Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

House Passes Sam Johnson Measure to Protect Millions of Seniors from Identity Theft

2015/03/26

Washington, DC – Washington, D.C. – Today the House passed, as part of H.R. 2, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson’s (TX-03) legislation, the Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act (H.R. 380). This measure would protect American seniors from identity theft by ending the use of Social Security numbers on Medicare cards.

“Our seniors are some of the most vulnerable targets for identity theft, and it’s high time that Congress passes this common-sense solution,” said Johnson.  “The Social Security number is the key to identity theft, and thieves are having a field day with seniors’ Medicare cards.  And why? Because these cards have seniors’ Social Security numbers printed right on them!  Ending Social Security numbers on Medicare cards once and for all is a no-brainer.  On behalf of the over 80,000 beneficiaries in Collin County I represent, I look forward to the Senate’s swift passage of this measure.”

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House Passes Budget that Balances, Includes Sam Johnson Measure to Protect Taxpayer Dollars

2015/03/25

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its budget that balances within ten years. Notably, the budget includes a measure introduced by Congressman Sam Johnson in February (H.R. 918) that works to protect hardworking taxpayers’ dollars.

“As a fiscal conservative I’m proud to support this Republican budget that, unlike the President’s proposal, will continue to cut federal spending and balance the budget – without raising taxes,” said Johnson. “Constituents of Collin County will also be happy to know that this budget fully repeals Obamacare and provides greater support for American troops at a time when the world has grown more dangerous.”

“I’m also pleased that this budget includes a measure of mine that works to protect taxpayers’ dollars,” Johnson continued. “Last month I introduced common-sense legislation to ensure Social Security disability benefits are only for those who truly cannot work– including the nearly 8,000 Collin County folks I represent who are disabled. Unfortunately, some individuals are abusing the system by ‘double-dipping’ unemployment and disability benefits at the same time. With the disability program going broke next year, Congress should stop this double-dipping now. My bill does just that!”

“Many hardworking Americans continue to struggle to make ends meet due to the President’s policies. You can rest assured that I will continue to support conservative principles to get our country back on track so that all Americans can have a better life.”


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Johnson, Pro Life Caucus Demand NO Taxpayer Dollars for Planned Parenthood Abortions

2015/03/25

Washington, D.C. – Last year, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) and other Pro-Life Caucus members requested a report to determine which family planning groups receive federal funding. The report, publicly released today by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), found that Planned Parenthood receives the vast majority of federal family planning funding – about $500 million a year. By its very own data, Planned Parenthood admitted that in 2013 over 94 percent of all pregnancy-related services it provided were abortions.

After the report was released, Johnson released the following statement:

“Our Great Nation was founded upon the idea that ALL people are ‘endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. And the first right mentioned in our Declaration of Independence is that of Life. We must do all we can to uphold this most fundamental value. As a member of the Congressional Pro Life Caucus, I have consistently co-sponsored and voted for legislation that protects the sanctity of human life, which begins at conception. I have also long-supported denying federal funds to Planned Parenthood.

“The facts in today’s report are very disturbing. Especially when we know that in 2013 Planned Parenthood performed more than one abortion every two minutes – that’s 327,653 total lives lost in just one year! Meanwhile, they only provided 1,800 adoption referrals and 18,684 prenatal services. This is just wrong! Think of all those precious lives who could have gone on to do great things but were robbed of that opportunity.

“That is why today I proudly continue to be a champion for America’s unborn. And I’m joined in my effort by Congressman Black, Congresswoman Roby, and 70 other colleagues who are dedicated to defending life. Together, we are sending a formal request to the Appropriations Committee demanding that NO federal funds go to Planned Parenthood in FY16.

“Rest assured that I will continue to do all I can to fully protect our God-given right to Life for ALL.”


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Sam Johnson Statement on Bergdahl’s Desertion Charge

2015/03/25

Washington, D.C. – Following the Army’s announcement that it would charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with one count of desertion and one count of misbehavior before the enemy, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) – a decorated 29-year combat veteran of two wars and a Prisoner of War (POW) in Vietnam for nearly seven years – released the following statement:

“As a POW and 29-year Air Force veteran, it pains me to think any serviceman or woman would abandon their post – abandon their country and their military family. Unfortunately, that appears to be the case with Sgt. Bergdahl. He clearly did NOT serve our country with ‘honor and distinction,’ as National Security Advisor Susan Rice stated.

“Every American serviceman and servicewoman makes an oath to serve and protect our Great Nation. I have taken this oath myself, and it’s something I take very seriously. As a member of the Armed Forces, not only are you responsible for protecting the lives of America’s citizens and the values our democratic Republic holds dear, but you also make a commitment to the individuals with whom you serve. You must be able to trust your fellow patriots in life or death situations.

“Regardless of the trial’s outcome, I think it’s important to first honor the real heroes in this situation – the men and women who DO serve our country faithfully. President Obama and his Administration owe their deepest and most heart-felt apology to the troops who risked their lives trying to rescue Bergdahl.

“The fact that the Administration carelessly and unlawfully negotiated with terrorists to return Bergdahl to America in exchange for five Taliban leaders shows a serious lack in judgement. And in doing so, the Administration has, in effect, put a price on the head of each Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Coast Guardsman, and Marine serving abroad in defense of freedom. What’s worse, U.S. intelligence officials now suspect that at least one of these released detainees has attempted to return to the battlefield.

“My prayers are with all our servicemen and women –that their sacrifices are valued by those they serve and that their efforts will not be in vain. And I pray for wisdom for President Obama and his Administration – that they learn from this egregious failure.”


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Sam Johnson Provides Free IRS Tax Return Publication at Local Libraries

2015/03/24

WASHINGTON, D.C. – To help Collin County constituents during this tax season, Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is providing local libraries with paper copies of the IRS’s “Tax Guide 2014 for Individuals” (IRS publication 17). This 280-page publication provides critical information for individuals doing their 2014 tax returns.

“As a fiscal conservative, I want to do everything I can to help my constituents save money – particularly during what can be a stressful and confusing tax season,” said Johnson. “Part of that effort is making sure Collin County folks have affordable access to the resources they need! While constituents can print the book-long IRS Publication 17 document at home, purchase the document for $23.00, or have it printed at a local shop for a fee, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be providing my constituents with an affordable solution! Following the law and saving money shouldn’t be difficult! I hope this resource proves helpful, and if you and your families should need any other assistance with the IRS, please don’t hesitate to call my Plano office at (469) 304-0382. My staff and I are always happy to help!”

Where to find copies of IRS Publication 17, provided by Congressman Johnson:

Frisco
Frisco Public Library
6101 Frisco Square Blvd.
Frisco, TX 75034
(972) 292-5669

McKinney

John and Judy Gay Library
6861 W. Eldorado Pkwy.
McKinney, TX 75070
(972) 547-7323

Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library
101 E. Hunt St.
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 547-7323

Melissa

Melissa Public Library
3411 Barker Ave.
Melissa, TX 75454
(972) 837-4540

Plano

Harrington Library
1501 18th St.
Plano, TX 75074
(972) 941-7175

Princeton

Princeton Community Library
319 McKinney Ave.
Princeton, TX 75407
(972) 736-3741

Richardson
Richardson Public Library
900 Civic Center Dr.
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 744-4350

Sachse
Sachse Public Library
3815 Sachse Rd. Building C
Sachse, TX 75048
(972) 530.8966

Wylie

Rita & Truett Smith Public Library
300 Country Club Rd. #300
Wylie, TX 75098
(972) 516-6250 Read More

Sam Johnson Introduces Bill to Honor Korean War Veterans

2015/03/19

Washington, D.C. – Today, 29- year Air Force Veteran, POW, and U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced the Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act (H.R. 1475).  This bill would permit a privately funded addition of a Wall of Remembrance to the Korean War Veterans Memorial.  The Wall would list the names of all members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were killed in action during the Korean War and list the number of all American POWs and MIAs.

“As a veteran who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, I can attest to the personal importance that our war memorials have for our veterans and military families as well as for future generations,” said Johnson.  “Our war memorials are an important physical reminder that the price of freedom is not free.  Fittingly, they also serve as places where all Americans can pay their respects to the brave men and women who fought on behalf of our Great Nation.” 

Johnson continued, “Many of our veterans returned home, some were taken as Prisoners of War, too many are still missing in action – and then there are the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrice with their lives.  All of them are heroes. 

“Sadly, the Korean War and its veterans are often forgotten.  And America’s memorial for this Forgotten War is incomplete. That is why this Wall of Remembrance is so important.”

In support of Johnson’s bill, J.D. Randolph, 2nd Vice President of the Korean War Veterans Association, stated, “It is important for this Wall of Remembrance to be erected because thousands of young men gave their lives fighting for a mostly forgotten war.  Many were held POW for many years and many are still MIA.  Since it is privately funded, it should go forward.”

Colonel J.P. Hogan, USA, Retired, Texas State President of the Association of the U.S. Army, echoed these sentiments: “It is fitting that we remember the names of our Korean War brethren who were lost in action during this ‘Forgotten War’ that in many respects continues to this day.  These warriors are to be remembered for their courage, their selflessness, and their commitment to Duty, Honor, and Country.” 

 

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Sam Johnson Defends Religious Freedom for America’s Troops

2015/03/18

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced the Preserve and Protect God in Military Oaths Act (H.R. 1425). This bill is in response to the U.S. Air Force Academy’s 2013 decision to make the final clause of the Cadet Honor Oath, which states “so help me God,” optional.

Before introducing his legislation, Johnson made the following statement on the House Floor:

“Our Constitution’s very First Amendment protects every individual’s freedom of religion. But our servicemen and women who protect our county with their lives are seeing that freedom under fire.

“In 2013, the U.S. Air Force Academy made the phrase “so help me God” optional in the oath each cadet takes. And why did they do this? Because of one radical atheist group’s demands!

“Let me be clear: Americans have the freedom of religion – but not freedom from religion. That’s why I am introducing legislation that requires Congressional approval before any change would be made to military oaths.

“The moral foundation of our country is in serious danger if we allow radical groups to dictate whether or not we can freely express our religious beliefs! It’s time to take a stand.”


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Sam Johnson Measure to Protect Seniors from Identity Theft Passes Committee

2015/02/26

Washington, D.C. U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03), who reintroduced his Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act earlier this year, released the following statement after the Ways and Means Committee passed H.R. 1021, which included Johnson’s measure:

“Our seniors are some of the most vulnerable targets for identity theft, and there are some very common-sense solutions we can take to help them!  One of the easiest ways we can do this is by removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards once and for all – and that’s exactly what my Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act does. 

 

“You see, the Social Security number is the key to identity theft and the thieves know that.  Well here’s the problem:  seniors’ Medicare cards include their Social Security numbers.  And while Americans are told not to carry their Social Security cards in order to protect their identities in case their wallet is lost or stolen, at the same time seniors are told they must carry their Medicare cards!  This makes no sense, and it puts Medicare beneficiaries – including Collin County’s over 80,000 beneficiaries I represent – at risk!

 

“This is a problem that has gone on for far too long.  Our seniors want, need, and deserve this common-sense consumer protection.”

 

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Congressional Art Competition for High School Students Now Underway

2015/02/23

Washington, DC – With the 33rd annual Congressional Art Competition now underway, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) invites all Collin County high school students to participate.   

“Our community is blessed with many talented student artists, and this annual competition gives them an opportunity to share their talent with their neighbors and peers,” said Johnson.  “I encourage all students who are interested to enter, and I look forward to seeing their creativity!”  

About the Art Competition

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students, whether they attend public, private, or home schools.

In April, entries will be displayed on Congressman Johnson’s website for the public to view and vote for their favorite.  The winning artist will receive the People's Choice Award. On April 27th, Congressman Johnson will also host an art exhibit and award ceremony to display entries and announce the First, Second, and Third Place winners.

The First Place Winner will have the rare and unique opportunity to have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year.  This student will also have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., meet with his or her Member of Congress, and attend an award ceremony where their artwork will join other first prize entries from other Congressional Districts for an exclusive unveiling ceremony.

How to Enter

Students interested in participating in this year’s Congressional Art Competition must complete the following steps:

Step 1: Email an RSVP for the Competition to Alexis Dromgoole in Congressman Johnson’s Plano Office no later than March 23, 2015Students may not RSVP themselves – a teacher or parent must RSVP on each student's behalf.  The RSVP must include the student's name, hometown, and school.

Step 2: Students must submit their artwork entries no later than March 31, 2015.  Student artwork MUST meet all of the Rules and Regulations

Students may submit their original artwork one of two ways.

1) Contact Alexis Dromgoole (469-304-0382) to schedule a pick-up at their local school; or

2) Drop off their artwork submission at Congressman Johnson’s Plano office.

IMPORTANT: There are two pieces of paperwork that MUST be completed in order to participate in the Art Competition – a Student Release Form and a Student Application. This completed paperwork will be collected at either the scheduled artwork pick-up time or when the student drops their artwork off at Congressman Johnson’s Plano office


For questions, please contact Alexis Dromgoole (469-304-0382).

Additional information about the Competition can be found HERE.

 

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Sam Johnson Introduces Bill to Protect Taxpayer Dollars

2015/02/12

Washington, D.C. – As part of his ongoing effort to protect taxpayer dollars by rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse, today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced legislation (H.R. 918) to stop individuals from abusing the system by “double-dipping” unemployment and disability benefits at the same time.

After introducing his legislation, Congressman Johnson (Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee) released the following statement:

“Under current law, some people can get both disability benefits and unemployment benefits.  That just makes no sense!  Think about it – disability benefits are for those who can’t work and unemployment benefits are for those who can work.  That’s why I’ve introduced this common-sense legislation to protect taxpayers’ dollars.  It will help ensure Social Security disability benefits are only for those who truly cannot work and for which this safety net was designed to help – including the nearly 8,000 Collin County folks who are disabled.  With the disability program going broke next year, Congress should stop this double-dipping and now.”

Social Security’s disability program is projected to be unable to pay full benefits in 2016.  Earlier this year the House passed a measure offered by Johnson as part of its rules package.  The measure would encourage Congress to work to fix Social Security by preventing Congress from raiding the retirement program to bail out the disability program.   

 

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Contact Information

1211 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4201
Fax 202-225-1485
samjohnson.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Ways and Means

Sam Johnson, a decorated war hero and native Texan, ranks among the few Members of Congress to fight in combat. During his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Representative Johnson flew combat missions in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He endured nearly seven years as a Prisoner of War in Hanoi, including 42 months in solitary confinement. Following his distinguished military career, Sam established a home-building business in North Dallas from scratch and served in the Texas State legislature.

Sam holds a House leadership role as one of the few Deputy Whips (vote counters). He is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means where he serves as the Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee and sits on the Health Subcommittee. In the 112th Congress, House leaders appointed Sam to the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT).

Sam uses his committee assignments to benefit the Third District. Sam’s tenure and long-standing relationships give his constituents direct access to top congressional leaders.

A fiscal hawk and constitutional conservative who advocates lower taxes and smaller government, Sam has proven himself as a respected leader with a rock-solid record.

In 2011, the renowned bipartisan publication, National Journal, named Sam the most conservative Member of Congress based solely on his voting record, meaning he voted against Nancy Pelosi and President Obama’s big government, failed stimulus agenda at every turn.

In 2009, Sam’s peers recognized him as the “most admired” Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, in 2009 the prestigious Congressional Medal of Honor Society bestowed Sam their highest civilian accolade, the National Patriot Award, for his tireless work on behalf of the troops, veterans, and freedom.

In 2011, Sam accepted the “Freedom of Flight” award at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards, dubbed the Oscars of aviation, from renowned air show pilot Bob Hoover.

Sam serves as a Regent for the world famous Smithsonian Institution, where he represents the Board of Regents on the Advisory Board of the National Air and Space Museum.

Sam chronicles his POW experience in solitary confinement in his autobiography, Captive Warriors. The book details the stories of the self-named “Alcatraz Gang,” including great American patriots, such as Jeremiah Denton and Jim Stockdale.

A decorated combat veteran and war hero, Sam was awarded two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, one Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple Hearts, four Air Medals, and three Outstanding Unit Awards.

Sam Johnson is married to the former Shirley L. Melton of Dallas. They are proud parents of three children and grandparents to ten.


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