Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers


Statement from Congressman Stivers on the President's Press Conference


The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH):

"I don't understand what's so hard about this. White supremacists and Neo-Nazis are evil and shouldn't be defended."


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Statement from Rep. Stivers on Charlottesville


The following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH):

"Today's events in Charlottesville were reprehensible and an act of terror. I strongly condemn white supremacy and all movements fueled by hate in our society. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected."

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Defense Issues Impacting Central Ohio


Across Ohio, there are military bases that support our national security, and simultaneously create thousands of jobs and infuse our local economies.  Recently, I had the opportunity to convene elected officials from the federal, state, and local levels, military personnel, and other crucial stakeholders to discuss the defense issues that are impacting these entities and the Central Ohio region. 

Together with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) and Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH), we provided updates from Washington, D.C. that will affect the Buckeye State.  In recent months, Ohio has continued to lobby the Administration and the Department of Defense (DOD) to accelerate the purchase of Abrams Tanks in order to guarantee our troops have this necessary equipment on the battlefield.  This is critical for our military’s readiness, but it would also be a win for Ohio.  The only remaining tank plant is located in Lima, and over 260 Ohio companies contribute directly to the manufacturing of these vehicles.  Therefore, the push to modernize the fleet will result in an economic uptick for all of the businesses involved.

Recently, the House also took an important step in passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18).  As our country assesses the threats from nations like Iran, Russia, and North Korea, it has never been more essential to ensure our military’s readiness.  Consequently, the NDAA included funding for aviation readiness, Naval presence, ground forces, and missile defense.  Missile defense is especially timely in Ohio - the NDAA included funding for an East Coast Missile Defense Site, and Camp Ravena, near Akron, is being considered.  Much like modernizing the tank fleet, updates to Camp Ravena would bring economic benefit to companies across the state, including in the 15th District.

Overall, the NDAA means good things for Central Ohio.  Defense Supply Center, Columbus (DSCC) is responsible for supplying U.S. forces around the globe with necessary products and supporting operational readiness.  Representatives from DSCC were also on hand to provide updates.  The base will benefit from acquisition reform included in the NDAA that will allow them to make sound economic choices rather than focusing heavily on burdensome compliance regulations.  For example, they will be able to purchase supplies through open marketplaces online like Amazon or Staples.

Additionally, the funding for critical military construction included in the DOD appropriations opens up opportunities for Air and Army readiness in Ohio.  Brigade facilities and small arms range could be constructed at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Franklin County. 

Overall, I am optimistic about the defense industry in Ohio.  I look forward to seeing the sustained growth of the industry and subsequently the economy as our district and our state continues to play a crucial role in providing for our nation’s common defense.
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Stivers Reintroduces the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Inspector General Act


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) this week re-introduced the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection-Inspector General Act, legislation that creates the position of an independent Inspector General (IG) at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Stivers re-introduced the bipartisan legislation with Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN).

“Federal agencies must be held accountable to the American people,” Stivers said.  “This legislation will allow for increased oversight of an agency that has been given broad authority – and often overreaches that authority.  It is important that we take the necessary steps to ensure the CFPB is able to fulfill its role in protecting consumers, while being held accountable.”

The CFPB currently has very little Congressional oversight and receives its funding from the Federal Reserve, rather than the appropriations process. Moreover, the CFPB does not have an independent, Senate-confirmed Inspector General.

Instead, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shares an Inspector General with the Federal Reserve, an unconfirmed position appointed by the Federal Reserve Chairman.

This legislation amends the Inspector General Act of 1978 to establish an independent Inspector General for the CFPB. The position would be appointed by the President and then confirmed with the advice and consent of the Senate.

There are currently more than 30 federal departments or agencies that have an independent IG.


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Stivers Introduces Bipartisan Balanced Budget Amendment, Testifies at House Judiciary Committee


WASHINGTON, DC – As the national debt quickly approaches $20 trillion, two bipartisan Members of Congress are taking action.  This week, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) testified before the House Judiciary Committee regarding the benefits of the Balanced Budget Amendment he recently introduced with Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX).  This bipartisan bill, House Joint Resolution 110, would require the federal government to balance its budget and spend no more than it receives.

“I am glad to be partnering with Congressman Cuellar to introduce this bill, because this is truly a bipartisan issue.  From keeping our nation from bankruptcy and ensuring fiscal solvency, to protecting programs that many members of our society depend on, both sides of the aisle will see the necessity of this resolution,” Stivers said.

The exception to the proposed resolution would be following a declaration of war or a national emergency, during which Congress could waive the balanced budget requirement; however, such a decision would require a majority vote in both Chambers of Congress, and any debt incurred must be repaid within 10 years, without exception.  This provision allows for flexibility in responding to emergency situations, while ensuring the federal government takes seriously its Constitutional authority to effectively and responsibly manage revenue and expenditures.

The proposed resolution represents one of two ways the United States Constitution can be amended, the second being a Constitutional Convention at the request of the states, as outlined in Article V.  The resolution requires a two-thirds majority of both the House and the Senate to approve it, and then must be ratified by 38 states in order to be adopted.  If accepted, the Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) would take effect 10 years after ratification.

“Each U.S. citizen currently owns over $61,000 of the national debt.  We cannot place this burden on our children and grandchildren, and we owe it to them to get federal spending under control,” Stivers said.  “We are taking away economic opportunity from tomorrow’s generations and threatening our national security today by borrowing money from other countries, like China, and we must address the issue now.  Whether the first steps are taken by Congress or the states is not important – one way or another, action must be taken.”


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Ohio Project Benefits the Entire Nation


47,640. That is the number of veterans that currently live in Ohio’s 15th Congressional district.  Nationwide, there are almost 22 million.  These men and women have nobly served and defended our nation.  They deserve our thanks and respect, which is why memorials, monuments, and other tributes to their bravery and sacrifices have been erected throughout the country.  I am excited and proud that the newest installation in their honor will be right here in Ohio.   

Those 22 million veterans have served across all eras, conflicts, and branches of the military, and the diversity of those experiences is well-documented in the various monuments. But what our nation lacks is one memorial that can educate the public about our collective military history.  The National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus will fill that void. 

This project will share the experience of all veterans, whether they served in World War II, or as a part of the conflict in Iraq, no matter which branch they served with.  It will serve as a testament to their stories, and will be an educational resource to all who visit.  It is truly the first of its kind in our country, and I predict that it will attract patrons from all over the United States. 

I believe this project is worthy of national recognition.  That is why I am proud to partner with my colleagues from Central Ohio, Representatives Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Joyce Beatty (D-OH), as well as the rest of the Ohio Congressional delegation to sponsor H.Res. 1900, which would designate the Memorial as the “National Veterans Memorial and Museum.” 

I recently had the opportunity to tour the site, and I am encouraged by the progress.  The $70 million project is privately funded by citizens and foundations who have seen the value in this type of investment.  The site was formerly home to the Franklin County Veterans Memorial, but as soon as next summer, it will feature glass walls, landscaping, and a rooftop area for events and tributes to all of our nation’s veterans. 

If you have questions or comments regarding H.Res. 1900 or the progress of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, please contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2015, my Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968, my Lancaster office at (740) 654-2654, or my Wilmington office at (937) 283-7049.  For additional information on where I stand on the issues before Congress, you can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and sign up for my e-newsletter at


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Stivers' Statement on House Passage of the Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act


Regarding the passage of H.R. 3364, the Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act, the following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH):

“We cannot stand idly by while these nations demonstrate a consistent and blatant disregard for the rules,” Stivers said.  “I am proud to join with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to take action in response to three countries that clearly do not have the best interests of the United States in mind.”


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Stivers' Statement on the Passing of Congressman Regula


Regarding the passing of Congressman Ralph Regula, the following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH):

“Congressman Regula devoted his life to serving the people of Ohio,” Stivers said. “In his nearly four decades in the House, he offered leadership and an excellent example of what it means to be a public servant.  My thoughts are with his wife, Mary, and the rest of his family.”


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Investing in Research is a Bipartisan Goal



              I recently had the opportunity to meet with some Americans whose lives have been forever changed by cancer.  A group of constituents from the 15th District who are a part of PanCAN – the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network - took time to share their experiences with me.  Hearing their stories only reemphasized the urgency and the importance of finding a cure.  Pancreatic cancer has surpassed breast cancer, and is now the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related deaths in this country.  This, and all other forms of cancer, is taking far too many loved ones from their families, and it is affecting lives across the political spectrum.

              Cancer doesn’t discriminate by age, gender, or political affiliation.  That is why I am proud to join my Republican and Democratic colleagues in the Congressional Caucus on Deadliest Cancers, and to co-Chair the Biomedical Research Caucus with Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN).  Both of these bipartisan groups of lawmakers advocate for funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), because supporting their research and technological advances is key in finding cures for diseases like pancreatic cancer.

            Additionally, as a part of the Continuing Resolution passed in May, there was a $2 billion increase to the NIH.  In a time of budgetary constraints, this increase demonstrates widespread support and that cures to diseases and cancers are a top priority.  It is also the fulfilment of a promise that Congress made to the American people last year when the 21st Century Cures Act was passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Obama.

            This law, which was recently enacted, works to modernize and personalize health care, support research, and streamline the system to deliver better and faster cures to more patients.  It is paving the way for a new generation of health care innovation, and I am excited to see the difference it will make for the far-too-many Americans whose lives are unfortunately touched by cancer.

            As the House of Representatives continues to debate the budget, I know that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will agree: doing our part to find a cure for cancer does not require hours of debate. 

            If you have questions or comments regarding the appropriations process, or Congress’s investment in cancer research, please contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2015, my Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968, my Lancaster office at (740) 654-2654, or my Wilmington office at (937) 283-7049.  For more information on where I stand on the issues before Congress, you can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and sign up for my e-newsletter at




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Stivers Statement on House Passage of the NDAA


Regarding the House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH):

"It is our military’s job to protect and defend the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic – and they do this job bravely every day. Today, the House fulfilled its job by passing the National Defense Authorization Act to give our military the resources they need to be successful,” Stivers said. “This bill improves our missile defense system to protect against the growing threat from North Korea, rebuilds our military that has been crippled by budget cuts, and restores readiness so we can address the threats our nation faces.”


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1022 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2015
Fax 202-225-3529

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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