The following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH):“The Farm Bill is an important piece of legislation that provides funding for critical agriculture programs in our country, giving certainty for farmers. I was proud to support this legislation, and look forward to continue working with my colleagues to ensure this multi-year authorization is signed into law.”
The following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH):
“As a father, I know firsthand that there is nothing more important than family, and I understand why kids need to be with their parents. That’s why I have publicly come out against separating children from their parents at the border.
“I am writing a letter to understand the current policies and to ask the Administration to stop needlessly separating children from their parents. If the policy is not changed, I will support other means to stop unnecessary separation of children from their parents.”
The year is 1804. The long standing rivalry between Vice President Aaron Burr and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton had reached a boiling point. Hamilton was responsible for a scathing piece on Burr in the Albany Register as Burr was seeking the governorship. Burr, either in an attempt to reclaim his honor or out of maliciousness, challenged Hamilton to a duel. Accounts of what happened next are conflicting, but Hamilton was left dead and Burr was charged with murder.
Clearly, vitriol and incivility in our politics is nothing new; our nation was founded by individuals who fundamentally disagreed with one another, so some may say it is unavoidable. But for every incident like the Burr-Hamilton duel, there are examples of mutual respect and friendship across party lines. Take, for example, two of our Founding Fathers, Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. While the two viciously debated the direction of our new country, they also referred to their unlikely friendship as “one of the most agreeable Events in [their] Life.”
Adams and Jefferson knew that it was possible to disagree without being disagreeable, which is what Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) and I have tried to demonstrate by creating the Civility and Respect Caucus. While we both come from different political parties and hold different views on certain policy issues, it’s important to remember that we are able to find common ground on many other policy issues. That has what has allowed us to work together to make a difference in Central Ohio with issues like veterans’ homelessness and infrastructure. Working together on small projects has allowed us to build trust that helps us with the big projects. It’s taught us not to vilify those who have a different opinion and to realize that conversation alone makes us better.
Now, we’re taking the Central Ohio model national. To join our Caucus, Members of Congress must join with a partner from the other side of the aisle and commit to spreading the message of civility. We’re excited that 22 of our colleagues have joined our cause. But this initiative isn’t just for politicians, it’s for all Americans. It’s time that we end the fighting at the Thanksgiving table and the nasty comments on social media. To spread this message, Congresswoman Beatty and I have been visiting local high schools and discussing what it means to be civil. To date, over 1,000 students have taken the Civility Pledge and promised to work to make their schools and communities more kind and accepting of different viewpoints.
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “we must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Civility matters. It matters in our politics, in our businesses, our schools, and our friendships. I’m proud of what Congresswoman Beatty and I have accomplished so far, and I promise that we will keep doing our part to Revive Civility.
If you have any questions about the Civility and Respect Caucus, 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.
Regarding the summit with North Korea, the following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers:
“This has been a positive step forward in the effort to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, and a direct result of our country’s shift away from the policy of appeasement. I look forward to reviewing the details and Congress receiving the opportunity to approve any agreement that may come. While it may take time, work, and a number of meetings, I am hopeful these negotiations will lead to a lasting peace and stability in the region.”
If you are one of the 6 million Americans looking for a job, I have good news for you: there are over 6 million open positions in this country, a record high. Compare that number to 2009 statistics, when there were barely 2 million jobs available, and it’s clear that our economy is growing rapidly. Thanks in part to regulatory relief and the historic tax reform passed at the end of last year, companies are expanding their operations and creating more jobs and opportunities right here in the 15th Congressional District.
Take, for example, Macy’s, which announced last month that it will be opening a new distribution center near Rickenbacker Airport. The facility is expected to bring over 400 jobs to the area and have a total payroll of $13.6 million. Likewise, Amazon sees the appeal of Central Ohio, and announced that it will be bringing a new distribution center and 1,500 jobs to West Jefferson.
That’s the good news, but growth of the job market also presents challenges. How can we connect qualified job seekers with the employers and companies that are right for them? In an attempt to help solve that problem, I hosted my eighth annual Job Fair last week. I’m proud that we were able to bring together over 80 companies that had over 7 thousand open positions to help facilitate many of those crucial connections. But there is undoubtedly more work to be done to ensure that our workforce is able to meet the demands of a bustling economy.
I have long-since been a strong supporter of Career and Technical Education (CTE) so that all students – adults and children alike – can maximize their individual potential and help bridge the gap between school and the workforce. In March, Congress passed an appropriations package that included $70.9 billion for the Department of Education, part of which will be used to invest in CTE. That is an excellent start, but Congress must continue to invest in our most valuable natural resource, our people, and equip them with the necessary skills to succeed.
Jobs offer much more than just a paycheck – they give pride and purpose. Relief and reforms have been made huge improvements for our local economies, so now we must turn our attention to workforce development to ensure that individuals are able to take full advantage of the opportunities around them.
If you have questions about CTE, regulatory relief, tax reform, or future job fairs, 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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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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