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  • The government's own rules are blocking people from getting off of disability
    Posted in Op-Ed on May 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security

    AS APPEARED IN DALLAS MORNING NEWS The Social Security Disability Insurance program provides benefits to nearly 8.8 million who can no longer work due to illness or injury. This program is an important lifeline for them. But for those whose conditions improve, the program makes returning to work too complicated. According to the most recent survey of disability insurance beneficiaries, 40 percent want to return to work. However, in any given year, less than .5 percent successfully re-enter the w... Read more

  • ‘Hanoi Hilton’ veteran: ‘We must do all we can’ for POW/MIA
    Posted in Op-Ed on May 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans, National Security

    AS APPEARED IN WASHINGTON TIMES' "ROLLING THUNDER 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION" This year marks the 30th anniversary of Rolling Thunder. Each year, its Ride for Freedom is an inspiring reminder that we must do all we can to ensure a full accounting for American forces who remain missing in action (MIA). It is a call to action, and as a 29-year Air Force veteran and former POW, I speak from personal experience when I say that taking action can change lives — it can even save them. It was during the 2... Read more

  • Save Small Business From ObamaCare
    Posted in Op-Ed on March 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    CLICK HERE to read article in Wall Street Journal. Aetna’s chief executive, Mark Bertolini, didn’t mince words in February when he said the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is in a death spiral. It is because this bad health care law is failing that we are debating how best to repeal and replace it. But in the midst of this debate, it’s important to remember who Obamacare is hurting on an everyday basis. It is their stories that inspire patient-centered, commonsense solutions. K... Read more

  • Strengthening Social Security for Generations to Come
    Posted in Op-Ed on December 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security

    As seen in Dallas Morning News With every paycheck, Americans pay taxes on their hard-earned wages with the promise that Social Security will provide benefits in the future. However, Social Security will not be able to keep its promise to hardworking Americans if things don’t change soon. That’s why earlier this week I introduced my Social Security plan (H.R. 6489) to save this important program. My plan will permanently fix Social Security so that it will be there for future generations just li... Read more

  • 9/11/01 and the Threat of Terror 15 Years Later
    Posted in Op-Ed on September 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans, National Security

    *As seen on House Republican Conference's 9/11 Guest Blog Series. It’s a day Americans have said they will never forget. I was at the Pentagon when Flight 77 hit the building on September 11th, 2001. Tensions were already high after the first two planes hit the World Trade Center less than an hour earlier. By the grace of God, I wasn’t on the Pentagon’s side of impact – though I should have been. The terrorists missed the front where I was and deviated from their target. I remember rushing outsi... Read more

  • 50 Years Later, We Must Not Let Vietnam Repeat Itself
    Posted in Op-Ed on April 16, 2016 | Preview rr

    VIEW WASHINGTON EXAMINER ARTICLE HERE April 16, 1966. It was on this day 50 years ago, during my second tour in North Vietnam, that I took off on my 25th mission with the United States Air Force. And it was on this fateful mission that my co-pilot, Chesley, and I were shot down over enemy territory, captured, and imprisoned as POWs in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.” Nearly seven years of my life were ripped from me – time away from my wife Shirley, our three children, and the country I love. Perhap... Read more

  • Johnson WASHINGTON EXAMINER Op-Ed: Fighting Back Against Obama's Lawless Immigration Amnesty
    Posted in Op-Ed on December 31, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    VIEW WASHINGTON EXAMINER ARTICLE HERE One thousand and seven hundred-plus miles. That's the distance between 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the Texas border city of McAllen, Texas. President Obama has never been there, which is perhaps why it is so easy for him to ignore the impact that his lawless executive amnesty is having on my border state of Texas and the country as a whole. Well I did see firsthand the extent of Obama's man-made illegal immigration crisis. I saw it when I led a congressiona... Read more

  • Johnson POLITICO Op-Ed: Remembering Sybil Stockdale
    Posted in Op-Ed on December 29, 2015 | Preview rr

    VIEW ARTICLE ON "POLITICO" HERE They say behind every great man is a great woman. With the Stockdales, it would be more accurate to say, "Beside Jim was Sybil." She was a great woman, wife, mother, and patriot, and her efforts during the Vietnam War continue to benefit every American military family today. The first time I met Jim Stockdale was my first night in the infamous Prisoner of War (POW) camp, the Hanoi Hilton. It was April 1966. I had just been put in a cramped cell after spending time... Read more

  • An Open Letter to the EPA
    Posted in Op-Ed on September 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy Solutions

    Throughout the anemic Obama “recovery,” one of the bright spots in the economy has been the oil and gas sector. At a time when many Americans were struggling with unemployment or underemployment, this industry has provided good paying jobs. In Texas, the oil and gas industry is responsible for nearly 2 million jobs and more than 20% of the state’s economy. Yet today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a public hearing in Dallas on a series of new proposed regulations on the oil... Read more

  • Honoring America’s Veterans on Memorial Day – and Always
    Posted in Op-Ed on May 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    By U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson As Americans, we are truly blessed to enjoy freedom in its many forms – the freedom of speech, the freedom to bear arms, and the freedom of religion, just to name a few. But as you may often hear, Freedom is not free. After all, the Land of the Free is only as strong as its protectors and defenders – our troops and veterans who have put their lives on the line. Many have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Memorial Day is particularly important to me because it is a time... Read more