The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) regarding the President’s State of the Union Address:
“The state of our economy is strong, but the state of our political cooperation is weak. We have two directions ahead of us. I support the direction that will give us peace and prosperity. The other direction involves rancor and division that will yield conflict and poverty. We all get to choose the direction we take, and the American people should hold each of us accountable for our actions.”
“We must live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.” This week, we remembered the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King lived a life of compassion and respect for all that is still a preeminent example for our nation today. One year ago, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and I founded the Civility and Respect Caucus, and Dr. King’s words are an important inspiration for our mission.
We launched our caucus not to change people’s opinions, beliefs, or political affiliation, but to show that success comes from joining together, not tearing each other apart. Congresswoman Beatty and I have collaborated on a number of issues together, from combatting youth homelessness and human trafficking to supporting our veterans and promoting financial literacy, and we know that conversation alone lead to better solutions and helps to build the trust that allows us to serve Central Ohio more effectively.
I am grateful that we were joined by twenty-two of our colleagues, evenly divided among Democrats and Republicans, who all committed to spreading this message of civility in the halls of Congress and at home in their districts. For example, late last year, Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA) joined his partner, Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) on a tour of his district that included a meeting with the local Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a tour of the University of Washington-Tacoma. Even as we see elected officials grappling over appropriations bills for the agencies impacted by the lapse in funding, it is inspiring to see people from coast to coast engaging in important conversations about civility, and I am proud of our Caucus for starting some of those dialogues and setting positive examples.
It is important to remember that vilifying individuals or attacking one’s motives will not resolve problems. Listening respectfully and attempting to understand those on the other side of the table will be more productive than digging in and refusing to compromise. As Dr. King said, “[p]eople fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”
That is why one of my top priorities in the 116th Congress is to grow the Civility and Respect Caucus so that we can reach even more Americans. While we are starting with our fellow Representatives, we are asking the rest of the nation to join us in our efforts to revive civility. This will not cure incivility, but I am hopeful that we can show that there is a better way – a way to disagree without being disagreeable.
There is plenty of work to be done in the 116th Congress, but I hope each day we can focus on treating one another well and following the example of Dr. King. 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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) has been named Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy. He will work with Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), who was recently selected as Chairman of the Subcommittee.
“Congress has a fundamental responsibility to work towards a safer and more prosperous America, and I am proud to serve as the Ranking Member of a Subcommittee that exists to do just that. I look forward to working with Representative Cleaver to find bipartisan solutions to continue strengthening our economy and national security,” Representative Stivers said.
“I am ready to work towards pragmatic solutions to give our businesses the tools they need to take on China, grow our economy, and create American jobs; to maintain our role at the IMF and World Bank to lead developing countries to prosperity and freedom, and to prohibit bad actors from undermining our national security.”
In addition to conducting oversight of monetary policy and international financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, a primary function of the committee is to detect and deter terrorists, rogue nations, drug cartels, and human traffickers from accessing the financial system.
The Committee conducts oversight of agencies tasked with combatting the financing of terrorism (CFT) and enforcing anti-money laundering (AML) laws. The Committee will help stem the funding of weapons proliferation, human trafficking, and illicit drugs from flowing into communities across the nation by enacting the right public policies and ensuring that agencies are effectively enforcing our laws.
“Pro-growth monetary policies at the Federal Reserve and strong enforcement of illicit finance laws have a real impact here at home, from jobs and investment to public safety. I will use my new role to advance policies with Ohio and the 15th District in mind,” Stivers added.
LANCASTER – Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) is actively seeking a Wounded Warrior Fellow to fill a Veterans Caseworker position in his Lancaster District Office.
This position is limited to veterans desiring to serve a two-year paid Fellowship as part of the House of Representatives Wounded Warrior Fellowship. The Fellow will aid veteran constituents in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District by working as a liaison with federal agencies, including the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Department of Defense.
“As a Brigadier General myself, serving fellow veterans is one of my utmost priorities as a Member of Congress,” Stivers said. “I rely heavily on the caseworkers on our team to be creative problem solvers, compassionate, and dedicated – all values I know are instilled in those who wear the military uniform.”
All candidates must meet the following requirements in order to apply for the Wounded Warrior Fellowship: honorably discharged; released from active duty within the last five years; pay grades at or below E-5 or O-3; 20 percent or greater connected disability rating (Purple Heart recipients are exempt from the service connected disability rating requirement); must not be in receipt of a 20-year or Temporary Early Retirement (TERA) retirement.
Interested applicants should email a resume, last DD 214 (Member 4) issued, and a Civil Service Preference Letter indicating 20 percent or greater service connected disability rating to email@example.com.
Questions about the caseworker role may also be directed to the Lancaster District Office at (740) 654-2654.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) joined Representative Joyce Beatty (D-OH) in reintroducing the Homeless Veterans Legal Services Act. Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Representative Mike Turner (R-OH) are lead co-sponsors of the bill.
Under current law, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) is only authorized to fund legal services through the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) program and the Grant Per Diem (GDP) program. A 2015 Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups Survey (Project CHALENG Survey) shows that legal assistance accounted for four of the top ten unmet needs for both male and female veterans, highlighting the drastic need to expand access to services. As a result, the Homeless Veterans Legal Service Act would allow the VA to partner with public and private entities to increase legal services for homeless veterans and those at risk of homelessness.
“Ensuring that veterans are able to access the services they need to move out of homelessness is a small piece of the larger commitment we must make to those who served our country,” Stivers said. “These men and women put their lives on the line for us, and to see any of them fall into homelessness is devastating, and I’m proud to partner with Representatives Beatty, Lieu, and Turner to address this critical shortcoming of legal assistance.”
“Providing expanded access to free, high-quality legal services is one way we can uphold the promises made to our nation’s veterans.” Beatty continued, “This bill reaffirms that promise to those brave men and women who answered the call to serve in the Armed Forces, and I am proud to lead this effort in Congress.”
“As a veteran myself, I find it upsetting that homelessness among veterans is even a thing. After their sacrifice and service to our country, the least we can do is put roofs over our veterans’ heads. While there are a host of factors that contribute to homelessness, a lack of access to legal resources shouldn’t be one of them. I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan bill to expand legal services for our veterans, along with Reps. Beatty, Stivers and Turner. We owe it to our vets to fight to protect them like they fought to protect us.”
“Homelessness is a real issue facing many who have served our country honorably, and we must do more to support these veterans,” said Turner. “As a previous cosponsor of this bill, I am proud to continue to support bolstering the resources available to our nation’s veterans.”
The Homeless Veterans Legal Services Act has been referred to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs where it awaits further consideration.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Joyce Beatty (D-OH) reintroduced the Housing Our Military Servicemembers (HOMeS) Act, H.R. 715, to help ensure veterans are not condemned to homelessness.
By adding “former servicemembers” to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) list of subpopulations eligible for homeless assistance, community organizations and local government agencies will have access to additional funds to address veteran homelessness.
“Veteran homelessness is a chronic problem in our nation, and I am grateful to the many organizations in our communities that are working to get our servicemen and women off the streets,” Stivers said. “The HOMeS Act will not solve the problem, but it is an important step forward and it demonstrates our commitment to helping those housing grantees complete their mission.”
“It is unconscionable that any veteran should find themselves living on the streets. Yet, this is an all-too common, unfortunate reality for many,” Beatty said. “That is why I have joined Congressman Stivers in this bipartisan effort to reintroduce the Housing Our Military Servicemembers Act to take an important step toward ensuring that all of our nation’s former servicemembers have a safe place to call, ‘Home Sweet Home.’”
The HOMeS Act seeks to modify HUD’s homeless assistance statutes by adding “former servicemembers” as a subpopulation. This change would qualify former servicemembers for rehousing incentive payments, thus allowing HUD to incentivize and reward housing grantees that specifically work to aid homeless veterans.
Housing grantees compete for “bonus” funding from HUD in order to help house designated subpopulations. By altering the U.S. Code to explicitly include former servicemembers as an eligible subpopulation, the HOMeS Act will help increase veterans’ profile for HUD homeless housing incentives.
In addition, the HOMeS Act directs HUD to formulate a strategy to eliminate homelessness impacting former servicemembers who are not eligible for assistance offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
It has been a decade since the VA made its public commitment to end homelessness among veterans. In that time, significant progress has been made in communities around the country, including in Central Ohio, thanks to the hard work of community shelter leaders, non-profits, and government agencies.
However, eradicating this problem requires addressing the specific challenges facing individuals who are not eligible for the primary VA homeless assistance programs, like Housing and Urban Development – Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing HUD-VASH. The reporting requirements found in the HOMeS Act will help shed light on this subpopulation and lead to further solutions specific to those individuals.
H.R. 715 has been referred to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, where it awaits further consideration.
COLUMBUS – Today, Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), and Troy Balderson (R-OH) announced the Ohio Federal Employees Impacted by Shutdown (OFIS) Hotline for those federal workers, both furloughed and deemed essential, as well as contracted, who have been impacted by the current government shutdown.
By dialing 1-833-876-0937, constituents of the 3rd, 12th, and 15th Congressional Districts will be connected to the office of their respective Representative if they are encountering issues with their employing federal agencies, such as obtaining approval to file for unemployment or seek outside employment. The OFIS Hotline can also provide information on certain publicly available resources for those affected by the shutdown, such as accommodations offered by major community banks.
“It is not fair that dedicated civil servants across the country are paying the price for gridlock in Washington, so while we continue to work to build consensus and reopen the affected agencies, I want those federal workers in the 15th District to know that I am ready to serve as a resource,” Representative Stivers said. “To those impacted, please call 1-833-876-0937, and thank you for your service.”
“Right now, some 800,000 workers in Ohio and across the country, their families, loved ones, and nearly all Americans are worried,” Representative Beatty said. “They are worried about mounting bills, their mortgage payments, and their dwindling finances. This is not fair. That is why during the government shutdown I am working to help my constituents negatively impacted.” Beatty continued, “If you live in Central Ohio, please call the OFIS hotline at 1-833-876-0937 or my District Office at 614-220-0003 with questions or to seek assistance.”
“Central Ohioans shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences of Washington dysfunction. This support line will be a direct channel between those impacted by the partial government shutdown and their congressional representatives so we can work together toward meaningful resolutions. I’m proud to partner with Congressman Stivers and Congresswoman Beatty on this vital initiative,” Representative Balderson added.
If you, or someone you know, is a federal employee who has been impacted by the current lapse in appropriations, your Congressional representative may be able to help. Please call 1-833-876-0937 for information and assistance.
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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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