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

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:

Jan 1, 2016 Column

I have always said that I believe the role of government is to defend the borders, build infrastructure, collect our taxes and then get out of the way. Under President Obama, we have witnessed an executive branch that refuses to enforce immigration law but has expanded government like never before while our roads and bridges crumble beneath us.

Dec 8, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today released the following statement after the nonpartisan CBO (Congressional Budget Office) estimated “The labor force is projected to be about 2 million full-time-equivalent workers smaller in 2025 under the ACA (Affordable Care Act) than it would have been otherwise.”

Nov 4, 2015 Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of fellow Texan Rep. Brian Babin’s (R – Texas) amendment to the highway bill that would designate 30 miles of existing freeway from Copperas Cove, Texas to I-35 in Belton as U.S. Interstate 14.

“This route is important for connectivity,” said Williams. “It provides a crucial link to Texas military facilities, ports, metropolitan areas and existing and future interstate systems.”

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Oct 29, 2015 Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday evening the House of Representatives unanimously passed the bipartisan State Licensing Efficiency Act of 2015, H.R.2643, authored by Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas).

H.R.2643 would give states more control to conduct required background checks on state-regulated non-bank financial services industries, by allowing them to use a federally accepted registry, the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and Registry (NMLS). The bill does not, however, create any requirements for background checks or fingerprinting.

Oct 7, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hours before a government shutdown, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution (CR) during the early morning hours on Thursday that will keep the government open and functioning through Dec. 11.

Oct 6, 2015 In The News

District 25 U.S. Representative Roger Williams expressed his opposition to a U.S. House continuing resolution to fund the federal government through Dec. 11.

Oct 2, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas), a small business owner and member of the House Financial Services Committee, this morning released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor released its monthly jobs report which fell below expectations.