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Roger Williams Joins the House Financial Services CommitteeAs a small business owner of more than 40 years, I understand the harmful effects President Obama’s policies have had on job creators across the country. As a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, I am eager to roll back costly government over-regulation and reform crucial sectors of the financial industry. I am committed to protecting the free market, personal choice, and our individual freedoms, and I have a plan to do just that. Jumpstart America is a business perspective on true tax reform. My plan will lower personal tax rates so American families can keep more of their hard earned money and the United States can become competitive again in a global economy.
The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world. It's higher than rates in the UK, France and Japan. We are simply not competitive in the global economy in which we live. My plan, Jumpstart America, would lower the U.S. corporate tax rate to 20% and reduce personal income tax brackets because I believe hardworking American families should keep more of their hard earned money.
Honoring Chris KyleMy bill, the Chris Kyle Medal of Honor Act, will authorize and request the president to award the Medal of Honor posthumously to Navy Seal Chris Kyle for acts of valor during operation Iraqi Freedom. Chris made the ultimate sacrifice, and there is no doubt this true American hero is worthy of our nation's highest military honor. While the Medal of Honor will not bring back a husband, father, son and a model Texan, we owe Chris Kyle a great deal of gratitude for his relentless devotion to his country. Chris is someone who we should strive to be. He is a true American patriot whose acts of valor must be permanently etched in our nation’s history.
Welcoming Israel's Prime MinisterPrime Minister Netanyahu spoke before a joint session of Congress to directly petition U.S. lawmakers and the American people, because, sadly, he, like so many, has lost faith in the abilities of America's commander-in-chief. Mr. Netanyahu has rightly questioned our once unwavering commitment to his homeland, Israel: our partner, our ally, but most importantly our friend. As I said in my speech, we have a commitment to watch over and protect our best friend in the Middle East.
Earlier this month U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke in front of a group of CEOs in Manhattan and compared the U.S. economy to a "well-oiled machine.”
One week later he testified before the House Committee on Financial Services, on which I serve, and I told him his statement bothered me.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today voted for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R.2) that would enact a permanent “doc fix” for Medicare reimbursement for health care providers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today voted for an amended budget proposal that would increase U.S. defense spending for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today commended a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decision to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program by changing its distance calculation to mileage veterans must drive to the nearest VA medical facility.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today released the following statement after President Obama announced that he would delay his planned withdraw of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, one day before Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress: