Congressman Roger Williams

Representing the 25th District of Texas

A Newsletter from Roger Williams: February 29, 2016

Feb 29, 2016
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A Newsletter from Roger Williams

Pres. Obama to Close the Military Prison at Guantanamo Bay

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced his plan to shut down the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and transfer its prisoners to the United States and other nations.

Click here or on the image above to watch my statement on KXXV Waco.

As Barack Obama rounds the final lap of his presidency, we are witnessing his last minute attempts to fulfill his failed campaign promises. If President Obama truly believes U.S. national security would be improved by shutting down a facility that holds the most violent Islamic extremists, then he himself has undermined his role as the commander-in-chief. Instead of keeping our enemies outside America’s borders and away from the battlefield, this president believes it is in our best interest to transfer them to the United States and back overseas.

Unbelievably, President Obama all of a sudden cares about operating costs in his obvious attempt to appeal to Republican lawmakers. Fortunately, this Congress has banned these detainees from being transferred to the United States because we realize that the safety of our homeland is paramount to anything.

On Wednesday, in an editorial in The Wall Street Journal, columnist Bret Stephens properly summarized the prison's purpose to "fill a void by providing a secure location where we can hold enemy combatants who have violated the laws of war, who may not be prosecutable in a civilian court, and who are too dangerous to release."

Celebrating TCU Football's Victory over Oregon

 

 Rep. Ryan Zinke (R – Mont.) and I ate Texas-style BBQ in my office to celebrate TCU’s win over Oregon in this year’s Alamo Bowl.  

Congressman Ryan Zinke (R – Mont.) and I commemorated Texas Christian University’s win over University of Oregon in the Alamo Bowl with the terms of our wager made in December.

Zinke, a former All PAC-10 center with the Oregon Ducks, and I, a former All-Southwest Conference center fielder at TCU, both bet on our alma maters.

 Questioning the CFPB About Consumer Lending

Last week I questioned the Acting Deputy Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) David Silberman during a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing.

 

Click here or on the image above to watch me question CFPB Deputy Director Silberman.

“You know who makes a good deal?” I asked Silberman. “It’s competition. It’s reputation. It’s the private sector. The strength of the economy and the American dream are not delivered by you. The very people you are trying to save, you are hurting.”

The CFPB, created in 2011 under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, has implemented arbitrary guidelines that have limited individuals’ access to credit.

I Talk the Economy and My Tax Reform Plan on KXAN

I recently appeared on Sunday’s State of Texas: In Depth on KXAN Austin to discuss the state of the American economy, my background as a second generation small business owner and my seven bill tax reform plan called Jumpstart America.

 

Click here or on the image above to watch me speak with KXAN.

Earlier this month, The Hill published my Op-Ed, in which I wrote, “Washington must create a climate that will benefit America’s greatest asset – its workers, and I have a plan that will lay the foundation.”

Sincerely,

Roger Williams
Member of Congress

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