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Roger Williams

Roger Williams' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Roger Williams
Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 25, Republican
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 25
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Patty; 2 Children: JJ, Sabrina
Birth Date: 09/13/1949
Home City: Fort Worth, TX
Religion: Christian
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roger Williams. Issue Position: Protecting the Sanctity of Life. 1 January 2012. "I believe all life is sacred and a gift from God. I oppose abortion and federal funding of stem cell research. I also know that life begins at conception and does not end until natural death." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roger Williams. Obama Releases Taliban Fighters, Taliban Strengthens in Afghanistan. 7 May 2012. "The Obama administration has been secretly releasing Taliban fighters to strengthen its negotiating position [¦] This is a huge problem. And what we have found is maybe the policies, the announced date of withdrawal, the negotiations with the Taliban, have worked against what our endgame is here." (www.rogerforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roger Williams. Facebook: Wall. 6 January 2012. "It's clear that the government needs to reduce spending, but the defense budget shouldn't be first on the chopping block while China continues to increase its military strength. Is this really a time to cut back, when we're the greatest protectors of freedom and democracy?" (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roger Williams signed Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Texas and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roger Williams. House Minority Whip Says Stimulus Worked. 31 August 2011. "A healthy economy doesn't need government stimulus to be successful. The stimulus program is just a way of putting a Band-Aid on a gaping wound, of continuing to pump billions of taxpayer dollars into government spending programs that will cripple the capitalist system by creating an economy that is dependent on government - an economy that redistributes wealth instead of generating wealth. In short, it is more of the left's social justice agenda. We must stand together as Conservatives to put a stop to irresponsible spending." (www.rogerforcongress.com)
  • Roger Williams. Issue Position: Abolishing Earmarks. 1 January 2012. "I oppose earmarks not just because of all the wasteful spending; I oppose them because they represent a corruption of the political process. In my business, we only spend money on ideas that make sense and make dollars for our company. The same should be true for government. If an idea is worth funding, then it should be funded through the normal appropriations process." (votesmart.org)
  • Roger Williams. Issue Position: Balancing the Budget. 1 January 2012. "We can't spend our way back to a balanced budget. We have to start reducing spending and deconstructing years of programs and policies which have only served to grow government, harm the private sector, and impair our freedom. This is a moral imperative in which we must not fail if we are to protect the future for our children and grandchildren." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roger Williams. Facebook: Notes. Questions to Congress. 16 December 2010. "Why vote for a bill that doesn't include payroll tax reductions for the employer? It's good that it cuts the pay roll tax for the employee but by not cutting the tax for the employer you are hindering their ability to create jobs and get the economy going." (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roger Williams. Issue Position: Reforming Education by Returning to Local Control. 1 January 2012. "As your Congressman, I will support repealing the "No Child Left Behind Act" and returning education control to school districts, teachers and parents. No faceless bureaucrat at the Department of Education in Washington cares more or knows more about educating your child than you do. I will support initiatives like "Dollars to the Classroom" that bypass the Department of Education and send federal education dollars straight to local schools. And though they are largely state and local issues, I will be a strong advocate for school choice, charter schools and home schooling. I strongly support the efforts of the Texas State Board of Education to bring real American history, values and culture into the curriculum." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roger Williams. Issue Position: American Energy Independence is a Critical National Priority. 1 January 2012. "We are all seeing the growing instability of the Middle East. We cannot continue to send billions of dollars overseas to unstable foreign nations who are threatened by Islamic radicals. Before it is too late, our nation must embark on a 'Manhattan Project' to explore, produce, and technologically advance our own American energy supplies. This is simply a matter of national security and the continued survival of our nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Roger Williams. Facebook: Notes. Barack Obama Deserves a Pink Slip in 2012. 31 May 2011. "When President Barack Obama visited Louisiana during the British Petroleum oil spill, Governor Bobby Jindal asked him to remove the moratorium on offshore drilling so that thousands of hard-working people could go back to their jobs producing American energy. Not to worry, the president answered. 'We'll just put them on unemployment,' he said. When Governor Jindal told me that story, I was angered but not surprised. It's the personification of what I have long believed: that while the administration talks publicly about strengthening the economy it really is working to strengthen the government's role in the economy. [¦] And his refusal to encourage domestic drilling has left us more dependent than ever on foreign oil. A coincidence? I doubt it. The administration doesn't want to promote domestic energy and believes high energy prices are a good thing." (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roger Williams. EPA: Regulations would require 230,000 new employees, $21 billion. 26 September 2011. "This is just another reason that the EPA needs to go. They continue to burden Americans with regulations and growing government at taxpayer expense. We cannot afford $21 Billion dollars to pay for unnecessary government regulation that will kill jobs and stifle the American economy. The EPA worries about Americans choking on the air they breathe, but Americans are choking on the EPA. [¦] The EPA aims to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act, even though the law doesn't give the EPA explicit power to do so." (www.rogerforcongress.com)
  • Roger Williams. Twitter: @RogerWilliamsTX. 26 September 2011. "Just another reason the EPA needs to go: $21 billion to pay for new regulation." (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roger Williams. Issue Position: Second Amendment Rights. 1 January 2012. "I'm a Texan, a lifetime NRA member, and a gun owner. I don't want anyone messing with my 2nd Amendment rights, and I won't allow anyone to mess with yours." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roger Williams signed Independent Women's Voice: ObamaCare Repeal Pledge. "I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010.*To that end, I would now and will in the next Congress endorse and vote for all measures, including discharge petitions, leading to its defunding, deauthorization, and repeal. I shall do so whether those measures are taken for the whole of the bill or those component parts that impose mandates, restrict patient and doctor choice and access, violate individual freedom and privacy, reduce healthy competition, increase costs, or raise taxes. *The healthcare bill is defined as consisting of: 1) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), signed into law on March 23, 2010; and 2) The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (H.R. 4872), signed into law on March 30, 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roger Williams. Issue Position: Stopping Illegal Immigration. 1 January 2012. "Our hospitals, schools, and local governments know the cost of paying for the education and health care of illegal immigrants. Securing the border must be a key priority for our nation -- truly this is a Constitutional responsibility in which our government has been an abject failure. While we openly welcome people who follow our laws and are legal immigrants we need to ensure these individuals assimilate to America by learning our language, our rich heritage, and respecting our foundational beliefs." (votesmart.org)
  • Roger Williams. Obama's Continued Contempt. 21 June 2012. "Last week we saw this arrogance with the President's announcement that he would stop the deportation of some illegal immigrants. Apparently, Obama was asleep in the class at law school the day separation of powers was taught. In our system of government, Presidents don't get to make laws on their own. Laws are made by the Congress." (rogerforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roger Williams. Issue Position: Upholding Traditional Marriage. 1 January 2012. "I believe marriage is between one man and one woman, period. That is why I will support all efforts to uphold that definition and prevent the encroachment of 'gay marriage.'" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roger Williams. Osama Bin Laden is DEAD: Radical Islam is NOT. 3 March 2011. "As your United States Senator, I will make no apologies for this country and will give no quarter to terrorists. We will aggressively defend this country and pursue terrorists throughout the world. That is how we confront the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism...and that is what I will do as your senator." (www.rogerforcongress.com)
  • Roger Williams.Gun Running to Mexican Drug Lords. 7 October 2011. "if you want to fight the Mexican drug cartels, treat them like we treat other terrorists by introducing them to Predator drones, Hellfire missiles and, if need be, the United States Marines!" (www.rogerforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Roger Williams. Issue Position: Entitlement Reform is Critical. 1 January 2012. "We need to reform Social Security and give younger Americans the option to invest a portion of their payroll taxes [¦] The path to entitlement reform lies in empowering people, not government." (votesmart.org)

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