Spending Cuts and Debt
"It's time for the federal government to operate like a business and make ends meet." - Congressman Roger Williams
As a career businessman, Roger knows that the federal government can’t continue to spend more than it takes in. It must balance its budget just like families and businesses around America do every year.
Roger’s plan on spending and the budget is to focus on the real causes of overspending and implement some much-needed reforms.
- Entitlement reform;
- Reduced discretionary spending except for national security spending;
- Tying any expansion of the debt ceiling to real budget reforms and real spending cuts.
More on Spending Cuts and Debt
Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) urged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to address wasteful spending within the Pentagon’s budget in lieu of Hagel’s proposed cuts to troop pay and benefits.
You can see the online version here.
Updates and Accomplishments
This week, National Journal released its annual rankings for members of Congress, and I was ranked as the 13th most conservative representative out of 435 members.
This week, Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) released his first annual Year End Annual Report detailing his legislative work and constituent services. Read the report here.
The report begins with a snapshot of 2013 Accomplishments listed below.
· Participated in 9 hearings, 23 committee meetings, and 1 markup in the House Budget Committee
Today, Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) issued the following statement after the House passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014.
“The folks in Texas’ 25th District have made it loud and clear that this bill isn’t right for Texas and isn’t right for America. This omnibus bill does nothing to rein in out-of-control Washington spending and will end up hurting small businesses. As a business owner of 42 years, I can tell you the two most harmful laws for job creators are Obamacare and Dodd-Frank – both of which are funded in this bill.
Today, Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) called for reforms in Medicare reimbursement procedures after a Texas news report revealed a local hospital was unable to pay dozens of its employees over Christmas.
As you know, the House passed a two-year budget deal authored by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray. I supported this bill because I believe it is important to get on a budget process that cuts spending, helps the military, reduces the deficit, doesn’t raise taxes, and stops the pattern of passing CR after CR. This Congress and administration have done so for the last five years. That’s not good for business.
Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) issued the following statement after voting for the Ryan/Murray budget deal which passed the House on a bipartisan vote on 332-94.
Recently, President Obama said during a speech on his healthcare law that “If you’ve got good ideas, bring them to me…[if] you still think this law is a bad idea then you’ve got to tell us specifically what you’d do differently to cut costs, cover more people, make insurance more secure.” Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) issued the following statement in response to the President’s request.
In the last five years, Washington has governed from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis. Terms like “debt ceiling,” “continuing resolution,” “fiscal cliff,” “sequester,” have become commonplace in our vocabulary. The Obama Administration takes in a record $3 trillion annually yet our national debt recently topped $17 trillion.
Today, Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) delivered remarks on the House floor in response to recent statements by Army Secretary John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno that military readiness is staggeringly low due to budget constraints. Excerpts from Williams’ remarks are below. The full speech can be viewed here.