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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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.
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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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood in the U.S. Congress, on Wednesday evening voted for the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill to increase base discretionary military spending by $2 billion from the previous year.
“Today we voted to give our troops a much deserved pay raise, upgrade our equipment and ensure military readiness,” said Williams. “Since I first ran for Congress, I have said that the most important role of the federal government is to provide for a strong national defense and, in this bill, that is exactly what we are doing.”
Specifically, the funding measure will dedicate $132 billion for military personnel and $34 billion for health care, benefits and psychological and cancer research.
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Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin) will join The Sean Hannity Show this afternoon at approximately 3:00pmCT/ 4:00pmET
Those in the Austin area can listen on KJCE 1370am and those in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area can listen on KSKY 660am
If you are in Washington, DC, tune in to WWRC 1260am
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressmen Roger Williams (R–Austin) on Thursday released the following statement after former Texas Governor Rick Perry was confirmed as President Donald J. Trump’s Secretary of Energy.
“Rick Perry is a trusted friend, veteran and hardworking public servant who I know will serve our country with honor as President Trump’s Energy Secretary. I congratulate our former governor on his new role, and I thank him for his decision to answer the call to work on behalf of the American people.”
Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas history, and Williams served as his secretary of state from 2005-2007.
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AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressmen Roger Williams (R–Austin) met with local law enforcement officers throughout Texas’ 25th congressional district in Burnet, Erath, Johnson, Tarrant and Travis counties during this week’s district work period.
“Our local police officers are an integral part of our communities, and we need to make sure they have the resources and support they need to keep us safe,” said Williams. “I believe it is important that we remind law enforcement that we respect them and appreciate what they do.”
Williams met with Burnet County Sheriff’s Office in Burnet on Wednesday.
Williams met with the Stephenville Police Department in Erath County on Wednesday.
Williams met with Burleson Police Department in Johnson County on Thursday.
Williams met with Tarrant County Law Enforcement Officers on Thursday.
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Don’t believe what you hear.
Congress hasn’t gone completely to the dogs. It has gone to the cats, too.
This week, U.S. Reps. Roger Williams, R-Austin, and Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, teamed up to work on a project — pet adoption.
The two filed a resolution to designate April 11 as National Pet Adoption Day and the month of April as National Pet Adoption Month. They hope to encourage people to adopt pets from animal shelters and rescue efforts.
“As a lifelong pet owner and animal lover, I am calling on President Trump to issue a proclamation calling upon the American people to observe the importance of animal adoption,” said Williams, whose district stretches from the edges of Tarrant County through Austin.
“I want to thank my friend, Congressman Veasey, for joining me in this effort to encourage families to bring these animals under their roofs.”
In an effort that proves bipartisanship still exists, the two note that about 8 million animals are put in shelters across the country each year.
More than 20,000 animals end up at local shelters each year, according to the city of Fort Worth.
The announcement from Veasey and Williams comes as the Fort Worth Animal Shelter holds an “Adopt Love” adoption weekend.
That means that, through Sunday, adoptions fees — which include ra abies vaccination, micro-chipping, city license and spay/neuter services — are just $10 at the Chuck Silcox Animal Shelter, Hulen PetSmart, Alliance PetSmart and Watauga PetSmart.
Veasey said he hopes the resolution he and Williams are carrying is successful.
“I know firsthand the amount of joy and companionship animals bring to our lives,” Veasey said. “I’m proud to join Congressman Williams in recognizing the importance of pet adoption as a way to help local animals find their forever homes.”
KILLEEN - Operation Stand Down Central Texas has been working to help homeless veterans for three years. When director Joann Courtland was invited to the Texas State Society Black Tie and Boots Ball to bring attention to the work the nonprofit does, she was hoping to make some friends and raise some funds. What she got, besides recognition in front of thousands of people, was a new 2017 Toyota Tundra.
"This is a game changer," Courtland said. "This is really going to help us move people around, move items around, it's really going to get the word out... I really think we can get more support, more donations, and take our organization to the next level."
The truck was provided by Gulf States Toyota in partnership with the office of U.S. Congressman Roger Williams. The chairman of the Texas State Society, congressman Williams put the ball together and wanted to find a nonprofit in central Texas to recognize for the event. The office considered nine nonprofits and Operation Stand Down Central Texas came out on top.
The office also contacted Gulf States Toyota to find out if they would be a sponsor for the event, and the company agreed. They also agreed to provide the $50,000 Toyota Tundra.
"The more we learned about it the more excited we got about the organization," Toyota Government Relations Director Laird Doran said. "To find an organization like Operation Stand Down that is really trying to improve the lives of veterans here in central Texas, it really hits the mark."
Operation Stand Down Central Texas is based in Copperas Cove and works every week to provide clothing, hygiene items, help with paperwork and even showers to veterans in Copperas Cove and in Killeen. The nonprofit also does two major Stand Down events a year, where veterans receive food, clothing, medical care, and services from a variety of organizations in the area.
The next major Stand Down event is April 22 at the National Guard Army in Killeen. They still need volunteer help making that happen and you can contact Operation Stand Down Central Texas on their website if you would like to volunteer.
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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.