On June 18th, Congressman Turner, Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee held a field hearing entitled Air Dominance and the Critical Role of Fifth Generation Fighters.
Today, Congressman Turner continued to address capability, capacity and overall readiness concerns regarding U.S. Air Force Air Dominance, specifically on current and projected shortfalls. General Herbert J. “Hawk” Carlisle, Commander, US Air Force Air Combat Command joined today’s hearing as a witness.
“We must remain committed to providing the resources necessary to provide the capability, capacity and readiness necessary to accomplish the critical mission of maintaining Air Dominance. The House passed NDAA focuses on the importance of overall readiness for our warfighters and my hope is this hearing will continue to shed light on this issue.”
Congressman Turner, Co-chair of the Historic Preservation Caucus, released the following statement after the House Natural Resource Committee’s passed his bill, H.R. 2817, the National Historic Preservation Amendments Act:
“Today’s vote to advance the National Historic Preservation Amendments Act is an important step in reauthorizing this incredibly valuable preservation tool that has served Dayton, Ohio and states and communities across the country for nearly forty years.
“The Historic Preservation Fund helped to establish the Wright-Dunbar Village Historic District, the West Dayton neighborhood that was once home to the Wright Brothers and African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Reauthorization of the Historic Preservation Fund is vital to state, local, and tribal historic preservation programs nationwide, and I look forward to consideration of my bill by the full House.”
Historic Preservation Fund (HPF):
Created in 1976, the HPF derives its funding from Outer Continental Shelf leases rather than tax-payer dollars. The HPF achieves its preservation mission of documenting, preserving and utilizing America’s legacy of historic sites by providing funding to State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers and through, at times, competitive grants to identify and rehabilitate historic resources. This essential support spurs job creating economic development and community revitalization making it an excellent dollar-for-dollar investment to foster economic growth.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Congressman Mike Turner, and President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.
Congressman Turner, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly President, addressed 28 heads of state in Warsaw, Poland at the NATO Summit this morning in a closed session. Below are Congressman Turner’s remarks as prepared:
NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government
Warsaw, Poland, 8 July 2016
Hon. Michael R. Turner (United States)
President, NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Thank you for the opportunity to present the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s views on the challenges to our Alliance.
NATO is a force for peace. It was NATO that brought peace to the Balkans. The treaty that ended the war in Bosnia bears the name of my hometown, Dayton.
Two decades later, NATO faces new security threats, and must remain an anchor of stability.
Russia now calls NATO an adversary and seeks to undermine NATO, while showing a complete disregard for international laws and norms. Russia speaks the languages of force and intimidation, not dialogue and cooperation.
Our nations are also threatened by international terrorists–working in some cases with our own citizens.
NATO’s members, partners, and adversaries may change; however, the threat that leaders of other nations may attack their own populations or seek to dominate their neighbors will not. Aggression will not be defeated by the passage of time or a new century of ideas. Security can only be assured by credible military forces that can deter and defend against those who would do us harm.
Your constituents lock their doors at night, not because they believe that their neighbors are murderers and thieves, but because not doing so would be irresponsible for the protection of their families. Similarly, underfunding deterrence irresponsibly places our NATO family at risk. Dialogue is important to avoid conflicts, but it cannot offset the investment necessary for deterrence.
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Declaration for this summit calls for: NATO to rely upon its traditional assets.
The first is unity. Our words and actions must show that NATO’s security is one and indivisible.
The second is the unique commitment to collective defense. We must show that NATO has the will and the means to defend each and every inch of our territory.
The third is our military might: the Alliance needs conventional and nuclear capabilities sufficient to reassure our own members and deter those who threaten us. That must include a sizable, persistent forward presence in the east and southeast, combining fixed and rotational elements and pre-positioned equipment, with contributions from all 28 allies.
NATO must have the arrangements and infrastructure necessary to reinforce that presence rapidly in the face of opposition.
NATO forces must be flexible, able to deploy rapidly within Europe or beyond to project stability, for instance, by supporting the international counter-ISIL coalition or building partners’ capacity in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
And, we must complete NATO’s missile defense system to defend our territory against the growing number of nations acquiring missile technology and weapons of mass destruction.
But, what about the cost?
The United States has made a commitment with the European Reassurance Initiative. Europe must now follow suit.
In Wales, we began to address the funding gap. Now we must make sure that the investments are equitably shared.
In addition, the Assembly supports an accelerated timeline for achieving the Wales spending targets.
We are also pressing for a prompt ratification of Montenegro’s accession to demonstrate that NATO’s open door is a reality.
On behalf of the Assembly, we appreciate your leadership of NATO, a defense alliance united by its values and its commitment to peace.
Ahead of the NATO Summit, Congressman Turner released the report “Deterring to Defend: Delivering on NATO’s Promise”. This report details the many facets and dimensions of Russia’s global strategy – including its illegal occupation of parts of Georgia and Ukraine, nuclear threats against NATO Allies, its intensive propaganda and subversion campaign, and massive investments in military modernization, among others.Read More
Congressman Turner, Chairman of theHouse Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement after Speaker Ryan appointed 44 House Republican lawmakers to serve on a bipartisan conference committee charged with producing a final National Defense Authorization Act.
“I look forward to working in a bipartisan manner with my colleagues on this critical piece of legislation. We must work to reverse the devastating cuts made by sequestration and end the Administration’s draw down of our troops. 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 services are provided the resources they require in order to meet those threats head on.”
Congressman Turner released the following statement after the President announced he would leave 8,400 troops in Afghanistan.
This announcement comes after the President stated he would reverse his pledge to bring back almost all service members before he left office in January 2017.
“I have repeatedly called for an end in the reduction of troops and for the Administration to realistically address the threats our country currently faces. This year’s National Defense Authorization Act will provide the funding necessary to maintain a minimum level of 9,800 troops for this vital mission in Afghanistan, unlike the Administration whose budget request fails to provide the funding necessary to support this recent announcement. We must continue to reverse the harmful decisions being made by this Administration with respect to national security. It is time the President comes to the table in a meaningful way and work with Congress to support our warfighters.
“This announcement comes ahead of the NATO Warsaw Summit where I will be addressing 28 heads of state to further discuss the importance of cooperation between our allies as we continue to face evolving and worsening global threats.”
In February, Congressman Turner introduced the Protecting Our Security Through Utilizing Right-Sized End-Strength (POSTURE) Act of 2016 which would ensure that our Land Forces will not be depleted as a result of the Administration’s persistent flawed assumptions about the current security environment.
Allied leaders must acknowledge the global and comprehensive challenge posed by Russia, and revisit arrangements for NATO’s collective defense and deterrence, NATO PA President Hon. Michael R. Turner argues in a report released today.
The report, entitled “Deterring to Defend: Delivering on NATO’s Promise”, details the many facets and dimensions of Russia’s global strategy – including its illegal occupation of parts of Georgia and Ukraine, nuclear threats against NATO Allies, its intensive propaganda and subversion campaign, and massive investments in military modernization, among others.
It calls on NATO Heads of State and Government at their upcoming meeting in Warsaw on 8-9 July to take the real measure of the challenge posed by Russia, and adapt NATO’s deterrence and defense posture accordingly.
“Russia – as it continually states – is a formidable military power, possessing the full spectrum of conventional and nuclear capabilities. Those capabilities in conjunction with its behavior and rhetoric place it at the forefront of the challenges facing NATO. No other challenge on the horizon raises the spectre of such wholesale destruction. Deterring conflict and Russia’s attempts to reassert its sphere of influence is therefore a central priority”, the report reads.
According to Congressman Turner, priorities for NATO must include: “acknowledge[ing] the nature and extent of the threat posed by Russia; bolster[ing] nuclear deterrence; enhanc[ing] NATO’s forward defense in the East; giv[ing] NATO’s missile defense a new impetus; and continue[ing] efforts to reverse past cuts in defense budgets.”
Congressman Turner will address NATO’s leaders at the Warsaw Summit on behalf of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.Read More
Congressman Turner released the following statement after FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI has concluded its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified emails:
“I believe it is in the best interest of the country that the independent counsel statute is reauthorized to review the findings of the FBI’s investigation into Secretary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information, and to make an independent and impartial decision about whether to prosecute the former Secretary for potential criminal activity.
“The investigation by the FBI is steeped in political bias, especially considering that former President Bill Clinton met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch just days before the FBI announced its decision. The role of the independent counsel is to keep investigations honest and prosecutorial decisions independent of the political, personal, and financial conflicts of interest that undermine accountability in government. It is time for Secretary Clinton to be held accountable for her extremely careless actions.”
In May, Congressman Turner introduced H.R. 5271, the Independent Counsel Reauthorization Act of 2016, which would reinstate the role of Congress in requesting independent investigations of senior Administration officials and require the Attorney General to conduct preliminary investigations when she is provided with specific and credible information alleging that a high-ranking official committed a serious federal crime.
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.
The United States Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Congressman Mike Turner’s district, awarded GE Aviation a $1 billion contract to continue maturing its three-steam adaptive cycle engine via the Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP). Congressman Turner released the following statement:
“I congratulate GE on the continuation of their revolutionary aircraft engine program. GE’s work with the Air Force, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base specifically, is crucial to the success of our military, country, and community. I look forward to the continued work this contract will bring to Southwest Ohio."
Today, President Barack Obama proposed increased military cooperation with Russia in Syria. The President has proposed that the US would provide Russia with military resources and intelligence in Syria. In exchange, the President has asked Russia to pressure President Bashar Al-Assad to cease attacks against moderate opposition groups. Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement:
“Russia continues to occupy significant portions of Ukraine and Georgia, challenge US military vessels in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, and is threatening NATO allies. It is incomprehensible that President Obama would agree to share US intelligence and military resources with Russia. President Obama must return to the drawing board and formulate a decisive plan to defeat and destroy ISIS.”
Congressman Turner, President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement on the British referendum.
“The British people voted last night to leave the European Union. It is their sovereign right and decision. I am convinced that the United Kingdom will continue to play a decisive role in favor of European stability and prosperity.
“This decision will not affect the United Kingdom’s pivotal role in NATO. The Alliance is united in its response to the many complex challenges, which affect the security of Europe and North America today. I expect that the NATO Summit in Warsaw next month will reaffirm NATO’s role as the cornerstone of our common security, and our resolve to defend our citizens."
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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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