Johnson named Chairman of Social Security Subcommittee

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Washington, January 15, 2013 | comments

Today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) announced he will serve his second term as Chairman of the influential Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security.  The Subcommittee on Social Security has jurisdiction over Social Security retirement, survivors and disability programs and oversees the operations of the Social Security Administration. 

“Securing the future of Social Security is vital for America’s retirees and individuals with disabilities who count on the benefits they paid for through their hard-earned wages.  Since 2010 the government has paid out more in benefits than it has received in tax revenues – leaving current and future beneficiaries at risk.  As Chair I look forward to working with my colleagues to address Social Security’s financial challenges.”

The jurisdiction of the Ways and Means Committee includes: taxes, healthcare, Social Security, Medicare, welfare, trade, and the national debt.  Johnson also will serve on the Health Subcommittee. 

Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) made the following remarks today after announcing the Subcommittee chairmanships.

“I congratulate the new and returning Chairmen of each of the subcommittees,” said Camp.  “The Committee faces a very busy Congress as we work to make our economy stronger and healthier.  Achieving that goal includes making the tax code simpler and fairer; aggressively pursuing new opportunities in the global marketplace while holding our trading partners accountable; and protecting, preserving and prolonging the life of our entitlement programs while reducing their costs to hardworking taxpayers.  These Chairmen will be instrumental in accomplishing these objectives and creating an environment where America’s families and businesses can thrive once again.  I look forward to working with all of them in the 113th Congress.”

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