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Congressman Roger Williams spoke on the House floor in support of religious freedom in the military. Excerpts are below, and video of the speech can be viewed here.
“Mr. Speaker, the First Amendment of the Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Freedom of religion is how we live our faith, not just where we attend worship services.
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.
Congressman Williams (TX-25) released the following statement after the House voted to approve the Reid/McConnell plan which will reopen the government and raise the debt limit.
The Fort Hood Heroes Act, introduced today by Congressman John Carter (R-TX31) and Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX25), would ensure the victims of the tragic Nov. 5, 2009 terrorist attack on Fort Hood receive their due benefits and awards. The Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act is a companion bill to Senator John Cornyn’s (R-TX) legislation, introduced last week. Before the bill’s introduction, 118 original cosponsors signed on, with more expected this week. Some original co-sponsors include Reps.
Members of Congress said this week they’ll renew a push to designate the November 2009 Fort Hood shootings as part of the battle against terrorism, which would make the victims eligible for Purple Hearts and open up more benefits for those killed or wounded.
The Obama administration has designated the deadly attack as an act of “workplace violence,” rejecting critics who note that convicted shooter Nidal Hasan, an Army major and psychiatrist, openly acknowledged his ties to radical Islamist elements as his motivation.
Nearly four years ago, our nation was viciously attacked when an Islamic extremist opened fire on our troops at Fort Hood. We lost 14 innocent Americans that day — 12 military service members, one civilian and an unborn child. Since the attack, the Fort Hood community has received an outpouring of support from across the state of Texas and the nation. But not from the federal government.
Today, U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) responded to a report revealing Department of Veteran Affairs Regional Offices (VAROs) did not accurately process 40 percent of the disability claims it received, including claims dealing with traumatic brain injuries. The report cites ineffective training and inexperienced staff among reasons for its poor performance. According to the report, problems with Waco’s VARO processing errors have worsened.
WACO - U.S. Representative Roger Williams, (R) District 25, visited Ft. Hood Tuesday and then stopped by News Channel 25 to talk about some of the key issues Congress and Americans are facing.
In a wide-ranging interview, the congressman reiterated he believes "it's a time we all need to fight back, and stand up and not stand down - especially for our small business owners, for our families and for our military."
Today, U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act. This bill, passed annually, provides necessary authorities and funding for the military. More information on the NDAA can be found here. The House is scheduled to vote on H.R. 1960 tomorrow.
Williams’ remarks can be viewed here.
This week, U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) took immediate action after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) release its report detailing the staggering amount of unresolved and unprocessed claims nationwide.
Williams released the following statement along with a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki demanding action. A copy of the letter can be read here.