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Sam Johnson Reintroduces CUFF Act: Preventing Fugitives from Receiving Government Benefits


Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03), Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, joined fellow Committee member Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R-SD) in reintroducing the Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons (CUFF) Act. This bill would prevent felons who are fleeing the law or who are violating a condition of their probation or parole from getting Social Security benefits.

“Individuals running from the law or violating their parole or probation shouldn’t be supported with taxpayer dollars,” said Johnson. “That’s why I’m pleased to join Congresswoman Noem in reintroducing this commonsense Law and Order bill. Not only would it help law enforcement, but it is the right thing to do on behalf of hardworking American taxpayers!”

Local law enforcement widely supports Johnson’s CUFF Act:

“In the effort to combat crime and help get dangerous felons off the streets of our communities, it is imperative that we use all of the resources available. Many times, individuals who are the subject of a felony warrant have little fear that they will be arrested. The Control Unlawful Fugitive Felon (CUFF) Act, authored by Congressman Johnson, provides an unconventional tool that will make it more difficult for felons to avoid capture and continue in their activities by removing any source of federal financial support. This Act removes the incentive for these individuals to avoid responsibility and will assist law enforcement in apprehending dangerous felons.” Police Chief Greg Rushin, City of Plano

“Once again, Congressman Johnson is on the forefront of ensuring safer communities by introducing this legislation that will assist law enforcement efforts in apprehending fugitive felons. This bill will remove a source of funding that enables fugitive felons to remain at large and evade capture. Congressman Johnson's common sense approach eliminates the possibility that Social Security funds will be perverted and expended for the counter-productive use of financing felons' ability to become or remain fugitives. The law enforcement community applauds and supports Congressman Johnson for introducing this legislation." Police Chief Doug Kowalski, Town of Prosper

“I support this legislation. After all, most law and order advocates hate for any fugitive/criminal to benefit from public funds. I believe Social Security benefits are meant for law-abiding individuals who are in good standing. We do not believe that these benefits are for those who flee from charges and perhaps use those monetary benefits to remain on the run.” Police Chief Kenny Jenks, City of Anna

“A citizen who has a clear responsibility to comply with a duly issued warrant for his or her arrest pending the outcome of a trier of fact, should not be allowed to benefit from public programs that support his or her life style while avoiding living up to his or her responsibilities as a citizen. Those responsibilities include the duty to yield to the authority of a court or a magistrate who, upon having been presented with a set of facts and circumstances, has issued a warrant of arrest for this person making him or her a fugitive. Fugitives should not benefit while in such a status. I, totally, support the intent of this law.” Police Chief G.M. Cox, City of Murphy

“I support the Control Unlawful Fugitive Act. This legislation would restore a valuable law enforcement tool that will help keep our communities safe by disrupting a felony fugitive’s ability to escape justice.” Police Chief B.E Harvey, City of Allen

“I am happy to lend my support to Congressman Johnson's Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act. It is only right that fugitive felons be denied government benefits paid for by law abiding citizens. This legislation will very likely give us another advantage in keeping our streets safe.” Police Chief Jimmy L. Spivey, City of Richardson

“I support the introduction of this important legislation. The Control Unlawful Fugitive Felon (CUFF) Act amends the Social Security Act to prohibit an individual who is the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant for a felony or parole violation from receiving Social Security Retirement and Disability benefits, Special World War II benefits, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. Removal of benefits may cause fugitives from justice to resolve their cases.” Police Chief John W. Bruce, City of Frisco

"I thank Sam Johnson for his leadership in being tough on crime. By preventing felons from accessing benefits, his bill will help keep criminals from evading the law - and will ultimately help law enforcement catch these criminals." Terry G. Box, Collin County Sheriff

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Sam Johnson, Senator Cornyn Reintroduce ITIN Reform Act


Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) reintroduced the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) Reform Act.

The ITIN Reform Act is in response to a highly critical 2012 Tax Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report on the IRS’ handling of ITIN applications. The IRS provides ITINs to individuals ineligible for Social Security numbers such as illegal immigrants. The ITIN can be used to get refundable tax credits such as the $1,000 refundable child tax credit.

“This bill is part of my ongoing effort to root out waste, fraud, and abuse,” said Johnson. “The ITIN Reform Act makes commonsense reforms that hard-working American taxpayers want, need, and deserve. I thank my colleague and fellow Texan, Senator Cornyn, for leading the effort in the Senate.”

Johnson’s and Cornyn’s ITIN Reform Act would put safeguards in place to prevent fraud in the ITIN application process. It would also require the Tax Inspector General for Tax Administration to conduct regular audits to ensure the IRS is protecting taxpayer dollars.

“Everything we hear about the IRS lately points to abuse, discrimination, and waste. Passing this bill would eliminate one avenue for tax fraud and save American taxpayers billions of dollars,” said Sen. Cornyn.

Specifically, the ITIN Reform Act would require first-time applicants to submit an ITIN application in-person at a Taxpayer Assistance Center or diplomatic consulate. Currently, applicants can submit their applications by mail or through a third party. Individuals seeking an ITIN would need to provide original documentation establishing their identity and foreign status. Additionally, new ITINs would have a 5-year time limit with an option to renew while existing ITINS would be time limited.

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Sam Johnson Reintroduces Bill to Stop Illegal Immigrants from Bilking American Taxpayers


Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) reintroduced his Refundable Child Tax Credit Eligibility Verification Reform Act.  The bill seeks to prevent illegal immigrants from claiming the $1,000 refundable child tax credit.  Last year the House passed this measure, which at the time was estimated to save taxpayers $24.5 billion.

Johnson spoke out about this problem on the House Floor, stating:

“It’s no secret that a majority of Americans oppose Obama’s amnesty.  And I’ve been fighting against it from day one.  As part of my on-going effort to combat Obama’s amnesty, I’m reintroducing my bill to stop illegals from claiming the refundable child tax credit. 


“Right now, the IRS doesn’t require Social Security numbers for this credit.  The Inspector General said that as a result, illegals can get thousands of dollars from the IRS.  It’s no surprise that it also encourages more illegals to come here. 


“To stop this, my bill requires individuals to provide their Social Security numbers if they want to claim this tax credit.  Last year, the House passed my measure, which was estimated to save taxpayers $24.5 billion.  This is a common-sense bill Americans, want, need, and deserve.   Let’s get this done!”



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Sam Johnson Announces May Mobile Office Hours


Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, May 20th the staff of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) will host their monthly “Mobile Office Hours” of 2015.  The Mobile Offices will be located in Allen, Anna, Plano East, and Fairview (times and specific locations listed below).  This is an ongoing effort to conveniently provide Collin County constituents with assistance by visiting different communities across North Texas. Appointments are not necessary.

“Dealing with federal agencies can be very confusing, and it’s important to me that my staff and I provide you with help – whether that’s helping you navigate steps or making requests on your behalf,” said Johnson.  “I encourage people to visit the nearest Mobile Office location on May 20th, 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:

  • 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

Allen, 9:00am-11:00am

Allen Senior Recreation Center
451 St. Mary Drive

Allen, Texas 75002

Anna, 9:00am-11:00am
Anna City Hall

111 North Powell Parkway
Anna, Texas 75409

Plano East, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Plano Municipal Center
1520 K Avenue

Plano, Texas 75074

Fairview, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Fairview Town Hall

372 Town Place
Fairview, Texas 74069



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Sam Johnson Votes to Stop Late-Term Abortions


Washington, DC – Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) voted in support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which protects unborn children, empowers women, and saves lives.   Specifically, this bill would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, while allowing for exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is threatened.  Additionally, it would provide victims of sexual assault with options for medical and emotional support.

“I believe in the sanctity of Life, which is why I’ve consistently supported legislation to protect the rights of our unborn who cannot speak for themselves,” said Johnson.  “That’s why I find it so disturbing that right now America finds itself on the short list of countries – including North Korea, Vietnam, and China – that allow late term-term abortions.”

Johnson continued, “The fact that unborn babies feel pain at the 20-week mark, and that advances in medicine increasingly enable children to survive premature birth, only makes late-term abortions more horrifying.  We need to stop this practice.  I’m pleased the House passed this important bill, and I hope the new Republican Senate does the right thing by passing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and placing it on the President’s desk.”


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


Washington, D.C. – To save American taxpayers’ dollars, today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced the Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act of 2015.  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 respectful of taxpayers’ dollars and live within its means,” said Johnson.  “American taxpayers certainly don’t need to be paying for the EPA’s empty and unused buildings and its wasteful programs.  This bill does right by the hardworking folks in my district and across the country and is part of my ongoing effort to get our fiscal house in order.” 

Specifically, the Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act of 2015 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
  2. 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
  3. Prohibit the use of funds for new ozone standards
  4. Eliminate and close the EPA’s state, regional, district, local, and field offices
  5. Require the EPA to dispose of or lease any property determined by the EPA IG to be underutilized
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Sam Johnson Announces High School Student Winners of 2015 Art Competition


Plano, TX – On Monday night, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) announced the winners of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery,” during a free exhibit and awards ceremony held at the McKinney Performing Arts Center.

“During this year’s Art Competition, we had more entries than ever before – and the wealth of creativity that our North Texas student artists demonstrated is outstanding,” said Johnson.  “The student turnout speaks volumes about the breadth of artistic talent across the district, and it also speaks highly of the encouragement and training that is going on in Collin County’s high school art classes.  I congratulate all our students for participating – and I thank everyone who came out to support our young artists!”  

The First Place winner of the 2015 Art Competition is Hannah Driks from Allen High School for her piece, “Orangeade.”  Driks’s artwork will soon travel to Washington, D.C. where it will be displayed in the United States Capitol building for one year along with other First Place winners’ artwork from across the nation.  At the awards ceremony, a Southwest Airlines representative also presented Driks with two free tickets for roundtrip airfare to Washington, D.C. where she will attend the national 2015 Congressional Art Competition unveiling ceremony in June.

The Second Place winner is Isabel Arcellana for “A Day in the Sun.”  As the second place winner, Arcellana’s work will be proudly displayed in Congressman Sam Johnson’s district office in Plano for one year.


First Place winner Hannah Driks and Congressman Sam Johnson with Hannah's winning artwork, "Orangeade."

Full List of 2015 Art Competition Winners:




Title of Piece





Hannah Driks


Allen High School


John Garrott


Isabel Arcellana

A Day in the Sun

Arcellana Home School


Margret Kunkel


Varsha Appaji

The Colors of Rhythm

Jasper High School


Synne Ferguson-Aurora Images Art Studio


Vivian Chao

En Pointe

Allen High School


Stephanie Richards

People’s Choice Award

George Makary

The Virgin and the Evangelists

Allen High School


Stephanie Richards

Honorable Mention

Alondra Carbajal


Williams High School


Christine Miller

Honorable Mention

Ellie Erhart

Behind the Mirror

McKinney North High School


Hope Dodson

Honorable Mention

Caroline Hudson

Grandma Tournebene

Allen High School


Stephanie Richards

Honorable Mention

Sydney Landers


Plano Senior High School


Andy Serie

Honorable Mention

Layna Maso

Retro Girls

Prestonwood Christian Academy


Brenda Robson

Honorable Mention

Nikita Menta

Ice Cream Shop

Heritage High School


Sarah Watkins

Honorable Mention

Abigail Renee Merz

Still Life in Geometry

John Paul II High School


Jeff Steed

Honorable Mention

Nik Peacock

Giverny Purple

McKinney Boyd High School


Cindi Garrett

Honorable Mention

Alexis Rambo

Bowl of Apples

John Paul II High School


Jeff Steed

Honorable Mention

Alicia Yu


Frisco High School


Suzanne Blair

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Sam Johnson Reintroduces “No Social Security Numbers and Benefits for Illegal Aliens Act”


Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) reintroduced the No Social Security Numbers & Benefits for Illegal Aliens Act.  This bill is in direct response to President Obama’s November 21st executive order that allows illegal immigrants to receive work permits that would then enable them to get Social Security numbers and government benefits.

After reintroducing the No Social Security Numbers & Benefits for Illegal Aliens Act, Johnson made the following statement:

“A majority of Americans oppose the President’s executive amnesty, and for good reason!  It’s unfair to America’s millions of law-abiding citizens who came here legally, and it’s unfair to every hardworking American taxpayer who will now have to pay for these illegal immigrants’ Social Security benefits!  The President is bilking the American people and he’s willfully ignoring our Constitution and way of government.  I won’t stand for it, which is why I continue to oppose his executive amnesty by voting time and again against Obama’s illegal actions.  But I’m also fighting amnesty as Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee through the No Social Security Numbers & Benefits for Illegal Aliens Act.  NO American taxpayer should be responsible for someone else’s benefits when that person broke the law and is not an American citizen.  PERIOD.”

Specifically in response to President Obama’s executive action, the Johnson bill would: 
  • Prevent Social Security numbers from being issued by the Social Security Administration to those made eligible for Social Security numbers by Obama’s executive amnesty.
  • Prevent Social Security benefit eligibility for those made eligible for benefits by the executive amnesty.
  • Deny credit towards earning Social Security benefits during periods when an individual was not authorized to work. 


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Sam Johnson Introduces Bill to Stop Highway Toll “Double Tax”


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced the No More Tolls for Roads Act, which would repeal federal law that allows for tolling.

“I have been hearing loud and clear from my constituents about their rising frustrations over the rapid expansion of tolls in our area,” said Johnson.   “With the North Texas area set to have the largest toll network in the country, it is clear that tolling has gone overboard.” 

Johnson continued, “The bottom line is that these tolls are a double tax.  Collin County drivers already pay both state and federal gas taxes for roads.  What’s more, Texas is the ONLY ‘donor state’ in the country – meaning Texas’ taxpayers give more to the federal government than they get in return.  That’s why, to save North Texans’ hard-earned dollars, I am introducing the No More Tolls for Roads Act.  My bill puts up a ‘stop sign’ on future tolling by ending the federal government’s tolling authority.  My bill also sends a clear warning to President Obama that I will fight his pro-tolling agenda.  Enough is enough.

“I’m proud to join our state legislators in Collin County who are leading this effort in Austin, and I look forward to working with our transportation leaders.  My constituents deserve responsible solutions that respect their pocketbooks and also effectively meet the transportation needs of Collin County.”

North Texas state legislators have rallied behind Congressman Sam Johnson’s No More Tolls for Roads Act:

"Hardworking taxpayers expect and deserve our elected leaders - at all levels of government - to stand up and push back against the rush to build new toll roads and to toll existing roads.  I laud Congressman Johnson for stepping up with a bold, common-sense plan that is responsive to the concerns of our commuters and taxpayers." State Rep. Jeff Leach (House District 67)

"I am excited to work with Congressman Johnson to provide relief for our constituents from excessive tolling." State Rep. Matt Shaheen (House District 66)

"The people of Senate District 8 have spoken loud and clear and they are fed up with the excessive tolling that engulfs our communities.  While I will continue to fight vigorously in the Texas Senate to not only stop the construction of new toll roads, but to also begin the conversion of current toll roads into free lanes, I am excited to learn Congressman Johnson has taken this fight to the federal government. The Collin County legislative delegation stands united against the proliferation of tolling in our area." State Senator Van Taylor (District 4)

By way of background, at the federal level there is currently a general prohibition on tolls, with two major exceptions to the general prohibition.  One exception allows tolls for new highways and/or new lanes on existing highways (Section 129 General Tolling Program).  The other exception provides for tolls on HOV-converted HOT lanes (Section 166 HOV/HOT Lanes program).  In addition, there are two pilot programs that allow for tolling.  The “No More Tolls for Roads Act” repeals both Section 129 and Section 166 to effectively put an end to all federal tolling authority.

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Sam Johnson to IRS: Stop Taxpayer-Funded Bonuses to Delinquent IRS Workers


Washington, D.C. – As Americans across the country race to file their tax returns on the last filing day of the tax season, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), a senior member of the Ways and Means tax-writing Committee, reintroduced the No Bonuses for Tax Delinquent IRS Employees Act.  The two-page bill does just as it sounds – it would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from handing out bonuses to employees who owe back taxes.

After introducing his bill, Sam Johnson made the following statement: 

“Last year we learned that the IRS gave over $1 million in bonuses and other rewards to more than 1,100 employees who owe back taxes.  I don’t know what’s most outrageous – that the very people hired to enforce our tax laws owe taxes, that the IRS has the audacity to reward these tax-owing employees, or that these IRS employees receive bonuses paid for by American taxpayers!  What the IRS is doing is offensive to hardworking, law-abiding taxpayers.  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.  It’s time for the IRS to respect hardworking American taxpayers.” 


The No Bonuses to Tax Delinquent IRS Employees Act of 2014 is in response to a report released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration revealing that 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.



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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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