CHILLICOTHE, OH – This week, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that it will be nominating Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, the geographical phenomenon located partially in the 15th Congressional District of Ohio, to the World Heritage List on behalf of the United States of America.
The World Heritage List is maintained by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and recognizes over 1,000 sites around the world that are of significant cultural and natural importance. Included on the list are the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the Taj Mahal in India.
Significant components of these vast 2,000 year-old Hopewell culture earthworks remain intact throughout Ohio in places like For Ancient in Warren County, the Newark Earthworks in Licking County, and the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Ross County. The seven earthworks at these three sites make up the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks that will be nominated. American Indian ancestors built these vast earthworks as ceremonial gathering places aligned to the sun and moon, drawing people from hundreds and perhaps thousands of miles away.
Congressman Steve Stivers, who represents the northern portion of Ross County, where Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is located, applauded the decision.
“Ohio’s contributions to this nation’s history include eight presidents, the birth of aviation, and countless advancements in military and agriculture. But the history extends far beyond 1803, and Hopewell Mounds is evidence of that,” Stivers said. “These earthworks celebrate the incredible contributions that American Indians have made to our country, from Ohio to Yellowstone and Florida. I’m thrilled that Interior sees the value in this site and am hopeful that UNESCO will agree and add Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks to the World Heritage List.”
Ohio currently has no World Heritage sites, but international experts have attested that these ancient Hopewell culture earthworks belong on the World Heritage list with other ancient sites like Chaco Canyon, Stonehenge, and Easter Island.
“Southern Ohio and the Scioto Valley region have always been beautiful places to visit, and I am confident that a World Heritage List designation would only further improve our tourism industry and the local economy,” Stivers added.
The World Heritage Committee, which is comprised of representatives from 21 nations, will make the final decision on Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks’ inclusion on the list at a future date.
Rep. Stivers with 1st Place Winner Sarah Karns
Rep. Stivers with 2nd Place winner Gary Holt
Rep. Stivers with 3rd Place winner Aniston Watts
Rep. Stivers with People's Choice winner Brieanah Seifert
There’s a reason that small businesses are referred to as the backbone of our economy. Across the United States, 30 million of these companies employ nearly 70 percent of people who work in the private sector. This week is recognized as “Small Business Week,” but for those millions of entrepreneurs, their employees and their families, every week is Small Business Week.
That’s why one of my top priorities as your Representative in Congress is to support small businesses. Following the historic tax reform passed at the end of last year, small business owners and job creators are more confident than ever before in the future of their businesses. But there is optimism not just for those who already operate their own businesses. Many aspiring entrepreneurs, like Carolyn from Grove City, are excited about tax reform because it not only puts some startup money in her pocket, but because the simplified tax code has removed many barriers to entry in the market that new businesses face.
Additionally, in an effort to support up-and-coming small businesses, my bill, the Small Business Credit Availability Act, was recently signed into law by President Trump. This law expands access to capital for America’s small and middle market companies, and makes it easier for Business Development Companies to provide financing so that businesses can continue to create jobs in our communities.
Another essential component of job creation that is often over-looked is the importance of patents. When a start-up receives a patent, its chances of securing venture capital increase by over 50 percent. And that allows Main Street entrepreneurs to create more consistent, high-paying jobs for its community. That is why is why I partnered with Congressman Bill Foster (D-PA), to introduce the STRONGER Patents Act. By making crucial reforms to our nation’s patent system, we can ensure that small business owners are able to spend their time innovating, not fighting drawn out legal battles in which they are often out-resourced and out-maneuvered. This bill will help ensure that Main Street is every bit the hub of innovation and well-paying jobs that Silicon Valley is known to be.
Main Street job creators represent the best of America and the entrepreneurial spirit that drives our country. Their ambition and initiative drives our economy and ensures that their neighbors can provide for their families. To all those who are courageous enough to pursue their American Dream, happy Small Business Week – this week, and every week.
WASHINGTON, DC – This week, the Co-Chairs of three Congressional Caucuses dedicated to promoting civility celebrated the National Week of Conversation by announcing they will be collaborating to host workshops and events for Members of Congress over the next few months. The Civility and Respect Caucus (Co-Chairs Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Joyce Beatty (D-OH)), the Honor and Civility Caucus (Co-Chairs Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Mike Johnson (R-LA)), and the Civility Caucus (Co-Chairs Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and Kevin Yoder (R-KS)) are uniting to lead the effort to revive civility on Capitol Hill. The announcement was made in the video that can be found by clicking here.
“The bottom line is, we need to treat each other better and learn how to disagree without being disagreeable,” Stivers said. “Joyce Beatty and I have been spreading this message at schools and civic organizations in our districts, and I am looking forward to spreading this message to my colleagues on Capitol Hill. I am proud to join the Civility Caucus and the Honor and Civility Caucus in the movement to revive civility in Washington.”
“Too many Americans are no longer expressing their disagreements in a respectful way,” Beatty said. “That is why I am working with Congressman Stivers to show that although we may not agree politically on many issues, we can disagree without being disagreeable.” Beatty continued, “We want more people to do the same and treat others how they want to be treated—especially our young people and future generations of leaders.”
“Words matter. How we treat each other matters,” said Crist. “It’s encouraging to see growing support on Capitol Hill for efforts to foster more civility in public discourse. We must always remember the Golden Rule!”
“We are stronger when we act together, and I am proud to join my colleagues in Congress to do all we can to restore civility to our political discourse and trust in our nation's institutions,” Johnson said. “The next generation of Americans needs to see us live out our core principles and treat one another with dignity and respect. I thank my friends on both sides of the aisle for championing this important effort in Washington and in their districts back home.”
“For far too long we have allowed partisanship and political tribalism to erode civility within the halls of Congress,” said Cleaver. “While we may disagree on some issues, we can all agree that everyone deserves to be treated with respect. As members of Congress we have a duty to set an example for the American people and I look forward to working with the other caucuses in an effort to restore civility in Congress.”
“In today’s heated political climate, it’s important that Members of Congress lead by example and practice civil discourse and dialogue in the halls of Congress and at home,” Yoder said. “As chairmen of the Congressional Civility Caucus, Congressman Cleaver and I have been working to bridge the divide between Republicans and Democrats, and even though we might disagree on many political issues, we both agree we should work together for the betterment of our country. I’m excited for the upcoming events over the next few months to promote civility.”
The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH):
“Tonight, we mourn the loss of a former First Lady who was a true leader and role model for our country. Faithfully serving alongside her husband, Barbara Bush championed literacy and was the embodiment of what it means to be devoted to your family. My condolences are with the entire Bush family during this difficult time.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) voted in support H.J.Res. 2, Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
“Every citizen in this country, including our children, is responsible for over $64,000 of our national debt – and that number is only growing,” Stivers said. “We are stealing from the next generation, and that is not acceptable.”
The bill, sponsored by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), prohibits total expenditures for a fiscal year from exceeding total revenue for that fiscal year unless Congress authorizes the excess by a three-fifths vote in each chamber. Additionally, the bill requires a majority vote to increase the public debt limit and requires the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress each year.
“In every Congress I have had the privilege to serve in, I have introduced Balanced Budget Amendment legislation to combat the dysfunction that surrounds our budgetary process,” Stivers continued. “While the bill did not pass, the bipartisan support it received highlights the necessity of this amendment. Both sides of the aisle share a goal in balancing fiscal solvency with protecting programs that many members of our society depend on.”
As outlined in Article V of the United States Constitution, to pass the House, the measure would have needed to receive a super-majority of votes, or 290 yeas. It would then be sent to the Senate, where it must also receive a two-thirds majority vote. It then must be ratified by 38 states in order to be adopted. To date, 28 states have expressed support for a balanced budget amendment; those states have submitted an application to call for a Constitutional Convention on the matter. A Constitutional Convention represents the second method for amending the Constitution, again, as outlined in Article V.
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Raised in Ripley, Ohio, Steve Stivers learned from his mother and father the importance of family, hard work and public service, which have been the values he has carried with him through his life, whether as a student at The Ohio State University, a soldier serving overseas, as a State Senator, or as a Member of Congress.
Stivers is currently serving his third term as a Member of Congress and represents Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, which is made up of 12 counties including: all of Athens, Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Madison, Morgan, Perry, Pickaway, and Vinton counties, and parts of: Fayette, Franklin, and Ross counties.
Stivers is serving his third term his third term on the Financial Services Committee, which oversees the banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities industries. Members who serve on the committee also work on housing and consumer protection legislation and oversee Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Reserve Bank.
In addition, Stivers has been tapped to serve on the Committee on Rules, which is charged with determining which bills reach the House Floor for a vote. Historically, the Committee is often known as “The Speaker’s Committee” because it was chaired by the Speaker up until 1910 and is the means through which the Speaker of the House manages the House Floor. The Committee also determines how long and under what rules the full body of the House will debate each bill.
Throughout his career, Steve Stivers has led the way supporting programs and initiatives to encourage job creation, promote economic development, and put our country’s fiscal house in order. As he wrapped up a successful first term in office, two of Stivers veterans bills, the HIRE at Home Act and TRICARE for Kids, were rolled into the National Defense Authorization Act and signed into law by the President. In his second term in office, Stivers had two bills make their way to the President’s desk. These two bills, H.R. 1391 and H.R. 4189,would re-name two postal facilities located in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District after our fallen veterans. These bills are a small measure Congress can take to honor the lives of brave service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
Prior to running for Congress, Stivers served in the Ohio Senate and before that worked in the private sector for the Ohio Company and Bank One, where he focused on promoting economic development and encouraging job creation.
A career soldier, Stivers has served 29 years in the Ohio Army National Guard and holds the rank of Colonel. He served the United States overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar and Djibouti where he led 400 soldiers and contractors and is proud that each and every one returned home safely to the United States. Stivers received the Bronze Star for his leadership throughout the deployment.
Stivers received both his bachelor’s degree and his MBA from The Ohio State University and resides in Columbus with his wife, Karen, and children, Sarah and Sam.
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