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Roger Williams' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I will always remain committed to fighting for the unborn and am encouraged by millions of pro-life Americans across the country dedicated to protecting every life." (twitter.com)
  • "I believe that life is a precious gift beginning at conception. I have voted every year to defund Planned Parenthood and I will always support measures that protect our nation’s most vulnerable. I am proud to hold an “A” rating from the Susan B. Anthony List for my efforts to protect the unborn." (williams.house.gov)
  • "I believe that life is a precious gift beginning at conception. I have voted every year to defund Planned Parenthood and I will always support measures that protect our nation’s most vulnerable. I am proud to hold an "A" rating from the Susan B. Anthony List for my efforts to protect the unborn." (williams.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S 610 "Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "In my business, I deal with pension issues for my employees. And I know that the federal government cannot sustain its current path of entitlement spending. This is an outrage for younger Americans who are paying into a system that won't be there for them. We need to reform Social Security and give younger Americans the option to invest a portion of their payroll taxes; and we need to reform Medicare so that those who need it the most get direct payments that they can use to purchase private health insurance. The path to entitlement reform lies in empowering people, not government." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • ""H.R. 1 is the Democrats' concerted effort to strip the states' election authorities and handover complete control to the federal government. As a former Texas Secretary of State, I know that the Constitution clearly states that Texas, and Texas alone has the right to determine our election laws. The Democrats' attempt to nationalize our elections and make "pandemic-style" changes permanent is deeply troubling" said Congressman Williams." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by End Citizens United. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I support what the Supreme Court has deemed freedom of speech for everyone to voice their vote in an election." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "H.R. 1 is the Democrats' concerted effort to strip the states' election authorities and handover complete control to the federal government. As a former Texas Secretary of State, I know that the Constitution clearly states that Texas, and Texas alone has the right to determine our election laws. The Democrats' attempt to nationalize our elections and make "pandemic-style" changes permanent is deeply troubling" said Congressman Williams." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "While the far left is pushing radical ideas that put Texans at risk like defunding the police and ending qualified immunity, I’m proud to support real change that promotes accountability in law enforcement. The #JUSTICEAct will help ensure equal justice under the law." (twitter.com)
  • "I support qualified immunity to protect law enforcement officers and allow them to do their jobs." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "While the far left is pushing radical ideas that put Texans at risk like defunding the police and ending qualified immunity, I’m proud to support real change that promotes accountability in law enforcement. The #JUSTICEAct will help ensure equal justice under the law." (twitter.com)
  • "The NDAA typically enjoys a longstanding bipartisan tradition to provide for our men and women in uniform, and ensure the readiness and modernization of our Armed Forces," said Congressman Williams. "While there are good components to the FY22 NDAA, I believe much needed improvements can be made in conference to make the bill better and remove many of the Democrats' attempts to further politicize our military. I look forward to supporting a NDAA which will include a 2.7 % pay raise, inclusion of my bipartisan Boots to Business Act, and an overall 5% increase to next year's defense budget. Providing for our Armed Services, and most importantly the brave men and women at Fort Hood in TX-25, will always be my highest priority." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""The NDAA typically enjoys a longstanding bipartisan tradition to provide for our men and women in uniform, and ensure the readiness and modernization of our Armed Forces," said Congressman Williams. "While there are good components to the FY22 NDAA, I believe much needed improvements can be made in conference to make the bill better and remove many of the Democrats' attempts to further politicize our military. I look forward to supporting a NDAA which will include a 2.7 % pay raise, inclusion of my bipartisan Boots to Business Act, and an overall 5% increase to next year's defense budget. Providing for our Armed Services, and most importantly the brave men and women at Fort Hood in TX-25, will always be my highest priority."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Dems are trying to force through their massive $3.5 TRILLION spending package - far more than the federal government should ever spend. This socialist package was hand delivered by Bernie Sanders and would decimate our private sector, replacing it with government programs." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by Council for Citizens Against Government Waste. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Thanks to the CARES Act, much needed relief will soon be available to millions of small businesses so they can continue to serve our communities and keep their staff employed." (twitter.com)
  • "Great to host a roundtable in Johnson County with local leaders highlighting our partnership and shared goals as we serve Texans. I’m proud to have delivered over $10 million in relief to the county for education, infrastructure repairs and residential assistance during COVID-19." (twitter.com)
  • "I'm proud to fight for our Texas businesses during COVID-19. I'll always support pro-business policies like the CARES Act that equip Main Street with the resources needed to recover and thrive." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Great to host a roundtable in Johnson County with local leaders highlighting our partnership and shared goals as we serve Texans. I’m proud to have delivered over $10 million in relief to the county for education, infrastructure repairs and residential assistance during COVID-19." (twitter.com)
  • "The Biden Inflation Crisis is forcing Texas families to spend $9,065/year MORE on food, services, and basic necessities. The consequences of Democrats' reckless spending habits should not fall onto the backs of hardworking Texans." (twitter.com)
  • "As Inflation continues to soar, hardworking families and job creators continue to pay the price for Democrats' reckless tax-and-spend agenda. #Bidenflation" (twitter.com)
  • "Due to President Biden and House Democrats' failed economic decisions, Americans are experiencing an inflation crisis and are left paying more for everyday items." (twitter.com)
  • "Instead of reining in wasteful government spending and addressing rising costs, the Democrats are pushing their tax and spend plan that will add more fuel to the Biden inflation and supply chain crisis. A vote for Build Back Better is a vote to advance socialism." (twitter.com)
  • "President Biden's student loan forgiveness is a bailout for the woke class and will cost taxpayers $330 BILLION. This Administration is more concerned with funding gender study degrees than solving the inflation crisis and saving the economy." (twitter.com)
  • "President Biden's student loan forgiveness plan will cost taxpayers $2,000. As hardworking Americans deal with record-high inflation and increased energy costs, this plan will cause more pain in your wallet." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "H.R. 4 allows the DOJ to veto state’s election integrity laws, like common-sense voter ID requirements. I voted NO on this unconstitutional bill and oppose the efforts for Washington D.C. bureaucrats to tell Texas how to run their own election process." (twitter.com)
  • Voted against H.R. 4 “John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021” (votesmart.org)
  • "President Biden’s decision to block the Keystone XL Pipeline will DESTROY thousands of American jobs, raise energy costs for families in the midst of a public health crisis, and undermine our American energy independence. Unbelievable." (twitter.com)
  • Voted against HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "President Biden’s decision to block the Keystone XL Pipeline will DESTROY thousands of American jobs, raise energy costs for families in the midst of a public health crisis, and undermine our American energy independence. Unbelievable." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 "SENSE Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "As there is growing unrest around many oil producing nations, it puts America in a much more secure position knowing that we are not reliant on any foreign nation to meet our demands. I will continue supporting domestic oil and gas producers so we will not be dependent on any foreign nations to meet our energy needs." (williams.house.gov)
  • "In less than a week, Biden is destroying American energy jobs by blocking the Keystone XL pipeline. Abandoning unions, raising energy prices, and destroying thousands of American jobs…and this is only the beginning of Biden's harmful agenda." (twitter.com)
  • "The blackouts caused by this extreme weather reinforces the need to maintain energy independence and increased Texas oil and gas production, not less." (twitter.com)
  • "In less than a week, Biden is destroying American energy jobs by blocking the Keystone XL pipeline. Abandoning unions, raising energy prices, and destroying thousands of American jobs…and this is only the beginning of Biden's harmful agenda." (twitter.com)
  • "President Biden and Speaker Pelosi fulfilled their campaign promise to disarm America and restrict the gun rights of responsible, law-abiding citizens with H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446. These proposals would not stop criminals from possessing a gun and there is no credible evidence to prove these checks will reduce gun violence, firearm suicide, or homicide in the United States." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I will forever be a champion for the Second Amendment – the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms is vital to the protection of our other liberties. That’s why I proudly supported the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and oppose universal background checks, buy backs, assault weapons bans, and red flag laws." (williams.house.gov)
  • Rated 83% by National Rifle Association (NRA) (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I will forever be a champion for the Second Amendment – the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms is vital to the protection of our other liberties. That’s why I proudly supported the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and oppose universal background checks, buy backs, assault weapons bans, and red flag laws." (williams.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2192 “McSally Amendment” (votesmart.org)
  • "Texans sent me to DC to provide relief for hardworking families who've been stuck w/ unaffordable coverage & fewer choices under #Obamacare" (twitter.com)
  • "Under Obamacare, premiums have gone up, accessibility has gone down, and the courts continue ruling against it. Time to #RepealandReplace" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1628 “American Health Care Act of 2017” (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 6201 “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H.R. 3 “Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019” (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H.R. 6833 “The Affordable Insulin Now Act” (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by NumbersUSA. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "President Biden has abandoned our southern border since taking office a year ago, and his open border policies have resulted in record breaking illegal apprehensions. It is time the Biden Administration gets serious about the border crisis and protect the homeland." (twitter.com)
  • "President Biden's open-border policies have caused an unprecedented SURGE in illegal crossings. We must build the wall and stop the crisis unfolding at the southern border." (twitter.com)
  • "Today I sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi demanding she take immediate action to secure our southern border. On his first day in office, President Biden took radical steps to open our border. Congress MUST act to address this crisis and protect Americans." (twitter.com)
  • "We are a nation of immigrants, but also a nation of laws – immigrants have made enormous contributions to our society. They have waited their turn, followed the law, and become citizens. However, tens of thousands of people have crossed our border illegally, overstayed a visa, and now demand special treatment. In order to address these issues, the first step is securing our border and providing our law enforcement with the resources needed to do their jobs." (williams.house.gov)
  • Rated 93% by NumbersUSA. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The first step to fixing our immigration system is securing our borders -- we need a system that works where we know everyone who is in our country and we don't need amnesty." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "We are a nation of immigrants, but also a nation of laws – immigrants have made enormous contributions to our society. They have waited their turn, followed the law, and become citizens. However, tens of thousands of people have crossed our border illegally, overstayed a visa, and now demand special treatment. In order to address these issues, the first step is securing our border and providing our law enforcement with the resources needed to do their jobs." (williams.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats pushed Russia conspiracy theories with President Trump for five years. This week @POTUS gave Putin a gift by waiving sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. I joined 65 of my Republican colleagues to object to this move." (twitter.com)
  • "America must defend her interests and go on offense against the Russian economy and any entities who enable Putin and his brutal regime. I continue to closely monitor the situation in Ukraine and will pray for the innocent people trapped in harm’s way. #StandWithUkraine" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 6968 “Suspending Energy Imports from Russia Act” (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H.R. 7691 “Making emergency supplemental appropriations for assistance for the situation in Ukraine for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022, and for other purposes.” (votesmart.org)
  • "America must defend her interests and go on offense against the Russian economy and any entities who enable Putin and his brutal regime. I continue to closely monitor the situation in Ukraine and will pray for the innocent people trapped in harm’s way. #StandWithUkraine" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of S. 3522 “Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022” (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 98% by National Tax Limitation Committee (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Instead of providing relief for our Nation's job creators amidst rampant inflation, Democrats are working on new tax increases on small businesses. While the economy is struggling, we should be CUTTING taxes and focusing on building a strong Main Street America." (twitter.com)
  • "In the midst of a recession, Democrats want to add $327 billion in new taxes. This is their latest attempt to spend their way out of the problems they created. We MUST stop this reckless spending." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement Implementation Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have long-championed the USMCA as a victory for Texas and our nation -- and while it's disappointing that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle chose to play politics instead of finalizing this deal when called upon, I am grateful we finally put the best interests of our nation first. It is a victory for Texas workers, businesses and communities, as trade between our home state and our North American neighbors supports nearly one million jobs, and results in billions of dollars flowing into our economy. This agreement is about growth and certainty for our country, and it sends the message that we are going to lead the world." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Tariffs hurt small businesses, consumers, and raise the cost of goods. I’m committed to working with President Trump to promote free trade and reduce future tariffs." (twitter.com)
  • "The longer we delay passing a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, the more Main Street loses opportunity and growth. We must do everything we can to continue adding fuel to our economy. It’s time to put partisan politics aside and pass #USMCAnow." (twitter.com)
  • "Tariffs hurt small businesses, consumers, and raise the cost of goods. I’m committed to working with President Trump to promote free trade and reduce future tariffs." (twitter.com)
  • "The longer we delay passing a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, the more Main Street loses opportunity and growth. We must do everything we can to continue adding fuel to our economy. It’s time to put partisan politics aside and pass #USMCAnow." (twitter.com)
This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.
Pro-life Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
No In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
No Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
No Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
I support what the Supreme Court has deemed freedom of speech for everyone to voice their vote in an election.
Yes Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
I support qualified immunity to protect law enforcement officers and allow them to do their jobs.
Yes Do you support increasing defense spending?
No Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
No Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
No Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
No Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Yes Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
I supported the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that expanded paid sick leave and family medical leave for COVID-19 related reasons.
Yes Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
Yes Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
The first step to fixing our immigration system is securing our borders -- we need a system that works where we know everyone who is in our country and we don't need amnesty.
Yes Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
Yes Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
Yes Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
Texans are concerned with the safety of their families, the strength of our economy, lower health care costs and protecting coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, and that is what our message is all about. I'm fighting for safer communities by supporting efforts like the Patrick Underwood Act and the David Dorn Act to stand with law enforcement; keeping our Texas economy the strongest and best in the nation by passing the CARES Act and historic tax reform; and sponsoring legislation in Congress like the Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act to protect health care coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

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