Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

Rep. Stivers Statement on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

2018/04/17

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

“Tonight, we mourn the loss of a former First Lady who was a true leader and role model for our country. Faithfully serving alongside her husband, Barbara Bush championed literacy and was the embodiment of what it means to be devoted to your family. My condolences are with the entire Bush family during this difficult time.”

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Representatives Stivers and Lofgren Introduce Bill to Recruit Recent Law School Graduates to Legislative Work

2018/04/17

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced H.R. 5527, the Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Act, a bill that would establish a coordinated entry portal and recruitment device for recent law graduates to clerk for Congress for one year. This legislation creates 12 one-year positions, split evenly by chamber and party.

Studies have shown that the legislative experience gap among lawyers has increased, compared to those with experience in courts, government agencies, private firms, and universities. This legislation would help close that gap and encourage law school graduates to pursue legislative opportunities.

“Congress has the Constitutional power to the write the law, however, it is also the least accessible branch of government for law school graduates,” Stivers said. “This program would strengthen Congress by bringing in talented, legally-trained staff members to provide assistance and advice in the legislative process.”

"The Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Program will allow future leaders an early opportunity to serve in Congress," Lofgren said. "Many of our nation's greatest leaders and scholars served as law clerks early in their careers. This legislation would put Congress on par with both the Executive and Judicial Branches which already offer clerkships to exemplary young lawyers.”

The program would be funded through outside fellowship programs, or clerks being hired by individual Member, committee, leadership or non-partisan Hill offices. This legislation has garnered the support of the Deans of over 120 law schools. A bipartisan companion bill (S. 1604) has also been introduced in the Senate by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Ted Cruz (R-TX). To learn more about the effort to advance this legislation and additional research, click here.

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Statement from Congressman Steve Stivers Regarding Syria

2018/04/13

The following may be attributed to Representative Steve Stivers (OH-15) regarding President Trump’s action in Syria:

“Tonight, America acted with our allies and demonstrated our commitment to preventing further violence against innocent men, women, and children,” Stivers said. “As a former chemical officer in the U.S. Army, I recognize the true horror of these weapons.  We must make it crystal clear that the use of chemical weapons against civilians will not be tolerated.”
 
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Rep. Stivers Votes in Favor of Balanced Budget Amendment

2018/04/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) voted in support H.J.Res. 2, Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

“Every citizen in this country, including our children, is responsible for over $64,000 of our national debt – and that number is only growing,” Stivers said.  “We are stealing from the next generation, and that is not acceptable.”

The bill, sponsored by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), prohibits total expenditures for a fiscal year from exceeding total revenue for that fiscal year unless Congress authorizes the excess by a three-fifths vote in each chamber.  Additionally, the bill requires a majority vote to increase the public debt limit and requires the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress each year.  

“In every Congress I have had the privilege to serve in, I have introduced Balanced Budget Amendment legislation to combat the dysfunction that surrounds our budgetary process,” Stivers continued.  “While the bill did not pass, the bipartisan support it received highlights the necessity of this amendment.  Both sides of the aisle share a goal in balancing fiscal solvency with protecting programs that many members of our society depend on.”

As outlined in Article V of the United States Constitution, to pass the House, the measure would have needed to receive a super-majority of votes, or 290 yeas.   It would then be sent to the Senate, where it must also receive a two-thirds majority vote.  It then must be ratified by 38 states in order to be adopted.  To date, 28 states have expressed support for a balanced budget amendment; those states have submitted an application to call for a Constitutional Convention on the matter.  A Constitutional Convention represents the second method for amending the Constitution, again, as outlined in Article V.   

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Rep. Stivers Statement on Speaker Ryan’s Retirement

2018/04/11

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

“Speaker Ryan is a great friend and has been an incredible leader for the House Republican Conference, Congress, and our country. From delivering tax reform, to working to reduce burdensome regulations, he leaves a legacy of fighting for American families.”

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Rep. Stivers Applauds House Decision to Vote on Balanced Budget Amendment

2018/04/05

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

“Hardworking families across this country must operate on a balanced budget, and it is time the federal government held itself to the same standard,” Stivers said. “I am pleased to see that the House is planning to vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment, like the one I have introduced in every Congress I have served in.  As the national debt has exceed $21 trillion, it is clear that this legislation is needed now more than ever.”

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Protecting American Ingenuity

2018/04/05

            We are all familiar with the story of David and Goliath.  The underdog fearlessly takes on the giant when no one else dared to, and with his faith and trusty slingshot, young David defeats Goliath.  But how might that story have ended if Goliath had reached down and plucked the slingshot from David’s hands?

            In recent years, the United States’ patent system has been crippled.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has downgraded our system from first in the world to 12th, and our small businesses are being undermined as a result.  For many entrepreneurs, their ability to secure venture capital and create jobs is dependent on the protection of their patents they receive for their ideas. In our current, weakened system, the only competition that can survive are the largest firms who can afford to remain tied up in legal battles. Worse, there are others who abuse the system to their advantage; from harassing and duplicitous demand letters, to exploiting loopholes to cause competitors’ stock to plummet, American small businesses are losing their slingshots.

            That is why I have partnered with Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) to introduce H.R. 5340, the STRONGER Patents Act – to make sure that technology start-ups, bio and pharmaceutical companies, innovation centers on university campuses, and small businesses across the country are able to use their slingshots. 

            Today’s inventors are often forced to spend an exorbitant amount of time and resources fighting through legal battles, as opposed to focusing on their next big idea.  In 2011, Congress established the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), in an effort to alleviate that stress.  Patent owners were promised that challenges to patents would be cheaper, faster, and fairer, when decided by the PTAB as opposed to drawn-out court proceedings.  That plan has backfired, as opportunists have figured out how to game the system and file challenges before both the PTAB and district courts, leaving small businesses strapped for resources, fighting battles on two fronts against sometimes multiple actors, and often receiving conflicting court and PTAB decisions.  Our bill makes several legal reforms to PTAB to ensure that the standards are the same across the board and to make sure that inventors can spend their valuable time inventing.  

            Just as David triumphed, so do our local economies when start-ups are successful.  When a start-up receives a patent, its chances of securing venture capital increase by over 50 percent.  And that allows Main Street entrepreneurs to create more consistent, high-paying jobs for its community.  The STRONGER Patents Act is not just about ensuring innovators can innovate; it’s about creating good paying jobs and stimulating our local economies. The STRONGER Patents Act is not just about David keeping his slingshot - it’s about protecting the good he is able to do for his community as a result.

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Mail fail update: Columbus post office makes changes

2018/03/29

Shelia Tillman was driving along Sunbury Road when something in an empty parking lot caught her eye. It was a mail truck parked alongside a car, with lots of packages in the car's trunk.

Tillman says she watched as the mail carrier took the packages from the car and put them in his truck.

She told her 12-year-old son to take video with his cell phone.

"As we went around the car, there were things in between the car and the truck on the ground, " she said. "And that didn't look right. No, that certainly did not look right."

Tillman said the woman claimed to be a mail supervisor, and that she was dropping off mail to her carriers in the field.

We did some checking and were surprised to find that using personal cars to transport mail is a post office-approved practice.

In an email, USPS Spokesman David Van Allen said "delivery supervisors and postmasters are authorized to use privately-owned vehicles (pov) in the performance of their normal duties. Normal duties include distributing mail to carriers while the carriers are out on their routes."

That was news to Richard Lester, who's had trouble with eight separate package deliveries since September. His mail also comes from the Oakland Park Post Office on Innis Road.

"There's been a constant break down of getting packages here," said Lester. I've got a hip replacement and for me to go to the Innis post office back and forth is just too much."

Back in February, we brought your dozens of mail complaints to US Representatives Steve Stivers and Joyce Beatty. They promised to get answers and set up weekly phone meetings with postal leaders. Stivers said he's noticed some improvement.

"Their complaints have gone down a little bit," he said. "From 15 complaints the first week to eight complaints the second week to five complaints the third week. We're going to stay on them every week."

And while the post office spokesman would only say "a formal review of Columbus post office operations is underway," Stivers' office shared this letter from the USPS, outlining what they are doing.

Among the changes:
•A new management team at the Oakland Park Post Office, including a customer service manager
•They also promised more automated equipment would be sent to select Columbus area offices, that will allow carriers to begin their routes earlier each day by getting the mail to them sooner
•Finally, they vowed to review the numbers of mail workers and routes in the city for timely and accurate mail delivery

Lester said he has noticed a tiny bit of improvement at the Innis Road location.

"It's gotten a little better when I go down there," he said. "But as far as getting packages to here, it doesn't occur. I can't rely on it whatsoever."

ABC 6/FOX 28 has made repeated attempts to talk with post office officials, on camera, about your complaints and all the changes, but we have repeatedly been turned down.

We've also learned there's a new "acting postmaster," who was just assigned in Columbus. We asked for a sit-down interview with her, but our request was turned down.

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Stivers amendment expanding capital for business development companies included in nation’s new funding package

2018/03/26

A bipartisan bill from U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) offering certain investors more capital to help grow America’s small and medium-sized businesses has become law as part of the $1.3 trillion omnibus government funding bill signed by the president on March 23.

The Small Business Credit Availability Act, H.R. 4267, was included as an amendment to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, H.R. 1625, which the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed last week before presenting the bill to President Donald Trump on Friday for his signature.

Among several provisions, H.R. 4267 would amend the Investment Company Act of 1940 to expand capital for business development companies (BDCs), which are organizations that invest in and help small and medium-sized companies grow during the initial stages of their development, according to Investopedia. Many BDCs are set up like closed-end investment funds and more than half of them are publicly traded companies.

“Unfortunately, in recent years, we have seen banks cut back on lending to small and mid-sized businesses, making BDCs an even more important resource to our job creators,” Rep. Stivers said. “I am proud we were able to pass this legislation to make it easier for BDCs to provide financing to these businesses so they can continue to create jobs in our communities.”

BDCs were established by Congress in the 1970s to remedy a drop-off in bank lending to small businesses and they are required to invest at least 70 percent of their assets into public or private companies valued at less than $250 million, according to information provided by Stivers’ office. The regulatory policies governing BDCs have remained little changed for more than 30 years, the congressman’s staff said.

Rep. Stivers was joined by U.S. Reps. Tom Emmer (R-MN), Randy Hultgren (R-IL), and Brad Sherman (D-CA) in introducing H.R. 4267 on Nov. 7, 2017. U.S. Sens. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Jan. 18 introduced the companion bill, S. 2324, in the Senate, with U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) as among the bill’s cosponsors.

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Bill includes money for Ohio opioid treatment, Lake Erie clean-up

2018/03/23

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House approved a massive spending bill Thursday that includes $300 million to continue cleaning the Great Lakes, $400 million for disposal at a closed uranium enrichment plant in Piketon, and millions more for Ohio to combat opioid addiction.

The $1.3 trillion measure, which needs Senate approval by Friday night, keeps the federal government open until the end of September and boosts spending for both defense and domestic programs.

The House passed it by 256-to-167, with Republicans Steve Stivers of Upper Arlington, Bill Johnson of Marietta, Bob Gibbs of Lakeville, Brad Wenstrup of Cincinnat, and Steve Chabot of Cincinnati joining Democrats Tim Ryan of Niles and Joyce Beatty of Columbus to support it.

Republicans Jim Jordan of Urbana and Jim Renacci of Wadsworth opposed the bill. Renacci is seeking this year’s Republican Senate nomination.

In an interview on Fox News, Jordan complained that the 2,200-page bill “grows the government at a $1.3 trillion price tag which will lead to a trillion dollar deficit,” adding “this may be the worst bill I have seen in my time in Congress.”

Kelsey Knight, a Renacci spokeswoman, said the text of the 2,200-page bill had been released just 15 hours before the vote: “This is no way to pass legislation if you actually expect members to fully digest the information.”

She added Renacci objected to the price tag, saying “our government must start cutting spending or we will bankrupt the country.”

By contrast, Stivers said the measure “provides critical funding for our military and veterans, resources for opioid addiction prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation, and resources for our schools to keep our kids safe.”

Ryan said he “supported this imperfect legislation” because “it moved the needle forward on a number of critical priorities” for his district and the country.

The bill provides $3 billion to reduce opioid addiction, of which $1 billion is set aside for grants that will go directly to the states. Fifteen percent of the state grant money has been earmarked for states which have been hardest by opioids, such as Ohio.

“This is good news for Ohio and good news for the millions of Americans who continue to struggle with addiction,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. “I’m particularly pleased that the bill includes $60 million for states to develop an infant plan of safe care to help newborns exposed to opioids and their families.”

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said “while we know there is more work to be done,” the drug-fighting money in the bill “is a meaningful step forward for Ohio.”

The spending bill includes $1.08 billion to upgrade the Abrams M-1 tank. Most of that money will be spent at the JSMC plant in Lima.

The Senate must approve the bill because lawmakers from both parties were unable to agree on a budget for the 2018 spending year, which began Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30. By passing the bill, the Senate guarantees the government will remain open for next seven months.

The money for the Great Lakes was inserted after the White House did not include anything for the program, known as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The program has strong bipartisan backing from lawmakers from both parties, such as Portman and Brown.

Brown said in a statement that he was “glad to continue working with Senator Portman” to ensure the Great Lakes program is fully financed “as communities continue their important work to keep Lake Erie clean.”

Kristy Meyer, vice president of natural resources policy at the Ohio Environmental Council, said, “This vital program helps to keep farm fields green and Lake Erie clean by providing necessary funds to farmers to put best management practices in place on farm fields.”

Both Brown and Portman pushed for more money to continue the cleanup at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon. The $400 million, Brown said, should guarantee no additional layoffs at the facility.

In addition to Jordan, the bill prompted sharp criticism from Mike Gibbons, a Republican Senate candidate who is running against Renacci.

Gibbons said the measure “spends money we don’t have,” adding Renacci “can’t hide his failure and ineffectiveness behind a ‘no’ vote on the floor. If he can’t get the job done in the House, how can he ask us to vote for him for the Senate?”

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said these levels of spending for defense and domestic programs are more than Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama “ever asked for, and in an era of historically high and unsustainable debt, it sets a dangerous precedent.”

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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.


Serving With

Steve Chabot

OHIO's 1st DISTRICT

Brad Wenstrup

OHIO's 2nd DISTRICT

Jim Jordan

OHIO's 4th DISTRICT

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Bill Johnson

OHIO's 6th DISTRICT

Bob Gibbs

OHIO's 7th DISTRICT

Warren Davidson

OHIO's 8th DISTRICT

Michael Turner

OHIO's 10th DISTRICT

Pat Tiberi

OHIO's 12th DISTRICT

David Joyce

OHIO's 14th DISTRICT

Jim Renacci

OHIO's 16th DISTRICT

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