Washington, DC - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) and Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee Chairman Michael Turner (R-OH) made the following the joint statement following NATO reports of Russian troops operating inside Ukraine:
"If reports prove accurate that Putin has in fact sent over 1,000 troops into Ukraine to support and fight alongside Russian-backed separatists, this is an act of war against the sovereign state of Ukraine."
"This alleged invasion follows Putin’s aggressive armament of Russian-backed separatists, located in Eastern Ukraine's disputed territory, that resulted in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and killed hundreds of civilians last month."
"The President needs to definitively state whether or not Russia has invaded Ukraine and immediately condemn this overt escalation of an already serious conflict.”
*Congressman Turner also serves as Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Dayton, OH— Today, Congressman Michael Turner toured the Women’s Recovery Center in Greene County, Ohio and saw first hand how Director Michele Cox and her team are acting to help both mothers and babies cope with heroin dependency.
“Today, I was honored to visit the Women’s Recovery Center in Greene County Ohio.
Director Michele Cox and her team have been able to offer life-changing assistance to mothers and babies throughout our community who are coping with heroin addition and its harmful effects.
I look forward to continuing to partner with the experts at the Women’s Recovery Center as we develop a community response to combat this growing problem,” said Congressman Turner.
The Dayton area has a growing and recognized issue with heroin use and overdose. However, until recently, little has been documented in the way of the heroin epidemic’s impact on infants being born to addicted mothers.
In December, Terry Burns, President at Soin Medical Center, brought this growing and largely unrecognized problem to the attention of Congressman Turner.
Since that time, Congressman Turner has taken a series of steps to confront this widespread and increasing problem.
In March, Congressman Turner brought together regional medical experts for an initial, exculpatory meeting in his District Office.
In May, Congressman Turner visited the NICU at Dayton Children’s to see the work their nurses were undertaking to combat and treat infant drug withdrawal.
This June, Congressman Turner partnered with the Greater Dayton Hospital Association to host a Community Forum on Heroin Exposed Newborns that brought together relevant partners throughout southwest Ohio to begin to develop a community response to this issue.
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I think what the Administration needs to do is come forward with a plan.
Right now, they have no coordinated plan. We have no stated goals and objectives.
The Administration has made inconsistent statements as to whether or not even they see ISIS as a threat to the West or the United States.
British Prime Minister Cameron has clearly stated ISIS is a threat to the West.
This Administration seems to be waffling on what the threat is and how to approach it, so it's difficult to galvanize the American public or certainly Congress behind the Administration without a strategy and a plan.Read More
ANDREA MITCHELL: Well among the critics, by the way all of you, is General Jim Jones—James Jones—the first National Security Advisor to President Obama. He wrote, “Mr. Maliki’s failure to unify Iraq’s diverse populations is the chief cause of the current crisis, but Washington bears some of the blame for not taking timely action that could have limited this summer’s chaos. The Obama administration could have maintained a limited military training presence in Iraq after 2011; could have acted in Syria last year hone the chemical weapons “red line” was crossed; and could have in sited that Mr. Maliki arm the Kurds. But what matters more is what the U.S. can do now.” Congressman, I think you were against going to Syria, were against military action—
REP. MIKE TURNER: Well, what the President needs is a strategy and a plan. I think why he failed to garner the support for the action that he proposed in Syria was because he did not have a strategy and a plan, and we still see the failure of that.
The failure in his foreign policy and the neglect, as Anne was saying, as this threat evolved in Syria— ISIS didn’t evolve out of thin air—they were emerging. And then also the neglect of the Administration to work with Iraq. We see how unstable Iraq is and how threatened they can be by ISIS.
And then this very odd red line that the President established with the Yazidis. And instead instead of when ISIS was establishing a stronghold with major infrastructure, threatening Baghdad, mass killings, tens of thousands of refugees, he Administration only took action when there was a humanitarian issues.
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ANDREA MITCHELL: Congressman, is it too late? Because we now have a new prime minister, but he’s been critical of the Kurds in the past. We’ve yet to be proved that he is really going to be inclusive
REP. MIKE TURNER: Well, this is a time for the President to engage. We’ve seen again as a result of the neglect that the President has had in his foreign policy in respect to Iraq—the instability that has occurred. But the President also has to come to the recognition that ISIS is a threat to the United States.
British Prime Minister Cameron wrote in an oped that he sees ISIS as a threat to Britian and to the British. Certainly this President needs to make the case and I think his policies should reflect this: this is not just a threat to a stable Iraq, this is a threat to our national security.
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Dayton, OH—Today, The Washington Post reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has written a letter to potential receiver sites stating, “HHS is no longer seeking facilities for temporary shelters for unaccompanied children at this time.”
For the last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has sought temporary shelters throughout the country to house illegal immigrant children who are crossing the southern border of the United States.
During that time, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley has been in contact with HHS and unilaterally expressed Dayton’s willingness to house illegal immigrant children in southwest Ohio. Mayor Whaley also suggested two potential receiver sites located in the City of Dayton.
“In our community, Mayor Whaley’s proposal was met with a groundswell of resistance from local elected officials, key members of local law enforcement and concerned citizens who opposed housing an unspecified number of illegal immigrants in the City of Dayton and its surrounding neighborhoods,” said Congressman Turner.
"I was grateful to partner with elected officials and local leaders in Dayton to write to the President and ensure the administration was aware that Mayor Whaley's proposal did not have the support of our region and that the cost of providing for these illegal immigrants would have had a severe negative impact on our ability to continue providing basic services to our community,” said Congressman Turner.
"While I am pleased to hear that HHS is no longer seeking facilities for temporary shelters for unaccompanied children at this time, a great deal of uncertainty remains about the security of our border and the Obama Administration’s enforcement of our immigration laws.
As new details and developments concerning this crisis emerge, I will continue to monitor the situation closely and work hard to make certain that our Dayton community can provide services to the people in Southwest Ohio,” said Congressman Turner.
Washington, DC—Following reports that students throughout the country are losing their jobs and having their hours restricted because of an ObamaCare requirement, Congressman Michael Turner introduced the Student Job Protection Act.
ObamaCare requires certain employers to provide health insurance to employees working 30 hours or more a week or pay a tax.
This requirement imposes a financial burden on many colleges and universities, forcing them to restrict work hours for students seeking employment at their schools.
The Student Job Protection Act would exempt full-time students who are also employed by the college or university from this requirement.
“This legislation would remove a significant barrier for full-time students working at their colleges and universities and ensure that they are able to keep the jobs and the work hours necessary to help them afford the rising cost of higher education,” said Turner.
Washington, D.C.—This week, in response to the escalating border crisis, Congressman Michael Turner (R-OH) partnered with Crime Subcommittee Chairman and former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), to introduce the UAC State Authority Act.
This legislation would give states the right to reject federal government proposals to establish housing facilities for unaccompanied alien children (UAC) within their borders.
The bill requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to notify a state governor prior to any transfer of UACs to his or her state.
“The ability of the federal government to hand-pick a city, county, or state as a UAC receiver site without first consulting the governor’s office disregards the real impact these decisions have on regional communities and significantly diminishes states’ rights,” said Turner.
Following this notification, HHS would be compelled to provide the states with a 90-day review period, allowing for open comment and input from key law enforcement, community, and regional stakeholders.
At the end of the 90 days, the governor would then have a 10-day right-of-refusal period during which he or she could submit an objection to the proposed transfer to the Secretary of HHS. If a governor does object, then the Secretary is prohibited from implementing the proposed relocation.
“This legislation would allow the governor to make the decision and end local mayors unilaterally welcoming the federal government to place unaccompanied alien children within the state.” said Turner. “Governors must be the decision makers because the increased burden of housing these illegal immigrants ultimately falls to the states and extends across multiple agencies, communities, and jurisdictions."
It has been widely reported that governors throughout the country have expressed frustration with the federal government’s unilateral placement of UACs in their states.
For example, Gov. Paul Le Page of Maine stated that it is "wrong for the federal government to force a higher burden on the people of Maine to pay for those who come to our country illegally, especially when the government secretly places illegal aliens in our state without our knowledge,” following reports that eight children were placed in his state without his knowledge.
Moreover, Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma has expressed that “many of our public schools are already at capacity and need additional funding,” Fallin said. "Our health-care system is strained as it is. Now, instead of allowing us to address those needs for Oklahomans, President Obama is forcing us to add an unspecified number of illegal immigrants to our public education and public health systems.”
“The UAC State Authority Act would give all governors the opportunity to advocate on behalf of their states and to ensure that an unsustainable burden isn’t placed on local law enforcement, education, healthcare, or housing,” said Turner.
“As a law enforcement official, I am very thankful that Congressman Turner has taken action," said Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer.
"This legislation would prevent mayors from unilaterally offering to house illegal immigrants in our communities.
We must protect the resources we have and use them to keep the citizens of our Dayton community safe," said Plummer.
Congressman Turner is an original co-sponsor of the legislation.
Dayton, OH—Five years ago today, more than 20,000 Delphi Salaried Retirees had their pensions unjustly terminated in the wake of the Obama Administration's failed bailout of General Motors.
Today, Congressman Mike Turner met with a group of Delphi Salaried Retirees from the Dayton-area in a closed door briefing to discuss the progress that has already been made and to identify what future action must be taken.
“Five years ago today, a taxpayer-funded bailout picked winners and losers and unfairly cost the Delphi Salaried Retirees their futures.
For the last five years, I have worked diligently alongside these retirees to hold the Obama Administration accountable.
Today, I am pleased to announce our latest initiative,” said Congressman Turner.
Recently, Josh Gotbaum, the director of the PBGC announced that he will retire in August.
This morning, Congressman Turner sent a letter to the President urging him to fill that position with an individual committed to transparency, accountability, and to providing the Delphi Salaried Retirees with final benefit determinations as quickly and accurately as possible (attached).
"For too long the PBGC has failed the Delphi Salaried Retirees.
I am hopeful that the President will heed my request as considers a nominee," said Congressman Turner.
"This injustice will not be tolerated or forgotten and we will continue to move ahead until the Delphi Salaried Retirees receive the full and equitable treatment they deserve,” said Congressman Turner.
With both Ohio U.S. Senators on the Senate Finance Committee, Congressman Turner has also written to Senator Portman and Senator Brown to further highlight this issue (attached)
Washington, D.C.—Today, following reports that Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense System has allowed Israel to endure more than 1,000 rocket attacks fired by Hamas without a single fatality, Congressman Michael Turner (OH-10), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces released the following statement:
“The Iron Dome system has drastically changed the dynamic in the recent fight between Israel and Hamas, allowing Israel to successfully defended itself from over 1,000 relentless rocket attacks without a single fatality.
I am proud to have a longstanding commitment to Israel’s air and missile defense systems. During my tenure as Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, my subcommittee provided over $600 million to the Iron Dome short-range rocket defense system,” said Congressman Turner.
While the exact percentage rate of successful intercepts by Iron Dome remains classified, the system has intercepted the overwhelming majority of rockets targeted for populated areas in Israel. According to reports by Israel Defense Forces (IDF), well over 160 rockets have been intercepted since this latest conflict first began.
“The continued success of the Iron Dome Missile Defense System underscores the imperative of our continued partnership with Israel. The strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship is clearly demonstrated by the collaborative effort to successfully develop and field the Iron Dome system,” said Congressman Turner.
To date, the House Armed Services Committee has authorized roughly $720 million for the development of Iron Dome. For FY15, President Obama has requested $176 million for the program. In response to a request for additional funding made by the Government of Israel, the House has passed language in the National Defense Authorization Act that would provide $351 million in FY15, an increase of roughly $175 million over the President’s request.
“I continue to strongly support the House’s position on the Iron Dome Missile Defense System and am committed to working with my colleagues in the Senate to ensure the system remains fully funded
The nation of Israel and its people have my full support as they withstand these most recent terrorist attacks," said Congressman Turner.
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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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@RepMikeTurner is having a roundtable discussion with local mayors today. We have a reporter there and will bring you the details.
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Great meeting this morning with the Mayors of OH-10. Thank you for all the work you do for our community http://t.co/xjKVBHU6bZ