Congressman Roger Williams

Representing the 25th District of Texas

Veterans

Our military men and women put their lives on the line daily to protect our freedoms at home and around the world. It is our duty as Americans to honor their service and sacrifice by staying true to our commitment to care for them when they return home. I am committed to doing so and will continue to hold this Administration accountable for what I believe to be bureaucratic failures, which harm and dishonor our nation’s veterans.
 
Here are some of the legislative actions I have taken this year to hold the VA accountable.
 
H.R. 3230 – The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 was signed into law on August 7, 2014. This law requires allows veterans to receive care at non-VA facilities if they live more than 40 miles from the nearest VA medical facility or if they are unable to secure an appointment at a VA facility within 30 days. It expands VA’s internal capacity to provide timely care to veterans and provides real accountability for incompetent or corrupt senior managers.
 
H.R. 4486 – This bill provides a $1.5 billion increase in funding to specifically address the backlog in processing disability claims, as a part of the full Veterans Affairs budget. It includes funding for access to medical care, job training and other earned benefits.
 
H.R. 4810 – This bill increases the provision of health care by contracting out to non-VA providers, allowing veterans the flexibility to visit health care professionals outside the VA system.
 
H.R. 4031 – This bill holds VA management and employees accountable by increasing the authority to fire VA employees who are ineffective.
 
H.R. 570 – This bill provides automatic COLA adjustments in the rates of disability compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities.
 
H.R. 357 and H.R. 1412 – These bills expand the GI bill to include tuition fairness by allowing veterans to attend state-run higher education institutions at the in-state tuition rate, regardless of residency. I also voted to create more incentive for employers to hire veterans who use their GI Bill benefits to complete on-the-job training by increasing salary compensation paid by the VA. The employers pay less as a result of hiring qualified veterans.
 
H.R. 3060 – I introduced this bill that was signed into law to dedicate the Burleson post office to one of our fallen soldiers, Sergeant William Moody. Raised in Burleson, a true hometown hero, Sgt. Moody served two tours of duty in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan.

More on Veterans

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.”

Jul 16, 2014 Blog Post

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. 

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.

Mar 4, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), a business owner of 42 years, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s newly introduced budget.

Feb 24, 2014 Press Release

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.

Feb 21, 2014 Page

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.

Jan 31, 2014 Press Release

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

Jan 15, 2014 Press Release

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.