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Serving You in 2014

One of the greatest honors I have as your Congressman is assisting those having a problem with a federal agency. Over the years, my office has helped thousands cut through government red tape to resolve problems. We can help with veterans’ benefits, social security and Medicare issues, and many more. Please be sure to contact my Abilene, Big Spring or Lubbock district offices if you have any questions or need assistance.   Read more »

at Dec 31, 2014 10:02 AM
       

Sam Johnson’s No Social Security for Nazis Bill Signed into Law

Recently, my legislation, the No Social Security for Nazis Act, was signed into law. In late October, an Associated Press investigative report uncovered the fact that Nazi persecutors are receiving Social Security benefits from American taxpayers due to a loophole in current law. My bill, which passed the House by a vote for 420 and the Senate by unanimous consent earlier this month, will terminate Social Security benefits for Nazis.

Social Security was never intended for those who participated in the horrific acts of the Holocaust. Unfortunately a loophole has allowed Nazis who came to America to get Social Security. But now with my bill being signed into law,

at Dec 29, 2014 1:29 PM
       

Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a Blessed New Year

As the 113th Congress concludes, it’s remarkable to think about the past two years, and all the incredible battles we have waged for liberty. It’s a privilege and an honor to represent each of you, and I am proud of all that we have accomplished.

One recent victory I’m particularly proud of is Congress’ recent passage of a measure I introduced to ensure that the brave service members impacted by the 2009 Fort Hood terrorist attack are eligible to receive the Purple Heart.

at Dec 23, 2014 10:50 PM
       

Sen. Cruz Bill to Aid Military Heroes Fighting Ebola Introduced in the House

Last week, the House of Representatives introduced companion legislation to my bill to ensure that members of the Armed Forces combatting the spread of Ebola in West Africa are entitled to appropriate tax benefits.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, filed the bipartisan companion legislation, H.R. 5804, in the House and it is co-sponsored by Texas Republican Reps. John Carter and Roger Williams. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has signed on as a co-sponsor of my bill, S. 2965.   Read more »

at Dec 19, 2014 4:02 PM
       

Fighting EPA's Proposal to Regulate Existing Electric Power Plants

We all want healthy communities and a clean environment. But more job-killing mandates from Washington are not the solution. The EPA’s new ozone regulations could be the most expensive ever. Yet the EPA has ignored the law that requires a thorough analysis of their regulations’ negative impacts. At a time when 90 percent of Americans agree that studies and data used to make federal government decisions should be public, the EPA refuses to listen.

The House of Representatives last month sent a strong message when it passed the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 that would require the EPA’s regulations to be based on public information.

at Dec 19, 2014 9:28 AM
       

Our Government’s Irresponsible Funding Model

As you know, Congress had a big decision to make last week. Our government funding was set to expire on Thursday at midnight, so we had to pass legislation to pay for federal programs by then. Congress passed a deal right up against the Thursday night deadline to fund our government through September 2015. But I voted against this $1.1 trillion spending bill. Passing a last-minute deal at the 11th hour doesn’t allow us to give our spending the thorough consideration it deserves.

at Dec 16, 2014 12:22 PM
       

Conservatives “Win” in the FY15 Omnibus Bill

Below is a list of funding and language that I helped ensure were included in the FY15 omnibus appropriations bill. These items address important national and conservative priorities.

Limitation of Funds for Changes Based on the President’s Budget Request. For years the President has tried to “reprogram” funding to use our tax dollars as he sees fit in his own budget. But it is not within the power of the presidency to determine the national budget, and I have included a provision

at Dec 16, 2014 8:44 AM
       

Congressman Turner Secures Important Protections for the Parental Rights of Our Service Men and Women

Washington, DC: For the last seven years, Congressman Mike Turner, the Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, has fought to protect the parental rights of our service men and women.

Last week, the bipartisan FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act successfully passed the Senate and is headed to the President’s desk for his signature. Congressman Turner authored and successfully included provisions in this bipartisan legislation that will provide a uniform national standard that prohibits state courts from using past, current, or future deployment against service members when making child custody determinations.   Read more »

at Dec 15, 2014 12:25 PM
       

Cornyn Votes to Keep Government Open

I issued the following statement after voting to prevent another government shutdown:

A broken process created by years of Senate Democrat control has yielded an agreement that is less than perfect.

Despite this, this legislation slashes spending for some of the President’s most overreaching agencies like the IRS and EPA, blocks the Administration’s plan to transfer dangerous terrorists onto American soil, and alleviates small businesses from some of the job-killing regulations stifling growth across the country.   Read more »

at Dec 14, 2014 3:22 PM
       

Nanny State Lunches

The Federal food police are whipping up their latest batch of distasteful government regulations. With a government fist around an iron spatula, the Federal Government has become the new Mr. Bumble from the book "Oliver Twist." 

The food police have placed unhealthy and illogical regulations on menus for government school lunches across the fruited plain. This is just more unneeded, unnecessary, and unwarranted Federal Government invasion of what school kids eat. The Federal Government now is trying to raise America's children.   Read more »

at Dec 12, 2014 5:06 PM
       

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