Chairman Mike Turner (OH-10) of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee joined the Dayton Development Coalition in hosting the second annual Ohio Defense Forum this week. Along with Chairman Turner, bipartisan members of the Ohio congressional delegation joined the Forum to discuss how to best allocate Ohio’s resources to make it competitive going into a possible base realignment and closure (BRAC).
“The Ohio Defense Forum is a unique event that brings together government, military, and defense industry officials to ensure Ohio remains central and strong to the mission of the Department of Defense and national security,” said Chairman Turner. “By looking at our resources, the innovation among us, and the research facilities that are here, we can work across the state to ensure that we grow Ohio’s role in defense. It’s important to hear each of what these facilities are doing and their needs. When we work together, we achieve a more efficient and robust national defense system.”
“At a time of heightened global security risks and increased strain on our forces after decades of defense cuts, Ohio has a more important role to play in our national security than ever,” saic Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-2), who moderated the Understanding and Increasing Military Value Panel yesterday. “I believe that in the coming days, the actions taken – or not taken – to address our military’s readiness crisis will be a defining issue for leadership at all levels of government. I am pleased that so many local, state, and national leaders were able to gather at this week’s defense forum to have conversations about how Ohio can continue to support our national security objectives and provide strategic value. We cannot continue to equip our military to defeat the threats of the previous decade, without making long-term investments in the technologies and capabilities that will prove critical to protecting our future national security.”
“The Springfield Ohio National Guard Base located in our district and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the greater region both play a critical role in our military capabilities globally,” said Congressman Warren Davidson (OH-8), who moderated the Exploring Defense Industry Adjustment Panel today. “Our region of Ohio is a leader in supporting our national defense capabilities and strong coordination and collaboration with the Department of Defense and all its stakeholders is important.”
“As a veteran of over 26 years in the United States Air Force, I know firsthand the importance of a strong national defense,” said Congressman Bill Johnson (OH-6), who moderated the Partnership Strategies and Lessons Learned Panel today. “The Ohio Defense Forum gives us the opportunity to have a conversation about the current state of America’s national security, as to discuss ways to improve military readiness efforts in support of those who have served and are currently serving our country. I will always work to ensure that Ohio remains a prominent national defense hub, and that our military installations such as the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton have the resources and capabilities necessary to carry out their important missions.”
“Ohio is one of the top 10 most populous states, yet we barely rank in the top 20 in military spending,” said Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), who sits on the House Defense Appropriations Committee and hosted the Building Innovation through Research Collaboration Panel today. “So how do we turn that around? We do it by working together. It is a high priority of mine to facilitate innovation in the defense sphere for both national security and job security of Ohioans. It requires innovation, trust and most importantly a commitment to each other. Together, we can achieve even greater things in Ohio.”
“The Ohio Defense Forum represents an incredible opportunity for our partners throughout the State of Ohio and the country to come together and learn how we can better support Ohio’s military installations,” said Jeff Hoagland, president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition. “In the Dayton Region, we understand partnerships. Every day, we work with our business community, military leaders, and local governments to retain our existing missions and look to bring new jobs and opportunities to our region. Those efforts must include our military installations. Wright-Patterson AFB is the largest single site employer in Ohio, providing a $4B economic impact. Finding ways to deepen the connections between the Air Force and our community and allow groundbreaking technologies from military labs to be commercialized represent valuable growth opportunities for our regional and state economy. We’ll be working in the coming months to incorporate what we’ve heard this week into our efforts, and look forward to strengthening the new connections formed here.”
Chairman Mike Turner (OH-10) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and member of the House Intelligence Committee opened the Dayton Development Coalition’s second annual Ohio Defense Forum today. Congressman Turner delivered the following remarks:
“This has been an incredibly important undertaking: the second Ohio Defense Forum. This is an effort, as you all are aware, to place a mark and bring together all of the resources that we have in Ohio that answer the call to serve our national defense and also that are incredibly important to our economy. I want to thank the Dayton Development Coalition for its leadership here, and Jeff Hoagland for seeing the importance of this and helping coordinate this, and I want to thank Ohio State University and in particular thank Dean Dave Williams who, he and I had conversations, several years in the making, that resulted in the call to do this. The Dean was not only aware of the extensive resources that we have throughout the state, but the importance for those resources to be coordinated by his experience elsewhere and his look into this state as to the things that we’re doing.
What we know is that scattered throughout Ohio, you have research and development, you have marketing, you have military facilities themselves, you have federal dollars flowing in and out of private enterprises, universities, federal installations, contractor operated installations that government owns such as Lima. You have a myriad of installations that if we look to how we can grow them and how we can coordinate our response to them, have an opportunity to both enhance the importance of what we deliver for national defense, but also enhance the importance of what Ohio does.
When I look at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and the fact that 47% of all of the Air Force budget goes through Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, I consider every dollar that doesn’t stop at Ohio, that passes through there, leakage. So, with your help we can look at all the facilities that we have, and ways in which we can capture more of the dollars that are travelling through these facilities, and more of the work, and thereby also enhance overall our national security.
Now, as Jeff said, I serve on the Armed Services Committee. I previously Chaired, and am still active in, the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, its nuclear weapons, missiles, missile defense, space, military intel. I currently chair Air and Land which has all of the Air Force and Army under its review and I sit on the Intel Committee. What that means is that I have had unbelievable, unique opportunities to see scattered all across our state the different ways that industry, our universities, and our businesses respond to those needs of national security. All the time, I get to learn of new ways that Ohio is responding and what we need to do by pulling our resources together. By highlighting those, by advances the causes of each of those, we can grow what we do in Ohio for national defense.
Now, I want to thank your elected officials also who are participating. I thank Rick Perales who is here. But let me tell you that on the congressional side, your congressional delegation understands this issue. So, part of what we need to do in pulling this Ohio Defense Forum together, and thank you for what we are going to see here as the successful second year of this, is an organization that can marry itself to the already statewide view that the congressional delegation has. We have members deployed across many different committees, but still they look to the federal installations, the federal dollars, the national security issues, that are happening in our district and work diligently to address them.
Speaking here, we are going to have Brad Wenstrup, who sits with me, both on Armed Services and Intelligence, Bill Johnson, Warren Davidson, and Marcy Kaptur. Each of them are very active in ensuring that Ohio has great representation. And I want to thank also Speaker Rosenberger who’s going to be here, in fact I think he just walked in, who is going to lead one of our delegations. Your elected delegations get that this is important, and that it takes a government response.
And with this we are looking to the Ohio Defense Forum to become that forum where government, universities, industry, research and development, can come together to try to tell the story of Ohio, look to what our future can be, and how we can enhance it. I appreciate you being a part of this second Ohio Defense Forum and look to how we can, after this great forum, look to the call of what we can do to help advance national security in Ohio. Thank you.”
Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) wrote today to Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley to ask for an update on the city’s mismanagement and loss of Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOME Investment Partnership Program funds.
“As a former Mayor of The City of Dayton, I am well aware of the housing issues facing the community, roughly 35% of which is in poverty,” said Congressman Turner. “It appears that the city has lost nearly half a million dollars that was granted to help Daytonians in need get affordable housing. Additionally, Dayton has nearly $4 million in federal funds that have been granted for the purpose of providing affordable housing, but has not made any plans for that critical money to be used to better our community. This is concerning and needs to be addressed. I look forward to Mayor Whaley’s swift update on her responsibility of HOME funds.”
Chairman Mike Turner (OH-10) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and member of the House Intelligence Committee released the following statement:
“I was opposed to the Iran Nuclear Deal because it has an insufficient inspection regime, insufficiently addresses long range ICBM missile development, and is limited to 10 years, giving the appearance of permission to develop nuclear weapons during the 11th year. However, in my briefings from the International Atomic Energy Agency, it appears that Iran is materially complying with the provisions that require Iran abandon pursuit of the development of nuclear weapons. After the President’s statements today, the international community and Congress must provide sufficient leverage for amending the agreement in ways that could ensure Iran never obtains nuclear weapons.”
Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) testified today at the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health about how his TREAT Act would curb the opioid crisis. You can watch the full clip by clicking on the video above.
“Thank you Chairman Burgess, Ranking Member Green, and members of the Subcommittee. I want to thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today on this important issue.
As the Chairman said, I come from Dayton, Ohio. My counties in Ohio are Montgomery, Greene, and Fayette.
Despite our community’s efforts to battle the opiate epidemic for years, the epidemic continues to destroy my community and my constituents on a daily basis.
This year, current estimates suggest that 800 people could die in my primary county, Montgomery County, due to opiate overdose. Sadly, that would more than double the 371 drug overdose deaths from 2016, the highest number recorded to date. Imagine 800 families receiving notice that someone in their family has died as a result of opioid overdose.
Heartbreaking numbers like this have made Montgomery County, Ohio ground zero in the fight against opioid abuse and addiction.
Recently, working in conjunction with the county sheriff, I have called for the appointment of a Dayton-area drug czar to help us streamline and coordinate our region’s response to this epidemic.
While I worked on the local basis to stem this tide, today I would like to highlight my bill H.R. 982, The Reforming and Expanding Access to Treatment Act, the TREAT Act.
As the title suggests, the TREAT Act would increase access to substance abuse treatment by lifting two restrictions that hamstring full deployment of federal resources.
Medicaid’s Institutes for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion states that facilities with more than 16 beds – like jails – are not eligible for reimbursement for substance abuse treatment services furnished to individuals who are incarcerated.
Compounding the problem, a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) policy dating to 1995 limits the use of grants from its Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to only community-based treatment facilities, excluding those who are incarcerated.
My TREAT Act offers a common-sense solution that would eliminate these barriers to treatment for individuals who are incarcerated by allowing Medicaid to reimburse for substance abuse treatment services furnished to individuals who are incarcerated. There’s no reason why someone who is Medicaid eligible should lose their benefits the moment they become incarcerated.
Lifting the SAMHSA policy that prohibits the use of grant funding for providing substance abuse treatment to individuals who are incarcerated would also assist.
Since I first introduced the TREAT Act in November 2015 and then reintroduced it in this Congress, it has garnered a broad spectrum of support from law enforcement to medical providers to local jurisdictions.
The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis’ Interim Report, which was just issued July 31, 2017, strongly endorsed this concept that is in the TREAT Act.
The White House Commission called lifting Medicaid’s IMD exclusion the “single fastest way to increase treatment availability across the nation,” noting that “every Governor, numerous treatment providers, parents, and non-profit advocacy organizations” have urged this course of action.
Chairman Burgess, Ranking Member Green, and members of the Subcommittee, lives are at stake. This would be an important step to bring treatment to those individuals at a time we have an ability to intervene in their lives.”
Congressman Turner has been fighting the opioid epidemic in Dayton since 2013:
Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) and Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer wrote today to Dayton leaders asking for a recommendation in identifying possible candidates for a Dayton Region Drug Czar.
The letter was addressed to Phil Parker, President and CEO of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, and Jeff Hoagland, President and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition. Congressman Turner and Sheriff Plummer write in part:
“The opioid epidemic continues to ravage our community with an estimated 800 deaths to occur in Montgomery County alone this year. Local governments, law enforcement agencies, and various organizations have stepped up and focused their individual efforts and services on trying to combat this crisis. Our objective in undertaking this endeavor is to identify someone who can provide the organizational skills and expertise to transform our community response into a collaborative, region-wide, network of addiction services.”
“The community is using all resources available to fight this epidemic,” said Congressman Turner. “Still, clearly, what we’ve done has not been enough. Our community has been, up until now, working as many individual efforts without effective communication. The Dayton region needs a drug czar to help us work together and execute a well-organized, coordinated, and planned attack against this epidemic.”
“Over the past year to eighteen months we’ve come to really understand that our largely punitive responses to people with substance abuse and mental health disorders is ineffective and costly,” said Sheriff Plummer. “We need a coordinated effort from all service providers in our community to be focused on increasing prevention, treatment, and supporting people in recovery. Our system of care for those with addiction and mental health disorders is inconsistent and lacks a continuum of care that is consistent well-coordinated planned approach to this epidemic.”
Congressman Turner has been fighting the opioid epidemic in Dayton since 2013:
Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) today presented Letter Carrier Donte Cotton of Dayton, Ohio with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition and a Congressional Record of Congressman Turner’s speech on the House floor last week recognizing Mr. Cotton’s acts of heroism on his route. Mr. Cotton is being recognized this week by the National Association of Letter Carriers as one of its Heroes of the Year.
“Donte Cotton’s heroism is certainly something to be celebrated,” said Congressman Turner. “I am proud to recognize Donte’s true courage and thank him for his service. It’s heroes like Donte that make our community stronger.”
Congressman Turner told the story of Mr. Cotton on the House floor last week:
“On April 5, 2016, Letter Carrier Donte Cotton saw an overturned car that had collided with a pole. The driver told Donte her child was inside the car. Acting on immediate instinct, Donte crawled through broken glass to rescue the baby from the car. Both the mother and the child were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.
“In August of last year, Donte again found himself in the right place at the right time; again, on his letter carrying route.
“While on his normal mail delivery route, an elderly woman, whose home had just been invaded, ran up to Donte seeking help. Donte drove the woman to a nearby police cruiser, ensuring her safety.
“His courage is being rewarded this week by the National Association of Letter Carriers, which has given Donte its 2017 Central Area Hero Award.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank Donte for his acts of true heroism in our community.”
"People know that letter carriers represent hard work in public service,” said NALC President Fred Rolando. “Letter carriers deliver for the American people day in and day out, and are an integral part of the finest and most affordable postal service in the world. But we do much more than deliver the nation's mail. We live and work in the communities we serve. Every day, Letter Carriers go out of their way to help the people they serve in a variety ways. Donte’s quick action in rescuing a child and mother from an overturned vehicle represents the daily reality that letter carriers are not only the eyes and ears of communities, they are often heroes in action.”
Chairman Mike Turner (OH-10) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces made the following remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Subcommittee's hearing on the Army’s tactical network modernization strategy. For testimony and to watch the hearing click here.
"The Subcommittee meets today to review the Army’s Tactical Network modernization strategy.
I’d like to welcome our witnesses representing the Army:
We thank you all for your service and look forward to hearing your testimony today.
We’re holding this hearing because the Army is proposing a major shift in its tactical network modernization strategy.
To begin funding this strategy the Army has indicated they would need to realign funds for fiscal year 2018, over $544.0 million, which would be a major change from their fiscal year 2018 budget request as well as the House passed National Defense Authorization Act.
From an oversight perspective, we’ve been down this road before with the tactical network.
Since 2008 the Army has restructured its network strategy several times.
I recall in 2014 when the Army began a new modernization effort for the tactical network to improve communications called the Simplified Tactical Army Network or Star Net, and identified the network as its number one modernization priority.
Over $6.0 billion has been spent on the Warfighter Information Tactical-Network (WIN-T), as well as many billions more on tactical radios and mission command network systems to simplify and improve the network.
For at least five years, the Army has come before this committee and defended the need and resources for your current network strategy and Congress has supported those requests.
Just 5 months ago, you requested over $400 million in Fiscal Year 2018 for the WIN-T program, and indicated that WIN-T Increment 2 was the foundation of your network modernization strategy and mobile mission command.
Now you are asking us to realign almost half a billion dollars from existing programs with only limited details as to what your long term plan is for the network.
Given the Army’s previous track record with the network, I am skeptical on whether this proposed new strategy will work as intended. And will we back here 3 years from now discussing another new approach.
I understand the change in strategy appears to be driven by two reviews, one internal by the Army and one by the Institute of Defense Analyses.
And, that these reviews identified significant operational shortfalls in existing tactical network modernization programs and requirements given current and emerging threats.
However, before we agree to anything we need to better understand what the long term plan is for the tactical network.
I think we can all agree that our first priority remains the warfighter.
If we are going to send soldiers into harms way, their communication devices should never say 'service not available.'
Clearly we want to be sure that we are fielding capability that works and equipment that the soldiers will use.
So in closing, I want to reiterate two basic questions for which is the primary purpose of this hearing, help us understand why what you are proposing is the right strategy this time and why it is necessary to realign fiscal year 2018 funds after 3 of the 4 defense committees have already been on and off the floor as opposed to waiting for the fiscal year 2019 budget process."
Chairman Mike Turner (OH-10) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces released the following statement after a report that U.S. officials will restrict Russian observation flights:
“Allowing Russian spy planes to fly over and photograph our most sensitive military installations puts our country at risk. Just this summer, a Russian spy plane flew over Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have heard repeated, yet unsurprising, testimony confirming Russia’s abuse of the Treaty on Open Skies. I look forward to the Administration stopping this practice.”
Congressmen Mike Turner (OH-10) and Steve Stivers (OH-15) visited Alkermes today to learn about its medical approach to combating the opioid epidemic.
“Alkermes’s leadership in addressing the opioid epidemic from within the pharmaceutical industry is vital to aiding those struggling with addiction and turning the tide in the battle against opiate abuse,” said Congressman Turner. “Alkermes’s products are being used as tools in treatment and recovery to save lives. I look forward to returning to Washington and continuing to push to cut red tape so more people can access the medical care they need to fight their addictions.”
“Addressing the opiate epidemic takes a comprehensive response on all sides of the issue, and companies like Alkermes play an important role in this effort,” said Congressman Stivers. ”I appreciated the opportunity to join Congressman Turner today to learn more about how products made right here in Ohio are making a difference and helping people struggling with addiction. I remain committed to supporting policies in Congress to curb the drug abuse crisis plaguing our communities.”
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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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