Representing Fort Hood – one of the largest military bases in the world – is the greatest honor I have as the Representative of Texas’ 25th Congressional District. Known as ‘The Great Place,’ it is the gold standard for the U.S. Army. It is composed of some of the bravest and most selfless people we have in this country. These men and women are not only an asset to Central Texas, they are vital to achieving the United States’ national security strategy.
Located in Killeen, Texas, this 340-square-mile installation is invaluable to the local community. Home to approximately 140,000 people, this post provides economic relief for a multitude of families by fostering over 12,000 civilian jobs. Whether it is in one of the three counties or seven local communities, Central Texas is a place for almost 400,000 residents. In a time where our country is finally recovering from financial turmoil, job opportunities are essential for the growth of this nation.
However, Fort Hood’s influence does not stop at just the local community level. As a true treasure of Texas, this small but powerful area affects the entire state. Recent findings from 2015 estimated that Fort Hood contributed $35.4 billion to the Texas economy. That equates to providing employment to 201,538 U.S. citizens. Fort Hood’s distinctive characteristics of military friendliness allow it to be instrumental to the contribution of Texas’ economy.
Currently, Fort Hood is the only post in the U.S. capable of stationing and training two full armored divisions within its campus. This allows for it to be a Texas military hub, as well as a significant economic frontrunner year after year. Fort Hood is committed to those of us who are lucky enough to call the Lone Star State home by providing the most employees on a single site in the State of Texas.
When it comes to our nation’s national security, Fort Hood does not shy away. Since 2003, this post deployed and redeployed more than 852,000 soldiers overseas. As the greatest state within the greatest country in the world, we know how important it is to maintain our status as a strong and ready-for-action military. Fort Hood displays leadership through its state-of-the-art 21st century training for the 21st century solider.
Since becoming a permanent military installation in the 1950s, Fort Hood has come a long way - it has been dealt a hand that has been more trying than most in the past years, where time and time again, it has proven resiliency in the toughest of conditions. It is made up of some of the finest soldiers I have ever had the opportunity to meet and I would like to congratulate ‘The Great Place’ on reaching its diamond anniversary; 75 years.
Three-quarters of a century of being a fully operational, active military post is something we can, and should, all be tremendously proud of. As I said before, Fort Hood is a special part of the 25th district and I am humbled to have the opportunity to fight on behalf of these brave men and women each and every day in Washington.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement Friday after the bi-cameral passage of Hurricane Harvey Relief:
“Our friends and family in Texas have a long road ahead when it comes to rebuilding the communities destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. In their hour of need, I will be with them every step of the way, which is why today Congress passed a funding package that included the first down payment for flood victims. I am grateful that the nation came together in such a critical time for my fellow Texans. However, I must express my disappointment that a relief package, designed to help those in need, was exploited with the attachment of a Continuing Resolution (CR) and a debt ceiling increase. Opportunistic lawmakers, from both sides of the aisle, must check their self-serving agendas at the door, and place the well-being of Americans up front. Career politicians have once again misused their power in Washington, further threatening to bankrupt America, while failing to decrease the federal debt, and create a balanced budget.”
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement Wednesday in opposition to indications that funding for Hurricane Harvey relief will be packaged with a debt ceiling increase:
“Texans experienced firsthand the devastating power of Hurricane Harvey less than two weeks ago. Millions of Americans have been displaced from their homes and have no livable housing to return to. I strongly support the need for immediate disaster relief and am disappointed there has been mention of combining this critical funding with a debt ceiling increase. I have opposed a debt ceiling increase every time it has come up for a vote, and with the direction this is moving in, I am heavily opposed to lumping these two separate issues together. I will stand firmly in support of relief efforts for the victims of such terrible devastation in Texas and Louisiana and I will continue to advocate for the separation of these two pieces of legislation.”
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AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Tuesday after President Trump’s Afghanistan Announcement:
“I am encouraged by President Trump’s announcement that demonstrated a renewed focus on the United States’ strategy in South Asia. I applaud the efforts of his National Security Team, the Joint Chiefs, and most importantly, all of the men and women who will dedicate their lives to fighting and winning America’s longest war. I agree with the President that the utmost priority must be the defeat of radical terrorist organizations that seek safe haven in South Asia, rather than a perpetual emphasis on nation-building. A robust overhaul to our current Rules of Engagement is a critical step to ensuring that our service members on the ground have the full authority to target and neutralize each and every militant that threatens the security of our men and women deployed, and the safety of our homeland. As the Representative for Fort Hood, I have witnessed first-hand the cost of war, and the toll that it takes on each individual that serves in harm’s way. I was proud to support this year’s National Defense Authorization Act that will ensure that our nation’s military is the best equipped, and well trained fighting force on the face of the earth. I look forward to working with my colleagues to levy the full arsenal of American military, economic and diplomatic tools against the enemies of the United States”
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AUSTIN, TX – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement Friday in support of a discharge petition for a clean and complete repeal of Obamacare.
“Republicans sent this bill to President Obama’s desk back in 2016 where it was inevitably denied. Now that President Trump is in office, I see no reason to delay this bill any longer. With a simple majority in the House, the discharge petition would remove this bill from committee and force a floor vote in September. We promised Americans a “clean” Obamacare repeal and that is exactly what we’re going to deliver.”
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AUSTIN – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Thursday after Fort Hood Army Base was granted 145 million dollars of funding as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Operations and Maintenance appropriated funds:
“After tirelessly working with both Congress and Fort Hood, I am proud to announce we have successfully secured pivotal funding for the ‘Great Place.’ As the representative of Texas’ 25th Congressional District, I have visited the Army barracks on post numerous times throughout my duration in office. Since first being elected, I have made fighting for adequate means to be appropriated to Fort Hood, so our brave service men and women can have proper and livable housing, a top priority. I was proud to testify earlier this year to this specific Fort Hood-need in front of the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies on the House Committee on Appropriations. This funding will enhance operational readiness and is long overdue. These soldiers voluntarily give the ultimate sacrifice to our nation and these resources will allow for upgrades and repairs for 15 enlisted housing barracks. Fort Hood is a treasure of Texas and our nation, and I am proud to represent this 340-square-mile installation that serves as the gold standard for the Army.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement Tuesday after the House Committee on Ethics unanimously voted to clear Williams of a year-long ethics review regarding an amendment Williams offered to the FAST Act in November 2015, during the 114th Congress.
“First off, I would like to thank the House Committee on Ethics and its staff for their professionalism, hard work, and, as always, being very thorough when it comes to ethical matters of concern to keep Members of Congress accountable. I thank them for their service to Congress and ultimately, to the American people who trust in us to do the right thing. As promised, I fully cooperated with the Committee and am pleased that this matter is now closed.
“I have extensive knowledge and experience in running a small business and I chose to apply some commonsense to legislation that was overreaching with regulations. This bill would have resulted in unintended consequences that would punish small business owners, employees and consumers. As I knew all along, the Committee found no violation of any law, rule or regulation. My outlook as a Member of Congress has been, and always will be, to bring sensible business solutions to solve attempted government overreach, specifically on small businesses. Moving forward, I will continue to fight for and be the voice of small business owners across Texas’ 25th Congressional District and our nation.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Thursday after the House passed S. 114, the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act.
“Today, Congress passed the Veterans Affairs (VA) Choice Program that authorizes and appropriates the necessary funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs. This funding will give the VA the ability to authorize 28 major medical facility leases across the country as well as allow our veterans who are enrolled in VA health care to receive services in their community from private providers. VA Choice takes the critical steps to enhance recruitment, retention and the training of the VA workforce. Our vets have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and are more than deserving of quality health care. I am proud that we could come together and pass the VA Choice program for them.”
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Thursday after the House passed H.R. 3219, Make America Secure Appropriations Act, with a vote of 235-192.
“The security of our nation has and always will be a top priority. President Trump asked us to work together to pass funding to secure the southern border, and I am proud to say we were able to fully fund his request. We also gave our service members a much-deserved pay raise of 2.4 percent. This is the largest pay increase in eight years and it will get our brave men and women, who have their boots on the ground, the necessary equipment to be prepared to meet any threat. Additionally, this legislation takes care of our American heroes by providing the highest level of funding, ever, for the Department of Veterans Affairs. We needed to ensure the safety of our country and that is exactly what we accomplished today. I urge the Senate to act quickly on this carefully, and intentionally, designed legislation so it goes to the President’s desk immediately.”
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who is coach of the Republican Baseball Team and was injured at practice the morning of the shooting in June released the following statement on Wednesday, two days after the House passed a bill that will assist Capitol Police officers injured in baseball shooting:
“I am very pleased that the House was able to work together towards the passage of a bill that will allow donations made to the Capitol Police Memorial Fund to be used for Officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who were injured in the shooting that June day. It has been over a month since the tragic shooting at the Republican Congressional Baseball Team practice but I am reminded every day that these two officers are true American heroes and are more than deserving of any help we are able to provide them to make this devastating event a little bit easier. I urge the Senate to vote on this bill immediately so it can reach President Trump’s desk as soon as possible to be signed into law.”
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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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