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.

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May 3, 2016 Column

The start of May reminds us all that summer is around the corner.

Students are preparing for final exams. Calendars are filling with family outings and weddings.

For the two of us, it means the beginning of baseball practices at sunrise in preparation for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity.

Our mutual love of baseball is not the only thing the two of us have in common. We’ve both owned small businesses.

This first week of May is Small Business Week.

It honors the foundation of our country’s workforce.

Mar 17, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Texas) this week was awarded for his record on key business issues for a third year in a row by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“As a second generation small business owner who is fighting for Main Street every day, it is an honor to once again receive the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award,” said Williams.

This month, Americans for Tax Reform endorsed Williams’ seven bill tax reform plan, Jumpstart America.

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Feb 12, 2016 Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) questioned the Acting Deputy Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) David Silberman during a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing Thursday.

“You know who makes a good deal?” asked Williams. “It’s competition. It’s reputation. It’s the private sector. The strength of the economy and the American dream are not delivered by you. The very people you are trying to save, you are hurting.”

Feb 12, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Texas) announced today that he has received the National Retail Federation’s 2015 “Hero of Main Street” Award.  

The recipients, according to the NRF, are a “bipartisan group of 289 members of Congress (who) support retail industry priorities such as international trade, patent reform, health care, tax reform and workforce policies that work for employees and employers alike.”

Williams is a second generation small business owner and rancher.

Feb 8, 2016 Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, appeared on Sunday’s State of Texas: In Depth on KXAN Austin to discuss the state of the American economy, his background as a second generation small business owner and his seven bill tax reform plan called Jumpstart America.

Feb 4, 2016 Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to urge passage of the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act.

“The Obama White House has single handedly granted itself the authority to cut off relationships between private financial institutions and the perfectly legitimate businesses which they serve,” said Williams.

“As a second generation small business owner, I support H.R.766 which will rein in this abuse of power.”

Feb 4, 2016 Column

Deficits are down and the stock market is up – that premature victory chant by President Barack Obama couldn’t be further from the truth today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has plunged more than 2,000 points from its high, and according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the federal government is projected to spend 544 billion dollars more than it will take in this fiscal year alone.

Jan 15, 2016 Column

This week, President Obama is going around the country to re-hash some of the themes from his State of the Union. I have a better idea: how about he start apologizing for the last seven years?

I’ve decided to help the president by highlighting some of the lowlights that he should address. I’ve also taken the liberty of assisting the president’s speech writers by putting this in a speech format for him:

Jan 12, 2016 Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) this evening delivered his response to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.

The text of the response is below: