Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

Stivers Hosted Briefing on NAS

2015/01/23

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) co-hosted a briefing on Wednesday with Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA) on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).  There were several experts in attendance as well to discuss the effect that NAS has on infants and hospitals and what can be done to stop this epidemic.

NAS is a collection of symptoms that infants can experience as a result of prenatal exposure to drugs such as heroin, methadone, and prescription painkillers. Upon being born, this exposure to the drug ends and the babies can begin to suffer from withdrawal.

During the briefing, Stivers and Clark spoke about the pending re-introduction of their bi-partisan Coordinated Recovery Initiative for Babies Act (CRIB).  This legislation will identify the best practices for doctors to use when treating babies suffering from NAS.

“The nation is under siege from an opiate addiction epidemic,” Stivers said.  “It is rampant in many states, including Ohio where drug overdoses are at an all-time high.  This is why I sponsored the CRIB Act, which would help decrease the number of babies born addicted to drugs.  As a father of two young children I understand just how serious this issue is—it not only affects families, but also our communities, states and the nation as a whole.”

"Members on both sides of the aisle should be able to agree that the tiniest victims of our national opiate epidemic deserve our help," said Clark. "We believe that this is a non-controversial and non-political issue. If we can help newborns who are suffering, and reduce medical expenses at the same time, then we should it, and we should do it right away.”

The CRIB Act is a targeted effort to make NAS a national priority by bringing together the appropriate experts and data to develop a coordinated response.  The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a best practices handbook for dealing with NAS and designate an agency to collect NAS data.

Recent data shows that a record number of babies in the United States are born addicted to drugs. There are tremendous expenses that come with treating drug-related illnesses.  In 2011 Ohio alone spent more than $70 million in treatment of these conditions, including nearly 19,000 days in the hospital, with 1,649 patient admissions—which is almost 5 daily.  A report by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that the number of newborns diagnosed with NAS tripled between 2000 and 2009.

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Stivers Re-introduces Coin Bill

2015/01/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Cents and Sensibility Act, introduced by Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH), was re-introduced today.  The bipartisan legislation lowers the cost of producing pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters by ensuring they are minted with steel instead of minerals imported from outside the United States. Representatives Tim Ryan (D – OH) and Pat Tiberi (R – OH) signed on as original co-sponsors of the bipartisan legislation.

“This legislation is a common-sense solution to lower the cost of minting our coins,” Stivers said. “Not only will it cost less to produce, but it will also allow us to use an American resource – steel – that can be manufactured right here in our backyard.”

Since 2006, due to the rising cost of materials and labor, the manufacturing of some denominations of coins has become unprofitable.  Of the coins currently in circulation today, the cost of producing pennies and nickels is greater than the actual face value of the coins.  

Currently, pennies are made of copper and zinc; while nickels, dimes and quarters are made of copper and nickel. A majority of the copper, zinc and nickel used to make these coins are imported from Canada. Stivers legislation would require all four coins be made of American steel in the future, with the penny dipped in copper.  The appearance of the coins would not change, just the materials used to make the coins.

Both pennies and nickels cost more to mint than the face value of the coins.  According to the most recent report released by the U.S. Mint it costs about 1.6 cents to make a penny and 8.1 cents to produce a nickel. The dime and quarter both cost less to produce than the face value of the coins.

Studies have attempted to quantify potential cost savings from altering the metal composition of coins.  For example, a study by Navigant Consulting reported that the U.S. Government could save approximately $2 billion over 10 years, in metal costs alone by changing the composition of the nickel, dime, and quarter to steel, but did not examine the effect of similar changes to the penny.

This legislation is endorsed by the American Iron and Steel Institute.

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Stivers Statement on the State of the Union

2015/01/20

WASHINGTON- The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH):

“I was disappointed that the President focused on what divides us in tonight’s State of the Union Speech; however, there were three areas of broad bi-partisan support including: cyber security, infrastructure funding and jobs created by passing export trade promotion authority. 

“The irony of this speech was that many of the obstacles American families have had to overcome have been created by government policies.  Some of the proposals the President suggested would hurt the very people they propose to help.  Other proposals sound great until you have to pay for them.  We have already borrowed $18 trillion dollars from our children and future generations.”

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Stivers Shares Perspective on the New 114th Congress

2015/01/15

The 114th Congress started on Tuesday, January, 2015.  It was exciting and a great day because it marked the beginning of a fresh start for Congress and the American people.  Last Congress there were over 400 bills stuck in the Democrat Senate, including the XL Keystone Pipeline, veteran’s jobs bills and Obamacare reforms. It is my hope the new Republican majority in both the House and Senate will allow us to get these important priorities accomplished. 

One of the first bills the House passed in the new Congress was the XL Keystone Pipeline. The pipeline has been stalled for six years and in my opinion, this piece of legislation is a no brainer.  The pipeline’s construction would not only create jobs, but would also continue to decrease energy prices. I regularly speak with constituents  who are concerned about the increased cost of living—just last week I spoke with a young  woman in Groveport who was  excited about gas being under $2.00 a gallon because she said it is almost like a pay increase.  The Keystone Pipeline is common-sense legislation that will help millions of Americans decrease their day to day expenses.

This week, we passed the Hire More Heroes Act, which would encourage small business owners to hire veterans. The legislation exempts from the Obamacare mandate, the 9 million veterans who are already receiving health benefits through either the VA or the Department of Defense.  Presently, Obamacare mandates that employers are required to count service people towards the 50 employee threshold for health benefits.  This bill would encourage small businesses to hire veterans, and I am happy to say that it passed the House with a bipartisan and unanimous vote of 420-0.

Additionally, the House has already passed the Save American Workers Act to restore the 40 hour work week.  Under Obamacare, full-time work is defined as 30 hours a week.  Many businesses are concerned that providing all their full-time employees with health insurance is not sustainable. Instead of providing the health care benefits mandated in Obamacare to their employees, many businesses have simply cut employees’ hours to below 30 hours a week. This is unacceptable and has slashed Americans' paychecks by as much as 25%.

This new Republican Senate presents us with a real opportunity to start making progress on all these bills.  Moving forward, I hope we can find some areas of common ground with the President and start working to get bills passed.  The American people deserve a government that works hard to provide solutions to help get people back to work, lower the cost of living and grow the nation’s economy.

I appreciate the opportunity to serve Ohio’s 15th District and look forward to working to shape policy in the next Congress.  As always, I look forward to hearing from you on these, or any other federal issues 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 Introduces the Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act

2015/01/14

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) today introduced the Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act – which would establish a pilot program for veterans so they may address their Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through therapeutic dog training and handling.  

“Our service men and women risk their lives and safety to protect the United States and its freedoms,” said Stivers.  “As a nation, we share a moral obligation to care for our veterans when they return home and to provide them with meaningful therapies to help them deal with any service-related issues they may have—whether physical or mental. I have personally met veterans whose lives have been dramatically improved through working with a service dog. It can make a real difference in the life of a wounded warrior.”

The Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act will give veterans dealing with PTSD an outlet  to constructively help themselves and other veterans.  The bill would establish a pilot program at three to five V.A. medical facilities.  These facilities would connect veterans to local therapeutic dog training organizations, which would be responsible for the dogs’ housing and care. Once trained, the service dogs would be given to physically disabled veterans to help them with daily activities.

Preliminary research by Kaiser Permanente has shown that veterans who have these service dogs show fewer symptoms of PTSD and depression, have better interpersonal relationships, a lowered risk of substance abuse and better overall mental health.

Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN) is the bill’s lead co-sponsor. 

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Stivers' Legislation to Boost Housing Market

2015/01/13

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) today introduced  H.R. 299 – the Capital Access for Small Community Financial Institutions Act of 2015 – which would provide regulatory relief for small, community-based enterprises in an effort to boost the housing market.  

“Purchasing a home is an important part of the American dream,” Stivers, a member of the Financial Services Committee said. “With the continued stagnation in the housing market, I believe it is important to ensure all credit unions have the liquidity and ability to make home loans to their members.”

The Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) System, established in 1932, has been an important source of credit and liquidity for mortgage lending over the past 80 years, particularly for main street institutions.  Although thousands of large and small institutions are members of the FHLB, there are still a small number of privately-insured credit unions, representing firefighters, teachers, churches, and small business which have been blocked from membership for over 20 years, due to a legislative oversight.

Stivers’ legislation corrects this oversight and provides these institutions the ability to apply for membership in the Home Loan Bank System.  Currently, there are a select number of small credit unions in nine states, approximately 132, that are not insured by the federal government, but by a mutual insurance company, governed by credit unions.  

Credit unions did not have federal insurance until 1970, and many small institutions decided to remain privately insured and state regulated.  All of these institutions would qualify as a small community institution.  Private insurance is governed under federal law, and consumer disclosures are regulated by the CFPB.  

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Stivers Statement on Attacks in Paris

2015/01/12

WASHINGTON DC - The below statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH).

"Our hearts and thoughts go out to those in Paris. As a country we need to be ready for any potential terrorist threats.  We must be prepared for the possibility that these incidents are part of a new approach by Islamic Extremists. I have faith and appreciate that our police and military forces are always focused on protecting us from Terrorist attacks, but we need to be diligent as individuals as well.”

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Ohioans in Congress might flex muscles on committees

2015/01/12

WASHINGTON — Rep. Pat Tiberi is taking the helm of a subcommittee focusing on trade. Sen. Sherrod Brown is now the lead Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee. Rep. Steve Stivers now sits on the House Rules Committee.

The 114th Congress has just been sworn in, but you can hardly hear it for the noise of so many shifting chairs.

Committee assignments are the bread and butter of Congress — they give members a chance to weigh in or have particular influence on a specific topic — and more importantly, they give lawmakers a place to shape their legislative goals.

Although few Ohio members are moving to a different committee in this Congress — Stivers is an exception — the chairmanships give a glimpse of where they’ll spend much of their time.

Tiberi, for example, will focus on trade and tax reform, two issues that Republicans and Democrats agree might offer room for compromise in the new year.

The subcommittee is one of a number in the powerful tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. Last year, Tiberi chaired the subcommittee on select revenue, which gave him oversight of tax-reform issues.

This year, he’ll remain on that committee but also become chairman of the trade subcommittee, a move that comes just as President Barack Obama has announced renewed interest in pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed free-trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 countries in Asia and on the Pacific Rim.

Tiberi has served on Obama’s Export Council since 2009.

The Genoa Township Republican said the issue of trade has gotten a “black eye.”

“As long as it’s done in a fair way, where we have the ability to open up markets, we have the ability to compete,” he said. “This is a huge opportunity for Ohio.”

He said he’s heartened by the possibility of the issue being bipartisan.

Brown said he plans to use his position as the new lead Democrat on the Banking Committee to fight for consumer protections enacted in the 2010 Dodd-Frank banking-reform law.

“There is a group of people in Congress who think we should repeal both of the consumer protections of Dodd-Frank and repeal or roll back the regulations on Wall Street,” he said.

“I don’t know what they’re thinking or where they’re living that they don’t remember it was the deregulation of Wall Street that got us into this mess less than a decade ago.”

Had Democrats kept control of the Senate in the November elections, Brown would have been in line for the chairmanship of the committee. Now, his job might be to try to stop GOP policies that he considers damaging. He said he will fight to keep the Dodd-Frank rules in place, and he plans to meet with every member of the committee to look for opportunities where Democrats and Republicans can work together.

The committee has jurisdiction over issues such as banking, insurance, housing, capital markets, securities, urban development, mass transit, international trade and financing, and economic policy.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is in line to take the helm of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on permanent investigations.

“I am excited about chairing it,” Portman said. “It would be an opportunity to use the extraordinary powers of a committee to dig into waste, fraud and abuse, and ensuring the government is working properly. The committee has subpoena power.”

He said he has not yet set an agenda, but he pledged it will be “an opportunity in a fair and even-handed way of looking at what is happening in the Obama administration.”

For Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, a lawmaker with an interest in a variety of areas such as the armed forces and financial services, the chance to serve on the Rules Committee was too good to pass up.

The committee decides which bills reach the House floor for a vote, and it also determines the rules guiding debate on a bill. It is one of the oldest standing House committees and was chaired by the House speaker until 1910.

Stivers will remain on the Financial Services Committee as well.

Serving on the Rules panel is “a great opportunity to see every bill and get a chance to be involved in things that are not in the narrow jurisdiction of the Financial Services Committee,” he said.

Stivers had sought a seat on the House Budget Committee, he said, but is thrilled to serve on Rules instead.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, will chair the House Oversight and Government Reform’s subcommittee on health care, benefits and administrative rules. This means that Jordan, who has weighed in on issues such as the 2012 terrorist attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and a scandal over the IRS targeting conservative groups, will get a chance to focus on Obama’s health-care law.
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Ohio delegation united in support of France

2015/01/10

WASHINGTON — Ohio lawmakers fear that the two hostage situations yesterday on the heels of attacks on a satirical newspaper in Paris suggest a more expansive plot to attack French citizens.

“This appears to be a much more sophisticated terrorist attack than many of the lone-wolf attacks we’ve seen both here in the U.S. and in Europe,” said Sen. Rob Portman, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

“The Paris attackers had a more-developed plan and advanced training. It also looks likely that they had a support network in France and formal training in Yemen. That’s concerning and should be a wake-up call for us.”

Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, an Ohio National Guardsman who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, also worried that the attacks foretold something larger.

“We must be prepared for the possibility that these incidents are part of a new approach by Islamic extremists,” he said. “I have faith and appreciate that our police and military forces are always focused on protecting us from terrorist attacks, but we need to be diligent as individuals as well.”

Lawmakers also expressed sympathy for those affected by the attacks and solidarity with France. About noon, the House observed a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the attacks.

“As we learn more about the terrorist attacks in France, their planning and those responsible, we continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with France and other freedom-loving people. We will not be intimidated by those who believe in this crooked ideology,” said Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester, said he was praying for the victims. “Americans stand with our French allies,” he said.

“The U.S. stands with France against this attack on liberty by Islamic terrorists,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana. “I am appalled by this attack on free speech in Paris, but I am also encouraged that the people of France have risen up to support the staff of Charlie Hebdo in the wake of this tragedy.”

Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, hesitated to suggest the attacks were coordinated.

“The important thing to recognize is the serious threat that all freedom-loving people around the world face from radical Islamic terrorists,” he said, adding that the attacks “serve as a stark reminder that we need to remain ever vigilant against this ongoing threat.”

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said he strongly condemned “the terror attacks against the Charlie Hebdo employees and French police earlier this week, and the hostage situation at the kosher supermarket today. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families and the French people.”
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House approves Keystone pipeline; veto awaits

2015/01/10

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House approved a controversial oil pipeline yesterday that would link Canada to Texas, but supporters failed to muster the necessary votes to override a promised veto by President Barack Obama.

The bill, expected to win Senate passage as soon as next week, swept through the House by a vote of 266-153, as 28 Democrats broke with the White House to support the long-stalled project. A veto override would take 290 votes if all members voted.

Known as the Keystone XL pipeline, the project has pitted business backers — who argue that the project would create jobs — against environmentalists who contend it would increase the greenhouse gases that cause global warming.

Yesterday’s vote made it clear that while majorities in the House and Senate support the pipeline, Obama’s veto would be sustained. Staunch backers of the pipeline such as Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, acknowledge they don’t have the 67 Senate votes to override a veto.

“The presidential veto threat was unfortunate,” said Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township. “There was a lot of hope here in the House that he would use the opportunity to show some bipartisanship and, unfortunately, it doesn’t look he’s going to.”

Backers of the pipeline received an eleventh-hour boost yesterday when the Nebraska Supreme Court upheld a state law that gave the state’s Republican governor authority to clear the way for construction of part of the pipeline that would weave through that state.

The Nebraska ruling eliminates Obama’s chief reason for delaying his decision on whether the pipeline should be built, because he had said repeatedly that he would wait to determine the project’s fate until the state court weighed in.

Officially, the State Department has the authority to permit the project, but it has become clear that the final decision rests with Obama. The Nebraska decision now restarts a State Department environmental review, which will be complete in two to three weeks, agency officials said.

Traveling with Obama to Tennessee, White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz said that despite the court ruling “our posture and our position hasn’t changed,” and that Obama will await a review of the pipeline by the State Department.

“The president believes that the process should unfold at the State Department and that any legislative end-run around that process is misguided, and he will veto that bill,” Schultz said.

By contrast, House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester, said the court ruling means Obama “is now out of excuses for blocking the Keystone pipeline and the thousands of American jobs it would create. Finally, it’s time to start building.”

Tiberi and fellow Republicans Steve Stivers of Upper Arlington, Jim Jordan of Urbana, Bob Gibbs of Lakeville and Bill Johnson of Marietta voted for the bill while Democrat Joyce Beatty of Jefferson Township opposed it.

The 1,179-mile pipeline would connect to the existing pipeline system in the U.S. and carry oil from tar sands in the Canadian province of Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

The proposed route runs from Hadesty, Alberta, through Montana and South Dakota to Steele City, Neb., where it would link up with an existing 485-mile pipeline that would carry the crude oil to refineries in Port Arthur, Texas.

Tar sands are a mixture of clay, sand and heavy crude oil, and Alberta is home to some of the largest such deposits in the world. Companies mine the sand in open pits and transport it to processing plants, where the crude oil and sand are separated.

“The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would transport Canadian tar sands oil — the dirtiest fuel on the planet — through America’s heartland to be refined and then shipped abroad,” said Danielle Droitsch of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “It would threaten our waters, our lands and worsen carbon pollution.”
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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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Steve Chabot

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Brad Wenstrup

OHIO's 2nd DISTRICT

Jim Jordan

OHIO's 4th DISTRICT

Bob Latta

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Bill Johnson

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Bob Gibbs

OHIO's 7th DISTRICT

John Boehner

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Michael Turner

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Pat Tiberi

OHIO's 12th DISTRICT

David Joyce

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