Outlook Ohio News: Steve Stiver’s Response To Current Political Issues

The following is a response from Steve Stiver’s to a fellow Ohioian and Educator.  Of particular interest Stiver’s lack of a stance on several issues including LGBTQIA and a woman’s right to choose.

Stiver’s does not support abortion except in cases of rape, incest, and medical issues.  The most disturbing is the carefully crafted response regarding the LGBTQAI community.

I respect LGBTQIA individuals, and believe the people of Ohio, through the state legislature and the constitutional amendment process, should have the right to establish policies on marriage and other social and family matters that are consistent with their values.

We would like to remind our readers and Mr. Stiver’s that respect does not equate to support for the gay, lesbian, queer and transgender communities.

Steve Stiver’s Response:

Re; Stivers:

February 3, 2017

Dear Dr. Ramnath:

Thank you for contacting me and for sharing your perspective. I appreciate the opportunity to correspond with you.

First, I would like to express my respect for those who participated in Women’s Marches around the world. The right to peacefully assemble and the freedom of speech are cornerstones of our democracy, and I applaud you and all other participants for your civic engagement and for taking an active role in the political process.

I recognize that the Women’s Marches were organized with the intention to draw attention to many key issues that are facing our nation; I understand, and I look forward to participating in meaningful dialogue with you regarding these issues.

Please know, I have no intention of “rubber stamping” every policy suggestions that the Trump Administration may make. Being an effective check and balance requires carefully considering policy and weighing all consequences.

It is with this careful consideration that I plan to address each issue brought before Congress, such as women’s health. I am pro-life, however I believe that any woman facing an unplanned pregnancy needs support, not judgment and condemnation. For that reason, while I am generally opposed to abortion, I understand the need for exceptions in instances of rape, incest, or where the life of the mother is at risk.

Furthermore, I am committed to working on common-sense reforms that lower health care costs and make it more affordable across the board. From a personal standpoint, I support keeping parts of the Affordable Care Act that improve accessibility, especially for those with pre-existing medical conditions, as well as allowing dependent children to remain covered by their parents’ insurance policy until age 26. I would like Congress to work to expand access to health savings accounts and allow for incentives for healthy lifestyles and choices. However, I am concerned that Obamacare in its entirety has not reformed the health care system in a way that is cost effective or helpful to the millions of Americans who deserve and rely on affordable and quality health care. I know the House will continue its efforts on all of these fronts and I will work toward achieving these goals during the 115th Congress.

Additionally, I appreciate the concerns expressed for the rights of minority individuals. I want to affirm that it is my job to represent all of my constituents, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

I respect LGBTQIA individuals, and believe the people of Ohio, through the state legislature and the constitutional amendment process, should have the right to establish policies on marriage and other social and family matters that are consistent with their values.

I recognize the many contributions that immigrants have made to our society, and we need to examine our current immigration system and work towards a system that is legal and orderly – but does not include amnesty. I believe that border security and interior enforcement are vital components of a successful strategy, necessary to our national security, and critical first steps in addressing current problems with our immigration system.

Similarly, I believe our nation must continue its long history of being a leader in the protection of human rights, especially on the global stage. Our country has a proud tradition of opening its doors to victims of ethnic, religious, and political persecution. I believe Congress must work to uphold this tradition. However, this must be balanced with the need to protect our own citizens from harm and to ensure that a thorough and effective screening process is in place.

Moreover, I agree that gender discrimination is an unacceptable practice in the workforce. Like you, I believe that wages and salaries should be determined solely on the basis of merit, and that employees engaged in identical work should receive equal pay. Additionally, I understand the tough choices that today’s working parents face and am proud to be an advocate on their behalf in Congress. In 2013, I supported the Working Families Flexibility Act by a vote to give Americans greater choice in how they spend their time by allowing private-sector employees-through a voluntary agreement with their employer-the opportunity to choose paid time off as compensation for overtime hours worked.
Finally, I believe Congress must move forward on legislation that balances our environmental and energy needs in a thoughtful manner, on as broad a front as possible, and I believe that renewable energy should be part of this solution. The best chance for a balanced approach to protecting our environment and ensuring our nation becomes energy independent is an “all of the above” approach. We should encourage energy solutions-whether it is zero emission nuclear power, or renewables such as wind, solar, hydro, or geothermal, as well as improving and utilizing our nation’s vast domestic resources-like natural gas, clean coal, and oil. I believe these needs can be met while innovating and providing cleaner power that also protects our environment for future generations.

Again, thank you for contacting me. I am inspired by the overwhelming engagement I have seen, and thank you for your participation. I truly wish to serve as a resource, and look forward to engaging and discussing all of these issues throughout the 115th Congress. I am excited to get to work, to partner with my colleagues, and more importantly, with the people of the 15th District. Please do not hesitate to contact my office if I may be of assistance in the future. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Steve Stivers
Member of Congress

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