Washington, DC: Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly released the following statement regarding the inclusion of $20 million in the recently passed Fiscal Year 2015 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for the acceleration of a Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) site in Poland.
Under the Administration's European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) the United States' is carrying out a multi-phase program to construct a missile defense capability in Eastern Europe designed to defend against ballistic missiles threats emanating from countries such as Iran.
Phase 2 of the program is scheduled to be completed next year and will consist of a BMD capability in Romania. Phase 3 will be in Poland and is scheduled for completion in the 2018 timeframe. Phase 4, which would have provided a defense for Europe and the United Stated against intercontinental ballistic missiles, was canceled by the Obama Administration after Russian protests of the concept.
"I commend the Appropriations Committees and Chairman Rogers for including $20 million to accelerate completion of the Aegis ashore site in Poland," said Turner. ?"Given Russia's increased aggression toward the West and Iran's stubbornness toward its nuclear program, we must ensure a robust BMD capability in Europe. Russia is clearly now a threat to the West."
"While the Obama Administration continues to flounder when it comes to missile defense, I commend Congress for its willingness to keep pace with the growing BMD threat posed by Russia, Iran, and others," said Turner. "Going forward, I will continue to support completion of Phase 3 in Poland and further development of the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA by 2018."Read More
Washington, DC: Representatives Mike Turner (OH-10) joined Speaker John Boehner (OH-08), Steve Chabot (OH-01), Brad Wenstrup (OH-02), Jim Jordan (OH-04), Bob Latta (OH-05), Bill Johnson (OH-06), Bob Gibbs (OH-07), Pat Tiberi (OH-12), Dave Joyce (OH-14), Steve Stivers (OH-15), and Jim Renacci (OH-16) today to release the following statement regarding their constituents’ experiences with open enrollment and the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) downgrade of projected enrollees.
“All across Ohio, the harmful effects of the president’s health care law continue to be widespread. Premiums and deductibles are rising, plans are being cancelled, people are losing access to their doctors, and small businesses have been forced to reduce employee hours in order to comply with the law’s mandates – turning full-time work into part-time work for too many."
“The president’s Department of Health and Human Services recently reduced its estimate for projected enrollees, acknowledging the same lack of confidence Ohioans have expressed in the product it’s selling.
“We've heard from a great many of our constituents who have shared their stories, and that is why we will continue to fight to repeal and replace this broken system with real health care solutions that will lead to lower costs and more choices.”
Following are testimonials from Ohioans throughout the state:
"Since I was a sophomore I had been working two jobs at Miami University to help pay for my education. When I received a letter over the summer saying that I would no longer be able to work more than thirty hours a week because of a new ObamaCare requirement, I was forced to give up one of my jobs. This is happening to students all over the country due to the reckless requirements written into the President's health care law. At a time when education is so expensive in the United States, these work hour requirements are hurting hardworking students."
-Carolyn Turner, Daughter of Congressman Mike Turner, Dayton, OH
To remove this barrier and help solve this problem for students across America, Congressman Turner introduced The Student Job Protection Act. This legislation would exempt full-time students, who are also employed by the college or university, from this ObamaCare requirement and help them keep the jobs and hours necessary to help afford the rising cost of higher education.
"We have a ten-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. We are already feeling the effects of Obamacare, with our current insurance company limiting therapy visits…and informing us that her current drugs may not be covered starting in January. I believe health care reform is needed. However, government-controlled healthcare is not the answer. Health care needs to be patient-and-doctor centered, with competition allowed across state lines for insurance companies.”
–Carol, Mason, OH
“Our premiums are jumping by 18 percent for 2015 and because of Obamacare; we will lose our plan in 2016. We are a healthy family of three, and have had no significant claims. I worry that next year, my family and I will be facing even higher deductibles, out of pocket costs, and premiums for a plan that doesn’t meet our needs.”
–Mike, Cincinnati, OH
“My company had insurance that our employees liked, but costs rose rapidly when Washington started discussing the Affordable Care Act. After Obamacare was passed I hoped that the prices would stabilize, but unfortunately we are still facing huge increases this year. We now have insurance through a new company that got its start with Obamacare but we are very unhappy. Our new plan has altered our prescription coverage so that some employees must pay hundreds of dollars out-of-pocket for prescriptions that were previously covered with reasonable co-pays. Everyone should be able to sit down with their own doctor and decide what treatment is best.”
– Dan, Business owner in Ohio’s 4th District
"I am very disappointed with the Affordable Care Act. I just had to change my insurance policy through work because my premium would have gone up by $1300/year. I liked my policy. I wanted to keep my policy. I was told that I could keep it if I liked it. But it was not supposed to go up in cost. The ACA was supposed to save us $2500 not increase costs by $1300.”
- Resident of Ohio’s 5th District, Perrysburg, Ohio
“Our medical insurance premium costs went from $235 per month to $520 per month…President Obama promised that people would not have to choose between quality medical care and the basic essentials of life… I think that this system and the president have greatly failed me and many Americans in what was promised. I go to bed at night wondering how I am going to pay the increase in the medical insurance premiums as well as the increases in the out of pocket medical expenses we now face.”
– Alice, Dennison, OH
“My insurance has increased over $100 a month. My daughter is not covered because I cannot afford it, plus Medicaid has not gotten back to me about her (she has a disability). My deductible is $2500, which I have to pay before anything is covered! I cannot even afford to go to doctor and my employer said it is because of ObamaCare. There are no extras, just basic coverage. I hope nothing major happens to me and my family!”
– Sherrie, Hartville, OH
"I found out today our premium is going up again this year another 35 percent. We also have a $7,000 dollar deductible... It really angers me. We pay our taxes, we pay our bills. We try to do the right thing … As things stand right now, with increasing cost of living, [stagnant] wages, and increasing health care costs, I don't know how we are going to remain financially solvent and also have any kind of quality of life. For a health care law that was intended to help people, it sure seems that the ones who are being hurt are those who have worked hard to make a living for themselves.”
-Jamey, Piqua, OH
"My premiums rose 25 percent this year and will rise 25 percent again next year. It’s not just my premiums that are increasing; my out-pocket-expenses went from copays to a 20 percent cost-share, as well. Obamacare certainly hasn’t made healthcare more affordable for me.”
– Nancy, Central Ohio
“I had the same health insurance plan since 2007, one that was affordable and the right plan for me. Six months ago, I got a letter from my insurance company telling me that because of ObamaCare, they were no longer offering the plan I had been on for seven years. After struggling to find a new plan, my new monthly premium is now doubled from $425 to over $900."
– Jeff, Hudson, OH
“My name is Mildred and I retired as a teacher's aide. I now live in my daughter's home. As a retiree from the Ohio School system, I used to have a good health care plan which has covered a heart surgery in addition to other health needs. When ObamaCare started I received a notice that my premium would increase from $66.00 to $299.00 per month. That new amount was way more than my meager pension. I had no choice but to cancel my policy. My doctors tell me that I will eventually need another heart operation. I don't know what I will do.”
– Mildred, Columbus, OH
“I own a small business and employ close to 1,000 people, of which 700 should be eligible for insurance. If 75 percent of those eligible participate, I will be put out of business within 3-6 months. Though I am planning to hire and expand, the 30-hour definition of full-time employment within Obamacare threatens our very existence. I urge Congress to apply the traditional 40-hour definition of full-time employment to the health care law in order to provide me with the certainty I need to grow my company and create jobs.”
– Jim, North Canton, Ohio
Washington, DC: For the last seven years, Congressman Mike Turner, the Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, has fought to protect the parental rights of our service men and women.
Today, the bipartisan FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act successfully passed the Senate and is headed to the President’s desk for his signature. Congressman Turner authored and successfully included provisions in this bipartisan legislation that will provide a uniform national standard that prohibits state courts from using past, current, or future deployment against service members when making child custody determinations.
In 2007, Congressman Turner met Lt. Eva Slusher, who lost custody of her daughter, Sara, when she returned home from deployment as a member of the Kentucky National Guard. In Lt. Slusher’s case, the judge ruled that because of her deployment, “the military lifestyle is not stable and is not conducive to raising children.*" Following an arduous two-year, $25,000 court battle, Lt. Slusher successfully regained custody of her child, but at a significant personal cost.
“Unbelievably, family law courts across the country have used military deployment or the even possibility of deployment against our service members when determining custody arrangements,” said Turner. “Inspired both by Lt. Slusher’s story and the stories of numerous other men and women, we began working to find a legislative solution that would protect the parental rights of all current and future service members.
"We have a duty to protect those who protect us. Service members risk their lives in support of military operations that keep our nation safe. They should never be penalized for serving their country. I was honored to author, champion, and successfully fight to include a national standard of protection in this year’s NDAA that ensures service members will not loose custody of their children because they have served or might deploy as part of their military service,” said Turner.
These important provisions amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and also prevent courts from permanently altering custody orders during a parent’s deployment and require pre-deployment custody to be reinstated unless it is not in the best interest of the child.
Currently, there are a myriad of state laws that do not match and that provide an opportunity for ex-spouses to venue shop until they find a state that will alter custody agreements. Additionally, Department of Defense documents have acknowledged a direct link between child custody disputes and military suicides.
“This difference in state laws creates chronic uncertainty and places unimaginable stress on our military men and women. We have a national military. We need a national standard,” said Turner. “These important protections will provide all our military men and women with the guarantee that their service to their country won’t jeopardize their rights as parents.”
“We are grateful for the support of Secretary Hagel, Secretary Panetta, and Secretary Gates and the consistent effort of House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon to see this important initiative through,” said Turner.
In 2008, Congressman Turner included a specific provision in the Service Members Civil Relief Act that grants service members a 90-day window to appear in court for cases related to child custody.
Military child custody legislation has passed the House on twelve separate occasions:
Nine times as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (FY2008, FY2009, FY2010, FY2011, FY 2012, FY2013, FY2014, FY2015)
Twice as a standalone bill by voice vote (H.R.6048, 2008 & H.R. 4201, 2012)
Once as part of the Veterans Economic Opportunity Act (H.R. 2481)
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Gruber: That was an inexcusable term--
Congressman Turner: I'm not asking you about how you believe whether or not you should have said that or not. It's a factual statement you're making. Did anybody in the Administration ever have that conversation with you?
Gruber: I do not recall them using the word tortured, no.
Gretchen Carlson: That's Ohio congressman Michael Turner. He is going to join me coming up next.
Gretchen Carlson: Time for some real talk now about Jonathan Gruber. We've heard the advisor boasting about deception used to hide the true nature of the health care law, including taxes. Our next guest, Ohio Congressman Mike Turner, pinning him down.
Congressman Turner: Do you know what a tax is? You do have, you know, expertise in economics. Do you know what a tax is?
Jonathan Gruber: Yes.
Congressman Turner: Okay. So you would not deny today that in these statements that you made that Obamacare is a tax, would you?
Jonathan Gruber: Obamacare is a large piece of legislation with many parts, and --
Congressman Turner: Is one of those parts a tax, Mr. Gruber?
Jonathan Gruber: There are some taxes in Obamacare, yes.
Gretchen Carlson: Mike Turner, a republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Why is it so tough to get people to just answer the questions plain and simple? Did you get a satisfactory answer about the tax from Jonathan Gruber?
Congressman Turner: Not really. What Jonathan Gruber is saying which we all now know and suspected that the administration intentionally deceived the American public. We saw this when the president was arguing it wasn't a tax. He said this was a tax, and we didn't tell the American voter, the American public, because it would have been objectionable and we drafted the legislation so we could avoid a CBO scoring, and the thing that he wouldn't tell us is, okay, who told you that? Who did you sit with in the administration and who had that discussion with you about how they would set about deceiving the American public? Certainly it's objectionable.
Gretchen Carlson: That is incredibly important piece of information. Listen to this.
Congressman Turner: Did they have the conversation with you that it had to be drafted in a way that the CBO did not score the individual mandated taxes? Anyone in the administration acknowledge it, explain it, or assign aspects to you within that construct? You are under oath.
Jonathan Gruber: I honestly do not recall.
Gretchen Carlson: Wow. That's convenient to say people don't recall, right? What do you think?
Congressman Turner: Well, I think he does recall, and that's why we caught him in casual conversation and at conferences on tape openly saying he was part of the deception, that the Obama administration, you know, worked to deceive the American public, and now he is saying, okay, now I'm in front of you, and I want to apologize for insulting the American voter, and I didn't mean to call people stupid. This deception occurred and it goes right to the heart of the inner workings of the Obama administration and Obamacare.
Gretchen Carlson: Even democrats today during the hearing, Congressman, seem to be really upset about this guy because they even said that he handed, you know, everything on a silver platter to the republicans in this entire argument, right?
Congressman Turner: Right. He did two things. He not only insulted the voter by calling them stupid. He then told them how they deceived us, that there was a coordinated effort to get around the aspects of the tax. This was not an accident. This was an active case of deception.
Gretchen Carlson: I understand that Jonathan Gruber is coming back to another hearing. What more do you need? What do you want from him?
Congressman Turner: Well, I think he needs to come up front and tell us who did he work with? We all know he says he did this complex calculating which actually just sounded like he put together a tax. Who did he work with? Who are the people in the administration that we can pull forward and say, hey, this is what he says about this. Is that true? Were you involved in this? Why was this put together in a way to deceive the American public because it certainly shows that in many aspects, not only just the quality of care under Obamacare, but also the fees and tacks of Obamacare. The administration did not tell the truth.
Gretchen Carlson: All rill, let me know if you come up with those people that actually admit that they know him because a lot of those politicians said, Jonathan who? We've never heard this guy. Congressman Mike Turner, we know who you are. A republican from Ohio. We thank you for your time. Thanks, sir.
Congressman Turner: Thank you so much.
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Washington, DC: Today, following the filing of an amendment by Senators Portman and Brown that would extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) for Delphi Salaried Retirees, Congressman Mike Turner sent a letter to Leaders Reid and McConnell urging them to support this bipartisan amendment and the extension of the HCTC.
“For the last year, Delphi Salaried Retirees have been paying out of pocket for their health insurance premiums.
The Health Coverage Tax Credit is critical to helping thousands of Delphi Salaried Retirees, who have already lost so much, afford the health care they need. I urge Leaders Reid and McConnell to support this bipartisan amendment and extend the HCTC.”
Full text of the Letter below:
December 9, 2014
The Honorable Harry Reid
The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Dear Leaders Reid and McConnell:
I am writing today in strong support of the amendment filed by Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown to H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act to extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC).
Having helped thousands of individuals across the country pay for their health insurance premiums, the HCTC is incredibly important to those whose hard-earned pensions and benefits have been terminated. For example, thousands of Delphi Salaried Retirees have utilized the HCTC following the federal government’s multi-billion dollar, taxpayer-funded bailout of General Motors (GM) that resulted in the elimination of these retirees’ health insurance, life insurance, and up to seventy percent of their individual pensions.
With such significant portions of their earned retirement benefits lost to the federal government’s majority ownership of GM, many struggle to afford the cost of healthcare on reduced and modest incomes. These men and women are now spending up to half of their remaining pensions to fund their health care premiums, and will continue to struggle to cover the cost of their healthcare expenses if the HCTC is not extended.
Fortunately, the HCTC has already been considered through regular order and approved by Senate Finance Committee in its tax extenders measure earlier this year. In fact, this provision was adopted in Committee with unanimous, bipartisan support. Similarly, H.R. 2783, legislation I co-authored, also has strong bipartisan support.
It is my hope that you recognize the great need for the HCTC’s extension and will support this amendment when the Senate considers H.R. 5771. Thank you for your consideration, and please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of assistance.
Michael R. Turner
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WASHINGTON, DC –Today, the Department of Defense will issue a report to the President on sexual assaults in the military and outlining several initiatives to combat the crimes. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA) and Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH), co-chairs of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, released the following joint statement.
“While these numbers continue to be concerning, the rise in reporting is a possible signal that legislative and military changes from recent years are having an encouraging impact and suggests that victims of sexual assault may be more comfortable coming forward. We are also optimistic about the success of the Special Victims Counsel program, which provides survivors with an attorney to walk them through the complicated military justice system.
But none of these findings obviate the simple fact that these heinous crimes continue to occur at an alarming rate, and that a majority of those who choose to report face retaliation. This year’s NDAA includes language we authored that requires that commanders be assessed on their ability to prevent retaliation because the military needs an environment where men and women can come forward without fear of retaliation or repercussion.
This report contains valuable information that the Department of Defense must use to take a hard look at itself and to better understand the deep and pervasive challenge it has. In the coming days we will be looking closely at this report, its findings and its proposals, and will work with survivors, support groups and our colleagues in Congress to examine its impact while continuing to pursue substantial legislative reforms.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes funding and sets policy for the Department of Defense. The bill included significant provisions authored by Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA), co-chairs of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, to combat military sexual assault.
Earlier this year, Tsongas and Turner introduced the Furthering Accountability and Individual Rights within the Military Act of 2014 (FAIR Military Act), which supports survivors, eliminates a bias in the military justice system and increases accountability among all levels of the military. The two have since worked across the aisle to include these important changes in the annual defense bill.
The Senate is expected to vote on the FY15 NDAA next week.
The House passed FY15 NDAA includes provisions from the FAIR Military Act that:
Limit the use of the “good soldier” defense, which allowed a defendant to cite unrelated, subjective factors during trial, such as military record;
Require commanders be assessed on their ability to create a climate where a victim can report a crime without fear of retaliation;
Require commanders and servicemembers be assessed on their support of sexual assault prevention and response policies;
Ensure that the changes and provisions regarding military sexual assault prevention from the FY14 Defense Authorization apply to the military service academies;
Ensure that an independent panel will look at how the mental health records of victims are admitted into evidence at trial and whether changes should be made to the military rules of evidence.
“For the last five years, Congresswoman Tsongas and I have successfully constructed and passed meaningful reforms every single year to eradicate sexual assault from our military. This year’s NDAA takes unprecedented steps forward in the areas of prevention, prosecution and protection and directly confronts the deep-rooted and flawed culture that has perpetuated these crimes. Under this legislation, Perpetrators will no longer be capable of using unrelated, subjective factors as evidence of innocence,” said Congressman Turner. “But our work is not done. Going forward, Congresswoman Tsongas and I will continue our bipartisan effort to eliminate sexual assault from our military and work to ensure that our service men and women have the protection they deserve.”
“Accountability begins at the top and must extend across the military, to every rank and position. This legislation ensures our military leaders, servicemembers and the military justice system, are held to the highest standard,” said Congresswoman Tsongas. “And no more will the ‘good soldier’ defense run interference for criminal behavior and prevent the finder of fact from arriving at justice. Military sexual assault is a multifaceted challenge that requires continued, meaningful reforms. One thing is certain – a cultural change is needed to combat an environment that has allowed these crimes to occur. Although a complete change will not happen overnight, this year’s NDAA is another step towards eradicating military sexual assault.”
"The FAIR military act brings much needed accountability to both officers and enlisted members who create harassing, toxic cultures in their military units which allow incidents of military sexual violence to flourish," said Anu Bhagwati, former Marine Corps captain and executive director of Service Women's Action Network. "Additionally it prevents a perpetrator's 'general military character' from being used as a defense for these crimes."
Tsongas and Turner also released the following joint statement regarding the Department of Defense report issued to the President today outlining several initiatives to combat military sexual assault.
“While these numbers continue to be concerning, the rise in reporting is a possible signal that legislative and military changes from recent years are having an encouraging impact and suggests that victims of sexual assault may be more comfortable coming forward. We are also optimistic about the success of the Special Victims Counsel program, which provides survivors with an attorney to walk them through the complicated military justice system. But none of these findings obviate the simple fact that these heinous crimes continue to occur at an alarming rate, and that a majority of those who choose to report face retaliation. This year’s NDAA includes language we authored that requires that commanders be assessed on their ability to prevent retaliation because the military needs an environment where men and women can come forward without fear of retaliation or repercussion. This report contains valuable information that the Department of Defense must use to take a hard look at itself and to better understand the deep and pervasive challenge it has. In the coming days we will be looking closely at this report, its findings and its proposals, and will work with survivors, support groups and our colleagues in Congress to examine its impact while continuing to pursue substantial legislative reforms.
Washington, D.C.—Following the release of the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement:
“The release of the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, as agreed to by the House and Senate Armed Services Committee, marks a significant milestone towards final passage of the bill.
This bicameral, bipartisan legislation is a product of substantial negotiations between the House and Senate and it was an honor to advocate successfully on behalf of our Southwest Ohio community and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to make certain that the provisions we included in the House version of the bill were included in the compromise package.”Read More
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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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