Congressman Roger Williams

Representing the 25th District of Texas

Economy and Jobs

With the U.S. national debt clocking in at nearly $18 trillion, or $153,000 per taxpayer, it is more important than ever for the federal government to stop spending more than it takes in.
 
We need to get our fiscal house in order by cutting spending, balancing the budget, and shrinking the deficit. Across the nation, families and businesses have cut back and stretched their hard-earned dollars in order to make it through the sluggish economy. The government must do the same. We’re facing a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much and wastes too much.
 
As a business owner with more than 41 years of private sector experience, I know that government cannot create jobs; only entrepreneurs can do that. But government can destroy jobs through high taxes, big spending and over-regulation. With historically high unemployment rates and record low labor force participation, it’s clear that President Obama’s economic policies aren’t working. We need a new approach to get the economy moving, and we need to take power away from Washington and give it to families and small businesses.
 
As a member of the House Budget Committee, I support the House Republican Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Resolution.  This budget stops spending money we don’t have and reduces deficits by $5.1 trillion over the next 10 years. It targets wasteful spending and reforms the drivers of the debt. This budget would improve our broken tax code to create jobs and increase wages, protect and strengthen important priorities like Medicare and national security, and reform welfare programs like Medicaid so they can deliver on their promise.
 
I will continue fighting to cut federal spending and get our country back on the path to prosperity, without raising taxes. By applying the same principles that families and businesses use every day, our country’s best financial days will surely be ahead of us.

More on Economy and Jobs

Oct 16, 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Last week in Washington was a busy one. Fighting for a simpler and fairer financial system continues to be a top priority on my legislative agenda, and I will not stop until we have true tax reform. As I've said before, the Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2018 was the gateway to tax reform, and the House did its job - we are now waiting on our Senate counterparts to do the same so we can get this ball rolling.

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Update

Oct 10, 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

As we arrive back in Washington today, my focus continues to be on fighting for economic freedom from our overburdening tax system. As I have said for years, we have to simplify our system and lower our rates to put more money back in the pockets of hardworking Americans like yourself. Here are some highlights from last week and the week ahead that I'd like you to be aware of:

Tax Reform Update

Oct 6, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON (KWTX) U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, Friday blasted new restrictions of the payday lending industry, calling them irresponsible.

The rules the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unveiled Thursday represent the first nationwide regulation of the payday loan industry.

They require payday lenders to determine before making a loan whether a borrower can afford to repay the amount in full with interest within 30 days.

Oct 6, 2017 Video

AUSTIN, TEXAS – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement after Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray announced they would be taking away access to small-dollar emergency loans:

Oct 6, 2017 Press Release

AUSTIN, TEXAS – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement after Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray announced they would be taking away access to small-dollar emergency loans:

Oct 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement today after the passage of H. Con. Res. 71, the House Budget for Fiscal Year 2018.

Oct 3, 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

We're back in Washington and I am continuing to push hard for real changes up here that will benefit all Americans. Here are some highlights I want you to be aware of:

Tax Reform Update

Sep 18, 2017 Video

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) took to the House floor last week to honor Fort Hood on its 75th Anniversary.

Since becoming a permanent military installation, “The Great Place,” has proven its resiliency time and time again. It is the only post in the United States capable of stationing and training two full armored divisions within its campus, and it has positioned itself as an economic frontrunner in the State of Texas. It is a true honor to get to represent and fight for the people of Fort Hood each and every day.

Sep 18, 2017 Column

Representing Fort Hood – one of the largest military bases in the world – is the greatest honor I have as the Representative of Texas’ 25th Congressional District. Known as ‘The Great Place,’ it is the gold standard for the U.S. Army. It is composed of some of the bravest and most selfless people we have in this country. These men and women are not only an asset to Central Texas, they are vital to achieving the United States’ national security strategy.