Roger Williams

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Williams Statement on President Trump’s Budget Proposal

2017/05/23

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the Financial Services Committee, released the following statement Tuesday afternoon after the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal. 

“After eight long years of misguided fiscal policy, I am glad to see President Trump submit a budget to Congress that finally cuts bloated, out of control Washington spending.  For far too long, too much of our nation’s resources have gone towards debt levels that are unsustainable and limit the services on which many Americans depend.  While this is just the first step, I am encouraged this President realizes the importance of making sure our nation’s finances are in order.  In addition, this budget strengthens the rollback of the previous administration’s often burdensome regulatory environment that has hurt so many small businesses across our country.  And finally, while our country faces much uncertainty, both at home and abroad, I am glad to see a budget that reinvests in our military; fully reversing the defense sequester.  We must continue to support the men and women who sacrifice so much to defend our liberties.  I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to deliver a budget that not only benefits my constituents, but all American taxpayers.”  

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Congressman Williams Statement on American Health Care Act

2017/05/04

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) Thursday afternoon released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act.

“Obamacare has failed to meet the promises that were made to the American people. Since its inception, premiums have skyrocketed while deductibles and other out of pocket costs have made having insurance pointless. Insurers are leaving the marketplaces, thereby limiting choices and stifling competition. This is what happens when government takes power away from the people. The American Health Care Act will begin to undo the damage that has been caused by Obamacare. It will restore competition, bring down costs and increase options. All the while, it will protect our nation’s most vulnerable. Today, we took a step forward in delivering on our promise to put healthcare back in the American peoples’ hands.”

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Williams to Throw First Pitch at “Stand up 2 Cancer Night”

2017/04/10

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) on Tuesday evening will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a local high school baseball stadium where the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs will face the Harker Heights Knights.
The game will occur during “Stand up 2 Cancer Night” to raise awareness for Harker Heights coach, Kye Robertson who was diagnosed with leukemia. Williams represents Copperas Cove and the 25th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

What: Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) on Tuesday evening will throw out the first pitch on “Stand up 2 Cancer Night”
Date:  Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time: 6:45pm CT
Location: Harker Heights High School Baseball Stadium: 1001 E FM 2410 Road, Harker Heights, Texas 76548
Open to Press: Yes

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Congressman Williams Statement on U.S. Airstrikes on Syria

2017/04/07

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) Friday afternoon released the following statement after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. airstrikes which targeted a Syrian military airfield in retaliation of a chemical attack on civilians, including children, earlier this week. This was the first U.S. attack on Syrian government assets in the six year long Syrian civil war.

“Over the past six years the United States stood by hoping the conflict in Syria would somehow resolve itself. Redlines were crossed and still, action was never taken – the most powerful nation in the world refused to show leadership. Last night, President Trump responded swiftly to a heinous and illegal act of cowardice and evil by President Assad. I support this emergency response. Now that we have sent a message to the world, if President Trump has a long term strategy he should come before Congress before any additional military action is taken.”

On Thursday evening, Williams tweeted: For far too long we didn't enforce redlines, & the world turned its head. I hope under this administration we chart a new course of action.

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It's Time for Tax Reform

2017/04/03

 

 

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It's Time for Tax Reform

As a member of the House Financial Services Committee and a second generation small business owner, I joined Squawk Box on CNBC last week to discuss my tax reform plan, Jumpstart America.

Click here or on the image above to watch me on CNBC.

My plan, Jumpstart America, will do the following:

Cap federal individual income tax rate to 20%; and 30% for those making over $1 million a year
Lower corporate tax rate to 20%
Make permanent a repatriation tax of 5%
Preserve LIFO accounting
Lower capital gains and dividends tax rate to 15%
Allow for 100% expensing of fixed asset purchases
Implement payroll tax cut of 2% for employee and employer
Repeal inheritance tax

Jumpstart America is supported by Americans for Tax Reform and former Congressional Budget Office director, Douglas Holtz-Eakin.

Last week I went to the House floor to speak on tax reform. You can click here or on the image above to watch. My remarks are below:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak on tax reform. Many of my colleagues know this is a matter that I am the most passionate about. Mr. Speaker, I am a second-generation small business owner, and my daughters are third generation. I understand, firsthand, the impact that unfair, job killing taxes and regulations have on Main Street. I know what it’s like to nearly lose a family business that was built from the ground up, just because the federal government believes in a death tax. This, my friends, is a tax that strips families of the American dream they worked so hard to achieve. The inheritance tax takes money from folks who know how to use it to create jobs and donate to charities and puts it in the hands of those responsible for a 20 trillion dollar national debt. Mr. Speaker, I came up here to speak on behalf of the job creators that employ more than half of America’s workforce. These are the men and women who suffer directly from politicians’ knee-jerk reactions – politicians who have never met a payroll and have never worked in the private sector. Congress has talked about tax reform for decades, but we haven’t seen major reforms in 30 years. Well, again, I am asking this Congress and this president to act now.”

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Sincerely,

Roger Williams
Member of Congress

 
 

Washington, DC
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Send The Prepaid Card Rule To The Shredder

2017/03/27

 

 

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Send The Prepaid Card Rule To The Shredder
Sen. David Perdue and Rep. Roger Williams

Senator Perdue is on the Senate Banking Committee and Congressman Williams is on the House Financial Services Committee. Together, they introduced the Prepaid Card Rule CRA.

Before the Obama Administration turned over the keys to President Donald Trump, agency regulators used and abused their rulemaking authority to dole out hundreds of new federal government rules. So it wasn’t surprising when a rogue government agency, spawned from the 2,300-page Dodd-Frank Act, followed suit.
 
Last October, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, issued its 1,689-page Prepaid Card Rule. It is a sweeping rule that would upend an entire sector of our economy, stifle innovation, and deprive consumers of access to credit.

Through the Congressional Review Act, we’ve led the charge against this rule in the House and Senate. The regulators have noticed. Two weeks ago, the CFPB caved and threw a Hail Mary, announcing a delay in the implementation timeline.

For consumers and businesses alike, this is welcome news, but we can’t stop fighting to prevent it from ever coming to pass.

The 1,689-page Prepaid Card Rule is billed as a consumer protection measure, branded with the tagline, “Know Before You Owe.” While that may be a catchy tagline, it is nothing more than a smokescreen for federal overreach.

Many businesses, including mobile payment apps, pushed back on the CFPB. Due to the diverse array of financial products that would be affected by this rule, their concerns varied, but each business cited the real impact this rule would have on innovation.

We have already seen shortsighted and overreaching regulations cripple community banks and credit unions.

If the Prepaid Card Rule comes to pass, similar effects will happen to alternative financial services. Just as the former hinders small businesses' ability to access credit, the latter will stifle innovation in a budding sector of our economy.

Even more concerning are the consequences for consumers.

The more the rule has been studied, the higher compliance estimates have grown. It’s now estimated that the Prepaid Card Rule would cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

This added expense would force prepaid card companies to exit the marketplace or pass down these costs to consumers, many of whom cannot afford to participate in our traditional banking system.

Due to rising checking account fees and minimum balance requirements, some 68 million Americans have turned to prepaid cards and accounts to manage their day-to-day financial needs.

These consumers, who simply want to manage their finances at a low-cost rate, cannot afford a sweeping new rule that would impose higher costs.

Ultimately, the Prepaid Card Rule is just another example of a rule that hurts the very people it intends to protect.

Fortunately, we’ve been given a moment of opportunity to undo regulatory damage, and in this case prevent it altogether. The Congressional Review Act (CRA) is a wonky term for a potent tool to protect American consumers from federal overreach.

Multiple CRAs have already been signed by Trump, rolling back Obama-era regulations and protecting Constitutional rights. We are using the CRA concurrently in the House and Senate to push for an end to the Prepaid Card Rule before it can even begin to harm consumers.

The CFPB’s desperate delay is a sign that our efforts are working, but we will not be deterred from intervening to ensure this sweeping rule does not disrupt a growing, key sector of our economy.

Legitimate oversight over the financial sector is important, but when measures that could hurt up to 20% of Americans are unveiled by an agency that itself has no oversight, it is the responsibility of Congress to rein in any power grab.
                                              

Sincerely,

Roger Williams
Member of Congress

 
 

Washington, DC
1323 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Tel: (202) 225-9896
Fax: (202) 225-9692

Austin
1005 Congress Avenue
Suite 925
Austin, TX 78701
Tel: (512) 473-8910
Fax: (512) 473-8946

Cleburne
1 Walnut Street
Suite 145
Cleburne, TX 76033
Tel: (817) 774-2575
Fax: (817) 774-2576

 
 
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Voting for Veterans

2017/03/20

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Voting for Veterans

As a U.S. Representative for Fort Hood, our military and their families are constantly on my mind. That is why last week I voted for three measures that will protect the Second Amendment rights of veterans and improve Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) accountability and effectiveness:

H.R.1181 – Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act
H.R.1259 – VA Accountability First Act of 2017
H.R.1367 – To improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs

For far too long, the Department of Veterans Affairs has proven itself to be an absolute disaster to the brave men and women who sacrificed for our nation. Veterans have died waiting for care and the department has lied and wasted millions of taxpayer dollars. We must ensure the rights of our veterans are protected and that they receive absolutely nothing less than the care we would expect for ourselves, our families and our loved ones.

To learn more about these bills, or any other legislation, you can visit https://www.congress.gov//

Holding First Hearing as Vice Chair

I am honored to serve as the vice chair of the Financial Services Committee's Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade during the 115th Congress. I presided over our first hearing last week, and you can watch my opening remarks by clicking on the image below.

As I said, “Now, more than ever, a sound, transparent monetary policy is needed to ensure our economy doesn’t continue to underperform. It is vital we create certainty for the American economy which has grown tired of guessing where monetary policy is headed. Our economy needs an effective strategy that works for all Americans and doesn’t pick winners and doesn’t pick losers.”

I have been critical of our sluggish economic growth since the Great Recession, which has been declared the weakest recovery since World War II.

National defense: ‘The single most important duty for Congress’

I recently testified before the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense to request support for the continued production of military aircraft while the committee drafts the Fiscal Year 2018 defense appropriations bill.

The single most important duty for Congress is to provide for our national defense. Our country is facing unprecedented threats here at home and abroad from radical Islamic terrorists, Russia, North Korea and China to name a few.

I voted in support of the FY17 defense appropriations bill to give U.S. armed service members a pay raise, upgrade military equipment and ensure troop readiness. Specifically, the funding measure will dedicate $132 billion for military personnel and $34 billion for health care, benefits and psychological and cancer research.

You can click on the image below to watch me testify before the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense:

 

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The Killeen Daily Herald: Rep. Williams requests congressional support for Fort Hood

 

Sincerely,

Roger Williams
Member of Congress

 

  Washington, DC
1323 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Tel: (202) 225-9896
Fax: (202) 225-9692
Austin
1005 Congress Avenue
Suite 925
Austin, TX 78701
Tel: (512) 473-8910
Fax: (512) 473-8946
Cleburne
1 Walnut Street
Suite 145
Cleburne, TX 76033
Tel: (817) 774-2575
Fax: (817) 774-2576
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Williams: Time to repeal CFPB prepaid accounts rule

2017/03/17

The following column by U.S. Representative Roger Williams originally appeared in the Fort Worth Business Press:

On the progress of the post-recession economic recovery, President Obama and his administration painted a prettier picture than reality every chance they got.

When they were reminded that two percent growth was nothing to write home about, they preached to their critics like school children. Concerns were laughed off because the unemployment rate was declining and the stock market was at record highs.

To the previous administration, it didn’t matter that the unemployment rate doesn’t factor in those who have given up looking for work. A more accurate measurement, the labor force participation rate, was, and continues to be, at its lowest percentage point since Jimmy Carter’s presidency.

As far as the rallying markets go, Americans who struggle to put food on the table are not kept awake at night by the thought that their portfolios are not matching the performance of the S&P500. The Obama Administration was out of touch, and their policies reflected that.

Here’s a scenario to consider:

A single parent is forced to work multiple jobs because Obamacare’s employer mandate forced her boss to cut her working hours below the 30 hour a week threshold.

Now imagine her frustrations after being told that there will soon be a fee increase on, or choice limitations to, the product that allows her to pay her bills and make purchases electronically.

In part due to rising checking account fees and minimum balance requirements at your everyday financial institutions, up to 68 million Americans, many of whom do not have direct deposit, use prepaid cards and accounts to manage their day-to-day financial needs.

Last year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued almost 1,700 pages of expensive and restrictive regulations on the providers of prepaid cards and accounts. That same agency, just last week, postponed the rule for another six months after outrage. Compliance costs are estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and they will be passed down to the consumers who cannot afford to participate in our traditional banking system.

For eight years, Obama Administration bureaucrats regulated with a one size fits all policy on matters they didn’t bother to educate themselves on. We have seen how the Dodd-Frank regulatory hurdles have decimated community banks and credit unions, and now we are about to see similar effects on alternative financial services. Just as the former ultimately hurt small business’ ability to access credit, the latter will disadvantage those who want to securely manage their finances at a low-cost rate.

Fortunately, the Congressional Review Act gives the legislative branch the tools to quickly repeal certain harmful, last minute executive regulations.

That is why I have introduced a CRA bill to dump this nonsensical CFPB rule before it takes effect. H.J.Res.73 has the support of 33 of my colleagues on the Financial Services Committee, including the chairman, and our fellow Texan, Congressman Jeb Hensarling.

Legitimate oversight over our financial sector is important, but when the rogue CFPB, which has already been declared unconstitutionally structured by a federal court, creates arbitrary compliance measures that could hurt up to 20 percent of Americans, it is the responsibility of the Congress to rein in its out of control power grab.

Williams is a Republican from Texas and serves on the Financial Services Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the vice chair of the subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade.

 

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Congressman Williams Votes for Veterans

2017/03/17

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood in the House of Representatives, this week voted for three measures that will protect the Second Amendment rights of veterans and improve the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) accountability and effectiveness.

“For far too long the Department of Veterans Affairs has proven itself to be an absolute disaster to the brave men and women who sacrificed for our nation,” said Williams. “Veterans have died waiting for care and the department has lied and wasted millions of taxpayer dollars. We must ensure the rights of our veterans are protected and that they receive absolutely nothing less than the care we would expect for ourselves, our families and our loved ones.”

Williams voted in support of the following bills Thursday and Friday:

H.R. 1181 – Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act
H.R. 1259 – VA Accountability First Act of 2017
H.R. 1367 – To improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs

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Williams Statement on CFPB’s Pre-Paid Accounts Rule Delay

2017/03/09

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the Financial Services Committee and author of legislation to scrap the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) pre-paid accounts rule, released the following statement Thursday evening after the CFPB announced it would delay implementation of the rule:

“As far as choking small businesses and unnecessarily inserting federal regulators into the lives of everyday Americans, the CFPB is the most egregious example of big government knows best philosophy. Anything short of a full repeal of this rule does nothing for hardworking Americans who cannot afford to participate in our traditional banking system. I urge my colleagues to support my legislation, H.J.Res.73, that will use Congress’ authority under the Congressional Review Act to repeal this rule before it takes effect.”

The CFPB, created during the Obama Administration, was declared unconstitutionally structured by a federal court last year.

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1122 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-9896
Fax 202-225-9692
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

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

John Ratcliffe

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

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

Blake Farenthold

TEXAS' 27th DISTRICT

John Carter

TEXAS' 31st DISTRICT

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

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