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Samuel 'Sam' Robert Johnson

Sam Johnson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Samuel 'Sam' Robert Johnson
Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 3, Republican
First Elected: 1991
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 3
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Shirley; 3 Children: Bob, Gini, Beverly
Birth Date: 10/11/1930
Birth Place: San Antonio, TX
Home City: Plano, TX
Religion: Methodist
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sam Johnson. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 87 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "Women should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Sam Johnson. Sam Johnson Statement On Stem Cell Vote. 11 January 2007. "I have a long record of pro-life votes because I believe human life and dignity should be valued at any age, in any form. Because of that, I've consistently opposed destroying human embryos and using federal dollars to do so." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "Federally funded abortions should be permitted."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Sam Johnson. Issue Position: Right to Life. 1 January 2011. "There is nothing on earth more precious than life. No matter where you stand on the abortion issue, most Americans find the practice of partial-birth abortion brutal and barbaric. For years, Presidential vetoes thwarted legislation to ban partial-birth abortions. Finally and thankfully, President Bush signed this ban into law, making it the first abortion-limiting law on the books since Roe V. Wade. It truly was a historic moment and a milestone for the rights of the unborn. Sadly, the positive inroads made during the Bush Administration have almost evaporated in the blink of an eye. In one of his first executive acts, President Barack Obama reversed the "Mexico City policy" created in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan. The policy prohibited U.S. tax dollars from being used by non-governmental organizations to fund abortions overseas. It's astounding and deeply disappointing to me that the Obama Administration would dedicate one of its initial executive decisions to allow taxpayer dollars to fund abortions across the world. As evidenced by the ground-swell of support that ultimately led to the ban on partial-birth abortions, many Americans believe in the sanctity of life. Surely, these people do not want their tax dollars they send to Washington to pay for abortions, whether they are here or some other place in the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Issue Position: Right to Life. 1 January 2011. "Our nation was founded upon the belief that all men, regardless of status, are entitled to the most precious of rights: the right to life. We cannot allow this most fundamental value to erode. Human life begins at conception and should end in natural death. I am dedicated to protecting the sanctity of human life at all stages from the unborn to the terminally ill and the elderly. I will oppose any and all efforts to federally fund and condone abortion and euthanasia. In addition, I will support measures seeking to make human cloning illegal. Make no mistake -- I will continue to do everything in my power to protect the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Sam Johnson. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Sam Johnson. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Sam Johnson a rating of 7 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Sam Johnson voted Did Not Vote on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Sam Johnson. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Sam Johnson. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sam Johnson. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of Peace Action West 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of the Peace Action 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Issue Position: National Security. 1 January 2011. "In Washington, I continue to stand up and be counted for our men and women in uniform. I'm constantly working to ensure that our guys have the best armored trucks they can drive, the best weapons they can fire, and the best ammunition they can use. It's the least we can do when our troops volunteer to protect our freedom. We must win the war against terrorism, wherever it takes us. Thankfully, the troop Surge in Iraq produced dramatically positive results and our men and women are returning home. Hopefully, by sending more troops to Afghanistan we can quell the Taliban and Al Qaeda once and for all. Make no mistake, because of the tireless and selfless work our dedicated armed forces, America will continue to be 'the land of the free and the home of the brave.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. New Afghanistan Policy. 3 December 2009. "So let's listen to the military leadership in Afghanistan. Setting a timeline to end military engagement is not the way to win a war. Instead, it empowers our enemies and sends a wrong message to our troops, our allies, and the American people. We need to listen to the experts on the ground instead of the politicians who are thousands of miles away from the front. We need to stop talking about exit strategies and troop withdrawal and focus on giving our troops the resources they want, need, and deserve. Let's eliminate the rules and fight to win." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. More Troops Are Needed In Afghanistan. 30 September 2009. "As a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, I learned a lot about how not to fight a war. Specifically, you cannot run a war from the White House and win. General McChrystal declared that more troops are needed in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, this administration has backpedaled on its pledge to the region and now is dragging its heels on the general's request. What must our young men and women in uniform think? How must their loved ones back home feel? The administration's waiting game torpedoes troop morale and begs mission failure. Congress needs to hear directly from General McChrystal to ensure political motivations in Washington don't override the needs of our commanders and our troops. For America, ignoring the top general's request for more troops is not the way to run and win a war." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Johnson Votes To Approve Defense Appropriations. 16 December 2009. "Many people forget that we are fighting a two-front war in Afghanistan and Iraq. The brave men and women in our Armed Forces depend on the funding granted to them by the U.S. Congress. It is vital to give our military the resources they want, need and deserve in order to retain its status as the strongest military in the world." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sam Johnson. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Sam Johnson voted Did Not Vote on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Sam Johnson voted Did Not Vote on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental defense spending." If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Other or expanded principles: "Freeze spending at level of inflation; allow up to 10% of personal income tax to go to deficit reduction."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"
  • Sam Johnson. Sam Johnson Rips Murtha's 'Slow Bleed' Plan To Slash Troop Funds. 15 February 2007. "John Murtha's 'slow-bleed' strategy to cut the funds for our guys on the ground isn't a solution, it's a shame. While Democrats have spent the last few days insisting that they don't want to cut funding, John Murtha proposes a plan to do just that. John Murtha wants to hamstring their efforts and pull the rug out from underneath them. We saw what happened to Vietnam when America cut the funding on the troops in harm's way. We lost - a lot. The touchstone of a thriving democracy is using our past experiences as learning experiences…and not repeating the mistakes of the past." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Johnson Votes To Approve Defense Appropriations. 16 December 2009. "Many people forget that we are fighting a two-front war in Afghanistan and Iraq. The brave men and women in our Armed Forces depend on the funding granted to them by the U.S. Congress. It is vital to give our military the resources they want, need and deserve in order to retain its status as the strongest military in the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Johnson Votes to Cut Government Spending. 14 April 2011. "Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (3rd Dist.-Texas) voted for a bill to cut government spending by $315 billion from the federal budget over the next 10 years -- the largest non-defense spending cut in our history - tax-hike and earmark-free. [¦] The total overall spending cut would have been even higher -- nearly $45 billion -- had Republicans not fought for and secured a $5 billion increase in defense spending to guarantee that our troops on the ground have the support they need to accomplish their multiple missions." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 85 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Sam Johnson, pledge to the taxpayers of the 3rd district of the state of Texas and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for all citizens."
  • Sam Johnson. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise corporate taxes."
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sam Johnson. The Sam Johnson Journal - February 2005. 17 February 2005. "In the coming weeks, the federal budget will be a front-burner issue. If we expect American families to balance their own budget, surely the federal government should be expected do the same. We've got to hold the line on out-of-control federal spending! Expect to see me on the front lines rattling the cages of over-zealous spenders of your hard-earned money. I will not stand for that and will fight for cutting spending every day of the week!" (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Issue Position: The Economy. 1 January 2011. "If we are going to make America better for our children and grandchildren, this Congress must consider a federal spending freeze before we even consider tax hikes during these uncertain economic times. The last thing we need to do is push consumer confidence even lower." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Support" for: "Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose? Federal investment in America's infrastructure."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental domestic spending."
  • Sam Johnson. GDP: Growing Democrats' Program. 23 June 2010. "In just over a year and a half in the Oval Office, President Obama has added more than $4 trillion to the scheduled federal spending [¦] He's driven the annual budget deficit from $467 billion in 2008 to nearly $1.6 trillion in 2010 and pushed the national debt from $10.6 trillion to $13 trillion. It's no wonder as the amount of the nation debt owed by each man, woman and child in the United States has spiked to $42,310. As a constitutional conservative with grave concerns with the Democrats' out-of-control spending, I support a different plan. I say balance the budget, cut the deficit, pay down the debt and grow the economy. You do that by freezing non-defense discretionary spending, reforming entitlement spending, lowering taxes on hard-working Americans and increasing tax incentives for small businesses so they have more money to hire people for quality, lasting jobs. A key component of slashing federal spending is shrinking the size of the public sector, not expanding it! [¦] Taxpayers “ and the next generation that will be paying the bill for this federal spending bonanza -- must decide for themselves if they're getting their money's worth." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Sam Johnson a rating of 97 percent." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sam Johnson. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Sam Johnson. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? Increased national testing."
  • Sam Johnson. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Issue Position: Education. 27 July 2012. "I am an adamant believer in parental control over education. The Constitution does not give the federal government authority to dictate over our schools. Parents, states, and local school districts should be the key players in our children's educational future -- not Washington bureaucrats. I have co-sponsored legislation to uphold the fundamental and constitutional rights of parents to manage the upbringing and education of their children." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? National curricula and standards."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sam Johnson. Sam Johnson Rails On "Delay and Bailout" Congress for Highway Bill. 11 September 2008. "The highway funding system is based on fuel taxes that are declining at a time when the price of fuel is rising. Fewer people are driving because the cost of gas is skyrocketing. The Majority won't let us debate an energy bill. The Majority won't let America work toward more domestic oil and gas. Americans want, need and deserve a clear energy policy that uses American energy sources like oil and gas from offshore. Americans want, need and deserve an energy policy that develops new technologies and brings them to the market. Yet this Congress delays action and prevents debate."If the Highway bills that this Congress has passed were not larded up with thousands of earmarks, then spending from the Trust Fund could be better regulated to match taxes with spending. A little bit of self control would solve this problem. Unfortunately, the bill that will pass the House today shows no self control, it is just another bailout." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Sam Johnson. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Sam Johnson voted Did Not Vote on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Sam Johnson. Issue Position: Energy Independence. 22 September 2011. "Our dependence on foreign oil threatens our national security and makes us vulnerable to dangerous dictatorships. I propose making America energy self-sufficient. This is about tapping America's energy to create American prosperity and American security. I support an 'all of the above' plan. We need more energy at a lower cost on almost every front. We need to try it all and we need to try it now. In fact, I opposed the Congress leaving for a five-week August recess without voting on a meaningful energy bill. I say lift the ban on deep ocean energy exploration before the moratorium expires this fall and drill now [¦] With the right safeguards to protect the environment, we should explore for oil all along our coastlines and for oil shale in the Rockies. These bans expire this fall and we should lift them. We also should reward those who conserve our natural resources [¦] 1) Expanding U.S. refinery capacity 2) Unlocking America's energy resources 3) Promoting the use of clean, alternative energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Issue Position: Energy Solutions. 22 September 2011. "With the Middle East practically changing every day -- and the price of oil tied to that uncertainty - Americans want, need and deserve real energy solutions that will bring down the price at the pump and reduce our dependence on foreign oil and unstable countries [¦] It is important that the U.S. maintains an "all of the above" energy plan with the ultimate goal of energy independence. Our policy should support increased energy production right here at home from a variety of sources that will reduce our reliance on foreign sources. I believe we can do this by investing in American energy that is both efficient and environmentally sound by making a commitment to groundbreaking research and advancing alternative and renewable energy technologies. With the U.S. importing over half of our oil needs, America simply must produce more of our own energy. I have cosponsored a number of common-sense pieces of legislation that would address these issues and put our country on a path towards energy independence and scale back bureaucratic blockades to domestic production." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Sam Johnson Applauds POTUS' Decision to Explore for Oil. 14 July 2008. "Finally - a real energy solution that makes America more energy self sufficient! Americans are fed up paying over $4 for a gallon of gas and want action “ now. The United States must become energy independent -- oil, gas, coal, nuclear, solar and wind. All of it. To bring down the price of gasoline, we must focus on increasing America's energy supply. Congress needs to follow the President's example and act now to increase exploration. Now the only thing holding up lower gas prices is the Democrat leaders in Congress. Recently a Democrat aide was quoted in The Hill newspaper as saying, 'Right now, our strategy on gas prices is Drive small cars and wait for the wind.' Americans want Democrats and Republicans to work together to find common-sense solutions to the skyrocketing cost of gasoline - and that includes exploring for energy right here in America. The President made the first move. Now it's time for the Democrats in Congress to change their tune and follow his lead." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Sam Johnson. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Sam Johnson. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Sam Johnson voted Did Not Vote on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Brands Democrats' So-Called Energy Bill "All Hat and No Cattle". 17 September 2008. "The Democrat bill before us today is just a sham. They're refusing to allow us to tap into our own homegrown energy resources and discouraging investment in our future energy supply. I am here to tell you as we say in Texas this bill is all hat and no cattle. On October 1st - the ban on offshore energy exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf expires. This bill would put the lid on the OCS with no progress in sight. I say we should finally open up this resource to domestic production. However, today's bill puts excessive rules and regulations back on the OCS, landing us back basically where we started. That's not what I call progress. We owe it to the American people to get this one done right. We need to open up the Outer Continental Shelf for exploration. We need to allow states to share the revenue of oil exploration. We need to tap Alaskan areas that hold the potential for domestic energy resources - not just the parts cherry-picked by the Speaker. We must be open to oil shale and clean coal and renewable energy sources, like the wind and the sun. We DON'T need more bureaucracy, we need more innovation and we need to do it all. "I am opposing this bill and urging my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to work together to come up real energy reform for our children and our grandchildren and for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Sam Johnson. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Sam Johnson voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Sam Johnson a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 6 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Sam Johnson. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Sam Johnson. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Sam Johnson. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Sam Johnson voted Did Not Vote on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Sam Johnson. District of Columbia Personal Protection Act. 29 September 2004. "The simple fact is that Washington, DC is one of the most dangerous cities in America. Year after year, Washington, DC, is in the running for the disgraceful title of "the murder capital of the United States. FBI statistics released last year reveal that Washington, DC, has the highest per capita homicide rate of any big city in America. Ironically Washington, DC, has the toughest gun control laws of any city in the Nation [¦] When will we learn that gun control does not make the public safer? Criminals ignore gun bans while good citizens abide by them. That's a recipe for disaster, just as we've seen in our Nation's capital. For the sake of our constitutional right to bear arms and for the safety of law abiding DC citizens and their families, support this bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Gun Bill Sails Through House. 20 October 2005. "Should GM or Ford be held responsible if a drunk driver hurts someone? Most Americans say 'no'. "This is a huge victory for Second Amendment supporters and those who value common-sense in the courtroom." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 22 September 2011. "I am a proud supporter of the right to keep and bear arms. Hunting ranks among one of the long-standing shared hobbies and tradition in American families -- that is passed down from generation to generation. We must protect that legacy of freedom. Our Founding Fathers would not have imagined that the right they listed second in the Bill of Rights, the right to bear arms, would be systematically attacked. The Second Amendment states, 'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.' This is a vital protection granted to a free people. It should not be infringed upon by local, state, or federal government. Citizens may choose to own a firearm for a variety of reasons: hunting, sport, collecting, or personal protection. Each is a valid, honest reason to own a firearm. With more than 20,000 local, state and federal gun laws already in existence, adding even more gun laws is not the answer. I support the enforcement of existing laws rather than imposing new restrictions on gun ownership. Criminals, by definition, do not respect the law. They will seek out illegal avenues to obtain guns and other weapons of choice. Gun control laws do not make our communities safe. They do not take firearms from criminals, but rather from law abiding citizens. I have consistently voted to support the right of people to own a firearm, and I will continue to support the Second Amendment. Make no mistake - owning a firearm is a fundamental freedom protected by the Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "A mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun." Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose? Other or expanded principles: "Mandatory sentences for crimes committed with guns."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "A ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons." Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose? Other or expanded principles: "Mandatory sentences for crimes committed with guns."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Sam Johnson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Sam Johnson. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Elimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor? No reform necessary at this time."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Sam Johnson. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Sam Johnson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 22 September 2011. "We must secure our borders and finish the fence! We must protect our sovereignty once and for all by gaining control of our porous borders. I support the border fence and have co-sponsored the Fence by Date Certain Act. Opposing perks for illegal immigrants and fighting blanket amnesty. Why on earth should illegal immigrants be able to collect Social Security, receive in-state tuition benefits, and vote in elections? I am a strong opponent of these ideas and I believe that hard-working American taxpayers deserve better. I also oppose rewarding illegal immigrants who have broken American laws by offering blanket amnesty and believe we should make English the official language of this nation. Create an efficient and effective worker verification system." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Sam Johnson. Immigration. 18 April 2007. "Mr. Speaker, most of us just returned from 2 weeks talking with constituents. In the Third District of Texas, folks only had one thing on their mind, illegal immigration. They were hopping mad that illegal immigrants come into this country at all. They told me any proposal that would grant automatic American citizenship to illegal immigrants would be blanket amnesty, and they're right. People have waited years to become American citizens through the legal proper channels. Granting blanket amnesty to untold millions of illegal immigrants undercuts the merits of creating a legal citizenship program. Just like in the 1980s, if we grant amnesty now, many more illegal immigrants will simply flock into our country and demand their day for amnesty. America must be a Nation that respects the rule of law and enforces it." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Issue Position: Immigration. 22 September 2011. "I say if you are here legally, you ought to be rewarded. If you are here illegally, you ought to be deported. We must do something to shore up our porous borders. I am a strong proponent of using an "enforcement first" approach to combat our serious illegal immigration problem. I will not support granting instant American citizenship to illegal immigrants -- sometimes called 'amnesty.' This is an affront to all of the folks who have followed the rules and waited in line to become citizens of America legally. The concept of blanket amnesty is an outrage. Amnesty rewards people for breaking our laws and encourages others to do the same. We tried amnesty during the 1980s. It was a complete failure. We must learn from our mistakes. We know this: Amnesty Does Not Work." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Johnson: Don't Just Send Immigrants Home. Let's Stop Them Before They Get Here. 29 September 2005. "Don't just send illegal immigrants home. Let's stop them before they get here." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Sam Johnson. Sam Johnson Reacts To Blanket-Amnesty Deal For Illegal Immigrants. 17 May 2007. "People are called 'illegal' immigrants for a reason - they are here illegally! Granting instant American citizenship to countless illegal immigrants is blanket amnesty, plain and simple, and I vehemently oppose it. "This plan rewards the lawbreakers and punishes those who have patiently waited their turn to become an American citizen. I will work tirelessly to make sure that this proposal does not pass the House of Representatives. "What am I supposed to tell my young grandchildren when they ask me why some government leaders want to encourage people to break the law? "America tried blanket amnesty in 1986 with the caveat that it would be a one time deal. It didn't stem the tide of illegal immigrants then and it won't work now. If anything - the 1986 amnesty got us into this immigration quagmire. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Sam Johnson rips Senate deal on amnesty for illegals. 6 April 2006. "Amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants here in America could happen because of the Senate. That's just wrong. If passed, this would be a sure-fire security disaster. We must secure our borders, not ignore the laws we've created to protect this great nation! Giving folks who've already broken the law to get here a free pass is just wrong. Our first priority must be an enforcement-first approach." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift [¦] Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades. This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Sam Johnson in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Sam Johnson voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 100 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Sam Johnson voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 85 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Marriage Protection Act of 2004. 22 July 2004. "Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 3313, the Marriage Protection Act. You know it's sad that we're even having this debate. However we are being forced to. Marriage and the American family are under attack by activist groups and they're using wayward judges to chip away at this sacred institution. For the sake of our country, Congress must respond. This bill would prevent federal courts from forcing states like Texas to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in another state. Well in Texas, the people have spoken. We have a Defense of Marriage Act on the books. The lone star state only recognizes marriage between a man and a woman, regardless of what other states might do. However, in light of recent events in Massachusetts and elsewhere, it has become necessary to ensure that the will of the people of Texas isn't circumvented by some unelected judge. And one of the remedies to abuses by federal judges lies in Congress' authority to limit federal court jurisdiction. Congress shouldn't be afraid to properly exercise checks and balances provided for in the Constitution. It is our responsibility to prevent overreaching by the courts. We've got to reign in these zealous judges who think they can legislate. Back home we have a popular slogan, "Don't mess with Texas." Well I've got one for this debate, "Don't mess with marriage!" (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues. Other or expanded principles: "I support federally funded research on embryonic stem cell lines that existed before 2001. I support the President's current policy but do not believe we should expand it in any way."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues. Other or expanded principles: "I support federally funded research on embryonic stem cell lines that existed before 2001. I support the President's current policy but do not believe we should expand it in any way."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Sam Johnson. In Defense of Traditional Marriage. 14 July 2004. "Mr. Speaker, today a House committee is going to take up a bill intended to protect traditional marriage from activist Federal judges. Ultimately, I believe, a constitutional amendment is going to be necessary to ensure the American people are in charge of defining marriage [¦] Let the record show that I am a strong supporter of the traditional family, and that is one headed by a man and a woman. To protect the values of our great Nation, I hope we see floor action on this issue next week." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Issue Position: Conservative Values. 22 September 2011. "I believe that marriage is a sacred union between one man and one woman." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Strengthening the American Family. 6 June 2004. "Proponents of gay marriage often ask how allowing same-sex marriage threatens anyone else's existing marriage. It doesn't "threaten" individual marriages. It does, however, threaten the institution of marriage, which revolves around procreation and parental responsibility of properly raising and caring of children. Marriage binds together families, and families remain the cornerstone of society. For this reason, it should be protected at all costs. President Bush brought moral clarity to the debate over same-sex marriage by calling on Congress to pass a Constitutional Amendment to protect marriage. The President rightly called marriage "the most enduring human institution." Ordained by God and confirmed by law, marriage represents the glue of the American family and the safest harbor for our children. Let's face it. Passing a constitutional amendment defining marriage ranks as one of the most important social issues facing America today. This is not about Republicans or Democrats. This is about the defense of marriage. This is about preventing same-sex couples who elope in Massachusetts then come home to Texas and demand the Lone Star State recognize their "marriage." For all of these reasons, Congress should heed the President's moral leadership and pass the Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution of the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Sam Johnson voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of the American Family Association 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Sam Johnson voted Did Not Vote on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Sam Johnson. Iraq War Resolution. 15 February 2007. "The enemy wants our men and women in uniform to think that their Congress doesn't care about them, that they are going to cut the funding and abandon them and their mission. They want Congress to cave to the wishes of those who advocate a cut-and-run attitude. And we should not allow that to happen. We must learn from our mistakes. We cannot leave a job undone like we left in Korea, like we left in Vietnam, like we left in Somalia [¦] And we didn't blink an eye when the radicals bombed the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia killing 20 and injuring 372; or after the Kenya embassy bombings that killed 213 people and injured 5,000; or that same day at the Tanzania embassy bombing killing 11 people and injuring 68. On October 12, 2000 the USS Cole bombing killed 17 and injured 39. And we all know how they tried to bring down the World Trade Towers and didn't stop until they completed the job September 11. All of these tragedies of terrorism happened without a United States response." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"
  • Sam Johnson. The State of Our Union, 2004. 1 January 2004. "War on Terror: Al-Qaeda continues to operate around the world, although many cells have been broken and terrorist plots thwarted by our 90-nation anti-terror coalition. We will continue to take the fight to the enemy, stopping attacks whenever possible and rooting out terrorists seeking harbor with renegade regimes." (samjohnson.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Sam Johnson. Promoting National Save for Retirement Week. 12 October 2007. "As the lead Republican on the Social Security Subcommittee, I'm on a mission to increase the awareness and share the importance of personal retirement planning. In fact, I authored the bill that created the first-ever National Save for Retirement Week. I hope you take just a few moments this week to look at your personal savings and see what more you can do to save for your retirement! Saving for retirement can be an overwhelming task if left to the last minute. Just like most things in life, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Your retirement doesn't have to be that way. You can "Choose to Save."" (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Strengthen Social Security Now. 11 March 2005. "Under my bill, the Individual Social Security Investment Program Act of 2005, H.R. 530, you keep 6.2 percent to invest in a personal retirement account - and take advantage of the miracle of compound interest. You'll have a sizeable retirement fund and a real asset to pass on to your loved ones. The government takes 6.2 percent to meet its obligations to those over 55 and to the disabled, widows and orphans. You also get back the amount you've already paid in. My plan is fair and it will work. More important, it gives you control over your money [¦] I want people who support personal retirement accounts as a way to put Social Security on strong financial footing to send me pictures of their kids and grandkids." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Growing Real Ownership for Workers Accounts Act. 12 July 2005. "My commonsense solution is simple: make sure that Congress spends Social Security taxes on Social Security. When workers can save part of their Social Security money in a personal retirement account with their name on it, Congress will have to cut spending from other bloated programs. Our bill, the Growing Real Ownership for Workers Accounts Act, grows accounts and is an achievable first step toward sending the Social Security surplus back where it belongs, in the pockets of hardworking Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Hearing of the Social Security Subcommitte of the House Ways and Means Committee: Protecting and Strengthening Social Security - Part II. 26 May 2005. "I have introduced the simplest, least expensive bill to strengthen the Social Security system. Social Security was created in the 1930s and I don't believe the system can be expected to perform well for those who are working and paying taxes today and will retire in the 2030s. Young people need to build a nest egg, not build expectations in a program that cannot deliver for them. And the only way to fix the system is through personal retirement accounts'... 'That is why I have introduced H.R.530, with my colleague Jeff Flake of Arizona. So you know, my bill puts Social Security on sound financial footing right around the time critics are willing to acknowledge we have a problem. The Social Security Actuary determined that our bill permanently fixes the funding problems of the Social Security system at about half the cost of letting the current system roll forward without change.' ¦ 'First, my bill is the simplest. The premise is - let's share - half to the government, half to you. Each person keeps half of their 12.4% they pay in payroll tax for a personal retirement account.' ¦ 'what sets my bill apart from others is that it has a fully tradable recognition bond. This bond gives each person the Social Security benefits they've earned so far. The bond is a zero coupon bond which means that the amount printed on the face of the bond is what it is redeemed for on its maturity date and that the interest payments are included in the face amount. Each person who opts into personal accounts would get a bond that matures on that person's 67th birthday. These bonds can be held until that date or can be traded earlier on public markets but the proceeds of the sale must be deposited into personal retirement accounts." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. The Sam Johnson Journal - February 2005. 17 February 2005. "I propose strengthening Social Security by allowing younger Americans to invest half of their Social Security taxes (6.2% of salary) in a personal retirement account. The other half, the employer's share of the tax (6.2%), would be sent to the government to fund retiree benefits, near-retiree benefits, transition financing and the disability and survivors program. These accounts give working people control and confidence that the money will be there for them when they retire. Personal retirement accounts will help people build a nest egg to pass on to their loved ones. This solution is about the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "X" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "HR530 Reform of Social Security"
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "HR530 Reform of Social Security"
  • Sam Johnson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Sam Johnson. Issue Position: Economic Security. 27 September 2011. "Did you know that there is no Social Security account with your name on it just waiting for you to retire? As the highest-ranking Republican on the Social Security Subcommittee, I am one of a few Members of Congress to introduce legislation to strengthen this program which is teetering into the red. Make no mistake Social Security will be there for current and near retirees. We have to think about the future! We must make changes now while there is still time to help younger workers save for retirement. My plan is simple: I propose allowing younger employees to create a personal retirement account. They send half of their Social Security tax money to the government to pay for current and near retirees, as well as disability. They keep the other half to invest in a personal retirement account to save on their own. The government won't own this money and it can't be taken away." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Sam Johnson supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 10 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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Texas Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
Xa) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
Xg) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
1) Budget Priorities
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) FEMA
Slightly Increaseg) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseh) International aid
Slightly Increasei) Law enforcement (Federal)
Slightly Increasej) Law enforcement (State)
Slightly Increasek) Medical research
Slightly Decreasel) National parks
Maintain Statusm) Public health services
Slightly Increasen) Scientific research
Slightly Increaseo) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasep) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Eliminateq) United Nations
Slightly Decreaser) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories
2) Defense Spending
Slightly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Slightly Increasec) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Slightly Increasee) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
3) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
Family Income Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Less than $12,000
Maintain Statusb) $12,001-$40,000
Slightly Decreasec) $40,001-$100,000
Maintain Statusd) $100,001-$180,000
Maintain Statuse) $180,001-$350,000
Maintain Statusf) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits
Maintain Statusa) Charitable contribution deduction
Maintain Statusb) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusc) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusd) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Maintain Statusf) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
6) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
b) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
c) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
d) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
e) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
f) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
g) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
Xh) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
Xi) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
Xj) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
Xa) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
c) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xf) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xg) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
h) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
e) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
f) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
g) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
h) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
Xi) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
Xk) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
Xc) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
d) Increase the federal minimum wage.
e) Support the right of workers to unionize.
Xf) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
g) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
h) Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
e) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xf) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
Xg) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
h) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xi) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
k) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
l) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Xa) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.
On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.
Greatly Decreasec) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Greatly Decreased) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
Xb) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
c) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
d) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xe) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
f) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
Xa) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program.
Xd) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
Xf) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.
Xa) Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
Xc) Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
Xd) Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Nob) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
d) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
Yese) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
f) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

The Surge has produced dramatic results - for the good. Things have improved markedly in Iraq and our armed forces are making great strides. I'm hopeful that our servicemen and women will return home safely and soon - when the time is right. The number of American troops in Iraq is on the decline. The Iraqi army, with the Americans, recently began a new big drive against al-Qaeda insurgent groups in Diyala province. But this progress is delicate. The wave of change in Iraq must come from within and it must stem from its people and its leaders.

Yesh) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
i) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
Yesk) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
Yesl) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
Yesm) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Yesn) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Noo) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
Nop) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
Yesq) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
r) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles

We need to do whatever it takes to squash al-Qaeda and the Taliban once and for all - in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This means working with both nations. We must bolster the burgeoning army in Afghanistan, the ANA, the Afghan National Army. It's been reported that about every week a fresh 650-men battalion finishes training and heads out on patrol. They're making great inroads in conjunction with America. My goal is to make them more self-sufficient in their quest to retake their country from terrorists roaming their lands.

International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
Yesa) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
Yesb) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
Yesc) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
Yesd) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Yesa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Yesb) Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yese) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
Nof) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
Yesg) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
Yesh) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Noa) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Yesb) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Nod) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Noe) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Nof) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
Nog) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) Other or expanded principles

I support federally funded research on embryonic stem cell lines that existed before 2001. I support the President's current policy but do not believe we should expand it in any way.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.
b) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
Xd) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
e) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
f) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
c) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
d) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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