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Come and Read It Report

Oct 10, 2017

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

Last week, the House voted on, and passed, H.Con.Res. 71, the Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2018. Passing this budget was the key to unlocking tax reform. Now, it is in the hands of the Senate to pass their budget so we can finally take steps to rolling out our firm plan that includes real numbers. You can find my statement on the matter here.

Small Dollar Lending Update

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Corday announced last week that he plans on taking away access to small-dollar emergency loans. This is another example of Cordray and his colleagues at the CFPB overreaching and putting the advancement of their personal agendas ahead of the needs of the consumer. I look forward to working with the House Committee on Financial Services to address this matter in a timely manner. You can find my full statement here.

Legislative Update

Last week: In addition to voting on 13 pieces of legislation, I co-sponsored two pieces of legislation: H.R. 613 and the Mercy Ships Congressional Gold Medal Act.

This week: We'll be voting on additional disaster relief funding for states affected by recent hurricanes. On Friday, we'll vote on S. 585, the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017.

The House Committee on Financial Services will hold a full committee markup tomorrow to consider 23 different pieces of legislation. On Thursday, there will be a full committee hearing at 8:30am CT regarding the Future of Housing in America, where we will get the opportunity to question Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson.

I have included some articles and releases you may find interesting located on the right side of this newsletter. 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