WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act, which would expedite a vitally needed new reservoir for North Texas citizens. The bipartisan amendment was introduced by Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) along with Representatives Pete Sessions (TX-32), John Ratcliffe (TX-04), and Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30).
Specifically, this amendment would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to issue a final permit for the construction of the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir no later than September 30, 2017. This reservoir is crucial if North Texas wishes to avoid local water deficits projected to hit in 2021.
“Texans are no strangers to drought and water rationing,” Rep. Sam Johnson stated. “It’s something we try to avoid at all costs. But many folks don’t know that, at Collin County’s current rate of projected population growth, by 2021 we will not have enough water to meet demand unless a new reservoir is built. This goes beyond water rationing for lawns. This is about water as part of our normal, daily routine.”
Rep. Sam Johnson continued, “It’s a serious situation, and I have long been working to ensure that we have sufficient water resources in our community. The solution is the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir. But time is running out. With two years needed for construction, and an additional two years to fill the reservoir, we need to get this reservoir online NOW. I thank my colleagues – Congressmen Sessions and Ratcliffe and Congresswoman Johnson – for their support to get this amendment passed and this reservoir across the finish line. Clean water is something all Americans want, need, and deserve.”
“At a time when North Texas continues to experience booming growth and economic development we must ensure our vital infrastructure projects, including the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir, remain on schedule and get done,” stressed Rep. Pete Sessions. “This is not a partisan issue or a political issue, this is a regional issue that will affect millions of North Texans who will face higher prices, lack of water supply, and extreme rationing should this project not get done. I am proud to see Members of our North Texas delegation come together in support of this amendment and getting this reservoir online.”
“The North Texas Municipal Water District has been working for years to develop a reservoir project in Fannin County, Texas,” said Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson. “This project would address the growing population within the water district, which is expected to double to 3.7 million residents within the next 50 years. The project would also support millions of dollars in regional economic growth that North Texas desperately needs.”
“This reservoir is essential to meet the needs of 90 communities in the ten counties served by the North Texas Municipal Water District,” Tom Kula, executive director of NTMWD emphasized. “We supply water to one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation, and water conservation alone will not be enough to support a population that is expected to double over the next 50 years. We must start construction of the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir as soon as possible to avoid the risk of water shortages.”
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PLANO, TX – On Saturday, October 8th at 10:00 am, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) will provide a FREE workshop on how to finance education beyond high school. This event will be held in conjunction with the Collin College Office of Financial Aid.
“Education means opportunity, and I’m proud to say that our Third District schools are top-notch,” said Johnson. “But as our high school students and their parents look beyond graduation day, I know that paying for post-secondary education can seem daunting as costs continue to soar. That is why – as a father and grandfather who is also a proud fiscal conservative – I am pleased to offer this Paying for College Workshop.”
Johnson continued, “I encourage everyone in our community to attend: from college-bound students, their parents and guardians, and even folks interested in returning back to school to get their degree. It is my hope that this workshop will help you navigate your financial options as you pursue higher education!”
Carolyn Jones (who serves as Collin College's Financial Aid Technical Manager and Vice President of the Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators) will be on hand to lead a presentation about saving, planning, and paying for college. Jones has 23 years of experience connecting students with funding for higher education and will provide valuable resources to guide students through the Financial Aid process.
To learn more about this event, contact the Congressman’s Plano office at (469) 304-0382.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Collin College Spring Creek Campus
Lecture Hall C104
2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Day this Friday, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced H. Res. 871 calling on the United States government to intensify efforts to account for the 83,000 American service members who are still unaccounted for around the world. Johnson’s resolution also calls on foreign nations to fully assist in search and recovery efforts.
“This is a particularly meaningful day for me and my fellow POW buddies as well as our Great Nation’s military families,” said Johnson. “While I was blessed to make it home to Freedom, many of my fellow compatriots did not. In keeping with America’s promise to leave no man behind, and as a gift to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, I have vowed I will never stop fighting for the Defenders of our Freedom.”
Johnson continued, “Just like those who fought for my release, I am continuing that effort to return ALL our American POWs and MIAs home. There is always more work to be done. My commitment to this country and those who fight for it will never end. Thank you to all the brave men and women in our Armed Forces, past and present, for your service and sacrifice to the greatest nation in the world – the United States of America. God bless you and I salute you.”
In addition to this resolution, Congressman Johnson recently urged the President to discuss ongoing U.S. recovery efforts in Laos to repatriate the remains of American personnel still Missing In Action in that country from the Vietnam War. In response, the government of Laos recently agreed to increase recovery personnel numbers and also indicated a willingness to ease burdens on excavation teams.
Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 the staff of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) will host their monthly “Mobile Office Hours.” Folks living in the Third District who need assistance in dealing with a federal agency are encouraged to attend. September’s Mobile Offices will be located in Allen, McKinney, Murphy, and Princeton (times and specific locations listed below). Appointments are not necessary.
“Dealing with federal agencies can be frustrating, whether it’s getting veteran benefits or a service medal you earned, help with Social Security or Medicare, or even passport assistance,” said Johnson. “And while my staff and I offer assistance every day, sometimes a phone call or a trek out to our Plano office isn’t the best option for folks. That is why I’m proud to offer these monthly Mobile Office Hours. Folks can come out to one of these locations and ask my staff questions or get help with various issues. We are also happy to make requests on your behalf to federal agencies. I encourage people to visit the nearest Mobile Office location on September 14th, 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:
In addition, Johnson’s staff can also:
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:
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, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Allen City Hall
305 Century Parkway
Allen, Texas 75013
McKinney, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
McKinney City Hall
222 Tennessee Road
McKinney, Texas 75069
Murphy, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Murphy City Hall
206 North Murphy Road
Murphy, Texas 75094
Princeton, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Princeton City Hall
123 W. Princeton Road
Princeton, Texas 75407
PLANO, TX – On Saturday, September 24th, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) invites Collin County students and their families to attend the annual U.S. Service Academy Information Forum. Nomination and evaluation procedures will be explained and representatives from the Military, Naval, Air Force, and Merchant Marine Academies will be present. Afterwards, there will be a break out session for students and parents to meet Liaison Officers and learn more about Academy life.
This is a FREE information session open to all, and no appointment or reservation is required.
Students interested in seeking a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO), the U.S. Military Academy (West Point, NY), the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD), and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY) are strongly encouraged to attend.
“Serving our Great Nation in the military was one of the highest callings of my life, and it’s inspiring to see America’s next generation of leaders seeking to do their part to serve the greatest country in the world that we are blessed to call home,” said Johnson, a 29-year Air Force veteran and POW. “It is my honor and my privilege to assist these young men and women in answering their own call to duty, and I hope this information session will help them and their families prepare for their service.”
If selected to attend, academy cadets receive free tuition, room, and board, as well as a monthly stipend. Upon graduation, they are commissioned as officers in their branch of service where they must complete a multi-year obligation.
Students submitting an application must do so by Monday, November 14th.
For more information on the forum or to request an academy application packet, please visit Congressman Johnson’s website or contact Gabriella Pate at (469) 304-0382.
2016 U.S. Service Academy Information Forum
Collin County Students & Families
Saturday, September 24th, 2016
9:15 am: Student Check-in
9:30 am: Program begins
PLANO, TX – With the schoolyear in full swing, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) encourages Third District High School students to take advantage of the Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) program, the first of its kind and now in its 13th year.
CYAC is ideal for students interested in:
“Every year that I host CYAC, I’m always inspired by Collin County’s high-caliber students who are seeking to achieve their full potential. It’s encouraging to watch them grow throughout the school year, and now that the program is in its thirteenth year, it’s also a thrill to see how previous CYAC graduates are making a positive difference in our community, our state, and our country. I look forward to meeting this next CYAC class and getting started on some exciting new program curriculum!”
Established in 2004 to provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about government through first-hand civic participation, CYAC’s theme for 2016-2017 will be “A Legacy of Service.” Students can expect to hear from dynamic speakers, take part in interactive legislative activities, and give back to Collin County through a community service day called “CYAC in the Community.”
CYAC is open to Third District high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in public, private, or home schools. They must exhibit leadership, strong academic performance, and community service. Each student is permitted to participate once during their high school career and they are welcome to apply multiple years.
The application deadline has been extended to September 30th, 2016.
For more information and to apply, please visit the Constituent Services tab on Congressman Johnson’s website. If you have any questions, please contact Meagan Talton at (469)-304-0382 or Meagan.Talton@mail.house.gov.
PLANO, TX – To help honor Collin County’s local veterans, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is extending the nomination deadline for the prestigious Congressional Veteran Commendation (CVC) award to September 16th, 2016. This annual program is designed to publicly recognize the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of Collin County’s military veterans. Veteran honorees will be recognized at a community-wide ceremony with special guest speakers, local community leaders, and Boy Scout troops lending their support.
“North Texas is home to many men and women who have donned the uniform in defense of Freedom,” said Johnson. “Many of these patriots are so dedicated to serving others that when they retire from active duty, they continue to serve their community in a variety of ways. To honor these exceptional hometown heroes, it is my distinct honor and privilege to provide an opportunity for our community to learn about – and thank these veterans – for their service and sacrifice.”
Johnson continued, “I encourage all Collin County constituents to consider the veterans they know for nomination: their family members, friends, neighbors, and work colleagues. This ceremony is a unique way to show our veterans our deepest gratitude and utmost respect for their service. And as a former military officer, I can also attest to how vital it is that we share our veterans’ stories – it is how we preserve America’s legacy of freedom and inspire our Great Nation’s future leaders.”
Anyone may nominate a veteran, and they may nominate as many veterans as they like. Complete nomination packets should be mailed or hand-delivered to Johnson’s Plano office (address below) or emailed to Megan Foreman at email@example.com by Friday, September 16th, 2016.
Congressman Johnson will also be personally accepting completed nomination packets at the Grand Opening of Plano’s NEW VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic on September 16th, 2016. For event details, CLICK HERE. The Grand Opening is free and open to the public.
To be considered for the CVC Award, veteran nominees must meet all of the following criteria:
Veteran honorees will be determined by an independent board of community leaders and veterans. Honorees will be announced mid-fall and the ceremony will be held December 10th, 2016.
For additional information, please call the Plano office at (469) 304-0382 or visit Congressman Johnson’s website.
Sam Johnson’s Plano Office:
1255 W 15th Street, Suite 170
Plano, Texas 75075
The VA Grand Opening is free and open to the public. Press is encouraged to attend.
“Many North Texas veterans and their families have been eagerly awaiting the opening of Plano’s new VA clinic since its location was announced last fall,” said Johnson. “This clinic has been a long time coming, and after years of working behind the scenes to see it established, I’m thrilled that this clinic is already helping our hometown heroes receive more efficient access to the healthcare they want, need, and deserve. I look forward to celebrating the clinic’s Grand Opening later this month, and I hope to see a large community turnout at the event. This ceremony is a small but tangible way for us to thank ALL our veterans for their service and sacrifice to our Great Nation.”
While at the event, Congressman Johnson will also be personally accepting nomination applications for his annual Congressional Veterans Commendation Ceremony (CVC) to be held later this fall. This day (September 16th) will be the last day to submit nominations. Anyone is able to nominate a veteran who resides in the Third District for this prestigious award. For more information about the CVC and to nominate a deserving veteran you know, visit the Constituent Services tab on Johnson’s website: www.samjohnson.house.gov. You may also call the Plano Office at (469) 304-0382.
Former POW and Congressman Sam Johnson; VA North Texas Health Care System Director Jeff Milligan; Joseph M. Dalpiaz, Network Director, VISN 17; and other community leaders
Grand Opening of Plano’s NEW Community Based Outpatient Clinic
September 16th, 2016
9:30am – 10:30am
3804 West 15th Street
Plano, Texas 75075
Congressman Johnson is widely known for his longstanding efforts to account for those servicemen and women still Missing in Action from all U.S. conflicts. This plea to the President comes after Johnson was contacted by Nancy Whitford Eger, whose father, Col. Larry Whitford, was classified as MIA during the Vietnam War. A mere 11 years old when her father was shot down in 1969 over Laos, Eger promised her now-deceased mother that she would carry on the 46-year responsibility of finding her father’s remains and give him a proper burial in the United States.
“Given my life experiences, it is my privilege to do what I can for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and our freedom," said Congressman Johnson. "Essentially, the next generation of family members are the new voice to remind our government that more must be done to return to American soil the real defenders of freedom. We must remain united in our efforts and never forget.”
Today there are 301 American personnel still MIA in Laos from the Vietnam War. The Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) conducts ongoing search efforts in Laos and around the world to identify and repatriate the remains of missing American service members. However, the Lao government limits the crew size of DPAA recovery teams and requires these teams to stay in a “base camp” arrangement. These two factors have severely prolonged DPAA efforts to bring home American MIAs and to provide an accounting to their families who have waited for so long. Congressman Johnson is hopeful that President Obama’s state visit will provide an opportunity to highlight these issues and to secure greater access for U.S. recovery teams.
Congressman Johnson, a 29-year Air Force veteran who spent nearly seven years as a Prisoner of War (POW) in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" in Vietnam after being shot down on his second tour and 25th combat mission, has made the recovery of fellow POWs and MIAs a top priority since his return to American soil in 1973's "Operation Homecoming." While a POW in Vietnam, Congressman Johnson’s wife, Shirley Johnson, helped to create the National League of Families which started a campaign to draw international attention to the cruel treatment of the Prisoners of War in Vietnam. Today Congressman Johnson serves as a Commissioner on the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW / MIAs and has conducted multiple trips to Vietnam and elsewhere to search for American MIAs who never returned home to their families.
Johnson is joined by a bipartisan group of House and Senate leaders in his letter to the President, including fellow "Hanoi Hilton" POW Senator John McCain and Senator Chuck Grassley, who represents Col. Whitford’s home state of Iowa.
Full text of the letter is attached.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Supreme Court announced its ruling on a major abortion case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. This case reviewed Texas’s pro-life law, H.B. 2, relating to proper medical and health standards at abortion clinics. Unfortunately, in a 5-3 decision the Court struck down the Lone Star State’s law requiring the same minimum medical standards at abortion clinics that are expected at ambulatory surgical centers.
After the Supreme Court released its decision, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) made the following statement:
“As a Christian, father, and grandfather – and as a Constitutional conservative – I believe in the sanctity of human life. That is why the High Court’s decision today breaks my heart. While it is no secret that I oppose abortion, I supported this law (even signing onto an Amicus brief to the Court) because it was not just about protecting the unborn – it was about protecting all people by encouraging high quality health standards that help provide a full and healthy life.
“Our country is in a worrisome place when we do not respect life at all stages – and when folks demonize those who protect the unborn. It boggles the mind.
“Today’s Supreme Court decision further reiterates how important this November election will be for the future of our country. In the meantime, I will continue to pray for our Great Nation – that Life will once again be valued.”
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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AWESOME NEWS! The House just passed my bipartisan amendment to get the Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir online https://t.co/C1tyjWN5P4
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Today is about understanding why these 2 respected groups have very different conclusions on just how much trouble Social Security is in
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Congress count on the experts, like CBO and the Trustees, to help us figure out how to best do that.
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Americans want, need, and deserve to be able to count on Social Security. And it’s up to Congress to make the changes so they can.
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We may not all agree on the best way to make Social Security solvent, but we NEED an ACCURATE picture of Social Security’s financial health
EXCITING WATER UPDATE for Collin County folks! Yesterday the House passed my bipartisan amendment to require the EPA and Army Corps to issue
What a special morning for all Korean War veterans and their families! My bill to allow for a Wall of Remembrance at the Korean War Memorial
Thanks to Texas State Rep. Jeff Leach for a great visit this afternoon to discuss issues important to our Lone Star State!
Good news for anyone concerned with identity theft! The House just passed my bill, the Social Security MAIL Act, with overwhelming bipartisan
ICYMI, earlier this morning I chaired a Committee on Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee hearing to discuss the solvency of this important