Congressman Turner testified in support of his bill, H.R. 2817, the National Historic Preservation Amendments Act before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands on Wednesday during their legislative hearing.
“For nearly forty years, the Historic Preservation Fund has served as an incredibly valuable tool for states and communities across the country in carrying out historic preservation programs. For example, it was utilized in Dayton to help establish the Wright-Dunbar Village Historic District. I urge the Natural Resources Committee to take action on H.R. 2817 and reauthorize this program that is so vital to the state, local, and tribal historic preservation programs throughout the United States.”
The National Trust for Historic Preservation was supportive of Congressman Turner’s testimony and work on this issue:
“The Historic Preservation Fund has made possible the documentation, preservation and operation of America’s historic sites that tell our nation’s story, while also spurring job creation and community revitalization. We applaud the bi-partisan leadership of Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) in co-sponsoring legislation to re-authorize the Fund and advocating for its passage in Congress.”
Elizabeth Hughes, President of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers was encouraged by Congressman Turner’s statements today, saying:
“I want to thank Congressman Turner for recognizing that historic preservation projects facilitated by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) are about much more than preserving places and saving buildings. They are about revitalizing cities and towns, like Dayton. When he was mayor of Dayton during the 1990s, Congressman Turner learned firsthand that historic preservation projects do something that simply building new homes, office buildings and stores can never do. They tell the stories of our communities. They tell us about where we have come from and they point us toward where we are going. We appreciate Congressman Turner’s leadership in the effort to reauthorize the HPF.”Read More
TURNER & GIBSON: STOP Obama’s Land Forces Draw Down
Turner and Gibson introduced Protecting Our Security Through Utilizing Right-Sized End-Strength (POSTURE) Act of 2016
“We maintain the Peace through Strength; weakness only invites aggression.” – President Ronald Reagan, March 23, 1983
Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) released the following statement after introducing the Protecting Our Security Through Utilizing Right-Sized End-Strength (POSTURE) Act of 2016.
“It remains evident that the Administration continues to jeopardize both our military and our national security, and by doing so, the peace that President Reagan spoke of is virtually extinct.”
These concerns have been reinforced by recent briefings from the U.S. Army and yesterday’s hearing chaired by Congressman Turner on the findings of the National Commission on the Future of the Army. In response to yesterday’s findings, Congressman Turner and Congressman Gibson have introduced Protecting Our Security Through Utilizing Right-Sized End-Strength (POSTURE) Act of 2016
“This bill ensures that our Land Forces will not be depleted as a result of the Administration’s flawed assumptions about the current security environment. Our military’s ability to meet new and complex global demands is essential to our national security and a continued force drawdown would be catastrophic.”
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TURNER reacts to POTUS FY 2017 Budget Proposal
Congressman Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, issued the following statement on President Obama’s FY2017 budget proposal:
“The Administration blatantly ignored the terms of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, further jeopardizing our national security and depleting the resources necessary to maintain our military. I continue to urge Members to remain committed to providing a robust national defense and advocate on behalf of our men and women in uniform as we prepare to consider a budget resolution for FY 2017 in the House.”
Congressman Turner introduced the TREAT Act that cuts red tape for substance abuse treatment.
Congressman Turner released the following statement after President Obama stated his concern with the rise in substance abuse across the country during his final State of the Union.
“In November, I introduced the bipartisan TREAT Act, which cuts red tape for substance abuse treatment. I have seen the effects substance abuse can have on cities and towns across America which is why I hope President Obama will support common sense steps like the TREAT Act. I appreciate the President taking up this important issue and I look forward to helping those Americans that need it most.”
Congressman Turner was joined by Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11) and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (MA-3) in support of this important legislation that would increase flexibility in how existing federal funding can be used to combat the heroin epidemic.
Congressman Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement after President Obama’s final State of the Union.
“After asking the President to come to the table with a comprehensive strategy to defeat the many threats we face as a nation, the President continues to come up short. During President Obama’s time in office, relationships with our many allies have deteriorated along with our standing as a global leader. Whether it’s addressing the threats posed by ISIS, North Korea, or Iran, the United States continues to lead from behind.”
Congressman Turner recently sent a letter to the President asking him to outline a strategy to stop North Korean aggression and the further proliferation of nuclear weapons following claims by the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea that it has successfully detonated a thermonuclear device.
Congressman Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, issued the below statement following claims by the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea that it has successfully detonated a thermonuclear device.
“I condemn in the strongest possible terms any nuclear test allegedly conducted by the government of North Korea. If reports prove accurate, this most recent test poses a direct threat to the United States, NATO, and our many partner nations in the region. North Korea’s continued development of nuclear weapons and advanced delivery capabilities must be met with decisive action and condemnation by the entire international community. North Korea is a nuclear proliferator and has chosen a dangerous course of steady escalation.”
“We cannot afford to be complacent or naive towards nuclear proliferators like North Korea. This event also reminds us of the fundamental importance of nuclear deterrence to our countries and citizens’ security. I sincerely hope that NATO’s Summit in Warsaw in July will reaffirm unambiguously that in today’s dangerous environment, nuclear deterrence remains the ultimate and essential guarantee of Allies’ security.”
Congressman Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land forces sent a letter to President Obama following claims by the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea that it has successfully detonated a thermonuclear device.
The text of the letter is below:
January 6, 2016
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
As you prepare for your State of the Union address to Congress next week, it is imperative that you plan to share with us a comprehensive strategy to counter North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and restore stability to the Korean Peninsula. The alleged detonation of a nuclear device by North Korea is in clear violation of international law and presents a direct threat to the United States and our many allies in the region.
North Korea is a nuclear proliferator and has chosen a dangerous path of steady escalation. Since you first took office in 2009, North Korea has successfully detonated three nuclear devices and launched a multistage rocket capable of striking targets in the United States. Despite these significant milestones achieved by North Korea, your Administration has taken no action to curtail further proliferation or develop critical defense systems, such as an additional missile defense site capable of defending the U.S. homeland.
At a 2013 speech in Berlin, Germany, you stated that it was your goal to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and “reject the nuclear weaponization that North Korea and Iran may be seeking.” Since your speech in Berlin, North Korea has doubled its nuclear efforts, and your Administration has agreed to a deal with Iran that provides a clear path toward possessing a nuclear weapon.
North Korea’s continued development of nuclear weapons and advanced delivery capabilities must be met with decisive action and condemnation by the entire international community. As you prepare to speak before Congress next week, it is my sincere hope that you are fully prepared to outline a comprehensive strategy focused on countering North Korea’s nuclear program.
Congressman Mike Turner
Congressman Turner released a joint statement with Dayton Development Coalition President and CEO Jeff Hoagland on funding included in the House-passed omnibus for a new satellite pharmacy at Wright-Patt and additional funding for technology transfer activities at the Air Force Research Laboratory.
“Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a pillar in our community and throughout Southwest, Ohio. I am happy to work with the Dayton Development Coalition to ensure that WPAFB and the technology transfer program within the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) were provided with the resources necessary to serve our community and to provide our warfighters with game changing technologies.”
Dayton Development Coalition President and CEO Jeff Hoagland stated his support, saying:
“Construction of the pharmacy will provide better service to our Air Force personnel and help modernize the base,” said Jeff Hoagland, President and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition. “Maintaining up-to-date facilities like this is important for the long-term viability of the base, which is important with the possibility of a round of base closings coming up in the future.”
“Funding the Air Force technology transfer program will stretch Air Force research dollars by strengthening ties between the Air Force Research Laboratory and commercial industry,” Hoagland said. ”We are hopeful that businesses in the Dayton region will benefit, which will create high value jobs.”
Pharmacy Replacement at WPAFB
· The bill provides $6.6 million for a new satellite pharmacy at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
· The bill provides an additional $4.1 million above the President’s request for technology transfer activities. The additional funding is a benefit to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) as it will allow the lab to leverage private sector capabilities in order to provide our warfighters with game changing technologies.
Congressman Turner released a joint statement with Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) on additional funding included in the House-passed omnibus for Wright-Patt’s Human Effectiveness Directorate.
“I am proud of the steps taken in this bill to bolster Wright-Patt and local research institutes such as Wright State. This critical Air Force program and its ongoing partnership with Wright State Research Institute will ensure our military is prepared to address complex security challenges for generations to come,” said Congressman Mike Turner.
Dennis Andersh, Executive Director of the Wright State Research Institute stated his support saying:
“Wright State commends Representative Turner and the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate for supporting Human Effectiveness Applied Research in the year-end budget deal. This important program supports advanced research to improve warfighter performance, and much of this work is done right here in Southwest Ohio.”
The bill provides an additional $10 million above the President’s request for the Air Force’s Human Effectiveness Directorate, which is headquartered at Wright-Patt. Wright-State Research Institute has partnered with AFRL and the Human Effectiveness Directorate to conduct research related to increased levels of autonomy for unmanned systems.
Congressman Turner released a joint statement with the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) on additional funding included in the House-passed omnibus for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Manufacturing Technology Program located at Wright-Patt.
“I am proud to be a strong supporter of this program, which continues to bolster Ohio’s unique manufacturing capabilities and taps into the talent at Wright-Patt. This bipartisan initiative supports Department of Defense priorities, while continuing to bring job opportunities to Ohio,'' said Congressman Mike Turner.
John E. Leland PhD PE, Vice President for Research and Executive Director, Research Institute University of Dayton stated his support, saying:
“Additive manufacturing has strong potential to help the Air Force reduce maintenance costs and improve readiness. The support of Congressman Turner and Congressman Ryan will allow the Air Force to more quickly implement this promising technology and reap cost savings.”
2239 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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