House Passes 3 Sam Johnson Provisions Johnson’s legislation included in House Republican’s year-end Jobs package
Dec 13, 2011 -
Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed three provisions authored by U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) in the latest Republican Jobs bill. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, H.R. 3630, includes Johnson’s measures to prevent illegal immigrants from claiming the refundable child tax credit, to provide relief for physician owned hospitals, and to encourage business investment and job growth.
“It’s a great honor to have my legislation included in the Republican’s Jobs bill today,” said Johnson. “More importantly, it’s a great day for America when the House recognizes the importance of protecting taxpayer dollars, protecting our small businesses, and protecting citizens from the overreaching arms of the federal government. I hope the President and Senate recognize the significance of this legislation and pass it right away.”
Information on each of Johnson’s House-passed provisions follows.
Johnson’s Refundable Child Tax Credit Eligibility Verification Reform Act, H.R. 1956, is a common-sense bill that would require tax filers to provide their Social Security numbers to claim the popular refundable child tax credit.
Unfortunately, this refundable tax credit can be provided to an illegal immigrant so long as the immigrant is able to obtain an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) from the IRS. Johnson’s provision will save the American taxpayer $9.4 billion and root out the rampant fraud and abuse of this credit.
In addition, Johnson has been a long time champion for physician owned hospitals, and has legislation, H.R. 1186, to protect patients and hospitals from government-controlled healthcare. These hospitals were given much needed relief in the House-passed bill with a Johnson-supported provision that would improve the process for physician owned hospitals to apply for expansion in order to meet the growing demands in the community. It also allows those hospitals that were under construction at the time the health care law was passed to move forward with physician ownership.
According to the Texas Physicians Hospitals Advocacy Center, patients access quality care in roughly 80 physician-owned hospitals, which employ over 22,000 people and added $2.3 billion to the Texas economy. Texas boasts the largest collection of physician-owned hospitals.
The Third Congressional District is home to many award winning facilities:
Baylor Frisco Medical Center; Baylor Surgicare of Garland; Baylor Surgicare of Plano;
North Garland Surgery Center; Forest Park Medical Center – Dallas; The Hospital at Craig Ranch – McKinney; Integra Rehab Hospital – Plano; McKinney 24 Hour Hospital; Methodist McKinney Hospital; Texas Health Plano Presbyterian Center for Diagnostics & Surgery; Reliant Rehab – North Texas (Richardson); The Heart HOSPITAL Baylor Plano; and Vista Hospital of Dallas.
Johnson’s third provision, H.R. 3366, is a bipartisan bill to help America’s business owners by ensuring companies can use bonus depreciation, a tax incentive designed to encourage investment and job growth, especially in the manufacturing sector.
Johnson represents portions of Dallas and Collin Counties.
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