Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

Celebrating the Boy Scouts of America

2016/06/24

To view a video of Rep. Stivers recognizing the Boy Scouts of America, click here.

This month marked the 100th anniversary of when President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation adopted by Congress to officially charter the Boy Scouts of America. While 1916 marks the official charter of the organization, the idea of scouting started years earlier when British Army Officer Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell was stationed in India and discovered his men did not know basic first aid and wilderness survival skills. Baden-Powell decided to write a handbook called Aids to Scouting to begin teaching his men the necessary skills.
           
Soon after writing this book, it began to catch on among English children using it to make a game of scouting. By August of 1907, enough children had become interested that Baden-Powell took a group on a 12-day camping trip where they hiked, learned pioneering, and cooked outside. Baden-Powell then wrote another book entitled Scouting for Boys, and the group grew to more than 10,000 only a year later. At around the same time in the United States, Ernest Thompson Seaton and Daniel Carter Beard were also organizing similar youth programs. However, it was not until Chicago businessman William D. Boyce got lost in heavy fog in England that Scouting officially organized.
           
As Boyce was trying to find his way through the fog, a boy offered to help him find his way. When they successfully navigated the fog and Boyce offered to tip the boy, the boy refused saying he was a Scout and could not accept payment. The boy proceeded to explain the Scouts to Boyce, who was fascinated by group. After having the opportunity to meet Baden-Powell, Boyce organized the ideas he gathered by incorporating the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. The Boy Scouts of America is now composed of nearly 2.3 million young members and over 900,000 adult volunteers throughout the United States.
           
As an 11-year-old, I joined the Boy Scouts because I saw it as an opportunity to be outdoors and go camping with my friends. I stuck with it over the years, eventually working toward and earning my Eagle Scout rank. While some of my best memories growing up are of some of the trips and experiences I had with the Boy Scouts, I also discovered that being part of the Boy Scouts was about much more.

Scouting teaches young men to be leaders and to embody the motto “Be Prepared.” The skills and principles I learned from the Boy Scouts have prepared me for many stages throughout my life. Learning outdoor and wilderness survival skills set the groundwork for when I joined the military. The Boy Scouts also builds engaged citizens and helps in developing an interest in serving the community. This interest in giving back manifested in my desire to serve in the military, and later to serve you in Congress.
There is no doubt of the impact the Boy Scouts has had on my life, and the lives of anyone who has ever taken the Oath. I want to congratulate the Boy Scouts of America as they celebrate 100 years since being officially chartered, and wish them all the best as they continue preparing our nation’s youth for all of life’s challenges.
           
As always, if you have questions or comments about any issue facing the federal government, I invite you to call my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2015, Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968, Lancaster office at (740) 654-2654 or Wilmington office at (937) 283-7049.

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Rep. Stivers' Statement on the Passing of John F. Wolfe

2016/06/24

Regarding the passing of John F. Wolfe, all of the following may be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio):
 
“The City of Columbus has lost one of its greatest champions and a driving force behind many of the projects that have led to its recent growth and success.
 
“From COSI, to the Scioto Mile, to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Zoo, Franklin Park Conservatory and many other initiatives too countless to name, John Wolfe’s energy, advocacy, and support will be sorely missed. He leaves behind a tremendous legacy of service that I hope will provide some solace to his family in this difficult time.”
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Columbus Named Smart City Challenge Winner

2016/06/23

Today, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced the City of Columbus was chosen as the winner of the nationwide Smart City Challenge. Powered by the Department of Transportation’s pledge of up to $40 million in federal funds, Columbus will leverage grant monies to create the nation’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies like self-driving and/or Internet-connected automobiles into the city’s transportation network.

U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) was pleased to be joined by fellow Central Ohio Representatives, Congressman Pat Tiberi (OH-12) and Congressman Steve Stivers (OH-15), in helping to advance Columbus’ application at the federal level. Beatty, Tiberi and Stivers, whose districts collectively encompass the entire City of Columbus, issued the following statements in the wake of Thursday’s major announcement:

“I am thrilled the Department of Transportation has selected Columbus as the winner of the Smart City Challenge,” Beatty said. “I am pleased to have played a major role, along with Mayor Ginther—whose leadership has been incredible—and numerous city partners, in showcasing our city’s commitment to building a first-of-its-kind transportation system that will create numerous jobs and connect neighborhoods all across Central Ohio.” Beatty continued, “I look forward to continuing our collective work with the city as they implement their vision. Today is a historic day for the City of Columbus, and illustrates the power of leveraging private-public partnerships, in a bipartisan fashion, to ensure Central Ohio is a national leader in creating and harnessing the power of innovative transportation technology.”

“I applaud Mayor Ginther and the entire city of Columbus on winning the Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge,” Tiberi said. “This is a wonderful achievement and certainly, well deserved. I am proud of everyone who came together to get the job done and I look forward to seeing our great city lead the way in developing new and bold solutions to kick start transportation innovation nationwide. Again, congratulations Columbus. We are indeed a smart city.”

“C-bus, C-bike, C-self-driving cars–anyway you cut it, the City of Columbus has positioned itself to be a leader in next generation transportation,” Stivers said. “I look forward to working with the Department of Transportation, the city and the private sector to maximize and leverage this grant award for the benefit of all who live here, as well as for the other communities that will draw from our innovative ideas.”

In addition to a $40 million pledge from the Department of Transportation, the city has secured a $10 million commitment from Seattle-based Vulcan, Inc. and another $90 million from Central Ohio businesses and public organizations. Columbus beat out six other cities from across the nation to claim the top prize in the Smart City Challenge including: San Francisco, CA; Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO; Portland, OR; Pittsburgh, PA; and Austin, TX. In total, 78 cities initially applied for the Smart City Challenge grant, with finalists making their final pitch at a June 7th event in Washington, D.C.  

For more information on the Smart City Challenge, please visit the Department of Transportation’s website.


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Rep. Stivers' Statement on the Financial CHOICE Act

2016/06/16

Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) today offered his praise and support for the Financial CHOICE Act:

“Chairman Hensarling has set a vision for a more accessible and accountable financial system with the Financial CHOICE Act,” Stivers said. “America is exceptional because of freedom and opportunity, and this plan will restore economic growth by providing regulatory relief while protecting consumers.”

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For more information about the Financial CHOICE Act, visit the House Financial Services Committee website by clicking here.

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Fighting the Poverty Cycle in America

2016/06/15

The problem with our welfare program, as it stands today is that it disincentives work by keeping people on programs who have fallen on hard times and wastes taxpayer dollars on bureaucratic inefficiencies.  The solution offered over the years to address the issue of poverty has been to increase spending and add to the long list of programs; unfortunately, this approach has not allowed people to become self-sufficient. Americans deserve a better, more effective system that provides real help to get those in need standing on their own two feet.

Speaker Paul Ryan and Members of the House want to show that there is a better way to do things, starting with this issue of combatting poverty and promoting upward mobility for all Americans, regardless of circumstances of their birth. Last week, Speaker Ryan rolled out the first part of the “Better Way” plan, including reforms that will incentivize work over welfare to get people out of poverty, tailor benefits to fit people’s actual needs, improve education and promote financial planning.

Since finding work is the critical first step for getting out of poverty, the plan includes reforms to programs such as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF), federal rental assistance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to include work requirements. Under the status quo, beneficiaries of these programs can lose benefits as soon as they accept a job, receive a promotion, or even get married. The system should not punish people for taking a step forward to becoming more self-reliant. This plan will allow for more choice and give states the ability to repackage benefits to fit specific needs of individuals and families.

Another important front in the fight against poverty is giving our children more opportunities in education. To truly break the cycle of poverty, we need to ensure a generation born into poverty has the chance to succeed and break out. This plan includes all levels of education, from early childhood to trade school or college or trade schooling. Policies to promote early childhood development, improve childhood nutrition programs, enhance workforce development and reform financial aid can put kids on a path to success with the tools they need to enter the workforce and be successful.

We also must ensure individuals and families are taking the necessary steps to plan for the future. Nearly 9.6 million households in America do not have bank accounts, and another 24.8 million have bank accounts, but use services outside the financial system. As part of this plan, we want to expand the access to basic banking services and reign in regulations that limit consumer choice. The plan will also ensure reforms are made to give low- and middle-income families access to affordable retirement advice.

The last piece to improve the welfare system is opening up the system to make it more accountable and collaborative. This means promoting competition among states and shutting down programs that do not show positive results. This plan measures the success of programs on effectiveness, not the old way which focused primarily on the amount of taxpayer money spent.

I hope we can come together in Congress to implement these important policies that will improve the lives of individuals and families struggling with poverty. More information about this plan can be found at www.better.gop . If you have questions or comments about this or any other issue facing the federal government, I invite you to call my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2015, Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968, Lancaster office at (740) 654-2654 or Wilmington office at (937) 283-7049.

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Rep. Stivers' Statement on the Passing of George V. Voinovich

2016/06/12

Regarding the passing of former Mayor of Cleveland, Governor of Ohio and U.S. Senator from Ohio George V. Voinovich, all of the following may be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH):
 
"Ohio has lost a great leader who served honorably at the local, state and federal levels. I can still hear his mantra to 'work harder and smarter,' and 'do more with less.'
 
"I've always looked to George Voinovich as a role model of how to lead in public office and there are countless others like me. And so he leaves behind a great legacy, not only through his many accomplishments over four decades of service, but also through the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University, where generations of future public servants will be trained in the Voinovich way.
 
"My thoughts and prayers are with Janet and the entire Voinovich family."
 
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Reps. Tiberi, Stivers, and Beatty Congratulate Kenny McDonald, President and Chief Economic Officer of Columbus 2020

2016/06/09

WASHINGTON – Tuesday, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced Kenny McDonald, the President and Chief Economic Officer of Columbus 2020, as one of the 19 private and public sector leaders appointed to the newly established U.S. Investment Advisory Council (IAC). IAC members will serve as advisors on how best to support U.S. economic growth through foreign direct investment.

On May 11, 2016, Reps. Pat Tiberi (R-OH), Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Joyce Beatty (D-OH) sent a letter to Secretary Pritzker in support of McDonald’s application to IAC.

“Since his arrival as President and CEO of Columbus 2020, Kenny has served as a primary leader for economic development and business attraction efforts for the 11-county Columbus Region,” the letter stated. “As a professional with over two decades of experience in economic development, and more importantly a history of bringing all the partners in economic development together, Kenny is ideally suited for this position.”

Today, in a joint statement, Tiberi, Stivers and Beatty said:

“Kenny McDonald has been an incredible leader for the Columbus region, and we are excited Secretary Pritzker selected him for the IAC. We are confident in his ability to serve the council and represent our city well.”

More information about the IAC can be found in the press release from the U.S. Department of Commerce by clicking here. The letter of support for McDonald can be found by clicking here.

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Rep. Stivers' Statement on the Terrorist Attack in Tel Aviv

2016/06/08

Regarding the terrorist attack in Tel Aviv in which three people have been confirmed killed and five others seriously wounded, all of the following may be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio):
 
"Our thoughts and prayers are with victims and families impacted by yet another terrorist attack in Israel.
 
“We cannot allow ourselves to be desensitized to the violence that has become far too commonplace and claimed so many innocent lives. We must continue to stand with Israel and for their right to defend themselves against terrorism.”

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Fighting the Zika Virus Outbreak

2016/05/31

As the Zika virus continues to spread – especially in the islands of the Caribbean – it is important to stay informed as you travel this summer. The Zika virus is contracted primarily through bites from a particular species of mosquito. While no cases of the disease have originated in the contiguous United States, individuals living in or visiting the United States territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa have contracted the virus there.

Before 2007, there were only 14 documented cases of the Zika virus and it was known to be more present in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. By May of 2015, the first confirmed cases of Zika were reported in Brazil and it has been spreading ever since. As of this month, the outbreak has affected 503 people in the United States who traveled to Zika-impacted countries and territories as well as 698 people from the territories themselves. The Zika virus is particularly challenging to address since there is currently no vaccine and the main way to prevent infection is to avoid mosquito bites.

For many people, Zika infection will not cause severe illness and may only last up to a week. It does, however, pose a major threat to women who are pregnant. The virus can be passed from the mother to the baby, and has been linked to brain defects in babies that could potentially cause long-term developmental disabilities. For this reason, the CDC has recommended that pregnant women avoid travel to areas where Zika-infected mosquitos can be found.

Though there have been Zika contractions in the states, it is important that we begin taking steps to ensure it does not spread further. Recently, the House of Representatives passed a responsible bill to combat the Zika outbreak. The bill provides immediate funding that will last through the end of this fiscal year. The funds are completely offset by previously unused resources from the Ebola outbreak and through other administrative adjustments. Unlike the funding request from the Obama Administration, the House proposal includes strong oversight to be sure taxpayer dollars are used solely for the Zika outbreak and in the manner Congress intended to fight the disease. This includes vaccine research and efforts to assist the local responses to the disease. I hope this legislation will continue to move forward so we can get control over this outbreak.

As you plan for your summer travel, be sure to stay up to date on the status of the outbreak and to learn more about the virus visit www.cdc.gov. If you have questions about this or any other issues facing the federal government, I invite you to call my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2015, Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968, Lancaster office at (740) 654-2654 or Wilmington office (937) 283-7049.

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Statement from Congressman Steve Stivers Regarding the Announcement at Buckeye Lake

2016/05/26

Regarding today’s announcement at Buckeye Lake that state officials have made enough progress on repairs to permit water levels to rise and allow increased accessibility at Buckeye Lake, all of the following may be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers:
 
“We’re closing the gates and praying for rain!
 
“Today’s announcement is welcome progress and good news for Buckeye Lake businesses as we get closer and closer to a fully operational lake.
 
“I commend state officials for rolling up their sleeves to get the repairs done, and thank residents for their resilience and commitment to using this as an opportunity to think big about the future of Buckeye Lake.” 

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2015
Fax 202-225-3529
stivers.house.gov

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Raised in Ripley, Ohio, Steve Stivers learned from his mother and father the importance of family, hard work and public service, which have been the values he has carried with him through his life, whether as a student at The Ohio State University, a soldier serving overseas, as a State Senator, or as a Member of Congress.

Stivers is currently serving his third term as a Member of Congress and represents Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, which is made up of 12 counties including: all of Athens, Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Madison, Morgan, Perry, Pickaway, and Vinton counties, and parts of: Fayette, Franklin, and Ross counties.

Stivers is serving his third term his third term on the Financial Services Committee, which oversees the banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities industries. Members who serve on the committee also work on housing and consumer protection legislation and oversee Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Reserve Bank.

In addition, Stivers has been tapped to serve on the Committee on Rules, which is charged with determining which bills reach the House Floor for a vote. Historically, the Committee is often known as “The Speaker’s Committee” because it was chaired by the Speaker up until 1910 and is the means through which the Speaker of the House manages the House Floor. The Committee also determines how long and under what rules the full body of the House will debate each bill.

Throughout his career, Steve Stivers has led the way supporting programs and initiatives to encourage job creation, promote economic development, and put our country’s fiscal house in order. As he wrapped up a successful first term in office, two of Stivers veterans bills, the HIRE at Home Act and TRICARE for Kids, were rolled into the National Defense Authorization Act and signed into law by the President. In his second term in office, Stivers had two bills make their way to the President’s desk. These two bills, H.R. 1391 and H.R. 4189,would re-name two postal facilities located in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District after our fallen veterans. These bills are a small measure Congress can take to honor the lives of brave service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

Prior to running for Congress, Stivers served in the Ohio Senate and before that worked in the private sector for the Ohio Company and Bank One, where he focused on promoting economic development and encouraging job creation.

A career soldier, Stivers has served 29 years in the Ohio Army National Guard and holds the rank of Colonel. He served the United States overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar and Djibouti where he led 400 soldiers and contractors and is proud that each and every one returned home safely to the United States. Stivers received the Bronze Star for his leadership throughout the deployment.

Stivers received both his bachelor’s degree and his MBA from The Ohio State University and resides in Columbus with his wife, Karen, and children, Sarah and Sam.


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Steve Chabot

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Brad Wenstrup

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Bob Gibbs

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Michael Turner

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Pat Tiberi

OHIO's 12th DISTRICT

David Joyce

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