Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

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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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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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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The United States' Involvement in Iraq and Syria: Doing What is Right, Instead of What is Easy

2014/09/30

As a Colonel in the Ohio Army National Guard and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, I fully understand we must be thoughtful and meticulous when choosing the strategy for our nation’s involvement in foreign conflicts. 

Over the past months, it has become clear that Muslim extremist groups operating predominantly in Syria and Iraq are a massive threat to the safety and security of our nation – both at home and abroad. 

These Muslim extremist groups have brutally taken the lives of two innocent American citizens and have made serious threats against the United States.  And, although the exact numbers are difficult to substantiate, there are an estimated 2,500 westerners fighting side-by-side with these extremists in Iraq and Syria.  This includes individuals from countries such as the United States, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany and Great Britain, presenting the opportunity for these militants to gain access back to their home soil through the use of their passports.   

Because these threats are currently happening elsewhere, it would be easy to sit back and think it is someone else’s problem.  But, sometimes you have to do what is right, not what is easy. These are real threats; and the United States of America should provide leadership to help an international coalition address these threats. 

President Obama recently addressed the nation with a plan of action to combat the ongoing and ever-evolving threat of these extremist groups, including leveraging our relationships across the world to coordinate a coalition to address this threat.  Following the President’s speech, Congress voted to support the President’s plan to train moderate Syrian rebels and assist them with air and intelligence support.  I voted for this plan and believe this strategy is the best way to ensure that these battles are fought in the Middle East and not here at home.

Many of our nation’s allies have joined us in our efforts to combat this national security threat; however we must continue to build an even larger and stronger coalition.  This includes involving our partners in the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey in a more comprehensive manner.  While these countries are loosely involved in our coalition, these Muslim militant groups are in their back yard.  I believe there is much more these countries can do to become actively engaged in combating this conflict, including providing funding and boots on the ground support.

Please know that as someone who has served over 29 years in the Ohio Army National Guard, I understand the importance of protecting our nation both at home and abroad.  I also understand the high price our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines pay in armed conflict and I believe we should always keep in mind the cost in blood and treasure that this conflict will extract.

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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For Americans, war in Middle East just drags on

2014/09/29

WASHINGTON — The U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq aren’t the start of a new war but rather the latest chapter in a decade-long fight that shows no signs of abating.

Despite President Barack Obama’s 2013 vow — “Every war has to come to an end” — the war in the Middle East shows no signs of ending.

“There is no period in American history when the nation has been so continuously engaged in combat in a particular region of the world,” said Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the Lexington Institute, a Washington-based research center.

“To me, this is the global war on terror, chapter two,” said Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, an Ohio Army National Guard veteran who served in Iraq.

The war, in fact, has defined a generation: The average American sixth-grader never has experienced a time when the United States truly has been at peace.

For many Americans, it’s akin to a low-grade fever: The nation always faces a level of uncertainty and a heightened level of security. For those with loved ones serving, the anxiety is more acute, the threat tangible.

“This is a generation that’s growing up with conflict as a continuing backdrop to their existence,” said Pete Mansoor, a history professor at Ohio State University who served as the executive officer to Gen. David Petraeus during the second war in Iraq.

He and other military-affairs experts say this conflict is unlike any in history because of its length and shifting enemy.

Vaughn Shannon, an assistant professor of political science at Wright State University who focuses on political psychology, said that while conventional wisdom holds that terrorism creates a fear in society, that’s not necessarily the case for the generation in college. Many of his students, he said, were 5 or 6 when Sept. 11 happened and have known nothing different since.

He said the stress is more likely to be acute among those who spent many years in the pre-9/11 era. They remember life before the enhanced security.

“There are studies that say what really hits people is the proximity,” he said. “We are resilient, for good or bad, and with time things fade.”

Even in a post-9/11 world, many in the U.S. are inured to a wartime America. There’s been no call to plant victory gardens or pitch in on the home front; there is no draft.

“It is ironic, in some sense, that a war like this can go on for so many years with so many people detached from it, and it not feeling like real life,” said Patrick Haney, head of the political science department at Miami University.

For those with a loved one in the military, the reality is much different. According to Brown University’s “Cost of War” project, more than 6,800 U.S. troops and at least 6,780 contractors died between March 2003 and April 2014. The Veterans Administration has approved an additional 875,000 disability claims through 2013.

Both President George W. Bush and, more recently, Obama have said the wars undoubtedly will stretch over long periods of time because of the nature of the enemy. Thompson argues that enemy has existed since the Iranian hostage crisis during the Carter administration.

“The names change, the leaders come and go, but it’s always the same region, it’s always the same fundamental problem, and somehow, America always gets drawn in,” Thompson said.

It took the 9/11 attack to make Americans realize they were at war, he said.

Television has changed things, too, he said. Provocations that might once have been ignored — such as the beheading of U.S. journalists — now spur outrage because they’re quickly broadcast to a large American audience.

“Maybe the lesson we have failed to learn is how easily we are stampeded by the smallest little provocations,” Thompson said.

“The best way to stay out of wars in the Middle East is to stay out of wars in the Middle East,” Thompson said. “If you don’t want to be involved in the region, then at some point, you have to draw a line.”

But Stivers said the United States has little choice but to act. He compares the current conflict to World War II — isolation and appeasement, he said, didn’t work then and will not work now. The Islamic State, he said, is moving from country to country and threatens U.S. allies including Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

“We can fight it in the Middle East or fight in North America,” Stivers said. “I prefer we fight it over there.”

Mansoor, meanwhile, predicts the same core group responsible for al-Qaida and ISIS “will remain at war with the West for the foreseeable future.”

“The notion of peacetime has kind of disappeared,” Thompson said, “because although we’re not really at war, we are definitely not at peace. In the back of our minds, we always know something horrible could happen tomorrow.”

Mansoor said if Americans have universally paid a price for an indefinite war, it’s been the sacrifice of personal privacy and personal freedoms.

“We’ve surrendered part of our freedom every time we go through airport security, every time we get searched at sporting events,” he said. “This is going to have — and has had — an impact on the American psyche.”

Lawmakers, meanwhile, believe that how the U.S. has involved itself may have actually prolonged the war. But they disagree on how they did so.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Stivers argue that a rush to withdraw troops helped cause the rise of ISIS.

“This is a long war that we have ignored for a while at our peril,” Portman said. “And I think over the last several years, under the Obama administration, we once again chose to downplay and, in some respects, ignore the threat. And we live with the consequences of that now.”

But Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said the U.S. mistake was getting involved in the first place without solid Middle Eastern support.

“We didn’t think through the consequences of intervention in the Middle East without Middle Eastern allies, and some people still haven’t learned that lesson,” he said.

Stivers argues that the United States must carry this fight through to the end.

“Either we let this be the new norm or we stop it from being the new norm,” he said. “And the only way to stop it from being the new norm is to wipe these guys out.”
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Portman, Brown and Ohio Lawmakers Urge NOAA to Complete Great Lakes Algal Blooms Report

2014/09/25

NOAA Mandated to Complete Report in Recently Passed Algal Bloom Legislation

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), along with Reps. Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH-05), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-09), Dave Joyce (R-OH-14), Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11), Joyce Beatty (D-OH-03), Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), Bill Johnson (R-OH-06), Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-02), Jim Jordan (R-OH-04), Pat Tiberi (R-OH-12), Bob Gibbs (R-OH-07), Mike Turner (R-OH-10), Steve Stivers (R-OH-15), Jim Renacci ( R-OH-16), and Steve Chabot (R-OH-01), urged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to begin work immediately on a Congressional mandated examination of the causes, consequences, and approaches to reduce hypoxia and harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes and freshwater bodies.

Recently, the President signed into law the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2013 (P.L. 113-124) which prioritizes combating harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes and freshwater bodies for the first time. Section 605 of the law requires NOAA to conduct and report on research regarding how to combat harmful algal blooms and to complete it by January 1, 2016.

“Our Great Lakes and freshwater bodies are a national treasure and extremely important to Ohio’s economy,” the lawmakers wrote. “Lake Erie alone supports over 117,000 full time jobs, and approximately 3 million Ohioans count on Lake Erie for their drinking water. Your assistance thus far with HABs is greatly appreciated. Through our continued effort we believe we can ensure the safety of our fresh water bodies, and the assessment called for in Section 605 is a significant step in that direction. We look forward to our continued partnership on this issue that is important to Ohio and the nation.”

Full text of the letter can be found below.

Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan
Under Secretary
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room 5128
Washington, D.C. 20230

Dr. Holly Bamford
Assistant Administrator
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room 5128
Washington, D.C. 20230

Dear Drs. Sullivan and Bamford:

Thank you for your efforts to combat Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), which have so greatly impacted our constituents. As you know, over 500,000 residents in the Toledo, Ohio area were affected this past month during a water emergency following HABs on Lake Erie, and your office played an important role in restoring an all clear status.

Recently, Congress passed the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2013 (PL 113-124), which prioritizes combating harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes and freshwater bodies for the first time. Section 605 of PL 113-124 calls for an integrated assessment no later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of PL 113-124, that examines the causes, consequences, and approaches to reduce hypoxia and harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes and freshwater bodies. We were recently informed by advocates of the Great Lakes that NOAA has yet to begin implementing Section 605.
    
Because of the continued algal bloom crisis in Lake Erie, we ask that you prioritize efforts to implement this section. The implementation of Section 605 will help ensure that the report called for in the legislation will be submitted to Congress and the President by no later than January 1, 2016. Following the water emergencies in Toledo, Ohio and on Pelee Island, we believe this report is more important than ever so that we may work together to ensure we have a long term solution to combating HABs.

Our Great Lakes and freshwater bodies are a national treasure and extremely important to Ohio’s economy. Lake Erie alone supports over 117,000 full time jobs, and approximately 3 million Ohioans count on Lake Erie for their drinking water. Your assistance thus far with HABs is greatly appreciated. Through our continued effort we believe we can ensure the safety of our fresh water bodies, and the assessment called for in Section 605 is a significant step in that direction. We look forward to our continued partnership on this issue that is important to Ohio and the nation.

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Bipartisan legislation would take steps to increase competition, lower drug prices

2014/09/25

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) recently co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that would increase consumer access to generic drugs, increase market competition and drive down prices.

Stivers and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) co-authored The Fair Access for Safe and Timely (FAST) Generics Act to counteract companies that abuse the FDA’s current drug safety programs.

“We cannot afford to promote practices that hinder consumers’ abilities to obtain generic alternatives to expensive brand medicines,” Stivers said. “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.”

Some drug companies withhold access to drug samples from generic manufacturers, an anti-competitive practice that leads to higher prescription drug costs.

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

Companies that use FDA safety programs to withhold drug samples from generic manufacturers cost American consumers $5.4 billion each year, including lost savings of $1.8 billion for the federal government, according to a Matrix Global Advisors study.
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Stivers Statement on Obama Administration's Announcement Regarding Tax Inversions

2014/09/23

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) released the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s announcement last night that it will use regulatory authority to crack down on tax inversions:

“If the Administration is really serious about solving the problem of corporate tax inversion, President Obama should work with Congress to fix our broken corporate tax code.  Unlike this band-aid approach, comprehensive tax reform would prevent future American businesses and jobs from leaving our country due to a friendlier business environment.”

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Stivers Statement on Military Action in Syria

2014/09/23

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) released the following statement in response to last night’s military action in Syria:

“I support President Obama’s course of action in Syria and Iraq.  These Muslim extremist groups are a real threat to America and we must continue to take action with our coalition partners and work towards building an even larger coalition moving forward, including ensuring partners like Saudi Arabia pay for much of the costs of this effort. The strategy could help ensure that these battles are fought in the Middle East and not here at home.”

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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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John Boehner

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Michael Turner

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Pat Tiberi

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David Joyce

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