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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More
Washington, DC - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) and Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee Chairman Michael Turner (R-OH) made the following the joint statement following NATO reports of Russian troops operating inside Ukraine:
"If reports prove accurate that Putin has in fact sent over 1,000 troops into Ukraine to support and fight alongside Russian-backed separatists, this is an act of war against the sovereign state of Ukraine."
"This alleged invasion follows Putin’s aggressive armament of Russian-backed separatists, located in Eastern Ukraine's disputed territory, that resulted in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and killed hundreds of civilians last month."
"The President needs to definitively state whether or not Russia has invaded Ukraine and immediately condemn this overt escalation of an already serious conflict.”
*Congressman Turner also serves as Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Dayton, OH— Today, Congressman Michael Turner toured the Women’s Recovery Center in Greene County, Ohio and saw first hand how Director Michele Cox and her team are acting to help both mothers and babies cope with heroin dependency.
“Today, I was honored to visit the Women’s Recovery Center in Greene County Ohio.
Director Michele Cox and her team have been able to offer life-changing assistance to mothers and babies throughout our community who are coping with heroin addition and its harmful effects.
I look forward to continuing to partner with the experts at the Women’s Recovery Center as we develop a community response to combat this growing problem,” said Congressman Turner.
The Dayton area has a growing and recognized issue with heroin use and overdose. However, until recently, little has been documented in the way of the heroin epidemic’s impact on infants being born to addicted mothers.
In December, Terry Burns, President at Soin Medical Center, brought this growing and largely unrecognized problem to the attention of Congressman Turner.
Since that time, Congressman Turner has taken a series of steps to confront this widespread and increasing problem.
In March, Congressman Turner brought together regional medical experts for an initial, exculpatory meeting in his District Office.
In May, Congressman Turner visited the NICU at Dayton Children’s to see the work their nurses were undertaking to combat and treat infant drug withdrawal.
This June, Congressman Turner partnered with the Greater Dayton Hospital Association to host a Community Forum on Heroin Exposed Newborns that brought together relevant partners throughout southwest Ohio to begin to develop a community response to this issue.
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I think what the Administration needs to do is come forward with a plan.
Right now, they have no coordinated plan. We have no stated goals and objectives.
The Administration has made inconsistent statements as to whether or not even they see ISIS as a threat to the West or the United States.
British Prime Minister Cameron has clearly stated ISIS is a threat to the West.
This Administration seems to be waffling on what the threat is and how to approach it, so it's difficult to galvanize the American public or certainly Congress behind the Administration without a strategy and a plan.Read More
ANDREA MITCHELL: Well among the critics, by the way all of you, is General Jim Jones—James Jones—the first National Security Advisor to President Obama. He wrote, “Mr. Maliki’s failure to unify Iraq’s diverse populations is the chief cause of the current crisis, but Washington bears some of the blame for not taking timely action that could have limited this summer’s chaos. The Obama administration could have maintained a limited military training presence in Iraq after 2011; could have acted in Syria last year hone the chemical weapons “red line” was crossed; and could have in sited that Mr. Maliki arm the Kurds. But what matters more is what the U.S. can do now.” Congressman, I think you were against going to Syria, were against military action—
REP. MIKE TURNER: Well, what the President needs is a strategy and a plan. I think why he failed to garner the support for the action that he proposed in Syria was because he did not have a strategy and a plan, and we still see the failure of that.
The failure in his foreign policy and the neglect, as Anne was saying, as this threat evolved in Syria— ISIS didn’t evolve out of thin air—they were emerging. And then also the neglect of the Administration to work with Iraq. We see how unstable Iraq is and how threatened they can be by ISIS.
And then this very odd red line that the President established with the Yazidis. And instead instead of when ISIS was establishing a stronghold with major infrastructure, threatening Baghdad, mass killings, tens of thousands of refugees, he Administration only took action when there was a humanitarian issues.
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ANDREA MITCHELL: Congressman, is it too late? Because we now have a new prime minister, but he’s been critical of the Kurds in the past. We’ve yet to be proved that he is really going to be inclusive
REP. MIKE TURNER: Well, this is a time for the President to engage. We’ve seen again as a result of the neglect that the President has had in his foreign policy in respect to Iraq—the instability that has occurred. But the President also has to come to the recognition that ISIS is a threat to the United States.
British Prime Minister Cameron wrote in an oped that he sees ISIS as a threat to Britian and to the British. Certainly this President needs to make the case and I think his policies should reflect this: this is not just a threat to a stable Iraq, this is a threat to our national security.
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A lifelong resident of Dayton, Ohio, Congressman Mike Turner has family roots in Eastern Kentucky. His parents, Ray and Vivian, moved to Dayton in the 1950’s to take advantage of the job opportunities in the manufacturing industry. Mr. Ray Turner worked at General Motors, retiring after 42 years as a member of IUE local 801; and Mrs. Vivian Turner retired from teaching in the Huber Heights School District. Congressman Turner has two daughters, Jessica and Carolyn.
Congressman Turner attended Dayton Public Schools and graduated from Belmont High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio; an MBA from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio; and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to his election to Congress, Turner was in private practice and corporate law for 13 years.
Congressman Turner has a background of community activism having worked with not-for-profit groups focusing on neighborhood concerns, community development, housing code enforcement, and historical preservation. As the two-term Mayor of the City of Dayton, he was a strong proponent of neighborhood revitalization, crime reduction, increased funding for safety forces, economic development and job creation. He created Rehabarama, a private-public partnership to rehabilitate neglected housing in Dayton’s historic neighborhoods, which had significant economic impact on the region, and received national awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Also while serving as Mayor of Dayton, Congressman Turner established a development fund providing more than $19 million in grants for housing and job-producing projects. The development fund sparked investment which resulted in a renaissance of Dayton’s downtown, including a $130 million arts center, a minor league baseball stadium, river front development, loft and upscale housing, additional corporate headquarters, and redevelopment of the former Delco and Frigidaire brownfield area into an office, research, and industrial park. Under Mayor Turner’s leadership, the City of Dayton had a balanced budget for all eight years of his tenure (having not been balanced for the previous five years), added 54 police officers to the force, resulting in a nearly 40 percent reduction in police response time, and closed two adult movie theaters in residential neighborhoods, thus improving the quality of life for Dayton residents.
First elected to the 108th Congress and sworn in January of 2003, Congressman Turner was appointed to the Armed Services Committee, from which he assists Wright-Patterson Air Force Base located in Ohio’s Tenth District, and to the Government Reform Committee, which allows him to contribute his experience as a former mayor to government reform. Congressman Turner’s urban experience was called upon by then House Speaker Dennis Hastert who appointed him Chairman of the new Saving America’s Cities working group. The 24 Member working group was charged with developing goals and principles to help urban America by focusing on economic development issues and encouraging private sector investment in cities.
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