Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson’s (R-TX) legislation, the No Social Security for Nazis Act, was signed into law. In late October, an Associated Press investigative report uncovered the fact that Nazi persecutors are receiving Social Security benefits from American taxpayers due to a loophole in current law. Johnson’s bill, which passed the House by a vote for 420 and the Senate by unanimous consent earlier this month, will terminate Social Security benefits for Nazis.
“Social Security was never intended for those who participated in the horrific acts of the Holocaust," said Johnson. "Unfortunately a loophole has allowed Nazis who came to America to get Social Security. But now with my bill being signed into law, this loophole has been rightly closed. I call on both the Department of Justice and the Social Security Administration to carry out this law without delay.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – As part of his ongoing commitment to stand with his constituents in opposing President Obama’s executive amnesty, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) today voted in support of H.R. 5759, the Executive Amnesty Prevention Act of 2014.
Following the bill’s passage, Congressman Johnson released the following statement:
“The President’s executive action is illegal and unfair to those who have played by the rules to legally call America home. It’s no wonder that a majority oppose the President’s action.
“By unilaterally granting amnesty – against the Will of the People – President Obama is not only ignoring the majority of those who elected him, but he’s ignoring our Constitution and the rule of law.
“I refuse to sit on my hands and let the President continue his lawless ways, and I will continue to fight to hold this President accountable to the American people.
“The Senate needs to follow suit and pass this bill. In fact, there are six Democratic Senators on record who have said they oppose the President’s action.”
KEY ACTIONS BY CONGRESSMAN JOHNSON
“Immigration is one of the biggest issues facing America – and Texas – right now,” said Johnson. “But instead of securing America’s borders and enforcing our immigration laws, on November 21st President Obama granted amnesty to even more illegal immigrants – millions more. What the President is doing is illegal, and to make matters worse, these same illegal immigrants may now also be eligible for government benefits – benefits paid for by hardworking American taxpayers. That’s just wrong!”
“The President’s executive actions are unfair to the American people – both those who were born here and those who immigrated legally,” Johnson continued. “He is ignoring the American people, our Constitution, and our way of government. That is why, as Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, I am introducing the No Social Security Numbers & Benefits for Illegal Aliens Act.”
Washington, D.C. – In anticipation of President Obama’s reported plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) took to the House Floor to speak out against the President’s abusive executive actions.
Regarding the President’s plan, Johnson stated:
“This summer’s border crisis was the result of President Obama’s 2012 decision to grant amnesty to some illegal immigrants. Now the President is planning to grant amnesty to even more illegal immigrants – millions more. And to make matters worse, these illegal immigrants may also be eligible for government benefits. That’s just wrong. What the president is doing is illegal.
“Hardworking American taxpayers didn’t sign up to foot the bill for lawbreaking illegal immigrants. The President is ignoring the American people, our Constitution, and our way of government. America is a country of laws, not men.
“My constituents are outraged at the President’s Imperial actions. The American people want, need, and deserve a President who respects and follows the Constitution. On behalf of my outraged constituents, I am fully committed to stopping this illegal action by the President. Our democratic way of life is on the line.”
On November 12th, Congressman Johnson joined his colleagues on a letter by Rep. Matt Salmon calling on House Appropriations Chairman Rogers to prohibit the funding of Obama's amnesty plan. To view the letter, CLICK HERE.
Washington, D.C. – In light of a second health care worker, 29-year-old Amber Vinson, contracting Ebola on American soil, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is following up on his recent efforts to protect the health of Americans by proposing legislation, the Stop Ebola Act, calling for an investigation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and seeking answers with respect to the deployment of troops to Liberia.
“Nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned Ebola could become widespread in the United States,” said Johnson. “I have personally called on President Obama and other high ranking officials to halt travel and visas from Ebola affected countries. Unfortunately, the President is failing to listen to the American people and do the right thing by stopping travel and visas from these countries. That is why I introduced the Stop Ebola Act, along with my colleague Congressman Kenny Marchant.”
“Our nation is behind the curve in combating the domestic spread of Ebola,” said Rep. Marchant (TX-24). “Containment efforts will remain inadequate if we rely solely on the reactive measures being taken by the administration. The Stop Ebola Act is a proactive approach to preventing additional travel-related cases of Ebola in the United States. I have called for travel and visa restrictions since Ebola’s first appearance in North Texas and thank Congressman Johnson for his shared commitment to utilizing every available precaution to keep the American people safe."
The Stop Ebola Act would ban all new visas to citizens of Ebola-affected countries and would ban travel to the U.S. for any person who is not a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident if their journey originated in, or they traveled through, any Ebola-affected country.
Congressman Johnson continued, “While preventing more Ebola cases from being brought into our country is of critical importance, we must also contain the disease here. After all, the latest developments in Dallas show the dangers of Ebola – it just takes one individual to spread Ebola. That is why I’ve called on Inspector General (IG) Levinson of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to investigate the CDC’s response. Bottom-line: we cannot afford any further mistakes.”
Johnson’s letter asks the IG to determine what “breach in protocol” at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital led to the infections of health care workers Nina Pham and Amber Vinson. Because the CDC admitted it had failed to send teams to Dallas with the necessary equipment, protocols, and procedures to stop the further spread of Ebola, the letter also requests specific information about what measures and protocols are now being implemented to adequately protect our health care workers and prevent the future spread of Ebola on American soil.
“As a 29-year Air Force veteran and a Prisoner of War for nearly seven years, I have always been a strong advocate for our servicemen and women. I am deeply concerned by the President’s decision to send our troops to Liberia. That is why – in addition to these other measures – I’ve asked Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for answers regarding the risks facing our troops fighting Ebola.”
“It is time for President Obama to put the health of Americans first. Period. Rest assured that I am fully committed to making sure that my constituents are protected and will continue to do everything I can to contain and stop this deadly disease in its tracks.”
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) participants. These 81 Collin County high school students were selected by a community board to serve on the council due to their outstanding leadership skills, academic performance, extra-curricular activity participation, and community service. The names, grade levels, and hometowns of each student are listed below.
“Now more than ever, it is imperative that our young people not only understand how our democracy works but to get involved so that they can make positive, wise contributions to our country,” said Johnson. “This year’s Congressional Youth Advisory Council is an exciting group of smart and engaged high school students. I consider these young adults to be my ambassadors to Congress, and I look forward to hearing from them on issues that matter the most to them and their peers.”
“The fact that there are such bright, talented, and highly driven young people who are already seeking to engage in the world around them and make their communities a better place gives me great hope for the future of North Texas – and the future of our Great Nation.”
“I congratulate the students of this year’s Congressional Youth Advisory Council, and I thank all our students who applied. We had a record number of applicants, and I encourage those who are interested in serving on the 2015-2016 Council to apply next fall!”
Congressman Johnson created CYAC in 2004 to gain insight from students in the 3rd District and to inspire civic-minded young adults to achieve their full potential. The group meets roughly twice each school semester with Congressman Johnson and a distinguished guest speaker. During the CYAC activities, high-caliber students explore the role citizens, lawmakers, and experts play in a vibrant democracy.
Allen Students:1. Miriam Laeky, 11th grade
Dallas Students:1. Daniel Madden, 11th grade
1. Michael Kline, 11th grade
Frisco Students:1. Chloe Campos, 9th grade
1. Andrew Boese, 12th grade
Murphy Students:1. Alyssa Bottlinger, 9th grade
1. Steven Elliot, 10th grade
Plano Students:1. Akash Baskaran, 9th grade
Prosper Students:1. Julia Bristol, 12th grade
1. Brent He, 11th grade
Washington, D.C. – In anticipation of the annual Congressional Veterans Commendation ceremony on Saturday, November 1, Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) encourages 3rd District constituents to show their gratitude to all our veterans by attending this special event. The program will include a reception with veteran honorees and a book-signing with best-selling author Alvin Townley.
“North Texas is home to many veterans, and it’s important that we take time out of our busy schedules to thank these brave men and women for their service and sacrifice to our Great Nation,” said Johnson. “Our veteran honorees faithfully served their country, and they continue to serve as civilian leaders. They truly are our hometown heroes, and I look forward to paying them tribute on November 1 with our community.”
“I am also thrilled to announce that best-selling author Alvin Townley will be our event’s keynote speaker,” Johnson continued. “I’ve had the privilege of working with Mr. Townley on his new book, Defiant, which was released earlier this year. He is a man who shares a deep appreciation for our Nation’s veterans and believes in the importance of passing down their inspirational stories to future generations.”
Townley’s book relates the story of the eleven American POWs known as the “Alcatraz 11,” who the North Vietnamese expelled from the infamous Hanoi Hilton for their extraordinary leadership and bold defiance. The book also tells how the wives of these eleven men founded the POW-MIA Movement and rallied a divided nation behind a common promise to POWs like Congressman Johnson: You are not forgotten.
“I hope to see a large community turnout at the ceremony as we publicly recognize the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of Collin County veterans,” Johnson concluded. “Let’s show our veterans how much we care in a tangible and personal way.”
Alvin Townley will be available for interviews.
Congressional Veteran Commendation Ceremony Information:
John Anthony Theater
2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.
Plano, Texas 75074
Saturday, November 1st at 2pm
1211 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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A big thank you to Collin County's constituents for such a great year. Please check out my 2014 in Review newsletter! http://t.co/7il6NkPbpD
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Thrilled that my No Social Security for Nazis bill was signed into law! http://t.co/r4tkV0cpCI
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This evening I voted against the "Cromnibus" and President Obama's executive amnesty for illegals. Learn more here: http://t.co/2AhkPru1pN
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Veterans like James Gagliardo deserve better f/ the VA, which mishandled his benefit. The VA must do a better job! http://t.co/GeeCnyr8i4
As we prepare to enter a New Year, I want to thank Collin County residents for such a productive year. And because I believe it is important
Social Security was never intended for those who participated in the horrific acts of the Holocaust. Unfortunately a loophole has allowed Nazis
This evening I voted against the so-called "Cromnibus" because it spends too much and does nothing to stop the President’s executive action
Veterans have put their lives on the line to protect our country. Servicemen and women like US Navy Veteran James Gagliardo and his family deserve
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Veteran's Walk of Honor Ribbon Cutting in Frisco on Sunday! What a special way to remember Pearl Harbor