WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an improved version of the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), – the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Drawing upon ideas that Republicans have championed for years, the American Health Care Act was first introduced in the House in March. To read the full bill, visit readthebill.gop. You can also find additional information on Congressman Johnson’s website.
“On this day, I think it’s important to first remember why Obamacare isn’t working,” said Johnson. “You see, Obamacare is failing – just like my fellow Republicans and I warned when it was first signed into law. Insurers are fleeing the Obamacare exchanges, premiums are soaring, and millions of folks have chosen to forgo buying Obamacare-mandated insurance because it’s simply too expensive. This heavy-handed government program is anything but affordable.”
Johnson continued, “Since Day 1, I opposed Obamacare. Well, now that Republicans control the House, Senate, and White House, we finally have the opportunity to repeal and replace this bad law. The first step is passing today’s version of the American Health Care Act. I will be the first to admit this bill is by no means perfect, but it makes great strides forward within the parameters of what we are allowed to do under budget rules so that we are able to pass the bill with a simple majority in the Senate. As folks know, there are only 52 Senate Republicans. I look forward to seeing the Senate’s ideas and getting the best and most conservative bill possible on President Trump’s desk soon. Bottom line: Americans have been waiting for a repeal and replace of Obamacare for seven years. Now is the time to help provide access for the affordable health care Americans want, need, and deserve.”
The American Health Care Act:
Congressman Johnson’s Second Steps to Repealing and Replacing Obamacare:
Ensuring IRS Provides Veterans Equal Access to Health Care
Our veterans have put their lives on the line to defend freedom and our individual liberties, and they are promised affordable access to health care through the VA when they return home. However, some veterans choose to forgo this health care option. That is why Congressman Johnson introduced the Veterans Equal Treatment Ensures Relief and Access Now (VETERAN) Act on May 4th. This bill would cement in legislation the IRS's current practice of providing eligible veterans the choice to get financial support for a private plan in lieu of enrolling in health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
For Small Businesses:
Expanding Access & Lowering Health Care Costs for Small Businesses
Due to Obamacare’s burdensome and expensive regulations, fewer and fewer American small businesses are offering health care coverage – which in turn hurts American families. That is why Congressman Johnson reintroduced the Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101). This bill is a commonsense solution that would empower small businesses by allowing them to join together through association health plans (AHPs) when shopping for health care plans. Essentially, this bill would allow them to have the same strength in numbers as large businesses and labor organizations. This bill passed the House on March 22nd. To learn more, CLICK HERE.
To read his op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, CLICK HERE.
To watch him on the House Floor discussing this bill, CLICK HERE.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced the Veterans Equal Treatment Ensures Relief and Access Now (VETERAN) Act, which would cement in legislation the IRS's current practice of providing eligible veterans the choice to get financial support for a private plan in lieu of enrolling in health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“Our veterans have put their lives on the line to defend freedom and our individual liberties, and they are promised affordable access to health care through the VA when they return home,” said Johnson. “However, some veterans choose to forgo this health care option. That’s where my VETERANS Act comes into play. This bill would provide veterans the certainty that they will continue to have access to health care if they decide the VA isn’t the best fit for their health care needs. I thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice to our Great Nation, and I look forward to seeing this bill swiftly signed into law.”
What you should know about the VETERAN Act:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced legislation to help wounded warriors who return to work have access to the affordable health care they deserve. More specifically, the Health Equity and Access for Returning Troops and Servicemembers (HEARTS) Act would address an unintended consequence that affects veterans who are severely injured and qualify for disability due to their military service. The HEARTS Act would repeal the requirement that these wounded warriors maintain – and pay for – Medicare coverage upon returning to work in order to keep access to TRICARE.
Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) and Ranking Member Tim Walz (MN-01) joined Chairman Johnson in introducing this bipartisan bill.
“I know what it’s like to return home wounded after serving your country,” said Johnson. “During my 29 years in the Air Force, I spent nearly seven years as a POW in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. I sustained injuries including a broken back, arm, and ribs as well as a dislocated shoulder. The fact is that every American service member willingly makes a commitment to put life and limb on the line in defense of freedom. In return, there is the promise that when they return home, they have access to quality, affordable health care. Unfortunately, right now many of our most seriously injured military retirees eventually lose access to their traditional, affordable TRICARE and cannot regain it for years if they return to work. This is wrong, which is why I’m introducing the HEARTS Act along with Chairman Roe and Ranking Member Walz. It is the least we can do for our troops and veterans who protect our Great Nation and the freedoms we hold dear. I thank Congressmen Roe and Walz for their dedication to helping our service members, and I hope to see this bill signed into law soon.”
“There is no duty more important than ensuring the men and women who have served our great nation have access to the care and services they have earned,” said Roe. “I am proud to partner with my friends, two true patriots, Chairman Sam Johnson and Ranking Member Tim Walz, to introduce important legislation to address this serious issue affecting so many. I thank my colleagues for their service and leadership, and I look forward to working with them to move the HEARTS Act through Congress.”
“Nothing should ever stand in the way of a veteran or wounded service member accessing the care and services they deserve,” Walz said. “I am proud to have partnered with my close friends and colleagues Chairman Sam Johnson and Chairman Phil Roe to introduce this important legislation, which will help improve timely access to affordable care for those brave men and women. The HEARTS Act serves as an example of the good we can do for those who have served when we commit ourselves to bipartisanship and remain focused on improving the lives of veterans and their families.”
When service members return home, they are eligible for TRICARE. They may also be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) due to their injuries. If service members qualify for DI, after two years they become eligible for Medicare benefits. When retired service members become eligible for Medicare –based on age or disability – they are no longer eligible for traditional TRICARE. Instead, they become eligible for TRICARE for Life, which serves as a supplement to Medicare. However, in order to retain access to TRICARE for Life, service members must enroll in Medicare Part B, which has higher premiums than TRICARE.
To make matters worse, even if these wounded warriors reenter the workforce and no longer receive DI benefits, they are required to remain on Medicare for eight and a half years in order to keep access to TRICARE for Life. Meanwhile, other individuals who may have retired from the military for medical reasons but were not severely injured enough qualify for DI can maintain their TRICARE access at standard TRICARE rates.
In short, the interaction between Social Security’s disability program and the TRICARE program inadvertently ends up penalizing those wounded warriors who return to work after recovering from severe injuries.
PLANO, TX – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson’s (TX-03) Congressional Art Competition continues as voting begins for the 2017 People’s Choice Award. From now through May 5th at 5pm CST, Collin County constituents are invited to view all 95 high school students’ entries on Congressman Johnson’s website and vote for their favorite.
“Thank you to all the students who submitted artwork for the 35th Annual Congressional Art Competition and for sharing your talent with our community,” said Johnson. “To showcase their work, on May 8th I will be holding our annual Art Exhibit and Award Ceremony where our First, Second, and Third place winners as well as Honorable Mentions will be announced. But we still need your help in selecting this year’s People’s Choice Award! Therefore, I encourage folks to visit my website where you can check out the creativity of Collin County’s high school students – and then vote for your favorite piece! The artist whose work receives the most online votes will receive this year’s ‘People’s Choice Award.’ This means a lot to our student artists, and I know they would all appreciate your support. I wish all our students good luck and I thank them for participating!”
Art Exhibit and Award Ceremony Details:
McKinney Performing Arts Center
111 North Tennessee St.
McKinney, TX 75069
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
If you plan to attend the Art Competition Award Ceremony, please RSVP to Rachel Shallow (469-304-0382) no later than 5:00pm on May 5th. Space is limited and spots will be given first to students, family, and art teachers.
About the Art Competition
The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students, whether they attend public, private, or home schools.
On May 8th, Congressman Johnson will also host an art exhibit and award ceremony to display entries and announce the First, Second, and Third Place winners, as well as the People’s Choice Award and Honorable Mentions. The event is free and open to the public.
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 as part of an exhibition comprised of artwork from across the country. The First Place winner will also win a free trip to Washington, D.C. (courtesy of Southwest Airlines) where the student will meet with Congressman Johnson and attend an award reception and exclusive unveiling ceremony for all the art competition winners nationwide.
The Second Place winner’s art will displayed in the Plano District Office for one year.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Melissa Hatch, Lead Pastor at Prosper United Methodist Church’s The Mission, served as Guest Chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives under the recommendation of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03).
Every Congress, each Member of Congress is invited to recommend one pastoral leader to deliver the opening prayer at the start of that day’s House Floor session.
After the conclusion of Pastor’s Hatch’s prayer, Rep. Johnson released the following statement:
It’s an honor and a privilege to have Pastor Hatch lead the prayer in the House today on behalf of the Third District. It is moments like this that remind us how blessed we are to live in a country with freedom of religion. When I was a POW for nearly seven years, I lived without this freedom, and my buddies and I were brutally punished when we worshipped God against camp rules. To be on American soil at the United States Capitol – the home of our democracy – and to welcome one of our local pastors is a blessing I could not have imagined in that solitary cell. So I thank Pastor Hatch for opening our session with such thoughtful words of prayer. Her leadership is truly a reflection of Christ’s love. May we all strive to daily serve our community and country with compassion and humility. God bless you and God bless America. I salute you.
Transcript of Pastor Melissa Hatch’s prayer:
Almighty and Gracious God, today we are grateful for Your guidance and Your presence in our lives. We humbly follow Your lead and direction. When our own decisions seem too difficult to navigate, help us to turn to the One who never slumbers nor sleeps. When we are impatient for decisions, help us to wait upon You for the right way to go. Strengthen us for the work that You have called us to do. Help us to work together for the common good, and reach across lines to be Your hands and feet in a world that desperately needs You. And when times and situations seem uncertain, help us cling to the hope that we find in You. And in the words of Micah 6:8, help us to “act justly, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.” We pray all of this in Your mighty name, Amen.
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.
“I’m pleased that, unlike former President Obama, President Trump takes our immigration laws seriously and is working to make our borders more secure,” said Johnson. “In fact, Homeland Security Secretary Kelly announced in March that illegal immigration across the southwest border has seen a drastic decline since January.”
Johnson continued, “While this is good news, it’s still a reality that illegal immigration can put large financial burdens on taxpayers – including public education, welfare, and benefits. One such benefit is the Refundable Child Tax Credit. You see, right now the IRS doesn’t require Social Security numbers for this credit. The Inspector General said that as a result, illegal immigrants can get thousands of dollars from the IRS. It’s no surprise that it also encourages more illegals to come here. To stop this credit abuse, my bill requires individuals to provide their Social Security numbers if they want to claim this tax credit. This is commonsense bill passed by the House before, and it’s something hardworking, taxpaying Americans want, need, and deserve.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Sam Johnson (TX-03) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) introduced the Safe Innovative Guide signs for the Nation (SIGN) Act. This bill would allow states the flexibility to use the Clearview font on road signs – an innovative font that research shows increases roadway safety.
“Millions of Americans use roadways every day, and road signs play an important role in keeping folks safe,” said Congressman Sam Johnson. “It’s common sense that the clearer a sign appears, the sooner someone can read and react to it. That’s why Texas and many other states started to update their road signs after the Clearview font received interim approval. Unfortunately, last year the Federal Highway Administration in Washington revoked its interim approval of this more safety-friendly font. As a result, states are no longer able to use Clearview font, despite the fact that it has been successfully used for over a decade. Today’s bill rights this wrong and allows states the opportunity to use clearer font on their roadway signs in order to keep drivers safe. I thank my colleague, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, for joining me on this important effort, and I look forward to getting this responsible bill swiftly signed into law.”
“We must ensure the American people that we are doing everything we can to keep them safe while they travel on the roads. That is why I joined my colleague, Rep. Sam Johnson, to introduce the SIGN Act,” says Congresswoman Johnson. “Prior to a recent change in law, research showed that the Clearview font was positively impactful for those viewing road signs. We should be proactive rather than reactive when assessing the issue of accidents on the road. I believe the SIGN Act will help address the issue of safety along our highways.”
Leading up to the introduction of the SIGN Act, the Texas Department of Transportation issued the following statement in a letter to Rep. Sam Johnson:
“The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is appreciative of your assistance and legislative efforts to allow the continued use of the Clearview Font on Positive Contrast Legends on Guide Signs. As written, your legislation provides a remedy to a problem we have been working to address for more than a year.”
Clearview is an innovative font that was designed to be easier to read at long distances and at night compared to traditional Highway Gothic – a font first created in the 1940s. In 2004, the Federal Highway Administration gave interim approval for states to use Clearview font. Under the interim approval, states could request permission to use Clearview font on signs along their roadways. An estimated 26 states used the font, including Texas.
Despite the extensive use of Clearview across multiple states, FHWA abruptly terminated the font’s interim approval in 2016 without soliciting public comment. Many states strongly objected to the termination and have voiced their support for the flexibility to use Clearview. These states point to a large body of research demonstrating the font has a positive impact on roadway safety.
For instance, a Michigan Department of Transportation study estimates that Clearview cut the number of freeway night crashes by 26%. In addition, a recent study from researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Texas A&M University found that Clearview font performed better than Highway Gothic across all tests.
Plano, TX – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce the 35th annual Congressional Art Competition is now underway. This is an annual art competition for high school students to showcase their talent and artwork. First place winners in each of the congressional districts across the nation will have their artwork displayed at the United States Capitol.
Congressman Johnson encourages all Collin County high school student artists 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 the art subjects and ideas that inspire them. I also look forward to welcoming this year’s winner and their artwork to our Nation’s Capitol in June!”
About the Art Competition
The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students, whether they attend public, private, or home schools.
In late 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. Congressman Johnson will also host an art exhibit and award ceremony to display entries and announce the First, Second, and Third Place winners as well as Honorable Mention 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. courtesy of Southwest Airlines, meet with Congressman Johnson, and attend an award ceremony where their artwork will join other first prize entries from other Congressional Districts for an exclusive unveiling ceremony.
In addition, the Second Place Winner’s artwork will be proudly displayed in Congressman Johnson’s district office in Plano for one year.
Guidelines and Participation Rules
Please note a few key guidelines, keeping in mind that this is NOT the full list (which can be found in the link above):
1) The competition is open to high school students who currently reside in the Third District. Please be aware that not all students reside in the same district they attend school.
2) PARENTS OR TEACHERS must RSVP via email for any student who wishes to participate in the competition.
3) Only ONE entry per student.
4) The submitted artwork must be “ready to hang” (i.e. Dry/no wet paint; on canvas; framed with hooks or wire on the backing; etc.).
How to Enter
Students interested in participating in this year’s Congressional Art Competition must complete the following steps:
Step 1: Have their parent or teacher email an RSVP for the Competition to Rachel Shallow (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Congressman Johnson’s Plano Office no later than April 10th. The RSVP must include the student's name, hometown, art teacher, and school.
Step 2: Students must submit their finished artwork entries ALONG WITH their completed student information and release form no later than April 21st.
Students may submit their original artwork one of two ways:
1) Contact Rachel Shallow (469-304-0382; email@example.com) to schedule a pick-up at their local school.
o If scheduling a pick-up, you must contact Ms. Shallow no later than April 17th to schedule a time. Pick-up will occur only between April 17th and 19th.
2) Drop off their artwork submission at Congressman Johnson’s Plano office.
o 1255 W 15th Street, Suite 170
Plano, Texas 75075
o Student artwork MUST meet all of the Rules and Regulations.
o The Student Information and Release Form must be completed and 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. Artwork without the proper paperwork will be ineligible.
For questions, please contact Rachel Shallow (469-304-0382; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Additional information about the Competition can be found on my website: CLICK HERE.
Washington, D.C. – As Americans across the country are finishing up filing their tax returns, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), a senior member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, reintroduced the No Bonuses for Tax Delinquent IRS Employees Act (H.R. 1599). The two-page bill does just as it sounds – it would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from handing out bonuses to IRS employees who owe back taxes.
“The fact that the IRS has given out bonuses and other rewards to its employees who owe back taxes is disgraceful,” said Johnson. “The people who are hired to enforce our tax laws should not be delinquent on their own taxes, let along be rewarded bonuses. Even worse, these bonuses are paid for by tax dollars. What has been going on is a slap in the face to law-abiding, tax-paying citizens, and I’m working to end this NOW. The No Bonuses for Tax Delinquent IRS Employees Act is a commonsense bill – and it’s the right thing to do.”
The No Bonuses for Tax Delinquent IRS Employees Act of 2017 is in response to the most recent report released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which revealed the IRS paid out bonuses and other rewards to employees who owe back taxes. According to the Inspector General, more than 1,100 employees received cash awards totaling more than $1 million and more than 10,000 hours in extra time off.
The IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 requires the IRS to fire workers who are tax cheats (e.g. failure to file a tax return). However, according to the Inspector General, the IRS does not, as a practical matter, take into account whether an employee has a tax problem when it comes to providing bonuses and other awards for employees.Read More
PLANO, TX – In order to help local veterans and their families preserve stories of heroism, patriotism, and sacrifice, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) invites North Texas folks to attend a training workshop on the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) on Saturday, April 8th.
Congress created the Veterans History Project (VHP) in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The VHP’s mission is to “collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.” Since its establishment, thousands of veterans have submitted their stories from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and Operations Iraq and Enduring Freedom.
Currently, only 15,106 of the 1,670,186 veterans in Texas have recorded their personal history.
“Now more than ever, our country needs to hear about the experiences of our veterans who have personally defended freedom,” said Johnson. “Reading a textbook is helpful, but it’s the real life stories that resonate with people and help folks to better understand the value of our democracy and the freedoms we often take for granted every day. As a 29-year Air Force veteran and POW, I speak from experience when I say how important it is to ensure these stories are not lost. If you are a veteran – or if you have a family member, friend, or neighbor who has served our Great Nation – I encourage you to attend this workshop. Your stories are important and deserve to be preserved and shared. To all our veterans: we thank you for your service and sacrifice. This project is just one way we can give back – to ensure your efforts are not forgotten.”
The special training session will be held in conjunction with the Library of Congress Veteran History Project and the University of Texas at Dallas Veterans Service Center. The office of Congressman Johnson will provide the training resources for individuals to preserve the personal accounts of our American war veterans for future generations.
Baylor University oral historian Jessica Roseberry will be on hand to lead the workshop, which will cover how to conduct interviews with veterans, how to gather original materials, and how to properly submit those interviews to the Library of Congress.
In order to accommodate training participants and ensure sufficient training materials, the office of Congressman Johnson asks that those interested in attending RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling (469) 304-0382.
Saturday April 8, 2017
10:00am to 11:30am
University of Texas at Dallas
Jindal School of Management
800 W Campbell Road
Richardson, Texas 75080
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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As many Americans across the country know firsthand, Obamacare isn’t working. Insurers are fleeing the Obamacare exchanges, premiums are soaring,