Issues

Spending

Washington continues to spend money it does not have and to borrow money it cannot pay back, and because of that, our national debt currently stands at more than $19 trillion.  We owe it to future generations to fix our current debt crisis and rein in out-of-control spending.

From small steps, like cutting my own office budget by 20 percent, to larger steps, like supporting a budget that would cut the deficit by $23 billion, and sponsoring a Balanced Budget amendment, as a member of Congress, I will continue the fight to end the runaway borrowing and spending culture in Washington, D.C.


Every day, families throughout Ohio and the United States make decisions about how to budget and live within their means. We should expect the same thing from Washington. If you agree, sign the petition below and tell Congress and President Obama that we want responsibility and restraint in the federal budget. It’s common sense.

Jobs

As I travel throughout the district, I hear from Ohioans who are struggling to find a job. Getting Americans back to work must be the No. 1 priority, and to do so, we must get our companies and small businesses engaged in the fight to create jobs.
 
That means providing businesses with more certainty on taxes, regulation, healthcare costs, and energy costs. It is also important to get people trained for the jobs of tomorrow by linking unemployment benefits to workforce development training today.
 
I will continue to stand up for our small businesses, work to put a stop to out-of-control spending, and help create incentives for investment and job creation here at home.


Government will not create the jobs of the future; the private sector will.  We need policies that encourage entrepreneurs to take risks, create jobs, and invest in their businesses. We need government to foster hard work and innovation – not crush it. Stand with Steve as he fights to get our economy moving again and help our neighbors get back to work.

Health Care

Starting with the disaster of the website rollout in October of 2013, Obamacare has been a debacle from the start. Families and small businesses have faced higher premiums and patients have had to give up their preferred plans and doctors even after the President promised they could keep them. The United States has the best medical care in the world. In fact, some of the latest medical research and cutting-edge procedures are being developed and performed right here in Ohio. Unfortunately, high costs often prevent people from obtaining this care.

I believe we each deserve access to quality health care at an affordable price, but Obamacare was not a responsible plan. That is why I have voted to repeal it more than 50 times. It kills jobs and hurts businesses, adds to our already out-of-control national debt, and puts government between you and your doctor.

Now more than ever, we need to focus instead on market-based reforms that lower costs and increase access to patient-centered care. The American people deserve better than the current healthcare law and I will continue to work to find solutions that fit the needs of those I represent – not the bureaucrats in Washington.


America is at a crossroads when it comes to dealing with health care. What do you think needs to happen?

National Defense

As a 30-year veteran of the Ohio Army National Guard and a graduate of the Army War College, I know that when America leads, the world is a safer place. Unfortunately, over the past seven years, and amid the emergence of new threats at home and overseas, our position has been significantly weakened under the current Administration.  

We have the best military in the world, but they need the tools and support to complete their missions and keep us safe. In the years ahead, we must rebuild our military infrastructure and have clear strategies to defeat ISIS, to prevent a nuclear Iran and to stand up to the aggressions of countries like Russia and North Korea.

Moreover, it is our moral duty to ensure that when our veterans return home, they get the support, services and respect that are worthy of their sacrifice.


If you believe our leaders in Washington need to support our troops, abroad and at home, take a stand by adding your name below:

Energy

The United States needs an all-of-the-above energy plan that includes everything from renewable energy to clean coal to expanding drilling here at home. In Congress, I have fought back against burdensome regulations that would kill American jobs and only serve to stifle all our efforts to create a truly diverse energy portfolio.

I will continue to support policies that expand American energy production. Only then can we keep energy prices in check for families, reduce our reliance on foreign oil and create good-paying jobs in the process.


America’s energy supply has historically made us the envy of the world, but burdensome government regulations and executive overreach have hurt growth in this sector. Steve Stivers knows that a true all-of-the-above national energy policy is important for moving American energy into the 21st century. If you agree with Stivers, that a comprehensive energy approach, including increased exploration, is the best way to keep costs down for families and create American jobs, then add your name below.

Medicare

I am committed to standing up for our seniors and preserving Medicare in order to meet their health care needs. Promises made must be promises kept, therefore the plan I support to keep the program sustainable would not change Medicare for anyone who is 55 years of age and older.

However, we need to act now to stop Medicare from going bankrupt. Legislation I voted in favor of preserves and protects Medicare with true choice and competition for future generations, while also eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in the system.


Medicare is a large and growing part of the federal budget, with millions of retirees relying on the program for their health care. What do you think should be done to address the sustainability of the program?

Protecting the Second Amendment

As a proud, card-carrying member of the NRA, I am and will continue to be, a strong defender of the Second Amendment rights afforded to us in the United States Constitution. While in the Ohio Senate, I co-sponsored the Castle Doctrine, was a co-sponsor of Ohio's concealed carry law, and supported educational programs about the use of firearms, marksmanship, and safety.  As a Member of Congress, I have supported Second Amendment rights by:

  • Voting for and co-sponsoring legislation to allow for reciprocity across state lines for concealed carry,
  • Co-sponsoring legislation to prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers from banning firearms on water resources lands, and
  • Co-sponsoring legislation to allow collectible firearms to be imported into the U.S. without the approval of the Department of State or the Department of Defense.

I will continue to stand up against executive overreach because I believe the answer to curbing violence in our society is not to take away the rights of law-abiding gun owners, but to enforce and prosecute those who violate existing laws, improve mental health services, and have a comprehensive plan to fight terrorism both overseas and at home.


Our Constitution clearly outlines the right of Americans to bear arms. Stand with Steve by signing our petition below, and tell Congress and the Administration to support our Second Amendment Rights.

Balanced Budget Amendment

With the national debt topping $19 trillion and growing, America must enact a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the United States Constitution. 

I have introduced a Balanced Budget Amendment in the United States Congress to force tough decisions to be made in Washington. I  believe it is the only way to prevent an undue financial burden on the next generation of Americans and to ensure a strong national defense because our country would no longer be beholden to countries like China, from which we have borrowed.

I have also supported and continue to support the dozens of states, like Ohio, that have called for a limited, Article V Constitutional Convention for the sole purpose of a Balanced Budget Amendment. Whether it begins with Congress or with the states, we must act now to stop the federal government from continuing to pile mountains of debt on the backs of our children. 


Every day, Americans live within their means and balance their family budgets. Shouldn't our federal government do the same?  If you believe that a Balanced Budget Amendment is important, please join me in adding your name here: