Rep. Williams: Taking Your Stories to Washington
The following column by U.S. Representative Roger Williams is available for publication:
I decided to run for Congress in 2012 because I was not happy with the direction our country was headed. Among many concerns, I felt government was growing too big and our economy wasn’t recovering quickly enough.
As a small business owner and operator for most of my life, I thought I could serve my community and my state and help bolster job creation by speaking on behalf of small businesses which account for 99.7 percent of all U.S. businesses and employ half of America’s workforce.
Throughout my adult life, I have seen how taxes and regulations influence hiring and expansion. Unfortunately, and unbelievably, many people in government – both elected lawmakers and unelected bureaucrats – are unaware of how their policies impact folks in the private sector.
Since I have been in Washington, I have tried to craft and support legislation with my business experiences in mind. This is most evident in my comprehensive tax reform legislation that I have introduced to jump start our economy.
But there is a lot more work that must be done. And now that a new administration and Congress have hit the ground running, there has not been a better time to take action.
And this is where I need your help.
I am compiling thoughts, opinions and firsthand accounts from my fellow Texans, so that my policies can be better tailored to fit your needs.
If you are an entrepreneur who feels like government regulation is preventing you from being competitive in your industry, I want to know about it. If you are unable to meet payroll because you are spending too much time and money on costly and unnecessary compliance measures, I want to hear your story.
If you think you are sending too much of your hard earned money to Uncle Sam or feel you are spending too much time filling out paper work this tax season, please tell me.
If you are finding out for the first time how difficult it is to get approved for a mortgage or any other kind of loan even though you are in good standing, write me.
Please share your story by emailing me at TexasCD25@mail.house.gov. I very much look forward to hearing from you.
U.S. Member of Congress
Congressman Roger Williams is a Republican from Austin, and he represents Texas’ 25th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Williams serves on the Financial Services Committee, and he is the vice chair of the subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade.