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Austin, Texas – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today released the following statement observing the anniversary of the 2014 shooting at Fort Hood:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today commended a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decision to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program by changing its distance calculation to mileage veterans must drive to the nearest VA medical facility.
“This is a common sense solution that is certainly a step in the right direction for veterans living in rural Texas,” said Williams. “I applaud this decision, but we need to continue to make sure we empower our veterans by no longer forcing them to travel long distances to seek care.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today spoke with Martha MacCallum of Fox News to discuss his bill, the Chris Kyle Medal of Honor Act.
“Four tours in Iraq and a countless number of Americans that he saved, I think his actions certainly warrant it (The Medal of Honor),” said Williams. “This is an opportunity for us to say how much we appreciate and understand what he did and thank him.”
Click on the image below to watch Williams speak on Fox News.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to discuss his bill, the Chris Kyle Medal of Honor Act.
“Chris Kyle is someone who we should strive to be,” said Williams. “He is a true American patriot whose acts of valor must be permanently etched in our nation’s history.”
Click on the image below to watch Williams speak on the House floor.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today introduced the Chris Kyle Medal of Honor Act, a bill that would authorize and request the president to award the Medal of Honor posthumously to Navy Seal Christopher Scott Kyle for acts of valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) and 28 fellow Members of Congress requested that Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald explain why the Obama Administration proposed funding cuts to the Veterans Choice program in the president’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget.
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, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its annual Long-Term Budget Outlook, which had some sober news for the American people.
Key points from CBO’s Long-Term Budget Outlook:
Federal Debt Is Soaring: The debt has doubled since the onset of the financial crisis, and CBO concludes the growth in the debt is “unsustainable.”
Now Is the Time to Act: CBO says that prompt decisions to rein in future deficits would expand employment and economic growth.
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.
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.