Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) released the following statement after presenting area students with a Congressional Medal for their dedication to service throughout their community:
“Congratulations to these bright young individuals on their achievements thus far. I am inspired by their hard work and dedication to our community. I look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the future.”
About the Congressional Award
The Congressional Award Foundation is a public-private partnership created by Congress to promote and recognize service, initiative and achievement in America’s youth. Participants, ages 14 to 23, earn the Award by setting and achieving challenging goals in the four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration.
Participants follow guidelines established in the Congressional Award Act, Public Law 96-114. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate recognize their constituents who earn the Congressional Award Bronze and Silver Medals at local, citywide or statewide ceremonies or presentations. Gold Medals are presented at an annual ceremony in June in Washington, D.C. The National Office serves as a liaison between the medalists and congressional offices.
The students who received the award are listed below:
Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) joins CEO Mark Donaghy on an RTA bus.
Congressman Turner and RTA leadership pose in front of an RTA bus.
Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) recently visited the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority’s Maintenance Facility.
“It was great to visit the RTA to learn about some of the innovative ways it’s making transportation easier, more affordable, and more accessible in the Dayton region,” said Congressman Turner. “Last Congress, I co-sponsored an amendment included in the FAST Act to make RTA eligible to compete for federal infrastructure grants. It is clear RTA is a national leader in bettering its riders’ commutes, and I was glad to be able to help them rightfully compete for federal dollars.”
“We appreciate Congressman Turner’s continued support of RTA and the greater transportation network that is so vital to our region’s prosperity,” said RTA CEO Mark Donaghy. “His efforts to support infrastructure investment under the FAST Act will help insure our ability to maintain vital services that connect people to jobs and a better life.”
Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) visited Miami Valley Hospital last week to thank volunteers cuddling with infants going through opiate withdrawal.
“Since I was made aware of this aspect of the opioid crisis, I have introduced the CRIB Act to help cover the cost of care of infants going through withdrawal, specifically ones suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS),” said Congressman Turner. “Unfortunately, some of the babies in Miami Valley Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are suffering with this syndrome due to the use of addictive substances by expecting mothers. I am extremely thankful to the volunteers working every day to ease the discomfort of the most vulnerable victims of this epidemic. I will continue to push for legislation in Congress to end this opioid crisis.”
In an effort to provide comfort to these infants, the NICU at Miami Valley Hospital recently launched a volunteer Infant Cuddler Program. “Activities of social interaction support the neurological development and physiologic stability of NAS babies,” said Amy Clayton, RNC-NIC, BSN, clinical nurse educator for Miami Valley Hospital’s NICU. “Creating a compassionate, comforting, safe environment for the infants is the goal.”
Congressman Turner has been fighting the opioid epidemic in Dayton since 2013:
Chairman Mike Turner (OH-10) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces released the following statement following a report that North Korea is producing missile-ready nuclear weapons:
“China has to step up to the plate and take a firm stance that North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs are unacceptable. The threat North Korea poses to global stability grows daily under its erratic regime. China must be responsible for bringing North Korea to the table with the international community to discuss a de-escalation and surrender of its advanced weapons capabilities.”
Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) released the following statement after the Commission to Combat Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recommended that President Donald Trump grant a waiver to the states to eliminate barriers to substance abuse treatment caused by the federal Institutes for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion within the Medicaid program:
“This issue was brought to my attention two years ago when I toured the Greene County Jail, where Medicaid-eligible individuals are unable to receive substance abuse treatment due to this exclusion. Since then, I have been pushing with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to cut red tape and treat as many addicted people in our country as possible. My TREAT Act would, as the Commission recommended, increase flexibility in how existing federal funding can be used to combat the opioid epidemic. Our nation is in crisis due to this epidemic. I strongly urge passage of this legislation to help treat those suffering from addiction.”
The Commission called lifting the IMD exclusion, which has been part of Congressman Turner’s solution through the TREAT Act since November 2015, “the single fastest way to increase treatment availability across the nation.” According to the Commission’s Interim Report, “every Governor, numerous treatment providers, parents, and non-profit advocacy organizations” has urged this course of action in an effort to combat the opioid epidemic.
Areas of Impact
Under Medicaid’s Institution for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion, facilities with more than sixteen beds are not eligible for reimbursement, including jails. Therefore, individuals who could otherwise be enrolled in Medicaid are ineligible for substance abuse treatment reimbursement while incarcerated. Under Congressman Turner’s legislation, substance abuse treatment provided at correctional institutions would become eligible for reimbursement.
Additionally, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) prohibits the use of grants from its Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) for substance abuse treatment services provided to individuals who are incarcerated. The TREAT Act would make these resources available to individuals in both community-based and institutional settings.
In the 114th Congress, the TREAT Act gained support from the following organizations:
Congressman Turner has been fighting the opioid epidemic in Dayton since 2013:
Chairman Mike Turner (OH-10) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and of the U.S. Delegation to NATO released the following statement after North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM):
“North Korea continues to prove it is a danger to the United States. These missile tests must be met with consequences. Earlier this week, I voted to increase sanctions against North Korea. The Senate has since taken the same action. I urge the President to quickly sign these sanctions into law to thwart further escalation of North Korea’s missile systems.”
Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) released the following statement:
“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my former colleague, Congressman Ralph Regula. Congressman Regula worked diligently for Ohio, including securing funding for the development of the Victor J. Cassano Health Center in Dayton. It was a privilege to serve with him. My prayers are with his loved ones at this time.”
Chairman Mike Turner (OH-10) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces released the following statement:
"I have had the privilege of working and traveling overseas with Senator John McCain to strengthen our Armed Forces. He has not only been a hero for our country but also a mentor to me. I have no doubt that Senator McCain will tackle this diagnosis with his decided courage and strength. My thoughts and prayers are with the Senator and his family."
Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) included language in the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 to keep the headquarters of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) in Ohio. Congressman Turner released the following statement:
“Dayton leaders founded the National Aviation Hall of Fame in the early 1960s. NAHF leadership has repeatedly threatened to take the organization outside of Ohio. I take that threat seriously, which is why I’ve included language in the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 ensuring the NAHF must remain in Ohio to keep its congressional charter.
“The NAHF leadership’s mismanagement is the primary driver behind the organization’s financial failures--failures its leadership is working diligently to keep hidden. The NAHF is still refusing to provide all of the requested documents to our Blue Ribbon Panel, which I convened for the purposes of making recommendations to establish long-term financial viability for the NAHF in Dayton.
“Based on what has been provided to the Panel at this time, it is clear the current leadership of the NAHF has failed. The Hall has reported annual net losses in excess of $140,000 for the past 13 fiscal years in a row, punctuated by recent losses of $340,939 in 2012 and $185,054 in 2015. NAHF has lost money annually since 2001. The financial disarray the NAHF leadership has wreaked is truly staggering.
“I look forward to the conclusions reached by the Blue Ribbon Panel throughout their meetings this summer to put the NAHF back on track toward financial sustainability.”
On January 25th, Congressman Turner sent a letter to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame stating he will investigate the Congressionally Chartered organization after receiving troubling information concerning their finances.
On January 30th, Congressman Turner received support from two National Aviation Hall of Fame Trustees Katie McCallum and Donald I. VanDerKarr after announcing his plans to investigate the NAHF.
On February 1st, Congressman Turner sent a letter to Chairman of the Board of Trustees Bill Harris alerting him that the NAHF must cease and desist all deliberations, efforts or activities that relate to selling or disposing of artifacts in the NAHF’s possession.
On February 6th, Congressman Turner announced Phil Parker President and CEO of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Hoagland, President and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition and Brady Kress, President and CEO of Dayton History will be tasked with forming a Blue Ribbon Panel to create a sustainable plan for the NAHF’s future.
On February 6th, both Senator Rob Portman and the Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee Rob Bishop (UT-01) expressed their support of the investigation and the Blue Ribbon Panel.
On February 14th, NAHF President Michael J. Quiello said in an interview with Dayton Daily News that the NAHF could “vote to pick up the Hall of Fame and move it to some other city that’s welcoming to us.”
On February 15th, Congressman Turner sent a letter informing Bill Harris, Chairman of the NAHF Board of Trustees, that he was drafting legislation to terminate the congressional charter of the NAHF.
Congressman Turner is exercising his oversight authority to investigate these allegations concerning the congressionally chartered organization.
Chairman Mike Turner (OH-10) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces released the following statement following President Donald Trump’s recertification of the Iran Nuclear Deal:
“Iran is one of America’s most dangerous adversaries, causing instability through its support of terrorism in the region. The threat Iran poses has not dissipated. Iran remains openly hostile to Israel, one of the U.S.’s strongest allies. As House Armed Services Subcommittee Chairman and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I remain concerned about Iran’s ballistic missile development and proliferation and believe the Trump Administration must hold Iran accountable to all aspects of this agreement.”
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A lifelong resident of Dayton, Ohio, Congressman Mike Turner has family roots in Eastern Kentucky. His parents, Ray and Vivian, moved to Dayton in the 1950’s to take advantage of the job opportunities in the manufacturing industry. Mr. Ray Turner worked at General Motors, retiring after 42 years as a member of IUE local 801; and Mrs. Vivian Turner retired from teaching in the Huber Heights School District. Congressman Turner has two daughters, Jessica and Carolyn.
Congressman Turner attended Dayton Public Schools and graduated from Belmont High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio; an MBA from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio; and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to his election to Congress, Turner was in private practice and corporate law for 13 years.
Congressman Turner has a background of community activism having worked with not-for-profit groups focusing on neighborhood concerns, community development, housing code enforcement, and historical preservation. As the two-term Mayor of the City of Dayton, he was a strong proponent of neighborhood revitalization, crime reduction, increased funding for safety forces, economic development and job creation. He created Rehabarama, a private-public partnership to rehabilitate neglected housing in Dayton’s historic neighborhoods, which had significant economic impact on the region, and received national awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Also while serving as Mayor of Dayton, Congressman Turner established a development fund providing more than $19 million in grants for housing and job-producing projects. The development fund sparked investment which resulted in a renaissance of Dayton’s downtown, including a $130 million arts center, a minor league baseball stadium, river front development, loft and upscale housing, additional corporate headquarters, and redevelopment of the former Delco and Frigidaire brownfield area into an office, research, and industrial park. Under Mayor Turner’s leadership, the City of Dayton had a balanced budget for all eight years of his tenure (having not been balanced for the previous five years), added 54 police officers to the force, resulting in a nearly 40 percent reduction in police response time, and closed two adult movie theaters in residential neighborhoods, thus improving the quality of life for Dayton residents.
First elected to the 108th Congress and sworn in January of 2003, Congressman Turner was appointed to the Armed Services Committee, from which he assists Wright-Patterson Air Force Base located in Ohio’s Tenth District, and to the Government Reform Committee, which allows him to contribute his experience as a former mayor to government reform. Congressman Turner’s urban experience was called upon by then House Speaker Dennis Hastert who appointed him Chairman of the new Saving America’s Cities working group. The 24 Member working group was charged with developing goals and principles to help urban America by focusing on economic development issues and encouraging private sector investment in cities.
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