Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

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

2015/07/30

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

2015/07/27

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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Stivers Statement on Progress at Buckeye Lake

2015/07/16

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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Stivers Statement on Iran Deal

2015/07/14

WASHINGTON- The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) regarding the Obama Administration’s announcement of a deal with Iran:

“I need to read the terms of the agreement, but here are the four mandatory provisions I will be looking for:

“First, it must require Iran to dismantle its nuclear capacity. Second, we need anytime - anywhere inspection policies (including of military facilities). Third, sanctions must only be lifted with Iran’s demonstrated compliance. And fourth, this deal needs to keep Iran from achieving nuclear weapons for the next 20 years.

“Congress will have the final say and from my perspective, no deal is better than a bad deal.”

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Stivers Statement on the Passage of The 21st Century Cures Act

2015/07/10

WASHINGTON- The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) regarding the passage of H.R. 6 --The 21st Century Cures Act:

“Today we took a big step forward in in our efforts to get lifesaving cures to market faster.

“The United States has the most talented and innovative people in the world, but government regulations have held them back for way too long. The 21st Century Cures Act allows us to unleash our potential to save more lives and at the same time, boost economic activity and job creation in Ohio and around the country.”

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Stivers to Chair Subcommittee on the Rules of the House

2015/07/08

WASHINGTON – This week Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) announced that he will serve as chairman of the Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House for the 114th Congress.

“I look forward to working with Chairman Sessions and fellow members of the Rules Committee to advance an agenda that will put American families first,” Stivers said. “It’s a great honor and responsibility to help shape the policy and debate on the issues that matter most.”

The Subcommittee he will chair has jurisdiction over processes and procedures of the House, relations between the two houses of Congress, relations between Congress and the Judiciary, and internal operations of the House.

“It is a pleasure to announce Congressman Stivers as one of our two Rules Subcommittee chairmen,” Sessions said. “This assignment reflects his strengths and interests, as well as those who will serve on his subcommittee this Congress. Stivers is a valuable asset to our committee, and I look forward to working with him on the important issues we discuss in the Rules Committee each week.”

As a member of the standing House Committee on Rules, Stivers plays an important role in determining which bills reach the House Floor for a vote, as well as the rules for how the full body of the House will debate each bill.  

For more information on the Subcommittee on the Rules of the House, visit rules.house.gov.

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Independence Day

2015/06/29

The Founding Fathers declared that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed with inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  During the America’s infancy, our forefathers dedicated themselves to the preservation of these rights. They willingly served their country, and in some cases, gave their lives to ensure that their fellow Americans could continue to live in a land of freedom and opportunity.

The government our Founding Fathers fought to establish is one in which each citizen has a voice, and its continuation depends on the consent of the governed.  The adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776— 239 years ago—formed the foundation of the United States of America and the principles that continue to guide our nation today.

Each year we come together to celebrate our independence by watching fireworks, attending parades and spending time with family and friends.  It is important, however, to remember we are able to celebrate this day because of our Founding Fathers’ extraordinary contributions to our great democracy and our military bravely answering the call of duty time and time again.  

As a member of the Ohio National Guard for more than 29 years, I have seen firsthand the tireless work of the servicemen and women who bravely defend our country and our liberty.  Thanks to their sacrifices, we remain fortunate to live in the land of the free and home of the brave.

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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Stivers, Welch Re-Introduce Bill to Increase Access, Drive Down Costs and Increase Competition for Generic Pharmaceuticals

2015/06/18

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) joined Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) to re-introduced the Fair Access for Safe and Timely (FAST) Generics Act to increase consumer access to generic drugs, boost market competition and ultimately save consumers money.

“My bill closes federal loopholes to ensure consumers have faster access to less costly generic drugs by increasing market competition and eliminating bureaucratic red tape,” said Stivers.

Currently, there are companies that abuse Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug safety programs by withholding access to drug samples for generic manufacturers, resulting in anticompetitive practices and increased pharmaceutical costs.

Specifically, the FAST Generics Act includes common-sense reforms to close these loopholes and address the most common abuses of Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) and non-REMS restricted access programs. These reforms provide a reasonable window for negotiations between manufacturers; limit the extent to which companies can delay competition; and minimize the burden on FDA, which has spent hundreds of hours adjudicating disputes between companies.

“Generic prescription drugs are often a cost-effective alternative to brand name drugs.  Patients, in consultation with their physician, should have a choice where possible,” said Welch. “Our legislation will save consumers billions of dollars by ensuring timely competition in the market and preventing unfair delays for patients seeking more affordable options for their medications.”

According to a study conducted by Matrix Global Advisors, companies using FDA safety programs as a smokescreen for these practices are costing American consumers $5.4 billion annually, including a lost savings of $1.8 billion for the federal government.

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June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

2015/06/16

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of the death in the United States and affects more than 5.3 million Americans.  This means every 67 seconds, another person develops this heartbreaking disease. In Ohio alone, there are more than 210,000 people aged 65 and over who suffer from Alzheimer’s.

Tragically, Alzheimer’s, which is a type of dementia, is also one of the few major diseases whose causes researchers still do not know how to effectively slow the progress of , treat or prevent.  Although patients can benefit from treatment and medication, many still struggle with symptoms including: memory loss, confusion and declining conversational skills.

Here in Ohio, medical researchers at centers such as Ohio State and the Cleveland Clinic are working hard to understand the disease and find better treatments.  While they continue their research, far too many current Alzheimer’s patients and their families struggle with the high cost of the disease and the difficulty of understanding treatments. Currently, the cost of caring for Alzheimer’s patients totals $226 billion and that number only increases each year.

This is why I am a co-sponsor of the Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer's Act of 2015, H.R. 1559. This bill, which was introduced by my colleague Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey, would expand access under Medicare to comprehensive care planning for individuals newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It would arm new Alzheimer’s patients and their families with the information they need to develop the treatment plans that are right for them.

I am proud to support legislation such as H.R. 1559, and I hope that you will join me in raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease this June during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Also, I encourage you to get involved in the cause of Alzheimer’s care and outreach. You can learn more about volunteering with the Central Ohio chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association by calling 614-457-6003 or visiting their website at www.alz.org/centralohio/.   

As always, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Ohio’s 15th Congressional District and I look forward to hearing from you about this or 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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Plan a Trip to Washington D.C.

2015/06/03

Summer is finally here, which for many families means taking a summer vacation.  When I was in middle school I visited Washington D.C. for the first time.  This trip meant a lot to me and created many wonderful memories, which I still cherish today.  Now as a Congressman, whenever I meet with middle school students touring Washington D.C. from Ohio’s 15th District, I remember how much the trip influenced me and hope they are having an unforgettable experience. 

If you have a trip to Washington D.C. planned, my office can provide you with information and help set up a number of different tours during your visit. Washington D.C. is a great place for families to visit the many historical sites, learn more about our government and visit some of the top museums in the country. From touring the Capitol, visiting national monuments and seeing the Changing of the Guard Ritual at Arlington National Cemetery, there are so many meaningful things to do in our nation’s capital.

Specifically, my office can help set up Capitol tours, provide gallery passes to watch a session of Congress and submit White House tour requests for your group. We can also provide you with information and help you set up tours of: the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, Supreme Court and Pentagon.  Tours of the Smithsonian museums and Smithsonian National Zoo are free and require no reservation.

If you are interested in learning more about these fun opportunities, please contact my Washington D.C. Office at (202) 225-2015 or visit my website (www.stivers.house.gov) and select “Visit Washington D.C.” under the Constituent Services tab to send a request to my staff by e-mail.

I look forward to helping you and your family plan a tour of any of the great sights Washington D.C. has to offer.  Also, please feel free to reach out to my office about any federal issues facing our nation and as always I appreciate the opportunity to serve Ohio’s 15th Congressional District and 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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