Michael Turner

Michael Turner


Turner: Increasing U.S. exports of LNG will create American jobs


[[{"fid":"355","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"}}]] Increasing U.S. exports of LNG will create American jobs & bolster our strategic partnerships Click HERE to watch Congressman Turner: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, U.S. natural gas exports will create American jobs and will bolster our strategic partnerships. I serve as president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and many foreign officials have expressed their need for energy diversification. Russia, the largest supplier of natural gas to Europe, has repeatedly used natural gas pricing to draw governments closer to its orbit and punish western leaning governments with higher prices.  U.S. natural gas exports will foster a more dynamic and competitive world energy market, helping to curve the use of energy as a political weapon. And regardless of where U.S. natural gas is shipped, increasing supply in the global market will help provide international customers with greater choice and leverage to negotiate prices. In fact, Obama Administration officials have made this very same argument. The State Department’s energy envoy recently stated, and I quote: “Now, where the gas will go doesn’t matter.  The fact that we have approved exports of natural gas has already had an impact on Europe.  And where the molecule actually ends up going, also doesn’t matter.”  Now, I understand there have been questions about whether or not European countries, such as Ukraine, are prepared to receive U.S. natural gas. Many of our European allies are implementing infrastructure projects to diversify their natural gas resources. For example, Poland and Lithuania are opening LNG import terminals to reduce their dependence on Russian gas. And just last week, Poland and Ukraine announced an agreement to construct a pipeline that will allow Ukraine to access natural gas from two LNG import terminals, potentially from the United States. England and Spain already have contracts in place to receive U.S. natural gas. These are just a few examples of infrastructure projects which the State Department is advocating for to help Europe diversify its natural gas resources.  Mr. Speaker, last year, President Obama, in a joint statement with European leaders, welcomed U.S. natural gas exports to help our European allies and other strategic partners. While I am encouraged by the President’s statement, these words must be followed by action. The President must work with Congress to enact H.R. 351. I urge all of my colleagues to support the bill. *H.R. 351, The LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act, passed the House this morning with a bipartisan vote of 277-133.   ###   Read More

Turner Leads Members of Congress to Prepare for Brac


Putting Ohio Ahead of the Curve Members of Congress Prepare for BRAC: Today, Lawmakers Met to Identify Ways to Protect and Strengthen Ohio’s Military Assets Columbus, OH: Today, Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), Congressman Bill Johnson (OH-06), Congressman Steve Stivers (OH-15) and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) met with representatives from Ohio’s military installations in anticipation of BRAC to identify ways to protect, strengthen, and grow Ohio’s military assets.    Today’s meeting gave the lawmakers an opportunity to hear Ohio’s top military commanders directly outline the mission and capabilities of their individual installations.  Based on the information collected from today’s meeting, the lawmakers will work to formulate an action plan for protecting and potentially enhancing our state’s Department of Defense facilities in any future BRAC. Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces: “Today, we helped put Ohio ahead of the curve," said Turner.  "Ohio's military leaders and congressional representatives began a critically important conversation and established a strong commitment to coordination in the face of any future BRAC. Due to the devastating effects of sequestration, our Department of Defense is facing decreasing budgets and increasing pressures.  Going forward, this ongoing dialogue will help to identify our state's opportunities and vulnerabilities and enable the leaders of our state to play the best hand possible so that Ohio wins," said Turner. Congressman Bill Johnson (OH-06):  “Congressman Turner and I, along with other members of the Congressional delegation and their representatives participated in a listening session in Columbus today, and heard directly from several of Ohio’s distinguished military leaders on the status of Department of Defense facilities and organizations throughout the state.  I look forward to working with Governor Kasich to retain and expand Ohio’s defense infrastructure, and the important jobs that go with it,” said Johnson.   Congressman Steve Stivers (OH-15):  “I appreciated the opportunity to hear about the unique military capabilities and assets across the state of Ohio,” said Stivers.  “It is important for the Ohio delegation to work together as a team to effectively prepare for BRAC in order to successfully acquire and maintain new missions for our state in the future.  Today was a good step in that direction,” said Stivers. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09): Congresswoman Kaptur, a member of the House Defense Appropriations  Subcommittee added, "Ohio's Department of Defense assets greatly benefit our state and advance our national security. Is is important that our delegation has pledged to work together to ensure the role of our existing national defense facilities in Ohio and also work to broaden Ohio's defense preparedness mission in areas such as advanced manufacturing and cyber security."     Read More

Turner, Rogers: The U.S. Must Take Immediate Action to Change Putin’s Calculus


Washington, DC: Today, leaders of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) and Congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL), urged Secretary Hagel and Secretary Kerry to update the U.S. defense policy and force posture in Europe and respond assertively to President Putin’s ongoing threats to deploy nuclear weapons in Crimea. “We believe the U.S. must immediately take actions to respond to Russia’s threats to European security and to change President Putin’s calculus,” the lawmakers wrote.  “In our opinion, the Administration must immediately move to update the U.S. defense policy and force posture in Europe. These policies, which have not been updated to reflect that Russia has no interest in being a partner to the West, and, in fact, views the West as a military threat, were naive at inception and are simply dangerous at present.” Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces: “Despite the fact that the President’s ‘reset’ with Russia has been over for quite some time, the defense policy of the United States and our strategic capabilities in Europe still reflect an outdated and dangerously misguided view of Russia.  Putin’s position that he has both the right and the intention to deploy nuclear weapons in the Ukrainian territory of Crimea has further escalated his ongoing pattern of aggression and proven his flagrant disregard for international agreements and treaties. In order to change the outcome, we must face the reality in front of us: Putin is an adversary of the United States. It is imperative that President Obama, Secretary Kerry, Secretary Hagel and the rest of the Administration abandon the false narrative of what they want Russia to be and shift their focus, strategy, and posture to what Putin's actions are.”  Congressman Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Armed Service’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee:  “You don’t deal with a thug like Vladimir Putin by asking nicely.  He breaks treaties, he invades countries and then stations his nuclear forces on their soil, and he cozies up to terrorist regimes like Assad’s, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, and the mullahs in Tehran.  What’s next?  Who’s next?  Concessions on missile defense and arms control only emboldened the former KGB officer.  We cannot continue to wait for the Administration to wake up and see that then- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s ‘reset' was a failure from day one.   I have said repeatedly that I will work with the Administration if they show me they are taking these matters seriously.  For months I’ve been asking the Administration how they will prevent Putin from stationing his nuclear forces on Ukrainian soil in Crimea.  The Administration has no plan; the security of our allies cannot afford a continued delay.” Full text of the letter below:  [[{"fid":"354","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-full"}}]]   Read More

Turner Welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu


Washington, DC: Following reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress, Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement:  “The threat of violent Islamic Terrorism and the danger of a nuclear Iran are not isolated to any one part of the world. We must work together with the nation of Israel and all our allies to confront these global challenges.   I strongly support Speaker Boehner’s initiative and decision to invite Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress and am glad to hear that the Prime Minister has accepted his invitation. The nation of Israel and its people continue to have my full support.” ###   Read More

Turner: No Mention of Sequestration in the State of the Union


Washington, D.C.—Following President Obama’s State of the Union Address, Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement: “Despite the fact that there is wide, bipartisan agreement that sequestration is devastating to our Defense Department, tonight, in his State of the Union Address, the President failed to mention it. All of the Joint Chiefs have testified before the House Armed Services Committee that if the President’s sequestration continues in 2016, our military will come to a grinding halt.  Sequestration will affect mission readiness and our deployed personnel around the globe, while having deep impacts to vital national security installations like Wright-Paterson Air Force Base, and the corresponding civilian jobs within our southwest Ohio community and across the country. Tonight, I had hoped the President would put forth a plan to reverse the devastating effects of this harmful policy to provide our Servicemembers with the support, funding and certainty they need. Instead, he ignored the issue of sequestration all together.  National security is a constitutional responsibility and the President's failure to address sequestration in tonight’s speech is a a significant and meaningful omission.”  ### Read More

STATE OF THE UNION: Turner Welcomes his Guest: Speaker of the Ohio House, Cliff Rosenberger


Turner Welcomes his Guest: Speaker of the Ohio House, Cliff Rosenberger  [[{"fid":"351","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] Click HERE to watch  Question: What do you hope to hear from the President tonight?  Rep. Mike Turner: Well, I am very honored to have the Speaker of the Ohio House here with me today and as he certainly knows, one of the most important things that the President could say today is his commitment to a willingness to work together with a new Congress. As we step forward, he’s looking out at a much different Congress and the American public want all the various portions of the government to work together and to get along so we can move the economy forward, make certain our nation is safe, and certainly make certain that our country is working for them.  Question: What does this address mean for people in Ohio? Speaker Cliff Rosenberger: Well first off, I’m honored to be here with Congressman Turner who has really been out there on the forefront of making sure we take care of our troops, number one.  But I think what Ohioans really want is to finally see a government that will step up and lead and I think we are expecting this President to step up and lead. Lead on a worldwide basis, but also lead locally and domestically on helping free up our small businesses and entrepreneurs so that they can actually break the red tape and bureaucracy that continues to push them down.  We want to see something from the President that allows those who go on to higher education to be able to afford it and to be able to go out and continue to live the American dream.  Look we have great people in the state of Ohio with the best work force in the world. We just need to hear from the President tonight the ability to kind of step out of our way and let Ohio do its job, so that we can continue to succeed.  Read More

Defense News: Intel Seat Gives Turner Even More Influence


Intel Seat Gives Turner Even More Influence By: John Bennett January 15, 2015 Defense News  [[{"fid":"348","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"}}]] WASHINGTON — House Armed Services Committee member Mike Turner has secured a seat on the Intelligence Committee, giving the Ohio Republican added influence on national security issues. House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday tapped Turner, HASC's Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee chairman, for the intel panel. Over the past year, Turner has become more of a national figure — especially on national security issues. He was one of the most outspoken GOP critics of President Barack Obama's handling of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. "President Obama continues to ignore the obvious. Ukraine has been and continues to be invaded by Russian troops," Turner said late last year. "To counter this aggression, the president of the United States must at least be willing to acknowledge that Russia's actions are an invasion and a violation of Ukraine's sovereign territory." And he has been among the most vocal GOP voices in questioning the president's strategy for fighting the Islamic State. Turner has become a regular face on cable news networks, sometimes doing multiple hits a day — and almost always discussing national security matters. Just last week, Turner was called on to defend House Republican leaders' strategy to attach riders targeting Obama's immigration action to a must-pass Department of Homeland Security funding bill. "Well, remember, Wolf, if anything shuts down, it's not because Congress shuts it down. It's because the president either vetoes or is unwilling to take action," Turner told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Jan. 8. "If a bill is on his desk to fund Homeland Security but doesn't fund his effort to change the status of illegal immigrants and he vetoes that, he will be the one who shut down the [agency] without looking to what he should be focusing on," Turner said, "which is a global strategy which was called for the 9/11 Commission to address Islamic extremist and Islamic terrorism." He even was a guest last August on NBC's "Meet the Press" program, a shift typically reserved for Washington heavyweights. During that high-profile appearance, Turner sharply dubbed Obama's foreign policy approach in Iraq and Syria a "failure" that stemmed from "neglect." "This appointment grants me direct jurisdiction over all the national intelligence operations," Turner said in a statement. " This appointment — in conjunction with my Armed Services Subcommittee Chairmanship — grants me significant oversight jurisdiction over the Department of Defense and the United States intelligence community." Turner eyed a run for the full HASC chairmanship, but ultimately held fire. One Turner aide told Defense News last year that his boss was urged to run for chairman by people from across the defense-industrial-congressional complex. "Members from across the Republican spectrum — both junior and senior members — have come up to Mr. Turner and encouraged him to do this," the Turner aide said at the time. "It's all gamut of people: it's other members, it's industry people, and it's Pentagon people." Several GOP sources say Turner is setting himself up to seek that post at the end of just-installed Rep. Mac Thornberry's run leading the Armed Services Committee. Some in Washington see Turner as a rising star inside the House GOP caucus, with several current and former aides saying he has become one of the party's most articulate and forceful critics of the Obama administration. Seats on the Armed Services and Intelligence panels likely will only increase Turner's standing in the caucus. After all, another Republican leader led a HASC subcommittee and sat on the Intelligence panel in the last Congress: Thornberry. The committee assignments and his presence on television news programs means the 2016 presidential election gives him a chance to raise his profile even more. With former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tapped by almost every expert's overwhelming favorite to land the Democratic presidential nomination, Turner is poised to help the Republican nominee question her national security agenda. Turner as one of the GOP's national security go-to guys gives the party a young, energetic and articulate voice on the full range of defense and foreign policy issues to hit Clinton daily on cable news and regularly on the Sunday morning political shows. What's more, Turner's Ohio remains in the swing state category, and the GOP nominee likely would need to take the Buckeye state to upset Clinton. That could give Turner a role in helping the party achieve a major goal: Keeping the Clintons out of the White House. Read More

Turner Statement on ‘State of the Air Force'


Washington, DC: Following today’s State of the Air Force address from Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement:   “Reversing the harmful and devastating effects of sequestration remains my top priority in Congress. As Secretary James correctly outlined today, if the President’s sequestration returns in 2016, it will have severe and irreversible consequences for our Air Force and for the mission readiness of our airmen.  The President’s plan, as I predicted when I voted against this misguided policy, imposes irresponsible and massive cuts to our military, deeply impacts installations like Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and poses a direct threat to our national security. I am optimistic that with a Republican Senate and a larger House Republican majority, there will be increased momentum to find a solution for sequestration. The United States has the most talented Air Force in the world.  It is critically important that our airmen have the support, funding, and certainty they need to fully and successfully execute their missions." ### Read More

Turner Chosen to Serve on House Intelligence Committee


Washington, DC: Today, Speaker Boehner announced that Congressman Mike Turner was chosen to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) for the 114th Congress.  With this appointment, Congressman Turner is one of only two members of Congress to serve as both a House Armed Services Subcommittee Chairman and a member of the HPSCI. For the 114th Congress, Congressman Turner was also chosen to serve as the Chairman for the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee.  “It is an honor to be selected to serve on the House Intelligence Committee. This appointment—in conjunction with my Armed Services Subcommittee Chairmanship—grants me significant oversight jurisdiction over the Department of Defense and the United States intelligence community.” said Turner.  The House Intelligence Committee is charged with the oversight of the United States intelligence community and of the Administration. As a member of HPSCI, Congressman Turner will be routinely briefed on the United States' government’s most classified military and intelligence programs. “Last week’s attacks in Paris sent an international reminder about the critical importance of intelligence in our global fight against terrorism.  I look forward to working with Chairman Nunes and the other members of the committee to make certain our intelligence community has the support they need to accurately carry out their objectives and keep the American people safe,” said Turner.   Congressman Turner has long been a successful advocate for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), located at Wright-Patt. This year, Congressman Turner authored language included in the FY 2015 NDAA that led to the location of Foreign Material Exploitation (FME) facility at NASIC.   “The operations of WPAFB include a fundamental piece of the U.S. intelligence enterprise and the success of the mission is vital to our military and to U.S. national security. This appointment grants me direct jurisdiction over all the national intelligence operations, including those located at and supported by NASIC,” said Turner.  ### Read More

Turner Statement on Fuyao Announcement


Washington, DC: Following the announcement that Fuyao will add 750 more jobs at the former General Motors facility in the city of Moraine, Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement:  "Fuayo’s decision to not only locate, but to continue to expand and create jobs in the city of Moraine builds upon our community's role as a major center for the automobile industry.  Today’s announcement further underscores our region's unique capabilities and skilled and dedicated workforce. Thank you to the chair of Fuyao Group, Dewang Cao; it is a great honor to have an international business leader committed to our community."  Following the closure of the former General Motors Assembly Plant in 2008, Congressman Turner partnered with the city of Moraine and successfully fought to protect the plant from demolition.  Since that time, Congressman Turner has worked closely with city leaders, the Dayton Development Coalition, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and JobsOhio to ensure that the facility remained viable for innovative business leaders and job creators. ### 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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