Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson Reintroduces Bill to Increase Access to High Quality Health Care

2017/02/17

WASHINTGON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced H.R. 1156, the Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2017.  This bill would repeal Obamacare’s ban on new construction of physician-owned hospitals.  It also repeals a part of Obamacare that in essence bans the ability of physician-owned hospitals to expand. 

 

Physician-owned hospitals are frequently cited for their quality care.  Over half the top 100 hospitals in the country are physician-owned.  Additionally, seven out of 10 hospitals receiving Medicare award bonuses due to quality care are physician-owned.

 

“I’m sure all Americans can agree that everyone deserves access to quality, affordable health care,” said Johnson.  “And I’m sure we also agree that competition in the marketplace is a good thing.  Unfortunately, Obamacare has been picking winners and losers when it comes to health care – and American families are paying the price due to this lack of competition.  Physician-owned hospitals are small in number, so there is plenty of room in the health care market.  It makes no sense to prohibit good hospitals from serving their communities.  This bill is about doing the right thing.  Americans want, need, and deserve quality, affordable health care options.” 

 

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Johnson, Walberg Introduce Legislation to Expand Health Care Coverage, Lower Costs for Small Businesses

2017/02/16

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, today introduced the Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101). Part of a step-by-step process to replace the failed health care law with patient-centered solutions, the legislation would empower small businesses to join together through association health plans (AHPs) to provide their employees greater access to affordable health care.

Chairmen Johnson and Walberg released the following statements upon introduction:

“Due to Obamacare, fewer and fewer American small businesses are offering health care coverage, and that’s a problem for American families,” Chairman Johnson said. “Everyone knows that large employers are able to provide more affordable health benefits for their employees. That’s because they have strength in numbers and don’t have to adhere to costly rules and regulations that small businesses do. But this isn’t right. Small mom and pop businesses on Main Street shouldn’t be treated like second class citizens when it comes to being able to offer health insurance. Bottom-line: if it’s good enough for Wall Street, it’s good enough for Main Street. This bill would allow small businesses to band together for that same strength in numbers and free them from unfair regulations. It is one good step toward fixing our broken health care system, and I thank Representative Walberg for his support in this effort. Americans want, need, and deserve quality, affordable health care — and you can rest assured this remains one of my top priorities.”

“We are taking an important step toward providing a better way to access quality, affordable health care,” Chairman Walberg said. “By allowing small businesses to band together through association health plans, we can lower health care costs for working families. Obamacare not only failed to achieve this important goal, it made our nation’s health care challenges even worse. This bill is part of a step-by-step process to deliver commonsense health care reforms that put working families first. Representative Johnson has been leading this important effort for many years, and I look forward to working together to advance these reforms.”

BACKGROUND: Due to their size and economies of scale, large businesses and labor organizations have the ability to negotiate on behalf of employees for high-quality health care at more affordable costs. By offering a qualified group health plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), these large employers and labor organizations are also exempt from myriad state rules and regulations on health insurance.

Small businesses, however, do not have the same bargaining power as larger businesses. Small businesses are also unable to band together to increase their bargaining power in the health insurance marketplace. By allowing small businesses to join together through association health plans (AHPs), small businesses can have greater ability to negotiate for lower health care costs for their employees. 

Part of a broader effort to replace Obamacare with patient-centered solutions, Chairmen Johnson and Walberg introduced the Small Business Health Fairness Act. The legislation would empower small businesses to join together through AHPs to offer health insurance for their employees at a lower cost. Through these reforms, H.R. 1101 will:

  • Increase small businesses’ bargaining power with insurance providers and put them on a more level playing field with larger companies and unions.
  • Expand affordable coverage for working families who want to purchase health insurance through their employer.
  • Lower administrative costs for small businesses who face limited resources and want to provide health insurance to their employees.

For a copy of H.R. 1101, click here.

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On “Returniversary,” Hanoi Hilton POWs Johnson, McCain Call for Intensified Efforts to Account for 83,000 MIAs

2017/02/15

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week marks the 44th Anniversary of “Operation Homecoming” when U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) and U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) returned from North Vietnam back to the United States, along with almost 600 American Prisoners of War (POWs).  In memory of their fellow POWs and those Missing in Action (MIAs) who never made it home, Johnson and McCain introduced identical resolutions in the House and Senate calling for intensified efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all missing and unaccounted-for personnel of the United States.

 

Specifically, H.Res. 129 and S.Res. 61 call 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.  The resolutions also call on foreign governments to fully assist in search and recovery efforts.

“This is a particularly meaningful week for me,” said Johnson.  “It is when I returned home to my family after nearly seven years locked away as a POW in the Hanoi Hilton – 42 months of that in solitary confinement.  The major reason my fellow POWs and I were able to make it home was because of our brave POW wives and folks like Ross Perot and Murphy Martin.  They fought tooth and nail to educate the American public who believed North Vietnam’s false propaganda that we were treated in accordance with the Geneva Convention.   While I was blessed to make it home to Freedom, many of my fellow compatriots did not.  Our American Armed Forces swear to leave no man behind, which is why I have vowed I will never stop fighting for our Defenders of Freedom – just like our POW wives did for us.  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.”

“I’m proud to join my friend and comrade Congressman Sam Johnson in introducing this resolution calling on the U.S. to intensify efforts to find answers about the American service members still unaccounted for abroad,” said Senator McCain stated.  “Our country remains in their debt, and our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones on the 44th anniversary of Operation Homecoming.  The great honor of my life was to serve in the company of heroes in North Vietnam, Americans whose comradery, bravery, and resilience in the face of tremendous hardship inspired us to resist our captors and find strength and hope even in the darkest of hours.  These men, those like them who served in other conflicts, and the thousands who made the ultimate sacrifice but never returned home, deserve our nation's highest respect and gratitude.  While we owe these heroes a debt we can never truly repay, it is my hope this resolution contributes to achieving a full accounting of our missing comrades and delivers to their families the peace of mind they have long deserved.”

 

“On behalf of the POW/MIA families, please accept our heartfelt gratitude for once again stepping forward to help achieve the fullest possible accounting for Americans still missing from our nation’s past wars and conflicts,” said Ann Mills-Griffths, Chairman and CEO of National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia.  To read the full letter of support, CLICK HERE.  

 

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Sam Johnson Reintroduces Bill to Cut EPA Waste, Save Over $7.5 Billion

2017/02/09

 Washington, D.C. – To save American taxpayers’ dollars, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) reintroduced the Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act.  This bill would terminate or eliminate federal funding for 13 wasteful Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs, would close all EPA field offices, and require the EPA to lease or sell all underutilized properties.  The Heritage Foundation estimates this bill would save taxpayers more than $7.5 billion over 10 years.

“As a fiscal conservative, I believe Washington should be a good steward of taxpayers’ dollars,” said Johnson.  “Part of being a good steward includes reining in unnecessary spending, holding agencies accountable for ‘waste,’ and getting rid of politicians’ ‘pet projects.’ For example, American taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for the EPA’s many vacant and underutilized properties that the EPA’s own Inspector General identified as wasteful.  My commonsense bill does right by the hardworking Americans, and I hope to see it swiftly move forward.”

Specifically, the Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act of 2017 would:

  1. Terminate the following wasteful programs:
  • All EPA grant programs (and also prohibit the EPA from establishing or implementing any new grant programs)
  • National Clean Diesel Campaign
  • Environmental justice programs
  • Eliminate federal funding for the following:
    • Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program
    • Climate Resilience Fund
    • Climate Resilience Evaluation Awareness Tool
    • Green Infrastructure Program
    • Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative
    • Regulating greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles
    • Regulating greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants
    • Climate research at the EPA’s Office of Research and Development
  • Prohibit the use of funds for new ozone standards
  • Eliminate and close the EPA’s state, regional, district, local, and field offices
  • Require the EPA to dispose of or lease any property determined by the EPA IG to be underutilized
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    Sam Johnson Congratulates Service Academy Nominees, Class of 2021

    2017/02/07

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is proud to nominate 44 Collin County students to the U.S. Service Academies for the Class of 2021.  Each service academy will make formal offers of appointment this spring. 

    “Second to God, serving our Great Nation is the worthiest calling of my life, which is nominating students to America’s service academies is both a high honor and great responsibility,” said Johnson.  “These 44 young men and women have undergone a competitive and rigorous selection process based on academic performance; extracurricular, civic, and service activities; and athletic aptitude.  Each and every one of them is a fine young American, and it’s my privilege to nominate these young leaders as they answer the call of duty.  I congratulate them and know they will represent our community well as the Academies make appointment decisions.”

    Students interested in learning more about service academy applications should contact Gabriella Pate in Johnson’s Plano office at (469) 304-0382. 

    In addition, every fall Congressman Johnson hosts a free Academy Information Session with all branches represented for Third District students and families.  The session provides students with an opportunity to learn more about each Academy and decide if military life is for them.  Third District residents must be between the ages of 17 and 23 to be eligible to apply for an Academy, but the Info Session is open to all ages. 



    Class of 2021 Academy Nominations by U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson

     

     

    U.S. Naval Academy

     

     

    City

     

    School

    Noel Anderson

    McKinney

    McKinney Boyd High School

    Noble Bakken

    McKinney

    Independence High School

    Jalen Ball

    McKinney

    Prosper High School

    Tanner Cedrone

    Plano

    Plano Senior High School

    Khara Ekes

    Plano

    Plano Senior High School

    Robert Estes

    Lucas

    Lovejoy High School

    Kayla Gilbreath

    McKinney

    McKinney North High School

    Michael Hamilton

    McKinney

    McKinney High School

    Luke Harrell

    McKinney

    McKinney Christian Academy

    Amy Hoang

    Richardson

    Plano East High School

    Jun Jeon

    Frisco

    Liberty High School

    Jae Huyn (James) Lee

    Frisco

    Liberty High School

    Peyton Long

    Plano

    Jesuit Preparatory School

    Thomas McGowan

    McKinney

    McKinney High School

    Tyler Norwood

    Plano

    Plano West Senior High School

    Jordan Smith

    Plano

    Plano Senior High School

    Tyler Thompson

    Plano

    Prince of Peace Christian School

    Alexander Webre

    Allen

    Allen High School

    Edward Xiao

    Allen

    Allen High School

    Jacob Young

    McKinney

    McKinney North High School

     

     

     

     

    U.S. Air Force Academy

     

     

    City

     

    School

    Rodney Belcher

    Plano

    Plano Senior High School

    Tanner Cedrone

    Plano

    Plano Senior High School

    Yujun Chow

    Plano

    Liberty High School

    Kevin Hoodwin

    Plano

    Plano West Senior High School

    Tristan Jackson

    Plano

    Plano West Senior High School

    Colin McMahan

    Plano

    Plano ISD Academy

    Forrest Noey

    McKinney

    Independence High School

    Parker Noren

    McKinney

    McKinney Boyd High School

    Preston Polen

    Wylie

    Homeschool

    Mary Turner

    Prosper

    Prosper High School

     

     

     

     

    U.S. Military Academy

     

     

    City

     

    High School

    Paris Bland

    Dallas

    Parish Episcopal School

    Joshua Brock

    McKinney

    McKinney Christian Academy

    Matthew Carey

    Plano

    Plano East Senior High School

    Lucas Caskey

    Frisco

    Independence High School

    Oscar Ibanez

    Plano

    Plano West Senior High School

    Jared Jowdy

    Plano

    Jesuit College Preparatory School

    Nico Manzonelli

    Allen

    Allen High School

    Trajan Marchese

    Plano

    Plano Senior High School

    Martin Nguyen

    Allen

    Allen High School

    Jheel Patel

    Plano

    Plano West Senior High School

     

     

     

     

    U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

     

     

    City

     

    School

    Omar Calderon

    Murphy

    Plano East Senior High School

    Alexander Ellington

    Plano

    Prestonwood Christian Academy

    Tristan Jackson

    Plano

    Plano West Senior High School

    Mason Sims

    Plano

    Plano ISD Academy

    Mark Thompson

    McKinney

    McKinney High School

    Alexandre Webre

    Allen

    Allen High School

     

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    Statement on the 43rd March for Life

    2017/01/27

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Americans across the country join together for the 43rd annual March for Life, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) – a staunch defender of Life – released the following statement:

     

    “As a Christian, father, and grandfather, I believe in the sanctity of life and its uplifting message to our world.  After all, our most precious gift is life.  How we use our life is up to us.  I believe one of the best ways we can spend our own life is by fighting for others to receive the same gift.  Because human life begins at conception, I have steadfastly defended the unborn and opposed any and all efforts to federally fund abortion.  In fact, this week I proudly voted in support of H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017.  This bill would put a stop to any federal funding of abortion, and would also prohibit Obamacare subsidies for insurance plans that cover abortion.  Rest assured I will continue to advocate on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves and do everything within my power to fight for LIFE.  God bless you and God bless America.  I salute you.”

     

    For more information about H.R. 7, CLICK HERE.

     

    To learn about Sam Johnson’s pro-life record, CLICK HERE.

     

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    Sam Johnson’s Congressional Youth Advisory Council Gears Up for Second Semester

    2017/01/25

    PLANO, TX – In light of National School Choice Week, which is designed to raise awareness of education options for children, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) shared the following update on his 13th annual Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) for Collin County high school students: 

     

    The Third District provides fantastic education opportunities for students – whether it be public, private, charter, or home schools – and each year I am blessed to work with some of our student leaders from across the District through CYAC.  It’s always a joy to see future generations get involved in their community and show an interest in serving others, and the CYAC Class of 2017 had a stellar fall semester!

     

    Our first meeting was centered on Homeland Security – a hot topic of interest for many CYAC students.  They heard from special guests District Attorney Greg Willis, new Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner, and FBI Special Agent in Charge Tom Petrowski.  Our speakers discussed national security at the local level.  Students also learned that ensuring Americans’ security is a team effort between local, state, and federal leaders.  Students then had the unique opportunity to take part in a guided tour of the Collin County Detention Center.

     

    CYAC students’ second meeting began with the Congressional Veterans Commendation (CVC) Ceremony.  At this event, they learned about 10 local veterans with inspiring legacies of service.  Following the CVC, students learned about what it’s like to work in the halls of Congress by participating in a Q&A with my Chief of Staff and Legislative Director. 

     

    The students’ first semester closed with Captain Sam Brown leading a testimonial meeting and Q&A.  Captain Brown is a former West Point graduate who was injured in Afghanistan when he was struck by an improvised explosive device.  Today, he uses his life experiences to encourage others to tackle obstacles and embrace taking on leadership roles.

     

    As the new semester starts, I look forward to our “CYAC in the Community” service projects, during which students will have a chance to give back to their hometowns.  I am also eager to hear their ideas when they hold a Mock Congress later this spring.  The CYAC Class of 2017 has already proven to be a fantastic and intellectually engaged group of future leaders, and their parents and teachers should be proud! 

     

     

    Johnson created the annual high school-centered CYAC in 2004 to gain insight from Collin County students and to inspire civic-minded young adults to achieve their full potential and begin building a legacy of service. 

     

     

     

     

     

    CYAC CLASS OF 2017

     

     

    ALLEN

     

    Student

    School

    Grade

    Catherine Chen

    Allen High School

    Junior

    Parker Stevens

    Allen High School

    Sophomore

     

    ANNA

     

    Olivia Larson

    Imagine International Academy of North Texas

    Senior

     

    DALLAS

     

    Austin Dwiggins

    Plano Academy

    Senior

    Jonathan Lu

    Shepton High School

    Sophomore

     

    FAIRVIEW

     

    Cameron Stapleton

    Lovejoy High School

    Senior

     

    FRISCO

     

    Kayla Adams

    Centennial High School

    Senior

    Brooklyn Baum

    Heritage High School

    Senior

    Swetha Pamidimukkala

    Independence High School

    Junior

    Sai Vogirala

    Heritage High School

    Senior

     

    McKINNEY

     

    Joshua Brock

    McKinney Christian Academy

    Senior

    Zachary Clonch

    Hebron High School

    Sophomore

    Matthew Daley

    McKinney Boyd High School

    Junior

    Sam Fanatico

    John Paul II High School

    Junior

    Emma Guerra

    Imagine International Academy of North Texas

    Junior

    Luke Harrell

    McKinney Christian Academy

    Senior

    Tatiana Laporte

    Imagine International Academy of North Texas

    Junior

    Jakob Shackleton

    McKinney High School

    Freshman

    Trent Yarbrough

    McKinney North High School

    Junior

     

    MURPHY

     

    Scott Walker

    McMillen High School

    Freshman

     

    PARKER

     

    Elizabeth Reed

    Ursuline Academy of Dallas

    Junior

     

    PLANO

     

    Shambhavi Badi

    Plano East Senior High School

    Sophomore

    Shree Balaji

    Liberty High School

    Junior

    Reagan Cantrell

    Plano Senior High School

    Senior

    Allison Chang

    Plano Senior High School

    Junior

    Brandon Chen

    Jasper High School

    Sophomore

    Niruti Dhoble

    Plano East Senior High School

    Junior

    Nicholas Garcia

    Plano West Senior High School

    Junior

    Sreeragini Ghantasala

    Jasper High School

    Sophomore

    Alice Hou

    Jasper High School

    Sophomore

    Austin Katzer

    Plano West Senior High School

    Junior

    Ruxton Kelly

    John Paul II High School

    Sophomore

    I-Jung Lin

    Clark High School

    Sophomore

    Rahul Naik

    Jasper High School

    Sophomore

    Padmashree Pandy

    Plano West Senior High School

    Senior

    Purvee Patel

    Plano Senior High School

    Senior

    Jackson Pierce

    Plano East Senior High School

    Junior

    David Qian

    Clark High School

    Sophomore

    Emiko Rinkliff

    Shepton High School

    Sophomore

    Nicolas Teachenor

    Plano Senior High School

    Junior

    Emily Ward

    Plano Academy

    Junior

     

    PROSPER

     

    Emily Crone

    Prosper High School

    Junior

    Abby Kistner

    McKinney Christian Academy

    Junior

     

    RICHARDSON

     

    Timothy Interrante

    Williams High School

    Sophomore

    Nicholas Le

    Plano Academy

    Senior

    David Lorenz

    Lucas Christian Academy

    Junior

    Ben Randoing

    Plano East Senior High School

    Junior

     

     

     

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    2017 Valentines for Vets: Sam Johnson Encourages Area School Participation

    2017/01/18

    Washington, D.C. – To coincide with the National Salute to Veteran Patients (the week of Valentine’s Day), U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is holding his annual “Valentines for Vets” outreach program. Teachers and students in Collin County are encouraged to create Valentines that will be hand-delivered to veterans at the Dallas VA Medical Center.

    “Many of our hometown veterans are hospitalized for long periods of time, and the hours away from family and friends can get lonely – particularly on holidays,” said Johnson.  “That is why every year I ask elementary school students and teachers in Collin County for their help in creating valentines for our veterans.  I do this for two main reasons.  First, it is an excellent opportunity to teach young students about freedom, protecting our American way of life, and what it means to serve in our Great Nation’s military.  Second, this program provides us the chance to say ‘thank you’ to those who we can never thank enough for their service and sacrifice.  I encourage all our area schools to participate – together, let’s make this a special day for our hometown heroes!”

    Johnson’s office will be accepting valentines through Thursday, February 9th, 2017. 

    To see if your school is participating and to schedule a drop-off time at Johnson’s Plano office, please reach out to Valentines for Vets program coordinator, Meagan Talton.   If your school has over 150 valentines and drop-off is difficult, you may also inquire about scheduling a pick-up time with a staffer.

    Details about valentine card specifications can be found HERE.

     

    Plano Office
    1255 W 15th Street, Suite 170
    Plano, Texas 75075
    (469) 304-0382

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    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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    Contact Information

    1211 Longworth HOB
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone 202-225-4201
    Fax 202-225-1485
    samjohnson.house.gov

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    Ways and Means

    Sam Johnson, a decorated war hero and native Texan, ranks among the few Members of Congress to fight in combat. During his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Representative Johnson flew combat missions in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He endured nearly seven years as a Prisoner of War in Hanoi, including 42 months in solitary confinement. Following his distinguished military career, Sam established a home-building business in North Dallas from scratch and served in the Texas State legislature.

    Sam holds a House leadership role as one of the few Deputy Whips (vote counters). He is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means where he serves as the Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee and sits on the Health Subcommittee. In the 112th Congress, House leaders appointed Sam to the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT).

    Sam uses his committee assignments to benefit the Third District. Sam’s tenure and long-standing relationships give his constituents direct access to top congressional leaders.

    A fiscal hawk and constitutional conservative who advocates lower taxes and smaller government, Sam has proven himself as a respected leader with a rock-solid record.

    In 2011, the renowned bipartisan publication, National Journal, named Sam the most conservative Member of Congress based solely on his voting record, meaning he voted against Nancy Pelosi and President Obama’s big government, failed stimulus agenda at every turn.

    In 2009, Sam’s peers recognized him as the “most admired” Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, in 2009 the prestigious Congressional Medal of Honor Society bestowed Sam their highest civilian accolade, the National Patriot Award, for his tireless work on behalf of the troops, veterans, and freedom.

    In 2011, Sam accepted the “Freedom of Flight” award at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards, dubbed the Oscars of aviation, from renowned air show pilot Bob Hoover.

    Sam serves as a Regent for the world famous Smithsonian Institution, where he represents the Board of Regents on the Advisory Board of the National Air and Space Museum.

    Sam chronicles his POW experience in solitary confinement in his autobiography, Captive Warriors. The book details the stories of the self-named “Alcatraz Gang,” including great American patriots, such as Jeremiah Denton and Jim Stockdale.

    A decorated combat veteran and war hero, Sam was awarded two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, one Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple Hearts, four Air Medals, and three Outstanding Unit Awards.

    Sam Johnson is married to the former Shirley L. Melton of Dallas. They are proud parents of three children and grandparents to ten.


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    Louie Gohmert

    TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

    Ted Poe

    TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

    John Ratcliffe

    TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

    Jeb Hensarling

    TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

    Joe Barton

    TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

    John Culberson

    TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

    Kevin Brady

    TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

    Michael McCaul

    TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

    Michael Conaway

    TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

    Kay Granger

    TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

    Mac Thornberry

    TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

    Randy Weber

    TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT

    Bill Flores

    TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

    Jodey Arrington

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    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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