Congressman Roger Williams

Representing the 25th District of Texas

Defense and National Security

Under the Constitution, the most important role of the federal government is to provide for the national defense. America’s values of freedom and liberty are under constant attack by hostile people whose ideology consists of hate, murder, and radical Islamic extremism. Since the attacks on September 11, 2001, we have relied on the men and women of our armed forces to prevent our nation from further attack and to destroy terrorist networks. With this vital need for military readiness, Congress and the President must ensure sufficient funding in order to increase our military strength and protect our men and women in harm’s way. Our troops must be fully equipped, trained and prepared for war.
We must protect our interests not just at home and in the Middle East, but in other parts of the world with growing unrest – places like Israel, Russia, Ukraine, and North Korea.
Texas’ 25th Congressional District is home to much of Fort Hood, the Army’s Premier installation to train and deploy heavy forces and one of the largest military installations in the world. Fort Hood ranks highest in terms of future capability and can support and sustain more than 50,000 soldiers and their families. I am honored to represent this community of patriots and will continue fighting for them in Washington.

More on Defense and National Security

Jun 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Wednesday after the passing of retired General Robert M. Shoemaker. 
Gen (R) Shoemaker passed away on June 22 at the age of 93. Born in 1924, Shoemaker graduated from the United States Military Academy and later went on to serve in the 1st Calvary Division, III Corps and U.S. Army Forces Command. He retired from the Army in 1982 to the Killeen-Fort Hood area. 

Jun 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams’ office (R – Austin), released the following information Wednesday after shots were fired at the Republican congressional baseball team practice in Alexandria, Virginia. 

At approximately 7am ET this morning, an armed gunman arrived at baseball practice and opened fire. Congressman Williams was not shot, however, a member of his staff was shot and is receiving medical attention. The gunman has been detained and at this time we do not have any further information but will continue to release it as it comes to surface.

May 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the Financial Services Committee, released the following statement Tuesday afternoon after the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal. 

May 23, 2017 Video

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) took to the House floor on Tuesday to recognize Military Appreciation Month. 

This month is dedicated to recognizing those in the military who risk their lives in order to protect our nation. 

Williams’ remarks are below:

“Mr. Speaker, I’d like to take this time to recognize Military Appreciation Month.

“This month allows us the opportunity to educate Americans regarding the impact our military has had throughout history.

May 17, 2017 Video

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) took to the House floor on Tuesday to honor the Comfort Crew for Military Kids on their 10th anniversary. 

This organization provides military children specific resources and programs to help meet basic needs while their parents are deployed.  They assist with preparing our youth so they can confidently face the unique challenges our military families experience. 

Williams’ remarks are below:

Apr 21, 2017 Video

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), the author of tax reform plan Jumpstart America, joined Fox7 Austin in studio this morning to talk about his work with military children, the U.S. response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria and tax reform.

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Apr 7, 2017 Press Release

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) Friday afternoon released the following statement after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. airstrikes which targeted a Syrian military airfield in retaliation of a chemical attack on civilians, including children, earlier this week. This was the first U.S. attack on Syrian government assets in the six year long Syrian civil war.

Mar 20, 2017 Newsletter
Mar 16, 2017 Video

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood in the U.S. Congress, last week 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.

Mar 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood in the U.S. Congress, on Wednesday evening voted for the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill to increase base discretionary military spending by $2 billion from the previous year.