Congressman Mike Turner and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) hosted a Heroin Epidemic Response Roundtable. Congressman Turner released the following statement:
“The opioid epidemic is a national crisis and is taking a toll on our communities. Ohio continues to work on innovative solutions and programs to help end the scourge of heroin and opioid addiction in our community. I thank Congressman Sensenbrenner for his leadership and for joining me today for this important discussion.”
Congressman Sensenbrenner released the following statement:
“Opioid and heroin abuse is an issue that doesn’t discriminate – it hurts individuals, families, and communities in every corner of this country. I’m happy to be in Dayton today with Congressman Turner to discuss solutions to this serious issue and offer hope to all those impacted by this devastating epidemic.”
Congressman Turner has been fighting the opioid epidemic in Dayton since 2013:
Congressman Mike Turner and Congressman Steve Chabot (OH-01), Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business, held a panel discussion on manufacturing with Fuyao Glass America suppliers.
Congressman Turner released the following statement:
“When the Obama Administration wanted to permit the former GM facility to be demolished, I stepped in to preserve it for future job creation and investment in our community. We fought to save this facility from being demolished.
“Today, we heard from small business suppliers who have been able to hire new employees, expand their operations, and partner with Fuyao because this facility was saved. Chairman Chabot was able to see firsthand the impact that our efforts have made in supporting small business growth. Chairman Chabot and I are continuing to help cut red tape and help small businesses spur job growth and innovation throughout Ohio.”
Chairman Chabot made the following statement:
“Southwest Ohio is one of the best places for small business investment right now. I’m looking forward to spending time with Congressman Turner and these incredibly bright small business leaders in the Dayton area to see how, working together, we can find more ways to alleviate the burdens on small businesses now and in the future.”
Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (MA-03) were briefed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on national security and base operations.
Following their briefing at WPAFB, Congressman Turner and Congresswoman Tsongas toured the GE Aviation EPISCenter at the University of Dayton.
Congressman Turner released the following statement:
“As the home of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and GE Aviation’s EPISCenter, Dayton is one of the top national defense communities in the country. As our country continues to face new and evolving threats, we must push to end sequestration. Congresswoman Tsongas and I continue to partner together in Congress for a strong national defense in tandem with both WPAFB and Hanscom Air Force Base. “
Congresswoman Tsongas released the following statement:
“Over the past several years, Rep. Turner and I have built a partnership, grounded in a mutual desire to do what’s right and what’s best for the men and women of the United States military. Today’s visit to Wright-Patterson AFB and GE’s EPISCenter continued that bipartisan collaboration, and provided a firsthand look at the cutting-edge innovation and the sophisticated resources being developed to address current and future national security challenges, as well as to support the safety and success of our servicemembers. I appreciate the opportunity to visit Congressman Turner’s district and learn about further ways for us to collaborate. And, I look forward to welcoming him to Massachusetts tomorrow where we will continue our important discussions and site visits focusing on national security, research, innovation and economic development.”
Congressman Mike Turner, a senior member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and former Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) have worked for years to hold the Obama Administration accountable and assist the Delphi Salaried Retirees.
Congressman Turner and Congressman Issa met with Delphi Salaried Retirees to reaffirm their support for the ongoing effort to restore the retirees’ pensions, receive an update on the retirees’ access to documents and information, and offer their continued assistance as the retirees work toward a resolution.
After today’s meeting, Congressman Turner released a letter requesting an update on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s (PBGC) efforts to comply with the law and conduct public outreach regarding the renewal and extension of the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC).
Congressman Turner’s statement:
“Seven years ago, the Administration picked winners and losers and today we reaffirmed our support for the over 20,000 Delphi Salaried Retirees whose pensions and benefits were unjustly terminated. Today, I sent a letter to the Director of the PBGC requesting a much-needed update on their efforts to provide information to those retirees who qualify for the HCTC. Together, Congressman Issa and I have fought to hold the Administration accountable, release documents, and provide access to information for these retirees. We will continue supporting the retirees as they continue their fight to have their pensions restored.”
Congressman Issa’s statement:
“Justice is long overdue for the Delphi salaried pensioners. For years they have tirelessly sought answers and accountability from the Obama Administration. I remain committed to their cause and ensuring we do whatever we can to make sure that we don’t allow those in power to play politics with peoples’ retirements.”
Congressman Turner is a long-time advocate for the Delphi Salaried Retirees. He has led efforts to hold the Administration accountable for unjustly terminating the pensions and benefits of these retirees, and has authored legislation to renew and extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC).
Unjustly Terminated Pensions
December 9, 2015 – Rep. Turner requests that the PBGC Inspector General conduct an inquiry into pension plan documents.
June 24, 2015 – Rep. Turner requests PBGC Inspector General conduct inquiry into delays completing key Delphi pension plan documents.
August 15, 2013 – The Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) issues audit requested by Rep. Turner of Treasury’s role in Delphi pension decisions.
July 10, 2012 – The Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services, and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs held a hearing requested by Rep. Turner. Auto Task Force staff called to testify.
In June, the IRS announced it would follow the law and establish the Health Tax Credit’s (HCTC) advance monthly payment (AMP) program by July 1.
In April, Congressman Turner led a bipartisan group of Members in writing to IRS Commissioner Koskinen urging the IRS to implement the law in accordance with the law, following IRS’s announcement that they would fail to meet the deadline for implementation of the HCTC’s AMP.
In October, Congressman Turner sent a letter with Senator Rob Portman to Commissioner Koskinen in support of the IRS quickly implementing the HCTC Advance Payment Program.
In June of last year, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act. This law includes a provision Congressman Turner authored to renew and extend HCTC.
In November 2014, Congressmen Turner and Tim Ryan and sent a bipartisan letter to House leadership reaffirming our strong support for the passage of an extension of the HCTC as a part of the year-end tax extenders bill before the 113th Congress adjourned for the year.
In March 2014, Congressmen Turner and Ryan joined a delegation of 28 Members and Senators from across the country in sending a letter to both House and Senate leadership pushing of the extension of the HCTC.
In July 2013, Congressman Turner and Ryan introduced legislation that would have provided the Delphi Salaried Retirees and other eligible individuals the choice of continuing within the HCTC program past the program’s termination date, or upon leaving the program.
Congressman Turner released the following statement after Fuyao Glass America signed a 10-year agreement with Strategic Materials Inc. According to a Dayton Daily News article, Strategic Materials will recycle glass scrap for Fuyao’s Moraine plant and bring new jobs to the area.
“Once again, I would like to congratulate Fuyao on their newest milestone. Their work to grow the business community in Moraine and the surrounding area has been steadfast. I look forward to more of these announcements as Fuyao continues its success in the region.”
Following the closure of the former General Motors Assembly Plant in 2008, Congressman Turner partnered with the city of Moraine and successfully fought to protect the plant from demolition.
Congressman Turner has worked closely with city leaders, the Dayton Development Coalition, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and JobsOhio to ensure that the facility remained viable for innovative business leaders and job creators.
Congressman Turner released the following statement after presenting area students with a Congressional Medal for their dedication to service throughout their community:
“These students are the future of our community. I am proud to present each of the students with this distinguished award for their work and dedication to our community. I wish them all the best in their future endeavors."
About the Congressional Award
The Congressional Award Foundation is a public-private partnership created by Congress to promote and recognize service, initiative and achievement in America’s youth. Participants, ages 14 to 23, earn the Award by setting and achieving challenging goals in the four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration.
Participants follow guidelines established in the Congressional Award Act, Public Law 96-114. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate recognize their constituents who earn the Congressional Award Bronze and Silver Medals at local, citywide or statewide ceremonies or presentations. Gold Medals are presented at an annual ceremony in June in Washington, D.C. The National Office serves as a liaison between the medalists and congressional offices.
The students who received the award are listed below:
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Congressman Mike Turner and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, visited the former Cliburn Manor site, Greater Dayton Premier Management (GDPM), and Lyons Place II today. Congressman Turner released the following statement:
“Today, I was able to showcase the creative housing development initiatives the Dayton area has to offer. Many of these can be national models. I am very proud to have worked on the Cliburn Manor and Lyons Place II sites. I am thankful to the Chairman for making the time to come visit these important projects in Dayton. I am proud of the work we have done in Dayton to make this city a home to so many families.
“The Cliburn Manor site, Greater Dayton Premier Management (GDPM), and Lyons Place II are all examples of what can be accomplished when resources from the federal level are allocated creatively. These projects will help those in need and provide housing solutions for veterans and families.
“I would like to thank George Oberer and Greg Thompson with Oberer Thompson, Jennifer Heapy with the GDPM, and Tim Bete along with Wes Young at St. Mary Development. Finally, I would like to thank Sister Rose who is a leading voice for low income housing in our community and was formerly with St. Mary Development and is GDPM Commissioner. I appreciate your hard work and dedication to our community.”
Congressman Turner worked on the redevelopment of the Cliburn Manor site both as Mayor and as a Member of Congress. This site was once a public housing development and is now being redeveloped consistent with the housing needs of the community.
Congressman Turner has supported the efforts of St. Mary Development Corporation, a non-profit housing developer headquartered in Dayton, to construct senior veteran housing on Dayton VAMC property. Congressman Turner helped St. Mary’s secure an enhanced use lease with the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to build this housing on the Dayton VAMC. They were awarded a $5.1 million Department of Housing and Urban Development grant in order to help finance the project.
Chairman Diaz-Balart made the following statement:
"I thank Congressman Turner for inviting me to Dayton to visit affordable housing projects in his community. As Transportation and Housing Appropriations Chairman, I appreciate seeing first-hand how federal resources are being allocated to provide for the most vulnerable and to learn from them about how we can make housing programs work more effectively. I commend Congressman Turner's commitment to providing housing solutions to deserving families and veterans, and look forward to working to better serve our nation’s most vulnerable populations.”
Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement after the passing of former Congressman Steve LaTourette:
“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Congressman Steve LaTourette. Ohio has lost a great advocate and public servant. He continually fought for those who did not have a voice. His strong leadership and friendship will be missed. My prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”
Congressman Turner, Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the United States Air Force announced F-35A has reached Initial Operational Capability.
“This aircraft is important to our national defense and I am pleased to hear that the Air Force has reached initial operational capability. This is significant progress and this announcement is consistent with two recent hearings held by the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and in Washington DC, highlighting the critical role of fifth generation aircraft to our National Security Strategy. This announcement also continues to showcase the contributions of the Air Force Material Command and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base which are the cornerstones of delivering aerospace power to the Nation.”
On June 18th, Congressman Turner, Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee held a field hearing entitled Air Dominance and the Critical Role of Fifth Generation Fighters.
Today, Congressman Turner continued to address capability, capacity and overall readiness concerns regarding U.S. Air Force Air Dominance, specifically on current and projected shortfalls. General Herbert J. “Hawk” Carlisle, Commander, US Air Force Air Combat Command joined today’s hearing as a witness.
“We must remain committed to providing the resources necessary to provide the capability, capacity and readiness necessary to accomplish the critical mission of maintaining Air Dominance. The House passed NDAA focuses on the importance of overall readiness for our warfighters and my hope is this hearing will continue to shed light on this issue.”
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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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