Michael Turner

Michael Turner

OHIO's 10th DISTRICT

Turner Fights to Protect American Public From Ebola

2014/10/24

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I’m highly skeptical and the public is worried… The Ebola procedures and protocols need to be revised

MIKE TURNER: Mr. Chairman, I greatly appreciate that. I'm under a time constraint, having to return back to my district, and I greatly appreciate the Chairman doing that. On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to talk with Secretary Hagel about the Ebola mission and I believe he takes this very seriously. He's very concerned, both about the effect on our men and women in uniform, and also about protecting the American public. 

I am very concerned about the protocols of protecting the American public. And since I only get one question, my question is going to be about that. Although, I am too very concerned as I think all of the American public is about the protection of our men and women in uniform.

I'm very skeptical of the DoD protocols and I think the American public is very skeptical. We have basically two threats, one of Ebola coming here or two individuals that have been exposed to Ebola, falling ill to Ebola. We've had four cases, two of came here, and two are the result of people being exposed to Ebola here and then falling ill.

Three were healthcare providers. The American public is very concerned that individuals who have been exposed to the Ebola virus have had significant public access after being exposed. This is during the period while they were falling ill to Ebola.

Now on October 10th, Ebola came to visit Ohio. Amber Vinson traveled from Dallas, Texas to Cleveland. While she was in Cleveland, she visited local businesses and of course she flew on a flight there. Almost 300 people had contact with her while she was falling ill to Ebola. Fortunately, Ohio doesn't have a report, at this time, of a case of Ebola.

But on October 20th, the entire Ohio congressional delegation, on a bipartisan basis, sent a letter to the CDC challenging their protocols, with respect to people who have been known to have been exposed to Ebola. 

Now we all know the stories: trying on wedding dresses, flying, going on a cruise, bowling, riding on the subway. Although some of these issues are personal responsibility, they do go to the issue of protocols. If you look at the October 10th Department of Defense guidelines, in paragraph number four, it says that a commander has authority which means they may—they don’t have to—quarantine someone up to ten days if they are concerned about an individual who's been exposed. 

Now we all know the doctor in New York fell ill apparently after eleven days. Then it goes on to say no known exposure—that doesn't mean they weren’t exposed, it means there is no known exposure. That then there is a 21 day monitoring period, but it suggests that the individuals return to routine daily activities. Well, those routine daily activities would include going on cruises, flying, wearing wedding dresses, bowling and riding on the subway.   

So I think I’m very concerned—as the American public is—as the multiplier effect of the contacts that could occur in the public. And as we are learning in light of what has happened, I believe that both the CDC's rules and perhaps the DoD guidance should be revised.

In light of what we now know and are seeing in the concerns of the multiplier effect, again of the three healthcare providers that had significant public contact, while falling ill to the Ebola virus, do you believe that this October 10th DoD guidance should be revised and Mr. Lumpkin, I would like your answer, too.

MICHAEL LUMPKIN: I think the first thing I would like to say, as I mentioned in my opening statement, that we at the DoD in West Africa are not doing direct patient care. So our operations in support of USAID are focused on those lines of effort of the command and control, the logistics –

MIKE TURNER: But that Mr. Lumpkin, that doesn't mean that no one is going to be exposed to the virus. I understand what you're saying about the distinction between health care providers and non- healthcare providers, but the gentleman that flew here first, patient number one, in the United States was not a healthcare provider either.

MICAHEL LUMPKIN: Very true, but because—But I want to make sure you understand—we have different categories of risk and I would like to turn it over to my Joint Staff colleague here to explain the risk categories and the mitigation strategies with each one of them.

MAJOR GENERAL LARIVIERE: Mr. Turner, thank you for the question. The protocols we've put in place we think excede the CDC's standards, as you mentioned. We will be testing personnel twice a day while they are deployed, take their temperature and to ensure that if they were exposed and did become infected, we could isolate them effectively. The zero to ten-day timeline that you discussed is the timeline that will take place in country and commanders will have the authority to remove that personal –

MIKE TURNER: But General as we already know from the doctor in New York he indicated, if the news reports are correct, that his symptoms occurred at 11 days, so isn’t your ten days too short? 

MAJOR GENERAL LARIVIERE: Well the ten days were in country, the 21 days can't start until they are actually out of the affected areas. So the 21 day monitoring period will take place –

MIKE TURNER: Which means they could be traveling on day 11 and no longer isolated.

MAJOR GENERAL LARIVIERE: They could be traveling on day 11. 

MIKE TURNER: Which would result in an additional exposure.

MAJOR GENERAL LARIVIERE: No sir, we will try to limit their exposure prior to their departure but the one 21 day timeline won't start until they're back in the United States.

MIKE TURNER: Well my time is up. But I want to indicate,  I am highly skeptical and the public is worried. I believe these need to be revised. The Ohio Delegation sent to CDC they believe there’s need to be revised.  The American public is concerned people that are exposed are having too much contact with the American public and raising the risk to the United States citizens. Thank you Mr. Chairman.  

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TURNER, PORTMAN, BROWN URGE INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION TO STAND UP FOR WEST CARROLLTON’S APPVION PAPER AGAINST FRAUDULENT FOREIGN COMPETITORS

2014/10/22

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) and Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) called on the International Trade Commission to protect Ohio workers and domestic paper manufacturers like West Carrollton’s Appvion Papers, Inc. The letter calls for continuation of current dumping margins on lightweight thermal paper (LWTP) from China and Germany.

"Enforcing our trade laws is absolutely essential to ensuring that American workers can compete on a level playing field in the global marketplace,” Turner said. “I was proud to join with Senator Portman and Senator Brown in a bipartisan request to extend the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on certain lightweight thermal paper from China and Germany. I am hopeful that the U.S. International Trade Commission will provide this extension and ensure that unfair trade practices do not hinder the ability of our companies to successfully create American jobs.”

“We must stand up for workers and manufacturers in our domestic paper industry,” Brown said. “That means enforcing trade laws when foreign companies dump products into American markets and undercut domestic manufacturing. It’s vital that the ITC take action to ensure foreign companies don’t get a leg up by cheating the system.”

“Ohio paper manufacturing workers, like those at West Carrollton’s Appvion Papers, can compete and win on a level playing-field, but we must enforce our trade laws to ensure that foreign competitors do not skirt the rules of the road,” Portman, a former U.S. Trade Representative said. 

In January, Brown, Portman and Turner called on the Commerce Department to use to use its legal authority under U.S. trade law to address fraudulent behavior by foreign companies dumping into domestic markets. According to Commerce, German exporter Papierfabrik August Koehler AG and Koehler America, Inc—known as Koehler—sold merchandise at a less than normal value and manipulated data to avoid paying antidumping duties for imports on LWTP.  In April 2013, Brown, Portman and Turner commended action by the Obama Administration that upheld a decision to impose a duty on the manufacturer.

Brown and Portman successfully led a similar effort in 2011, which caused the Commerce Department to reverse its previous ruling and provide needed protection to Appleton. Turner has been leading the effort on the House side in support of Appleton and their ability to compete fairly.

A full copy of the letter can be found below.

The Honorable Meredith Broadbent

Chairman

U.S. International Trade Commission

500 E Street, SW

Washington, D.C. 20436

Dear Chairman Broadbent:

We write to express support for the continuation of orders on lightweight thermal paper from China and Germany.  These orders are critical to ensuring the domestic industry can compete on a level playing field, and a negative sunset review determination would lead to the dumping of imports in the U.S. market.

The dumping orders on lightweight thermal paper from China and Germany have stopped the flood of imports from those two countries.  Before the orders took effect, lightweight thermal paper imports grew rapidly from January 2005 to June 2008.  The original investigation found that China undersold their product by more than 20 percent.  After the dumping duties were imposed, Chinese exports of lightweight thermal paper dropped to negligible quantities.  In the 2010-2011 annual review, the Department of Commerce imposed a 75.36 percent dumping margin on the German producer, Koehler, after finding that the German company misrepresented sales.  This has forced Koehler to announce they are no longer shipping to the U.S. market.  These orders have succeeded in ending unfair trade and should be continued. 

If the dumping orders were revoked, the domestic industry would face renewed material injury.  China maintains excessive production capacity that is greater than the total Chinese consumption of lightweight thermal paper.  German producers have also increased their thermal paper production capacity.  In addition, Germany continues to fight the dumping orders aggressively, which reveals their ongoing interest in exporting to the U.S.  The American market remains attractive for foreign producers of lightweight thermal paper, and both China and Germany would resume underselling in the U.S. if the orders were lifted.  The Department of Commerce confirmed that the domestic industry would be injured by a revocation of the orders in its preliminary determination earlier this year. 

There is one other factor that we want to raise because it could affect your evaluation of data and information provided by Germany during the proceedings.  The Department of Commerce found that Koehler had engaged in a transshipment scheme to avoid dumping margins and accordingly used adverse facts available to impose a high margin on their products, a finding that was upheld by the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York.  We ask that you keep in mind their deceptive behavior and their desire to avoid the dumping duties as you evaluate this case. 

The dumping orders on lightweight thermal paper imports from Germany and China have been successful, and without them the domestic industry would suffer from unfair trade practices.  We urge you to maintain the orders so that American companies can compete on a level playing field.

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Turner Statement on Jeffrey Fowle Release

2014/10/21

Dayton, OH- Following Reports that Jeffrey Fowle has been safely released from North Korea, Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement:

“Today, Jeffrey Fowle was safely released from North Korean captivity. 

Months ago, I contacted former Congressman and Ambassador Tony Hall for his expertise in dealing with North Korea and he agreed to offer any possible assistance to bring about Fowle's release.

I would like to thank Ambassador Hall for his tireless efforts to free Jefrey Fowle.  

Further, I would like to thank the U.S. State Department for their diligent work in bringing Jeffrey home to his family.

I look forward to welcoming him back to our Southwest Ohio Community."  

On June 19, 2014, Congressman Mike Turner sent a letter to the President expressing serious concerns regarding Jeffrey Fowle's detention and requesting that the United States take immediate action to resolve this issue and ensure that unlawful detention of American citizens abroad is not tolerated.

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Turner, OH Delegation Take Action to Protect State from Ebola Outbreak

2014/10/20

Dayton, OH—Today, Congressman Mike Turner and members of the Ohio delegation took action to protect families in Southwest Ohio and throughout the state from the Ebola virus.  The members sent a letter to to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, requesting support to the state of Ohio in determining any potential exposure, identifying those most at risk, and if necessary, containing and treating anyone that may have come in contact with the deadly disease. 

“Unfortunately, the President failed to take forward-thinking and decisive action to prevent the Ebola outbreak from spreading to the United States. 

Today, the entire Ohio House Delegation took bipartisan action to ensure that the families in our Southwest Ohio community and throughout our state are safe and adequately protected from this deadly disease. 

Together, we called upon the CDC to explain what changes have been made to guarantee that no other Ebola patient travels within our state and implored Director Frieden to consider any and all options for containment in the future—including travel bans and screenings. 

I will continue to work diligently to protect the safety and security of our families as we seek to eradicate the Ebola virus,” said Congressman Turner. 

Full text of the letter below: 

Director Frieden

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1600 Clifton Road

Atlanta, GA 30329

Director Friedan,

The current Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and its subsequent arrival in the United States, has become a source of anxiety for many Americans. Over the past week, Ohioans in particular grew concerned about potential exposure to the virus when it was discovered that a nurse caring for an Ebola patient travelled within the state before subsequently testing positive for the virus.

As elected Representatives of the people of Ohio, our primary concern is the health and safety of those we represent. It is our understanding that the Ohio Department of Health and the Governor’s office are working to ensure effective protocols are in place and medical professionals are prepared should any resident of Ohio present symptoms of Ebola. We also understand that strict quarantine procedures have been designed by the Ohio Department of Health that would effectively prevent the spread of the disease if it is found in the State. We are encouraged by these proactive steps and hope that they ultimately prove unnecessary.

We write today to ask that the CDC provide any and all necessary support to the state of Ohio in determining any potential exposure, identifying those most at risk, and if necessary, containing and treating anyone that may have come in contact with the Ebola virus. We further ask for an explanation of the policies which allowed a direct caregiver to an infected person to travel to Ohio and what changes have been made to ensure the same does not happen in the future. Finally, we ask that the CDC keep all options for containment in mind moving forward, including travel screenings and restrictions, if appropriate.

We appreciate the effort being put forward to effectively prevent widespread exposure by federal, state, and local entities and will continue to monitor the effect of the Ebola virus on the people of Ohio and the rest of the country.

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Turner, Ohio Delegation Call for Establishment of the Air Force Installation & Mission Support Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

2014/10/16

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, members of the Ohio Congressional delegation urged Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James to establish the Air Force Installation & Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) as well as U.S. Representatives Mike Turner (OH-10), Jim Renacci (OH-16), Jim Jordan (OH-4), Dave Joyce (OH-14), Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Bill Johnson (OH-6), Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Tim Ryan (OH-13), Brad Wenstrup (OH-2), Steve Stivers (OH-15), Pat Tiberi (OH-12), Joyce Beatty (OH-3), Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), and Bob Gibbs (OH-7).

“After careful examination of the Air Force’s approved AFIMSC basing criteria, it is clear that WPAFB meets, if not exceeds, all criteria currently being evaluated by the Air Force,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Secretary James. “While we can certainly make a strong case for each of the criteria, the delegation agrees that collocating AFIMSC with Air Force Material Command (AFMC) headquarters is a logical choice.  Collocating the new center with AFMC would aid in the immediate realignment of resources, authorities, and responsibilities, while reducing costs and inefficiencies.”

“Under the diligent direction of General Janet Wolfenbarger, the Air Force Material Command (AFMC) and its world-class work force continue to research and develop the innovative technology that has allowed our Air Force to maintain and strengthen its dominance in the air.  

Headquartering the Air Force Installation & Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) with the AFMC at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base just makes sense.

Wright-Patt overwhelmingly meets the Air Force’s criteria and the instant unification of equipment, technology and authorities will ensure a cost-effective and responsible transition that is unrivaled by any other finalist,” said Congressman Mike Turner.  

Full text of the letter can be found below and here.

Dear Secretary James,

We write to express our support for the establishment of the Air Force Installation & Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB).  Based on the criteria included in the Air Force’s Strategic Basing Process, we are confident that WPAFB is the ideal location to host the AFIMSC.

After careful examination of the Air Force’s approved AFIMSC basing criteria, it is clear that WPAFB meets, if not exceeds, all criteria currently being evaluated by the Air Force. While we can certainly make a strong case for each of the criteria, the delegation agrees that collocating AFIMSC with Air Force Material Command (AFMC) headquarters is a logical choice.  Collocating the new center with AFMC would aid in the immediate realignment of resources, authorities, and responsibilities, while reducing costs and inefficiencies.

WPAFB and the surrounding area is an ideal location to house the men and women that will eventually make up AFIMSC. As you know, this summer the Air Force Times recently ranked WPAFB as the top Air Force base in the country for airmen to live. According to the report, “Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio enjoys low housing costs, a large commissary, a huge 300-bed medical center, and a large exchange.” The report goes on to state that “an above-average crime score of 7 out of 10, and decent commute times… combined to help land Wright-Pat at the top of the list.”

Furthermore, we believe the costs associated with the initial stand up of AFIMSC at WPAFB would be low compared to other potential candidate bases. Already available infrastructure along with competitive construction costs across the state would allow the Air Force to quickly make ready the facilities needed to operate AFIMSC.

Thank you again for your consideration of Wright Patterson Air Force Base as the future home of the Air Force Installation & Mission Support Center.  As you move forward with your strategic basing process, we stand ready to work with you and provide any additional details that may aid in the selection process.

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Fight Continues: Turner, Boehner, Portman Push for New Answers for Delphi Salaried Retirees

2014/09/25

Dayton, OH—This week, Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) were joined by the entire Ohio Republican delegation in a letter that pushes for new answers on behalf of the Delphi Salaried Retirees.

In 2009, more than 20,000 Delphi Salaried Retirees had their pensions unjustly terminated in the wake of the federal government’s bailout of General Motors. 

Since that time, Congressman Turner, Speaker Boehner, and Senator Portman have joined with the Ohio Republican Delegation to push for answers, accountability, and justice for these men and women. 

On June 26 of this year, the coalition signed a letter requesting that the Office of Inspector General conduct an inquiry into the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s (PBGC’s) lengthy delay in providing final benefit determinations for Delphi Salaried Retirees. 

The PBGC has a stated policy of issuing these determinations in three years; however, these retirees have waited in earnest for over five years for the PBGC to complete the basic documentation necessary to begin the benefit determination process.

On September 2nd, the OIG for the PBGC issued the results of their inquiry, which outlined the PBGC’s failure to provide sufficient justification for the undue delays and yielded substantially more questions than answers. 

Most notably, the OIG inquiry uncovered that the PBGC has issued inconsistent responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and waited two years to hire a public accounting firm to begin the process of verifying the assets of the Delphi Salaried Retirees’ Plan.  

This week, Congressman Turner, Speaker Boehner, and Senator Portman joined with the Ohio Republican Delegation to request additional information immediately and ensure that the PBGC is held accountable to the Delphi Salaried Retirees who have unjustly lost so much. 

“For five years, we have pushed for answers on behalf of the Delphi Salaried Retirees and we’re not backing down now," said Congressman Turner. "We will continue to hold the administration accountable and ensure that these men and women get the information they deserve.” 

“While I appreciate the PBGC’s response to the request that the Ohio Republican delegation made back in June on the extreme delay in the final benefit determinations for the Delphi Salaried Employees, let me just say we have even more questions now than we had before our request.  We will, without a doubt, continue pressing the PBGC until we get the answers that these Salaried Retirees deserve, and I applaud Rep. Mike Turner for his persistence and leadership on this,” said Speaker Boehner. 

“I’m pleased to be able to join my colleagues in continuing our push for a solution for the Delphi Salaried Retirees,” said Senator Portman. “The retirees and their families have gone too long without adequate answers regarding their pensions and we must continue to hold the Administration accountable.”

When Delphi’s defined benefit pension plan was terminated, 20,000 Delphi salaried retirees lost up to 70 percent in benefits, including 5,000 Ohioans. Of the 5,000 Delphi Salaried Retirees and their families in Ohio, about 1,500 are in the Mahoning Valley, 2,000 are in the Dayton area, and a majority of the remaining 1,500 are in Columbus and Sandusky.

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Turner Statement on Obama’s Remarks at UN General Assembly

2014/09/24

Washington, D.C.—Today, following President Obama’s remarks to the UN General Assembly, Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement: 

“Today, I was very pleased to hear President Obama’s strong condemnation of Russian aggression in Ukraine.  

As Putin continues to pursue an expansionist and dangerously adventuresome worldview, these remarks come at a critical moment. 

Last week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appeared before a joint session of Congress to request increased aid to Ukraine, including bolstering its military capabilities. 

In his remarks, Poroshenko stated that, 'in Ukraine, you don’t have to build a democracy. It already exists. You just defend it.’

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were supportive of Poroshenko’s request and I hope that today’s statements from the President indicate that he too believes the time is now to provide the Ukrainians with the intelligence and the equipment necessary to protect and defend their democracy."

On March 26, 2014, Congressman Turner sent a letter directly to Secretary Hagel, requesting that the Department of Defense immediately provide the Ukrainian government a detailed military assessment of Russian action and strategic military advice.

On April 8, 2014, Congressman Turner introduced the Forging Peace through Strength in Ukraine and the Transatlantic Alliance Act that recognized the Russian reality, condemned Russian aggression, strengthened NATO and our Allies, and provided strategic military advice to Ukraine. 

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Turner, Brown, Airbus and the National Composite Center Host Procurement Conference to Bolster Ohio’s Aerospace Industry

2014/09/14

Dayton, OH—Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, David Williams, Vice President of Procurement for Airbus Americas, and the National Composite Center (NCC) today co-hosted a procurement conference for Ohio business representatives and state officials to promote and facilitate increased business between Ohio’s aerospace manufacturers and Airbus.

The conference gave approximately 135 Ohio business representatives from 90 companies an opportunity to learn about contracting with Airbus and connect with Airbus and Airbus Tier-1 supplier representatives from companies such as GE, Parker Aerospace, RTI and United Technologies Aerospace Systems in one-on-one meetings. The event was held at the NCC in Kettering, Ohio. The National Composites Center is a proud partner of Airbus in their combined mission to further expand the use of made-in-America supply chains in the aerospace industry.

Chairman Turner said, “Today’s cooperative effort between Airbus, the NCC and Ohio companies is indicative of the bright future of aerospace in our state.

In 2008, I was proud to bring $1.6 million of government funding to the NCC, and an additional $1.6 million in 2010 that helped to advance the development of aerospace composite technologies.

This $3.2 million was significant in developing the capabilities that have enabled and assisted the partnership between the NCC and Airbus. In my role as Chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical, Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, I continue to work diligently to ensure that the groundbreaking work taking place at the NCC and at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is recognized and protected.

Composites will continue to play a huge role in aerospace development and today’s conference was key to further strengthening Ohio’s aerospace industry.”

Senator Brown said, “This procurement conference is an example of what can be achieved when government and the private sector work together to create opportunities for Ohio aerospace manufacturers. Our state prides itself on its ability to attract and retain key companies that aim to succeed in research, innovation, and technology sectors; our top-notch universities, research centers, and cutting-edge companies clearly have drawn Airbus’ interest.”

Williams remarked, “Ohio is the highest ranked American state for Airbus spending—we spent $6.1 billion here in 2013 alone. It’s a clear indication to us that the state of Ohio is a magnet for entrepreneurs and innovators in the aerospace industry, which is why we keep coming back to explore the opportunities. Airbus has benefitted for years from Ohio’s robust network of aerospace supply businesses, and we believe that this conference will allow us to reinforce and advance our existing connections in the state and foster our outreach efforts by connecting us with new businesses in the industry.”

Airbus spent $14.4 billion for aircraft-related procurement with U.S. companies in 2013. Ohio received $6.1 billion of that, making the state the highest ranked state for Airbus spending. The company intends to nearly double its procurement spend in the U.S. by 2020.

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Turner on ISIS Threat: President Obama took his eye off the ball

2014/09/10

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Turner following NATO Summit:

2014/09/05

Washington, D.C.—Following today’s conclusion of the NATO Summit in Wales, Congressman Michael Turner, Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement: 

“NATO continues to suffer significantly from a lack of definitive U.S. leadership.

Right now, the Obama Administration has admitted it has no coordinated plan or stated objectives to combat ISIS and has refused to call the movement of 1,000 Russian troops and substantial military artillery into Ukraine an invasion of sovereign territory.

The President’s worldview has been disproved by his foreign policy, and yet he continues to remain absent as world events move forward.

When the United States fails to provide decisive international leadership, NATO is weakened and unable to successfully deter or confront worldwide threats.”

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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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