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.”
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.
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.”
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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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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Tonight, we mourn the loss of a former First Lady who was a true leader and role model for our country.