Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson’s No Social Security for Nazis Bill Signed into Law

2014/12/19

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.”

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Sam Johnson Opposes "Cromnibus"

2014/12/11

Washington, D.C. – On behalf of Collin County constituents and in keeping with his conservative voting record, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson voted against H.R. 83, The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 – also known as the “Cromnibus.” The bill passed 219-206.

“Today I voted against the so-called ‘Cromnibus’ because it spends too much and does nothing to stop the President’s executive action that grants amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants,” said Johnson. “The good folks of Collin County, as well as the majority of Americans, have spoken loud and clear – stop Obama’s amnesty for illegals.”

“Despite the fact that this bill passed, my constituents can rest assured knowing that I will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them in fighting against the President’s lawless amnesty.”


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Sam Johnson Votes to Stop Obama’s Executive Amnesty

2014/12/04

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.”

The Executive Amnesty Prevention Act of 2014 would make clear that the President does not have the authority to defer deportation of illegal immigrants.  The House passed H.R. 5759 by a vote of 219-197.

KEY ACTIONS BY CONGRESSMAN JOHNSON

 

 

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Congressman Sam Johnson Votes for ABLE ACT

2014/12/03

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) voted in support of H.R. 647, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, legislation that seeks to help families and individuals more easily cover the costs associated with disabilities. The bill passed the House by a vote of 404 to 17.

“Individuals with disabilities – and their families – face what can seem to be insurmountable financial struggles when it comes to paying for the costs associated with disabilities,” said Johnson. “The ABLE Act would ease that burden by allowing families and individuals to set up tax-free accounts to pay for such costs. Today I was proud to join my colleagues to help those who, despite their disabilities, are trying to live their lives to their fullest.”

Michael Thomas, Executive Director for My Possibilities of Plano, stated, "This is a wonderful opportunity for families with children with special needs. The ABLE Act helps level the playing field for so very many families with children with disabilities that may not have the access or funds to set up a special needs trust. It will simplify the process and make it accessible to all families across all income brackets, to set something up for their loved one with a disability, while preserving benefits. This is a BIG win for the disability community!"

The ABLE Act would allow individuals with disabilities to open an ABLE savings account.

• Contributions to an ABLE account could be made by any person;
• Contributions would not be tax deductible;
• Income earned by the accounts would not be taxed;
• Account withdrawals to pay for qualified* expenses would not be taxable.

* Qualified expenses are those related to the individual’s disability (i.e. health, education, housing, transportation, training, assistive technology, and personal support).


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Congressman Sam Johnson Fights Executive Amnesty

2014/12/01

Washington, D.C.  Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced the No Social Security Numbers & Benefits for Illegal Aliens Act.  This bill addresses a specific part of the President’s November 21st executive order that allows some illegal immigrants to receive work permits that would then enable them to get Social Security numbers and government benefits.

“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.”


Specifically in response to President Obama’s executive action, the Johnson bill would: 
  • Prevent Social Security numbers from being issued by the SSA to those made eligible for Social Security numbers by the executive action.
  • Prevent Social Security benefit eligibility for those made eligible for benefits by the executive action.
  • Deny credit towards earning Social Security benefits during periods when an individual was not authorized to work. 

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Sam Johnson Committed to Stopping President's Amnesty

2014/11/20

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.

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Sam Johnson Congratulates 2014 CVC Veteran Honorees

2014/10/28

Washington, D.C. – As Veterans Day nears, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) is pleased to announce the nine Collin County veterans to be honored at his annual Congressional Veterans Commendation (CVC) Ceremony on November 1st. Keynote speaker Alvin Townley, best-selling author of Defiant, will serve as keynote speaker and hold a book-signing after the awards ceremony.

“I’d like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to this year’s nine veteran honorees,” said Johnson. “These men represent all five branches of our Armed Services, but more importantly they represent several generations of faithful service to the protection of our Great Nation. I look forward to paying these outstanding veterans tribute for their military and civilian service on Saturday, and I hope to see a large community turnout join me as we pass down our honorees’ examples of patriotism, bravery, and love of country to future generations.”

2014 CVC VETERAN HONOREES:

Plano
• Gil Benoit, Coast Guard, 1965-1973
• Christopher DeBord, Navy, 2006-2009
• Jack Hughes, Army, 1947-1978
• Mike Martin, Marines, 1994-1990
• Robert Paulk, Navy, 1984-2014
• Don Stevenson, Army, 1966-1969

Richardson
• James Knabel, Army, 2002-2008

McKinney
• Donald Sams, Air Force, 1966-1970

Frisco

• Cliff Sosamon, Marines, 1992-1998

CONGRESSIONAL VETERAN COMMENDATION CEREMONY INFORMATION:

Where:
Collin College
John Anthony Theater
2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.
Plano, Texas 75074

When:
Saturday, November 1st at 2pm

For more information about the Congressional Veteran Commendation, contact Johnson’s Plano office at (469) 304-0382.


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SAM JOHNSON'S NEXT STEPS TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM EBOLA

2014/10/17

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.”

 

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Congressman Sam Johnson Congratulates this Year’s CYAC Students

2014/10/16

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!”   

About CYAC:

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
2.     
Carson Leung, 10th grade
3.     
Gordan Li, 11th grade
4.     
Anthony Niedzielski, 11th grade
5.     
Grace Swanson, 10th grade

Dallas Students:

1.      Daniel Madden, 11th grade
2.      Victoria Vandekop, 10th grade

 Fairview Students:
1.     
Michael Kline, 11th grade

2.      Benjamin Prengler, 12th grade
3.     
Connor Spencer, 11th grade
4.     
Julia Vastano, 11th grade

Frisco Students:

1.      Chloe Campos, 9th grade
2.     
Anna Ellis, 9th grade
3.     
Nathan Hwang, 11th grade
4.     
Jake James, 9th grade
5.     
Alyssa Messner, 12th grade
6.     
Sydney Polk, 9th grade
7.     
Anjali Sridharan, 11th grade
8.     
Pranarshitha Veeramraju, 12th grade
9.     
Harshini Vivekanandan, 11th grade

 McKinney Students:
1.     
Andrew Boese, 12th grade

2.      Nora Castaneda, 11th grade
3.     
Isabella Colandrea, 9th grade
4.     
Sean Hurley, 12th grade
5.     
Morgan Kee, 10th grade
6.     
Isabel Killroy, 11th grade
7.     
Budd Millikan, 9th grade
8.     
Lauren Patton, 11th grade
9.     
Madison Paxton, 12th grade
10. 
Nicholas Perovich, 11th grade
11. 
Haley Polk, 11th grade
12. 
Laiken Ritchie, 11th grade
13. 
Christopher Rodenbaugh, 11th grade
14. 
Ana Rodriguez, 11th grade
15. 
Brennan Stewart, 12th grade
16. 
Alexandra Thorson, 10th grade

Murphy Students:

1.      Alyssa Bottlinger, 9th grade
2.     
Audrey Fisher, 12th grade
3.     
Devarya Raman, 10th grade

Parker Students:
1.     
Steven Elliot, 10th grade

Plano Students:

1.      Akash Baskaran, 9th grade
2.     
McKenna Black, 11th grade
3.     
Sam Bragg, 11th grade
4.     
Connor Bresnahan, 11th grade
5.     
Purvi Contractor, 9th grade
6.     
Andrew Dickson, 11th grade
7.     
Brian Du, 10th grade
8.     
Parker Duncan, 10th grade
9.     
Britton Edwards,  11th grade
10. 
Elizabeth Ellington, 10th grade
11. 
Caroline Gaggini, 11th grade
12. 
Rohan Gopal, 11th grade
13. 
Noah Gonzalez, 10th grade
14. 
Aayush Goyal, 11th grade
15. 
Madeline Groves, 10th grade
16. 
John Hatch, 12th grade
17. 
Olivia Heatley, 12th grade
18. 
Shelby Highlander, 11th grade
19. 
Kevin Hoodwin, 10th grade
20. 
Nicholas Hughes, 11th grade
21. 
Catherine Kennington, 11th grade
22. 
Bryce Killian, 11th grade
23. 
Tracy Lu, 12th grade
24. 
Sophia Mapes, 10th grade
25. 
Colin McMahan, 11th grade
26. 
Veronica Michaels, 11th grade
27. 
Shayla Nebeker, 12th grade
28. 
Karthik Prabhakaran, 12th grade
29. 
Maya Rigley, 11th grade
30. 
Kevin Rinkliff, 11th grade
31. 
Paige Sellars, 12th grade
32. 
Rupasri Shankar, 11th grade
33. 
Jared Stahel, 11th grade
34. 
Makenzie Stuard, 12th grade
35. 
Amelia Trotter, 12th grade
36. 
Wendy Wang, 10th grade
37. 
Chelsey Wen, 10th grade 

Prosper Students:

1.      Julia Bristol, 12th grade
2.     
Hannah Crawford, 11th grade

 Richardson Students:
1.     
Brent He, 11th grade

2.      Spencer Humphrey, 11th grade

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Best-Selling Author Alvin Townley is Keynote Speaker for Annual Veteran Commendation Ceremony

2014/10/15

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:

WHERE:
Collin College
John Anthony Theater

2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.
Plano, Texas 75074

 WHEN:
Saturday, November 1st at 2pm
 

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Contact Information

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

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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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Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Ted Poe

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Ralph Hall

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Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Mac Thornberry

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Randy Weber

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Bill Flores

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Randy Neugebauer

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Lamar Smith

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Pete Olson

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Kenny Marchant

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Roger Williams

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Michael Burgess

TEXAS' 26th DISTRICT

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John Carter

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