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Jun 28, 2019
Newsletter
This Week in Washington

Dear Texans, 

This week, I want to provide you with an update and clear picture of what is really going on in Washington. Instead of focusing on the real issues facing our country, Democrats continue to focus on a slew of bills that offer solely platitudes and messaging opportunities versus putting forth anything of substance that will improve the country and solve the issues we are facing.

What we should be focused on: 

     - Securing our southern border and enforcing our immigration laws 
     - Supporting and lifting up our military and defense systems 
     - Continuing to strengthen our economy and ratifying new trade deals 
 
Securing our southern border and enforcing our immigration laws 

Just this week Speaker Nancy Pelosi openly admitted that her ultimate goal is to have open borders, and further denied the ongoing crisis at our southern border. In fact, earlier this week her conference overwhelmingly voiced their support for this plan by passing a bill that fails to pay ICE agents and does nothing to stop illegal immigration. At a time when record-breaking numbers of migrants are crossing into our country illegally, we should be working towards bipartisan solutions that help relieve our border patrol agents, stop the flow of illegals across our border and that hold individuals accountable for their actions.

Radical members in her party continue to push Speaker Pelosi further to the left, and just yesterday she tried to block a bipartisan bill that was passed in the Senate and supported by President Trump. After calls from members on both sides, including my fellow Texas Representatives, Speaker Pelosi begrudgingly caved and allowed a vote on the bill – which passed in a sweeping bipartisan fashion and gives our Border Patrol the relief and resources they deserve.

Supporting and lifting up our military and defense systems 

Currently, Democrats want to cut over $8 billion from our Defense budget, depriving our men and women in uniform of meaningful and necessary funding. With tensions flaring in Iran and broadly in the Middle East, we should be investing more into our military not cutting our support. Right here in TX-25 at Fort Hood, III Corps is preparing to deploy additional personnel to Iraq. Not having the proper funds could put them in greater risk of danger and deny them access to equipment necessary to protect themselves and the country. It also slows down the necessary modernization of equipment and facilities. I will continue to fight for those that defend us each and every day, and will champion legislation that strengthens, not weakens, our military presence. 

Continuing to strengthen our economy and ratifying new trade deals 

President Donald Trump presented Congress with the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal (USMCA) that, if passed, will give Texans and our entire country a major economic victory. There should be nothing partisan about a deal that adds fuel to our economy, puts money back into consumers' pockets and keeps Main Street booming. Canada and Mexico both see the value in this updated deal and are finalizing it with their lawmakers. Rather than accept a victory for all, Democrats are choosing to play politics and are refusing to bring this to a vote.  

In God we trust,

Roger Williams 

Member of Congress