House Passes Johnson Measure to Protect Social Security

Press Release

Date: Jan. 6, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

In the first day of the new 114th Congress, the House passed U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson's (TX-03) measure to protect Social Security as part of its rules package for the 114th Congress (H. Res. 5).

"As Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, I'm pleased to start the year off strong with this important and common-sense measure," said Johnson. "Americans rely on the promise that Social Security will be there for them, especially individuals with disabilities, and my measure seeks to protect that promise."

Johnson continued, "In 2016 the fraud-plagued disability program will become insolvent. If nothing is done, Americans with disabilities will see an across-the-board cut of 20% to their benefits. Unfortunately, the President and Democrats support raiding the Social Security retirement program to bail out the disability program. This is worse than kicking the can down the road -- it will actually make the retirement program worse off, and it does nothing to fix the disability program. That's wrong! To address this issue, my measure creates a point-of-order to prohibit any diversion of funds from the retirement program to the disability program. But more than that, the rule seeks to encourage much-needed reform."

"I look forward to a productive year leading the Social Security Subcommittee, and I am pleased the House has joined me in passing this important measure."