Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

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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Stivers and Tiberi Participate in Discussion on Ohio's Public Libraries

2014/10/22

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Reps. Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Pat Tiberi (R-OH) participated in a roundtable discussion with representatives from the Ohio Library Council (OLC) and Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) to discuss ways in which public libraries serve citizens across Ohio, how to expand information and services offered and innovative ways lawmakers can advocate on behalf of Ohio’s public libraries to provide increased opportunities for education and growth.

“The Ohio Library Council (OLC) and Online Computer Library Center’s (OCLC) role in serving, developing and expanding educational opportunities for Ohioans is commendable,” said Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH.)  “I’m grateful for their commitment to Ohio’s 15th District and I look forward to continuing to advocate on their behalf to ensure that all Ohioans have the best and most up to date technologies, innovations and services necessary for education, literacy and professional development in our state.”

The Ohio Library Council (OLC) is the statewide professional association which represents the interests of Ohio's 251 public library systems, their trustees, Friends, and staffs. OLC is a national leader in efforts to raise public awareness of the availability of eBooks at public libraries.

“Thanks to the commitment of the Ohio Library Council and the Online Computer Library Center, Ohioans benefit from cutting-edge technological resources available through our public libraries,” said Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH).  “Whether it is digital material, virtual historical documents, reference materials, or online access, the resources available through our libraries increase access to education and provide opportunities for growth and development for all Ohioans.”

The Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) is a nonprofit library cooperative that provides research, programs and services to more than 70,000 libraries around the world in 109 different countries. The global library cooperative was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ohio.

“The Ohio Library Council appreciates the time Congressmen Stivers and Tiberi have invested in learning how public libraries are serving Ohioans in the 21st century digital world,” said Douglas Evans, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council.  “Ohio has the strongest public libraries in the nation, and they are leaders in ensuring that patrons have access to eBooks and other digital technologies.”

“We are honored to host Congressmen Stivers and Tiberi, and library leaders across Ohio, to discuss the important, and growing, role that today’s public libraries play in the development of strong communities and strong nations,” said Skip Prichard, President and CEO, OCLC.  “As a global library cooperative, we know that access to digital content and digital technologies is essential for local, national and global advancement. We are pleased to advance that work in Ohio and beyond.”


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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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Ohio lawmakers ask for CDC support after Ebola scare

2014/10/20

WASHINGTON — Ohio’s congressional delegation has asked the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to beef up its support to the state after an Ebola-stricken nurse flew from Cleveland to Dallas with a low-grade fever.

Every member of the state’s U.S. House delegation — including House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester, who rarely signs delegation letters because of his leadership role — signed a letter to CDC director Thomas Frieden asking the CDC to provide “any and all necessary support to the state of Ohio in determining any potential exposure, identifying those most at risk, and, if necessary containing and treating anyone that may have come in contact with the Ebola virus.”

The letter also asks the CDC to explain the policies that allowed a direct caregiver of Thomas Eric Duncan, who died earlier this month in a Dallas hospital of the disease, to travel to Ohio and “what changes have been made to ensure the same does not happen in the future.”

“As elected Representatives of the people of Ohio our primary concern is the health and safety of those we represent,” the delegation writes, adding that it is “encouraged by the proactive steps that have been taken to prevent the virus’ spread in Ohio.”

Separately, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, sent a letter today to Frieden, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Ebola response coordinator Ron Klain asking them to take a more active role in helping the state prepare for any Ebola threat in the state. Brown also wrote Burwell and Frieden last week to ask them to monitor any potential exposure in northeast Ohio.

“While I appreciate the incredible support the CDC has already provided to Ohio authorities managing this situation, the CDC must take a more active role in helping state and local officials prepare for any potential next steps,” he wrote, asking the CDC to create a plan should any Ohioans exhibit symptoms of Ebola.

Among his requests: that the CDC become “an active partner” in the local-decision-making process; that the CDC meet and work with state and local public health experts to “to continually assess, update, and enhance protocols; to monitor those who were exposed and to partner with hospitals to develop a clear plan for any potential patients and educating all health care professionals on this plan of action.

Brown also asked the CDC to send additional preparedness experts, infection control experts, and additional personnel to the state.

Last week, a handful of Republican lawmakers including Boehner called for the federal government to rethink its current policies allowing those from west Africa into the country. Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, in a letter earlier this month to President Barack Obama, asked Obama to institute travel restrictions, enhance airport screenings and possibly quarantine individual who had traveled to the West African countries hit by the epidemic.

And Sen. Rob Portman Friday suggested the United States stop issuing U.S. visas to nationals from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, saying doing so is “reckless given the scope of the epidemic.”

“Until we get this problem under control, the State Department should immediately stop issuing new visas to nationals of these affected countries and should revoke all non-executed visas that have already been issued,” Portman, R-Ohio, said. Portman’s office said the U.S. government has issued more than 6,000 visas to nationals from the affected countries in Africa since the crisis began.
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Pennewitt named Congressional student of the month

2014/10/17

Monica Pennewitt, a senior at Wilmington High School, was recently named Congressional student of the month for September by Congressman Steve Stivers.

“Monica Pennewitt serves as a model student both in and out of the classroom,” said Doug Rhinehart, WHS FFA teacher in his nomination. “Monica’s take charge attitude sets a positive example for all to follow. Her leadership skills, school spirit, and friendly nature are examples of what a Hurricane should be.”

Pennewitt is the FFA president and she is a member of the varsity volleyball, basketball and track teams.

“Her outgoing personality and busy schedule would be an easy reason to have absences, yet Monica still has perfect attendance,” Rhinehart said. “A prime example for Student of the Month.”
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Members of Ohio Congressional Delegation Call for Establishment of the Air Force Installation & Mission Support Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

2014/10/16

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, members of the Ohio Congressional delegation urged Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James to establish the Air Force Installation & Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) as well as U.S. Representatives Mike Turner (OH-10), Jim Renacci (OH-16), Jim Jordan (OH-4), Dave Joyce (OH-14), Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Bill Johnson (OH-6), Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Tim Ryan (OH-13), Brad Wenstrup (OH-2), Steve Stivers (OH-15), Pat Tiberi (OH-12), Joyce Beatty (OH-3), and Bob Gibbs (OH-7).

“After careful examination of the Air Force’s approved AFIMSC basing criteria, it is clear that WPAFB meets, if not exceeds, all criteria currently being evaluated by the Air Force,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Secretary James. “While we can certainly make a strong case for each of the criteria, the delegation agrees that collocating AFIMSC with Air Force Material Command (AFMC) headquarters is a logical choice.  Collocating the new center with AFMC would aid in the immediate realignment of resources, authorities, and responsibilities, while reducing costs and inefficiencies.”

Full text of the letter can be found below and here.

Dear Secretary James,

We write to express our support for the establishment of the Air Force Installation & Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB).  Based on the criteria included in the Air Force’s Strategic Basing Process, we are confident that WPAFB is the ideal location to host the AFIMSC.

After careful examination of the Air Force’s approved AFIMSC basing criteria, it is clear that WPAFB meets, if not exceeds, all criteria currently being evaluated by the Air Force. While we can certainly make a strong case for each of the criteria, the delegation agrees that collocating AFIMSC with Air Force Material Command (AFMC) headquarters is a logical choice.  Collocating the new center with AFMC would aid in the immediate realignment of resources, authorities, and responsibilities, while reducing costs and inefficiencies.

WPAFB and the surrounding area is an ideal location to house the men and women that will eventually make up AFIMSC. As you know, this summer the Air Force Times recently ranked WPAFB as the top Air Force base in the country for airmen to live. According to the report, “Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio enjoys low housing costs, a large commissary, a huge 300-bed medical center, and a large exchange.” The report goes on to state that “an above-average crime score of 7 out of 10, and decent commute times… combined to help land Wright-Pat at the top of the list.”

Furthermore, we believe the costs associated with the initial stand up of AFIMSC at WPAFB would be low compared to other potential candidate bases. Already available infrastructure along with competitive construction costs across the state would allow the Air Force to quickly make ready the facilities needed to operate AFIMSC.

Thank you again for your consideration of Wright Patterson Air Force Base as the future home of the Air Force Installation & Mission Support Center.  As you move forward with your strategic basing process, we stand ready to work with you and provide any additional details that may aid in the selection process.
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Lawmakers call for proactive steps to prevent spread of Ebola

2014/10/14

A bipartisan group of legislators called on President Obama on Thursday to take action to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading in the United States.

Reps. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) and Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.) urged Obama to institute travel restrictions, enhance airport screenings and quarantine individuals who have traveled to or from West African countries that are impacted by Ebola.

“The spread of Ebola from West Africa to the United States in recent weeks has shown just how serious of a problem this deadly disease is for our nation and our world,” Stivers said. “The United States must lead the international community by instating travel restrictions to prevent the further spread of this disease to our country.”

Grayson said since there is no effective way to identify asymptomatic travelers who are infected with the disease, a temporary travel ban should be placed on citizens of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

“With a global health epidemic like Ebola raging, we must do all we can to protect our country from infection while aiding in the effort to combat this deadly disease,” Yoho said. “We should not wait for the World Health Organization (WHO) to tell us that the situation is serious enough to restrict air travel. Taking necessary action to protect our citizens is paramount and is the sole responsibility of the United States government; not the U.N. or the WHO.”
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Report finds TRICARE for Kids program provides adequate care

2014/10/10

The TRICARE for Kids program provides adequate care for the children of men and women who are enlisted in the armed services, according to a recent report by the Defense Health Agency.

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) introduced TRICARE for Kids in March 2012 in an effort to shape policies and practices of TRICARE to account for the unique needs of children. The bill was signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act in January 2013.

“The report is a step in the right direction; and I appreciate the acknowledgement in the report of specific areas of needed improvement, including gaps in coverage and services, challenges with utilizing meaningful data and the benefits of increased collaboration with the pediatric civilian sector,” Stivers said. “Unfortunately, the report failed to include any specific next steps and action items to improve the care and experiences for our military families, specifically for one of our most valuable resources — our military children.”

The legislation established a working group to review TRICARE healthcare policies and practices to make recommendations that account for children’s care and pediatric care settings.

“Now is the time to act for our military children,” Stivers said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the senior leadership at the Department of Defense to identify which items in the report can be accomplished in the short term, and which actions might need further legislative action.”
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Stivers, Grayson, Yoho, Pittenger Urge Administration to Take Action to Combat and Prevent Ebola Virus in United States

2014/10/09

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) joined Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) in sending a bipartisan letter to President Obama urging him to take immediate action to help prevent American citizens from further exposure to the Ebola Virus. The letter asks the President to prevent an outbreak of the virus by instituting travel restrictions, enhancing airport screenings and possibly quarantining individuals who have traveled to, or from, the West African countries that are  impacted by this tragic epidemic.

“The spread of Ebola from West Africa to the United States in recent weeks has shown just how serious of a problem this deadly disease is for our nation and our world,” Stivers said.  “The United States must lead the international community by instating travel restrictions to prevent the further spread of this disease to our country.”

“Since there is no effective means to identify asymptomatic travelers who harbor the disease, often unknowingly, only a temporary travel ban on the citizens of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea can prevent the further spread of Ebola to the United States,” said Congressman Grayson.  Such a travel ban in no way inhibits our efforts to provide humanitarian aid to those countries.”

"With a global health epidemic like Ebola raging, we must do all we can to protect our country from infection while aiding in the effort to combat this deadly disease,” said Congressman Yoho. “We should not wait for the World Health Organization (WHO) to tell us that the situation is serious enough to restrict air travel. Taking necessary action to protect our citizens is paramount and is the sole responsibility of the United States government; not the U.N. or the WHO.”

“The stated assurance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and President Obama that the Ebola crisis is under control has no basis, as we consider unrestricted travel by individuals who unwittingly, through desperate intent, or by terrorist intentions, could easily transport the virus to the U.S.,” said Congressman Pittenger.

The first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. who was being treated in Dallas, Texas, sadly passed away yesterday morning.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are currently monitoring an estimated 50 people who came in contact with the infected individual for symptoms of Ebola. In addition, an American cameraman just tested positive for the disease and is receiving medical treatment in Nebraska.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control, individuals who have been exposed to Ebola likely will show signs of the disease within 21 days of exposure, but not necessarily before then.  Meaning not only are we at risk from travelers showing symptoms of the disease before boarding a flight to the U.S., but also asymptomatic travelers who harbor the disease and become symptomatic and contagious after arrival.

To read the letter, please click here.

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Stivers "TRICARE for Kids" Report Released

2014/10/07

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) responded to the recently released “Study on Health Care and Related Support for Children of Members of the Armed Forces” by the Defense Health Agency (DHA), which was required under the passage of Stivers’ TRICARE for Kids bill.

“The report is a step in the right direction; and I appreciate the acknowledgement in the report of specific areas of needed improvement, including gaps in coverage and services, challenges with utilizing meaningful data and the benefits of increased collaboration with the pediatric civilian sector,” said Stivers, lead sponsor of TRICARE for Kids and member of the Ohio Army National Guard.  “Unfortunately, the report failed to include any specific next steps and action items to improve the care and experiences for our military families, specifically for one of our most valuable resources – our military children.”

Rep. Stivers introduced TRICARE for Kids on March 29, 2012 in an effort to better shape the policies and practices of TRICARE military benefits to account for the needs of the children of those who serve and receive TRICARE benefits. The legislation was signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on January 2, 2013.  The bill created a working group to be convened by the Secretary of Defense to comprehensively review TRICARE health care policies and practices to make recommendations that specifically account for children’s health care and pediatric care settings.

“Now is the time to act for our military children.  I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the senior leadership at the Department of Defense (DoD) to identify which items in the report can be accomplished in the short term, and which actions might need further legislative action.”

It is with the help and dedication of over 15 stakeholder groups that TRICARE for Kids remains at the forefront of reforming and improving our nation’s military health care system.  For a full list of these stakeholders, please click here.

For the “Study on Health Care and Related Support for Children of Members of the Armed Forces” by the DHA, please click here.

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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

OHIO's 7th DISTRICT

John Boehner

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Pat Tiberi

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