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Come and Read It Report

May 21, 2018

Dear Texans,

It's been over five months since Congress passed the historical Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the good news continues to pour in:

  • Unemployment is at 3.9%, the lowest it's been since 2000
  • 90% of Americans are seeing higher paychecks - this is the fastest wage growth since 2009
  • The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says April was the best month in history for the US budget. We saw $190 BILLION in revenue

In case you missed it, I joined Fox Business News' Mornings with Maria to discuss how we are turning this economy around one step at a time. Click here or below to watch.

Fort Hood Update

In an effort to reduce demand on brigade combat teams (BCT) and continue effective rapid response to national emergencies, we must provide our defensive line with the resources they need to ensure military readiness. After working closely with the U.S. Army on this issue, I am proud to report that ‘The Great Place’ is receiving additional brigades to join them in Central Texas. Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB) will be a great asset to Texas and I am looking forward to welcoming them to their new home later this year.

Santa Fe High School

Last Friday, 10 people were killed by a fellow classmate and student at Santa Fe High School in Texas. This news is unconscionable, and my deepest sympathies are with the students, teachers, and all of those involved who are suffering from this horrific event. No community should ever have to endure a tragedy such as this and Congress must act now to make our schools safer - it cannot wait. Each and every Texan is praying for these people and I will continue to keep them in my thoughts. God bless Santa Fe and its people.

Friday morning, I joined Fox News' Outnumbered with Harris Faulkner to discuss the shooting and my school security bill, H.R. 5107. The safety of our students and teachers is our #1 priority.  We must secure our schools. If you missed it, you can click here or on the image below.

National Police Week

Last week was National Police Week and I had the opportunity to recognize local, state, and federal law enforcement officers on the House floor. I also was able to honor Deptuty Constable Mark Gregory Deibold of the Tarrant County Constable's Office - Precinct 5. Mark's watch ended on September 7, 2017, and all of us in Texas' 25th District, and around the country, are forever grateful for his service to protect others. God bless Mark's family. Click here or below to watch.

A Century of the Phantom Corps

Last Wednesday marked a century of III Corps, also known as the Phantom Corps. These warriors are made up of some of the finest men and women I have ever met, and I am proud to represent them in Washington. They selflessly defend the red, white, and blue every day, and I would like to applaud them on reaching 100 years. Thank you for your service and God bless. Phantom Ready, Phantom Strong!

If you missed it, I wrote an article that appeared in the Fort Hood Herald. You can read it here

Title X Update

I applaud President Trump for choosing to protect life by reinstating President Reagan's Protect Life Rule. To be clear, this does NOT cut a single penny from family planning, but instead directs tax dollars to Title X centers that do not promote or perform abortions; this is a critical step in the right direction. Read more about it here.

U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem

Israel is our strongest friend and ally in the Middle East. I commend President Trump for keeping his promise and moving the United States Embassy to Jerusalem, the country's capital. The US remains fully committed to Israel and we will continue to stand with her people.

TX-25's Congressional Art Competition Winner

Each spring, a nation-wide high school art competition is sponsored by the Congressional Institute. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation and in our congressional district. 

This year’s winner is Jazmine Castillo from Burnet, Texas, who is a junior at Burnet High School. Her piece is an original illustration titled, Remembrance.The runner-up is Caden Schinagel, who is a freshman from Glen Rose High School. Luz Paz, a senior from Burnet High School, came in third place.

First place winner, Castillo, will receive two round-trip airline tickets to visit Washington, D.C. for a winner’s reception on June 27. Her piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one full year. Second and third place winning entries will be displayed in Congressman Williams’ district offices.

Legislative Update

Last week: in addition to voting on 18 legislative items, I cosponsored H.R. 2603, the SAVES Act, H.R. 3990,the National Monument Creation and Protection ActH.R. 3409, the Anti-Pyramid Promotional Scheme Act of 2017, and H.R. 4483, the Federal Insurance Office Abolishment Act of 2017.

I also participated in a Financial Services Subcommittee hearing on Terrorism and Illicit Finance. If you missed it, you can watch it here.

This week: The Financial Services Committee that I am a vice chair of will conduct a markup of H.R. 4439, H.R. 5735, H.R. 5749H.R. 5793, and H.R. 5841. If you'd like to watch, you can live-stream it here tomorrow at 9am CT.

It is an honor and privilege to represent the people of Texas’ 25th Congressional District and as always, please reach out to me with any issues and concerns that are important to you.

In God we trust,

Roger Williams

Member of Congress