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Come and Read It Report

Oct 31, 2017

Dear Friends,

This week has been a long time coming, and I am eagerly awaiting the release of the tax reform bill text. Scheduled to be released this week, the House has been working hard to ensure this new tax plan benefits all Americans. I want the 25th District of Texas to rest assured that I will not stop fighting until we have a bill that is fairer and simpler for you.

Tax Reform Update

Last Thursday, the House voted on the Senate amended H. Con. Res. 71, the Budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The budget resolution was a critical benchmark to fulfill our promise of comprehensive tax reform for the American people. I am hopeful that we can carry this momentum forward, and deliver a simpler and fairer tax code. It’s time to jumpstart this economy, and pass a tax reform bill that encourages economic growth and allows Americans to keep more of their hard earned paychecks. 

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Update

As the representative for Fort Hood, I was appointed by House Speaker Ryan to serve on the NDAA Conference Committee. The conference kicked off last Wednesday, and will continue this week. I am confident that we will be able to provide our military with what they need in order to remain a world-class fighting force.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Update

The CFPB introduced their anti-arbitration rule in July and the House swiftly overturned it with a vote of 231-190.  This rule was a half-baked idea thought up by the overreaching and unconstitutional CFPB. I applaud the Senate uniting with the House last week in order to rollback this senseless regulation that did nothing but punish hardworking American consumers.

Legislative Update

Last week: we voted on 21 items, such as H.R. 732, the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017, and the Senate amended Budget Resolution. I also co-sponsored 11 pieces of legislation: H.R. 564, H.R. 3329, H.R. 2996, H.R. 2957H.R. 754, H.R. 3274H.R. 2740, H.R. 846, H.R. 3966, the FSOC Improvement Act, and the No Abortions Bonds Act.

This week: we'll be voting on important issues such as H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forest Act of 2017, that will provide federal land management agencies immediate access to tools that will increase the effectiveness of forest management projects. We'll also vote on H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017. This bill will discontinue the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which was created by President Obama  and is accountable to no one. This is another effort by the House to continue rolling back Obamacare and is a big step in the right direction. 

The House Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing on the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit on Wednesday at 1:00 pm CT. You can watch it live here.

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