Back in Session: Rep. Sam Johnson Votes for Keystone, Anti-Obamacare Bills

Press Release

Date: Jan. 9, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

With the House of Representatives back for the new 114th Congress, this week U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) supported a number of bills including green-lighting the Keystone Pipeline (H.R. 3), providing relief from the Obamacare employer mandate (H.R. 30), and encouraging employers to hire more veterans (H.R. 22).

"We've only been back in session a few days, but I'm pleased to report that House Republicans started right out of the gate with some very important bills that will help hardworking American families," said Johnson. "And now that we have a Republican Senate, I look forward to these bills finally landing on the President's desk. President Obama can no longer hide behind Harry Reid's obstruction."

"Most notably, the House passed the Keystone XL Pipeline Act on Friday," Johnson stated. "It's been over six years since the Keystone application was first submitted, and it's long past time for President Obama to approve this pro-jobs bill. Not only would its construction support approximately 42,100 much-needed jobs, but the State Department's latest and final environmental review (Jan. 31, 2014) reported it would pose little environmental risk. It goes without saying that the additional energy security provided by Keystone would also be of great benefit to Americans. It's no wonder that a majority of Americans support it!"

"To counteract the disastrous Obamacare employer mandate and encourage job growth, the House also passed the Save American Workers Act of 2015, of which I am an original co-sponsor, and the Hire More Heroes Act of 2015. Due to Obamacare, many employers are cutting back workers' hours to avoid the costly mandate! To address this, the Save American Workers Act would clearly define the 40-hour work week and remove the mandate burden. Similarly, the Hire More Heroes Act would allow veterans who are already covered by Veterans Affairs (VA) or TRICARE to be exempt from the employer mandate. In turn, this will encourage more businesses to hire veterans. This is particularly important for the 3rd District because it is home to many servicemen and women -- both active duty and veterans."

"The new Republican Congress is just getting started. I look forward to continuing to help get America's economy back on track by encouraging the creation of good-paying jobs, and I won't quit until we've fully and permanently repealed Obamacare!"