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.”
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.”
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.”
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, 2015. Students 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.
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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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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Good news! Today the House passed my measure to protect millions of seniors f/ identity theft! http://t.co/XfsvvpisUH
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Regardless of Bowe Bergdahl trial outcome, I pray for our troops who DO serve faithfully & I pray for wisdom for our President
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@BarackObama traded 5 Taliban leaders for Bergdahl = he negotiated w/ terrorists, US troops endangered to find someone who abandoned them.
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When Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post, he abandoned his country and his military family. This is NOT serving w/ "honor & distinction."
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