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.”  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.
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.
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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.
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) this week sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf requesting an update on the implementation of Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) technology at the southern border.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25), a representative of Fort Hood, today released the following statement after it was announced that troopers with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division are the first to receive the newest version of the M1 Abrams Tank:
This week, I voted to continue the House's bipartisan tradition of nearly six decades by passing a national defense bill that provides for our men and women in uniform.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020:
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As we gather together with family and friends during the holiday season, I hope we will all take pause and think of our military servicemembers who will spend their Thanksgiving and Christmas deployed in our nation’s defense.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today released the following statement after voting against the continuing resolution, or short-term spending bill, to fund the federal government until December 20, 2019: