WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) joined Senator Bob Peterson, Representative Ryan Smith, and Finance Fund President and CEO Diana Turoff at the groundbreaking of Campbell’s Market – signaling the end of the food desert status in Vinton County. Since 2013, Vinton County has been without a grocery store, and residents have been forced to travel up to 30 minutes to Athens, Chillicothe, Logan or Jackson to shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat.
“For far too long, the residents of Vinton County have lacked convenient access to healthy foods,” Stivers said. “I am proud to have joined with Senator Peterson and Representative Smith to work with Finance Fund in this truly collaborative effort to end the food desert in Vinton County. I also want to extend my thanks to Richard Campbell for bringing his business to Vinton County, and look forward to celebrating the Grand Opening of Campbell’s Market this summer.”
The Finance Fund was awarded $2 million in federal funding through the U.S. Treasury’s Healthy Foods Financing Initiative to help provide healthy foods across Ohio. Campbell’s Market will benefit from a financing grant and loan package of $1.58 million from the Finance Fund Capital Corporation. The federal dollars, combined with state seed funding, helped to leverage private funding for the grocery store, making this a true public/private partnership.
Campbell’s Market, which will be located near Vinton County High School in McArthur, is scheduled to be completed and open in August 2017.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) announced the reintroduction of the Homeless Children and Youth Act at the Huckleberry House in Columbus. This legislation, which is cosponsored by Representative Dave Loebsack (D-IA), provides a more accurate system for the federal government to understand the problem of youth homelessness and help better serve this population. The Senate companion bill is sponsored by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA).
Stivers joined Becky Westerfelt, the Executive Director of the Huckleberry House, for a tour of the facility. He then spent time talking to other community leaders in the fight against youth homelessness, including members of the Crisis Shelter Team, Transitional Living Program Team, and Board of the Huckleberry House, representatives from SchoolHouse Connection, The OSU Star House and the Youth Empowerment Program, and the Homeless Youth Liaisons from Southwestern City Schools.
“No child should ever be without a home, let alone be forced to navigate bureaucratic red tape just to prove that they are actually homeless,” Stivers said. “This bill will be a first step in identifying the scope of the youth homelessness issue so we can help some of the most vulnerable in our communities. I want to thank everyone who came to the Huckleberry House today in support of this legislation for their work to combat youth homelessness.”
Currently, the Housing and Urban Development Department’s (HUD) definition of “homeless” is inconsistent with other federal agencies. This legislation would expand HUD’s definition of “homeless” to include all children and youth who are already verified as homeless by several other federal educational and social services programs.
“As someone who was raised in poverty by a single mother who struggled with mental illness, I have seen firsthand how community supports can make a difference in people’s lives. I am also sadly aware that some children may slip through the cracks and we cannot allow that to happen,” said Loebsack. “In order for our children to excel, especially those who are homeless or have nowhere to go, we must make it easier on them to access homeless assistance programs. The Homeless Children and Youth Act will help communities best provide for those who are most in need.”
To read the full text of the bill, click here.
WASHINGTON – This week, the Lancaster District Office for Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) changed locations to the first floor of the City Hall Building at 104 East Main Street in Lancaster. The office was previously located in the Chase Bank Building in Lancaster.
“A district office located in Lancaster is critical to give my constituents who live in southeast Ohio a more convenient location to come if they need assistance with federal agencies or simply have questions about what is going on in Washington,” Stivers said. “I am excited to have my office relocated in the City Hall Building where my staff and I can better interact with members of the Lancaster City Government and be more easily accessible to constituents.”
“Lancaster has been proud to have Congressman Stivers’ Office in Lancaster since he was elected in 2010, and I am glad he will continue to have an office location here,” Lancaster Mayor Dave Smith said. “He and his staff have been allies and advocates for the city of Lancaster, and I look forward to having them in the City Hall.”
The Lancaster District Office is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. by appointment. If you have any questions or concerns, you can also call the Lancaster District Office at 740-654-2654.
WASHINGTON – Last week, Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) joined the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Columbus Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) for a Women in Business Roundtable at the Benesch Law Office in the Huntington Building in Columbus. The Roundtable brought together women business owners and those in upper-level management ranging from small companies, such as Measurement Resources and Brownie Points, to large companies like Wendy’s and Ameriprise Financial.
“Organizations like the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Women Business Owners do incredible work to support and build our local economies. It was a pleasure to sit down with women in business last week to discuss important issues facing their businesses, such as tax reform, overregulation, fixing health care and reforming Dodd-Frank,” Stivers said. “Many women make the economic decisions at home, and having more women in business is exponentially more influential to our economy. I look forward to continue working with those in attendance to make our economy stronger and more competitive. I also would like to thank Benesch Law Office for hosting this important event.”
Stivers began the roundtable by talking about his priorities in the new Congress, specifically bringing jobs back to our communities by reforming the tax code and curbing many of the excessive regulations faced by businesses. The roundtable was then opened up for questions and conversation about the issues facing women business leaders as they work to grow their businesses and fuel our local economy.
From large companies who face one of the highest corporate tax rates in world, to small companies who struggle to simply navigate the overcomplicated system, many in the room agreed tax reform is desperately needed to make these businesses competitive both at home and abroad. There is clearly a lot of work to do to make it easier for businesses to grow, thrive and create jobs in our communities.
The Columbus Chapter of the NAWBO is one of the largest chapters in the country. NAWBO represents the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries and has a nationwide membership of over 7,000 members in 70 chapters. The organization serves as a resource to propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.
The Columbus Chamber works to help Central Ohio businesses grow and thrive through their four pillars of service: government relations, talent connections, research and marketing. Serving nearly 1,350 members, the Chamber has been providing resources and opportunities for the Columbus community since its founding in 1884.Read More
WASHINGTON – Last week, Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) reintroduced the Responsible Additions and Increases to Sustain Employee (RAISE) Health Benefits Act. The legislation provides families with more discretion in how they pay for the rising costs of healthcare, while also allowing them to save for future medical expenses. This legislation was first introduced in the 114th Congress.
“Not all families are the same, and it just makes sense that a family with four children should have a higher FSA limit than a single adult,” said Stivers. “Health care costs can be expensive, and this legislation would make it easier for families to address the financial challenges of paying for these types of health care costs. I am proud to reintroduce this legislation in the new Congress.”
Specifically, the RAISE Act addresses how Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are used. Currently, FSAs allow families to set aside money to pay for health care services and items that are not covered by insurance, such as: doctor copayments, prescription drugs, medical supplies, vision and dental services. The un-used money, however, does not roll over to the next year, making the process of saving money for large medical expenses practically impossible.
In 2010 Obamacare created an annual cap of $2,500 for FSA contributions. This arbitrary cap does not reflect the reality of health care costs that families face today and undermines the economic benefits of allowing families to use FSAs to build up funds for medical needs. The RAISE Act addresses this by doubling the current cap to $5,000 allowing families, both large and small, to save more towards medical costs.
Also the bill states, families with more than two dependents can deposit up to a $500 a year to their FSA for each additional dependent.
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D-NM) is the bill’s lead co-sponsor. The legislation has also been endorsed by the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Periodontology, American Association of Endodontists, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American College of Prosthodontists, and the National Dental Association.
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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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