Michael Turner

Michael Turner

OHIO's 10th DISTRICT

TURNER: Iran is a Threat to the United States

2015/03/03

Washington, DC: Today, following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress, Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces released the following statement:  “A nuclear Iran is unacceptable. Iran’s turbulent past, along with its unstable central government prove that the country cannot be trusted, especially when negotiating issues like weapons of mass destructions. For this reason, I have long opposed any negotiated deals between Iran and the international community that would allow Iran to maintain a nuclear program in any form. As Prime Minister Netanyahu noted today, a nuclear Iran is a dangerous threat to Israel and to the entire international community. Preventing a nuclear Iran is undeniably critical to the national security of the United States.  We must work together with the nation of Israel and all our allies to confront this serious threat,” said Turner. Congressman Turner is the former Chairman and current member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. Under his leadership, the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces provided strong support to the Iron Dome short-range rocket defense system. For FY 2015, Congressman Turner has strongly supported additional support for the Iron Dome.  Read More

Turner: Obama’s Turnaround on the Abrams Tank is a Clear Victory

2015/03/02

Dayton, OH: Today, Congressman Mike Turner toured the Lima Tank Plant facility. Congressman Turner chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land forces, which has direct oversight of the acquisition of the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank Program. The Lima Tank Plant is the only facility that modernizes Abrams tanks for the military services.   This year, for the first time in his presidency, President Obama did not propose cuts or program cancellations that would have shutdown the Abrams Tank plant.  Specifically, President Obama’s FY2016 budget proposal included more than $445 million to accelerate the next major upgrade to the Abrams Tank and to sustain the Lima tank production facility.  “Despite a yearly effort from President Obama to cut critical funding, Congress has been able to work successfully in a bipartisan and bicameral way to protect the industrial base and keep the Lima Tank plant open. This year’s turn-around from the Administration is a clear victory for the Abrams Tank and a confirmation that our work and advocacy has been effective,” said Turner.    Congressman Turner has long fought to prevent any production break of the Abrams Tank and consistently been a voice for both the plant and it’s workforce.  This year, Congressman Turner authored and fought to include language in the FY2015 NDAA that recognizes the necessity of the Abrams Tank to our national security and encouraged the Army to consider acceleration of the next series of major upgrades for Abrams Tanks. The language also authorized an additional $120 million for these critical upgrades for Abrams Tanks.    “Keeping the production lines open here in Lima, Ohio is critical to maintaining the defense industrial base.  This critical resource cannot be turned on and off like a light switch; any production break or temporary shutdown at the Lima Tank Plant would not only result in the loss of technical expertise that might never return, but would threaten the national security of the United States,” said Turner.    #### Read More

Turner: A Budget that Fails to Fully Fund Defense Will Not Pass the House

2015/03/02

Washington, DC:  Congressman Mike Turner led 70 members of Congress in an effort to end the devastating effects of sequestration on our Defense Department and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.   On Friday February 27, the lawmakers sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner to ask for his support and leadership to ensure that national defense is adequately funded at or above the $561 billion included in the President’s budget request.  “Seventy individual members have made it clear that a budget that fails to fully fund defense will not pass the House of Representatives,” said Turner.  “The protection of our national defense and of the security of the American people must come first. Every member who signed this letter was unwavering in their commitment to vote against a budget resolution that fails to fully fund national defense at or above the $561 billion identified by the President in his budget request,” said Turner. [[{"fid":"376","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-full"}}]]   Read More

Turner Takes Action to Strengthen Taxpayer Protection:

2015/02/26

Washington, D.C. –Congressman Mike Turner, a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, reintroduced The Taxpayer Nondiscrimination & Protection Act renewed his years-long push to make certain that America taxpayers are protected. This legislation would amend Title 18 of the U.S. Code to make it a crime for an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee to discriminate against an individual or group on the basis of their protected rights. In addition, it expressly clarifies that political speech and political expression are protected rights.   “This legislation takes action. No matter which party controls the White House, taxpayers deserve to be treated fairly. As Congress continues to investigate the IRS, we must also make certain that the proper corrective mechanisms are in place to protect American taxpayers from any act of wrongful discrimination by the federal government’s tax collectors,” said Turner.  Currently, IRS employees who discriminate against taxpayers may be subject to a maximum penalty of termination and then only at the discretion of their supervisors.  Congressman Turner’s bill would make it a crime for an IRS employee to target an individual or group based on their beliefs. This legislation would increase the maximum penalty to a $5,000 fine, 5 years in prison, or both - which is the same maximum penalty for a member of the president's cabinet who directs an employee to take that sort of action.  “When the IRS unfairly targeted individuals on the basis of their political beliefs, the IRS badly damaged the trust of the American public in its ability to act in a fair, nonpartisan, and nondiscriminatory manner. This legislation takes an important step to restore that weakened trust and strongly deter any future acts of discrimination,” said Turner.  ### Read More

Turner on CNN: The Threat Against the Mall of America is a Terrorist Attack

2015/02/23

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Turner and Ryan Continue the Fight for Delphi Salaried Retirees

2015/02/23

Washington, DC: Friday afternoon, Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) and Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) introduced legislation that would extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) for the Delphi Salaried Retirees.   With the expiration of the HCTC on January 1, 2014, tens of thousands of families across the country have struggled to pay their health bills.  The legislation would restore the HCTC for five years and provide these retirees with the certainty and stability they need.  “More than five years ago, 20,000 Delphi Salaried Retirees unjustly lost up to seventy percent of their pensions during the GM bankruptcy,” said Rep. Turner. "For the last year, these retirees have been forced to use up to fifty percent of their remaining pensions to pay for their health care. This legislation would provide much-needed relief for thousands of families who have already lost so much.” “The Health Coverage Tax Credit will give relief to thousands of Delphi salaried retirees and dislocated and retired United Steelworkers (USW) who have had their pensions and healthcare significantly reduced through no fault of their own,” said Rep. Ryan. "It is critical that we pass this legislation and ensure that they receive the affordable coverage they deserve, we cannot leave these hardworking Americans behind.” 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. ### Read More

Turner: Obama should listen to New Secretary of Defense

2015/02/12

 Washington, DC: Following the confirmation of the new Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement:  “Ash Carter boasts an impressive track record at the Pentagon and has made it clear that he will be ‘entirely straight and upfront with the President.’  Just last week, Ash Carter stated, that he was ‘very much inclined’ to provide arms to Ukraine and that, ‘we need to support the Ukrainians in defending themselves.’  With Ash Carter’s official confirmation, I am hopeful that the President will stop stalling and listen to his own Secretary of Defense, Members of Congress in his own party, and numerous military and civilian leaders who have all recommended action to empower the Ukrainian army so that they can successfully confront mounting Russian aggression.”   Read More

In Case You Missed It: NYTimes: Defense Nominee Urged to Take Action in Sexual Assault Cases

2015/02/12

NYTimes: Defense Nominee Urged to Take Action in Sexual Assault Cases He’s not scheduled to be confirmed as defense secretary until Thursday afternoon, but the pressure on Ashton B. Carter has already started. House members led by Representative Louise M. Slaughter, Democrat of New York, have written a letter putting Mr. Carter on notice that they will be watching how he handles reports of sexual assault in the military. The letter, also signed by Representative Michael R. Turner, Republican of Ohio, and Representative Niki Tsongas, Democrat of Massachusetts, asks Mr. Carter to bring “the full weight of your office to bear on improving the military’s response to sexual assault and preventing it from happening in the first place.” The Pentagon released a survey on Wednesday showing that although students at the three military service academies reported fewer sexual assaults in the 2013-14 school year, more than 40 percent of those who had reported unwanted sexual contact also said they had faced retaliation. “We want to make sure that he does not let up on this,” Ms. Slaughter said in a telephone interview. – Helene Cooper http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/02/12/new-hampshires-wistful-look-at-off-the-cuff-politics/#post-mb-3   Read More

Turner, Slaughter, and Tsongas Push New Defense Secretary Ash Carter to Focus on Curbing Sexual Assault in the Military

2015/02/12

Reps. Turner, Slaughter, and Tsongas, to Send Bipartisan Letter Asking New Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to Focus on Curbing Sexual Assault in the Military Report Released Yesterday Shows Women and Men Who Come Forward at Service Academies Are Subject to Retaliation Official Confirmation by Senate is Expected Today WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Mike Turner (R-OH),  Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY), Niki Tsongas (D-MA), and 50 of their colleagues are sending a bipartisan letter to new Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter asking him to focus on curbing military sexual assault in the military. “As you are well aware, preventing and appropriately responding to the tragedy of military sexual assault is an issue of extreme importance for the wellbeing of our brave servicewomen and men,” the representatives wrote. “We have a moral duty to do everything we can to protect those who sacrifice so much to protect us every single day.” The representatives called on Secretary Carter to follow in his predecessors’ footsteps and continue to make reforming the military’s sexual assault prevention and response program a top priority. Despite increased awareness and concrete steps taken by the Pentagon to lower the incidence of sexual assault and make it easier to deliver justice to survivors, the rate of sexual assault in the military remains pervasively high, as does the rate of survivors who experience retaliation from their peers after reporting. According to a report released yesterday by the Pentagon, 43% of women and 36% of men who reported unwanted sexual contact while attending the academies – the most elite military training institutes in the country – have experienced retaliation.  And 22% of women who experienced unwanted sexual contact said they did not report it because they were afraid of retaliation from the offender or the offender’s friends. Read the full letter below: February 12, 2015 The Honorable Ashton Carter Secretary of Defense 1000 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1000 Dear Secretary Carter:   Congratulations on your recent confirmation as the Secretary of Defense. President Obama has shown significant faith in you and your ability to lead our nation’s excellent military forces in a time of great importance in our history. As you are well aware, preventing and appropriately responding to the tragedy of military sexual assault is an issue of extreme importance for the wellbeing of our brave servicewomen and men. We have a moral duty to do everything we can to protect those who sacrifice so much to protect us every single day. There has been significant progress on this issue in recent years, from establishing the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) and assigning a high level officer to direct it, to the inclusion of multiple provisions related to military sexual assault in National Defense Authorization Acts, such as expedited base transfers, extended maintenance of records, training in specialized victim-sensitive techniques for criminal investigations, and the creation of a Special Victims’ Counsel to best serve those affected. Secretary Leon Panetta joined Congress in addressing this critical issue by issuing specific directives that evidenced the commitment of the Department of Defense to combatting sexual assault in the military. The Director of SAPRO, Major General Snow, indicated during a recent briefing to Members of Congress that Secretary Chuck Hagel further elevated the issue to have a place on the agenda every week in his meetings with the highest-ranking members of his team. That focus has led to various improvements, although there remains much more work to be done. We respectfully request that as Secretary of Defense, you continue the commitment shown by your predecessors to addressing sexual assault in the military, bringing the full weight of your office to bear on improving the military’s response to sexual assault and preventing it from happening in the first place. We are particularly concerned by recent evidence that the rate of experiencing personal or professional retaliation for reporting an incident of sexual assault is unacceptably high. Our service members must feel safe in reporting sexual assault if there is to be true progress toward ending it. We look forward to partnering with you to protect our servicewomen and men.   Sincerely,    Louise M. Slaughter                                                                                        Niki Tsongas Member of Congress                                                                                     Member of Congress    Michael Turner                                                                                                Joe Wilson Member of Congress                                                                                     Member of Congress   Tulsi Gabbard                                                                                                   Susan Davis Member of Congress                                                                                     Member of Congress   Madeleine Z. 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Turner: The President’s request for an AUMF is not a National Security Strategy

2015/02/11

Washington, DC—Today, following President Obama’s formal request for a new authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIL, Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement: “This request is not a national security strategy. Instead of clear, decisive international leadership, we continue to see reluctance and indecision by the President.  In order to successfully defeat ISIL, the President must articulate and implement a comprehensive strategy that gives our military experts and commanders the agility and authority they need to successfully confront this increasingly dangerous and complex threat.  Today’s request by the President does not meet that criteria. ”  Read More

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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.

Continuing his work on urban issues, in the 109th Congress, Turner served as Chairman of the Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census. During his tenure he worked to help save the Community Development Block Grant program from being reduced in funding and combined with several other programs under the control of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In recognition of his efforts, Congressman Turner was the recipient of the American Planning Association’s 2005 Legislator of the Year Award and the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s 2005 National Legislative Leadership Award.

In the 111th Congress, as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Turner was named the Ranking Member on the Strategic Forces Subcommittee. The Strategic Forces Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the nation’s nuclear arsenal, our military assets in outer space, the Department of Defense’s intelligence programs, and also over missile defense systems. Reelected to a fifth term in November of 2010, Congressman Turner served as Chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, and as a Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee for the 112th Congress.In January of 2011, Turner was appointed Chairman of the US Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Parliamentary Assembly – the inter-parliamentary organization of legislators from the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance. The Assembly provides a critical forum for international parliamentary dialogue on an array of security, political and economic matters.

In November of 2012, Congressman Turner was elected to represent the newly created 10th Congressional District, which includes all of Montgomery County, Greene County, and portions of Fayette County.  For the 113th Congress, Turner has been appointed Chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, which conducts oversight of ammunition programs, Army and Air Force acquisition programs, all Navy and Marine Corps aviation programs, National Guard and Army and Air Force National Guard and Reserve. The subcommittee also authorizes procurement and R&D programs to ensure that America’s soldiers and airmen are fully equipped to carry out their mission. This is critical not only to our national security, but to Ohio’s economy as well.  Congressman Turner will continue to serve as a member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee.
In addition to his work on the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Turner is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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