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Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) issued the following statement after President Obama announced his intentions to change U.S. policy toward Cuba upon the release of Alan Gross, an American hostage held in Cuba for the past five years:
Today, Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) released the following statement after the House passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government along with House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon’s (R-CA) amendment to equip the Free Syrian Army.
“Today our nation pauses to remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and honor the memory of the thousands of innocent lives lost thirteen years ago. We are also mindful of the second anniversary of the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi that took the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three more Americans. Though the pain of loss is just as poignant now, may we never forget the courageous men and women who charged the cockpit, helped others make it to a stairwell, rushed towards danger to help, and who undoubtedly comforted each other as they hoped and prayed for saf
Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), along with Congressman John Carter (TX-31), sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel demanding the Department of Defense (DoD) to follow through with a law requiring a Purple Heart review. The 2014 National Defense Authorization Act mandates that Congress receive a report of the review of the Purple Heart award for the victims of the 2009 terrorist attack on Fort Hood no later than 180 days after the law was enacted.
Under the control of Senate Democrats, “The Senate went three months this spring without voting on a single legislative amendment, the nitty-gritty kind of work usually at the heart of congressional lawmaking,” The Washington Post reports. “So few bills have been approved this year, and so little else has gotten done, that many senators say they are spending most of their time on insignificant and unrewarding work.”
Today, Congressman Roger Williams (RTX-25) responded to President Obama’s request for support of the Texas delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives by inviting the President to meet with the Texas congressmen.
Williams states that President Obama differs from the Texas delegation in their end goal for solving the immigration crisis unfolding at the U.S.-Mexico border. President Obama has asked for $3.7 billion to expedite the legal process, while Williams supports efforts to seal the border first.
Today, the House passed H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act, to provide necessary authority to fund the military. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) spoke on the House floor in support of the bill which contains a provision he helped craft that would make the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting eligible to receive the Purple Heart under newly passed criteria.
Williams’ remarks can be viewed here.
Members of the Texas delegation today called for an Inspector General investigation into allegations that Veterans Affairs officials in Central Texas manipulated medical appointment data in order to conceal long wait times for veterans seeking care.