Michael Turner

Michael Turner

OHIO's 10th DISTRICT

TURNER Statement on Shooting

2017/06/14

Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) released the following statement:

"As details of this shooting continue to unfold, my thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Scalise, the Capitol Police Officers wounded and those affected by this criminal attack. I would like to thank the Capitol Police and local law enforcement for their swift response."

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TURNER Questions Mattis About Trump Budget

2017/06/12

Chairman Mike Turner (OH-10) of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces questioned Secretary of Defense James Mattis about President Donald Trump’s proposed budget’s effects on readiness ahead of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018.

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TURNER Chairs Hearing on Trump Budget Shortfalls in Military Aviation Modernization

2017/06/07

Today, Chairman Mike Turner (OH-10) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces made the following opening remarks as prepared for delivery during a hearing about the shortfalls in military aviation modernization that will result from President Donald Trump’s budget for fiscal year 2018:

 

"The subcommittee meets today to review the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force aviation investment and modernization budget requests for fiscal year 2018.

 

I would like to welcome our distinguished panel of witnesses:

 

• Vice Admiral Paul Grosklags, Commander of the Naval Air Systems Command;

 

• Rear Admiral 'Chip' Miller, Director of the Navy’s Air Warfare Division;

 

• Lieutenant General Arnold Bunch, Military Deputy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition;

 

• Lieutenant General Jerry Harris,  Air Force  Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Programs, and Requirements; and,

 

• Lieutenant General Jon Davis, Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps for Aviation.  

 

I understand this will be General Davis’s final appearance before the committee because he will be retiring next month.  General Davis, we thank you for your 37 years of distinguished service to the Marine Corps and our Nation, and wish you the best in your future plans.  

 

I thank all of you for your service and look forward to your testimony today.

 

As I have stated at previous hearings, I support the President’s commitment to rebuilding the capacity and capability of our military.  However, I am concerned that the current budget request of $603 billion for the Department of Defense will not achieve that goal in the timeline desired and needed.    

 

For example, at Congress’ request, the military services submitted their unfunded requirements lists to the congressional defense committees last week. The total amount was over $30.0 billion dollars. A significant portion of these requests were related to modernization needs.

 

Of particular note, the Air Force included an additional 14 F-35A aircraft, and the Navy and Marine Corps included 20 additional aircraft comprised of F-18 Super Hornets, F-35Bs and F-35Cs.

 

I suspect all of our witnesses today will support the President’s budget request. However, Members of this subcommittee need to better understand what additional capabilities are required above the President’s budget request, and why it is imperative we work to fully resource these unfunded requirements to accelerate the restoration of full-spectrum readiness.

 

I continue to support Chairman Thornberry and Chairman McCain who believe that a $640 billion dollar budget in fiscal year 2018 is required to build the capability needed for today’s complex and dangerous world.  The military services unfunded requirements also validate a higher topline funding level.

 

Today the subcommittee will review a broad portfolio of tactical aviation modernization programs and associated acquisition strategies.

 

The witnesses have been asked to identify their top five modernization requirements and briefly summarize how the budget request addresses them.

 

The aviation budgets for the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force appear to be placing a higher priority on current readiness—and rightfully so.  

 

Earlier this year, we heard the Vice Chief of Naval Operations report that over 60 percent of F-18s are out of service due to backlogs in depot repair.  This budget fully funds depot capacity.  This budget also robustly funds preferred aviation munitions such as the Joint Direct Attack Munition, Small Diameter Bombs, and Hellfire missiles—a much needed increase especially for the on-going combat operations in the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.  

 

However, the Navy continues to absorb significant risk in its management of the strike fighter inventory.  The Navy is challenged to replace legacy F-18C, D, and AV-8B aircraft that have reached the end of their service-life before they can be replaced by new F-35s or new F-18 Super Hornet aircraft.  Each year, the Navy flies about 180,000 flying hours in its F-18 fleet which equates to the entire fleet expending 24 to 36 aircraft worth of service-life per year.

 

The Navy’s fiscal year 2018 budget request includes the procurement of 38 F-18 Super Hornets and F-35s, so the Navy is only slightly above its annual expenditure of fighter aircraft life.  There are two less Navy F-35Cs in the budget request than were projected last year, and the future years defense program for fiscal year 2018 reduces the planned F-35C procurement by seven aircraft.  

 

The Air Force currently has a fleet of 55 combat-coded fighter squadrons, significantly smaller than the Desert Storm force of 134 fighter squadrons.

 

We have heard testimony from senior Air Force leaders that with the current demand for rotational fighter presence, 55 combat fighter squadrons does not allow sufficient time to train pilots or maintain aircraft, which contributes to degraded full spectrum readiness.

 

The 55 combat squadron level meets the minimum requirements set forth in current Defense Planning Guidance, but the Air Force considers it to be high risk in more challenging scenarios.  

 

The Air Force has stated that in order to meet current steady-state demands and maintain readiness to meet most surge requirements, the Air Force needs to grow to at least 60 combat fighter squadrons, invest in munitions, modernize existing platforms, and increase participation in advanced training opportunities.

 

The fiscal year 2018 budget request includes 46 F-35As for the Air Force and that number is two more than planned last year for this budget request.  However, I would also note that two years ago, the Air Force planned to procure 60 F-35As in fiscal year 2018.  In testimony before this committee last July, Air Force General 'Hawk' Carlisle, the former Commander of Air Combat Command, testified that to address the Air Force’s capability and capacity shortfalls, the desired production rate is 60 F-35s per year.

 

The committee is also pleased to see the Air Force reverse its decision to retire the U-2 in 2019 and provide funding to maintain both the U-2 and Global Hawk platforms to meet high-altitude airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance demands of our combatant commanders.  However, all of the services represented today need to take a hard look at their investment strategies in airborne ISR capacity because a significant portion of combatant commander’s requirements are still unmet in many of the intelligence disciplines.     

 

As the committee continues its deliberation on the fiscal year 2018 budget request, we will look for opportunities to further address the Services’ most pressing modernization requirements."

 

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TURNER and Tsongas Help Military Sexual Assault Survivors BE HEARD

2017/05/25

Today, Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (MA-3), Co-Chairs of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, introduced the BE HEARD Act, new legislation that continues the lawmakers’ bipartisan effort to combat sexual assault in the military.

The Building an Environment for Helpful, Effective, and Accessible Representation and Decision-making (BE HEARD) Act would make it easier for survivors to have their voices heard by expanding specialized training for military Special Victims’ Counsel (SVCs), provide military sexual assault survivors with better access to federal appellate courts to protect their procedural rights, and ensure that the most vulnerable sexual assault survivors have someone to represent their legal interests throughout the military justice process. 

“Sexual assault in the military is unacceptable,” said Congressman Turner. “I am proud to continue my bipartisan work with Congresswoman Tsongas to fight this injustice by introducing the BE HEARD Act today. BE HEARD will require Special Victims Counsel to undergo specialized training to better understand how survivors cope with the trauma of military sexual assault. BE HEARD also explicitly reinforces survivors’ rights throughout the judicial process, expanding access to the military’s highest court and ensuring timely legal representation while also improving protections for individuals who cannot represent themselves.”

“BE HEARD will help amplify the voices of sexual assault survivors so that they receive the services and representation they deserve,” said Congresswoman Tsongas. “In addition to bolstering the critical work of the Special Victims Counsel program, this bill improves the ability of survivors to be heard in appeals and improves representation for child victims of sexual assault. The BE HEARD Act takes important steps to correct deficiencies in the military justice system. I thank Rep. Turner for his utmost dedication to this cause and for his longstanding partnership, and I look forward to our continued work together.”

Protect Our Defenders, a national organization aimed at ending military sexual assault, supports the BE HEARD Act: “Last year, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Services (CAAF) slammed the door shut on survivors seeking protection of their rights during the court-martial process by finding that it lacked jurisdiction to review a survivor's challenge to a trial judge's order that violated a protected privacy interest. This erroneous interpretation ignored the intent of Congress in granting victims' explicit rights, and effectively denied survivors access to the court going forward in order to enforce their rights and prevent abuse,” said Colonel Don Christensen, Former Air Force Chief Prosecutor and President of Protect Our Defenders. “The BE HEARD Act reverses this barrier to justice by explicitly giving CAAF jurisdiction of survivor appeals of trial court rulings that violate their rights. The Act ensures survivors have access to the nation's highest military court, and gives survivors the ability to protect their rights at every step in the military criminal system.”  

Specifically, the BE HEARD Act:  

  1. Requires that SVCs receive specialized training on how men are impacted by sexual assault;
  2. Allows the military’s highest court to hear the appeals of sexual assault survivors on decisions while a trial is ongoing; and
  3. Permits military judges to appoint legal representatives for sexual assault survivors who are minors or who are otherwise incapable of representing themselves before charges are filed against a reported perpetrator. 

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TURNER on Trump Budget: “Not Enough” To Improve Military

2017/05/23

Chairman Mike Turner (OH-10) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal:

“Today the Trump Administration released its budget request of $603 billion for the Department of Defense. While I support President Trump’s commitment and intent to rebuild the military, this budget request will not be enough to do what he has said is needed to improve military capabilities and readiness. After years of underfunding and failed assumptions by the Obama Administration, these increases aren’t enough to begin the process to reverse the damage that has been done to our military.

“I support Chairman Mac Thornberry and Chairman John McCain’s statements calling for a $640 billion budget for the Department of Defense. This will allow our military to build the capability needed for today’s dangerous world.” 

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TURNER Questions Brennan About Collusion

2017/05/23

 

Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, questioned Former CIA Director John Brennan today about collusion.

The full transcript can be found here.

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TURNER Recognizes Service Academy Appointees

2017/05/22

Congressman Turner with service academy appointees.

Today, Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) announced the 6 students from his district who have been nominated to attend the U.S. Service Academies.

“Every year, bright young patriots volunteer to serve their country. I am proud to recognize these six students who will be attending service academies next year and representing Ohio with pride,” said Congressman Turner.

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 Air Force Academy:

  • Abigail Arestides (Beavercreek, OH)
  • Caleb Boone (Beavercreek, OH)
  • Kyle Roshong (Dayton, OH)

To attend the United States Naval Academy:

  • Holden Rushing (Kettering, OH)
  • Kasen Stephensen (Bellbrook, OH)

To attend the United States Military Academy: Marie Docken (Kettering, OH)

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TURNER Supports Gowdy for OGR Chairman

2017/05/19

Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) released the following statement:

“After serving on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for 14 years as a member and subcommittee chairman, I am proud to support my good friend, Congressman Trey Gowdy, for the chairmanship of this distinguished committee. Trey understands the committee has two equally important mandates: Government Reform and Oversight. I know that he will work for effective government reform while conducting credible oversight. I look forward to working with Congressman Gowdy to make sure that government is working for the people it serves.”

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TURNER and Jenkins Re-Introduce CRIB Act

2017/05/17

Congressmen Mike Turner (OH-10) and Evan Jenkins (WV-3) re-introduced the bipartisan CRIB Act today, the House companion bill to Senator Sherrod Brown (OH) and Rob Portman (OH)’s bill, to help cover the treatment costs of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a withdrawal condition in newborns caused by use of addictive substances by expecting mothers.

“We must fight for the most vulnerable victims of the opioid epidemic: newborns who through no fault of their own are brought into this world already addicted to drugs,” said Congressman Turner. “This bill will aid organizations that provide medical care for innocent drug-exposed newborns. Specifically, it will allow Medicaid to be used to reimburse medical facilities outside of hospitals that provide newborns with this important care. We are going to continue to fight for funding to address this issue of the heroin epidemic.”

“Suffering through withdrawal from exposure to heroin and other opioids is a horrific way to start one’s life, but that’s the reality for many newborns in West Virginia and across the country. These newborns need specialized care to help them recover from drug exposure before they were even born,” Congressman Jenkins said. “We can work together to cut red tape, fight the drug crisis, and ensure healthy lives for babies and children across our country.”

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.
  • May 25, 2016: Introduced CRIB Act to help expand access to specialized treatment and recovery options for infants suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a withdrawal condition in newborns often caused by use of opioids and other addictive substances in pregnant women.
  • August 29, 2016: Hosted a Heroin Epidemic Response Roundtable with Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05).
  • October 28, 2016: Hosted a roundtable discussion on the opioid and heroin epidemic in Dayton with Senator Rob Portman (OH).
  • February 2, 2017: Joined the bipartisan Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus.
  • February 7, 2017: Reintroduced the TREAT Act.

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TURNER Introduces Hands Off Passengers Act

2017/05/05

Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) introduced the Hands Off Passengers (HOP) Act this week. This bill prevents airlines from bumping ticketed passengers of an overbooked flight for a member of the airline’s crew.

“When United Airlines had Dr. Dao forcibly removed on April 9th, the airline more than just created disruption for him and other passengers; it sparked a national outrage,” said Congressman Turner during his one-minute speech on the House floor. “An airline’s lack of preparation for its own staff travel should not result in the disruption of the lives of its paying customers.”

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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


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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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