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

Mar 26, 2015 Column

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.

Taking into account stagnant wages, the lowest labor participation rate since Jimmy Carter’s presidency and a national debt of more than 18 trillion dollars, I explained I think we can do better.

Mar 18, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas), a small business owner of more than 40 years and a member of the House Financial Services Committee, today asked community banks and credit unions what Washington can do to relieve some of the regulatory burden that has caused hardships for smaller financial institutions.

“While the stated purpose of these new laws and regulations is to protect consumers, the opposite is actually happening,” said Williams. “Regulations are not just hurting banks but the customers who depend on them.

Mar 17, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas), a business owner of more than 40 years and a member of the House Financial Services Committee, today questioned U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew who testified before the committee on the state of the U.S. economy.

Dec 11, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) issued the following statement after the House voted to pass the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015.
Nov 21, 2014 Press Release
This week, Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) was recommended for appointment to the House Committee on Financial Services for the 114th Congress. The committee, led by Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), oversees issues regarding the economy, banking system, housing, insurance, and securities and exchange. Additionally, the committee has jurisdiction over monetary policy, international finance, and international monetary organizations.
Sep 17, 2014 Press Release

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.

Aug 7, 2014 Blog Post

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.”

Jun 10, 2014 Press Release

Today, Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX25) accused President Obama and the Justice Department of pursuing a socialist agenda through the program “Operation Choke Point.”  The program, which began in 2013, pushes banks to terminate services for certain legal businesses and industries which the Obama administration deems objectionable.

Williams, a business owner for more than 40 years, spoke on the House floor to condemn the program.  Transcript follows, and the video can be seen here.

Apr 30, 2014 Press Release

Today, the House passed a Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill that includes oversight and reporting provisions critical to holding the VA accountable. Congressman Roger Williams (RTX-25), a staunch advocate for better treatment of veterans, supported the bill and issued the following statement.

Mar 12, 2014 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX) received the Spirit of Enterprise award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for his work in the 113th Congress.  This award is given to members in recognition of their support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies.