Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

Stivers Statement on Malaysian Flight crash

2014/07/17

COLUMBUS - The below statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) on today’s Malaysian Flight crash.

“Many innocent people died in this tragedy.  We await more information about the circumstances; however, in the meantime, we offer our prayers to the loved ones of the victims.”

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House OKs permanent business tax cuts

2014/07/12

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House approved a bill yesterday sponsored by Rep. Pat Tiberi that makes permanent a series of business tax cuts, with Tiberi saying the measure would “give this country a raise.”

By a vote of 258-160, the bill was sent to the Senate, which wants to extend the tax cut for just two years. The measure would allow businesses to continue to deduct 50 percent of the cost of new equipment with a value greater than $5,000.

By making the cut permanent, Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, said he would hope that businesses would continue to have money to invest in their businesses, boost wages, hire workers and create facilities.

“Making it permanent allows employers to effectively plan for their future needs and incentivizes them to grow and create jobs,” Tiberi said.

Although 34 Democrats joined 224 Republicans to pass the bill, Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., denounced it as another “corporate giveaway” that ignores key programs to create jobs, build roads and bridges, and support unemployment insurance.

Davis said he cannot support a bill “when I can’t go to church on Sunday or walk down the street without somebody asking me, ‘When is Congress going to do something about our employment checks?'

“When are we going to provide confidence and hope?” Davis asked. “When are we going to stop the process where the rich continue to get rich and the poor continue to get poor and the middle class gets squeezed into where we almost create two groups and two categories of people: those who have much, those who have little?”

The Joint Committee on Taxation calculates that if the bill became law, it would add $287 billion to the federal deficit in the next decade. Without congressional action, the tax cuts expire at the end of the year.

However, Tiberi said that Ohio businesses told him the measure would encourage hiring, saying, “ I have people who (would) rather have jobs than unemployment insurance.”

Among area lawmakers, Republicans Steve Stivers of Upper Arlington, Bill Johnson of Marietta, Jim Jordan of Urbana and Bob Gibbs of Lakeville voted for the bill, while Democrat Joyce Beatty of Jefferson Township opposed it.
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House resolution supports Israeli defense against Hamas rocket attacks

2014/07/11

A bipartisan House resolution introduced on Wednesday by Reps. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) would support Israel’s ability to defend itself against unprovoked Hamas rocket attacks.

The resolution also calls for Hamas to bring an immediate halt to all rocket attacks against Israel.

“Israel is one of America’s most important and loyal friends,” Cole said. “As the world has watched the unrest and tension reach a new height over the last several days with rockets fired into Israel by Hamas, we remain supportive of Israel’s right to combat these terrorist acts. I am pleased to introduce this legislation and reinforce America’s support of Israel.”

More than 500 rockets have been fired into Israel by Hamas since the beginning of June, and the Israeli army estimates six million people may be in danger.

“I vehemently condemn Hamas and its cowardly rocket attacks against the state of Israel,” Israel said. “Despite Israel’s repeated efforts to pursue peace, Hamas has continued its policy of terror and violence against the Israeli people. That’s why I introduced this bipartisan resolution that expresses U.S. support for Israel’s right to defends itself against these unprovoked and unwarranted attacks and ensure its survival. I stand with the people of Israel during this difficult time.”

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) signed on as a co-sponsor of the resolution on Wednesday.

“Israel is our nation’s strongest, most reliable ally in the Middle East, and they deserve no less than the 100 percent backing and support of the United States,” Stivers said.
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Flag Day luncheon held

2014/07/10

LANCASTER — The Elizabeth Sherman Reese Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, gathered at the Lancaster Country Club on June 12, for the annual Flag Day Luncheon to commemorate the adoption of the nation’s flag on June 14, 1777, by the 2nd Continental Congress.

A proclamation from Mayor Smith was presented to Chapter Regent Ada Gutridge by Chief of Police David Bailey. The many honored guests included State Regent Sandra McCann who brought greetings from the Ohio Society, DAR. For the entertainment of the guests, a tribute of patriotic music was presented by pianist Rex McMurphy.

The afternoon’s speaker was Ohio Sen. Troy Balderson of the 20th Ohio District. He spoke of the DAR’s support of our country and the blessings he felt in serving its citizens.

In honor of Flag Day, an American Flag that had been flown over the U. S. Capitol Building was presented to Bloom Carroll High School by Adam Rapien, representing United States Representative Steve Stivers, and accepted by Principal Robert Richards. An Ohio Burgee was presented to Berne Union High School by Senator Balderson.

Regent Ada Gutridge recognized chapter members on the 10th anniversary of their DAR membership including Laura Couch, Ruth Ellinger, Crystal Mirth, Barbara Rowles, and Carla Smith.

Two members were honored for their outstanding service to the chapter. Elizabeth Baker and Marcia Kindig have been active, involved members of the chapter, but most special has been their achievements in facilitating the chapter’s service to our nation’s veterans.

The chapter also took the opportunity to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the 150th Anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery with special displays.
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View from the Hill: Israeli-Palestinian Talks Very Unlikely

2014/07/10

Many in Congress have little confidence that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will return to the negotiating table anytime soon.

"There will be no peace process for a long time," said Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, "because of Hamas being part of the Palestinian government."

Pessimism is pervasive among both Republicans and Democrats.

"I'm skeptical that you will see an enduring peace before the Palestinians demonstrate a greater ability to govern themselves," said Democratic Rep. Steve Israel of New York. "Despite our efforts to assist them, they now decided to form a unity government that is now firing rockets upon innocent civilians in Israel."

Republican Rep. Tom Price of Georgia said he expects nothing to happen without the U.S. calling on Abbas to denounce Hamas and participate in the peace process. "This is what the world looks like when the U.S. refuses to lead," he said.

Israel and Gaza are under steady rocket fire following the murders of three Israeli teens—including one with dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship—and the slaying of a Palestinian teen in apparent retaliation.

Israel has pointed the finger at Hamas—which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization—but has been unable to prove culpability.

The U.S. has largely stayed out of the conflict. In an op-ed published in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, President Obama wrote that "peace is possible" and that the U.S. will assist in a two-state solution when "the political will exists to recommit to serious negotiations."

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California said including Hamas in the Palestinian unity government "may have been the last straw" for Israel.

"I'm not sure where things go from here," Schiff said. "This is such a horrendous situation, and I'm sure equally painful for Israelis and Palestinians—particularly how it started with the deaths of these four teenagers—and I think it's going to take a lot for the Israelis and Palestinians to recover."

Statements from both Middle East leaders on Thursday were uncompromising. Netanyahu said that a cease-fire is "not even on the agenda," while Abbas called Israel's strikes in Gaza "genocide."

Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida visited Israel last week to meet with the families of the Israeli teenagers. He also spent time with Netanyahu.

"If President Abbas is really committed to peace, then President Abbas should, rather than making outrageous claims about Israel's defensive actions … step up and be clear about what Hamas is doing and should make clear to the world that his government is not supportive," Deutch said.

"I'm supportive of a two-state solution," he added, "but when one of the parties is under constant attack from terrorists and that terrorist group is part of the Palestinian government that wants to engage in negotiations, we shouldn't expect Israel to want to start talking about peace."

Republican Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio said it's unlikely either party will come to the table unless the U.S. or another ally encourages them to do so.

"It's not going to solve itself without somebody inserting themselves," Stivers said, "and America—I don't want us to be the policeman of the world, but I sure don't mind us refereeing a fight if we can stop it."

Sen. Claire McCaskill said it's possible the violence will escalate to a breaking point where the leaders have to sit down and talk it out.

"You can look at it two ways," the Missouri Democrat said. "One, things are going to have to calm down before the peace process can begin again. On the other hand, the violence and the stress that this takes on the people living in the country, I would think, would urge political leaders to find peace."

Negotiations don't always work, though, McCaskill said. "Frankly, I think everybody should acknowledge one thing," she said. "If the peace process in Israel were easy, it would have happened decades ago."
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U.S. House bill congratulates AMA on 90th anniversary

2014/07/09

A bi-partisan bill before the U.S. House of Representatives congratulates and commends the American Motorcyclist Association on its 90th anniversary as the nation’s premier advocate for motorcyclists and the motorcycle lifestyle.

Introduced by U.S. Reps. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), and Timothy Walz (D-Minn.) — and cosponsored by Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), Andy Harris (R-Md.) and Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) — H.R. 650 calls the AMA’s membership “the world’s largest and most dedicated group of motorcycle enthusiasts.”

“We are honored that the House of Representatives recognizes the important role the AMA plays in defending the rights of motorcyclists on the road, on the trails and on the tracks,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “Our organization has been – and remains – at the forefront of political and legislative efforts to ensure that motorcyclists’ freedoms are protected and expanded.”

Founded in 1924, the AMA is the premier advocate for the motorcycling community, representing the interests of millions of American on- and off-highway motorcyclists and all-terrain-vehicle riders. The AMA’s mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling.

Through member clubs, promoters, and partners, the AMA also sanctions about 2,600 events annually, including 1,845 competition events.

The AMA’s headquarters, in Pickerington, Ohio, is home to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which honors those who have contributed to the history of motorcycling through political activism, culture, and sport, and which preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations.
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Stivers Announces Wounded Warrior Fellowship Position

2014/07/09

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) today announced an opening in his office for a Veterans/Military Liaison through the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program. The position will be located in one of Stivers’ three district congressional offices. Stivers has district offices in Hilliard, Lancaster and Wilmington, Ohio.

The primary responsibilities for the Veterans/Military Liaison will be to work with the military to facilitate and coordinate responses with constituents who are veterans, as well as act as liaison between the Congressman’s office and the various veteran’s organizations in the district.

The Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program is limited to veterans who have served on active duty since September 11, 2001, with less than 20 years of service and have a minimum 30 percent disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs.  A high school degree is required and some college is preferred, but not required.  Professional education through the U.S. military is highly encouraged.

Interested veterans should visit www.cao.house.gov for more information. Please submit a résumé, a copy of the last DD214 issued and a letter from the VA indicating a 30 percent or greater rating to housewoundedwarriors@mail.house.gov. Please do not send résumés directly to the office of Congressman Stivers.

The Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program was established in February 2008 to create employment opportunities for veterans in the United States House of Representatives. The two-year fellowships are designed to provide veterans with experience and exposure to broaden their career opportunities.


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Stivers Statement on Crises in Gaza

2014/07/09

(July 9, 2014) Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) released the following statement regarding the crises in Gaza:

"Israel is our nation's strongest, most reliable ally in the Middle East, and, they deserve no less than the 100% backing and support of the United States.  Today, I signed onto H.Res. 657 to reaffirm my support and commitment to the sovereign nation of Israel and its right to defend its citizens against the unprovoked rocket attacks by the terrorist organization, Hamas."

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Attempt at more Piketon cleanup funds fails

2014/07/09

WASHINGTON — An effort by 2nd District U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup to increase funding for decontamination and decommissioning work at the former gaseous diffusion plant in Piketon was defeated Wednesday evening.

Wenstrup introduced an amendment to the annual energy and water spending bill that would have increased funding for the cleanup work at the Piketon site by $15 million. He was joined in his push for additional funding by fellow area Congressmen Bill Johnson and Steve Stivers.

“Pike County, and the region, is held hostage and unable to develop their economy and their land until the cleanup is complete,” Wenstrup said in remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives. “After decades of supporting our nation in the Cold War, we can’t let the federal government abandon its commitment to cleaning up the facility in Piketon and risk so many jobs.”

The amendment would have redirected $15 million to the cleanup work from administrative and other energy accounts in the spending bill. It was defeated by a vote of 309-112.

Wenstrup indicated he could not support the final spending bill without the cleanup funds included.
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Lawmakers tour Chillicothe VA for front-line view

2014/07/08

CHILLICOTHE — Brad Wenstrup and Steve Stivers have strong opinions on how to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs’ delays in medical care, but they’re also interested in hearing what providers on the front line have to say.

That’s why the Republican congressmen, each of whom represents part of Ross County in the House, visited the Chillicothe VA on Monday for a brief tour of the medical center and a sit-down with its top administrators.

The visit comes as the VA system is still reeling from the discovery of secret wait lists at the Phoenix VA that concealed how many veterans were waiting for procedures and consultations.

Wenstrup and Stivers, R-Columbus, are veterans themselves, each having served in Iraq. Wenstrup, who’s also a physician, was named in June to the House’s VA Conference Committee, a bipartisan panel that’s tasked with reconciling differences in proposed reforms to the VA.

“We’re trying to get to as many of the VA (hospitals) and outpatient facilities as we can. The purpose is to listen to the administrators and see what their frustrations are,” said Wenstrup, R-Cincinnati. “One expression I’ve heard since this all began is, ‘If you’ve been to one VA, you’ve been to one VA.’ They’re all different.

“I want to hear what kinds of problems they’re having, what slows them down when providing care and what positives they’re seeing, too.”

In a candid discussion with Wendy Hepker, director of the Chillicothe VA, and Dr. Deborah Meesig, the medical center’s chief of staff, the congressmen aired some of their concerns while also asking the local administrators where their frustrations lie.

Wenstrup emphasized one of his principal arguments — the VA must look to physicians outside its system to help meet the health care demands of veterans.

“I see America wanting to be part of the solution. Doctors outside of the VA are willing to help,” he said. “If we ignore this patriotic willingness to help, it would be silly.”

Private hospitals and practices are driven by the need to be efficient, Wenstrup told CentralOhio.com.

“If’ you’re going to keep your doors open, that patient is an asset to you. You not only want to provide a high quality of care, you have to have productivity,“ he said. “I think in a lot of VA settings, there’s good quality, but the productivity is bogged down by more paperwork. When you reward a short wait list rather than high productivity, I think that’s where we get into trouble.“

Veterans are “dying in the waiting line” at the VA, Stivers said, and “part of it is driven by the fact the VA is a separate system that’s closed off to the outside health care world.”

The Chillicothe VA, which treats about 22,000 veterans a year, is already sending its patients to non-VA doctors, said Hepker, who also touted a new system — created within the past 90 days — that follows veterans through their care to ensure they’re being treated.

“We‘re partnering with (patients). We’re shifting staff around and adding others to help with the program,” she said.

As of Monday, fewer than 200 patients were awaiting appointments that were still 60 to 90 days out, she said. So far this year, 5,000 veterans served by the Chillicothe VA have been seen by non-VA doctors, she said.

Stivers said he is concerned about some veterans receiving multiple cancellation notices from the same doctor. Hepker acknowledged the issue and said it can stem from physicians who are the only ones in their specialty, but she also cited problems with noncompliance from patients.

Asked whether there were any messages they wanted to send to Congress, Meesig complained about the pay scale for specialists, which she said hurts the VA’s ability to recruit physicians. Meesig said it’s difficult to attract quality candidates when the VA is paying neurologists and pulmunologists the same salary it pays primary care physicians.

Hepker said she would like for VA medical centers to have more “local flexibility.“

“I talk to veterans in my community. I know their needs and I try to structure our system around them,“ she said. “The CEO of Adena (Medical Center) would have a hard time running his facility if he had someone a thousand miles away telling him what he can and can’t do.”

Wenstrup and Stivers both support reform that would allow veterans to more easily seek treatment outside the VA for common medical needs and allow the VA to focus largely on soldier-specific medical issues such as Agent Orange, prosthetic care, traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The two words that keep popping up in VA Conference Committee discussions, Wenstrup said, are “choice” and “competition.”

Stivers is working on a bill that increase veterans’ access to non-VA doctors. The tough part, he said, is finding a way to pay for it.

“One of the ways to pay for it is to tell the VA to focus on fewer things and do them better,” he said. “But that will be a big change for some people and could be controversial.”
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Financial Services

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.


Serving With

Steve Chabot

OHIO's 1st DISTRICT

Brad Wenstrup

OHIO's 2nd DISTRICT

Jim Jordan

OHIO's 4th DISTRICT

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Bill Johnson

OHIO's 6th DISTRICT

Bob Gibbs

OHIO's 7th DISTRICT

John Boehner

OHIO's 8th DISTRICT

Michael Turner

OHIO's 10th DISTRICT

Pat Tiberi

OHIO's 12th DISTRICT

David Joyce

OHIO's 14th DISTRICT

Jim Renacci

OHIO's 16th DISTRICT

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