Michael Turner

Michael Turner

OHIO's 10th DISTRICT

TURNER Works to Reauthorize the Independent Counsel Statute

2016/05/25

Congressman Turner released the following statement after introducing H.R. 5271, the Independent Counsel Reauthorization Act of 2016, which would reauthorize the independent counsel statute to reinstate the role of Congress in requesting independent investigations of the Administration.

“Whether it is the IRS targeting taxpayers for their political beliefs, or Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the Administration has refused to appoint non-partisan, independent investigators to lead these efforts.  Congress must take action to ensure that these investigations are impartial, professional, and free of political motivation. 

“This bill would reauthorize the independent counsel statute to reinstate the role of Congress in requesting independent investigations of the Administration.  The House continues to conduct hearings and hold government official accountable to the taxpayers, and the Administration should do the same.”

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:

  • Arthur Christy - relating to allegations of illegal drug use by President Jimmy Carter's Chief of Staff Hamilton Jordan, 1978
  • Leon Silverman - relating to allegations that Secretary of Labor Labor Raymond Donovan had connections to organized crime, 1981–84
  • Lawrence E. Walsh - relating to the Iran-Contra affair, 1986–93
  • Kenneth Starr and Robert Ray - relating to the suicide of Vince Foster, the Whitewater scandal, and the Lewinsky scandal, 1994-2001

The independent counsel statute expired June 30th, 1999.

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TURNER Introduces CRIB Act

2016/05/25

Congressman Turner released the following statement after introducing the bipartisan CRIB Act which would help cover the treatment costs of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a withdrawal condition in newborns often caused by opioids and other addictive substances in pregnant women.

This is a companion bill to the CRIB Act Senator Sherrod Brown recently introduced in the Senate. 

“I am proud to lead this effort in the House and fight for those who are born addicted to opioids. This bill would help organizations like Brigid’s Path, which provide inpatient medical care for drug-exposed newborns,” said Congressman Turner. “The opioid epidemic has swept through our communities and we must work together to end addiction for those innocent children beginning their lives.” 

Congressman Turner has been fighting the opioid epidemic in Dayton since 2013:

•    December 18, 2013: Toured Soin Medical Center, where issue of Heroin-Exposed Newborns was raised.

•    March 10, 2014: Met with area hospitals to discuss the growing issue of Heroin-Exposed Newborns.

•    May 15, 2014: Visited Dayton Children’s Hospital NICU to discuss infant heroin exposure and the withdrawal and recovery process.

•    June 30, 2014: Held a Community Forum on the Effects of the Heroin Epidemic on Newborns.

•    August 27, 2014: Visited the Women’s Recovery Center.

•    May 2015: Held Community Summit on Heroin-Exposed Infants.

•    August 21, 2015: Toured Greene County Jail and Green Leaf Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program; met with criminal justice system administrators and substance abuse and mental health leadership.

•    November 18, 2015: Met with ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli and introduced the TREAT Act with Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (MA-3).

•    May 12, 2016: The House passed an amendment he cosponsored to increase access to treatment for pregnant women struggling with substance abuse.

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ICYMI: TURNER Praises FY17 NDAA Passage

2016/05/19

Congressman Turner joined House Republicans this morning to proudly announce the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2017:

"The National Defense Authorization Act is about supporting our men and women in uniform and ensuring that we return our armed forces to a state of readiness.” 

Click here to watch his full remarks.

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TURNER Anti-Censorship Provision Takes Next Step

2016/05/18

Congressman Turner released the following statement upon Appropriations Committee approval of the FY2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, which includes a provision he requested to prevent the Library of Congress from unilaterally censoring and eliminating its subject headings “Aliens” and “Illegal Aliens”:

“The Committee’s approval of this legislation brings us one step closer to preventing the Library of Congress from advancing these partisan interests and censorship. The Library of Congress is undermining its credibility and ignoring its responsibility to provide the American people with impartial and accurate access to its many resources.”

On March 22nd the Library of Congress announced its decision to unilaterally revise its subject heading “Aliens” and eliminate its subject heading “Illegal Aliens.” 

On April 14th, Congressman Turner sent a letter to the Chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee Tom Graves requesting language be included in the FY17 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill that would prohibit the Library of Congress from carrying out these changes. 

On April 20th, the Legislative Branch Subcommittee advanced the FY17 funding measure, which included the provision requested by Congressman Turner. 

On May 17, the Appropriations Committee approved the measure, which now awaits consideration on the House floor. 

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TURNER Continues to Fight for National Defense and WPAFB

2016/05/18

Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement after the House passed the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“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 can meet those threats head on. The FY2017 NDAA provides our men and women in uniform with the resources needed to support and defend our country.

“Additionally, I am proud of the work executed by my subcommittee to address the importance of readiness and responsiveness for our warfighters as we look to modernize against current and future threats.”

The FY2017 NDAA also includes the provisions of the Prevent Retaliation and Open Transparency to Expand Care for Troops (PROTECT) Act. The PROTECT Act combats sexual assault in the military by calling for increased transparency in the military justice system, greater protection for survivors and witnesses from retaliation, better survivor access to court information and an increase focus on treatment for male survivors of sexual assault. Both Congressman Turner and Congresswoman Tsongas, co-chairs of the Military Sexual Assault and Prevention Caucus, introduced the PROTECT Act earlier this year.

The PROTECT Act increases transparency and protects survivors and those affected by sexual assault in the military. Our servicemen and women sacrifice so much for our country and they deserve to be protected against retaliation that often coincides with sexual assault,” said Rep. Turner. “Rep. Tsongas and I have fought together for years for those who need it most and I appreciate her continued dedication and support of our nation’s military.”

Included below is a breakdown of provisions championed by Congressman Turner in the FY17 NDAA:

Sexual Assault in the Military

Recent reports and testimony, including witnesses at the Judicial Proceedings Panel, have highlighted deficiencies in the military system that often leaves survivors unprotected, without access to basic court documents and information. In addition, the military criminal justice system currently does not designate a crime to specifically punish acts of professional retaliation against survivors and witnesses of crimes, and instances of retaliation are often investigated by untrained or under-trained personnel. 

The PROTECT Act would:

  • Create a specific article in the Uniform Code of Military Justice criminalizing professional retaliation against victims and witnesses of crimes. 
  •  Require retaliation-specific investigation training for Department of Defense (DOD) investigators.
  • Require DOD to report data on sexual assaults against spouses, intimate partners, and children to Congress.
  • Require the DOD to create a website where victims, witnesses, and members of the public can access key court-martial information, including docketed court dates, key court documents, and records of trial.
  •  Encourage the DOD to provide treatment options, including intensive therapy, to male victims of sexual assault.

Army Force Strength POSTURE ACT

“As the Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, I have seen the crippling effects of mindless budget cuts on the military forced by sequestration,” said Rep Turner.  “Recent briefings from the U.S. Army and a hearing I chaired on the findings of the National Commission on the Future of the Army confirmed the strain these cuts put on our troops.  We must properly fund our defense department to ensure the security and rights of the American people are maintained. Furthermore, proper defense funding allows for trust with our allies, deters aggression, shapes security environments and wins wars.”

The POSTURE Act would: 

  • Ensure 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. 

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

“I am proud of the provisions in this year’s NDAA that would support Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Wright-Patterson is critical to our Air Force, country, state, and the Dayton community. The legislation continues to bolster the robust portfolio that Wright-Patterson facilitates each day, keeping Americans safe at home and abroad.”

Protection of Child Custody Rights for Members of the Armed Forces:

Annual notification and pre-deployment notification to Service members of their parental rights under the Service Members Civil Relief Act.

Attendance at Professional and Technical Conferences:

In last year’s bill Congressman Turner included a provision requiring the DoD to review current policies of personnel participation in professional and technical conferences. This year, Congressman Turner built off that success to further ensure our military personnel working in fields such as engineering and science and technology are not restricted. 

Improved Security Gate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base:

Congressman Turner ensured the bill provided funding for increased security at Wright Patterson. Congressman Turner has worked with Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, the commander of the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson, to urge action to improve security measures on the sprawling base.

Technology Transfer:

Building off of a successful push from last year’s NDAA on technology transfer capabilities, Congressman Turner included language ensuring the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is permitted to leverage private sector capabilities in order to provide the warfighters the newest technologies.

Hypersonics Research:

Congressman Turner ensured the bill provided increased funding for Hypersonics research. The DoD has placed urgency on the important development of Hypersonic Systems.  These systems have the ability to travel Mach 5 plus and at very high altitudes and are pivotal to the maintaining U.S. Air Dominance.

Autonomous Systems Research:

Congressman Turner included language to increase funding for advanced research into the development of “human-machine teaming”. The Air Force has identified Autonomy as a “game changing” technology. Autonomous Systems, which can facilitate decision-making at the speed of computing, offer distinct advantages for Airmen and the Air Force’s mission at large. 

Collaboration between AFRL and other Ohio Research Labs:

Congressman Turner ensured the bill provided increased funding for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s collaborative work with other Ohio based research labs. Southwest Ohio has become a hub of scientific and technical innovation for the Air Force, and the Department of Defense at-large. AFRL at Wright-Patterson is integral to the development, integration, and discovery of new technologies and capabilities to address a broad range of emerging threats. 

Supporting AFRL and other research laboratories

Congressman Turner proudly cosponsored a provision offered by Rep. Tsongas that makes permanent an authority that allows Department of Defense laboratories to provide funds for research and development of technologies for critical military missions.

UAS Research Collaboration:

Congressman Turner included language this year to support the collaboration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) research between the DoD, NASA, and the FAA. The use of UAS have significantly increased, with continued strong projected growth. Collaboration between the federal agencies involved in UAS flight and research is key to integrating UAS into the national air space for military purposes.

Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio

This year, Congressman Turner included a provision that would allow the plant to maximize use of the facility while improving efficiencies through a pilot program that promotes cost savings. Congressman Turner continues to fight to protect the production lines and the skilled, technical workers at the Lima tank plant.

Tactical Air & Land Forces Subcommittee

The Tactical Air and Land Forces proposal works to ensure our military retains strength and agility with respect to air and land force modernization strategies, and provides the funding and authorization necessary to retain overmatch against current and future threats. Consistent with previous NDAA activity, the proposal continues to recognize that a vital industrial base at every level is critical to the long-term effectiveness and operational capability of the force.

Tactical Air & Land Forces Subcommittee Programmatic Summaries

  • Advances the development and procurement of lighter, stronger and more advanced personal protective equipment systems for all soldiers, while also ensuring women entering combat roles are fully and correctly equipped.
  • Authorizes multiyear procurement authorities for UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and AH-64 Apache Attack helicopters to generate better cost savings for the taxpayer and provide the most modernized helicopters for the active and reserve components.
  • Requires the Secretary of Defense to develop munition strategies for each of the Combatant Commands in order to better assess critical munition requirements and inventory shortfalls.
  •  Continues to provide necessary oversight of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program with legislation requiring the GAO to review current sustainment strategies.
  • Stresses the importance of rapidly developing and fielding needed aircraft survivability equipment for helicopters and tactical aircraft.
  • Supports and encourages a more streamlined and accelerated approach to fielding vehicle active protection systems to better address emerging threats.

Unaccompanied Alien Children on CONUS military installations

Congressman Turner was a cosponsor of the READI Act, which prohibits the use of a military installation to house any alien unlawfully present in the United States. Congressman Turner supported Congressman Bridenstine’s (OK-1) amendment to prohibit housing Unaccompanied Alien Children on CONUS military installations.

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TURNER Congratulates Centerville Native On Senate Confirmation

2016/05/17

Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Centerville High School graduate, Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning, to be Secretary of the Army.

“I would like to congratulate Eric Fanning of Centerville, Ohio on becoming Secretary of the Army.  His dedication and service to our country is honorable. He has shown true leadership and our community can be proud to have him serving our nation. I look forward to working with him in the near future.”

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TURNER Amendment Continues Fight for Increasing Access to Treatment for Pregnant Women Recovering from Addiction

2016/05/12

Click here to watch Congressman Turner speak on the House floor in support of this amendment.

Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement upon House passage of an amendment he cosponsored to increase access to treatment for pregnant women struggling with substance abuse:

“I am proud to continue to fight for a better life for both babies and mothers who have been exposed to heroin and opioids.  This is a significant step forward in our effort to develop and implement a strategy that provides targeted intervention and takes significant steps to identify and treat this at-risk population. Now is the time for decisive, thoughtful action that seeks to provide the best possible start in life for our community’s children, and passage of this amendment is step towards achieving that goal.”

This amendment is another initiative undertaken by Congressman Turner to protect pregnant women and their babies from the dangerous effects of exposure to heroin and opioids.  Specifically, the amendment would help provide care for expectant mothers with substance abuse disorders and help put them on the path to recovery by expanding the eligible uses of existing grant funding available through the Department of Justice.  With this increased access to treatment, these mothers and their unborn children stand to benefit.  

Congressman Turner has been fighting this issue in Southwest Ohio since 2013:

  • December 18, 2013: Toured Soin Medical Center, where issue of Heroin-Exposed Newborns was raised.
  • March 10, 2014: Met with area hospitals to discuss the growing issue of Heroin-Exposed Newborns.
  • May 15, 2014: Visited Dayton Children’s Hospital NICU to discuss infant heroin exposure and the withdrawal and recovery process.
  • June 30, 2014: Held a Community Forum on the Effects of the Heroin Epidemic on Newborns.
  • August 27, 2014: Visited the Women’s Recovery Center.
  • May 2015: Held Community Summit on Heroin-Exposed Infants.
  • August 21, 2015: Toured Greene County Jail and Green Leaf Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program; met with criminal justice system administrators and substance abuse and mental health leadership.
  • November 18, 2015: Met with ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli and introduced the TREAT Act with Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (MA-3).

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TURNER Recognizes Service Academy Appointees

2016/05/03

Congressman Turner released the following statement after announcing students from the tenth district who have been nominated to attend the U.S. Service Academies:

“Year after year, young men and women at such a young age raise their hand and volunteer to serve and protect this country. I am honored to recognize these students who will be attending Service Academies next year and representing Southwest, Ohio with great pride and patriotism.”

In order for a student to be considered for a military academy appointment, he or she must be recommended by an authorized nominating source. This could include the President, Vice President, a Member of the Senate or a Member of the House of Representatives.

Receiving a nomination is only the first step in the process of receiving an offer of appointment to a U.S. military service academy. Students must qualify academically and are subject to character, leadership physical fitness, medical fitness and motivation evaluations. 

To attend the United States Naval Academy:

  • Jared Fuerst – Fairborn, OH
  • Eric Towe – Vandalia, OH
  • David Vine – Dayton, OH 

To attend the United States Air Force Academy:

  • Michael Chuck – Beavercreek, OH
  • Matthew Kuhn – Centerville, OH
  • Tyler Wiederholt – Bellbrook, OH

To attend the United States Air Force Prep Academy:

  • Callie Wolfenberger – Beavercreek, OH

To attend the United States Military Academy (West Point):

  • Alexander Decker – Kettering, OH
  • Holly Hulett – Bellbrook, OH
  • Gavin Tom – Spring Valley, OH

To attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy:

  • Caitlin Erbacher – Fairborn, OH

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TURNER Continues to Fight to Keep WPAFB Safe

2016/05/02

Congressman Turner released the following statement regarding his recent vote to prohibit unaccompanied alien children from being housed at military bases:

“Security throughout the City of Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is critically important. It is irresponsible and dangerous to allow unaccompanied illegal alien children to be housed at our military installations. This is an issue of safety and security for our service members, our community, and the children themselves. Additionally, the base is not equipped for such a mission especially, while our military is struggling to meet our national security demands.”

Last week, the House Armed Services Committee considered the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which included a provision to prohibit housing unaccompanied alien children on military installations in the continental United States. In addition to supporting the amendment, Congressman Turner is also a cosponsor of the READI Act, legislation that prohibits the use of a military installation to house any alien unlawfully present in the United States. 

The FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act now awaits full consideration in the house. 

Congressman Turner has continued to urge the City of Dayton to rescind the invitation to illegal immigrants and refugees to come to Dayton.

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TURNER Fights for Southwest Ohio and Wright Patterson AFB in FY 2017 NDAA

2016/04/28

 

Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee marked up the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“The FY2017 NDAA provides our men and women in uniform with the resources needed to keep Americans safe at home and abroad. As our nation continues to address some of the most complex security challenges in recent history, we must ensure our military can meet those threats head on.

“Additionally, I am proud of the steps we are taking to protect the responsiveness of our national defense capabilities and provide the necessary resources to modernize our military to combat future threats.”

The FY2017 NDAA also includes the provisions of the Prevent Retaliation and Open Transparency to Expand Care for Troops (PROTECT) Act which calls for increased transparency in the military justice system, greater protection for survivors and witnesses from retaliation, better survivor access to court information, and an increased focus on treatment for male survivors of sexual assault. Both Congressman Turner and Congresswoman Tsongas, co-chairs of the Military Sexual Assault and Prevention Caucus, introduced the PROTECT Act earlier this year.

The PROTECT Act works to increase transparency and protect survivors and those affected by this crime. Our servicemen and women sacrifice so much for our country and they deserve to know they are protected against the retaliation that often coincides with this crime” said Rep. Turner. “Rep. Tsongas and I have worked together over the years to fight for those who need it most and I appreciate her ongoing dedication to our nation’s military.”

Included below is a breakdown of provisions championed by Congressman Turner in the FY17 NDAA:

Sexual Assault in the Military

Recent reports and testimony, including witnesses at the Judicial Proceedings Panel, have highlighted deficiencies in the military system that often leaves survivors unprotected, without access to basic court documents and information. In addition, the military criminal justice system currently does not designate a crime to specifically punish acts of professional retaliation against survivors and witnesses of crimes, and instances of retaliation are often investigated by untrained or under-trained personnel. 

The PROTECT Act would:

  • Create a specific article in the Uniform Code of Military Justice criminalizing professional retaliation against victims and witnesses of crimes. 
  •  Require retaliation-specific investigation training for Department of Defense (DOD) investigators.
  • Require DOD to report data on sexual assaults against spouses, intimate partners, and children to Congress.
  • Require the DOD to create a website where victims, witnesses, and members of the public can access key court-martial information, including docketed court dates, key court documents, and records of trial.
  •  Encourage the DOD to provide treatment options, including intensive therapy, to male victims of sexual assault.

Army Force Strength POSTURE ACT

“As the Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, I have seen first hand the effects sequestration has had on our military,” said Rep Turner.  “These concerns have been reinforced by recent briefings from the U.S. Army and a hearing I chaired on the findings of the National Commission on the Future of the Army.  We must pre-empt future degradations of the ability of the Land Forces of the United States to safeguard the security and rights of the American people and to assure our allies, deter aggression, shape security environments and win wars.

The POSTURE Act would:

- Ensure 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.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

“I am proud of the language included in this year’s NDAA that will support Wright-Patterson Air Force Base which is critical to our country and to Southwest Ohio. The provisions continue to bolster the robust portfolio that Wright-Patterson facilitates each day, keeping Americans safe at home and abroad.”

Protection of Child Custody Rights for Members of the Armed Forces:

     - Annual notification and pre-deployment notification to Service members of their parental rights under the Service Members Civil Relief Act.

Attendance at Professional and Technical Conferences:

     - In last year’s bill Congressman Turner included a provision requiring the DoD to review current policies of personnel participation in professional and technical conferences. This year, Congressman Turner built off that success to further ensure our military personnel working in fields such as engineering and science and technology are not restricted.

Improved Security Gate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base:

     - Congressman Turner ensured the bill provided funding for increased security at Wright Patterson. Congressman Turner has worked with Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, the commander of the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson, to urge action to improve security measures on the sprawling base.

 Technology Transfer:

     - Building off of a successful push from last year’s NDAA on technology transfer capabilities, Congressman Turner included language ensuring the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is permitted to leverage private sector capabilities in order to provide the warfighters the newest technologies.

Hypersonics Research:

     - Congressman Turner ensured the bill provided increased funding for Hypersonics research. The DoD has placed urgency on the important development of Hypersonic Systems.  These systems have the ability to travel Mach 5 plus and at very high altitudes and are pivotal to the maintaining U.S. Air Dominance.

Autonomous Systems Research:

     - Congressman Turner included language to increase funding for advanced research into the development of “human-machine teaming”. The Air Force has identified Autonomy as a “game changing” technology. Autonomous Systems, which can facilitate decision-making at the speed of computing, offer distinct advantages for Airmen and the Air Force’s mission at large. 

Collaboration between AFRL and other Ohio Research Labs:

     - Congressman Turner ensured the bill provided increased funding for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s collaborative work with other Ohio based research labs. Southwest Ohio has become a hub of scientific and technical innovation for the Air Force, and the Department of Defense at-large. AFRL at Wright-Patterson is integral to the development, integration, and discovery of new technologies and capabilities to address a broad range of emerging threats.

Supporting AFRL and other research laboratories

     - Congressman Turner proudly cosponsored a provision offered by Rep. Tsongas that makes permanent an authority that allows Department of Defense laboratories to provide funds for research and development of technologies for critical military missions.

UAS Research Collaboration:

     - Congressman Turner included language this year to support the collaboration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) research between the DoD, NASA, and the FAA. The use of UAS have significantly increased, with continued strong projected growth. Collaboration between the federal agencies involved in UAS flight and research is key to integrating UAS into the national air space for military purposes.

Tactical Air & Land Forces Subcommittee

The Tactical Air and Land Forces proposal works to ensure our military retains strength and agility with respect to air and land force modernization strategies, and provides the funding and authorization necessary to retain overmatch against current and future threats. Consistent with previous NDAA activity, the proposal continues to recognize that a vital industrial base at every level is critical to the long-term effectiveness and operational capability of the force.

Tactical Air & Land Forces Subcommittee Programmatic Summaries

  • Advances the development and procurement of lighter, stronger and more advanced personal protective equipment systems for all soldiers, while also ensuring women entering combat roles are fully and correctly equipped.
  • Authorizes multiyear procurement authorities for UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and AH-64 Apache Attack helicopters to generate better cost savings for the taxpayer and provide the most modernized helicopters for the active and reserve components.
  • Requires the Secretary of Defense to develop munition strategies for each of the Combatant Commands in order to better assess critical munition requirements and inventory shortfalls.
  •  Continues to provide necessary oversight of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program with legislation requiring the GAO to review current sustainment strategies.
  • Stresses the importance of rapidly developing and fielding needed aircraft survivability equipment for helicopters and tactical aircraft.
  • Supports and encourages a more streamlined and accelerated approach to fielding vehicle active protection systems to better address emerging threats.

Unaccompanied Alien Children on CONUS military installations

Congressman Turner was a cosponsor of the READI Act, which prohibits the use of a military installation to house any alien unlawfully present in the United States. Congressman Turner supported Congressman Bridenstine’s (OK-1) amendment to prohibit housing Unaccompanied Alien Children on CONUS military installations.

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Rep. Mike Turner Floor Speech on NDAA and Military Sexual Assault Reforms

2013-12-12 20:59:08


Congressman Mike Turner on Pearl Harbor Day

2013-12-07 17:27:44


Congressman Turner on WHIO at GM Moraine Plant

2013-11-26 16:52:45


Congressman Mike Turner One Minute Floor Speech on Sequestration Effects on Business

2013-11-20 17:40:13


Rep. Mike Turner Nov. 13 Floor Speech on Sequestration

2013-11-14 15:50:23


Congressman Mike Turner Talks about Child Custody Legislation

2013-11-07 16:42:15


On This Day: Ohio Natives Patent Cash Register

2013-11-04 20:54:24


Chairman Turner Opening Statement at Tactical Air and Land Hearing

2013-10-25 04:42:23


Turner Statement on Debt Ceiling Vote

2013-10-17 18:46:30


Congressman Turner Closing Statement on HR 3223 - Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act

2013-10-05 15:07:47


Opening statements on HR 3223 the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act.

2013-10-05 15:02:15


Turner Floor Speech on Civilian Furloughs

2013-10-04 19:11:09


Varney & Co.

2013-09-20 17:48:24


Congressman Mike Turner Questions the Joint Chiefs of Staff Concerning Sequestration in FY 2014

2013-09-18 21:15:02


Congressman Mike Turner Questions Members of SIGTARP, the GAO, and the President's Auto Task Force

2013-09-17 20:57:15


Congressman Mike Turner Delivers Opening Remarks During House OGR Hearing

2013-09-17 20:57:01


Congressman Turner Challenges Secretary Hagel on Wright-Patterson Funds and Syria Costs

2013-09-10 19:52:58


Congressman Mike Turner Talks Syria and Seuqestration with Varney and Co

2013-09-09 19:15:31


Congressman Mike Turner Discusses U.S. Military Intervention in Syria and Sequestration (CNN)

2013-09-09 19:15:31


Congressman Mike Turner Talks with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business Concerning Action in Syria

2013-09-09 19:15:31


Contact Information

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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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