Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

Stivers' Statement on Netanyahu Address

2015/03/03

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

“Supporting our ally Israel should always be a bi-partisan issue,” said Stivers.  “Inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  to a joint session of Congress was important, especially during this tumultuous time in the Middle East.  I appreciated his perspective on reducing Iran’s nuclear program and creating a more democratic Middle East moving forward.”

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My Office is Here to Help

2015/03/03

Please know that it is my continued honor to serve you. As your Congressman I have always made constituent service a top priority and believe it is one of the most important parts of my job.

My staff and I are available to help you with federal issues or concerns you may be facing. My office can make inquiries on federal casework such as: expediting passports, Social Security claims, Veterans Administration benefits, Medicare benefits and addressing IRS issues.  

For example, this February I was able to help a veteran who was wrongly classified as deceased by the IRS and because of this was unable to file his taxes.  I was able to quickly help reverse this detrimental error by working with the Taxpayer Advocate Office, which is an independent office of the IRS that works to resolve IRS disputes. 

Unfortunately, this type of problem is not unusual and I want to help those who are experiencing an issue like this. For more details on how I may be able to assist you with casework please visit http://stivers.house.gov/constituentservices/casework/ or call any of my offices.

In addition to casework, my office can help if you are planning a trip to Washington, D.C.  You can contact us for assistance setting up a tour of the Capitol building, the Supreme Court or even the White House. Additionally, my office can assist you in reserving House of Representatives gallery passes so you and your family can watch a session of Congress firsthand. 

Last year, I had the opportunity to personally give school groups a tour of the Capitol and I was able to take three groups to the top of the Capitol’s dome.  In total 576 constituents and 9 school groups were given a Capitol tour by someone in my office.  Also, my office arranged Capitol tours through the Capitol Visitor Center for 7 schools with a total of 605 kids.  

Another responsibility that I take great pride in is the ability to nominate eligible students from Ohio's 15th Congressional District to the U.S. Military Academies and in 2014 I had the privilege of nominating 23 young people to these prestigious institutions.  If you or a family member is planning on applying to West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and/or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and would like further information on the nomination process, please contact my Lancaster Office.

As always, I appreciate the opportunity to serve Ohio’s 15th District.  I look forward to hearing from you on these, or any other federal issues 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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Stivers, Larsen Introduce The Small Distilleries Fairness Act

2015/03/02

WASHINGTON— Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) and Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA)  introduced The Small Distilleries Fairness Act, which would help craft distilleries compete on a level playing field and encourages job creation.

“My top priority in Congress is getting our economy back on track and putting Americans back to work.  I’m proud to co-sponsor this bill to provide more certainty on taxes for small business owners like Watershed Distillery in my district,” Stivers said. “Investing in local businesses allows them to grow our economy from the bottom up and create opportunity not just for Ohio, but for the nation as a whole.”

“Innovative local businesses like our craft distilleries in Washington state are working hard to make our state a leader in this growing industry. Our bill will allow craft distilleries to invest more in their businesses, spurring job creation and encouraging new distilleries to open up shop. Because craft distillers rely on local farms for their ingredients, local farmers also stand to benefit from this bill,” Larsen said. “Small businesses are the engine of our economy. They employ at least half of Washington state’s private workforce. Helping them grow is a key way I am working to invest in a healthy economic future for the Pacific Northwest.”

Currently, Ohio is home to 19 distilleries, including two in the 15th Congressional District. Small distilleries currently pay the same federal tax as large producers, while small breweries and wineries pay a significantly smaller tax rate than their larger competitors. Stivers and Larsen’s bill would cut federal tax rates for businesses that produce less than 100,000 proof gallons of distilled spirits a year.

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Stivers Introduces RAISE Health Benefits Act

2015/02/27

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) today introduced the Responsible Additions and Increases to Sustain Employee (RAISE) Health Benefits Act of 2015. The legislation provides families with more discretion in how they pay for the rising costs of healthcare, while also allowing them to save for future medical expenses.  

“Not all families are the same, it just makes sense that a family with four children should have a higher FSA limit than a single adult.  Healthcare costs, such as braces, can be expensive,” said Stivers.  “My legislation would make it easier for families to address the financial challenges of paying for these types of healthcare costs.”

Specifically, the RAISE Act addresses how Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are used.  Currently, FSAs allow families to set aside money to pay for healthcare services and items that are not covered by insurance, such as: doctor copayments, prescription drugs, medical supplies, vision and dental services.  The un-used money, however, does not roll over to the next year, making the process of saving money for large medical expenses practically impossible.

In 2010 Obamacare created an annual cap of $2,500 for FSA contributions.  This arbitrary cap does not reflect the reality of healthcare costs that families face today and undermines the economic benefits of allowing families to use FSAs to build up funds for medical needs.  The RAISE Act addresses this by doubling the current cap to $5,000 allowing families, both large and small, to save more towards medical costs. 

Also the bill states, families with more than two dependents can deposit up to a $500 a year to their FSA for each additional dependent.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D-NM) is the bill’s lead co-sponsor.

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Stivers' Statement on Veto of Keystone Pipeline

2015/02/24

WASHINGTON—The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH):
 
“The President’s veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline is bad for jobs, bad for America and bad for our energy independence,” said Stivers.  “I am extremely disappointed this Administration continues to ignore what hard-working taxpaying Americans want and instead listens to environmental special interest groups.”

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Stivers Presents Veteran with Service Medals and Badges

2015/02/19

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – Ohio) Tuesday presented several service medals and badges to honor veteran John Jude from Columbus, Ohio.  Jude earned his medals during his service in the United States Army during World War II and his five tours of duty during the Korean War.  Unfortunately, Jude never received some of the honors he was due and Stivers’ office helped him obtain these medals and badges.

“Jude valiantly answered the call of duty to serve and protect our great nation at home and abroad,” said Stivers.  “It is a privilege to present this courageous veteran the long-overdue honors he deserves for his outstanding service to our nation.”

Jude received the following medals from Stivers this week: World War II Victory, Army of Occupation World War II, Korean Service (4 Bronze Stars), European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Service, National Defense, United Nations Service.  

In addition he also received the following badges: 1st award Combat Infantryman Rifle Qualification, Rifle Marksmanship, Parachutist Qualification and a Lapel Button, for honorable service.

Stivers’ office is available to help with any issues regarding the Veterans Administration or any other federal agency.  This could include anything from helping obtain service medals that are due, to tracking down copies of military records, or assisting with issues with V.A. benefits.

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President's Day: A Day of Inspiration and Honor

2015/02/13

On Monday, February 16, America will honor two great American Presidents: George Washington, our first President and Founding Father of our country; and Abraham Lincoln, 16th President, and the defender of our great union during the Civil War.  The American Presidency is a distinguished position that only 44 men have had the honor and privilege of holding. 

John Quincy Adams, our sixth President, once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  Each President has made their mark on history—guiding us through the tough times, shaping policy, while also defending our nation and its precious freedoms.  The responsibilities entrusted to a President make for a difficult job and although Presidents are only human like the rest of us, I hold the institution of the Presidency in the highest regard.

I feel fortunate to live in a country which values democracy, freedom and the rights of its citizens.  Democracy, among other things, gives us the ability to hold free and fair elections and allows for the peaceful transition from one presidency to the next.  Unfortunately, the citizens of every nation are not every as lucky as us, some never get to experience free elections.

Though our history has not been perfect, filled with doubts and uncertainty, the institution of the American Presidency is one of inspiration and honor.  Without great leaders like Washington and Lincoln propelling us forward, we would not be the strong nation we are today.  So on President’s Day let’s pause to remember those who have made extraordinary contributions to our great democracy.

As always, I appreciate the opportunity to serve Ohio’s 15th Congressional District.  I look forward to hearing from you on this, or any other federal issues 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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Stivers Re-introduces Legislation to Honor Civil War Hero Milton Holland

2015/02/13

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – Ohio) today re-introduced legislation to correct a historic injustice. Stivers introduced the bill with Congressman Al Green (D-TX) to restore the commission earned by Sergeant Major Milton M. Holland, who was promoted to the rank of Captain due to his acts of heroism during the Civil War. However, the promotion was rescinded because of his skin color.

“Milton Holland earned the rank of Captain for his acts of valor during the Civil War, and it was an outrage that he was stripped of the rank because of his race,” Stivers said.  “It is many years later, but I hope this bill will, in some small way, right a wrong.” 

Milton Holland was born a slave near Austin, Texas and is the first African American from Texas to receive the Medal of Honor.  Holland was freed from slavery and was sent with two of his brothers to Ohio to receive an education at the Albany Enterprise Academy. 

At the onset of the Civil War in 1861, Holland was one of thousands that rushed to join the United States Army only to be turned away by a federal law restricting African-Americans from military service.  Following the law’s repeal, Holland enlisted in Athens, Ohio with the Fifth United States Colored Infantry Regiment, a unit that suffered heavy losses at the Battle of Chapin’s Farm outside Petersburg, Virginia on September 29-30, 1864.  
When all the white officers had been killed or wounded in battle, Holland commanded his company to victory, demonstrating acts of heroism that would earn him the Medal of Honor, and a promotion to Captain. 

However, Holland was stripped of his rank as Captain when the U.S. Department of War determined his commission was in violation of its ban, at the time, on non-white officers.  It is an injustice that Holland became a victim of the very racial inequality he fought to end.  In an effort to finally honor and recognize Holland’s sacrifices to our nation, Stivers’ legislation to posthumously commission Milton M. Holland to the rank of Captain.

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Stivers Re-introduces the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Inspector General Act of 2015

2015/02/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) this week re-introduced the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection-Inspector General Act of 2015, 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).

“Government accountability is important now, more than ever,” Stivers said.  “This legislation will allow for increased oversight of an agency that has been given broad authority.  It is important that we take the necessary steps to ensure the CFPB is accountable to the American people.”

“The CFPB is an important agency that works to ensure that you, the consumer, are protected from things like predatory payday lenders, shoddy mortgage bankers and defective products. Their work is important, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need oversight,” Walz said. “I fully support their cause, to stand up for you and believe the appointment of an independent Inspector General will only increase their ability to fulfill their important mission.”

The CFPB currently has very little Congressional oversight. The agency is not subject to the appropriations process, receiving funds for their budget from the Federal Reserve and 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. The IG of the Federal Reserve is an unconfirmed position appointed by the Fed Chairman.

Stivers’ 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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Americans Deserve a Responsible Federal Budget

2015/02/09

Last week President Obama released his budget. There were some parts of the proposal I disagreed with, such as the $2.1 trillion in tax hikes and increased federal spending.  However, I did appreciate that within the President’s budget proposal he suggested conducting a comprehensive review of the United States coin and currency production.   

As a Member of Congress I have also sought to reduce the cost of making pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters with The Cents and Sensibility Act.  My bill ensures these coins are minted with steel instead of minerals imported from outside the United States.  Currently, it costs more to produce these coins than they are actually worth.  Also much of the copper, zinc and nickel used to make them is imported from outside of the United States.

There have been studies analyzing the potential cost savings from changing the coins from these other metals to steel.  For example, a study by Navigant Consulting reported that the federal government could save approximately $2 billion over 10 years, in metal costs alone by changing the composition of the nickel, dime and quarter to steel.
 
Our federal government is spending more money than it brings in and our debt is at an all-time high of $18 trillion.  I believe this is unacceptable, which is why it has been one of my top priorities to hold Washington accountable and strengthen our nation’s economy.  Step by step, we need to make both easy and tough choices to reduce government spending.  The Cents and Sensibility Act is an easy choice; it is a simple, yet effective way to reduce spending while supporting American jobs.

As always, I appreciate the opportunity to serve Ohio’s 15th District.  I look forward to hearing from you on these, or any other federal issues facing our nation.  I invite you to call my Washington D.C. Office at (202) 225-2015, Hilliard Office at (614) 771-4968, Lancaster Office at (740) 654-2654, or Wilmington Office at (937) 283-7049 to share your thoughts with me.

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Contact Information

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

Committee Assignments

Financial Services

Rules

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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Brad Wenstrup

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Jim Jordan

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Bob Latta

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Bob Gibbs

OHIO's 7th DISTRICT

John Boehner

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Michael Turner

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Pat Tiberi

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