding our nation, and protecting the very values that made America great,” concluded Perkins.
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Come and Read It Report


Dear Texans,

Each and every day, I am continuing to hear from all of you about the great impact the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is having on your daily life. In case you missed it, I published a column in the Cleburne Times-Review over the weekend regarding how tax reform is making waves in our district. You can read it here.

Government Funding Update

Last week, we voted to fund the government for another six weeks. As I've said before, the greatest threat to our national security is our out of control debt and the continuous borrowing of money to pay our bills. Career politicians in Washington have shown no appetite to curtail these bad habits; instead choosing to add more to the deficit, rather than make cuts to the federal government. I’ve run a business my entire life, and there comes a point when you just cannot continue to borrow, sinking further and further in debt. 

After many years of bad deals and the Obama Administration’s attempt to put this problem on the backs of our military, we are now faced with an untenable situation and an unfortunate solution. I made a promise to our soldiers at Fort Hood, and around the globe, that I would fight for them, fight for better training, better equipment and better infrastructure. While Democrats continue to prioritize illegal immigration and Planned Parenthood, I choose to keep my promise to our men and women in uniform. Our armed services are not immune from our debt problems, and they should not be asked to shoulder an enormous burden while lawmakers negotiate unrelated spending measures. For my full statement, click here

Somervell County Fire Department

Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to recognize the Somervell County Fire Department firefighters for their bravery and valor. These men and women who serve their local community are a rare find, they are heroes, and I am honored to represent them in the 25th Congressional District of Texas. You can click here to watch my speech on the House floor.

Legislative Update

Last week: we voted on and passed 18 legislative items. I also participated in a Financial Services Committee hearing where we questioned U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin regarding the 2017 annual report of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. You can watch it here.

This week: I'll be participating in two Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee hearings. The first one was this morning, and the second one is tomorrow, February 15 at 8:30am 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.


Roger Williams

Member of Congress

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Proposed FY 2019 military spending budget could impact Fort Hood


President Donald Trump’s proposed $686 billion budget for the Department of Defense in fiscal year 2019 could provide a direct impact to Fort Hood, if one U.S. Congressman has his way.

U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, a member of the Defense Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee whose district includes Fort Hood, said he looks forward to fighting for funding for the post in upcoming negotiations to approve funding levels.

“The President’s budget request is a starting point for negotiations, and I am encouraged by the Administration’s desire to rebuild our military and provide our heroes with the crucial funding they need to be successful,” Carter said in an email to the Herald. “Ultimately, it’s up to the Appropriations Committee to review the President’s requests and develop final funding numbers. Sitting on the House Appropriations Committee affords me the opportunity to continue fighting for much needed funding for Fort Hood improvements and I look forward to advocating on behalf of District 31 throughout this funding process.”

Some of the possible equipment Fort Hood could receive if the budget is approved include the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, which is a proposed replacement for the Humvee, and the M-1 Abrams Tank modification. The proposed budget also includes $10.5 billion for infrastructure improvements, some of which could be used to upgrade barracks to improve quality of life for soldiers on post.

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin — whose district also includes Fort Hood — said he also stands ready to fight for funding Fort Hood projects.

“The President’s FY ‘19 budget request reflects critical priorities that will strengthen our national security and defense,” Williams said. “Last week, Congress passed a budget agreement that lifts the caps on defense spending for two years. This year, I intend to further work with my colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee to do everything in my power to secure adequate funding for Fort Hood, and our Central Texas military community.”

Williams served on the Conference Committee for the FY ‘18 National Defense Authorization Act, during which time he said he worked to provide relief for the men and women in uniform that suffered under substantial defense cuts for eight years.

The fiscal year begins annually on Oct. 1. While Congress approved a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through March 23 on Friday, the rest of the current fiscal year has yet to be officially funded.

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Roger Williams: Everything is bigger in Texas, including your paycheck


The following op-ed by U.S. Representative Roger Williams was published by the Cleburne Times Review:

There is a reason Texas is the greatest state in the greatest nation. It is the land of opportunity and made up of a society of people that know hard work pays off. Our economy is up and businesses are booming. Hundreds of businesses across Texas and America are seeing the fruits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and taxpayers are already taking home more of their hard-earned money. What is even better is that this is only the beginning.

A little over a year ago, our country was still experiencing the side effects of the Great Recession. As a small business owner, I remember what it was like 15 years ago, before and after the most significant decline in our economy. Families didn’t know how they were going to put food on the table or make ends meet. Business owners didn’t know if they should pay their employees or pay to keep the lights on. Employers were forced to shut their doors, and as a result, moms and dads lost their jobs.

According to the Census Bureau, there are over 28 million people lucky enough to call themselves Texans. In our district alone, there are over 760,000 people I am fortunate enough to represent in Washington - 600,000 of which are hardworking Americans who wake up and go to work every day just like you and me.

I have traveled up and down the 25th Congressional District of Texas for six years now. I have seen firsthand the hardships that single mothers, large families, and small businesses have faced day in and day out. I pledged to the people of this district that I would work every day I am in office to jumpstart our economy - five years later - I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I have upheld that promise to all of you.

In my first term, I introduced a tax reform framework called, Jumpstart America. As it quickly garnered support from Main Street and my conservative colleagues, I reintroduced this plan every Congress after re-election. My bill laid out an authentic and comprehensive plan to get our country back on track. I am happy to report that much of my original proposals were used in the final Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was signed into law right before Christmas.

Unfortunately, since the bill’s inception, the Democrats are playing a game of moving targets where the rhetoric is changing as quickly as the economy. As soon as their buzzword or talking point of the day is proven wrong, they pull another one out of their imaginary hat of deception. The fact of the matter is, this bill is working and liberal lawmakers are doing everything they can to convince you otherwise.

We are hardly over a month into 2018 and it is apparent on every street corner that tax reform is quickly proving to be effective. Small businesses are now able to take risk in order to get reward. Employers are seeing the biggest corporate tax cut in our nation’s history, and in turn they are reinvesting in their business to hire more Americans and raise wages.

All of this sounds great but what does it all mean for Texas? It means the 600,000 workers in our district started taking more money to the bank as early as February 1. It means parents can start saving for their kid’s future by putting away funds for college. It means companies are increasing their workforce, and that those individuals can keep more of the money they earned throughout their lives. Ultimately, all this means more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks.

Each day serving this district I am reminded what it is that makes America great - it’s you.  I am hopeful our economy will continue to flourish, and to each Texan out there that was counting on us to deliver a truly remarkable and historic tax cut - we did it.

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FI Subcommittee Hearing: Examining De-risking and its Effect on Access to Financial Services

2018-02-15 16:48:41

Rep. Williams Speaks in Support of H.R. 3978, the TRID Act

2018-02-14 22:33:43

Rep. Williams discusses immigration, tax reform and tariffs on Mornings with Maria FBN

2018-02-14 16:09:10

Rep. Williams Honors Somervell County Fire Department

2018-02-06 15:24:30

Congressman Williams Discusses Amtrak Crash with WFAA ABC Dallas

2018-02-01 14:43:14

Congressman Williams Discusses Amtrak Crash with Spectrum News Austin 7PM

2018-02-01 14:43:16

Congressman Williams Discusses Amtrak Crash with Spectrum News Austin 4PM

2018-02-01 14:43:18

Congressman Williams Discusses Amtrak Crash with Fox 7 Austin 5PM

2018-02-01 14:43:19

Congressman Williams Discusses Amtrak Crash with Fox 7 Austin 9PM

2018-02-01 14:43:21

Rep. Williams Gives SOTU Reaction with Fox 44 Killeen

2018-02-01 14:39:59

Williams: President Trump's First SOTU Address

2018-01-31 03:28:09

Congressman Williams on Capital Tonight Spectrum News Austin

2018-01-24 21:38:22

Fox 7 Austin: Government Shutdown

2018-01-24 14:52:46

FBN Mornings with Maria

2018-01-18 15:58:56

Financial Services Markup: HR 1264

2018-01-17 22:56:37

HR 3326, the World Bank Accountability Act General Debate

2018-01-17 21:35:17

FSC Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee Hearing

2018-01-11 13:57:29

FSC Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee: CFIUS

2018-01-10 22:52:01

FSC Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit: HR 1264

2018-01-10 17:03:24

Congressman Williams Votes for Historic Tax Reform

2017-12-20 14:15:46

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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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