Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

Statement from Rep. Stivers on the Announcement of Grants for Rickenbacker

2017/09/15

The following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) on the announcement of Rickenbacker International Airport receiving two grants from the Department of Transportation totaling $5,935,141.00 and $508,569.00:

“This is exciting news not only for Rickenbacker, but for all of central Ohio. Beyond housing the 121st Air Refueling Wing for the United States Air Force, Rickenbacker plays a vital role in growing jobs and the economy in central Ohio. I want to congratulate everyone at Rickenbacker and the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, and thank them for their incredible work. As Rickenbacker continues to grow, I look forward to working with them to support both their military and civilian efforts.”

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New Challenges for Local Businesses

2017/09/14

Local businesses are the backbone of our economy. They provide critical goods and services, create jobs, and attract more people to our communities. That’s why, since I came to Congress, one of my top priorities has been advancing policies to support our local businesses to create jobs in Ohio and across the country.

Employers face a unique set of challenges when attempting to open or stay open for business. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with members of the Pickaway and Ross Counties business community for a roundtable at the Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center to discuss these challenges, and how we can work together to help businesses thrive in Ohio’s 15th District. We discussed various topics affecting businesses, ranging from job training and education, to infrastructure and tax reform.

One of the biggest problems faced by employers is not just finding potential employees, but finding qualified potential employees who already have the skills needed for the job. For many at the roundtable, education and training were the most important factors in getting workers ready for the jobs available. Vocational school and other career and technical education (or CTE) programs, for example, are a great way students can get training and certification for jobs so they are ready to start working or get further specialized training after graduating from high school. In Congress, I am a supporter of legislation to update federal policies and ensure these CTE programs deliver results and effectively train our nation’s workforce for the jobs of today and the future.

We also discussed how important infrastructure is to attracting new businesses. Without proper roads, highways, and bridges, it can be difficult for businesses to open up in some communities. Especially in rural areas of Ohio, the lack of broadband access can also prevent new businesses from opening or expanding in certain communities. This makes it even more important that any infrastructure package that comes through Congress is broadly defined to include broadband.

Businesses are also tasked with navigating a complicated and outdated tax system. The United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. For small businesses, the tax system can increase the cost of doing business, and ultimately hurt their ability to create jobs. After 31 years without an overhaul, I am hopeful we can fix these issues in the tax system for businesses so we can spur economic growth in our communities. 

Coming away from the roundtable, I have a renewed commitment to supporting policies that will make it easier to do business in America. Working together, we can make sure that employers can stay open and be successful in our country.

If you have questions or concerns about this or any other legislation in the federal government, please do not hesitate to contact 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.
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Reps. Stivers and Beatty Urge Congressional Support for National Veterans Memorial and Museum

2017/09/13

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs held a legislative hearing on the National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act, H.R. 1900. Introduced by Congressman Steve Stivers (OH-15) and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), the bill would designate the new museum and memorial being built at 300 W. Broad Street (the site of the former Franklin County Veterans Memorial) in downtown Columbus as the “National Veterans Memorial and Museum.” The project will be the only public museum in the country that exists for the exclusive role of sharing the experiences and voices of veterans across all eras, conflicts and branches of the military.

During the hearing, Stivers and Beatty called on the Subcommittee to support H.R. 1900 and advance the bill to the House Floor for a full vote.

"Today's hearing was another exciting step in our effort to create a federal designation for the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, and I am hopeful the subcommittee will join us in supporting this bill," Stivers said. "This will serve as an incredible landmark where we can honor and remember all of our nations' veterans. I am proud to work with Representative Beatty and the countless community leaders who understand the importance of this museum to our veterans, their families, and our entire nation."

“This museum will honor, connect, inspire and educate all Americans about the selfless service and sacrifice of our nation’s more than 40 million veterans,” Beatty said. “Once complete, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum will capture the hearts and minds of visitors, telling the individual stories and shared experiences of veterans throughout history—including those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.” Beatty concluded, “I urge the Subcommittee’s support for this legislation and look forward to working with you, alongside Congressman Stivers, to make the designation for the National Veterans Memorial and Museum a reality.

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum was spearheaded by former Ohio Senator John Glenn, with management of the project being overseen by the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC). The construction of the $75 million facility is fully funded and is slated to open in the summer of 2018.

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USDA Announces Rural Business Development Grant for the Village of Somerset

2017/09/08

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced they have awarded a Rural Business Development Grant to the Village of Somerset. This grant, which totals over $169,000, will be used to support existing and emerging rural businesses to grow in Somerset’s historic downtown.  

This grant will provide cost share funds for business owners to make building façade and signage upgrades, provide them with access to professional architectural and design planning, and make technical and legal expertise available to help them take advantage of a broad range of redevelopment tax credits and financing tools.

Additionally, the grant supports small businesses by providing technical assistance to streamline Somerset’s business permitting process, establish design standards, and market local businesses.  This is part of the larger, collaborative effort between Somerset, Perry County and communities across Southeastern Ohio to revitalize communities, grow tourism and support local small businesses across Ohio’s Appalachian Region. The grant is anticipated to create or save 44 jobs and assist 11 businesses.

“This grant is good news for the Village of Somerset,” Mayor Tom Johnson said. “We have been working hard on economic development in Perry County and with projects like Ohio’s Appalachian Winding Road – Creative Communities from A to Z (Athens to Zanesville) and the $10m Genesis Perry Health Center project which broke ground this week, we are making great progress.  Congressman Stivers and his staff have been instrumental in obtaining federal funding to support these projects by researching potential federal funding sources, showing Somerset and other communities across the region the opportunities that exist and then helping schedule the meetings and make introductions to federal agencies that have resulted in these investments in our community and region.”

Sharing a specific visible example of the benefit this will provide Mayor Johnson added, “These funds will only help to enhance these efforts by providing a big boost for our small businesses to make our community an even better place to live, work and raise a family.  A good example of this is a new business, the STRONG & Co Restaurant and Bar that is being opened in a renovated building adjacent to our Public Square.  By establishing an entertainment district in Somerset, they are able to obtain an additional beverage license to support this business.”

“I join Perry County in celebrating the announcement of these important grants,” Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH), who represents Somerset in the U.S. House of Representatives, said. “I proudly supported the Village of Somerset in securing federal funding to help stimulate the economy, grow small businesses, and increase tourism in the community. Thank you to Mayor Tom Johnson and all of the community leaders for everything you do for Perry County, and I look forward to continuing to partner with you in these efforts.”

Communities and organizations interested in federal grant opportunities can contact Stivers’ Lancaster District Office for more information and assistance at (740) 654-2654.

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Continuing to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

2017/09/07

It has been said time and time again: our nation is fighting an opioid epidemic.  This epidemic is plaguing communities across the country, and it is not discriminating against any gender, economic class or race.  It is relentless, claiming a life every ten minutes in the United States, and we all must come together to combat it.  Recently, I have had the opportunity to meet with many individuals and organizations who are doing just that; they are actively engaged in recovery and treatment, as well as education and prevention.  

Last month, I hosted my annual Opiate Roundtable, which brought together law enforcement officials, medical professionals, recovery centers, and prevention specialists to discuss how we can combat this epidemic moving forward.  A highlight of the event was hearing from Judge Fred Moses, who has been a pioneer in the creation and expansion of vivitrol drug courts, which has been an excellent tool in recovery and treatment for Hocking County.  The court he established in 2013 boasts and 85 percent employment rate for its graduates and 88 percent of graduates are drug-free.  

With last year’s passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), many communities will be able to mimic Hocking County’s success with the creation of a grant program under the Department of Justice to develop, implement, or expand these courts.  The first round of grant applicants will be notified of their status by the end of this month.  

One of the legislative focuses of this roundtable was the necessity of evidence-based treatment, or treatment plans that have been tried, tested and proven effective.  As a result, I am working to introduce legislation that will improve Medicaid coverage for these evidence-based treatments and ensure that Medicaid does not cover treatments that have not been proven successful.  While legislative solutions represent only one method to combatting this crisis, I am confident that policy changes like this one can supplement the ongoing efforts of communities.

This first roundtable brought together a broad coalition of experts from areas such as criminal justice, housing and employment, but there is one subject that is so nuanced and important I felt it warranted a separate conversation: how this epidemic is affecting the most vulnerable members of our society, our children.  That is why I hosted a second roundtable to give those who are on the frontlines as nurses, guidance counselors, school administrators and social workers the opportunity to discuss and share what they have learned.

Together with Kathi Spirk, the Director of Clinton County Jobs and Family Services, serving as the moderator, we had great discussion about the ways that the foster care system and school counseling can intervene to support children who are in homes that struggle with addiction.  One of the major problems addressed was children “aging out” or running out of time in the foster care system. One possible solution discussed would be extending the time a child can spend in a foster home as opposed to returning to a home with relapsed parents.  

 Also on hand were representatives from the health care industry to offer their perspective on steps that can be taken to alleviate long-term health problems - particularly the susceptibility to falling into addiction themselves, that plague far too many children.  In recent years, there has been a severe decrease in behavioral health specialists, which implies a lack of incentives for qualified professionals to work in communities plagued by addiction.

These two roundtables gave me a number of takeaways and action items.  I am grateful for the input and want to use the knowledge and ideas to shape meaningful and effective policy. But perhaps the most important takeaway was hope:  the hope of a time when these sorts of events are no longer necessary and all communities are healthy and whole.

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Statement from Congressman Steve Stivers

2017/09/05

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

"Today's announcement puts the power back with Congress, where it belongs. Congress has six months to take action to create a permanent, legal and orderly immigration system - which includes addressing DACA recipients.

“While we are a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws. Moving forward, I support a legislative solution to fix our broken immigration system and facilitate economic growth."

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Approaching $20 Trillion in Debt, Time for a Balanced Budget Amendment

2017/08/22

We are quickly approaching a national debt of $20 trillion in our country, and unfortunately, the federal government has managed to balance the budget only five times in my lifetime.

If we continue spending at these levels, we will leave our children and grandchildren with the burden of dealing with a mountain of debt. In fact, each citizen currently owns over $61,000 of our debt – and that number continues to rise as no action is taken. Additionally, borrowing at these levels from foreign countries like China puts the United States in a more vulnerable position at the international level. There is no doubt, Washington has a spending problem that needs fixed – and both sides of the aisle acknowledge this issue.

I believe the best way to rein in the out of control spending and get control of our national debt is to pass a bipartisan Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution. The idea is simple: American families have to balance their monthly budgets to become financially stable and not go into debt, and the federal government should be required to do the same.

That’s why, in July, I introduced my bipartisan Balanced Budget Amendment with Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX). This bill, House Joint Resolution 110, would require the federal government to balance its budget and spend no more than it receives. The only exception would be following a declaration of war or a national emergency, during which Congress could waive the balanced budget requirement with a majority vote in both Chambers. Should any debt be incurred, it must be repaid within 10 years, without exception.  

After introducing the bill, I had the opportunity to testify to the House Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan panel along with other Members of Congress who have introduced similar measures regarding the benefits of a Balanced Budget Amendment. While we had different approaches, this hearing demonstrated that Members of both parties in Congress strongly support a balanced budget and recognize how important it is for our country’s future.

I remain committed to passing a Balanced Budget Amendment to ensure economic opportunity and national security for the next generation. To watch the House Judiciary Committee hearing and learn more about the effort for a Balanced Budget Amendment, visit the Committee website here: https://judiciary.house.gov/hearing/need-balanced-budget-amendment/.

Additionally, if you have questions or concerns about any other legislation in the federal government, please do not hesitate to contact 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.

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Statement from Congressman Steve Stivers

2017/08/17

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

“I am deeply saddened by the horrific terrorist attack in Barcelona today. We pray for the victims and stand together against terrorism.”

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Statement from Congressman Stivers on the President's Press Conference

2017/08/15

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

"I don't understand what's so hard about this. White supremacists and Neo-Nazis are evil and shouldn't be defended."

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Statement from Rep. Stivers on Charlottesville

2017/08/12

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

"Today's events in Charlottesville were reprehensible and an act of terror. I strongly condemn white supremacy and all movements fueled by hate in our society. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected."

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Contact Information

1022 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2015
Fax 202-225-3529
stivers.house.gov

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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