Congressman Roger Williams

Representing the 25th District of Texas

Defense and National Security

Under the Constitution, the most important role of the federal government is to provide for the national defense. America’s values of freedom and liberty are under constant attack by hostile people whose ideology consists of hate, murder, and radical Islamic extremism. Since the attacks on September 11, 2001, we have relied on the men and women of our armed forces to prevent our nation from further attack and to destroy terrorist networks. With this vital need for military readiness, Congress and the President must ensure sufficient funding in order to increase our military strength and protect our men and women in harm’s way. Our troops must be fully equipped, trained and prepared for war.
 
We must protect our interests not just at home and in the Middle East, but in other parts of the world with growing unrest – places like Israel, Russia, Ukraine, and North Korea.
 
Texas’ 25th Congressional District is home to much of Fort Hood, the Army’s Premier installation to train and deploy heavy forces and one of the largest military installations in the world. Fort Hood ranks highest in terms of future capability and can support and sustain more than 50,000 soldiers and their families. I am honored to represent this community of patriots and will continue fighting for them in Washington.

More on Defense and National Security

Feb 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), Thursday morning testified before the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies to request support for various projects at Fort Hood.

Jan 29, 2017 In The News

North Texas lawmakers are weighing in on President Donald Trump's travel ban barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations from entry into the U.S. and the protests that followed.

"This is a bad policy," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told NBC 5 Monday morning. "But even if you're going to have the policy, you let people know before they get on the flight, as opposed to sending them to the United States and then going through this hell."

Officials say nine people were released after they were detained overnight at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Jan 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) on Wednesday released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed executive actions to construct a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, increase hiring of border patrol and immigration agents and curb federal funding for sanctuary cities:

Jan 11, 2017 Video

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) on Wednesday spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of Israel after the House last week overwhelmingly objected to an anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution condemning Jewish settlements. 

Dec 2, 2016 In The News


WASHINGTON: A behemoth $619 billion defense spending bill passed the House of Representatives on Friday, and Texans had their hands all over it.

The annual bill, dubbed the National Defense Authorization Act, funds the Department of Defense. The bill passed Friday does not require women to register for the draft and includes the largest pay increase for troops in six years.

Although the bill is expected to be approved by the Senate, registering women for the draft turned into a political battle in the past few months.

Dec 2, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) this morning released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the annual defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act . 

Nov 17, 2016 Video

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) Wednesday evening took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to support H.R.5711, which would prohibit the Treasury Secretary from authorizing U.S. financing for the export of commercial passenger aircraft to Iran. 

“Mr. Speaker, the Obama Administration’s State Department recognizes the Islamic Republic of Iran as one of three state sponsors of terrorism,” said Williams. “But ironically, the president calls his deal with Iran a foreign policy achievement

Oct 28, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) this afternoon released the following statement after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced it would reopen its investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. 

“As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information. I believe the FBI should have never closed their initial investigation without holding Secretary Clinton accountable for her complete disregard of national security. This is their chance to make things right.” 

Sep 22, 2016 Video

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R.5931, Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act. The bill, which he cosponsored, would ban the U.S. Government from providing future cash payments to the Government of Iran.

The text of Williams’ remarks is below:

“Two weeks ago, the Obama Administration admitted to transferring 1.3 billion dollars in cash to Iran after delivering a 400 million dollar cash payment the same day Iran released American prisoners.

Sep 8, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the Financial Services Committee’s Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, became an original cosponsor of the Prohibiting Future Payments to Iran Act after the Obama Administration on Tuesday disclosed that it had transferred an additional $1.3 billion in cash to Iran after delivering a $400 million cash payment the same day Iran released American prisoners.