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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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), vice chair on the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade on the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement Tuesday in response to the passage or H.J. Resolution 111, CRA Joint Resolution Disapproving the CFPB Anti-Arbitration Rule.
“A few weeks ago, the Consumer Protection Finance Bureau (CFPB) initiated a new arbitration regulation that would cost our consumers more of their hard-earned dollars and time. It did not protect consumers and caused them to pay more for less with increasing limitations. I am proud to have worked alongside my colleagues on the Financial Services Committee and in the House to successfully pass a Congressional Review Act (CRA) that will rollback this harsh mandate from the Bureau. Unsurprisingly, CFPB Director Richard Cordray was thinking about one person - himself, and it was very evident in this ruling. We will continue to hold overreaching government agencies like this responsible and we will not back down until the CFPB is held accountable to Congress and the hardworking Americans it serves.”
A Congressional Review Act is an oversight tool that allows Congress 60 legislative days to overturn a rule issued by any federal agency. Congressman Williams introduced the CFPB Accountability Act of 2016 last Congress that would require congressional authorization of any CFPB ruling that would have an economic impact of $100 million or greater. A version of this was included as a provision in the Financial CHOICE Act, which passed the House in June 2017.
Seven years after its launch in 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has done nothing for American taxpayers besides provide 2,300 pages of impulsive and deceiving legislation. This disaster of a law has unfairly blanketed our entire financial system with more than 400 overreaching and costly mandates.
Dodd-Frank was another ploy thought up by the Democrat-controlled Congress that was signed into law by President Obama in 2010. This failure, at best, was a Band-Aid disguised as the most significant piece of financial legislation of its time following the Great Recession. While there are many who argue that the financial collapse in 2008 was caused by lack of regulation, overregulation has made it almost impossible for small businesses to thrive.
The economic crisis our nation faced was alarming, and a much needed wake-up call for Americans. At the time, it was understandable for hardworking taxpayers to want to completely gut the system and reconstruct it from scratch. However, that is where this reform went terribly wrong. In order to restore our country to its best state, we needed to rebuild from the bottom-up, not the top-down. Dodd-Frank’s one-size-fits-all regulations do not work and only hurt one person; the consumer.
As a small business owner for most of my life, I remember what it was like 10 years ago; before and after our nation’s economic crisis. We did not have to worry about taxpayer-funded bailouts and crippling community financial institutions. The Obama Administration promised options, however, what we got was mass consolidations and closures.
Fortunately, I am hopeful that this year, the seventh year since the inception of Dodd-Frank, will be the last year. My colleagues and I on the House Committee on Financial Services successfully passed the Financial CHOICE Act in June of this year. The CHOICE Act will strengthen our financial regulatory system, and ultimately, the American economy.
The time for Dodd-Frank has come and gone. The past seven years have taught us that overregulation can be just as harmful as a lack of regulation. It is time we prioritize our hardworking American taxpayers and provide them with options, which is the Financial CHOICE Act.
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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 Friday after the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18).
“For more than half a century, the NDAA has authorized the funding of the necessary equipment, supplies, and training to keep Americans safe. As the representative of the 25th District of Texas, that includes Fort Hood Army Base, I am proud to have worked alongside my friends from both sides of the aisle to pass this much needed bill. The NDAA will directly impact active military personnel in Central Texas by giving our military families a pay increase of 2.4 percent. It will supply additional equipment for brigades, grow funds for long overdue facility improvements, and get more boots on the ground by boosting defense spending by 10 percent; a $28.5 billion increase from President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. Ultimately, we made a promise last year to keep Americans safe by rebuilding our military, and that is exactly what we accomplished this week.”
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), vice chair on the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade on the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement Tuesday in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB), final arbitration rule:
“Once again, the CFPB ignored their own study because the results did not fit the narrative they were trying to impose. In order for the Bureau to initiate a new regulation, it must be in the ‘public interest and [created with the objective of protecting our] consumers.’ However, while this arbitration rule claims consumer protection, it will do nothing except cost them more of their hard-earned dollars and time. The CFPB’s own study shows the average consumer receives $5,400 in cash relief when using arbitration as opposed to an inadequate $32 through class action suit. In addition, the study concluded that the use of arbitration produced a higher recovery rate and shorter timeline. Despite this, Director Richard Cordray refuses to acknowledge that limiting our consumers’ choices is hurting them. This rule is another example of overregulation by the CFPB and I strongly encourage my colleagues in Congress and President Trump to act fast by reforming this agency.”
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), today voted for the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003), and Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004), that are the beginning of Congress’ efforts to improve our nation’s immigration system.
“For years, there has been a disconnect between the American public and the lack of immigration enforcement that allows the spread of dangerous sanctuary policies. H.R. 3003 is an effort to combat our troubled immigration system that shields unlawful criminals from federal immigration enforcement. Cities that have a disregard for federal laws should not be rewarded. Sanctuary cities put innocent lives at risk. Period. For that reason, I am pleased about the passage of this bill that will enforce harsher punishments and protect the American people.
“H.R. 3004, or Kate’s Law, should not have been necessary today. While I am proud to have cast my vote in favor of this bill, I am also disgusted that Congress was forced to act. Kate Steinle was murdered in San Francisco by an unlawful immigrant who has previously been deported five times. Five times is five too many for someone who should have never made it this far into our country in the first place. This law will enhance penalties for deported felons to help ensure they are not allowed back into the United States and able to harm innocent Americans.
“These two bills will help strengthen our broken immigration system and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass them immediately.”
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s removal of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
“President Donald Trump has rolled back yet another unnecessary mandate created under the Obama administration; the WOTUS rule. President Obama promised to 'keep navigable waters clean,' but what we got was another Washington ploy that was anything but that. This regulation brought unnecessary hardships to our rural communities that make up 72 percent of our country's land. As the representative of the 25th Congressional District of Texas, I have actively been against this ruling since day one. There are tens of thousands of hardworking men and women in my district who are employed in the agriculture industry and WOTUS would have put their jobs and means of support at risk. I commend the Trump administration for eradicating this damaging rule and standing up for rural America.”
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 Wednesday after the passing of retired General Robert M. Shoemaker.
Gen (R) Shoemaker passed away on June 22 at the age of 93. Born in 1924, Shoemaker graduated from the United States Military Academy and later went on to serve in the 1st Calvary Division, III Corps and U.S. Army Forces Command. He retired from the Army in 1982 to the Killeen-Fort Hood area.
“I am very saddened to learn of the passing of one of this nation’s greatest heroes. After serving in the U.S. Army for 36 years, General Shoemaker continued to serve his country in many ways. The people of Central Texas are a family and General Shoemaker has left a legacy that will forever be felt throughout the community. He was a patriot, and I am humbled to have had the honor to know him and call him a friend. This is a great loss not only for the Fort Hood area, but for all of America.”
After retirement, Gen (R) Shoemaker served as Bell County Commissioner and took charge to establish the area’s first four-year university, Texas A&M University – Central Texas. In 2000, Killeen Independent School District named one of two high schools in his recognition, Shoemaker High School, which resides in Texas’ 25th Congressional District.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams’ office (R – Austin), released the following information Wednesday after shots were fired at the Republican congressional baseball team practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
At approximately 7am ET this morning, an armed gunman arrived at baseball practice and opened fire. Congressman Williams was not shot, however, a member of his staff was shot and is receiving medical attention. The gunman has been detained and at this time we do not have any further information but will continue to release it as it comes to surface.
The Republican baseball team holds practice every morning at 6:30am ET at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia. Rep. Williams has been the coach of the team since he joined Congress in 2013.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, released the following statement Thursday after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act, H.R. 10.
“When Dodd-Frank was first passed in 2010, President Obama and Congress promised to crack down on Wall Street while protecting the American people and small businesses from unfair, deceptive practices. Instead, what we got was 2,000 pages of yet another Washington gimmick that did little to fix the problems that crippled our economy. Back home in Texas, community banks floundered, and consumers were met with the creation of one of the most unaccountable government agencies in the history of the United States, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
“I am proud to have cast my vote in favor of a bill that not only provides small community banks and credit unions with much needed relief, but also holds unelected Washington bureaucrats accountable. The CHOICE Act, ends “too big to fail,” while providing hardworking Americans access to consumer credit products they want and need.
“Over the last 12 years, 55 billion dollars in unnecessary regulatory costs have been levied by our financial regulators. That is why this bill incorporates a provision I introduced last year that will require congressional authorization for all regulations causing an economic impact of 100 million dollars or greater.
“Ultimately, the CHOICE Act will strengthen our financial system and grow the American economy, all while reducing our national deficit. Main Street America deserves better, and I am proud to support its passage."
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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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