Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

Stivers Statement on the President's Speech on Immigration

2014/11/21

COLUMBUS - The below statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) on the President’s speech last night on immigration.

“We need immigration reform, but the President’s plan is not the answer.  First and foremost we must secure our borders and ensure the proper enforcement of our current immigration laws.  Secondly, we must enforce our immigration system in a legal and orderly way- which should not include granting amnesty to those who knowingly and willingly cross our borders illegally.” Read More

November is National Adoption Awareness Month

2014/11/19

As the father of two small children, I know just how important family is.  There is a critical need for children in foster care to find permanent homes—in Ohio alone there are thousands of children just waiting to be adopted into kind, loving families.  

The National Adoption Day organization estimates that more than 100,000 kids in the United States are waiting in foster care for an adoptive family, with it taking nearly four years for an actual adoption to take place.   Furthermore, more than 23,000 foster children age out of the system every year with no family or permanent home.  This leaves many young people vulnerable.

All children deserve a chance to grow up in safe, forever homes.  When I served in the Ohio Senate, I worked to pass legislation that increased the adoption tax credit to help make it more affordable for families to adopt.  And adopting from the foster care system can be affordable, with most child welfare agencies in Ohio covering many expenses that arise during the process.  

According to a National Adoption Attitudes Survey commissioned by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 63 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of adoption and 78 percent think more should be done to encourage adoption. Nearly 40 percent of American adults, or approximately 81.5 million people, have considered adopting a child, according to the survey. If just one in 500 of these adults adopted, every waiting child in foster care would have a permanent home.

This November I encourage you and your family to celebrate National Adoption Awareness month by learning more about adoption, volunteering your time with adoption organizations, or even by adopting a child yourself.  A great resource is the National Adoption Day website, which can be found at: NationalAdoptionDay.org.  Or you can visit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption website at: DaveThomasFoundation.org.

If you have any questions about adoption, or need help with any federal issues you may have, do not hesitate to contact my office in Washington D.C. at (202) 225-2015, in Hilliard at (614) 771-4968, in Lancaster at (740) 654-2654, or in Wilmington at (937) 283-7049.

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Stivers Announces Toys for Tots Drop-Off Sites in Ohio District Offices

2014/11/12

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – Columbus) today announced that his Ohio District Offices will be drop-off sites this year for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

From now until December 1, 2014, members of the community may drop off new, unwrapped toys Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm at any of the following locations:

•    Hilliard District Office: 3790 Municipal Way, Hilliard, OH, 43026

•    Lancaster District Office: 123 South Broad Street, Suite 235, Lancaster, OH, 43130

•    Wilmington District Office: 69 North South Street, Suite 178, Wilmington, OH, 45177


For additional information, please contact Congressman Stivers’ district offices at any of the following phone numbers: Hilliard District Office (614) 771-4968; Lancaster District Office (740) 654-2654; Wilmington District Office (937) 283-7049.


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Students show off political knowledge in Stivers visit

2014/11/10

For about 30 minutes at Central Elementary, fifth grader Cameron Zinn became president.

She even had the endorsement of a sitting congressman.

It was all part of U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers’ trip to Central Elementary on Oct. 28 to meet with the combined fifth grade classes to teach them about Congress and the legislative process. Stivers (R-Upper Arlington) led students in a game of mock Congress, dividing the classroom into U.S. senators, representatives, committee chairs and even Zinn as president.

For their part, the fifth graders came more than mentally prepared. As Stivers’ lesson began, he peppered them with trivia questions, and with each one a classroom of hands shot in the air.

Their knowledge ranged further than just textbook material. In a discussion on filibusters, one was able to recall seeing an October 2013 clip on the news of Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas reading a Dr. Seuss book on the Senate floor.

“It goes right into their curriculum,” Principal Teresa Snider said of Stivers’ visit. “We wanted to show (Stivers) what a regular school day is like here at Central Elementary.”

Stivers first asked students to rattle off all the laws they could name. Answers ran the political gambit: poaching, intellectual property, hunting, seat belts and many others.

Those sitting on the ground were named to the U.S. House of Representatives, with those in chairs behind them named to the U.S. Senate. Stivers said this arrangement was “how things were for us,” drawing laughs from the teachers.

“They call the Senate the ‘upper chamber,’ and they treat us that way,” Stivers joked.

The fake bill in question was whether to raise the highway speed limit to 80 miles per hour. Some students formed a transportation committee and two of Stivers’ staffers provided testimonial arguments for and against the measure.

By most estimates, fewer than 10 percent of bills introduced in actual congress make it “out” of committee, which is to say the bill gets voted on by the entire chamber. Fortunately, Central Elementary fifth graders were more constructive with their legislative efforts, as committee chairs (and subsequently, the committee itself) agreed to let the whole body vote.

In the end, the representatives and senators both turned down the proposal. Zinn also told Stivers she would have vetoed the bill had it made that far.

“It’s really hard to pass a bill,” said Stivers, one of more than 500 members of the current 113th Congress that is on pace to pass the fewest bills in American history, “because there’s a lot of places in the game where someone can kill a bill.”

The question and answer session that followed had its moments, too. One student asked Stivers not if the country was going to war, but when.

Stivers gave — considering the audience — a wonkish reply. Between brief mentions of Syria and other Middle East hot spots, he noted his own military service in Iraq and said he tries to keep his experience in mind when making future decisions on war matters.

At least a couple of students perked up when Stivers mentioned the legislature takes several weeks off, known as recess. Not their kind, he insisted.

“Although, a lot of people think when we are out on recess we are playing,” he mused.

Then someone asked if he had met the president and been in the White House.

“The White House is really big and it’s pretty cool,” he said, noting he had briefly met President Barack Obama twice. “He’s very tall and seems really nice.” Read More

1.3 Million Children Should Not Be Left Homeless

2014/11/10

It shouldn't be this hard for kids to grow and thrive in the world's richest, most powerful nation, but the U.S. Department of Education has identified 1.3 million homeless students enrolled by preschools and K-12 schools in the 2012-2013 school year and that number grew by 8 percent from the prior year. In fact, the number of homeless children in public schools has increased by 85 percent since the beginning of the recession, which was driven in large part due to mortgage foreclosures.

The law defines homeless children as those who lack "a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence," including those:

        doubled up due to loss of housing or economic hardship;
        living in motels, trailer parks or campgrounds;
        living in emergency or transitional shelters;
        abandoned in hospitals;
        awaiting foster care placement; and,
        living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations.

These vulnerable children are often the victims of violence, abuse, neglect, trauma, and sexual exploitation. According to Paul Kosowsky, Vice President of Program Operations at Youth Continuum in Greater Hartford, Connecticut:

"Unlike adults who can often be diverted from care, youth require urgent access to care and support. These youth are survivors, but not without a great deal of damage to them along the way. The statistic regarding homeless youth to increased risks of sexual assault, drug use, HIV/AIDS, prostitution, pregnancy, and incarceration, as well as lower graduation and employment rates, clearly indicate that these young people are not being given the opportunity for a bright, productive future that we hold out to young people in America."
Adds Jennifer Brown of the Denver Post, "Children who are homeless are eight times more likely to suffer abuse and neglect than other children."

In addition, homeless students have a higher likelihood of multiple school transfers, missed school, and 87 percent more likely to stop going to school than their classmates.

This is a disaster for children.

Recognizing this, Congress passed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, which seeks to "ensure that each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youths."

Among other things, the law requires that "to the extent feasible, keep a homeless child or youth in the school of origin, except when doing so is contrary to the wishes of the child's or youth's parent or guardian." The goal is to provide children with stability and supports necessary to help homeless children receive an education.

Unfortunately, for the 1.3 million homeless students that have been identified across the country, the federal government only provides $61.6 million, or less than $50 per child, in support to implement the law's Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program in FY 2013. In Colorado, that number is just $28 per student.

"Due to the low funding levels," the National Network for Youth points out, "fewer than one in five school districts in the United States are touched by EHCY money."

The struggles of these students are real. Fortunately, there have been a couple of recent investigative reports by the Denver Post and Sports Illustrated that have highlighted real stories of tragedy and hardship as families with children trying to child out of poverty and homelessness. The S.I. story highlights the plight of 17 year-old Lawrence Mattison, a high school running back going to school near San Antonio, Texas, who felt it was necessary to participate in cage fights three nights a week in order to survive.

Unfortunately, while education funding is horribly inadequate, housing supports are often completely non-existent. In fact, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a far more narrow and restrictive definition of homelessness that does not count children and youth that are identified as homeless by schools, domestic violence shelters, or runaway and homeless youth programs.

As a result, even though schools, and state and local governments have determined that many of those children are desperately in need of help, First Focus's Cara Baldari says:

"Due to HUD's narrower definition of homelessness, homeless students are often not able to access HUD services such as transitional housing and other wraparound services because HUD's current definition of homelessness excludes children, youth, and families who are living in motels or temporarily with others because they have nowhere else to go."
HUD does not even count most homeless children in their statistics because they exclude most children who are not living in shelters or on the streets. The HUD statistics allow the agency to claim it is making progress on reducing child homelessness when the opposite is true, but worse, HUD's definition fails to help hundreds of thousands of children in need. In fact, a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that HUD's definition exacerbates problems for kids. According to Baldari:

"...homeless student liaisons reported that the differing definitions of homelessness used by the Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development posed a barrier to serving homeless students. This difference in definitions often prevented liaisons from collaborating with other service providers to address student needs and any obstacles they face."
Adds Barbara Duffield, Director of Policy and Programs for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth:

"Public schools are the only universal safety net for these children and youth -- a place where they can obtain basic services and the education that is necessary to escape poverty as adults. Yet without access to HUD homeless assistance, schools struggle to stabilize the education and the lives of homeless children and youth."
To address these problems, bipartisan legislation (S. 2653 and H.R. 5186, the "Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2014") has been introduced in Congress by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) and Congressmen Steve Stivers (R-OH) and George Miller (D-CA) to eliminate the inconsistent, more narrow, and restrictive federal definition of homelessness at HUD and to tear down the federal bureaucratic barriers, roadblocks, and red tape that prevent the vast majority of our nation's homeless children and youth from being eligible to receive the help and housing supports they need.

Without this change and much needed increases in funding for both the McKinney-Vento education and housing programs, the status quo for the 1.3 million homeless children in our country is often tragic. According to Jeremy Rosen, Director of Advocacy at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty:

"It is shocking and sobering that in a country this wealthy we have so many students who lack a place to live. Unfortunately, current federal homelessness policy makes it harder for children, youth, and families to leave homelessness. Congress should pass the Homeless Children and Youth Act so that we can see these numbers begin to decline."
And yet, incredibly, there are some who defend the HUD definition, urge retaining the status quo that fails over a million children, and argue that children are not as worthy of receiving the same supports that chronically homeless adults currently receive. However, according to a survey by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of 656 youth ages 14-21 in 11 cities, an astounding "60.8 percent of homeless youths have been raped, beaten up, robbed or otherwise assaulted." And, according to the survey, "For every additional month spent homeless, the likelihood of being victimized while homeless increased by 3 percent."

Explaining why the status quo is simply unacceptable and why there is urgency for legislative action, Ruth White, Executive Director of the National Center for Housing & Child Welfare says:

"This thoughtful legislation simply restores HUD to its proper role of helping communities prevent and end homelessness for all vulnerable community members. After a decade's worth of harmful, Washington-driven homeless policy that stripped funding from family, domestic violence, and youth shelters and services, the HCYA comes not a day too soon."
As a result, please contact your Member of Congress and Senators to urge them to support and cosponsor the "Homeless Children and Youth Act" (HCYA). Although the legislation is bipartisan, we still have some important work to do to overcome the gridlock in Congress that even blocks even the most simple and non-controversial bills.

In addition, we are urging HUD Secretary Julián Castro to work to address the horrible problems that the current HUD definition of homelessness is causing children across the country and hope he will support passage of HCYA. As former Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield said in a recent Governing article:

"...this is not a problem that can be swept under a rug. It's not likely to go away anytime soon and, since 2008, the problem appears to be getting worse. Larger cities are shouldering a disproportionate share of the burden. While these cities are doing a good job of providing shelter to homeless families with children, more than shelter is needed. The greater challenge is whether the emotional effects and the educational challenges homeless children face can be addressed sufficiently to provide hope for a better life. It's quite possible that some of our future leaders are today's 'backpack kids.'" Read More

Alexander named congressional student

2014/11/05

WILMINGTON — Wilmington High School student Joe Alexander was recently named Congressional Student of the Month for October by U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers.

Alexander was nominated by Band Director Matt Spradlin. Read More

Several honored at PCBDD 'Together WE Can' appreciation event

2014/11/03

The Perry County Board of Developmental Disabilities (PCBDD) held their second annual appreciation dinner; the theme of which is entitled Together “WE” Can.

This dinner established to recognize those individuals, businesses and organizations that promote the concept of community inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities. PCBDD strongly stands beside their mission: Partnering with the community by using available resources to support individuals with developmental disabilities. During the Together “WE” Can Appreciation dinner. This year’s event will took place Oct. 23, at The Barn at the Backwoods in Thornville, with over 220 guests attending.

PCBDD Superintendent David Couch said, “In reality, this would not be possible without support from the community, which continues to embrace the opportunities that support individuals with developmental disabilities. This evening was about honoring those leaders and their roles in our community. Thank you for sharing this time to recognize some tremendous people in Perry County tonight.

Where would we be without you? In the past year over 400 individuals’ lives have been impacted in some way because of your support. Without all of you, we cannot accomplish our mission, but together, we are a community promoting opportunities. “Together We Can,” and are, accomplishing more than we could ever imagine.”

Five awards were presented to members of the community whom in one way or another have played an important role in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. Each award winner was received a customized photo canvas made by Inabled.com, customized proclamations and commendations were presented by State Representative Bill Hayes, Emily Schmidbauer Field Representative for Congressman Steve Stivers, and Marilyn Ashcraft SE Regional Liaison for Lt. Governor Mary Taylor.

The first award of the evening was the Debbie King Advocacy Award, presented by Morgan Deavers. The award is given to an individual recognizing their contribution as a self-advocate in Perry County.

This award honors Debbie King, in remembrance of her courage as a self-advocate and as a defender of people with disabilities. Debbie was the driving force behind the start of PCBDD’s advocacy group and participated in many other activities within the agency.

The award was given to Danny Miller. He is the perfect role model for people with disabilities, obtaining several accomplishments from his hard work throughout the years.

Since 2009, Danny has volunteered as team manager for the New Lexington High School Varsity Football and Baseball Teams, and New Lex Junior High Basketball team. He also enjoys volunteering for the New Lexington Fire Department and performing the National Anthem in sign language at PCBDD Awareness events and varsity sporting events every year. Danny is also employed at McDonald’s, a job he has maintained since 1995. Before the job at McDonalds, he was an employee of PerCo Inc. Danny’s peers believe that he is a responsible, dedicated individual who is always eager to learn something new. He is an inspiration to everyone around him by showing his true abilities, and being an example to others not to give up on their dreams. “Danny expressed his gratitude when receiving the award and sang the New Lexington High School fight song while sporting his Panther Football Coaching hat.

The second award given was the Helen Hoover Klingler Commitment Award, presented by Dwight Hoover, son of Helen; Lauretta Randolph, daughter and Larry Klingler her stepson, to this year’s winner Sarah Winters.

The late Mrs. Hoover dedicated many years of service to what was then known as the “MR/DD” field. With the support of other parents, Mrs. Hoover established the Happy Hour School. The first class of Happy Hour School was held in September 1960. Winters possess similar qualities as the late Helen Hoover; dedication to the DD program and community through their commitment, knowledge, principles, advocacy, and leadership. And that’s just what this year’s award winner has done her entire career. Sarah has exhibited a commitment to Perry County and to the developmental disabilities field that is beyond compare. She began as a teacher through the public schools, later moving into the County Board system where she furthered her education and became Superintendent of PCBDD. Over the course of her career, she made sure new developmental disabilities professionals were aware of where the field had come from “so that we never go back”. As a Superintendent, she focused on improved services, both in quality and quantity. Even while increasing Adult Service options, she kept a keen focus on Early Intervention. She believed that good, quality services for infants and children paved the way for more successful, independent adults. After retiring, Sarah wanted to travel and she did so, often between counties, which she was contracted to help through difficult transitional periods. Even though she no longer lives in Perry County, she continues to advocate by serving on the Supported Living Advisory Council and representing individuals as a court appointed Guardian. Sarah has dedicated her life to making things better for people with disabilities; in a small way, such as a white water rafting trip, and in a large way, such as joining with surrounding counties to ensure our small community was not overlooked in matters of tax equity.

The third award of the evening was is the Community Collaboration Award which is given to an Agency/Organization that exemplifies the actions set forth in the mission and vision of the Perry County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The mission is “to partner with the community by using available resources to support individuals with developmental disabilities” and vision is “to promote a community focused on possibilities”. Presenter Ken Yuchasz, PCBDD Board President had the pleasure announcing this year’s winner, The Perry County Tribune, Deb Hutmire and staff, Bill Rockwell and Casey Sargel, who collaborate to promote resourceful efforts to better the lives of individuals with disabilities in Perry County. The Tribune, in New Lexington, the county seat of Perry County, is a multimedia news organization with a circulation of 3,500. Like many newspapers, The Perry County Tribune, since established in 1871, has witnessed several changes in ownership — but one thing that has always remained is the dedication of reporting fair and honest local news. When it comes to community involvement, several staff members serve on committees and boards within the county, promoting happenings locally.

Over the years, PCBDD has had the opportunity to collaborate with the Tribune on many occasions; this collaboration has provided the PCBDD the chance to educate our community about DD services and supports provided, and the opportunity to highlight the ABILITIES of individuals with disabilities.

The Perry County Board of DD “Inspire by Example” Outstanding Volunteer Award, was the fourth award presented. This award is designed to recognize an individual or family who has gone above and beyond to help promote awareness or provide services to children or adults with developmental disabilities. This year’s award winner is Judge Luann Cooperrider and the Juvenile Court Staff. They have always been advocates for people with disabilities, whether it is with guardianship, adoption, housing, or promoting and participating in County Board events. They have encouraged individuals in her court program to participate in these events as well. Judge Cooperrider and her staff are involved in several committees and participate in events around the county, including DD Awareness Month community basketball game, They collaborate with the PCBDD and other local agencies and encourage participation in any events that the Juvenile Court may be sponsoring, such as Perry County Summer Resource Fair, Movies in the Park, free Legal Clinics, Fatherhood group, Homeless/Housing Coalition, PC Family and Children First Council, PMCJF Board Member, Perry County American Cancer Society, and Historical Society, to name a few. She contributes to mentoring programs for the youth, is compassionate and dedicated to everything she is involved with, and is a positive role model. She and her staff have dedicated endless hours promoting awareness and providing services not only to individuals with disabilities, but also to our entire community. This involvement has brought awareness of developmental disabilities to our community, which provides a positive example to others and shows they care about the future of the county.

Lastly, Cooper Standard was recognized as this year’s Business Partnership Award winners. PerCo recognizes companies who have fostered and excelled in establishing partnerships benefiting individuals with disabilities, particularly those from Perry County. This award is designed to showcase the impact and benefits that result from business partnerships that lead sustainable job training opportunities; has made exceptional efforts to employ people with disabilities; and who by their employment, retention, and promotion policies, are role models in their community. Over the past forty years, many businesses have subcontracted with PerCo. However, Cooper Standard, formerly known as ITT Higbie, automotive parts processing plant located in New Lexington, Ohio, has demonstrated that “partnering” has many positive and lasting benefits. Since 1974, Cooper Standard employees and engineers have worked closely with PerCo staff to offer small parts assembly, and to create and develop safe and effective adaptive machines that assist PerCo employees with quality performance. PerCo employees have since shown that they can meet the demands and time lines with quality and promptness. Working closely with Cooper Standard has provided PerCo employees the opportunity to attain good work ethics and self-confidence through training, effort and performance. The partnership between Cooper Standard and PerCo has withstood the test of time and of the economy for more than four decades. A partnership worth recognizing.

Also, receiving the PCBDD Employee of the Year Award was Linda Whetstone the Inspire by Example Volunteer Award was presented to Jody Thompson, PCBDD Board Member.

Superintendent Couch ended the evening by stating, “We want to thank those who joined us for our second “Together “WE” Can” Appreciation dinner. This night was possible thanks to the members of the Perry County Board, and the many others whom had a part. As an agency, it is our desire to recognize and thank the community for their support of the Perry County Board of Developmental Disabilities.”

When asked, Lindsey Jago said, “Last year we received lots of positive feedback from the PCBDD board, staff, families and community members who had the opportunity to attend the event. Many said it would be hard to top last year’s event… But, based on survey results this year’s event was equally successful. I am thankful to the event committee for their hard work, and the many others who contributed to the goal of making the event an accomplishment. Recognizing those individuals who have influenced the lives of folks with disabilities in our community, and being able to come together and celebrate, is wonderful. I’m looking forward to next year’s event already.,” said the Outreach Coordinator. If you were unable to attend the event and would like to learn more please contact her at l.jago@perrydd.org. Those who are interested in viewing the award winner’s stories, please visit the website www.perrydd.org or our facebook page. Save the date for next year’s event Thursday, Nov. 5, 2014. Read More

Veterans Day: Giving Thanks To Our Veterans

2014/10/28

On Tuesday, November 11th, our nation unites to observe Veterans Day—a day to commemorate and honor all the brave men and women who have valiantly answered the call of duty to serve and protect our great nation at home and abroad.
 
Having served in the Ohio National Guard for over 29 years, I have had the privilege and honor to serve alongside hundreds of courageous service members whom remain dedicated to maintaining a safe and free United States of America.  I, like many others, am forever grateful for their service.  
 
Because of the selflessness and heroism of our nation’s veterans and active duty service members, the United States has had the best military in the entire world.  It is also because of our service members, who continue to tirelessly and fiercely fight to protect our democracy, that our country remains the world’s greatest superpower.  

So today, and every day, let us pause to honor and give thanks for our veterans.  
 
On this Veterans Day, I would like to take this opportunity to share what I am doing in Washington to protect and fight for our nation’s veterans.  Last year, I introduced the “Honor Those Who Served Act” to make it easier to provide headstones for deceased veterans—including those whose headstones have deteriorated over time and those who currently have unmarked graves.  Our veterans deserve so much better for their unwavering dedication to our country; and this legislation provides an immediate solution to this problem.
 
Also, another one of my top priorities remains helping veterans with Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) casework issues. If you, or someone you know, are having issues with the V.A. or any other federal agencies, please feel free to call my office in Hilliard at (614) 771-4968.
 
As we all know, our freedom is not free.  It is because of our service members that we are able to enjoy unparalleled freedoms and opportunities.  On this Veterans Day, I hope you join me in thanking and remembering all of our veterans who have gone beyond the call of duty to protect our great nation.

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Publishers limiting e-book access, librarians say

2014/10/23

Increasing numbers of Ohio public-library patrons download e-books while rarely visiting the libraries themselves.

But as the number of e-book readers in the state increases — Ohio’s 251 public libraries had 8.7 million digital downloads in 2013 — library leaders from throughout the state say publishers are limiting access to their digital collections.

U.S. Reps. Pat Tiberi and Steve Stivers met with library leaders from throughout the state at the Online Computer Library Center in Dublin yesterday to discuss how libraries can keep their model, but in digital form.

To offer e-books to library patrons, public libraries must purchase leases from publishers, which last a limited time and can cost up to 10 times more than a physical book, said Zach Space, a former congressman working on behalf of the Ohio Library Council.

Some publishers have prevented libraries from leasing e-books. When a publisher refuses to sell libraries a physical book, libraries can go to another supplier. But there is no supplier a library can turn to when a publisher puts the e-book behind a firewall, Tiberi said.

“This is an example where the law has not caught up to technology, and we need to look at this,” said Tiberi, R-Genoa Township.

Libraries are willing to work with publishers to prevent copyright fraud, and will often purchase multiple copies of an e-book, but, said Pat Losinski, chief executive officer of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, it’s unfair for publishers to raise prices for library use.

“We want to play by the rules, we want to be fair, but even once we get that access, we can’t charge 10 times the amount,” Losinski said.

Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, said he expects Congress to address e-book purchases for libraries when they revisit Internet copyright policy.

“Digital books are just like physical books, and libraries have the right to access them,” Stivers said.
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Don't Forget to Get Your Flu Shot

2014/10/22

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that every year between five and 20 percent of the U.S. population comes down with the flu, with more than 200,000 people hospitalized for complications related to the flu.

As a husband and father of two, I understand the importance of preparing and protecting my family from the oncoming cold and flu season.  With the Ebola virus recently dominating the media spotlight, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you and your family about the importance of taking the necessary steps to prevent common wintertime viruses, like the flu.

Getting a flu shot is quick and easy; and, can be done at your local pharmacy or physician's office.  In fact, just last month, I received my flu shot at the Grandview Heights Walgreen's.

The vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against the virus and is available to anyone over the age of 6 months.  It is especially important for individuals deemed to be at high-risk of the catching the flu to get the shot—especially senior citizens, those with heart disease and young children.  Keep in mind that it may take about two weeks for the shot to become effective in your system.  So, the earlier you are able to receive your shot the better chances you have to prevent and avoid catching the virus.

Other helpful tips to avoid the flu are washing your hands often, staying hydrated, and resting when you can during flu season.

I hope that you and your family join me in getting a flu shot to ensure a healthy and safe winter in the Buckeye state. As always, I look forward to hearing from you on this, or any other issue facing our nation, 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 to share your thoughts with me.

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Contact Information

1022 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2015
Fax 202-225-3529
stivers.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Financial Services

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 second 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 has been tapped to serve 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.

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.

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 28 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

OHIO's 1st DISTRICT

Brad Wenstrup

OHIO's 2nd DISTRICT

Jim Jordan

OHIO's 4th DISTRICT

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Bill Johnson

OHIO's 6th DISTRICT

Bob Gibbs

OHIO's 7th DISTRICT

John Boehner

OHIO's 8th DISTRICT

Michael Turner

OHIO's 10th DISTRICT

Pat Tiberi

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