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

Jul 25, 2017 Video

H. J. Res 111 CRA Joint Resolution Disapproving the CFPB Anti-Arbitration Rule

Mr. Speaker, a few weeks ago, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau implemented their most recent arbitration rule. While this rule claims consumer protection, it does the very opposite. It will cost Americans more of their hard-earned money and time.

The CFPB is arguably the most powerful, yet unaccountable, government agency in United States history. 

By intentional design, the CFPB is not accountable to Congress or the taxpayer.

Jul 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), vice chair on the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade on the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement Tuesday in response to the passage or H.J. Resolution 111, CRA Joint Resolution Disapproving the CFPB Anti-Arbitration Rule.

Jul 25, 2017 Video

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) took to the House floor on Tuesday to recognize Rural America’s impact on our nation. 

Williams’ remarks are below:

“Mr. Speaker, I’d like to take this time to recognize rural America and the impact it has on our nation.

“Rural America makes up 72 percent of our country’s land and roughly 46.2 million Americans call it home.

Jul 21, 2017 Column

Seven years after its launch in 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has done nothing for American taxpayers besides provide 2,300 pages of impulsive and deceiving legislation. This disaster of a law has unfairly blanketed our entire financial system with more than 400 overreaching and costly mandates. 

Jul 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), vice chair on the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade on the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement Tuesday in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB), final arbitration rule:

Jun 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s removal of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

Jun 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, released the following statement Thursday after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act, H.R. 10.

Mar 20, 2017 Newsletter
Mar 17, 2017 Video

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Thursday morning presided over his first subcommittee hearing as vice chair of the subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade.

Williams, who serves alongside the subcommittee chair, Congressman Andy Barr of Kentucky, has been critical of U.S. economic growth since the Great Recession, which has been declared the weakest recovery since World War II.

Mar 17, 2017 Column

The following column by U.S. Representative Roger Williams originally appeared in the Fort Worth Business Press: