Congressman Roger Williams

Representing the 25th District of Texas

Economy and Jobs

With the U.S. national debt clocking in at nearly $18 trillion, or $153,000 per taxpayer, it is more important than ever for the federal government to stop spending more than it takes in.
 
We need to get our fiscal house in order by cutting spending, balancing the budget, and shrinking the deficit. Across the nation, families and businesses have cut back and stretched their hard-earned dollars in order to make it through the sluggish economy. The government must do the same. We’re facing a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much and wastes too much.
 
As a business owner with more than 41 years of private sector experience, I know that government cannot create jobs; only entrepreneurs can do that. But government can destroy jobs through high taxes, big spending and over-regulation. With historically high unemployment rates and record low labor force participation, it’s clear that President Obama’s economic policies aren’t working. We need a new approach to get the economy moving, and we need to take power away from Washington and give it to families and small businesses.
 
As a member of the House Budget Committee, I support the House Republican Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Resolution.  This budget stops spending money we don’t have and reduces deficits by $5.1 trillion over the next 10 years. It targets wasteful spending and reforms the drivers of the debt. This budget would improve our broken tax code to create jobs and increase wages, protect and strengthen important priorities like Medicare and national security, and reform welfare programs like Medicaid so they can deliver on their promise.
 
I will continue fighting to cut federal spending and get our country back on the path to prosperity, without raising taxes. By applying the same principles that families and businesses use every day, our country’s best financial days will surely be ahead of us.

More on Economy and Jobs

Aug 23, 2016 In The News

Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin) met with community and business leaders during a visit to Lampasas on Thursday.

Williams toured the Ajinomoto Windsor plant on the downtown square – one of the largest private employers in the city.

The congressman met with leaders of the food manufacturing company as well as representatives of the Lampasas Economic Development Corp.

Aug 18, 2016 In The News

COPPERAS COVE — During a tour of Central Texas this week that includes stops in Killeen, Gatesville and Copperas Cove, U.S. Rep, Roger Williams, R-Austin, said the American economy has not yet recovered.

“Today, there are 47 million people on food stamps, 15 percent of people in poverty, another 15 percent underemployed and 52 percent of college graduates that will be un- or underemployed for the next four years,” Williams told about 20 people Thursday during a Rotary Club meeting. “That’s not an economy.”

Jun 30, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), author of tax reform plan Jumpstart America, today released a statement in support of House Republicans’ tax plan recently outlined in their policy agenda known as A Better Way.

Jun 27, 2016 Video

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, last week questioned Janet Yellen, the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, about the negative impact of federal regulations on community financial institutions.

Jun 17, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, today introduced his bill, the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) Rule Accountability Act to require congressional authorization for any CFPB ruling that would have an economic impact of $100 million or greater.

Jun 15, 2016 Column

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was as an emotional response to one of our nation’s most trying economic times. Nearly six years later it has proven to be an expensive blanket of one-size fits all rules on the private sector written by Washington bureaucrats, some of whom have never spent one day of their adult life outside of government.

Jun 3, 2016 Press Release

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the House Financial Services Committee and a second generation small business owner, today released the following statement after the May employment report determined the U.S. economy created 38,000 jobs last month instead of the 160,000 jobs expected – the weakest report since 2010:

Jun 2, 2016 Press Release

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the House Financial Services Committee and a second generation small business owner, today released the following statement after the Obama Administration singlehandedly announced a proposed rule to restrict lending practices to lower income Americans.

May 19, 2016 In The News

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams’ authorization of a “land exchange” between Fort Hood and Copperas Cove was included in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, according to a release from Williams’ office.
“I am pleased that my authorization was included in one of the most important pieces of legislation of the year,” said Williams, R–Austin, in the release. “This legal framework will enhance Fort Hood’s efforts to train the greatest Army in the world and provide Copperas Cove with the tools it needs for economic development.”

May 10, 2016 Newsletter