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
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Early this morning, the Ways and Means Committee concluded its Markup on five budget reconciliation recommendations that make up part of the American Healthcare Reform Act – the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Once joined with the reconciliation recommendations from the Energy and Commerce Committee, these bills will make up the American Healthcare Reform Act. (To read the full bill, visit readthebill.gop.)
The American Healthcare Reform Act is a reconciliation bill that is the first of three steps to repeal Obamacare and replace it with affordable, patient-centered solutions. (The three-step repeal and replace plan is outlined below.) Notably, the bill repeals the individual and employer mandate; stops the $1 trillion in tax increases that have hurt American families from all walks of life; continues to protect folks with pre-existing conditions; and allows children 26 and under to stay on their parents’ health care plan.
“As a conservative who opposed Obamacare at every turn, I’m pleased that – with a Republican in the White House – we are finally able to move forward with a real plan to repeal and replace Obama’s disastrous law,” said Johnson. “While I recognize that the Republican bill is not perfect, it’s a good and necessary step in the right direction – and my work on this issue won’t be done. There are still many conservative solutions that I would like to see put into effect that budget rules prohibit us from including in reconciliation – solutions like the ability to purchase health care plans across state lines as well as the bill I introduced (H.R. 1101) to allow small businesses to join together through association health plans (AHPs). In fact, H.R. 1101 passed the Education and Workforce Committee yesterday!”
Three-step plan to repeal and replace Obamacare:
1) Pass the reconciliation bill – the American Healthcare Reform Act.
2) Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will have regulatory flexibility to deregulate the marketplace to help lower costs and stabilize the market.
3) Congress will follow up on the reconciliation with further solutions (such as purchasing health care across state lines).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson’s (TX-03) bill, the Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101) was passed by the Education and Workforce Committee. This bill is part of a step-by-step process to replace the failed health care law with patient-centered solutions. It would do so by empowering small businesses to join together through association health plans (AHPs) to provide their employees greater access to affordable health care.
“Due to Obamacare’s burdensome and expensive regulations, fewer and fewer American small businesses can afford to offer health care coverage – which in turn hurts American families,” Johnson said. “A commonsense way to help empower these small businesses is to allow them to join together when shopping for health care plans. This will allow them to have the same strength in numbers as large businesses and labor organizations. And the benefits will be real for hardworking American families. With this bill’s Committee passage, we are one step closer toward fixing our broken health care system, which continues to remain one of my top priorities.”
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.
However, small businesses 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.
To read H.R. 1101, click here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) reintroduced the Servicemember Retirement Improvement Act (H.R. 1317). This bill would stop the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from limiting the ability of Guard and Reserve service members to save for their retirement. Senator John Cornyn (TX-R) likewise introduced companion legislation in the Senate.
“Ensuring our troops and veterans receive fair treatment is a top priority of mine, particularly as a 29-year Air Force veteran and POW for nearly seven years,” said Johnson. “Unfortunately, the IRS is able to limit many of America’s Guard and Reserve forces ability to save for their retirement if they also hold a civilian job. In effect, these service members and their families are being penalized when it comes to saving for their retirement just because they happen to serve our country. This is wrong. The men and women who defend freedom deserve better. That’s what today’s bill is about. I thank my friend Senator Cornyn for his support in this effort, and I look forward to getting this commonsense bill swiftly signed into law.”
“So often our Guardsmen and Reservists put their civilian lives on hold to answer the call to protect our country, and that sacrifice deserves the full benefits of military service,” stated Cornyn. “I’m proud to work with Senator Casey to ensure our National Guard members and reservists can get the full retirement benefits they deserve.”
The Servicemember Retirement Improvement Act is supported by a wide range of military and veteran advocacy groups, including the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS).
ROA’s Executive Director, Jeff Phillips, spoke in support of the bill, saying “ROA believes reservists must be able to make the same TSP contributions and reap the same rewards as the active duty; we applaud Representative Johnson's bill, which will achieve this equality.”
EANGUS’s Executive Director, Sergeant Major (Retired) Frank Yoakum, stated, "EANGUS fully supports this legislation. The uniformed services Blended Retirement System has some strong advantages to it, but one of the unintended consequences of the law is the IRS limit on contributions to defined contribution plans and its effect on National Guard and reserve members who already have civilian employers and defined contribution plans. We fully and firmly support this legislation which allows these citizen-patriots to invest in both their civilian and military retirement plans, negating the unintended consequences and providing full value of their contributions."
Groups Supporting H.R. 1317:
Association of the United States Army
Association of the United States Navy
Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States
National Association for Uniformed Services
National Guard Association of the United States
Naval Enlisted Reserve Association
Reserve Officers Association
The Retired Enlisted Association
Marine Corps Reserve Association
U.S. Army Warrant Officers Association
American Military Retirees Association
Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to President Donald Trump’s address at the first Joint Session of the 115th Congress, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) released the following statement:
“After eight long years of Obama’s liberal, big government agenda, it was refreshing to hear President Trump's patriotic words and love of country tonight as he discussed solutions that will actually get our country back on track and help American families. Our country is facing many challenges when it comes to national security, and as a 29-year Air Force veteran I appreciate our new Commander-In-Chief making strides to protect our homeland. With a much-needed boost to defense, our troops will be better able to address the serious threats left unaddressed by former President Obama. Similarly, tackling illegal immigration and securing our borders will further strengthen national security – not to mention the fact that these efforts do right by hardworking American taxpayers.
“President Trump is also right to work with House Republicans as we repeal Obamacare and replace it with commonsense health care reforms. Not only will folks have more freedom when it comes to health care choices, but getting rid of Obamacare – which has been a major burden on small businesses – will help boost our economy. Finally, as a fiscal conservative I wholeheartedly agree that it’s high time we reform our tax code – including the IRS!
“We’ve got a lot of good work ahead of us, and I look forward to making progress on the key challenges confronting our great nation in the weeks and months ahead.”Read More
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.”
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:
For a copy of H.R. 1101, click here.To read a fact sheet, click here. Read More
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, 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.