WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Ohio received federal funds to assist individuals impacted by the severe storms, tornadoes, floods, straight-line winds, and landslides that occurred at the end of last month. Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) applauded the announcement of this Presidential Disaster Declaration as a critical step in helping our communities recover.
“I am proud of the collaborative efforts that quickly delivered funding and assistance to the people of Ohio,” Congressman Stivers said. “In the span of three days, there were 21 tornadoes that touched down throughout Ohio. It is absolutely crucial that we continue working to provide quality resources so that individuals and families can recover from the damage and resume their lives as soon as possible.”
One week following the formal emergency declaration submission, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the request to deliver critical funds to communities in Ohio, including three in the 15th Congressional District. Hocking, Perry, and Pickaway Counties are now eligible for Individual Assistance Program and all Ohioans are now eligible for Hazard Mitigation.
In addition, the Presidential Disaster Declaration also now allows the state to apply to for crisis counseling assistance, disaster unemployment assistance, and disaster case management help. Further, this declaration states that business owners may now qualify for low-interest loans through the United States Small Business Administration.
From May 27 to May 29, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency identified 942 homes and buildings that were destroyed or significantly damaged and 837 additional homes and buildings that suffered minor damage or were slightly affected.
If you, or someone you know, has been impacted by this disaster, access your assistance now by registering for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance online at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362, TTY 1-800-462-7585, or VRS 1-800-621-3362.
WASHINGTON – Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) have offered two amendments to H.R. 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2020, that seek to double the number of new immigration judges and support staff hired to process migrants entering our country and decrease the hiring time for new judges.
Despite a growing number of individuals seeking asylum, the number of judges and support staff has remained stagnant, resulting in an exacerbation of the backlog and overstressing of resources. H.R. 3055 takes steps to address the problem by including funding for 100 additional judges and support staff. The Stivers-Gonzalez amendment goes further, and requests appropriations needed for an additional 100 teams that, if adopted, would combine to add 200 new judge teams to help decrease detention periods and expedite the processing for those entering the U.S.
A second amendment to H.R. 3055 offered by Representatives Stivers and Gonzalez seeks to reduce hiring time for the judges. Under current conditions, it takes approximately two years to complete the hiring process. The amendment cuts that time in half while simultaneously including controls to ensure quality of judges does not decline.
“Justice delayed is justice denied. To have hundreds of thousands of individuals stuck in limbo is a failure of our nation of laws and a failure to respect the dignity and rights of migrants seeking a better life in our country,” Congressman Stivers said. “As a legislator, it is not my place to comment on the decisions of the judicial branch and how many claims they are accepting or rejecting, but it is Congress’s place to ensure that they have the resources to do their jobs.
This effort is about providing the gold standard of due process to all migrants seeking entry into the U.S. Our nation should ensure every individual is treated humanely and with the full protections and rights afforded by our judicial system. This is the type of commonsense effort to address the immigration problem that should have support from both sides of the aisle.”
“The backlog of immigration cases is recklessly dysfunctional and causes uncertainty to all parties,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “We should be able to hold hearings within a few months from when someone arrives to our country. While we cannot overhaul the system overnight, hiring additional qualified immigration judges and support staff can help us to drastically reduce wait times for migrants. In order to effectively address this issue, we need to put our money where our mouth is. Our bipartisan solution would do just that.”
An asylee has two options when applying for asylum: if the individual is physically present in the United States, regardless of how he or she entered, he or she may apply affirmatively, and their request is considered by U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) with a decision rendered within 180 days. However, a USCIS officer may decide to refer the case to an immigration judge, with nearly 30,000 referrals being made in FY2017.
If the individual is apprehended by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP), he or she may seek asylum as a defense against deportation. This defensive asylum process is determined by an immigration court and an immigration judge under the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR). Between USCIS and EOIR, there were over 700,000 pending cases in FY2018 with an average wait time of 721 days.
As the son of a kindergarten teacher, and now as the father of a kindergartner and third-grader, I’ve seen first-hand the value of a well-rounded education. Every student should have access to high quality, effective education to prepare them for success. I have, and will, continue to place a high priority on education, so that children can grow up with properly trained educators, a well-rounded education, and effective technology. With these resources, children can focus on innovating and advancing our society.
Thankfully, many of my colleagues in Congress share this goal. Just last month, I supported efforts to invest over $17 billion to a variety of programs for our students’ education. Among these were support for after school programs, health services for low-income students, and comprehensive early childhood education.
I am especially proud to have led bipartisan efforts in Congress to secure robust funding for the Head Start program. Head Start provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. It is a proven success. Children enrolled in this program are more likely to graduate high school, less likely to be incarcerated or unemployed, and more likely to achieve a higher quality of life as adults.
I was able to see this community-based approach first hand when I visited the Athens County Head Start Facility. The commitment that the staff has for creating unique, tailored experiences for each student was clear. The combination of the facility, staff, equipment, and support system at Athens County Head Start sets an incredibly strong foundation to prepare these children to succeed at every stage of life. Seeing the this program directly benefiting children’s lives right in Ohio’s 15th District, only reinforced my commitment to Head Start, and I will continue to advocate for its funding.
I am committed to improving education for children of all ages, which is why I joined my colleagues to encourage $1.6 billion in funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant program. SSAE will provide educators with effective technology and other necessary tools to provide kids with the education necessary to compete on a global scale. With these resources, schools can implement programs for drug prevention, physical education, and Advanced Placement programs along with arts, computer science, and foreign language courses.
Just as there is strong value in investing in our students during school hours, it is also a priority of mine to provide opportunities for students after school. I also advocated for $1.32 billion in support for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program. This program provides high quality, effective after-school programs for over 1.7 million children. Studies show that investing in these after school programs improve students’ grades, attendance, graduation rates, and overall health, and wellbeing.
When our kids succeed, communities benefit. There is not one unique solution to best prepare our kids for the future. There are many ways we can continue working together to access and support solutions that will enhance our students’ growth. Moving forward, I promise to continue working both in Congress and with programs across the nation to equip students with every tool they need to thrive.
If you have any questions about what I am working on to support education, 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, Lancaster office at (740) 654-2654, or Wilmington office at (937) 283-7049. You can also subscribe to my e-newsletter at www.stivers.house.gov.
COLUMBUS – Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) convened a roundtable meeting to discuss the issues facing previously-incarcerated citizens (“returning citizens”) reentering society and the workforce.
“As a nation, we are reexamining our justice system, and particularly what it means to ‘reenter’ society. Last year, Congress passed the FIRST STEP Act, which was just that: a first step. It is now up to our communities to determine the next steps and how we can help returning citizens overcome the barriers they face,” Stivers said.
Among topics discussed was a focus on career and technical education, the necessity of transportation and housing in conjunction with employment, and an overall wholistic approach to reentry. At a time when unemployment is at record low, this population represents an untapped labor market, and the conversation also centered on efforts to encourage employers to consider returning citizens.
Over 50 individuals and stakeholders were in attendance, including Jim and Monique Brown, representing their organization, Amer-i-can; President and Chief Executive Officer of Alvis, Inc., Denise Robinson; Director of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Annette Chambers-Smith; Director of Ohio Department of Transportation, Jack Marchbanks; staff of Healing Broken Circles; local businesses; and several returning citizens. The discussion was moderated by the President and Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Columbus, Marjory Pizzuti.
“This roundtable was an excellent conversation, and I have several take-aways that I plan to work on in the coming months,” Stivers continued. “I’m grateful to everyone for their participation, and am confident that we can continue moving forward to help both our local economy and individuals reach their full potential.”
COLUMBUS – Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that a $15 million FAA Grant would be awarded to Rickenbacker International Airport, in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, for runway repairs and rehabilitation efforts. Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) applauded the announcement as a win for the airport and the Central Ohio region.
A nationwide investment in infrastructure advancements is beneficial for economic growth. This grant invests in Rickenbacker due to its clear, data-backed value to keep Ohio thriving. Recent studies show that Rickenbacker contributes 15,280 jobs, $880 million in annual payroll and $2.5 billion in annual economic impact in Ohio.
“Infrastructure is the shot in the arm our economy needs to continue its growth, and this investment in Central Ohio is no exception,” Stivers said. “Rickenbacker is a critical component of our community for tourism and business, and maintaining their facilities is in everyone’s best interest. I’m glad to see that the FAA understands the value that Rickenbacker adds to Ohio and has taken the appropriate steps to begin to fund these critical repairs.”
During the Appropriations process, Representative Stivers supported funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which provides grants for the planning and development of public-use airports. Projects must focus on enhancing airport safety, capacity, security, or address environmental concerns.
“The FAA grant and these improvements align with Rickenbacker’s growth strategies over the next two decades,” said Joseph R. Nardone, President & CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority which oversees the cargo-focused airport. “We are grateful to our Ohio congressional delegation and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao for recognizing Rickenbacker’s economic importance to the region and its critical role in international commerce.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) welcomed eighth-grade students from Morgan Junior High to the United States Capitol as a part of their Washington, D.C. field trip.
Congressman Stivers gave a brief update on legislative issues facing the House of Representatives before the students toured the Capitol complex.
Rep. Stivers speaks with students. (Photo: AnnMarie Graham)
Rep. Stivers welcomes Morgan Jr. High students to the U.S. Capitol. (Photo: AnnMarie Graham)
Morgan Jr. High students show off their Buckeye State pride at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo: AnnMarie Graham)
The following may be attributed to Representative Steve Stivers, regarding the vote on H.R. 986:
“Make no mistake, Republicans and Democrats are in complete agreement on this: individuals with preexisting conditions must continue to be protected.
However, H.R. 986 is not a good-faith effort to protect preexisting conditions; the Administrative guidance in question allows states to seek waivers in order to offer beneficial and innovative health care plans. The guidance clearly states that waivers cannot, under any circumstances, undermine preexisting conditions protections.
I’ll say it again: individuals with preexisting conditions must continue to be protected, and rather than equivocating deceptive bill titles and demonizing the opposite party, we should all be focused on coming together to further strengthen those protections.
That is why I have cosponsored two other pieces of legislation, H.R. 383, the Continuing Coverage for Preexisting Conditions Act, and H.R. 692, the Pre-existing Conditions Protection Act. Let’s spend our time improving the health care system for everyone, rather than trying to score political points and misleading Americans who expect us to deliver actual relief from the high costs of health care.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) recognized Clinton-Massie High School student Sarah Karns as the winner in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District Art Competition for her piece “33 Shared by 2.” The announcement was made at a reception at the Columbus Museum of Art on Monday evening. Karns will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. to see her artwork displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capitol building and attend a reception with other winners from across the country. This is Karns’ second consecutive first-place award in this competition.
“It is an honor to meet with and recognize so many of the talented young artists in the 15th District,” Stivers said. “I want to congratulate Miss Karns, as well as all our winners for their hard work. Every year, we receive incredible pieces of art, and this competition is a fantastic way to highlight their skill.”
The annual Art Competition showcases the talented high school students of the 15th District. This year’s competition featured 275 submissions from 25 schools across 6 counties.
Alicia Deng from JC Visual Arts School, took home second place for her piece, “that is just peachy.” The work will be displayed in Stivers’ district office in Hilliard, Ohio.
Hannah Waite’s piece, “Glimpse of Klimpt”, will also be displayed in the Hilliard office. The Bloom-Carroll High School student’s artwork was awarded third place.
Alexandria Hughes’ piece, “Grandfather,” won the People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award goes to the work of art with the most votes in favor of the piece on Stivers’ Facebook page. Hughes attends East Clinton high School, and her piece received over 300 votes.
The following schools participated in this year’s competition:
The Congressional Art Competition is held every year to recognize the extraordinary artistic talents of the nation’s high school students. The goal of the competition is to support and promote the arts and to foster creativity and artistic expression among our nation’s youth. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 and since that time, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.
The following may be attributed to Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH):
“Any attack on a religious site or ceremony is an attack on our fundamental right to freedom of religion. I’m grateful to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department who acted quickly to apprehend the suspect, but we cannot allow extremism and Anti-Semitism to fester within our communities and we all must work to drive out hate and persecution.”
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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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