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  • Sam Johnson, John Larson Hold Social Security Member Roundtable on Equifax Breach
    Posted in Press Release on October 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the recently revealed Equifax data breach, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (TX-03) and Ranking Member John Larson (CT-01) held a bipartisan Member roundtable with senior Social Security Administration (SSA) officials. The roundtable focused on the agency’s cybersecurity response to the Equifax breach, anticipated risks as a result of the breach, and what the SSA is doing to mitigate those risks for both the agency and the public.... Read more

  • Sam Johnson Calls for Online Tools to Help Disability Beneficiaries Return to Work
    Posted in Press Release on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced the Social Security Online Tools Innovation Act (H.R. 3309). This bill would require the Social Security Administration to reduce the complexity surrounding returning to work by providing an online resource to help disability beneficiaries assess how returning to work may affect their benefit payments. “We hear time and time again that one of the reasons beneficiaries don’t return to... Read more

  • Sam Johnson Introduces Bill to Help Denied Disability Benefit Applicants
    Posted in Press Release on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced the Promoting Opportunity for Disability Benefit Applicants Act (H.R. 3310) in order to help denied disability benefit applicants return to the workforce. Specifically, the bill calls on the Commissioner of Social Security to provide information about employment support services to individuals who are not awarded disability benefits. “We’ve seen that the longer someone’s been out of ... Read more

  • Sam Johnson Introduces Bill to Give Social Security Beneficiaries More Choice
    Posted in Press Release on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (TX-03) and Rep. Adrian Smith (NE-03) introduced the Providing Choice for Social Security Retirees Act (H.R. 3112). This legislation would provide Social Security Old-Age (OASI) beneficiaries an option to claim a portion of their delayed retirement credit in a one-time, partial lump sum. “As a constitutional, free market conservative, one of the fundamental values I support is choice for the consumer,” said Johnson. “And... Read more

  • Sam Johnson Introduces Bill to Stop Punishing Seniors who Work
    Posted in Press Release on June 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (TX-03) and Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) introduced the Senior Citizens’ Freedom to Work Act of 2017. This bill would eliminate a penalty on Social Security Old-Age (OASI) beneficiaries who choose to enter, remain in, or return to the labor force. Specifically, the bill would eliminate the Retirement Earnings Test (RET) that affects younger seniors who choose to continue working after claiming Social Security benefits. (... Read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • Protecting the 2nd Amendment Rights of Individuals with Disabilities
    Posted in Press Release on May 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security, 2nd Amendment

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – After the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced its proposed rulemaking to limit gun ownership for certain Social Security disability beneficiaries, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) released the following statement: “Contrary to President Obama’s disdain for our Constitution’s 2nd Amendment, many Americans still very much value their right to bear arms. Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, the President is now targeting certain Soci... Read more

  • Need Help with Medicare? Congressman Sam Johnson Announces Free Medicare Information Sessions on October 15th
    Posted in Press Release on September 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security, Health Care

    Washington, D.C. – In an effort to prepare seniors for changes to the 2016 Medicare program, on October 15th U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) will host two information sessions covering Medicare Open Enrollment. These informative presentations are free and open to the public. “Medicare serves millions of older Americans in our country, however, understanding this program and selecting the best plan in anticipation of your health care needs can be very confusing,” said Johnson. “Many folks a... Read more

  • Congressman Sam Johnson to Host Fight Fraud Seminar
    Posted in Press Release on August 26, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security

    Washington, D.C. – On Monday, September 21st, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) will host a “Fight Fraud Seminar” to help folks protect themselves against identity theft. Congressman Johnson, along with representatives from the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the Texas Attorney General, will conduct this informative seminar, which is free and open to the public. “Having your identity stolen can be devastating, and many folks who have fallen prey to identity thieves can find themsel... Read more