These are the facts about Roger Williams, Congressman for Texas' 25th Congressional District.
Roger Williams has voted again and again and again to repeal or weaken the Affordable Care Act, including the vote to fully repeal it without a replacement in 2017, which would have kicked 24 million Americans off their health insurance, driven premiums up for millions of Americans with employer-based insurance, and taken healthcare from sick children, the elderly, low-income pregnant women, the poor, and millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions.
For a list of his votes to gut healthcare, including his many votes to end protections for people with pre-existing conditions, which includes cancer patients and medically fragile children, click here.
Williams supports the Trump administration’s lawsuit currently arguing to abolish the ACA, which would end protections for people with pre-existing conditions -- millions of Americans, over 325,000 of whom live in District 25.
Roger Williams never supported a single bill to protect pre-existing conditions before 2019.
After Congress failed to repeal the ACA following widespread public outcry, Roger Williams did not co-sponsor the Pre-existing Conditions Protection Act of 2017, the Republican pre-existing conditions "messaging bill", aimed at protecting vulnerable Republicans.
During the height of the coronavirus recession, when Texas small businesses were losing everything and the US economy was experiencing Great Depression-era unemployment, reports emerged that Roger Williams had taken previously undisclosed taxpayer-funded bailouts for his personal car dealership, which employs family members, in Weatherford.
The public only learned of the bailouts in May of 2020, after the Dallas Morning News published a story that revealed that Williams had accepted taxpayer-funded bailouts, which he had not previously disclosed.
Stories followed in the Killeen Daily Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Austin American-Statesman, with national outlets like Politico, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Forbes also reporting on the scandal.
After a national uproar, the Small Business Administration began releasing the amounts of COVID-19 PPP loans, and it was revealed that Williams' forgivable loan was in the amount of $1 - 2 million.
Williams subsequently voted to keep details about the amount of the bailout hidden from the public. He voted against the TRUTH Act, a bipartisan bill which would have required public disclosure of companies that received funds through the government bailout program.
The investigation was initiated into Williams after he inserted a provision into a $300 billion transportation funding bill called the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act that exempted some car dealerships like his own from a proposal to prevent rental car companies from renting out vehicles that were subject to safety recalls.
The legislation was spurred by the deaths of Raechel and Jacqueline Houck, ages 24 and 20.
In the entire 114th session of Congress, two full years, this was the only amendment Roger Williams proposed.
Williams introduced his amendment just before midnight, after most members had left for the evening.
Williams refused to cooperate with OCE, provide documents or sit for an interview.
In its report, OCE concluded “there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Williams’ personal financial interest in his auto dealership may be perceived as having influenced his performance of official duties.”
Following the OCE’s bipartisan 6-0 vote, which found that Williams violated House rules and standards of conduct regarding conflicts of interest, the Republican-led House Ethics committee took no further action.
Roger Williams has accepted $1.55 million from Wall Street donors, banks, and the Finance industry. Nearly all of his contributions are from PACs and those that aren't come from wealthy donors from Ft. Worth.
Roger Williams is a multi-millionaire who inherited his wealth from his father, a wealthy car dealer who moved to Fort Worth from Illinois. He is the 9th wealthiest member of Congress. His net worth has tripled since taking office. He does not live in the district.
On December 6, 2017, he voted to allow untrained, unlicensed individuals to carry guns across state lines, which was widely condemned by the law enforcement community; the vote came after ignoring the 473 police officials from 39 states who opposed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which the NRA called its top priority in 2017.
On February 27, 2019, Roger Williams voted against H.R. 8, the bipartisan Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which would have required a background check on every sale, ensuring that people prohibited from purchasing firearms cannot exploit loopholes and purchase guns, and which law enforcement leaders across the country supported.
Amid Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s removal of mail sorting machines, Donald Trump’s admission that he was purposely withholding critical funding to the USPS, as well as documented reports that delivery of medications and checks being slowed to American veterans and seniors, Roger Williams voted against funding the post office.
Since being elected in 2012, Roger Williams has only had one (1) piece of legislation of which he was the lead sponsor pass and be signed into law -- a bill to rename a post office.