Congressman Turner released the following statement after the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded a grant to the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education’s (SOCHE) Cybersecurity Consortium:
“I welcome today’s announcement that SOCHE and its dedicated partners have been awarded this funding to bring together higher education, defense industrial base, and private sector partners from throughout Southwest Ohio to help address cybersecurity workforce demands. A well-trained cybersecurity workforce is critical to both our economy and our national security. This award is a testament to the Dayton region’s longstanding commitment to our national defense and history of innovation.”
In June of this year, Congressman Turner sent a letter of support for SOCHE’s application for the grant from the Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development program.
Today, the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, co-chaired by Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA), hosted a briefing in order to better inform Congress about male sexual assaults in the military, and to give male victims a chance to be heard.
The latest report from the Department of Defense's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) showed that a large number of men in the military are victims of sexual assault, and that men are less likely to come forward and report these crimes. The claim is supported by a March 2015 GAO report that estimated at most only 13 percent of males reported their assaults. Both reports cite that retaliation against victims continues to be a pervasive problem.
Rep. Turner and Rep. Tsongas released the following joint statement:
“Thank you to the brave men who have experienced the trauma of sexual assault for telling their stories today, and to our colleagues, staff members and experts who attended today. Much more needs to be done to encourage male servicemembers to come forward and report these crimes, and to protect men from retaliation once they do report sexual assault. Today’s discussion underscores the need for a targeted approach to addressing sexual assault against men, but the goals remain the same for all survivors: prevent assaults, encourage reporting, provide effective services for survivors and reform the military justice system that too often fails those who have been sexually assaulted. Military sexual assault is a multifaceted challenge that no one piece of legislation can solve, and discussions such as the one held today provide invaluable information as we in Congress seek to address these crimes. We remain committed to ensuring our colleagues, the public and men and women in uniform are educated on this issue. By holding these briefings we can reach a larger audience and give a voice to the survivors of military sexual assault.”
Speaking at the briefing today were:
Rep. Turner and Rep. Tsongas are co-chairs of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus. They have co-authored several pieces of legislation that directly address male military sexual assault. Legislation they authored, which was signed into law last year as part of the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), requires DOD to create a comprehensive strategy to prevent retaliation and protect those who experience it, and improve training for commanders. It also requires DOD to better train and educate servicemembers about the sexual assault of men; provide the medical and mental health needs specific to male survivors; and develop Department-wide metrics to better understand and address the issue. This year, Rep. Turner and Rep. Tsongas continued their work together and co-authored further provisions, which are included in the FY 2017 NDAA, that prompt the DOD to provide treatment options, including intensive therapy, to male victims of sexual assault.
Brian Lewis, President and Co-Founder of Mr. MST, said: “It’s unfortunate that these events continue to be a necessity and we appreciate the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs taking part in today’s briefing. The reality is, male survivors need to have an equal seat at the table so that we can ensure our needs are met. We will continue with our mission of advocating for male survivors of military sexual trauma. Mr. MST appreciates the continued support of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Congressman Michael Turner, and all members of Congress who stand with us and champion equality, and support, for all survivors.”
SAPRO released the following statement regarding today’s briefing: "The Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus is an important avenue to advance the discussion on sexual assault prevention and response. Like the Caucus, the Department is especially concerned about the impact of this crime on men and commends the Caucus leadership's focus on this critical issue."
Dr. Susan McCutcheon, VA’s National Mental Health Director for Military Sexual Trauma stated: “It is crucial that VA be a leader in addressing issues related to sexual trauma among men, particularly since almost half of the MST survivors seen in VA are men. We know that male survivors of MST can face additional barriers in reaching out for help, but it’s important to make sure they know that VA provides free treatment related to MST. Veterans may be able to receive this care even if they are not eligible for other VA care, and no documentation of the MST experiences is required.”
Elizabeth Tarloski, Visiting Professor of Practice at the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic at William and Mary Law School, said: "Although MST has garnered a lot of attention in the media in recent years, the majority of attention has focused on women survivors. The absence of the male voice in this discussion only highlights the work that still needs to be done to provide appropriate individualized healthcare services to male survivors."
Congressman Turner released the following statement after hand delivering a letter to FBI Director James Comey requesting an explanation of the FBI’s procedures for processing documents and disseminating information to the public during Federal holidays and how those procedures could be improved to reduce the appearance of political motivations:
“Despite Director Comey’s assertions that the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton was apolitical, the Bureau continues to release information on Federal Holiday weekends. The fact that these releases coincide with holidays and weekends raises the question of whether the FBI is playing politics in releasing information to the American public.”
Congressman Turner, Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after sending President Obama a letter urging him to finally support efforts to end sequestration after both presidential candidates have announced they do not support the sequester:
“Both the nominees have called for an end to the sequester. In fact, Hillary Clinton recently stated, ‘The sequester makes our country less secure, let’s end it and get a budget deal that supports America’s military, our families, and our country.’ I urge President Obama to be mindful that the 2017 budget will be carried out by the next administration. It is crucial that the next administration has the tools needed to address the full scope of our national security priorities.”
Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement after sending a letter with House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz to U.S. Government Accountability Office Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro requesting his agency determine whether the actions of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) violated the Anti-Deficiency Act (ADA):
“The multiple security breaches suffered by OPM allowed the sensitive records of over 20 million government personnel to be stolen by hackers. These breaches compromised the security clearance background investigation information of 21.5 million individuals, putting at risk the fingerprints, current and past addresses, family members’ names and dates of birth, and other personal information of our national security personnel,” said Congressman Turner. “Today’s letter continues my efforts with Chairman Chaffetz to hold OPM accountable to these employees, retirees, and their families.”
On June 24, 2015, Congressman Turner questioned senior OPM officials on the role of CyTech, a contractor providing information technology support to OPM, in discovering one of the security breaches. These officials responded with misleading and inaccurate testimony that resulted in further investigation. As a result, it was discovered that OPM may have violated the ADA by failing to pay CyTech for its services. The ADA prohibits the federal government from accepting voluntary services unless there is an emergency involving the safety of human life or the protection of property.
Congressman Turner and Chairman Chaffetz’s letter is also included the report released today by the Majority Staff of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee entitled, The OPM Data Breach: How the Government Jeopardized Our National Security for More than a Generation.
Congressman Turner, Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to the release of an internal Department of Defense memo obtained by Politico:
“This memo is proof that the Obama Administration continues to play political games when it comes to our national defense. While the Administration expends its efforts on making our national security a partisan issue, the safety and resources of our men and women in uniform hang in the balance. We will continue to work in a bipartisan manner to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, and ensure our military servicemen and women are provided the resources and equipment they need to keep this country safe.”
Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), Ranking Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, visited Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) today. The Chairman and Ranking Member were briefed on national security and base operations at WPAFB. Following their visit to the base, the Chairman and Ranking Member held a press conference.
Chairman Turner released the following statement:
"I am proud to work with Ranking member Sanchez in a bipartisan manner to keep our country and our troops safe. We continue to raise the issue of readiness shortfalls that plague our military. I am grateful to have had the chance to bring her back to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to reinforce how critical the base is to our country’s national security. As our nation continues to address some of the most dangerous threats we’ve faced both at home and abroad, we must ensure our military has the resources needed to meet those threats head on."
Ranking Member Sanchez released the following statement:
"As Chairman Turner and I serve on the bipartisan committee that oversees our nation’s defense, we understand the importance of maintaining a strong military and ensuring military readiness. We’ll continue our bipartisan work to support the men and women who serve our country and to strengthen our nation’s defense by making sure that we are adequately funding and equipping our military. I thank Chairman Turner for his invitation to visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, an outstanding base that I’ve been fortunate enough to visit several times and see firsthand the crucial role this base plays in protecting our national security. During this time of ongoing combat operations and as America faces complex and emerging threats, it’s vital that we conduct oversight in critical areas such as Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.”
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.”
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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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