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

Apr 2, 2015 Press Release

Austin, Texas – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today released the following statement observing the anniversary of the 2014 shooting at Fort Hood:

Mar 24, 2015 Press Release

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.

Feb 27, 2015 Press Release

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.

Feb 27, 2015 Press Release

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.

Feb 26, 2015 Press Release

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.

Feb 19, 2015 Press Release

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.  

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.