US Congressman Williams tackles topics of tariffs and gun violence

Burnet County Judge James Oakley/Special to The Bulletin
Burnet Chamber of Commerce hosted a Coffee with the Congressman event Wednesday, Aug. 21, featuring US Rep. Roger Williams (Dist. 25) at Unshakeable Grounds coffee shop in downtown Burnet.




From staff reports

US Congressman Roger Williams (Dist. 25) spoke about national issues to a local crowd of about 30 people in Burnet for the latest Coffee with the Congressman event.

His appearance the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 21 at Unshakeable Grounds in downtown Burnet followed his coffee break event in Marble Falls on Aug. 13.

In Burnet, Williams' topics included possible solutions to gun violence. He articulated how “loss of the family unit” and personal bonds has taken its toll on safety in communities. Issues which aggravate gun violence problems such as mental illness also include isolation, he said.

The congressman unveiled his support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to replace NAFTA from which President Trump withdrew U.S. support.

“Originally, I was not supportive of it (USMCA) because of the tariffs,” Williams said. “For me personally as a business owner, it would have raised the sale of a new car by $5,000.”

Williams owns of dealerships outside of Fort Worth.

He said he believes President Trump has “listened” and taken the advice of lawmakers such as himself to avoid supporting tariffs in the legislation.

Other discussions involved the proposed School Violence and Mitigation Act of 2019 to earmark federal funding to enhance school safety; improvements in housing options and upgrades at the Fort Hood installation; and his fight on Capitol Hill against socialist policies and support for capitalist ventures.

Williams represents the 25th congressional district of Texas which stretches from Tarrant County in the north to Hays County in the south and includes much of the Texas Hill Country and Austin.

In the 116th Congress, Williams serves on both the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions and the Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy, within the Financial Services Committee.

Highlander staff members Cindi Fry and Connie Swinney contributed to this report.

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