WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) congratulated the State of Ohio on being selected to participate in the HEALing Communities Study to research and address the opiate epidemic. A consortium, led by The Ohio State University (OSU) and consisting of academic, state, and community stakeholders, will receive $13.1 million in federal funding in the first year of the study and $69.5 million over four years. Stivers led the Ohio Congressional delegation in a letter of support of Ohio’s proposal.
“This is exactly what a flag ship research facility like Ohio State should be doing,” Stivers said. “I appreciate the university focusing on this epidemic facing our state and working to research the treatments and evidence-based solutions to combat opiate misuse. It is clear that the toll of addiction and overdoses has been devastating to our communities, and I believe this study can make a real difference in the fight against opiates in Ohio.”
Ohio is currently the epicenter of a devastating national epidemic of substance use disorders and overdoses. This is highlighted by an overdose death rate of 46.3 per 100,000 individuals, which is the second highest in the country and more than double the national average in 2017.
“This initiative will advance the most effective solutions to the opioid crisis and bring them to scale quickly,” said The Ohio State University’s President Dr. Michael Drake. “We are committed to doing everything we can to end this public health crisis in our state and, through our example, beyond. We appreciate our state leaders, including Rep. Stivers and our entire congressional delegation, standing together in support of this vital initiative.”
Specifically, the OSU-led consortium will use the funding to research and analyze the opioid epidemic in cooperation with other universities including the University of Cincinnati and Case Western Reserve, while Ohio University in Athens, the University of Toledo, and Wright State University will coordinate work in Ohio communities. The State of Ohio will receive shared research findings with various academic, county, and community partners to analyze, implement, and replicate evidence-based interventions aimed at increasing the access to addiction treatment and prevention services and reducing drug fatalities.
The HEALing Communities Study is funded by a partnership with the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The goal of the study is to decrease opioid overdose fatalities by at least 40 percent over three years in communities that suffer high rates of opiate misuse.
WASHINGTON – Last week, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded $1,100,000 to Ohio University to invest in the Appalachian Recovery Project: An Ohio Opioid Workforce Initiative. Representative Steve Stivers (OH-15) applauded the ARC announcement as a positive step towards providing quality recovery programs for those suffering from substance abuse, so that they can ultimately rejoin the workforce.
“This investment will not only make strides in improving the substance abuse recovery system for women in southeast Ohio, it will create a network to help women navigate re-entry into the workforce,” Stivers said. “I’ve heard from many constituents and job creators about the need for qualified employees. This initiative will help our community by immediately training the employees to fill positions with our local businesses. I am proud to support the Ohio Opioid Workforce Initiative and Ohio University to enhance opioid recovery programs for women and to spur economic development in our region.”
Representative Stivers worked to ensure that funding for ARC grants was included in this year’s appropriations so that worthy projects in the Appalachian region of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, including Athens, Hocking, Morgan, Perry, and Vinton counties, could benefit from these grants. This initiative will work to coordinate a regional network of treatment, recovery, and workforce programs for women impacted by substance abuse.
This initiative complements ongoing efforts to repurpose the Hocking Correctional Unit into a multi-use facility to provide the wrap-around care necessary to help those suffering from addiction in southeast Ohio. The project is expected to create over 140 new jobs. Last year, Representative Stivers facilitated a forum and listening session to discuss the future of the facility and remains an active partner and resource for local officials as the project progresses.
The Appalachian Recovery Project: An Opioid Workforce Initiative is one of three awards made possible by the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) to further their mission to get coal-related jobs back to improve America’s energy production. This project will serve 300 patients, place 27 community health worker trainees in permanent positions, create 31 jobs, and offer workforce or vocational programming to 95 clients.
The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) regarding the vote on H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization:
“Today, I voted in support of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization. This bill was not perfect. I believe there should be more meaningful due process for the red flag provisions included, and that there should be religious freedom protections included for faith-based organizations that serve women in their communities.
Nonetheless, no woman should ever be subject to violence, abuse, or harassment. It is critical that the protections and services provided by VAWA are in place for those who unfortunately need them. It is unacceptable that the program lapsed, and I hope that the Senate will work quickly to address the problems with the current bill and send it to the President’s desk.”
April 2nd is Equal Pay Day, marking how many extra days a woman must work in order to earn as much as her male coworker did in the previous year. It highlights the unacceptable pay disparity for women in our country, however, Equal Pay Day also gives us the opportunity to celebrate and lift up the ladies in our lives for the incredible things they do. And that is not something we should limit to one day. We should support and encourage women and girls each and every day of the year, and I want to thank my boss, Congressman Steve Stivers, for doing just that.
As one of the eight females on his staff, I can personally attest to the positive environment Steve has fostered that allows each member of our team to thrive and succeed. It’s that same environment that has elevated women to every position on his senior staff, minus one. Our office actually has a reverse pay gap, with women making more than men on average (sorry, gentlemen).
Great, you might think, that’s one office, but what about the thousands of offices across the country where women are still clawing upwards just to be on equal footing with their male coworkers? Why does this matter to me?
It matters because it means that you can trust that when Steve voted against H.R. 7, the House Democrats’ proposal to address gender-based inequality, it isn’t because he subscribes to the archaic and insulting notion that a woman’s work is worth less than a man’s, it’s because it’s a bad bill. More importantly, you can trust that you have someone in your corner who wants to get this right.
Discrimination based on gender has been outlawed since 1963 and the adoption of the Equal Pay Act. Nonetheless, women are still making 80 cents on the dollar, and steps can be taken to close the wage gap, but H.R. 7 is not the answer. Steve is committed to finding the right answer.
That’s why he cosponsored Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s (R-NY) bill, H.R. 1935, the Wage Equity Act. This bill would address gender income inequality by giving businesses the tools to self-audit and identify gender-based pay disparities and prohibiting employers from requiring a prospective employee to disclose salary history during the interview process. The Wage Equity Act would also provide grant funding for the Departments of Labor and Education to provide programming for female students on salary negotiation.
Make no mistake, it outrages me that we still have a day dedicated to highlighting gender discrimination in the year 2019, a century after the 19th Amendment was ratified. We have work to do to fix this problem, and we have to get this right. I’m proud to have a boss who understands that and who is not just talking the talk but walking the walk.
AnnMarie Graham serves as Congressman Steve Stivers’ (R-OH) Communications Director.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Representative Dave Loebsack (D-IA) reintroduced H.R. 2001, the bipartisan Homeless Children and Youth Act (HYCA), to help ensure that children have access to the services they need to escape poverty.
Spanning multiple Administrations, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uses a definition of “homeless” that is inconsistent with other federal agencies, like the Department of Education.
Subsequently, it does not qualify children who are “invisibly” homeless – such as vulnerable children “couch surfing” at the generosity of strangers or living in motels - as homeless, thus prohibiting them from accessing critical services. These children are then forced to navigate bureaucratic red tape to prove the legitimacy of their situation in order to receive help.
“No kid should ever be without a home, and it is unacceptable that our government forces them to attempt to navigate bureaucracy instead of giving them the assistance they need,” Stivers said. “This bill will help bring these children out of the shadows, help policymakers better understand the scope of youth homelessness, and, ultimately, give kids the care that they deserve.”
“Having been raised in poverty by a mother who struggled with mental illness, I know firsthand how important community supports are and the difference they can make in people’s lives. We also must be aware of some of the children who slip through the cracks. In order to help children who are homeless, or have nowhere to go, we must make it easier for them to access the assistance programs that are offered in their communities,” said Loebsack. “I am pleased to help reintroduce the Homeless Children and Youth Act to help communities best provide for those most in need.”
H.R. 2001 would expand HUD’s definition of “homeless” to include all children and youth who are already verified as homeless by several other educational and social services programs. The Homeless Children and Youth Act was passed out of the House Committee on Financial Services in the 115th Congress.
To read the full text of the bill, click here.
Joining Forces to Revive Civility
This month, I was honored to be named the 37th most bipartisan Member of Congress by the Lugar Center, among the top 8 percent of all Representatives. Working across the aisle, leads to better policies that benefit all Americans, we will never be able to work together if we are not able to talk to each other, and we cannot talk to each other if we don’t respect each other. For over a year now, I have led the Civility and Respect Caucus alongside Congresswoman Joyce Beatty to further strengthen positive core values and behaviors. We continue to find new ways to highlight how valuable building relationships based on respect is, not only within Congress, but amongst citizens nationwide.
From an early age, both as a Boy Scout, as a member of the National Guard, I learned the values of teamwork and the importance of collaboration. In today’s political environment, I try to embrace those lessons and set an example for others to do the same. I am grateful to have the platform of the Civility and Respect Caucus in order to share those lessons with others and discuss ways to disagree without being disagreeable. Over the past year, Congresswoman Beatty and I have met with over 1,000 of our students at schools throughout Central Ohio. Just as other members of the caucus have promoted civility in their own districts, we have put aside our differences to jointly ask the next generation to embrace the values of confidence, courage, and collaboration.
It is important we continue taking direct measures like this to revive civility across the nation. Although the 30 colleagues in our Caucus may not agree on every issue, they agree that we need to promote civility. By understanding the value in respecting each other’s opinions, we will be able to further understand others’ perspectives and dive deeper into dialogues and conversations without using insults and divisive rhetoric.
I hope every American will join us in conversations about civility and respect. As Ohio native Thomas Edison said, “There is a way to do it better – find it;” and there is a better way to communicate both in Congress and in daily life. With this, we can find a common ground to work towards the ultimate goal of creating solutions and crafting legislation that will improve the lives of each American.
These small steps have the potential to generate a nationwide movement towards better understanding and communication between people of all ages. I hope that by setting positive examples in Congress, the members of our Caucus will inspire others to revive civility. If you would like to learn more about the Civility and Respect Caucus, please call 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.
The following may be attributed to Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH):
“It is important that everyone gives Special Counsel Mueller’s report the careful consideration it deserves, and I plan to review and assess Attorney General Barr’s summary over the coming days. Until then, any comment would be premature.”
The following may be attributed to Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH):
“Spc. Joseph Collette dedicated his life to serving his community and his country. As a Brigadier General in the Ohio National Guard, I have had the privilege to know and serve alongside exemplary men and women like Joseph. The Collette-Wickline family lost a husband, a father, a son and a brother, and we all have lost a hero. My prayers are with his family.”
MCCONNELSVILLE – Last week, Representative Steve Stivers submitted a letter of support on behalf of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), urging funding to repair and reopen State Route 376 that passes through Morgan County. As a result, on Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $4.5 million grant to ODOT to finance these critical repairs.
Following above-average rainfall in the month of February, approximately fifteen acres of land shifted above the roadway, pushing the road towards the river and resulting in its closure on February 22, 2019.
Local officials, including the Superintendent of Morgan County Schools, Lori Snyder-Lowe, and Sheriff Douglas McGrath, were quick to seek emergency funding and they, along with Morgan County Commissioner Adam Shriver, have remained valuable partners in this collaboration between local, state, and federal government.
“For my constituents in Morgan County and the region, this is beyond an inconvenience, it is severely impacting their day-to-day life, as I have heard first-hand from McConnelsville residents and others in the area,” Stivers said. “I will continue to serve as a resource in any way possible, and I am grateful to Superintendent Snyder-Lowe, Sheriff McGrath, Commissioner Shriver, ODOT, and the U.S. Department of Transportation for their prompt attention to the situation.”
State Route 376 is a major transportation artery for Morgan County, and its closure severely hinders access to many essential county services, including Morgan County’s Junior High and High School, a developmental disability facility, a nursing home, and the county’s only mental health and drug and alcohol abuse center.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will allow ODOT to subsidize the engineering efforts necessary to repair and reopen the affected portion of State Route 376. Representative Stivers’ letter reiterates his strong support for the application given the urgency of the situation.
To read the full text of the letter, click here.
The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) regarding the attack in Christchurch, New Zealand:
“What happened in New Zealand was despicable and an act of terrorism and prejudice that has no place in our world. Freedom of religion is a cornerstone of any democracy, and we cannot allow the hatred of a few to destroy the principles we hold dear. We stand with the people of Christchurch.”
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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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