Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

Women's History Month

2015/03/26

Trail blazing women like Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice; and, Condoleezza Rice, the first African-American female Secretary of State, not only made history, but will influence countless generations of women in the generations to come.  Each March we celebrate Women’s History Month and reflect on women’s contributions to our society—both past and present.

That is why last summer I supported a package of bills reflecting priorities that would empower women across the nation including: equal pay for equal work, strengthening charter schools, incentivizing flexible work schedules, along with tax breaks for children and families.  This package of bills passed the House of Representatives, but unfortunately was stuck in the Senate.  It is my hope the new Republican majority in both the House and Senate will allow us to get these important priorities accomplished.  

Women’s History month is also about celebrating women who have shaped your life.  Growing up I have many great memories of my mother and both my grandmothers volunteering and organizing charity events for their communities.  My mother especially instilled in me the importance of giving back to your community, through her work on Ripley’s Village Council and her active participation in the Women’s Club, Ripley’s Heritage Organization and the Southern Ohio Health Network.  Her example inspired me to pursue a career in public service.

As a son, a husband and a father to a wonderful little girl, I count myself lucky to have these incredible women in my life.  This week I am inviting constituents to post a short comment or story about a woman who has made a difference in their life on my Facebook page (RepSteveStivers). The celebration of Women’s History Month should be a part of our daily lives and I hope you will consider getting online this week and posting the story of a woman who is important to you.    

I look forward to hearing from you on issues facing our nation and as always I appreciate the opportunity to serve Ohio’s 15th Congressional District.  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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Stivers' Bi-Partisan Housing Legislation Passes House

2015/03/24

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) and Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D – CO)’s legislation H.R. 233, the Tenant Income Verification Relief Act, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote yesterday.  Stivers is the lead Republican sponsor of the bill and it allows tenants on a fixed income to have their income certified or verified once every three years rather than annually.  Furthermore, it will provide marginal regulatory relief to public housing authorities and privately owned rental properties who wish to service housing vouchers.

“This bill is a great first step towards ensuring our nation’s low-income families have safe places to live while simultaneously reducing administrative burdens families face yearly and creating better opportunities for housing authorities to use their time and resources more efficiently,” said Stivers.
 
Currently, private property owners and state and local housing agencies must review income annually for all rental assistance recipients. That includes recipients who receive most or all of their income from fixed sources such as Social Security and therefore see little income change from year to year.  This legislation allows housing authorities to conduct triennial income re-certifications for households where 90 percent or more their income is fixed.

“The annual review requirement places burdens on fixed-income households.  This legislation will help lighten the regulatory requirements placed on housing authorities and their tenants while still ensuring accountability,” said Perlmutter.  “As a result, housing authorities will be able to use their funds more efficiently while providing more opportunities for low-income tenants, which includes many seniors.
 
The annual review requirement can often be burdensome on low-income households who must gather and submit information needed to verify income and deductions and in some cases must go to agency offices for in-person reviews.
 
The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) who wrote in support of H.R. 233, said “this change would substantially reduce paperwork burdens for low-income seniors and people with disabilities and administrative costs for agencies and owners.”  More than half of rental assistance recipients are elderly or disabled households that often rely on fixed incomes, and income reviews are the single largest source of rental assistance administrative costs.

The legislation amends The Housing Act of 1937 and applies to both public housing authorities and the voucher program.

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Stivers Invites High School Students to Service Academy Seminar

2015/03/23

WASHINGTON –Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH), Senator Rob Portman (R – OH), Senator Sherrod Brown (D – OH), Congressman Pat Tiberi (R – OH) and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D – OH) invite high school students from Ohio to join their staffs for a Service Academy Seminar.

The Seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at:

St. Charles Preparatory School
2010 East Broad Street
Bexley, Ohio 43209


During the seminar students will receive information about Military Service Academy nominations and interview processes for the U.S. Air Force Academy, West Point, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.  

Students will be able to meet and talk to staff representatives from their Congressional and Senate offices.  To RSVP for the Service Academy Seminar please contact Congressman Stivers’ Lancaster District Office at (740) 654-2654.

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Stivers Invites High School Students to Compete in 2015 Congressional Art Competition

2015/03/20

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) invites high school students from Ohio’s 15th Congressional District to participate in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.  

The art competition is held every year to recognize the extraordinary artistic talents of our nation’s high school students. The goal of the competition is to support and promote the arts and to foster creativity and artistic expression among our nation’s youth. The winner of the art competition will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. The winner will also be awarded a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception and to see his or her artwork hung inside the Capitol.

The competition is open to all high school students who live in Ohio’s 15th District. All submitted entries must be an original in concept, design, and execution. All artwork must be submitted to one of my three district offices by March 30, 2015.

Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The artwork may be:

•Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
•Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
•Collage
•Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
•Mixed Media
•Computer Generated Art
•Photography

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

The Art Show and Awards Ceremony for the Art Competition will take place at the Columbus Museum of Art on April 8, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Anyone seeking additional information on this year’s Congressional Art Competition should contact Kevin Watters in Congressman Stivers’ Hilliard District Office at (614) 771-4968.

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Stivers, Clark, McConnell and Casey Introduce Bill to Help Newsborns Suffering from Opiate Dependency

2015/03/19

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH), Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D –MA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R– KY) and Senator Bob Casey (D – PA) today introduced the Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015, legislation that takes proactive steps to help hospitals diagnose and treat newborns suffering from opiate dependency.

“The nation is under siege from an opiate addiction epidemic and it is rampant in many states, including Ohio, where drug overdoses are at an all-time high,” said Stivers.  “This is why I sponsored this important legislation, which would help decrease the number of babies born addicted to drugs.  As a father of two young children I understand just how serious this issue is—it not only affects families, but also our communities, states and the nation as a whole.  I am excited Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senator Casey have joined in this effort to combat NAS."

Over the years there has been a significant rise in the abuse of opiates, which has led to an alarming increase of babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).  NAS is a collection of symptoms that infants can experience as a result of prenatal exposure to drugs such as heroin, methadone, and prescription painkillers. Upon being born, this exposure to the drug ends and the babies begin to suffer from withdrawal.

“There is nothing political or partisan about the opiate epidemic or the babies who are suffering its devastating effects,” said Clark. “The partners we’ve made across the aisle, across chambers, and with doctors throughout the country are ready to fight for the children and families impacted by this epidemic, and we’re pushing Congress to take action. The Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015 is a common sense approach to determining how to best care for these newborns while also addressing the enormous cost of that care.”

The Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015 is a targeted effort to make NAS a national priority by bringing together the appropriate experts and data to develop a coordinated response.  The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a best practices handbook for dealing with NAS and designate an agency to collect NAS data.

Recent data shows that a record number of babies in the United States are born addicted to drugs. There are tremendous expenses that come with treating drug-related illnesses.  In 2011 Ohio alone spent more than $70 million in treatment of these conditions, including nearly 19,000 days in the hospital, with 1,649 patient admissions—which is almost 5 daily.  A report by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that the number of newborns diagnosed with NAS tripled between 2000 and 2009.

The Protecting Our Infants Act has garnered the support of national doctors’ groups advocating for the health and safety of children and mothers. The March of Dimes, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) are backing this bi-partisan, bi-cameral legislation.

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Stivers Re-introduces Legislation to Get Medication to Patients in Need Sooner

2015/03/18

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) today re-introduced the Speeding Access to Already Approved Pharmaceuticals Act of 2014.  The bill requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expedite the review of pharmaceuticals that are approved by the European Union (EU). Congressman Tim Ryan (D – OH) is the cosponsor of the bi-partisan legislation.

“Unfortunately, the United States FDA’s red tape causes delays of up to several years in approval for life-saving and life-changing medical treatments,” Stivers said.   “These delays could result in the unnecessary death and suffering of American patients. This bill will help speed U.S. approval of drugs and medical devices deemed safe and effective by European authorities. It ensures the safety of these drugs while saving lives and improving the quality of life for millions of Americans who need cutting-edge medical treatments.”

Specifically, the legislation requires the FDA Commissioner to facilitate the development and expedite the review of a drug within 90 days of the European Union approving a pharmaceutical.

“There are too many examples around the country of illness that can be successfully treated with medications that are approved in Europe, but cannot be taken here in the United States due to the FDA approval process,” said Ryan. “This legislation is a step in the right direction in improving access to safe and properly tested medication for the millions of Americans who are in need.”

Currently it can take more than a decade for a product to get approved by the FDA.  For example since 2002, eight companies have submitted new and innovative ingredients for sunscreen, but all are still languishing in the FDA’s approval process.  

There are only three FDA-approved sunscreen ingredients available in the U.S which effectively guard against the sun’s UVA rays. Europe, on the other hand, has approved seven sunscreen ingredients that help protect against these harmful UVA rays.

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Officials say Carroll interchange will save lives

2015/03/16

CARROLL – Drivers won’t need to invoke the two-second rule when crossing U.S. 33 once the new interchange at High Street opens in 2017.

“When crossing U.S. 33, you have to wait two seconds before you can go,” Carroll Mayor Tammy Drobina said. “Because there’s a 50-50 chance someone will run the red light on (U.S.) 33. But with the new intersection, we won’t have to worry about that anymore.”

She referred to a crash about 15 years ago in which multiple people were killed.

Drobina was one of several officials who celebrated the start of the construction project Monday. Preconstruction work actually started a couple of weeks ago.

U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, said money for the $49.9 million project came from a Franklin County interchange project that wasn’t set to start for some time. Otherwise, the Ohio Department of Transportation would have had to wait several years before building the local interchange.

He said he urged ODOT to build the interchange after seeing a design for a superstreet intersection in The Eagle-Gazette and other media outlets. The superstreet concept still called for turns to get on U.S. 33 and was billed as a temporary solution.

“The superstructure was going to be outdated the minute it was finished,” Stivers said. “I said that this is not going to work and we’ve got to find another way. And when (ODOT) saw that 38,000 cars a day are involved here, I think they realized, ‘Oh, we’ve got to fix this right.’ And that’s when they found the money and it worked.”

He said the new interchange will reduce accidents, save lives and save thousands of hours of wasted time with commuters stuck in traffic.

“In the long term, it will also mean economic opportunities for Carroll, Bloom Township and Greenfield Township,” Stivers said.

Bloom Township Board of Trustees Chairwoman Carol Moore said that, though there will be traffic delays during the construction, safety is the top concern.

“The mayor told about all the accidents that’s happened at that intersection, and there’s a lot of heartache around here and this area,” she said. “So I think people will understand.”

ODOT said the interchange project will include three new signaled intersections and four new bridges, along with new lighting and retaining walls.

Fairfield County Commissioner Dave Levacy said he hopes ODOT doesn’t stop with the Carroll interchange. He hopes it eventually replaces the U.S. 33 intersection at Pickerington Road with a cloverleaf design or interchange. But he said that planning is not even in the talking stage yet.
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Rep. Stivers' bill promises millions of new jobs (USA)

2015/03/12

Congressman Steve Stivers, the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 15th congressional district, recently re-introduced the American-Made Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act. Stivers promises the legislation will create millions of American jobs through expanded drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and generate new revenue to help pay for initiatives to repair and improve infrastructure.

“This legislation is a creative, simple solution to rising energy costs, high unemployment, and our aging infrastructure,” Stivers said. “Not only will this legislation create jobs through harnessing American-made energy, but we will also lessen our dependence on foreign oil, which could lower gas prices.”

According to Stivers, the plan opens up untapped oil and natural gas resources in the OCS that will raise revenue from new off-shore drilling leases and provide a new, dedicated source of revenue to fund highway, transportation and water infrastructure projects. Specifically, Stivers’ plan:

• Opens new offshore areas to energy production by requiring the Obama Administration to submit a new lease plan in 2015 for developing the United States’ offshore energy resources. The Obama Administration’s current five-year plan keeps 85 percent of our offshore areas off-limits to energy production.

• Requires that each five-year offshore leasing plan includes lease sales in the areas containing the greatest known oil and natural gas reserves. Areas with the greatest known reserves are specifically defined as those estimated to contain 2.5 billion barrels of oil or 7.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. At least 50 percent of those areas must be made available for leasing in the plan.

• Establishes revenue sharing of offshore revenues for coastal states, which allows states in the Gulf of Mexico to continue to receive 37.5 percent of revenue from new leases under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) and, after a phase in, extends the 37.5 percent revenue sharing percentage to other coastal states with energy production off their shores.

• Requires the following lease sales to occur, which were delayed or canceled by the Obama Administration: the coast of Virginia, the coast of South Carolina, and the coast of California.

• Authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to issue non-government backed, 20-year interest bearing bonds to provide an up-front funding source for transportation projects. The Secretary would be authorized to issue $25 billion per year over six years, providing a new, dedicated source of revenue for the Highway Trust Fund and the State Revolving Loan Funds.

• Creates new opportunities for future offshore energy production in new areas by including U.S. territories in the Department of the Interior’s resource assessment studies.

In the 112th Congress, Stivers’ infrastructure jobs bill was included as the energy portion of the House’s multi-year highway reauthorization, the Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resources Security (PIONEERS) Act. The PIONEERS Act passed the House on February 16, 2012.
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Stivers reintroduces bill to expand offshore drilling in Outer Continental Shelf

2015/03/11

U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) recently reintroduced the American-Made Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, which would create millions of jobs and generate revenue by expanding drilling operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

“This legislation is a creative, simple solution to rising energy costs, high unemployment and our aging infrastructure,” Stivers said. “Not only will this legislation create jobs through harnessing American-made energy, but we will also lessen our dependence on foreign oil, which could lower gas prices.”

The bill would grant access to oil and natural gas resources in OCS regions, which have been previously untapped. The program would immediately generate revenue from leases for off-shore drilling, providing a new, dedicated source of funds for highway, transportation and water infrastructure projects.

It accomplishes these goals by requiring the Obama administration to submit a new lease plan in 2015 for developing the United States’ offshore energy resources; requiring that each five-year offshore leasing plan includes lease sales in the areas containing the greatest known oil and natural gas reserves; establishing revenue sharing of offshore revenues for coastal states;  mandating lease sales previously delayed or canceled by the Obama administration be finalized; authorizing the secretary of the Treasury to issue non-government backed, 20-year interest bearing bonds to provide an up-front funding source for transportation projects; and creating new opportunities for future offshore energy production in new areas by including U.S. territories in the Department of the Interior’s resource assessment studies.
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Stivers Re-introduces Jobs Initiative

2015/03/10

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) recently re-introduced the American-Made Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act. This legislation will create millions of American jobs through expanded drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and generate new revenue to help pay for initiatives to repair and improve infrastructure.

“This legislation is a creative, simple solution to rising energy costs, high unemployment, and our aging infrastructure,” Stivers said. “Not only will this legislation create jobs through harnessing American-made energy, but we will also lessen our dependence on foreign oil, which could lower gas prices.”

The Stivers plan opens up untapped oil and natural gas resources in the OCS that will raise revenue from new off-shore drilling leases and provide a new, dedicated source of revenue to fund highway, transportation and water infrastructure projects. Specifically, Stivers’ plan:


•    Opens new offshore areas to energy production by requiring the Obama Administration to submit a new lease plan in 2015 for developing the United States’ offshore energy resources. The Obama Administration’s current five-year plan keeps 85 percent of our offshore areas off-limits to energy production.

•    Requires that each five-year offshore leasing plan includes lease sales in the areas containing the greatest known oil and natural gas reserves. Areas with the greatest known reserves are specifically defined as those estimated to contain 2.5 billion barrels of oil or 7.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. At least 50 percent of those areas must be made available for leasing in the plan.

•    Establishes revenue sharing of offshore revenues for coastal states, which allows states in the Gulf of Mexico to continue to receive 37.5 percent of revenue from new leases under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) and, after a phase in, extends the 37.5 percent revenue sharing percentage to other coastal states with energy production off their shores.

•    Requires the following lease sales to occur, which were delayed or canceled by the Obama Administration: the coast of Virginia, the coast of South Carolina, and the coast of California.

•    Authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to issue non-government backed, 20-year interest bearing bonds to provide an up-front funding source for transportation projects. The Secretary would be authorized to issue $25 billion per year over six years, providing a new, dedicated source of revenue for the Highway Trust Fund and the State Revolving Loan Funds.

•    Creates new opportunities for future offshore energy production in new areas by including U.S. territories in the Department of the Interior’s resource assessment studies.

In the 112th Congress, Stivers’ infrastructure jobs bill was included as the energy portion of the House’s multi-year highway reauthorization, the Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resources Security (PIONEERS) Act. The PIONEERS Act passed the House on February 16, 2012.

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1022 Longworth HOB
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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