Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

Stivers, Welch Introduce Bill to Increase Access, Drive Down Costs and Increase Competition for Generic Pharmaceuticals

2014/09/18

 

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) joined Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) to introduce the Fair Access for Safe and Timely (FAST) Generics Act to increase consumer access to generic drugs, boost market competition and ultimately save consumers money.

“We cannot afford to promote practices that hinder consumers’ abilities to obtain generic alternatives to expensive brand medicines,” said Stivers.  “Our bill closes federal loopholes to ensure consumers have increased access to less costly generic drugs by increasing market competition and eliminating bureaucratic red tape.  This problem must be addressed to save the government and consumers billions of dollars while increasing pharmaceutical options for patients.”

Currently, there are companies that abuse Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug safety programs by withholding access to drug samples for generic manufacturers, resulting in anticompetitive practices and increased pharmaceutical costs.

“Too many Americans, particularly seniors, cannot afford their prescription drugs,” said Welch. “This legislation will ensure that manufacturers of generic medicines can bring more affordable medicines to the market as quickly as possible.”  

According to a study conducted by Matrix Global Advisors, companies using FDA safety programs as a smokescreen for these practices are costing American consumers $5.4 billion annually, including a lost savings of $1.8 billion for the federal government.

To read the Matrix Global Advisors report, please click here.

To read the Fair Access for Safe and Timely (FAST) Generics Act, please click here.

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Stivers Statement on ISIS

2014/09/09

WASHINGTON - “President Obama needs to offer a clear plan-of-action, including leveraging our relationships across the world, to coordinate and address this national security threat,” said Rep. Steve Stivers, a Colonel in the Army National Guard and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  “I believe the United States should provide air, logistical and intelligence support to Muslim and Kurdish-led ground forces.  Under the War Powers Act, the President has the authority to take military action."

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House Passes Stivers' Legislation to Honor Hannon and Rieck

2014/09/09

WASHINGTON D.C. – This week, the House of Representatives passed Congressman Steve Stivers’ (R – Ohio) legislation to name a postal facility in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District after Master Sergeant Shawn Hannon and Master Sergeant Jeffrey Rieck.  Both men served in the United States Military and lost their lives defending our country.  

“This is a small measure Congress can take to honor the lives’ of these two brave service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms,” Stivers said. “Both of these men deserve to be properly honored for their courageous service and I thank God every day that heroes like these stand on the front lines and protect our freedom.”
 
                                             
•    Ohio Army National Guard Master Sergeant Shawn Hannon lost his life on April 4, 2012, while deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.  A soldier from Grove City, Ohio, Master Sgt. Hannon, 44, gave the final measure of devotion when he was killed in action while serving in the line of duty in the protection of our nation.

Shawn was a lifelong soldier who served for almost 20 years in the Ohio Army National Guard.  Hannon was the kind of soldier who makes the citizens of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District proud.  He served in multiple deployments, which included Iraq; RAF Lakenheath, England; Mississippi for Hurricane Katrina, and Florida for Hurricane Andrew.  

As a father, husband, son, brother, and friend, Master Sgt. Hannon was known for his charisma, love, and loyalty.  

•    Ohio Army National Guard Master Sergeant Jeffrey Rieck lost his life on April 4, 2012, while deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.  Master Sgt. Rieck, 46, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and served a 25-year career with the military that began in May 1987.  

A dedicated and loving father, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend, Master Sgt. Rieck will be remembered as a true hero who dedicated every aspect of his life to his family, loved ones, and country—a man who served with true pride and grace.  

The bill would designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4000 Leap Road in Hilliard, Ohio, as the "Master Sergeant Shawn T. Hannon, Master Sergeant Jeffrey J. Rieck and Veterans Memorial Post Office Building."


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U.S. Republican lawmakers say regulators treat insurers unfairly

2014/09/02

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of Republican lawmakers on Tuesday accused U.S. regulators of "disparate treatment" of nonbank financial firms that are currently being considered for tougher oversight.

The lawmakers, led by Representative Scott Garrett of New Jersey, said that in trying to identify companies so large that their failure could pose a potential threat to financial markets, regulators have considered more analysis and public feedback on asset management firms than they did about insurance companies.

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), which brings together various U.S. financial regulators, last year dubbed American International Group and Prudential Financial as "systemically" risky, which means they will be subject to strict oversight by the Federal Reserve.

Regulators have also been studying risks posed by asset managers and their activities, but none have received this designation so far.

"This disparate treatment has led to uncertainty in the insurance industry and raised concerns that the council's approach to insurance company designations is to 'designate first, ask questions later,'" the lawmakers said in a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who heads the FSOC.

The council was formed in response to the 2007-2009 crisis and charged with watching for risks to the financial system. It has also designated as risky General Electric's financial services unit and is expected to name a third insurer, Metlife, as risky as soon as this week.

Garrett and six other Republican lawmakers said in their letter that the regulatory council's research arm has published a study on asset managers, held a public conference on the industry and asked staff to take a more detailed look at specific products and activities.

But it did not take those steps before designating insurers as risky, the lawmakers said. The council also did not do an industry-wide analysis of insurers even after an advisory panel recommended it, they said.

"It seems appropriate that the council, at a minimum, should apply the same level of analysis and due diligence for the insurance industry as it has for the asset management industry before formally considering whether to designate another insurance company," the lawmakers said.

In addition to Garrett, the letter was signed by six other representatives: Spencer Bachus of Alabama, Ed Royce of California, Steve Stivers of Ohio, Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina and Dennis Ross of Florida.

A Treasury spokeswoman confirmed receiving the letter and said the department plans to respond.
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House Republicans question Jack Lew over 'too big to fail'

2014/09/02

House Republicans are challenging Treasury Secretary Jack Lew over naming insurers "too big to fail."

The Financial Stability Oversight Council, the super-regulatory body headed by Lew, has treated insurers worse than asset managers such as BlackRock and Fidelity Investments, the Republicans say, moving too quickly to label insurers "too big to fail" and threats to the financial system.

The council was created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law to identify all threats to the financial system, including ones originating outside Wall Street. It comprises the heads of the Treasury, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve and other agencies, and has the power to name any company "systemically important" and subject it to higher capital standards, tighter regulation and Federal Reserve oversight. It already has given the too-big-to-fail designation to the insurance companies AIG and Prudential.

Rep. Scott Garrett, the New Jersey Republican who is chairman of the capital markets subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee, wrote a letter to Lew Tuesday with six other Republicans warning that the council's treatment of insurers "has led to uncertainty in the insurance industry and raised concern that the council's approach to insurance companies designations is 'designate first, ask questions later.'"

The Republicans faulted the council for not undertaking the research and outreach on insurance companies that it has for asset managers recently.

The letter comes ahead of a scheduled council meeting Thursday in which it plans to discuss labeling non-banks too big to fail as well as considering applying the designation to asset management firms such as Fidelity.

It was reported that the council moved toward a decision on labeling the life insurance company MetLife a systemically important financial institution at its last meeting, but it is not clear whether it is planning on making a final determination this week.

The other Republicans signing the letter sent Tuesday were Spencer Bachus of Alabama, Ed Royce of California, Steve Stivers of Ohio, Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, and Dennis Ross of Florida, all members of the Financial Services Committee.
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Stivers: U.S. Military Academy Applications Due Soon

2014/08/28

As a career soldier, who has served 29 years in the Ohio Army National Guard, I understand the importance of our nation’s military and the unparalleled dedication of those who serve in it.  That is why I am honored as a Member of Congress to have the privilege of nominating a select number of students to the United States Military Service Academies every year.

This includes students interested in attending either the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy or the U.S. Military Academy. A Congressional Nomination is not required to attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

In pursuit of a nomination to a U.S. military academy, students submit an application to my office and are interviewed by my Military Academy Review Board. The board evaluates the students on the basis of academic performance, leadership ability and community involvement.

If you or someone you know is interested in attending one of the academies, applicants should contact my office immediately.   All applications for nomination must be requested from my office by September 22, 2014 and filled out and turned back into my office by October 20, 2014. The complete nomination application packet includes: the application, official transcripts, SAT/ACT test scores, a photograph, three letters of recommendation and a personal essay.

To receive a service academy nomination from my office, candidates must be an unmarried resident of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, a United States citizen, and between the ages of 17 and 23. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.

Qualified persons interested in pursuing a nomination to one of the United States Service Academies should visit www.stivers.house.gov for more information, or contact my Service Academy Coordinator in my Lancaster Office at (740) 654-2654.

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Caucus members work to speed up medical reform

2014/08/28

Members of the House General Aviation Caucus are asking the Department of Transportation to expedite the rulemaking process for third class medical reform.

Thirty-two members of the House GA Caucus, including co-chairs Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.), signed the Aug. 22 letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The letter urges Foxx to expedite and complete the review process for the FAA’s draft notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) within 30 days. The NPRM can only be made available for public comment after it has been reviewed and approved by the Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget.

The letter points out that those flying under the sport pilot rule have successfully operated without the need for a third class medical certificate for more than a decade and that the FAA has had ample time to study the issue.

“For the past two-and-a-half years, the FAA has extensively reviewed this issue and enthusiastic pilots in our congressional districts have become frustrated with the lack of progress on reform,” the letter states.

It also notes that the GA industry has struggled in recent years and would benefit from this move to lower costs and reduce or eliminate outdated practices.

“We appreciate that so many members of the General Aviation Caucus are actively engaged in promoting third class medical reform,” said Jim Coon, AOPA senior vice president of government affairs. “They recognize just how important this is to the GA community and the future of our industry, and, like us, they want to see pilots get relief from this cumbersome and costly process as soon as possible.”

In addition to Graves and Barrow, the letter was signed by Reps. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Bill Flores (R-Texas), Billy Long (R-Mo.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Vicky Hartzler (R- Mo.), Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Richard Nolan (D-Minn.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Howard Coble (R-N.C.), Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.), Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.), Tom Petri (R-Wis.), Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), and Lou Barletta (R-Pa.).

Original General Aviation Pilot Protection Act sponsors Graves and Rokita recently sent a similar letter urging Foxx to act swiftly as did Sen. Mark Begich (R-Alaska) and a coalition of seven industry groups led by AOPA.
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Congressmen send letter to DOE on behalf of Piketon

2014/08/23

Sixth District Congressman Dr. Brad Wenstrup spend most of Wednesday in meetings, in and around the Piketon Department of Energy (DOE) Site about the ongoing issue with funding for Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) activities.

Wenstrup joins with other local, state and federal officials who are working to lobby DOE for roughly an additional $110 million to avoid layoffs from D&D contractor Fluor-B&W Portsmouth.

In addition to meeting with officials locally Wenstrup along with other members of Congress sent a letter to DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz.

“As we have repeatedly urged, the Department of Energy must come forward with a plan that forestalls the proposed layoffs at the site and keeps the D&D cleanup project on track to be completed,” the letter reads. “As such, we are writing to request that you come to Piketon, Ohio, and tour the facility before the impending layoffs on October 1. This site is critically important to southern Ohio and merits the Department of Energy’s immediate attention. The site and scope of this project are significant, and the cleanup needs are not fully appreciated until viewed in person. The workers and the community deserve answers as the Department’s lack of clarity leaves the region facing serious economic uncertainty.”

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Times, Wenstrup said what he took away from the Wednesday meetings was, “if you look at all of the entities involved with this, there seems to be a common goal, which is our belief and understanding that this site needs cleaned up. It can be a very productive site and could be one of the energy capitals of America, really.”

Wenstrup said his motivation behind inviting the energy secretary to the site is to let them see first hand what’s going on at the site.

“If we can get him out here to see what’s going on, he might believe in this community the way that we do,” Wenstrup said. “That’s the problem people sit in Washington and try to tread water, that does not cut it. We’re missing a big opportunity if you are looking to the future of not just the area, but of the country.”

When asked what it’s going to take to get this funding issue resolved Wenstrup said, “that’s the multi-million dollar question. I think we really need to make the case of what we can be here and the importance of it.”

Wenstrup said congress has, by in large, turned the site over to the Department of Energy.

“Congress certainly has a role in this and the house appropriations (committee) put in $15 million more than the presidents budget. I put an amendment on the floor, that did not pass but was for another $15 million,” Wenstrup said. “We have bipartisan support from the Ohio delegation on getting this done. Both senators and all of the representatives.”

Wenstrup said in the big picture the Department of Energy needs to adjust their priorities for the site.

“In the short term what’s going to happen most likely, there is going to be a loss of jobs, that we don’t want to see,” Wenstrup said. “I still think we need to think big picture, what can take place over the next 20 years rather than just next month.”

Wenstrup said one of his meeting on Wednesday was with the Steel Workers Union.

“You talk to the steel workers union and they brought up the point, they are the ones that have to face the people and the people in Washington don’t have to do that. Which is one more reason I would like to get them (DOE Secretary) here,” Wenstrup said.

Wenstrup’s letter to the Energy Secretary was also signed by Bill Johnson and Steve Stivers.

“The Department of Energy must keep its commitment to a timely cleanup effort. The site must be cleaned up safely, quickly, and without costly and unnecessary layoffs that jeopardize the project’s success. Again, we urge that you personally visit the Piketon facility. We stand ready to join you at a time and date that fits your schedule,” the letter concludes.
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Homelessness, redefined

2014/08/15

What makes a person homeless? Is it living on the street or simply not having a safe place to sleep every night? The difference may seem like semantics to some, but for those in an unstable situation, it means the world.

The Homeless Children and Youth Act, sponsored by Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman and California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein in the Senate, would expand the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's definition of homelessness to match the U.S. Department of Education's, which includes those living in motels, doubled-up households, or other sub-standard housing.

Similar legislation has been introduced to the House of Representatives by Republican Representative Steve Stivers of Upper Arlington and Democratic Representative George Miller from the San Francisco area, and is designed to open up resources for children and youth not classically defined as homeless by HUD, despite a precarious living situation.

"The reality for youth and families is different for adults," said National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Director of Policy and Programs Barbara Duffield. "If you're a mom with kids or a dad with kids, you're not going to be on the street. You're afraid of losing your children to foster care, so you're going to take any other option. Young people are really trying to stay out of harm's way, so they're seeking any other place to stay. That's just the nature of it."

HUD's 2013 Point in Time Homeless Count showed 222,197 people living living homeless nationally, 130,515 of which were children. However, the Department of Education counted 1.1 million homeless children in the 2011-2012 school year. This leads many to estimate that upwards of 900,000 young adults and children would soon qualify for federal benefit.

In Ohio, more than 7,000 young people could qualify as homeless. The 2013 Ohio Point in Time Homelessness Count reported 12,325 homeless people — 4,714 with dependent children. The Ohio Department of Education reported nearly 12,000 enrolled homeless students, however.

Most of the families that would be newly classified as homeless only need temporary assistance. Many already find help through local services with no homelessness requirement, like local food pantries or the Salvation Army.

Case worker Jennifer Huffman at the Coshocton Salvation Army says she sees at least one case a day where someone without stable housing comes to her for help. One family, she said, is living in motels or down by the river while waiting for their application for subsidized housing to go through. Another young woman, she said, came to her after being kicked out by her live-in boyfriend, with no other place to go.

"Today, I had probably three people telling me that they needed help or needed a place to stay, because they didn't have anywhere to go," she said. "There's definitely a high number ... Not all of them are families, but it's a variety."

Others needing more involved care find difficulty qualifying for state and federal programs for long-term housing and other benefits.

"The danger of excluding them is continued harm to children's growth and development," said Duffield. "When you're a child there has to be a different threshold for assistance ... These kids need help now. Their brains are developing, their bodies are developing, and all the moving around is delaying that."

No additional money would be allocated towards helping these newly-qualifying homeless people, but Duffield believes instead of spreading limited funding thinner, the classification would open up more funding for those in need.

"This is actually going to help people make the best use of existing funding," she said. "Having a realistic definition allows programs to make the best of funding from private, state and federal resources. It's going to help them show the true need of the community and gather more resources."

Removing the strict definition also will allow for more customized community care. Suburban areas with less of a street population, for example, would be able to turn their focus to residents with sub-standard or insecure housing situations.

"The people are going to be truly able to meet the needs of their population and their community," said Duffield. "The people in the local communities are in the best place to triage. Washington D.C. is certainly not the best place to triage."
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Privit Supports the Proposed Concussion Awareness and Education Act of 2014

2014/08/14

Focusing on improving the health and safety of athletes and individuals, Privit announced its support of Representatives Joyce Beatty's and Ann Wagner's proposed Concussion Awareness and Education Act of 2014 (H.R. 3954) for developing best practices for sports-related and other concussions.

Introduced in January 2014 the bill addresses the need to establish a national system for tracking and managing incidences of sport-related concussions and the side effects on athletes and military personnel. In addition, the bill will develop information to educate the public on concussion awareness, treatment, and prevention.

"This legislation is about protecting our nation's youth. We can, and must, do better in coordinating research on the causes of concussive injuries and protecting the overall brain health of student athletes and military trainees. H.R. 3954 will ensure that those who suffer from brain injuries receive effective treatment and enable them to return to society and the sport or activity they love, as healthy and productive as possible," stated Congresswoman Beatty.

"With the number of sport related concussions and the long-term side effects impacting athletes and military personnel, we need to make an effort to change the 'culture of resistance' surrounding concussions," stated Congressman Steve Stivers.

According to a 2013 report issued by The National Academies, entitled, "Sports-Related Concussions in Youth, Improving the Science, Changing the Culture," each year in the United States there are approximately 1.6 to 3.8 million sports and recreation-related brain and concussive injuries. Studies have shown, during the recovery period, high school athletes exhibited memory impairment up to 21 days post-concussion (Field et al. 2003; McClincy et al. 2006; Covassin et al. 2010) while collegiate athletes demonstrated memory impairment up to 5 days post-concussion (Macciocchi et al. 1996; Field et al. 2003).

"As of January 2014, all 50 states, and the District of Columbia, have adopted return to play legislation for concussed athletes participating in youth sports. We are proud to support Congresswoman Beatty and Congressman Stivers on H.R. 3954 for developing best practices for concussions, regardless of which state you play," said Jeff Sopp, CEO of Privit.

About Privit:
Privit was established in 2009, and provides cloud-based patented technology for the collection, distribution, and analysis of personal health information. Considered a world-class leader in electronic pre-participation evaluations, the Privit MiSuite of Products offer clients a more secure and standard method for acquiring and sharing the personal health information required for participation in organized sports and activities. With offices in Columbus, Ohio and London, Ontario, Privit fosters lasting relationships with physicians, athletic trainers, sports medicine organizations, and international sports teams. To learn more about Privit and its MiSuite of Products, visit www.privit.com.
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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 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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Jim Jordan

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Bob Gibbs

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