Voting for Veterans
As a U.S. Representative for Fort Hood, our military and their families are constantly on my mind. That is why last week I voted for three measures that will protect the Second Amendment rights of veterans and improve Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) accountability and effectiveness:
H.R.1181 Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act
H.R.1259 VA Accountability First Act of 2017
H.R.1367 To improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs
For far too long, the Department of Veterans Affairs has proven itself to be an absolute disaster to the brave men and women who sacrificed for our nation. Veterans have died waiting for care and the department has lied and wasted millions of taxpayer dollars. We must ensure the rights of our veterans are protected and that they receive absolutely nothing less than the care we would expect for ourselves, our families and our loved ones.
To learn more about these bills, or any other legislation, you can visit https://www.congress.gov//
Holding First Hearing as Vice Chair
I am honored to serve as the vice chair of the Financial Services Committee's Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade during the 115th Congress. I presided over our first hearing last week, and you can watch my opening remarks by clicking on the image below.
As I said, “Now, more than ever, a sound, transparent monetary policy is needed to ensure our economy doesn’t continue to underperform. It is vital we create certainty for the American economy which has grown tired of guessing where monetary policy is headed. Our economy needs an effective strategy that works for all Americans and doesn’t pick winners and doesn’t pick losers.”
I have been critical of our sluggish economic growth since the Great Recession, which has been declared the weakest recovery since World War II.
National defense: ‘The single most important duty for Congress’
I recently testified before the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense to request support for the continued production of military aircraft while the committee drafts the Fiscal Year 2018 defense appropriations bill.
The single most important duty for Congress is to provide for our national defense. Our country is facing unprecedented threats here at home and abroad from radical Islamic terrorists, Russia, North Korea and China to name a few.
I voted in support of the FY17 defense appropriations bill to give U.S. armed service members a pay raise, upgrade military equipment and ensure troop readiness. Specifically, the funding measure will dedicate $132 billion for military personnel and $34 billion for health care, benefits and psychological and cancer research.
You can click on the image below to watch me testify before the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense:
In the News
Fort Worth Star Telegram: Trump budget boosts defense but cuts many favored programs
The Hill: Applause for bipartisan Texans in Congress working to promote pet adoption
The Washington Times: Trump says he’s changing minds on health care bill
Bloomberg: Congress Scales Trump's Border Wall
The Killeen Daily Herald: Rep. Williams requests congressional support for Fort Hood
Member of Congress