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Congressman Mike Turner

A report on security at US Naval bases was due to congress on Monday - the day a shooter killed 12 people at the Naval Yard in Washington DC, and Congressman Mike Turner, of Ohio' 10th district, is now asking the US Navy to tighten it's vetting process for security clearance. 

Congressman Mike Turner at Delphi Hearing in 2013
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Lawmakers on Capital Hill Wednesday heard testimony surrounding the Treasury Department’s role in the loss of pensions for Delphi salaried employees, shedding new light on how the decisions were made.

The hearing surrounded a report by the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP)*. It finds that General Motors was pressured by union contracts and time restraints to restore the pensions of union employees, while non-salaried employees lost 30 to 70 percent of their pensions.

Ohio Representatives are expressing a variety of questions and concerns regarding whether or not to support President Obama's call for military action in Syria. The Columbus Dispatch's Jessica Wehrman speaks to Emily McCord in the weekly segment, PoliticsOhio. Werhman reports that this is not the usual party-line disagreement and says she'll be watching Speaker of the House, John Boehner, closely in the next few weeks, as he is the only Republican from Ohio that is backing the President's plan.

Congress will face a choice about whether to approve President Obama’s call to use military force in Syria when it returns to session next week. Obama made his case for a limited military strike against Syria after mounting evidence that President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons.

The plan is raising concerns from Ohio lawmakers. Republican Senator Rob Portman, says he could support a limited strike, but he think the United States shouldn’t go it alone, if at all.

Emily McCord

Unmanned Aerial Systems, or UAS, was the focus of an informational meeting Wednesday in Xenia. Ohio has partnered with Indiana and applied to become one of six national centers for unmanned systems and Congressman Mike Turner with the Dayton Development Coalition held the meeting to build awareness about what UAS could bring to Ohio.

Members of Congress from Ohio are pushing for action to help veterans with disabilities. They have joined with other Republicans to ask the Department of Veteran's Affairs to address long waits for disability claims, and for accountability.

House Republicans have sent two letters to date. The first, back in January, demanding that something be done about the processing time for disability claims. Mike Turner of Ohio's 10th district says the average time is over a year-400 days-to file claims.

A Democratic congressman has released the full transcript of congressional investigators' interview with an IRS manager. John Shafer is a self-described conservative Republican. He said that close scrutiny of tea party group tax forms originated in his Cincinnati IRS office, not in Washington.

Shafer oversaw a group of IRS workers who screen applications for tax-exempt status. He said he was unaware of any involvement by the White House in decisions to screen tea party groups.

Republican Congressman Mike turner has introduced a bill that would prohibit the IRS from misusing funds.  the legislation comes after it was discovered that the IRS spent $50 million on over 200 conferences during the past two years.

At a hearing last week, Turner says he uncovered the practice of misusing funds when IRS officials were questioned about an expensive conference that recently made headlines when videos surfaced of IRS employees lines dancing and engaging in video parodies.

Jerry Kenney

Yesterday, Congressman Mike Turner of Ohio's 10th District held a field hearing at Sinclair Community College to discuss the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems. 

Congressman Turner chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces.  He says the reason for the hearing was two-fold: to assess how safely Unmanned Aerial System can be integrated into domestic airspace, and what opportunities that would provide the Miami Valley.

The Air Force has been struggling with cases of sexual assault. Nearly 800 cases were reported last year and military leaders say many more are going unreported. April is sexual assault awareness month and WYSO’s Emily McCord spokes with Congressman Mike Turner for an update on how the Air Force is working to eradicate the problem.       

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