Having served over 30 years in the Ohio National Guard, I understand the need for Congress to maintain a strong national defense and to ensure we give the men and women in our military the tools they need to succeed in their missions, both at home and abroad.
TRICARE FOR KIDS: It is important that Congress help ensure members of our military, veterans, and their families receive the health care they need. In the 112th Congress I introduced the TRICARE for Kids Act with Representative Bobby Schilling (R-IL) and Representative Susan Davis (D-CA). This legislation works to assist the Department of Defense in its efforts to develop and encourage health care practices designed to address the specific health care needs of military children. This legislation was rolled into the National Defense Authorization Act and signed into law by President Obama.
DEFENSE SPENDING: I voted for the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, which lifted the caps for defense spending for two years (FY16 & 17). While our military is in undoubted need of support to meet the needs of our missions around the globe, we must also ensure resources and funding are spent efficiently and are properly accounted for, I have consistently supported a full audit of the Pentagon and DOD spending in order to trim waste and abuse including with our defense contracting. While I firmly support the needs of our service men and women, our nation’s nearly $20 trillion debt is unsustainable and must be addressed.
NORTH KOREA: We also face a threat from North Korea, a country that continues to test nuclear weapons, cause insecurity in the region, and threaten to attack the United States and our allies. North Korea has conducted missile exercises in attempts to develop technology to launch a nuclear weapon. Furthermore, North Korea has a record of human rights abuses and imprisoning tourists visiting the country – including Otto Warmbier, a college student from Ohio who was in North Korean custody for nearly a year and a half and died soon after being returned to the United States in a coma. I have supported our country’s diplomatic shift away from the policy of appeasement. While it may take time, work, and a number of meetings, I am hopeful negotiations will lead to a lasting peace and stability in the region.
IRAN: From the very beginning, I had concerns about the Iran Deal reached by the Obama Administration because it was based on the failed North Korea Deal and did not include restrictions on the development of technology used to weaponize nuclear energy, such as triggers, fuses, and ballistic missiles. On October 13, 2017, President Trump announced that he could not certify that sanctions relief was appropriate and proportionate to Iran’s regional activities as required under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In the announcement, President Trump directed Congress and his Administration to address concerns like the expiration of nuclear restrictions, the Iranian government’s support of regional armed groups, and their missile program. I believe this decision will allow a new agreement to be negotiated which will include language to prevent a nuclear armed Iran.
In the meantime, the United States should work with our allies to ensure the security of regional partners and our interests. I support continued sanctions on Iranian individuals and financial institutions to exercise diplomatic pressure. Sanctions also preclude Iranian financial support for U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations, such as the paramilitary Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and their Syrian cell, the Quds Force. The United States must also continue its leadership of a maritime security coalition in the Strait of Hormuz.
RUSSIA: It is abundantly clear that Russia does not have the best interests of the United States at heart. I recognize the importance of the investigations into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 Presidential election. Russia has also actively sought to influence regional democratic efforts in southern and eastern Europe and has played an active, disruptive role in the Syrian civil war. I believe it is essential to work with our allies to counter Russian efforts in the region and beyond.
SYRIA: I am disgusted by the actions of the Syrian government under President Bashar al-Assad and condemn the atrocities his regime has committed upon the Syrian people in a conflict that has now claimed over 400,000 lives. For this reason, I supported the April 2017 air strikes on Syrian military equities so that all world leaders know that the use of chemical weapons on civilians will not be tolerated by the United States. I also supported the air strikes conducted in conjunction with our allies on April 13, 2018. I have also backed legislative efforts to ensure aid workers have access to injured civilians and safe hospitals.
As your Congressman, my top priority is ensuring the safety of Americans. I will continue working to address all of these issues to ensure our strong national defense.
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VIDEO: CLICK HERE for video of Stivers speaking on the House Floor on February 5, 2014 on the 71st anniversary of the sinking of the U.S.S. Dorchester.
Defense/Military Legislation of Note:
H.R. 1384 H.R. 1777 H.Res. 11 H.R. 479 H.Res. 92 H.R. 1698 H.R. 3425
H.R. 868 H.R. 1594 H.R. 1857 H.R. 560 H.R. 220 H.R. 500 H.R. 178 H.R. 4285 H.R. 4534 H.R. 4554 H.R. 5606 H.R. 5607
H.R. 357 H.R. 383 H.R. 435 H.R. 503 H.R. 543 H.R. 569 H.R. 570 H.R. 635 H.R. 679 H.R. 690 H.R. 755 H.R. 813 H.R. 833 H.R. 850 H.R. 1494 H.R. 1971 H.Res. 75 H.R. 435 H.R. 1484 H.R. 2016 H.R. 3111 H.R. 3930
H.R. 178 H.R. 181 H.R 396 H.R. 1142 H.R. 1297 H.R. 1469 H.R. 1609 H.R. 1612 H.R. 1775 H.R. 1865 H.R. 3709 H.R. 4341 H.Con.Res.129 H. Res. 241