Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

Statement from Congressman Steve Stivers

2018/08/02

The following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) regarding the Transportation Security Administration proposal to eliminate security checkpoints at more than 150 smaller U.S. airports:

“Our air transportation security is only as strong as it’s weakest link. 

“Airports continue to be top targets for terrorists, and eliminating security checkpoints even at smaller airports would put thousands of lives at risk. I vehemently disagree with this proposal, and hope it is not implemented.”

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Making Flexible Spending Accounts, Actually Flexible

2018/08/02

As a father, I know firsthand that families need flexibility in many aspects of life.

When it comes to healthcare, families need this flexibility so they can save for medical expenses, such as copayments, prescription drugs, medical supplies, orthodontic work, or vision and dental work. For many, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are relied on for these expenses. However, in 2010, Obamacare created an annual cap for FSA contributions of $2,650 – a cap that is far too low considering the average American worker pays $5,714 per year towards the cost of their health coverage, according to a 2017 Kaiser Family Foundation survey.

Moreover, under the current law, families with left-over funds in their FSA are asked to forfeit those dollars at the end of each year, forcing Americans to “use it or lose it” regardless if they’ve saved enough for their unique expenses. For a family of four with children needing braces, updating prescription glasses, or facing the unexpected medical emergency, the current policy is making it nearly impossible for families to cover these costs. Since I came to Congress, I have worked to find a solution to give families the ability to save for healthcare costs.  

Recently, I was excited that bipartisan provisions from legislation I introduced, known as the Responsible Additions and Increases to Sustain Employee (RAISE) Health Benefits Act, was included in a larger healthcare package passed in a bipartisan vote by the House of Representatives. My provisions will do two simple things to help families: eliminate the “use it or lose it” policy to allow families to roll over all unused funds in their FSAs into the next year, and increase the overall cap on FSAs to $7,950 – triple the current limitation. These two provisions will make Flexible Spending Accounts actually flexible so families can plan for healthcare expenses and save more money.

I am proud to have worked on this legislation, and will continue working to ensure it is passed into law. Moving forward, I am committed to finding more solutions to help American families with the cost of healthcare.

If you have any questions on legislation to help families with healthcare costs, or any other issue facing the federal government, I invite you to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2015, Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968, Wilmington office at (937) 283-7049 or Lancaster office at (740) 654-2654.

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Stivers, Beatty Lead Letter in Support of Ohio School Safety Grant Application

2018/07/30

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.

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Stivers Bill Included in House Passage of Health Care Package

2018/07/25

WASHINGTON – This week, bipartisan provisions from legislation originally introduced by Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) in the Responsible Additions and Increases to Sustain Employee (RAISE) Health Benefits Act, was included in House passage of H.R. 6311.

These provisions would provide more flexibility for families with Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) by allowing for the rollover of unused funds into the next year. Employers can also contribute annually to their employee’s FSAs. Currently, families with left over funds in their FSA are asked to forfeit those dollars at the end of each year, forcing Americans to “use it or lose it” regardless if they’ve saved enough for their unique expenses.  These provisions would allow funds in the FSA to roll over year after year, providing families the ability to save for future expenses on their own terms. Additionally, it would increase the total cap to $7,950 in an FSA - triple the current limit that can be saved in a single year.

“In many aspects of life, families need flexibility. It just makes sense that families should have the flexibility to not only have a larger FSA account to plan for future expenses, but also roll over unused funds from year to year to save money,” Stivers said. “This is just one way we can help families with the cost of healthcare. I want to thank the Ways and Means Committee for including my provision in H.R. 6311, and I hope it is considered by the Senate soon.”

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, orthodontic work, vision and dental services. However, if those dollars do not roll over to the next year, the family must start saving all over again. “Use it or lose it” forfeiture make the process of saving money for large medical expenses practically impossible. For a family of four with children needing braces, updating prescription glasses, or facing the unexpected medical emergency, the current limits in place make it hard to cover these costs.

In 2010, Obamacare created an annual cap for FSA contributions of $2,650.  This arbitrary cap does not reflect the reality of current health care costs that families face today and undermines the economic benefits of allowing families to use FSAs to build up funds over time for their medical needs.  By raising the limit FSAs can hold, and allowing families to keep their own money, FSAs can be truly flexible for families of all sizes to save for their own medical needs.

Dr. Brent Larson, President of the American Association of Orthodontists, provided the following quote of support: "Consumers and patients across the country can celebrate what Rep. Stivers' leadership has achieved with passing the RAISE Act today in the House of Representatives.  The RAISE Act gives consumers greater control over their family's healthcare needs.  Rep. Stivers has spent years building a bipartisan coalition to make common sense changes to the law that will empower consumers and rein in healthcare costs, and today's vote passing the RAISE Act is a critical step forward for his vision.  The RAISE Act lets consumers save up to three times the current annual limit of their flexible spending account (FSA) for future medical needs, and stops wasteful healthcare spending by ending the "use it or lose it" feature that never made sense for families.  That means the average family expecting a child to need braces, or other anticipated medical expense, could save a modest amount each month and roll those funds over for a few years until they were needed.  That's a win for patients and families across the country.  We call on the Senate to fulfill the true potential of FSA reform by allowing savings to roll over each year while still allowing families to save $5,000 in new money each year." 

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Stivers, Loebsack Bill to Help Homeless Youth Passes Financial Services Committee

2018/07/24

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, H.R. 1511, the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HCYA), a bipartisan bill sponsored by Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA), passed the Financial Services Committee. The HCYA would help bring the invisible homeless—such as vulnerable children “couch surfing” at the generosity of strangers or living in motels—out of the shadows and give communities more flexibility so they can address the growing problem of homelessness among children. This bill received a hearing in the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance earlier this month.

“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 is an important step in accurately identifying the scope of youth homelessness so we can help some of the most vulnerable in our communities. I want to thank the Chairman and committee members for supporting this legislation, and hope it is considered by the full House soon.”

“As someone raised in poverty by a single mother who struggled with mental illness, I know firsthand how community supports can help make a difference in people’s lives. We must take every step possible to help children in need excel. I am pleased this bill is moving forward and taking the next step to make it easier for homeless children to access homeless assistance programs. The Homeless Children and Youth Act will help communities best provide for those who are most in need,” said Loebsack.

Spanning multiple Administrations, the HUD definition of “homeless” has been inconsistent with other federal agencies.  The HCYA 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.

The Senate companion bill is sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA).  To read the full text of the bill, click here.

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Hire a Vet

2018/07/24

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.

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Rep. Stivers Votes in Favor of the Bipartisan JOBS and Investor Confidence Act

2018/07/17

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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Rep. Stivers Applauds Announcement of Grant Benefitting Vinton County

2018/07/17

This week, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) issued approval of $500,000 to invest in infrastructure improvements on US 50/West Main Street in the Village of McArthur in Vinton County, OH.  Representative Steve Stivers (OH-15) applauded the announcement as a positive step towards the revitalization of Vinton County.

“Infrastructure improvements are about much more than the roads we drive on; for McArthur, this investment from ARC and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is about jobs and a boost for the local economy,” Stivers said.  “Between leveraging private investments and the jobs that will be created, this is a win for Vinton County and I am proud to have lent my support to the effort.”

Representative Stivers worked to ensure that funding for ARC grants was included in the appropriations under the Energy and Workforce Committee so that communities in the 15th Congressional District, like McArthur, could reap the benefits.

The proposed project will focus on improvements of 0.33 mile of roadway, in addition to building a westbound turn lane to provide improved access to a new commercial development.  It will also enhance traffic flow and improve safety for both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

The project will create over two dozen part- and full- time jobs, and leverages $1.6 million in private investment related to the aforementioned commercial development.

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Representatives Stivers, Takano Bill to Help Disabled Veteran Employees Receive the Care They Need Passes House

2018/07/16

WASHINGTON – Today, bipartisan legislation introduced by Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Representative Mark Takano (D-CA) passed the House of Representatives by voice vote to ensure newly hired veterans in frontline medical positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are able to take paid sick leave to receive the care they need. The Veterans Providing Healthcare Transition Improvement Act will correct a loophole in existing law to provide the same Wounded Warrior Act benefits that veteran employees in other federal agencies currently receive.

This change would provide immediate paid sick leave for veteran employees in their first year of work that they otherwise would have to accrue over time or take unpaid leave to receive care for their service-connected injuries. The effort in the Senate has been led by Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Jon Tester (D-MT).

“Veterans should not have to choose between receiving a full paycheck and receiving care for their service-connected disabilities. Unfortunately, current law puts many veterans in this exact position,” Stivers said. “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. I am proud to support this important effort, and hope it will be quickly re-considered by the Senate.”

“Veterans who choose to provide their medical skills and expertise to serve other veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs should not have to take a leave of absence to receive the care that they need,” said Rep. Mark Takano. “I am glad Congress is acting to extend benefits to wounded warriors working at the VA and making it a priority to ensure that the VA is well staffed and capable of providing veterans with much-needed services.”

In 2015, the Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Act was signed into law to make paid sick leave available to some new veteran federal employees with service-connected conditions rated at 30 percent or more disabled so they could receive treatment. However, this did not extend to “Title 38” employees, which includes VA physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, chiropractors, podiatrists, optometrists, and dentists.

According to March 2018 data from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), there are over 14,000 “Title 38” vacancies nationwide.

This bill is supported by the National Association of VA Physicians and Dentists (NAVAPD), Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA), American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Association of the U.S. Navy (AUSN), American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), AMVETS and the Federal Managers Association (FMA).

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Statement from Congressman Steve Stivers

2018/07/16

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

“We must be absolutely clear: Vladimir Putin is not our friend and cannot be trusted.  Russia’s behavior during the 2016 elections was reprehensible, and we must hold them accountable for interfering in our democratic system.”

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Contact Information

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

Committee Assignments

Financial Services

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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Steve Chabot

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Brad Wenstrup

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Jim Jordan

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Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Bill Johnson

OHIO's 6th DISTRICT

Bob Gibbs

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Warren Davidson

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Michael Turner

OHIO's 10th DISTRICT

David Joyce

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