Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson Statement on Supreme Court’s Obamacare Subsidies Ruling

2015/06/25

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) made the following statement in response to today’s Supreme Court ruling, which upheld Obamacare subsides (King v. Burwell case):

“Obamacare is a TERRIBLE law, and it’s been terrible since day one for more reasons than I can count.  Today’s Supreme Court ruling was a loss for the rule of law, and to say I’m disappointed is an understatement.  We unfortunately have a Court that is shirking its responsibility to uphold the Constitution.  But you can rest assured that, regardless, I will continue to fight Obamacare until it is fully repealed.  It is the right thing to do.”  

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Sam Johnson Reintroduces Health Care Solution Empowering Small Business & Workers

2015/06/25

Washington, D.C. –  Yesterday U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) reintroduced his Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 2868), a health care solution that would allow small business employers to band together through association health plans (AHPs) in order to purchase quality health care at a lower cost. 

After reintroducing the bill, Congressman Johnson released the following statement: 

“Right now hardworking Americans are struggling due to Obamacare, and it’s becoming harder for employers, especially small businesses, to provide their employees with affordable coverage.  I hear from folks all the time who have experienced sharp increases with out-of-pocket costs and premiums due to this bad law.  I also hear from small business owners who want to offer health insurance but simply can’t afford it.  Maybe you’ve experienced the same thing.  And let me tell you, I think that’s wrong.  That’s why I’m offering a solution with my Small Business Health Fairness Act – a bill to help Americans by enabling employers to provide affordable coverage to workers and their families. 

“You know, people like to accuse Republicans of not having alternative solutions for health care, but that really couldn’t be further from the truth.  There have been several plans offered over the years, and the Small Business Health Fairness Act has been a key component of almost every one of those plans.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure this bill is enacted not if but when we repeal and replace Obamacare!”    

Local small business owners have lauded Johnson’s bill, including Jeff Scheumack of Plano.  Said Scheumack, “With not being able to pool small companies together to get a break on insurance policies and prices, small businesses like my own are at a competitive disadvantage in hiring employees since large employers can offer lower premiums and therefore higher take-home pay.  At present, since my insurance has gone up so much, offering an employee a 3-5% raise does not even cover the increased cost of their insurance premium, even after I pay 75% of my employee’s premiums.  I need the ability to pool together with other small businesses so that we have the bargaining power to get better policies and at lower costs.”

 

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Sam Johnson Announces June Mobile Office Hours

2015/06/18

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, June 23rd the staff of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) will host their monthly “Mobile Office Hours” to conveniently provide Collin County constituents with federal agency assistance.  June’s Mobile Offices will be located in Frisco, Plano West, Wylie, and Princeton (times and specific locations listed below). Appointments are not necessary.  

At each Mobile Office, folks will also able to pick up nomination forms for Congressman Johnson’s annual Congressional Veterans Commendation (CVC) ceremony held in the fall. This program is designed to publicly recognize the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of Collin County veterans.  More information about the CVC can be found HERE.

“Dealing with federal agencies can be very confusing, and a top priority of mine is ensuring my staff and I provide you with help – whether that’s helping you navigate steps or making requests on your behalf,” said Johnson.  “Maybe you need help with veteran benefits, a problem with the IRS, or emergency passport assistance for summer travel.  I encourage people to visit the nearest Mobile Office location on June 23rd, but if you are unable to make it, you are always welcome to contact my Plano office at 469-304-0382.” 

Johnson’s staff can help with federal agency issues, such as:

  • Medicare;
  • Veterans Affairs (VA);
  • Home foreclosure;
  • Social Security; and
  • Internal Revenue Service.

In addition, Johnson’s staff can also:

  • Help with overseas adoptions;
  • Provide information regarding trips to Washington, D.C.;
  • Offer application guidance to a U.S. Service Academy;
  • Assist with Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) applications; and
  • Process requests to have American flags flown over the U.S. Capitol building.

Please be aware that Congressman Johnson is elected to serve in the legislative branch of our nation's federal government. He does not have jurisdiction to assist with the following:

  • Agency decisions made in line with federal law or regulation;
  • Problems with a state or local government agency – you must contact your state or local officials for help regarding these issues;
  • Judicial matters; and
  • Private disputes. Examples of these issues are: Child Custody, Divorce, and Criminal Trials or Imprisonment.

Please also be aware that, in order for Congressman Johnson’s staff to make inquiries on constituents’ behalf, the Privacy Act of 1974 requires a privacy release be signed before the agency is contacted.  If you are represented by counsel, their permission to assist with the case is also required. Make sure to bring all relevant documents so staff is able to help you as expediently as possible.

 

Mobile Office Times and Locations

Frisco, 9:00am-11:00am
George A. Purefory Municipal Center
6101 Frisco Square Boulevard
Frisco, TX 75034

Plano West, 9:00am-11:00am
Christopher A. Parr Library
6200 Windhaven Parkway
Plano, TX 75078 

Wylie, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Wylie City Hall
300 County Club Road, Building 100, 1st Floor
Wylie, TX 75098

Princeton, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Princeton City Hall
123 West Princeton Drive
Princeton, TX 75407 

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Sam Johnson Statement on Trade Vote

2015/06/12

Washington, DC – On June 11th and 12th, 2015 the U.S. House of Representatives voted on several trade bills: H.R. 1295, Trade Preferences Extension; H.R. 1314, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA); H.R. 1314, Trade Promotion Authority (TPA); and H.R. 644, Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement.

After the conclusion of the four votes, Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) made the following statement regarding his vote for Trade Promotion Authority:

“I don’t trust this President as far as I can throw him.  I’ve opposed the President at every turn, from Obamacare to his amnesty for illegal immigrants ... the list goes on.   The very last thing I would ever do is give this President any more power.  But TPA doesn’t do that.  On the contrary, TPA is all about empowering Congress and the American people when it comes to trade.  Because right now, the President can not only negotiate a deal but also leave Congress in the dark – and I think this is WRONG.   TPA changes all that.   With TPA Congress sets the trade negotiating objectives – not the President.  With TPA the President can’t hide what he is doing.  The President must present to the American people any trade deal before Congress can even consider it.   Fundamentally, TPA is about accountability, transparency, and America getting the best trade deal.  I don’t know about you, but I want to ensure We The People have a real say on trade. 

“This is also about jobs.  Texas is the #1 state for exports, and with trade exports come jobs.  In fact, 3,000,000 jobs are dependent on trade in Texas.   That is another reason why I support TPA.  In addition to keeping Obama in check, I will not turn my back on all the workers, farmers, and ranchers in Collin County whose livelihoods’ depend on trade.  It’s why I will not stand with Nancy Pelosi and the Elizabeth Warrens of the world who would rather have the U.S. lose out on jobs by having the U.S. sit on the trade sidelines.  It’s why I refuse to subscribe to the politics of paranoia and fear of the naysayers, even if it would do me political good.  As a former POW, American patriot, and constitutional conservative, I’ve always been committed to doing what is right for God and country.  And in this case it is standing up for free trade, jobs, and holding President Obama accountable.”

Congressman Johnson voted in support of H.R. 1295, Trade Preferences Extension; H.R. 1314, TPA; and H.R. 644, Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement.  He opposed H.R. 1314, TAA. 

To read TPA (a public bill) in its entirety, CLICK HERE.

For more information about TPA, TPP, and key points on trade, visit Congressman Johnson’s website hot topic page HERE.    

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Sam Johnson Introduces Right of Way for American Drivers Act:

2015/06/03

Washington, D.C. – Last evening U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) introduced the Right of Way for American Drivers Act.  This bill takes an important and commonsense step towards putting drivers first by ending one of Washington’s gas tax diversions.

“It’s not news that North Texas is booming, and I’m sure it also comes as no surprise that most commuters drive – in fact, over 85% of American commuters are drivers,” said Johnson.  “And yet every time commuters fill up at the pump, some of their gas tax dollars go towards  projects like buggy trails and bike paths rather than where they are needed most – roads and bridges.  My bill would right this wrong.  I thank Congresswoman Hartzler for joining me in this commonsense effort.”

“From 1992 to 2013, over $1.3 billion was spent on landscaping and scenic beautification,” Hartzler continued.  “That’s $1.3 billion that could have been spent repairing the over 60,000 “structurally deficient” bridges – more than 3,300 of which are in Missouri – or the miles of highways that continue to plague our commutes and our vehicles.  My bill will free funds from extraneous projects, allowing them to go where they are needed – upgrading and improving our national infrastructure – and I thank Congressman Johnson for joining me in straightening out our transportation funding priorities.”

The Right of Way for American Drivers Act effort, which would repeal the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), is supported by Americans for Prosperity

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Sam Johnson Reintroduces CUFF Act: Preventing Fugitives from Receiving Government Benefits

2015/05/21

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03), Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, joined fellow Committee member Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R-SD) in reintroducing the Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons (CUFF) Act. This bill would prevent felons who are fleeing the law or who are violating a condition of their probation or parole from getting Social Security benefits.

“Individuals running from the law or violating their parole or probation shouldn’t be supported with taxpayer dollars,” said Johnson. “That’s why I’m pleased to join Congresswoman Noem in reintroducing this commonsense Law and Order bill. Not only would it help law enforcement, but it is the right thing to do on behalf of hardworking American taxpayers!”

Local law enforcement widely supports Johnson’s CUFF Act:

“In the effort to combat crime and help get dangerous felons off the streets of our communities, it is imperative that we use all of the resources available. Many times, individuals who are the subject of a felony warrant have little fear that they will be arrested. The Control Unlawful Fugitive Felon (CUFF) Act, authored by Congressman Johnson, provides an unconventional tool that will make it more difficult for felons to avoid capture and continue in their activities by removing any source of federal financial support. This Act removes the incentive for these individuals to avoid responsibility and will assist law enforcement in apprehending dangerous felons.” Police Chief Greg Rushin, City of Plano

“Once again, Congressman Johnson is on the forefront of ensuring safer communities by introducing this legislation that will assist law enforcement efforts in apprehending fugitive felons. This bill will remove a source of funding that enables fugitive felons to remain at large and evade capture. Congressman Johnson's common sense approach eliminates the possibility that Social Security funds will be perverted and expended for the counter-productive use of financing felons' ability to become or remain fugitives. The law enforcement community applauds and supports Congressman Johnson for introducing this legislation." Police Chief Doug Kowalski, Town of Prosper

“I support this legislation. After all, most law and order advocates hate for any fugitive/criminal to benefit from public funds. I believe Social Security benefits are meant for law-abiding individuals who are in good standing. We do not believe that these benefits are for those who flee from charges and perhaps use those monetary benefits to remain on the run.” Police Chief Kenny Jenks, City of Anna

“A citizen who has a clear responsibility to comply with a duly issued warrant for his or her arrest pending the outcome of a trier of fact, should not be allowed to benefit from public programs that support his or her life style while avoiding living up to his or her responsibilities as a citizen. Those responsibilities include the duty to yield to the authority of a court or a magistrate who, upon having been presented with a set of facts and circumstances, has issued a warrant of arrest for this person making him or her a fugitive. Fugitives should not benefit while in such a status. I, totally, support the intent of this law.” Police Chief G.M. Cox, City of Murphy

“I support the Control Unlawful Fugitive Act. This legislation would restore a valuable law enforcement tool that will help keep our communities safe by disrupting a felony fugitive’s ability to escape justice.” Police Chief B.E Harvey, City of Allen

“I am happy to lend my support to Congressman Johnson's Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act. It is only right that fugitive felons be denied government benefits paid for by law abiding citizens. This legislation will very likely give us another advantage in keeping our streets safe.” Police Chief Jimmy L. Spivey, City of Richardson

“I support the introduction of this important legislation. The Control Unlawful Fugitive Felon (CUFF) Act amends the Social Security Act to prohibit an individual who is the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant for a felony or parole violation from receiving Social Security Retirement and Disability benefits, Special World War II benefits, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. Removal of benefits may cause fugitives from justice to resolve their cases.” Police Chief John W. Bruce, City of Frisco

"I thank Sam Johnson for his leadership in being tough on crime. By preventing felons from accessing benefits, his bill will help keep criminals from evading the law - and will ultimately help law enforcement catch these criminals." Terry G. Box, Collin County Sheriff


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Sam Johnson, Senator Cornyn Reintroduce ITIN Reform Act

2015/05/20

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) reintroduced the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) Reform Act.

The ITIN Reform Act is in response to a highly critical 2012 Tax Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report on the IRS’ handling of ITIN applications. The IRS provides ITINs to individuals ineligible for Social Security numbers such as illegal immigrants. The ITIN can be used to get refundable tax credits such as the $1,000 refundable child tax credit.

“This bill is part of my ongoing effort to root out waste, fraud, and abuse,” said Johnson. “The ITIN Reform Act makes commonsense reforms that hard-working American taxpayers want, need, and deserve. I thank my colleague and fellow Texan, Senator Cornyn, for leading the effort in the Senate.”

Johnson’s and Cornyn’s ITIN Reform Act would put safeguards in place to prevent fraud in the ITIN application process. It would also require the Tax Inspector General for Tax Administration to conduct regular audits to ensure the IRS is protecting taxpayer dollars.

“Everything we hear about the IRS lately points to abuse, discrimination, and waste. Passing this bill would eliminate one avenue for tax fraud and save American taxpayers billions of dollars,” said Sen. Cornyn.

Specifically, the ITIN Reform Act would require first-time applicants to submit an ITIN application in-person at a Taxpayer Assistance Center or diplomatic consulate. Currently, applicants can submit their applications by mail or through a third party. Individuals seeking an ITIN would need to provide original documentation establishing their identity and foreign status. Additionally, new ITINs would have a 5-year time limit with an option to renew while existing ITINS would be time limited.


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Sam Johnson Reintroduces Bill to Stop Illegal Immigrants from Bilking American Taxpayers

2015/05/14

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) reintroduced his Refundable Child Tax Credit Eligibility Verification Reform Act.  The bill seeks to prevent illegal immigrants from claiming the $1,000 refundable child tax credit.  Last year the House passed this measure, which at the time was estimated to save taxpayers $24.5 billion.

Johnson spoke out about this problem on the House Floor, stating:

“It’s no secret that a majority of Americans oppose Obama’s amnesty.  And I’ve been fighting against it from day one.  As part of my on-going effort to combat Obama’s amnesty, I’m reintroducing my bill to stop illegals from claiming the refundable child tax credit. 

 

“Right now, the IRS doesn’t require Social Security numbers for this credit.  The Inspector General said that as a result, illegals can get thousands of dollars from the IRS.  It’s no surprise that it also encourages more illegals to come here. 

 

“To stop this, my bill requires individuals to provide their Social Security numbers if they want to claim this tax credit.  Last year, the House passed my measure, which was estimated to save taxpayers $24.5 billion.  This is a common-sense bill Americans, want, need, and deserve.   Let’s get this done!”

 

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Sam Johnson Announces May Mobile Office Hours

2015/05/13

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, May 20th the staff of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) will host their monthly “Mobile Office Hours” of 2015.  The Mobile Offices will be located in Allen, Anna, Plano East, and Fairview (times and specific locations listed below).  This is an ongoing effort to conveniently provide Collin County constituents with assistance by visiting different communities across North Texas. Appointments are not necessary.

“Dealing with federal agencies can be very confusing, and it’s important to me that my staff and I provide you with help – whether that’s helping you navigate steps or making requests on your behalf,” said Johnson.  “I encourage people to visit the nearest Mobile Office location on May 20th, but if you are unable to make it, you are always welcome to contact my Plano office at 469-304-0382.” 

Johnson’s staff can help with federal agency issues, such as:

  • Medicare;
  • Veterans Affairs (VA);
  • Home foreclosure;
  • Social Security; and
  • Internal Revenue Service.

In addition, Johnson’s staff can also:

  • Help with overseas adoptions;
  • Provide information regarding trips to Washington, D.C.;
  • Offer application guidance to a U.S. Service Academy;
  • Assist with Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) applications; and
  • Process requests to have American flags flown over the U.S. Capitol building.

Please be aware that Congressman Johnson is elected to serve in the legislative branch of our nation's federal government. He does not have jurisdiction to assist with the following:

  • Agency decisions made in line with federal law or regulation;
  • Problems with a state or local government agency – you must contact your state or local officials for help regarding these issues;
  • Judicial matters; and
  • Private disputes. Examples of these issues are: Child Custody, Divorce, and Criminal Trials or Imprisonment.

Please also be aware that, in order for Congressman Johnson’s staff to make inquiries on constituents’ behalf, the Privacy Act of 1974 requires a privacy release be signed before the agency is contacted.  If you are represented by counsel, their permission to assist with the case is also required. Make sure to bring all relevant documents so staff is able to help you as expediently as possible.

Mobile Office Times and Locations

Allen, 9:00am-11:00am

Allen Senior Recreation Center
451 St. Mary Drive

Allen, Texas 75002

Anna, 9:00am-11:00am
Anna City Hall

111 North Powell Parkway
Anna, Texas 75409
 

Plano East, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Plano Municipal Center
1520 K Avenue

Plano, Texas 75074

Fairview, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Fairview Town Hall

372 Town Place
Fairview, Texas 74069

 

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Sam Johnson Votes to Stop Late-Term Abortions

2015/05/13

Washington, DC – Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) voted in support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which protects unborn children, empowers women, and saves lives.   Specifically, this bill would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, while allowing for exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is threatened.  Additionally, it would provide victims of sexual assault with options for medical and emotional support.

“I believe in the sanctity of Life, which is why I’ve consistently supported legislation to protect the rights of our unborn who cannot speak for themselves,” said Johnson.  “That’s why I find it so disturbing that right now America finds itself on the short list of countries – including North Korea, Vietnam, and China – that allow late term-term abortions.”

Johnson continued, “The fact that unborn babies feel pain at the 20-week mark, and that advances in medicine increasingly enable children to survive premature birth, only makes late-term abortions more horrifying.  We need to stop this practice.  I’m pleased the House passed this important bill, and I hope the new Republican Senate does the right thing by passing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and placing it on the President’s desk.”

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Contact Information

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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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Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

John Ratcliffe

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

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

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Weber

TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT

Bill Flores

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Randy Neugebauer

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Pete Olson

TEXAS' 22nd DISTRICT

Will Hurd

TEXAS' 23rd DISTRICT

Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Michael Burgess

TEXAS' 26th DISTRICT

Blake Farenthold

TEXAS' 27th DISTRICT

John Carter

TEXAS' 31st DISTRICT

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

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