WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) sent a letter along with thirteen Members of the Ohio Delegation to the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in support of the State of Ohio’s applications for grant awards under the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act Program.
Passed in March, the STOP School Violence Act created a grant program to train students, teachers, school officials, and local law enforcement how to identify and intervene early when signs of violence arise, create a coordinated reporting system, and implement FBI & Secret Service-based school threat assessment protocols to prevent school shootings before they happen.
“As a father, I want to ensure the safety of all of our kids as we send them off to school, and I was proud to be a supporter and cosponsor of the STOP School Violence Act when it was considered in March,” Stivers said. “These grants would provide critical support for students, educators, and local law enforcement in Ohio to keep our kids safe. I am hopeful that the BJA will give full consideration to Ohio’s application, and that Ohio will receive funding to implement important school safety programs.”
“We owe it to every student, in every classroom across America, to do everything in our power to minimize the threat of gun violence,” Beatty said. “Unfortunately, many children and their parents are rightly concerned and are calling on Congress to act.” Beatty continued, “In that spirit, I join my congressional colleagues in urging BJA provide the needed resources and support so that we can ensure that Ohio schools and those in every community are safer places of learning.”
The final letter can be viewed by clicking here.
Brave, selfless, intelligent, hardworking: that’s how I would describe the men and women who make the decision to serve in our nation’s military. That’s also how I would describe an ideal employee. Today, approximately 550 American servicemembers will transition to civilian life, a change that will be more difficult for some than others. That is why we recognize July 25 as Hire a Vet Day – to remind employers that there are hundreds of brave, selfless, intelligent and hardworking individuals ready for their next step who can be a tremendous asset to their businesses.
I’m proud to have hired several veterans to help me in serving the people of the 15th Congressional District. From assisting with casework for their fellow veterans, to helping secure grants for community improvements, they’ve all been invaluable members of the team and have helped thousands of constituents. Their battlefield skills, like a sense of commitment and ability to think on their feet, are things that every employer values and that serve them well in whatever line of work they choose when their time in the military has ended. Hiring veterans is an incredible way to honor their service and assist them as they transition to the next adventure in their lives; I would encourage those in a hiring position to consider doing so.
Moreover, as your Congressman, I’m also working to ensure that those who are hired are able to access the benefits they need to lead successful and healthy lives. Recently, the House of Representatives passed legislation that I introduced with Representative Mark Takano (D-CA) to do just that.
There are thousands of veterans who have chosen to continue their path of selfless service by working as physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, chiropractors, podiatrists, optometrists, and dentists at Veterans Affairs facilities across the country. Unfortunately, under current law, these newly-hired veterans serving in frontline medical positions do not have immediate access to paid sick leave that they need to receive care for their service-connected disabilities.
The Veterans Providing Healthcare Transition Improvement Act closes a loophole in the Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Act to ensure that these employees receive the same benefits that their peers in other federal agencies currently receive.
Veterans should not have to choose between receiving a full paycheck and receiving care for their service-connected disabilities. This bipartisan legislation will correct this shortcoming in the law to ensure these veterans who have made, and continue to make, incredible sacrifices for our country have the ability to receive care without sacrificing pay.
There are many ways to honor the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. It could be legislation, giving a servicemember an opportunity at your business, or simply saying “thank you,” to the veterans you see daily in your community. Regardless, these brave, selfless, intelligent, and hardworking individuals are worthy of our thanks today and every day.
If you have any questions about issues affecting veterans, the Veterans Providing Healthcare Transition Improvement Act, or any other issues facing Congress, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2015, my Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968, my Lancaster office at (740) 654-2654, or my Wilmington office at (937) 283-7049.### Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) joined with 405 of his colleagues to pass the bipartisan JOBS and Investor Confidence Act of 2018 to make it easier for small businesses to attract the investments they need to grow and create jobs.
The JOBS and Investor Confidence Act of 2018 is comprised of 32 individual pieces of legislation authored by both Republican and Democrat Members that were passed out of the House Committee on Financial Services or the House as a whole with wide, bipartisan support. Each bill takes an important step towards unleashing opportunities for Main Street businesses by eliminating stifling regulations.
Small businesses and start-ups need financing and access to capital in order to keep their doors open and expand their business. In the last 12 months, nearly three-quarters of all small businesses have relied on financing, while roughly 70 percent of start-up businesses received less than they applied for, and 28 percent were not approved at all. The JOBS and Investor Confidence Act removes the barriers to capital so that small businesses can thrive.
“It’s one of the most-used talking points for legislators on both sides of the aisle: small businesses are the backbone of our community. That’s why I am thrilled that we were able to work together in a truly bipartisan manner to unleash the potential of Main Street in every Congressional district,” Stivers said. “The JOBS and Investor Confidence Act is a positive step forward to returning our economy to the necessary degree of global competitiveness, while also empowering our local economies.”
This bill builds on the bipartisan success of the JOBS Act, which was signed into law in 2012, and the JOBS 2.0 Act, signed into law by President Trump.
To see the full list of all 32 bills included in the JOBS and Investor Confidence Act of 2018, click here.
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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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