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Fort Hood is a major economic driver in Central Texas, contributing more than $33 billion to the Texas economy annually. It is one of the largest military bases in the world, with over 30,000 Soldiers, Airmen and their families assigned to the installation. During my time in Congress, I have delivered more funding for our warfighters by delivering the highest defense spending in history year after year. I will always remain committed to ensuring they have the resources needed to protect our nation.

When the Army needed a new home to build the force of the future, they selected Austin, Texas. “Army Futures Command (AFC) leads a continuous transformation of Army modernization in order to provide future warfighters with the concepts, capabilities and organizational structures they need to dominate a future battlefield.” [1] I am proud to have played a crucial role in getting the AFC headquarters to Austin. In 2018, I was grateful for the opportunity to visit our troops in Iraq and Kuwait during a week-long Congressional Delegation (CODEL). I witnessed firsthand our operations overseas and heard from leading military officials about how Congress can best serve our men and women in uniform.

I have been an ardent advocate for expanding funding for the military and will continue working to deliver the resources needed for our servicemen and women to remain the greatest fighting force in the world. Some of my work includes:

  • Supported 7 National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA), all of which included a pay raise for our troops, including the largest pay increase ever of 3.1% in 2020.

  • Secured $61.5 million dollar barrack renovation project for Fort. Hood in 2016, $145 million in 2017 and $117.4 million in 2018.

  • Helped bring the 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade to Ft. Hood.

  • Successfully advocated to award the Purple Heart to victims of the Ft. Hood terrorist attack and allow them to receive financial compensation

  • Cosponsored H.Res.177 expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should continue to support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program.

  • Continuing resolutions do not benefit the military. It is critical that we pass legislation that fully funds the Department of Defense to support the men and women that protect our livelihood.

*[1] https://www.army.mil/futures#org-about

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Aug 31, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) issued the following statement following the withdrawal of U.S. troops out of Afghanistan:

Aug 30, 2021 Column

August 26th, 2021 is a day Americans must never forget. It’s the day 13 Marines, Soldiers, and Navy Corpsmen, would make the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan. They gave their lives so others may live, the most noble form of selflessness human beings will ever know. They did everything we asked of them, left their families and worldly possessions behind to serve a cause bigger than themselves.

Aug 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) issued the following statement calling on President Biden to be impeached:

Aug 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) issued the following statement following this morning’s news coming out of Afghanistan:

Aug 23, 2021 Column

America sacrificed blood and treasure in Afghanistan for 20 years. Our servicemembers did everything they were asked over two decades and four presidential administrations. 2,448 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines gave their last full measure in Afghanistan, and thousands more forever bear the scars of war, both seen and unseen. As we watch the events unfold on the ground, we should keep in the forefront of our minds the Veterans and Gold Star families who are experiencing varying levels of sadness, pride, anger, and confusion. 
 

Aug 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) issued the following statement regarding the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan:

May 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Roger Williams (TX-25) introduced bipartisan legislation to codify the Boots to Business (B2B) program that helps transitioning service members to start and grow businesses. The B2B program is offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP).

May 5, 2021 Press Release

KILLEEN, TX – Representative Roger Williams (TX-25) issued the statement below following his Fort Hood Community Roundtable:

Mar 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Fort Hood Representatives Roger Williams (TX-25) and John Carter (TX-31) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Norris Cochran, urging them not to house illegal immigrants on Ft. Hood and reminding them of the language they secured in the FY17 NDAA that prevents this action without House and Senate certification. You can find the full letter at the bottom of the release.

Sep 9, 2020 Newsletter

I stand with our brave service members and veterans who have undertaken tremendous tasks to guarantee the safety and security of the American people. The American story is nothing without our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, who in spite of great odds, have always answered the call to serve.

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