Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers


Stivers Statement on Small Business Administration Declaration for Buckeye Lake Businesses


WASHINGTON – The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) about the declaration made by the Small Business Administration, an effort assisted by Stivers, Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH), Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
“The declaration by the Small Business Administration was critical for ensuring that area business owners have access to low-interest loans so they can make ends meet while the state works to repair the dam. While this designation is not a panacea, it is a starting point for the economic disaster created by the low water level at Buckeye Lake.”


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‘A fitting tribute’


Every time you buy a stamp or mail a letter, you’ll remember a fallen veteran’s sacrifice.

That is the hope of local leaders following the official renaming of the London Post Office as the London Fallen Veterans Memorial Post Office.

A public dedication ceremony was held at the facility Friday afternoon. Officials unveiled a plaque mounted on the post office lawn near the intersection of Oak and Second streets.

The re-naming honors the fallen veterans from the City of London and Madison County.

Postmaster Matthew Doherty introduced several guest speakers, including Andrew Clancy of the United States Post Office and Danny Eakins, military and policy director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services.

Eakins, a West Jefferson native, said renaming a post office for veterans is “a fitting tribute.”

“There are few institutions in our communities which have marked the time quite like the post offices,” he said.

There were 16 veterans from Madison County who fought in the American Revolutionary War, meaning that county residents have participated in every war fought since the country’s creation, Eakins noted.

Currently in Madison County there are about 3,400 veterans, and 700 in London alone. Statewide, there are 877,000 veterans — the sixth largest vets state in the country, he said.

Also in attendance was U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, who sponsored the legislation to re-name the post office. He said the new name pays tribute to fallen veterans from the past, as well as in future conflicts.

“This is to honor all those who lost their lives,” said Stivers, who has served in the Ohio Army National Guard for 30 years. “This is an attempt to honor those legacies and that sacrifice.”

Stivers added that “there’s no real way to relieve the grief that the parents and loved ones are going through.”

He specifically referenced the 17 Madison County veterans who never returned from Vietnam.

The designation has been more than one year in the making.

Legislation to re-name the post office was introduced in the House of Representatives by Stivers, who represents Madison County as part of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District.

The house passed the legislation by a voice vote in June 2014 and the senate in December 2014. It was signed into law Dec. 16, 2014 by the president.

Stivers’ original resolution sought to name the post office in memory of London native Lance Corporal Josh McDaniels, who died fighting in Afghanistan in 2011. But the proposed Lance Corporal Joshua B. McDaniels and Veterans Memorial Post Office Building drew protests from other veterans and military survivors who felt insulted memorial efforts singled out McDaniels.

Stivers noted this re-naming honors all fallen veterans, including McDaniels.

Brent McDaniels, the father of Joshua McDaniels, was scheduled to speak at the ceremony, but was unable to attend, Doherty said.
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Stivers addresses variety of issues at fair appearance


CHILLICOTHE – Agriculture, infrastructure and foreign policy were some of the subjects raised by U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers on Tuesday as he met with area farmers at the Ross County Fair.

Stivers, a Republican from Upper Arlington who represents Ohio’s 15 Congressional District, held a roundtable discussion at the grandstand and said he recognizes that farmers need support to do their jobs.

“I know we need to give you the workforce you need,” Stivers said.

Stivers said the intent of his visit was to sit down with people and see how things were going in agriculture while also hearing what else can be done.

The federal government has a program known as H1A geared toward agriculture that allows farmers to have laborers, Stivers said, adding that he is in favor of making modifications “to allow people to use the program as long as they need it and not lock people into saying, ‘I’ll commit to a full season with you,’ because they might not need you for a full season.”

“The program needs to work. The agriculture works, and that’s what I said, and I’m going to try to make it more flexible so it works,” Stivers said.

In doing so, Stivers said, that would be accomplished by training a domestic workforce while ensuring students out of high school and community colleges have the skills they need, especially as farming encompasses more than agricultural skills, such as being able to perform office work.

Stivers also said he is in favor of creating a long-term transportation bill that has a funding source, adding that infrastructure such as roads and bridges plays an important role in transporting goods. He said he hopes lawmakers will renew a five-year bill once they convene in September that covers it through the paving season in December.

“It’s time to create a process where bigger projects can get done, because many of our bridges and some of our overpasses are getting really old, and we had an overpass near Cincinnati fall down and that’s a problem,” Stivers said.

However, he noted, one of the sticking points among his fellow lawmakers will be figuring out how to pay for it, though he said he is willing to be flexible.

“That will be the big debate, but we’ve got to get it done,” he said. “I believe it’s a really important, critical need for our business community, for our farming community and for anybody driving to work every day.” Read More

Suffocation risk has some lawmakers considering a crib bumber ban


A push by three Ohio lawmakers to ban crib bumpers due to potential infant suffocation has the support of local health officials.

U.S. Reps, Joyce Beatty, Steve Stivers and Pat Tiberi want businesses to stop making and selling the cribs devices, which aim to prevent infants from hitting their heads on crib slats or getting their arms or legs stuck between the slats. If their pleas don’t work, they are considering proposing federal laws, Beatt told the Columbus Dispatch.

This evolution from a crib full of blankets and pillows to a bare bones unobstructed sleeping space has come from research from the past 15 years, said Jessica Saunders, director of the center for child health and wellness at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

“We started to see so many babies were dying, and for a long time it was called SIDS and unexplained. As we looked closer at those death records, nationally, we’ve noticed that it’s not unexplained. A lot of these kids were suffocated by bumper pads, by blankets, by stuffed animals, by all those extra things that we think we need to give to babies because they are sweet and cuddly and soft, and at the end of the day, you don’t need them,” Saunders said.

Suffocation is the number one cause of accidental death of children under the age of one. Parents should remove the bumpers now, don’t wait for a law to go into effect, said Saunders.

Bumper pads have remained popular because there isn’t enough awareness of the risk, according to Donniece Koontz, infant toddler coach with 4C for Children in Dayton.

“They’ve been around for so long and that’s how it’s been, but we’ve figured out what’s best for children’s bedding — bumpers are not safe,” Koontz said.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry, according to mother of two, Jennifer Hunter, who was visiting the Greene Town Center with her family.

She said she knew of the potential risk of suffocation, so she kept her children’s beds clear of blankets, stuffed animals and bumpers.

“Parents these days, there are so many mistakes. It can happen in the blink of an eye and I completely agree with it (the ban),” Hunter said.
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Congressional trio pushes crib bumper pad ban to reduce infant death rate


A bipartisan push to stop the sale of crib bumper pads is on the agenda for a trio of central Ohio lawmakers who say they plan to work at the federal level to curb infant-death rates.

U.S. Reps. Joyce Beatty, Steve Stivers and Pat Tiberi met with Columbus infant-mortality experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital on Monday and left with a list of changes they say will save babies lives across the United States.

In most cases, they’re aiming for fixes that don’t require a tedious legislative route, but they are not ruling out proposing laws if that’s what it takes, said Beatty, a Jefferson Township Democrat.

Beatty joined Republicans Stivers of Upper Arlington and Tiberi of Genoa Township to review with the members of the media the highlights of the private meeting.

The three already have asked the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission for an update on its review of the suffocation risk posed by bumper pads, and they will keep pushing the issue, they said.

An upcoming meeting with the National Retail Federation could ignite a business-led effort to prioritize safety by promoting safe sleep and not selling items that contribute to deaths, Tiberi said, citing Target Corp. as a good example.

“If we can stop one needless death ... we’re going to have some success here,” he said of the group’s priorities for preventing infant deaths nationwide.

Other priorities for the group include:

Changing the rules that govern federally supported programs for home visits with moms and babies — including Help Me Grow in Ohio — to eliminate policies that sometimes keeps families in need from getting services.

Now, for example, when Help Me Grow has a staffing issue and can’t pay for visits to all qualified enrollees, other home-visit agencies aren’t allowed to fill the gap, Stivers said.

“We need more flexible rules from the federal government. We’re sort of tying local jurisdictions’ hands,” he said.

Encouraging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to change rules that prevent newly pregnant women who are uninsured from signing up for insurance in the federal marketplace outside the normal open-enrollment period.

The government has a list of conditions that allow for special enrollment, including marriage and the birth of a child. Pregnancy is not on that list.

It’s unclear how many women opt out of signing up for health insurance when they leave Medicaid and take a job, and then later become pregnant, but the potential for a gap in care during months critical to a healthy pregnancy and baby is worrisome, the lawmakers said.

Looking for opportunities to tie federal housing dollars to smoke-free multifamily units so that low-income pregnant women and families with babies have a greater opportunity to avoid secondhand smoke.

Stivers said that it’s reasonable to think that it won’t take long to lower Ohio’s infant-mortality rate to 6 deaths per 1,000 from 7.4 (the most-recent number, which reflects deaths in 2013).

Kelli Arthur Hykes, director of public-health policy for Columbus Public Health, said she’s glad to see the three members of Congress prioritizing infant mortality and in particular looking for ways to reduce exposure to smoke.

Research shows that about half of people in multi-unit housing report being exposed to tobacco smoke, and such exposure can lead to premature birth and asthma and lung-development problems in babies.

“This delegation has been really receptive,” Arthur Hykes said.

Liane Egle, who directs the Columbus infant-mortality project called CelebrateOne, said she was impressed that the group left the meeting with concrete action items.

Much of what will save babies in Columbus must be done locally, Egle said, but the decisions that state and federal leaders make and the policies they champion can make a significant difference, she said.
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Statement from Congressman Steve Stivers regarding approval of Buckeye Lake project by Army Corps of Engineers


WASHINGTON- The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) regarding the Army Corps of Engineers approval of the dam repair project at Buckeye Lake:

“The timeline is looking even better for Buckeye Lake dam repairs with today’s approval from the Army Corps of Engineers,” Stivers said. “Federal, state and local officials are all committed to expediting this project because the sooner we can get the water to normal levels, the more safe and prosperous life at the lake will be.”



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Stivers and Fudge Introduce Bill to Ensure Continued Funding for NASA Research & Support Aeronautical Jobs in Southeast Ohio


WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) and Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH-11) introduced the Efficient Space Exploration Act, a bill to ensure continued funding for NASA’s research and exploration of our universe, while supporting important jobs in science and technology in Ohio.

Ohio facilities NASA Glenn in Cleveland and Sunpower Inc. in Athens are leading the way in NASA’s research efforts, developing a radioisotope power system to better support a spacecraft in deep space where solar power is not available. This power system, called the Advanced Stirling Conversion (ASC), is expected to be four times more efficient than the power systems currently used in deep space.

“Ohio continues to be on the cutting edge when it comes to the aerospace and aeronautics industries,” Stivers said. “We must support the partnership between NASA Glenn and Sunpower because it will lead to new discoveries and continue to be a good source of jobs for Southeastern Ohio.”

“The development of a more innovative generation of spacecraft and technology is paramount to the success of NASA.  Yet funding for NASA continues to be cut. The NASA Glenn Research Center is a cutting-edge aeronautical facility in Ohio and has been a vital part of the local economy for more than 70 years.  The Efficient Space Exploration Act supports NASA’s critical research and development, saves critical STEM jobs, and secures the future of America’s deep space missions,” said Fudge.

Specifically, the legislation states that the advanced radioisotope power systems are integral to NASA’s success in deep space exploration and will be critical for the future of deep space exploration. The bill requires NASA to submit a report to explain the risks associated without the development of this technology and outlines the plan for preserving the infrastructure and workforce to produce these systems. According to Sunpower officials, many good-paying Ohio jobs rely on NASA’s funding for the development of ASC technology.

The Senate companion bill for this legislation was introduced by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).The text of the bill can be found by clicking here.


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Serving Those Who Serve Us


I have served in the Army National Guard for nearly 30 years, and as a member of Congress, I have had the privilege of meeting so many of the brave men and women who have put their lives on the line to keep us all safe. As a nation, we owe our veterans a great debt of gratitude and I believe the most important way we can express our thanks is by ensuring they get the care they need when they come home. 

Many of service members are suffering from things we cannot see, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the after effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). This contributes to an unusually high and heartbreaking number of suicides. In fact, it is estimated that 22 current and former service members commit suicide each day.

While, Congress has taken tangible steps to improve treatments for PTSD, I believe more must be done to curb this epidemic and to find the right combination of therapies and treatments that work for each and every individual veteran. One type of therapy that has proven extremely effective for many veterans is service dog training. That’s why I am currently working on bipartisan legislation that would make this special form of therapy more available to veterans through our Veterans Administration (VA) facilities.

The effectiveness of service dog training programs in treating PTSD and TBI-related symptoms is supported by preliminary research from Kaiser Permanente, which has shown that veterans who own service dogs have fewer symptoms of PTSD and depression, better interpersonal relationships, a lowered risk of substance abuse and better mental health overall.

Specifically, the Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act would establish a service dog training pilot program at three to five VA facilities, as selected by the VA Secretary. Once up and running, the programs would be studied and considered for expansion.  As part of the pilot program, veterans suffering from PTSD would be connected to service dog training organizations.  These veterans would learn useful occupational skills while training the dogs, and upon completion of the training, each dog would be provided to a disabled veteran — thereby enabling veterans to help other veterans. 

This program would not be built from scratch. It is modeled after the successful service dog training program conducted by the non-profit organization Warrior Canine Connection at several Department of Defense medical facilities and one VA hospital location.  Veterans enrolled in this program witnessed significant improvements in PTSD and TBI-related symptoms. It is also important to note that some of the wounded warriors who benefited from the service dog training therapy program had not been responding successfully to other treatment options.

I do not claim this bill will completely solve PTSD.  But it is clear that many veterans have been helped by service dog training therapy programs and that it has promising potential to significantly aid in the treatment of many individuals who are struggling with the invisible wounds of war. 

As always, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Ohio’s 15th Congressional District and I look forward to hearing from you about any federal issues facing our nation.  Please do not hesitate 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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State officials rally in support of Kasich's plans for Buckeye Lake project


BUCKEYE LAKE – State officials rallied in support of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s announcment Thursday regarding the construction project on the Buckeye Lake dam. Kasich is optimistic that construction may begin sooner than originally planned and the cost could potentially be less, as well.

Kasich indicated the construction could begin earlier than the projected five years that was announced in March.

According to Kasich, a plan has been selected for the Buckeye Lake dam replacement, but he did not disclose the firm in charge of the construction, nor would he commit to a completion date.

“This is a good start and I commend Gov. Kasich for his work,” stated Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio). “I am hopeful this plan will ensure safety while speeding Buckeye Lake toward normal water levels.”

Buckeye Lake is one of the state’s most popular lakes for recreational value and is vital to economic development and tourism in the area. The decision to replace the nearly 200-year-old, 4.1 mile earthen dam, came after dam safety experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released an alarming report detailing unacceptable deficiencies in the dam (earlier this year), which could potentially lead to a disastrous failure putting lives at risk.

Based on the report and to protect the lives of the people surrounding and downstream of the lake, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources left the lake at its lower winter pool water level to reduce the pressure put on the dam.

During Thursday’s press conference with Kasich and ODNR officials, it was stated that the original estimates given of $150 million for a new dam, may now cost considerably less with the new plans and design intact.

State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) applauded Kasich and ODNR on selecting an engineering plan that could decrease project time and cost for repairs to the Buckeye Lake dam.

“This is great news for the Buckeye Lake community,” stated Balderson. “Today’s (Thursday) announcement shows that Ohio is taking steps to move forward with the process whil still ensuring public safety.

“I am optimistic about the design idea and I look forward to the upcoming project groundbreaking,” he added.

ODNR engineers along with hydrologists have been working to identify a safe and efficient option for replaceing the dam. They came up with a concept of constructing a berm, strengthened with multiple cement reinforced columns, which would stabilize the dam long into the future.

By strengthening the underlying soil using the soil mixing technique will expedite completion and potentially allow water levels to be raised sooner, ODNR officials believe.

According to ODNR, a cement mixture will be placed in front of the existing dam, alleviating concerns of water seepage through the dam. Officials said this technology has been used successfully both in the U.S. and internationally.

With $25 million in funding through the newly-signed state budget, Ohio now has funding in place to start construction once formal plans are developed. The funding will enable ODNR to quickly secure a construction manager and not waste any time in beginning the construction, which could start as early as the end of the year, pending approval from the state’s Controlling Board.

According to a report released by ODNR, the Kasich administration has made it a priority to keep Buckeye Lake residents safe and replace Buckeye Lake dam as quickly as possible, while pursuing the best design method that will serve the lake and protect those downstream for the next century.

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Stivers Statement on Progress at Buckeye Lake


WASHINGTON- The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) regarding Governor Kasich’s update today on dam repairs at Buckeye Lake:

“This is a good start and I commend Governor Kasich for his work. I am hopeful this plan will ensure safety while speeding Buckeye Lake toward normal water levels.”

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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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