Washington, DC – (Tuesday, August 10, 2010) Congresswoman Johnson supports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mailing of the third round of one-time, tax free $250 rebate checks to eligible Medicare beneficiaries. These beneficiaries' drug costs are so high that they have now reached what is known as the Medicare Part D prescription "donut hole."
Washington, DC – (Tuesday, August 10, 2010) Congresswoman Johnson voted today to save and create almost 320,000 jobs – including saving the jobs of 160,000 teachers and preventing the layoffs of tens of thousands of police officers, firefighters, and nurses. The House reconvened this week to take up this emergency aid to help states keep teachers in our classrooms and first responders on duty. The Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act is not only completely paid for, it reduces the deficit by $1.4 billion over 10 years–in part by closing a loophole that actually encourages corporations to ship American jobs overseas.
Aug 10, 2010 Press Release
Washington, DC – (Tuesday, August 10, 2010) Congresswoman Johnson voted today to boost our nation's border security, putting more agents on patrol and protecting communities along the southern border. The Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Border Security legislation provides $600 million in emergency funding to shore up our border – including more than $240 million to hire 1,000 new Border Patrol agents and 250 new Customs and Border Protection agents.
Aug 4, 2010 Press Release
Dallas, TX (August 4, 2010) – Congresswoman Johnson along with Assistant Secretary of Labor, Jane Oates, gathered yesterday to discuss the importance of job training programs and how they can and will help put Americans back to work.
Aug 2, 2010 Press Release
Washington, DC – (Monday, August 2, 2010) - Congresswoman Johnson has introduced a resolution (H. Res. 1593) that supports academically-based social studies curriculum standards for the nation's public schools. This bill was introduced in response to the Texas State Board of Education's recently approved curriculum standards for social studies. After months of discussion regarding the curriculum this May, the Texas State Board of Education disregarded many academically-based recommendations and approved politically-biased standards that are outside of mainstream scholarship.
Jul 28, 2010 Press Release
Washington, DC – (Wednesday, July 28, 2010) Congresswoman Johnson voted today to support our troops and veterans by ensuring critical funding for veterans health services and the construction of key facilities for training and housing our military. As our troops return home from Iraq, the funding is a 7.4 percent increase over the previous year for veterans' health care and benefits, including funding more than 4,000 additional permanent claims processors. The funding also continues this Congress's first-ever advance appropriations, ensuring timely and reliable funding for veterans' services.
Jul 28, 2010 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (Wednesday, July 28, 2010) Congresswoman Johnson voted today in support of Democrats "Make it in America" strategy by supporting three bills that will rebuild the American manufacturing base, put the American people back to work, and grow our economy. With an emphasis on creating the high-skill, high-wage jobs of the future, "Make it in America" promotes American competitiveness, innovation, and exports.
Washington, DC (Tuesday, July 27, 2010) – Texans with disabilities can now receive care in the comfort of their own homes instead of in long-term institutional care facilities through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Grant. This grant, which is being issued to states this week, encourages states that are not part of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration to apply for grant funding.
Jul 14, 2010 Press Release
Washington, DC(Wednesday, July 14, 2010) – Today, Congresswoman Johnson applauded the new regulations issued by the Obama Administration to help make prevention affordable by requiring new health plans to cover recommended preventive services at no cost to the patient. The regulations, based off of provisions in the Affordable Care Act, will keep Americans healthier and help save money over the long term by increasing access to preventive care.
Jul 8, 2010 Press Release
Washington, DC (Thursday, July 8, 2010) – Dallas, Texas will soon have additional streetcars thanks to the Federal Transit Administration's Urban Circulator Grant Program. Congresswoman Johnson and other officials will announce the $4.9 million grant to the 30th Congressional District at a press conference on Monday, July 12, 2010 (media advisory forthcoming).