Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson Unveils Plan to Permanently Save Social Security

2016/12/08

WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced legislation that will permanently save Social Security, ensuring this vital program continues to work for today’s workers and beneficiaries and future generations. For years, the Social Security Board of Trustees has cautioned the program is on an unsustainable path. This year, the Trustees Report warned workers will face a 21 percent benefit cut starting in 2034 if Congress does not reform the program.

Chairman Johnson’s legislation, the Social Security Reform Act of 2016 (H.R. 6489), puts Social Security back on a sustainable path by modernizing the program for the 21st century, rewarding retirees and individuals with disabilities for their years of work, and improving retirement security.

Upon introducing the legislation, Chairman Johnson said:

“For years I've talked about the need to fix Social Security so that our children and grandchildren can count on it to be there for them just like it’s there for today’s seniors and individuals with disabilities,” said Johnson.  “My commonsense plan is the start of a fact-based conversation about how we do just that.  I urge my colleagues to also put pen to paper and offer their ideas about how they would save Social Security for generations to come.  Americans want, need, and deserve for us to finally come up with a solution to saving this important program.” 

The Social Security Reform Act of 2016 ensures Social Security will be there when Americans need it by:

  • Modernizing how benefits are calculated to increase benefits for lower income workers while slowing the growth of benefits for higher income workers. 
  • Gradually updating the full retirement age at which workers can claim benefits. The new retirement age better reflects Americans’ longer life expectancy while maintaining the age for early retirement.
  • Ensures benefits keep up with changes in the economy by using a more accurate measure of inflation for the annual Cost-of-Living-Adjustment.
  • Protecting the most vulnerable Americans by increasing benefits for lower-income earners and raising the minimum benefit for those who earned less over the course of long careers.
  • Promoting flexibility and choice for workers by eliminating the Retirement Earnings Test for everyone. This allows workers to receive benefits—without a penalty—while they are working, or fully delay retirement and wait to receive benefits. For those who delay claiming benefits, they can receive increases in a partial lump sum or add it all to their monthly check.
  • Encouraging saving for retirement by phasing out Social Security’s tax on benefits for workers who continue to receive income after they retire or stop working due to a disability.
  • Targeting benefits for those most in need by limiting the size of benefits for spouses and children of high-income earners.
  • Treating all workers fairly when their Social Security benefits are calculated by using the same, proportional formula that looks at all of an individual’s earnings over the course of his or her career.

To learn more about Chairman Johnson’s Social Security Reform Act of 2016, CLICK HERE.

To read the full bill text, CLICK HERE

To read the Social Security Actuary letter, CLICK HERE

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Sam Johnson Amendment to Expedite Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir in House-Passed WIIN Act

2016/12/08

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act (S. 612), which included a modified bipartisan amendment introduced by Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) that will expedite the federal permitting process for the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir in North Texas. 

Specifically, this amendment would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to finalize their review of the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir on an expedited basis.  These federal regulators have already spent nearly a decade reviewing the reservoir – a reservoir that is crucial if North Texas wishes to avoid local water deficits projected to hit in 2021. 

Furthermore, the amendment sets forth an important benchmark that will require the Secretary of the Army to report back to Congress by June 30th, 2017 with an update on the reservoir’s permit review.  

After the passage of the WIIN Act, Representatives Sam Johnson – along with amendment co-authors Pete Sessions (TX-32), John Ratcliffe (TX-04), and Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) – released the following statements:

Sam Johnson:  “Drought is a frequent problem in Texas, which is why water is always a top priority in our area.  But many folks don’t know that our local reservoirs will soon be unable to meet the total water demands of our area.  You see, at Collin County’s current rate of projected population growth, by 2021 we won’t have enough water to meet demand unless a new reservoir is built.  And the impact of not having this new reservoir would be direct –water as part of our normal, daily routine would be affected.  It’s a serious situation, and one that I’ve long been working on.  But with four years needed to build and fill the reservoir, time is running out.  This amendment is a vital step to providing North Texans’ access to clean, affordable water – something all Americans want, need, and deserve.”  

Pete Sessions: “Water in Texas is a precious resource that must be valued, appreciated, and most importantly protected. I have fought long and hard alongside my North Texas colleagues and the North Texas Municipal Water District to cut through unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles and expedite construction on this necessary project. After a lot of hard work and persistence from everyone involved in this process, I am proud that we got this done to ensure North Texas families have access to a sustainable supply of drinking water.”

John Ratcliffe: “Meeting Northeast Texas’ growing water needs is difficult enough without any extra roadblocks from federal bureaucrats. I’m glad the House has passed our legislation to peel back the layers of EPA red tape that have delayed a final decision on the Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir for far too long.”

Eddie Bernice Johnson: “The North Texas Municipal Water District has long endeavored to develop a reservoir project in Fannin County, Texas.  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, while helping us to meet the projected North Texas water supply needs through 2040 and beyond. I am glad we were able to get this accomplished today.”

Congressman Johnson’s original amendment was adopted by the House of Representatives via voice vote on September 28th, 2016 as part of the Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 5303), and it was modified in conference committee and included in the final legislative package, S. 612.

Water Facts You Should Know

The Situation:

  • The local NTMWD currently serves 1.6 million people across 10 counties in one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation. 
  • Population is expected to increase to almost 2.4 million by 2030 and double to 3.7 million by 2070.
  • If population continues to grow as expected and a new reservoir isn’t online in the drought-prone region, a water supply deficit is projected to hit in 2021.
  • The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has worked over a decade to get a new reservoir (the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir) online. 
  • The EPA and USACE have needlessly obstructed this necessary project for the North Texas community and reversed course throughout the permit process. 

The Solution:

  • The Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir in Fannin County is the first of several needed reservoirs over decades to come.   It will provide for the water needs of existing and future residents and businesses in North Texas.
  • The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has already issued the state permit for the locally funded project – its first uncontested state water permit in 50 years. 
  • This reservoir will yield safe, high quality water that will be in compliance with all state and federal drinking water regulations.

 

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House Unanimously Passes Johnson-Larson Bill Extending Special Tax Refund Deadline for Wrongfully Convicted Individuals

2016/12/06

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House passed by unanimous consent legislation to help wrongfully convicted individuals. Specifically, H.R. 6438 – introduced by Congressmen Sam Johnson (TX-03) and John Larson (CT-01) – temporarily extends the deadline for these innocent folks to apply for tax relief on their restitution.  This extension is vital because the original one-year deadline to apply for refunds on taxes unfairly paid years ago was effectively cut short due to the IRS’s slow implementation of this critical relief.  

In response to the passage of the deadline extension, Johnson and Larson (CT-01) released the following joint statement:

“Americans who have been wrongfully convicted suffered enough.  While we can never right this wrong and return to them the time they spent behind bars, we can help these folks as they move forward with their lives.  So when we found out the IRS was taxing the restitution awarded to wrongfully imprisoned folks, we worked hard to put a stop to this additional injustice.  What’s more, we made sure the tax relief was retroactive.  Unfortunately, despite our urging, the IRS took six months to release its guidance.  This negligent delay effectively cut the one-year deadline for folks to apply in half.  Today's deadline extension is the right thing to do, as is evidenced by its full support of the House.”

Background:

The original deadline for the Wrongful Conviction Tax Relief Act (H.R. 3086) was signed into law last December as part of the PATH Act (H.R. 2029).

On January 12, 2016: Congressmen Johnson and Larson send letter to IRS Commissioner to ensure implementation of PATH Act without delay.         

On April 10, 2016: at a Ways and Means hearing, Commissioner Koskinen is asked for an update on implementation.

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Sam Johnson Announces 10 Local Veterans to be Honored at Annual Veterans Event this Saturday

2016/12/05

Washington, D.C. – As Americans prepare to celebrate the holiday season and all we have to be thankful for as Americans, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce the ten Collin County veterans to be honored at his annual Congressional Veterans Commendation (CVC) Ceremony on December 10th at Collin College.   The honorees were nominated by local Collin County constituents for their outstanding wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement. 

In addition, this year’s keynote speaker will be Major General James L. Williams, United States Marine Corps (retired).  Maj. Gen. Williams served in the United States military for over 35 years, and he has commanded Marines at every level, both in and out of combat.  Notably, during the Carter and Reagan presidencies from 1979-1981, Williams served as a Military White House Social Aide to both presidents.  He currently serves in a variety of leadership roles in the North Texas community. 

“It is my high honor to congratulate this year’s ten veteran honorees,” said Johnson. “These men come from all across Collin County.  They represent several military branches and a wide array of ranks.  But most importantly, they represent several generations of faithful service to the protection of our Great Nation and to the betterment of our local community.  I look forward to paying tribute to these outstanding veterans for their military and civilian service this Saturday, and I hope to see a large community turnout join me as we pass down our honorees’ examples of patriotism, bravery, and love of country to future generations.”

Congressional Veteran Commendation Ceremony Information:

WHERE:

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

WHEN:           
Saturday, December 10th
10:00 am

2016 CVC Veteran Honorees

NAME & RANK

BRANCH

YEARS OF SERVICE

HOMETOWN

Master Chief Anthony Brown

Navy

1981-2008

McKinney

Sergeant Major Bruce Cole

Marine Corps

1981-2013

McKinney

Colonel William Dwiggins

Marine Corps

1978-2010

Dallas

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Hendricks

Air Force

1970-1990

Fairview

Major James Hinton III

Army

1980-1984

Parker

Lieutenant Colonel Patrick McGaugh

Army

1973-2006

Allen

Sergeant Benjamin Rangel

Marine Corps

2003-2011

McKinney

Corporal John Roach, Jr.

Marine Corps

1988-1995

Plano

Commander Ray Rogers

Navy

1969-2000

Murphy

Major Van Taylor

Marine Corps

1995-2004

Plano

 

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Sam Johnson Announces 10 Local Veterans to be Honored at Annual Veterans Event this Saturday

2016/12/05

Washington, D.C. – As Americans prepare to celebrate the holiday season and all we have to be thankful for as Americans, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce the ten Collin County veterans to be honored at his annual Congressional Veterans Commendation (CVC) Ceremony on December 10th at Collin College.   The honorees were nominated by local Collin County constituents for their outstanding wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement. 

In addition, this year’s keynote speaker will be Major General James L. Williams, United States Marine Corps (retired).  Maj. Gen. Williams served in the United States military for over 35 years, and he has commanded Marines at every level, both in and out of combat.  Notably, during the Carter and Reagan presidencies from 1979-1981, Williams served as a Military White House Social Aide to both presidents.  He currently serves in a variety of leadership roles in the North Texas community. 

“It is my high honor to congratulate this year’s ten veteran honorees,” said Johnson. “These men come from all across Collin County.  They represent several military branches and a wide array of ranks.  But most importantly, they represent several generations of faithful service to the protection of our Great Nation and to the betterment of our local community.  I look forward to paying tribute to these outstanding veterans for their military and civilian service this Saturday, and I hope to see a large community turnout join me as we pass down our honorees’ examples of patriotism, bravery, and love of country to future generations.”

Congressional Veteran Commendation Ceremony Information:

WHERE:

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

WHEN:           
Saturday, December 10th
10:00 am

2016 CVC Veteran Honorees

NAME & RANK

BRANCH

YEARS OF SERVICE

HOMETOWN

Master Chief Anthony Brown

Navy

1981-2008

McKinney

Sergeant Major Bruce Cole

Marine Corps

1981-2013

McKinney

Colonel William Dwiggins

Marine Corps

1978-2010

Dallas

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Hendricks

Air Force

1970-1990

Fairview

Major James Hinton III

Army

1980-1984

Parker

Lieutenant Colonel Patrick McGaugh

Army

1973-2006

Allen

Sergeant Benjamin Rangel

Marine Corps

2003-2011

McKinney

Corporal John Roach, Jr.

Marine Corps

1988-1995

Plano

Commander Ray Rogers

Navy

1969-2000

Murphy

Major Van Taylor

Marine Corps

1995-2004

Plano

 

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Rep. Sam Johnson: Major General James L. Williams, USMC (retired) to be Keynote Speaker for Annual Event Honoring Collin County Veterans

2016/11/16

Washington, D.C. – With the annual Congressional Veterans Commendation (CVC) ceremony less than a month away, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce this year’s keynote speaker will be Major General James L. Williams, United States Marine Corps (retired).  

Maj. Gen. Williams served in the United States military for over 35 years, and he has commanded Marines at every level, both in and out of combat.  Notably, during the Carter and Reagan presidencies from 1979-1981, Williams served as a Military White House Social Aide to both presidents.  He currently serves in a variety of leadership roles in the North Texas community.  (Full bio is listed below.)

“North Texas is a deeply patriotic community that is home to many exceptional veterans,” said Johnson.   “As a 29-year Air Force veteran and POW, I understand firsthand how important it is for a community to support its men and women in uniform – past and present.  That’s why I’m proud to host the CVC – it’s an opportunity for us to take time out of our busy schedules and thank our local veterans for their service and sacrifice to our Great Nation.  I look forward to paying tribute to our community-nominated veteran honorees on December 10th, and I’m honored Major General Williams will be joining us as our keynote speaker.”

Congressional Veteran Commendation Ceremony & Reception Information

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

WHEN:           
Saturday, December 10th
10:00 am


Full Bio for Major General James L. Williams, USMC (retired):

Major General James L. Williams served his country in the military for over 35 years; he retired 1 August 2010. He has commanded Marines at every level in and out of combat. He was last assigned as the Commanding General, 4th Marine Division from April 2007 to April 2010. Previous positions held were as the Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Marine Division from November 2006 to March 2007; Deputy Commanding General (Mobilization), Marine Corps Combat Development Command in 2006; Assistant Division Commander, 2d Marine Division, in combat operations at Camp Blue Diamond, Ar-Ramadi, Iraq, from 2005-2006; and Deputy Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Fallujah, Iraq, from 2004-2005. While serving with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force he was assigned as the Deputy Director of Operations CJTF-180, conducting combat operations in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom, from 2001-2003. He also served on the Secretary of Defense’s Reserve Force Policy Board from 2007-2010.  

Maj. Gen. Williams has served throughout Asia, Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East, and Africa in numerous military operations. He has extensive experiences in China, Korea, Japan, and the Republic of the Philippines. In addition to multiple combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, he has extensive operational experience in the Counter-Drug War in Central and South America, and in Southwest Asia. While on his 2nd tour in Iraq, Williams and his integrated US team of military and joint coalition members were responsible for initiating the talks with terrorist and insurgent groups that caused the Sunni Awaking to occur in Al-Anbar Province. This allowed the beginning of the end in combat operations, thus saving countless friendly military and Iraqi lives from further misery.

During the Carter and Reagan Presidencies from 1979-1981, Williams served as one of the Military White House Social Aides to both Presidents. He was serving at the White House during the Middle East Peace talks with Israel and Egypt; Operation Desert One, the rescue attempt to free the US Hostages from Iran; during the return of the US Hostages from Iran back to the USA and to the White House; and during the assassination attempt on President Reagan in Washington, DC in 1981.

Williams was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His formative years were spent in Philadelphia and Reading, Pennsylvania. He received a B.S degree from Slippery Rock University, PA, in 1975. He reported to Officer Candidate School in January 1976, and received his commission in March 1976. He received Master's degrees from Georgetown University in Government and National Security Affairs in 1981, from Yale University in Hospital Management/Public Health in 1984, and from the U.S. Army War College in International Security Studies in 2000.  He has completed program studies at Harvard’s JFK School of Government in the National and International Studies Program, and at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business LOGTECH program. Currently, he is in the process of working on additional graduate degrees in Computer Engineering/Computer Science and in Business and Strategic Leadership.

Among his personal decorations are included the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Afghanistan Service Medal, Iraq Service Medal, Korean Defense Medal, Expeditionary Service Medal, Select Reserve Service Medal, and the National Defense Medal. He is also the 2012 recipient of the Ellis Island Gold Medal.

In the business world, Williams has held leadership positions in healthcare, high technology, defense, financial services, and the international business trade industries. He is currently the Chairman and CEO, of Zenneck Power Company, a new global start-up company providing electrical power, electrical transmission, and electrical power services via joint ventures. He also provides financial advising and financial education services helping businesses, families, and military veterans. He also continues to assist American businesses with expanding their business products and services to other countries globally, as well as, teaching their key leadership strategic planning, financial skills, and team building skills. He has over 40 years of experience dealing with the Asia-Pacific Region and over 30 years dealing with the Middle East, Africa, and South America.

Maj. Gen. Williams also has or is serving on the Boards of Directors/Advisors for Industry Capital and The RMF Group, two private multi-billion dollar venture capital funds; the North Texas Crime Commission and was former Chairman of the interagency Cybercrime Committee; the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University; the American Board of Physician Specialties/Disaster Medicine; former Board Director of Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas, VA Medical Center of North Texas; and the International Learning of Texas Charter School District. He provides professional financial services, financial literacy planning and financial education to interested individuals and businesses. In addition, he provides international business and security consulting services to numerous countries and companies in international business trade. He also spends numerous hours helping Veterans and their Surviving Spouses fight for jobs, benefits, and services they so richly deserve for their unselfish service to their country.

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Rep. Sam Johnson Offers Free Medicare Open Enrollment Info Sessions

2016/10/12

Washington, D.C. – In an effort to prepare seniors for the 2017 Medicare program, on October 20th and October 25th U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) will host his annual information sessions covering Medicare Open Enrollment.  These informative presentations are free and open to the public. Please note that these sessions are held in different locations in order to provide constituents convenient options.  

“Medicare serves millions of older Americans in our country, but most folks are unaware of how Medicare actually operates because they never received a basic overview of the program,” said Johnson.  “As a result, selecting the best Medicare plan in anticipation of your health care needs can be very confusing.  That is why, in order to help seniors navigate their options, I want to invite folks to attend one of these two helpful information meetings.”

The sessions, hosted in conjunction with the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging (NCTAAA), will provide a complete overview of the program and will coincide with the annual Medicare and Medicare Prescription Drug Program open enrollment period, which runs between October 15th and December 7th. 

After the program presentation, the NCTAAA will be on hand to take questions regarding the enrollment process.  Please be aware that due to time constraints, attendees interested in one-on-one counseling will be contacted after the session in order to set up an appointment at a later date.

FREE INFORMATION SESSIONS ON MEDICARE

Session I

Thursday, October 20, 2016
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Allen Senior Recreation Center
451 St. Mary Drive, Allen

Session II

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
10:00 am– 12:00 pm
Plano Senior Center
401 W. 16th Street, Plano

 NCTAA Benefits Counselors will be on hand after the 2017 Medicare Overview Presentation.

For questions regarding counseling services provided by the NCTAAA, please call Mary Jane Douglas at 1-800-272-3921, ext. 7166.

For more information on these events, please contact Congressman Johnson’s Plano office at 469-304-0382.

 

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October 12th: Sam Johnson Staff Offer Federal Agency Assistance (Frisco, Richardson, Anna, and Fairview)

2016/10/11

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, October 12th, 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.  October’s Mobile Offices will be located in Frisco, Richardson, Anna, and Fairview (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.  “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 in person. We are also happy to make requests on your behalf to federal agencies.  I encourage people to visit the nearest Mobile Office location on October 12th, 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:

  • Identity Theft
  • 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, 9:00 am – 10:30 am
George A. Purefoy Municipal Center
6101 Frisco Square Blvd
Frisco, TX 75034

Richardson, 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Richardson Civic Center
411 W. Arapaho Road, Suite 102
Richardson, TX 75080

Anna, 2: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Anna City Hall
111 N. Powell Parkway
Anna TX 75409.

Fairview, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Fairview Municipal Court
372 Town Place
Fairview, TX 75069

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NOW LAW: Sam Johnson Bill to Honor Korean War Veterans with Wall of Remembrance

2016/10/07

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson’s (TX-03) bill, the Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act (H.R. 1475), was signed into law.  This law will permit a Wall of Remembrance to be added to the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.  The Wall will list the names of all members of the U.S. Armed Forces who gave their lives in support of Freedom during the Korean War.  It would also list the total number of all American POWs and MIAs from the Korean War.

Additionally, H.R. 1475 – which has the co-sponsored support of over 300 Members of Congress – will be 100% privately funded.  No taxpayer dollars will be spent on this addition. 

“As a 29-year Air Force veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, I’m thrilled that this important Wall of Remembrance will finally be made a reality,” said Johnson.  “It was a team effort that would make our Armed Forces proud – I thank my fellow Korean War veterans, Congressmen Charles B. Rangel and John Conyers, as well as Senators John Boozman and Ben Cardin for their support.”

Johnson continued, “A tremendous thanks is also owed to the fellow Korean War veterans who tirelessly championed this bill.  My compatriots and I felt the memorial in its current state did not fully convey the magnitude of the sacrifice made by American service members during this war.  More than 36,000 Americans gave their lives, and it is important that we honor our Fallen in this meaningful way.”

“It is my hope that when folks one day visit this Wall of Remembrance at the Korean War Veterans Memorial, that they appreciate and honor the sacrifice of each of those who gave their lives in the Korean War.  We are the land of the free because of our brave service members.  These heroes are shining examples of everything great that America stands for.  I can’t think of a better way to individually honor each American who gave their life in Korea than through this Wall of Remembrance.   Our veterans – and all Americans – want, need, and deserve to have a place to come together in tribute to the memories of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

Quotes of Praise for Korean War Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act:

 “I am pleased that the Korean War Veterans Memorial will add a place for those to remember the names of our veterans and the heroes who never returned home. To know that out of ashes of impoverished people, a close ally, one of wealthiest countries and one of the firmest democracies has been established is a testament to the contributions Korean War veterans have made to the great American legacy that should be never forgotten.” U.S. Congressman Charles Rangel (NY-13)

“Though a magnificent work of art, the Korean War Memorial fails to fully honor those who fell or suffered in battle as was intended by PL99-572, which authorized the Memorial.  The subliminal message of such in the existing Memorial is far too subtle and viewers depart, impressed with the magnificent artistry, but unaware of the desired intent of the Memorial.   Korean War veterans and the families of those who fell, were wounded, captured, or are still missing in action, will be forever indebted to Congressman Johnson.  Without his untiring efforts to gain the support of his colleagues in the Congress, both House and Senate, those who sacrificed and served would remain unknown and, as is their war, forgotten.  The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is proud to support H.R. 1475 because it will help ensure our nation never forgets the service and sacrifice of ordinary Americans accomplishing extraordinary things under the most arduous of conditions.” Veterans of Foreign Wars Adjutant General Robert E. Wallace, President of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation

“The Korean War Veterans Association and Korean Defense veterans of the United States of America would like to thank Congressman Sam Johnson and his wonderful staff for all their dedication and support in making the Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance a reality. Now America's finest who gave the ultimate sacrifice during that war will never be forgotten.”  James R. Fisher, National Executive Director, Korean War Veterans Association

"We extend our heartiest congratulations on the passage of the bill – Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance. The Korean War Veterans Memorial is a sacred place, symbolizing the blood-forged alliance between the two nations for the past 60 plus years. The Wall of Remembrance will record the names of the heroes who have devoted their service to protect the freedom and democracy in the Republic of Korea.  The Wall of Remembrance will serve to remind the next generation of the Korean War veterans’ ultimate sacrifices and to solidify the Korea-U.S. alliance."  LTCOL Lee Kangwook, Assistant Defense Attaché from South Korea, Korean Embassy in Washington D.C.

 

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Sam Johnson, North Texas U.S. Representatives Get Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir Amendment to Pass House

2016/09/28

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.”

Water Facts You Should Know

The Situation:

  • The local NTMWD currently serves 1.6 million people across 10 counties in one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation. 
  • Population is expected to increase to almost 2.4 million by 2030 and double to 3.7 million by 2070.
  • If population continues to grow as expected and a new reservoir isn’t online in the drought-prone region, a water supply deficit is projected to hit in 2021.
  • The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has worked over a decade to get a new reservoir (the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir) online. 
  • The EPA and USACE have needlessly obstructed this necessary project for the North Texas community and reversed course throughout the permit process. 

The Solution:

  • The Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir in Fannin County is the first of several needed reservoirs over decades to come.   It will provide for the water needs of existing and future residents and businesses in North Texas.
  • The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has already issued the state permit for the locally funded project – its first uncontested state water permit in 50 years. 
  • This reservoir will yield safe, high quality water that will be in compliance with all state and federal drinking water regulations.

 

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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.


Serving With

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

Brian Babin

TEXAS' 36th DISTRICT

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