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Roger Williams' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 25, Republican
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Roger Williams has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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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 2016, 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

  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee (
  • "I am a firm believer that every human being is created in God's own image, every life is precious, and we have an obligation to protect life at every stage. It's time we get rid of this gruesome procedure once and for all, and I hope and pray that the President will consider it before more innocent lives are taken." (
  • "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." (
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

  • "America's Tax Code deals some of the harshest penalties for those who contribute most to the economy. We have the highest corporate tax rate in the world, and the top wage earners pay most of the Federal income taxes. To restore fairness for all taxpayers, we need to cut the corporate rate to a real 25 percent, and collapse the current six tax brackets to just two, at 10 and 25 percent." (
  • "Lowering taxes now as the first step of tax reform; Beginning a debate about whether a national sales tax or flat tax would be better for the country." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." (
  • "But a healthy economy doesn't need government stimulus to be successful. The stimulus program is just a way of putting a bandaid 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." (
  • "We need a budget that shrinks the size of government, reins in out-of-control spending, and prevents tax dollars from being subject to waste, fraud, and abuse." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to cut the capital gains tax, the dividends tax, and eliminate the inheritance tax. We need an improved R&D tax credit to give the American manufacturers the ability to compete globally. With these cuts, we need to ensure that hard-earned taxpayer dollars taken by the IRS are no longer subject to waste, fraud, and abuse." (
  • "Not only do I believe that we need to lower taxes, I believe we need to utterly reform the tax code." (
  • "Roger supports: Lowering taxes now as the first step of tax reform […]." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" (
  • "[…] I support further expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline […]" (
  • "The Keystone pipeline would create over 42,000 jobs. It will invest $7 billion into the U.S. economy, and it will increase U.S. energy security and independence by safely transporting 830,000 barrels of oil per day, which is nearly half of what the U.S. currently imports from unstable, hostile nations." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." (
  • "We should continue developing wind, solar, clean coal, biofuels, nuclear energy, as well as oil and natural gas. Not only will this reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil, it will create thousands of American jobs." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mr. WILLIAMS. Mr. Speaker, at a time when millions of Americans are out of work and the cost of living continues to rise, the President could not be more out of touch with reality. For example, President Obama has continued pushing for car manufacturers to produce vehicles that get 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 through the EPA's Corporate Average Fuel Economy program." (
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Roger Williams, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Texas and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." (
  • "The National Institute of Justice states that 'there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence'' due to the 1994 assault weapons ban. Gun control laws do not make our communities safer. They do not take firearms from criminals but, rather, from law-abiding citizens." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mr. Speaker, pressure is mounting on President Obama and Harry Reid to get rid of ObamaCare. Even Senate Democrats, like Joe Manchin, are starting to listen to the people who sent them to Congress. Americans don't want the law, Texans don't want the law, and my district doesn't want the law. And it's easy to see why." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mr. Speaker, a national crisis is happening right now in my home State of Texas. Thousands upon thousands of people from Central America are coming across our so-called southern border, and they are bankrupting Texas and wearing out our resources." (
  • "Any solution must have border security first, no amnesty, and reforms to our existing visa program. We are a nation of immigrants, but also a nation of laws." (
  • "My vote was a vote against Obama's amnesty plan. It was a vote to preserve our nation's balance of power." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign (
  • "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.'" (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Terrorist networks are no longer contained within the borders of sympathetic Middle East nations but are expanding across multiple continents. In order to combat this ever-growing threat to our homeland we must sever the head of the snake, and I believe taking out sources of terrorism financing will do just that." (
  • "Roger supports […] Keeping national security spending off-limits from budget cuts; Investing in new weapons technology like the Joint Strike Fighter; Raising the pay of our men and women in uniform; Never apologizing for American military strength." (
  • "Roger supports: Preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon; […] Continuing to pursue and punish terrorists around the world." (
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

  • "We need to reform Social Security and give younger Americans the option to invest a portion of their payroll taxes […]." (


Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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