Congressman Turner released the following statement urging Secretary of State John Kerry to denounce his recent nomination of Ms. Rose Gottemoeller for the position of NATO Deputy Secretary General after Senator Tom Cotton, Senator Jim Risch and Senator Marco Rubio echoed Congressman Turner’s concern.
Previously, Congressman Turner wrote a letter with all Subcommittee Chairman from both the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs calling on Secretary Kerry to rescind his recent nomination of Ms. Rose Gottemoeller for the position of NATO Deputy Secretary General.
“As I have stated before, Ms. Gottemoeller’s behavior suggests she may have repeatedly misled Members of Congress and our NATO allies. I am now joined by Members of the Senate asking you to rescind your nomination of Ms. Gottemoeller and put forth a new American nominee for this important position.”
As a result of Ms. Gottemoeller’s unprofessionalism, Congressman Turner previously wrote to Chairman Rogers calling for Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, to testify on the record concerning issues she appears to have misrepresented to Members of Congress.
Congressman Turner released the following statement after meeting with Congressional Award Gold Medal recipient Rachana Raghupathy of Dayton, Ohio:
“I would like to congratulate Rachana and I am proud to have her represent the Tenth Congressional District with this award. I wish her all the best in her bright future.”
Rachana helped sick patients, motivated students to live healthier lifestyles and get involved in the community, and crocheted hats and scarves for the homeless for the winter season. Additionally, she has improved personal skills such as her violin playing, tennis game, and Indian classical dance skills. Her expedition was to New York City to learn about diversity.
Earning a Congressional Award Gold Medal requires a significant commitment. Each participant must spend two years or more completing at least 400 hours of community service, 200 hours of both personal development and physical fitness activities, and a four-night Expedition or Exploration. For this achievement, Gold Medalists are recognized at the Capitol by their Member of Congress with the presentation of the Congressional Award Gold Medal, which is struck by the United States Mint.
Congressman Turner released the following statement upon House passage of H.R. 5325, the FY2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, which includes a provision he requested to prevent the Library of Congress from unilaterally censoring and eliminating its subject headings “Aliens” and “Illegal Aliens”:
“Today the House acted to prevent the Library of Congress from engaging in partisanship and censorship. The Library of Congress has a duty to provide impartial and accurate access to Americans. I urge the Senate to pass this important legislation to keep Washington in check.”
The language requested by Congressman Turner would require the Library of Congress to use subject headings consistent with the terminology of the United States Code, and not unilaterally change and eliminate its subject headings “Aliens” and “Illegal Aliens.”
On March 22, the Library of Congress announced its decision to unilaterally revise its subject heading “Aliens” and eliminate its subject heading “Illegal Aliens.”
On April 14, Congressman Turner sent a letter to Legislative Branch Subcommittee Chairman Tom Graves requesting language be included in the FY17 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill that would prohibit the Library of Congress from carrying out these changes.
On April 20, the Legislative Branch Subcommittee advanced the FY17 funding measure, which included the provision requested by Congressman Turner.
On May 17, the Appropriations Committee approved the measure.
Under pressure from Congressman Turner, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced it will follow the law and establish the Health Tax Credit’s (HCTC) advance monthly payment (AMP) program by July 1.
Congressman Turner released the following statement:
"I am proud of this victory and pleased the IRS has finally given the Delphi retirees the certainty they need. I will continue to lead the fight and stand with these retirees to ensure they receive the treatment they deserve, and hold the IRS accountable as this program is implemented."
In April, Rep. Turner led a bipartisan group of Members in writing to IRS Commissioner Koskinen urging the IRS to implement the law in accordance with the law, following IRS’s announcement that they would fail to meet the deadline for implementation of the HCTC’s AMP.
In October of 2015, Rep. Turner and U.S. Senator Rob Portman sent a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in support of the IRS quickly implementing the HCTC Advance Payment Program.
In June of 2015, Congress passed and the President signed into law H.R. 1295, which included a provision authored by Congressman Turner to renew and extend HCTC.
In November of 2014, Reps. Turner and Ryan sent a bipartisan letter to House leadership reaffirming their strong support for the passage of an extension of the HCTC as part of a year-end tax extenders bill before the 113th Congress adjourned for the year.
In March of 2014, Reps. Turner and Ryan joined a delegation of 28 Members and Senators from across the country in sending a letter to both House and Senate leadership pushing for the extension of the HCTC.
In July of 2013, Reps. Turner and Ryan introduced legislation that would have provided the Delphi Salaried Retirees and other eligible individuals the choice of continuing within the HCTC program past the program’s termination date, or upon leaving the program.
Congressman Turner released the following statement after introducing H.R. 5271, the Independent Counsel Reauthorization Act of 2016, which would reauthorize the independent counsel statute to reinstate the role of Congress in requesting independent investigations of the Administration.
“Whether it is the IRS targeting taxpayers for their political beliefs, or Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the Administration has refused to appoint non-partisan, independent investigators to lead these efforts. Congress must take action to ensure that these investigations are impartial, professional, and free of political motivation.
“This bill would reauthorize the independent counsel statute to reinstate the role of Congress in requesting independent investigations of the Administration. The House continues to conduct hearings and hold government official accountable to the taxpayers, and the Administration should do the same.”
The role of Congress in requesting and appointing independent counsels originated with passage of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 in an effort to curb abuse of power by the President and executive branch officials.
Investigations carried out by independent counsels include:
The independent counsel statute expired June 30th, 1999.
Congressman Turner released the following statement after introducing the bipartisan CRIB Act which would help cover the treatment costs of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a withdrawal condition in newborns often caused by opioids and other addictive substances in pregnant women.
This is a companion bill to the CRIB Act Senator Sherrod Brown recently introduced in the Senate.
“I am proud to lead this effort in the House and fight for those who are born addicted to opioids. This bill would help organizations like Brigid’s Path, which provide inpatient medical care for drug-exposed newborns,” said Congressman Turner. “The opioid epidemic has swept through our communities and we must work together to end addiction for those innocent children beginning their lives.”
Congressman Turner has been fighting the opioid epidemic in Dayton since 2013:
• December 18, 2013: Toured Soin Medical Center, where issue of Heroin-Exposed Newborns was raised.
• March 10, 2014: Met with area hospitals to discuss the growing issue of Heroin-Exposed Newborns.
• May 15, 2014: Visited Dayton Children’s Hospital NICU to discuss infant heroin exposure and the withdrawal and recovery process.
• June 30, 2014: Held a Community Forum on the Effects of the Heroin Epidemic on Newborns.
• August 27, 2014: Visited the Women’s Recovery Center.
• May 2015: Held Community Summit on Heroin-Exposed Infants.
• August 21, 2015: Toured Greene County Jail and Green Leaf Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program; met with criminal justice system administrators and substance abuse and mental health leadership.
• November 18, 2015: Met with ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli and introduced the TREAT Act with Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (MA-3).
• May 12, 2016: The House passed an amendment he cosponsored to increase access to treatment for pregnant women struggling with substance abuse.
Congressman Turner joined House Republicans this morning to proudly announce the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2017:
"The National Defense Authorization Act is about supporting our men and women in uniform and ensuring that we return our armed forces to a state of readiness.”
Click here to watch his full remarks.
Congressman Turner released the following statement upon Appropriations Committee approval of the FY2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, which includes a provision he requested to prevent the Library of Congress from unilaterally censoring and eliminating its subject headings “Aliens” and “Illegal Aliens”:
“The Committee’s approval of this legislation brings us one step closer to preventing the Library of Congress from advancing these partisan interests and censorship. The Library of Congress is undermining its credibility and ignoring its responsibility to provide the American people with impartial and accurate access to its many resources.”
On March 22nd the Library of Congress announced its decision to unilaterally revise its subject heading “Aliens” and eliminate its subject heading “Illegal Aliens.”
On April 14th, Congressman Turner sent a letter to the Chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee Tom Graves requesting language be included in the FY17 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill that would prohibit the Library of Congress from carrying out these changes.
On April 20th, the Legislative Branch Subcommittee advanced the FY17 funding measure, which included the provision requested by Congressman Turner.
On May 17, the Appropriations Committee approved the measure, which now awaits consideration on the House floor.
Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement after the House passed the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):
“As our nation continues to address some of the most dangerous threats we’ve faced both at home and abroad, we must ensure our military can meet those threats head on. The FY2017 NDAA provides our men and women in uniform with the resources needed to support and defend our country.
“Additionally, I am proud of the work executed by my subcommittee to address the importance of readiness and responsiveness for our warfighters as we look to modernize against current and future threats.”
The FY2017 NDAA also includes the provisions of the Prevent Retaliation and Open Transparency to Expand Care for Troops (PROTECT) Act. The PROTECT Act combats sexual assault in the military by calling for increased transparency in the military justice system, greater protection for survivors and witnesses from retaliation, better survivor access to court information and an increase focus on treatment for male survivors of sexual assault. Both Congressman Turner and Congresswoman Tsongas, co-chairs of the Military Sexual Assault and Prevention Caucus, introduced the PROTECT Act earlier this year.
“The PROTECT Act increases transparency and protects survivors and those affected by sexual assault in the military. Our servicemen and women sacrifice so much for our country and they deserve to be protected against retaliation that often coincides with sexual assault,” said Rep. Turner. “Rep. Tsongas and I have fought together for years for those who need it most and I appreciate her continued dedication and support of our nation’s military.”
Included below is a breakdown of provisions championed by Congressman Turner in the FY17 NDAA:
Sexual Assault in the Military
Recent reports and testimony, including witnesses at the Judicial Proceedings Panel, have highlighted deficiencies in the military system that often leaves survivors unprotected, without access to basic court documents and information. In addition, the military criminal justice system currently does not designate a crime to specifically punish acts of professional retaliation against survivors and witnesses of crimes, and instances of retaliation are often investigated by untrained or under-trained personnel.
The PROTECT Act would:
Army Force Strength POSTURE ACT
“As the Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, I have seen the crippling effects of mindless budget cuts on the military forced by sequestration,” said Rep Turner. “Recent briefings from the U.S. Army and a hearing I chaired on the findings of the National Commission on the Future of the Army confirmed the strain these cuts put on our troops. We must properly fund our defense department to ensure the security and rights of the American people are maintained. Furthermore, proper defense funding allows for trust with our allies, deters aggression, shapes security environments and wins wars.”
The POSTURE Act would:
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
“I am proud of the provisions in this year’s NDAA that would support Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Wright-Patterson is critical to our Air Force, country, state, and the Dayton community. The legislation continues to bolster the robust portfolio that Wright-Patterson facilitates each day, keeping Americans safe at home and abroad.”
Protection of Child Custody Rights for Members of the Armed Forces:
Annual notification and pre-deployment notification to Service members of their parental rights under the Service Members Civil Relief Act.
Attendance at Professional and Technical Conferences:
In last year’s bill Congressman Turner included a provision requiring the DoD to review current policies of personnel participation in professional and technical conferences. This year, Congressman Turner built off that success to further ensure our military personnel working in fields such as engineering and science and technology are not restricted.
Improved Security Gate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base:
Congressman Turner ensured the bill provided funding for increased security at Wright Patterson. Congressman Turner has worked with Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, the commander of the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson, to urge action to improve security measures on the sprawling base.
Building off of a successful push from last year’s NDAA on technology transfer capabilities, Congressman Turner included language ensuring the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is permitted to leverage private sector capabilities in order to provide the warfighters the newest technologies.
Congressman Turner ensured the bill provided increased funding for Hypersonics research. The DoD has placed urgency on the important development of Hypersonic Systems. These systems have the ability to travel Mach 5 plus and at very high altitudes and are pivotal to the maintaining U.S. Air Dominance.
Autonomous Systems Research:
Congressman Turner included language to increase funding for advanced research into the development of “human-machine teaming”. The Air Force has identified Autonomy as a “game changing” technology. Autonomous Systems, which can facilitate decision-making at the speed of computing, offer distinct advantages for Airmen and the Air Force’s mission at large.
Collaboration between AFRL and other Ohio Research Labs:
Congressman Turner ensured the bill provided increased funding for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s collaborative work with other Ohio based research labs. Southwest Ohio has become a hub of scientific and technical innovation for the Air Force, and the Department of Defense at-large. AFRL at Wright-Patterson is integral to the development, integration, and discovery of new technologies and capabilities to address a broad range of emerging threats.
Supporting AFRL and other research laboratories
Congressman Turner proudly cosponsored a provision offered by Rep. Tsongas that makes permanent an authority that allows Department of Defense laboratories to provide funds for research and development of technologies for critical military missions.
UAS Research Collaboration:
Congressman Turner included language this year to support the collaboration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) research between the DoD, NASA, and the FAA. The use of UAS have significantly increased, with continued strong projected growth. Collaboration between the federal agencies involved in UAS flight and research is key to integrating UAS into the national air space for military purposes.
Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio
This year, Congressman Turner included a provision that would allow the plant to maximize use of the facility while improving efficiencies through a pilot program that promotes cost savings. Congressman Turner continues to fight to protect the production lines and the skilled, technical workers at the Lima tank plant.
Tactical Air & Land Forces Subcommittee
The Tactical Air and Land Forces proposal works to ensure our military retains strength and agility with respect to air and land force modernization strategies, and provides the funding and authorization necessary to retain overmatch against current and future threats. Consistent with previous NDAA activity, the proposal continues to recognize that a vital industrial base at every level is critical to the long-term effectiveness and operational capability of the force.
Tactical Air & Land Forces Subcommittee Programmatic Summaries
Unaccompanied Alien Children on CONUS military installations
Congressman Turner was a cosponsor of the READI Act, which prohibits the use of a military installation to house any alien unlawfully present in the United States. Congressman Turner supported Congressman Bridenstine’s (OK-1) amendment to prohibit housing Unaccompanied Alien Children on CONUS military installations.
Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Centerville High School graduate, Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning, to be Secretary of the Army.
“I would like to congratulate Eric Fanning of Centerville, Ohio on becoming Secretary of the Army. His dedication and service to our country is honorable. He has shown true leadership and our community can be proud to have him serving our nation. I look forward to working with him in the near future.”
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A lifelong resident of Dayton, Ohio, Congressman Mike Turner has family roots in Eastern Kentucky. His parents, Ray and Vivian, moved to Dayton in the 1950’s to take advantage of the job opportunities in the manufacturing industry. Mr. Ray Turner worked at General Motors, retiring after 42 years as a member of IUE local 801; and Mrs. Vivian Turner retired from teaching in the Huber Heights School District. Congressman Turner has two daughters, Jessica and Carolyn.
Congressman Turner attended Dayton Public Schools and graduated from Belmont High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio; an MBA from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio; and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to his election to Congress, Turner was in private practice and corporate law for 13 years.
Congressman Turner has a background of community activism having worked with not-for-profit groups focusing on neighborhood concerns, community development, housing code enforcement, and historical preservation. As the two-term Mayor of the City of Dayton, he was a strong proponent of neighborhood revitalization, crime reduction, increased funding for safety forces, economic development and job creation. He created Rehabarama, a private-public partnership to rehabilitate neglected housing in Dayton’s historic neighborhoods, which had significant economic impact on the region, and received national awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Also while serving as Mayor of Dayton, Congressman Turner established a development fund providing more than $19 million in grants for housing and job-producing projects. The development fund sparked investment which resulted in a renaissance of Dayton’s downtown, including a $130 million arts center, a minor league baseball stadium, river front development, loft and upscale housing, additional corporate headquarters, and redevelopment of the former Delco and Frigidaire brownfield area into an office, research, and industrial park. Under Mayor Turner’s leadership, the City of Dayton had a balanced budget for all eight years of his tenure (having not been balanced for the previous five years), added 54 police officers to the force, resulting in a nearly 40 percent reduction in police response time, and closed two adult movie theaters in residential neighborhoods, thus improving the quality of life for Dayton residents.
First elected to the 108th Congress and sworn in January of 2003, Congressman Turner was appointed to the Armed Services Committee, from which he assists Wright-Patterson Air Force Base located in Ohio’s Tenth District, and to the Government Reform Committee, which allows him to contribute his experience as a former mayor to government reform. Congressman Turner’s urban experience was called upon by then House Speaker Dennis Hastert who appointed him Chairman of the new Saving America’s Cities working group. The 24 Member working group was charged with developing goals and principles to help urban America by focusing on economic development issues and encouraging private sector investment in cities.
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