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Congressman Mike Turner at Delphi Hearing in 2013
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Former employees of auto parts company Delphi, including many in the Dayton area, are working to get a health care tax credit back on the agenda in Congress. About 20,000 people, many of them in Ohio, lost health care and part of their pensions during the GM bankruptcy in 2009; Delphi spun off from GM in 1999, but pensions and health care remained intertwined for employees of the parts-maker.

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All 435 seats in Congress are on the line in today's election, including a few in the Miami Valley. House Speaker John Boehner is facing Democratic challenger Thomas Poetter in Ohio’s 8th district. Poetter is an education professor at Miami University with little political experience. Boehner’s district is predominantly Republican and wraps around the north and west sides of Dayton.

Congressmen Mike Turner (R-OH) and John Carter (R-TX) speak with reporters outside WPAFB's Hope Hotel.
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Lawmakers from Ohio and Texas are assessing how Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has done since a 2008 Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC. Congressman Mike Turner of Ohio’s 10thdistrict and Congressman John Carter from Texas spent about four hours Monday touring Wright-Patt facilities.

Carter is Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations. His visit to Wright-Patt was in part to look at results of the 2008 BRAC that brought a $230 million investment in military construction at the base. It also brought more than 1,000 new jobs to the area.

A controversy could be fizzling out over whether Dayton will host immigrant children from Central America in temporary shelters. The federal government told Mayor Nan Whaley it might not need the help, after all.

Local lawmakers and activists are responding to the Supreme Court’s decision a year ago overturning article four of the 1964 Voting Rights Act. That article mandated that nine states that have a history of voting discrimination must notify the federal government before they make any changes to their voting rules—that didn’t include Ohio. The protection has been used to keep particularly southern states from passing restrictive voting laws.

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Several Dayton groups are asking Congressman Mike Turner of Ohio’s 10th district to help renew emergency unemployment benefits. A bipartisan Senate bill expected to pass this week has found little support in the House.

Protesters in downtown Dayton wore Robin Hood hats.
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A group of protesters gathered in front of Ohio Congressman Mike Turner’s Dayton office Friday to call for the passage of a so-called “Robin Hood tax.” The demonstration is one of several across the country timed with the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in 1968.

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U.S. Representative Mike Turner (R-10th) met with area leaders Monday to talk about economic development and federal policy. Roads, wages and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base were all on the agenda in the meeting with 15 mayors and city officials.

Democrats mentioned President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, a point he pushed during his State of the Union address last week.

Rep. Turner wasn’t clear on whether he’d consider supporting the president’s proposal, but said his focus is elsewhere.

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Dayton-area leaders are breathing sighs of relief as the proposed budget deal in Congress appears to be ending the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration.

“This deal would prevent the sequester for a 2-year period, and it also would give certainty to the Department of Defense,” said Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio’s 10th district. He’s relieved by the outcome after a year of belt-tightening for lots of government bodies, including the Pentagon. With the proposed deal the Pentagon avoids $20 billion in would-be sequestration cuts.

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Dayton-area officials held a public meeting Tuesday about the effects of sequestration, or automatic federal spending cuts, on the local economy. They say the outlook is gloomy if sequestration continues into 2014.

“Survival mode” and “devastation” were just a couple of the phrases tossed out at the event.

“As this goes downhill, the next thing’s gonna go downhill, and we’re gonna be in a world of hurt,” said Greene County Commission Tom Koogler.

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