Congressman Dave Joyce Recognized For Leadership On Issues Important To Children During 2013.

Members of Congress Recognized as Champions for Children

December 11, 2013

Washington — Today, the First Focus Campaign for Children, a national bipartisan children’s advocacy group,recognized 100 Members of Congress for leadership on issues important to children during 2013.

“Lots of politicians talk about kids’ issues, but few back it up,” said Bruce Lesley, president of the Campaign for Children. “Champions and Defenders delivered for kids.”

The advocacy organization recognized as “Champions for Children” 50 Members of Congress for their extraordinary efforts to protect and improve the future of America’s next generation. An additional 50 Members were recognized as “Defenders of Children” for their support of policies that advance the well-being of children.

In selecting Champions and Defenders, the First Focus Campaign for Children noted leaders who introduced, co-sponsored, and voted for legislation to meet children’s needs. In addition, the organization considered Members who demonstrated extraordinary initiative by spearheading activities such as sponsoring hearings or garnering the support of their colleagues to improve the health and well-being of children. The 2013 Champions and Defenders are:
2013 Champions for Children

Champions for Children made extraordinary efforts to protect and improve the future of America’s next generation.


Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA)
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)



Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA)
Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA)
Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL)
Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA)
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI)
Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL)
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO)
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)
Rep. Gene Green (D-TX)
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY)
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL)
Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY)
Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX)
Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN)
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Rep. George Miller (D-CA)
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA)
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)


2013 Defenders of Children

Defenders of Children supported efforts to advance policies to improve the well-being of America’s children.


Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)



Del. Donna Christensen (D-VI)
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC)
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)
Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY)
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
Rep. David Joyce (R-OH)
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI)
Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI)
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ)
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI)
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO)
Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA)
Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)
Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA)
Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)
Rep. José Serrano (D-NY)
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
Rep. David Valadao (R-CA)
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA)
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)


This is the Campaign for Children’s fourth annual class of Champions for Children. For more information about past honorees, visit

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Joyce Votes to Avert Government Shutdown, Defund the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) voted in support of H.J.Res. 59, a Continuing Resolution to keep government doors open by extending current funding levels through December 15th. The Continuing Resolution also includes the Full Faith and Credit Act, which would require Treasury to make good on public debt payments should America reach the debt ceiling and language to fully defund Affordable Care Act spending. Joyce released the following:

“Today, I voted to protect seniors, members of our military and Ohio taxpayers from the damaging effects of a government shutdown. Ohioans deserve a functional government and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and work with both sides of the aisle to ensure we keep the government running.”

Joyce continued, “The House also took important steps to ensure the U.S. pay its bills on time and protect Americans from the Affordable Care Act’s taxes, increased costs, and government intrusion. These are common sense solutions to our nation’s problems and I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue finding practical solutions to our challenges.”

Congress and the White House are currently facing an October 1st deadline to find a funding solution or shut down the federal government. H.J.Res. 59 will now go to the Senate for consideration. The CR passed by a vote of 230-189.

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Joyce votes to keep the IRS out of health decisions

WASHINGTON- Rep. Dave Joyce (OH-14) voted in favor of the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act, H.R. 2009, which would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing or implementing any component of the health care law. Joyce, a cosponsor of the bill, released the following statement:

“Recent events have shown that the IRS is unable to impartially apply current law, so how can we trust this organization to deliver health care to Ohio families? Health decisions should be made by patients, their families and doctors. Not government bureaucrats. This bill ensures Ohioans won’t have to answer to IRS agents when making personal health decisions.”

The Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act is a simple, 2 –page bill that prevents IRS agents from enforcing the health care law, potentially preventing further abuse and targeting of Americans. Rep. Joyce serves as co-chair of the House Nursing Caucus and his wife Kelly has been an RN for over 20 years.

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President to sign bill backed by Rep. Dave Joyce to help disabled veterans through airport screenings

A bipartisan bill that will allow disabled war veterans to avoid intrusive airport security screening procedures unanimously passed the House of Representatives last week and is being sent to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Rep. Dave Joyce of Russell Township was the first Republican to cosponsor the measure authored by Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a captain in Hawaii’s National Guard. He worked with Gabbard to line up support for the bill from Republicans and Democrats.

Gabbard introduced the bill after veterans gave her troubling accounts of having to remove clothing and prosthetics in view of other passengers or having to awkwardly go through screening machines without the benefit of a prosthetic leg or limb.

It directs the Transportation Security Administration to provide expedited passenger screening services for severely injured or disabled Armed Forces members and veterans, as well as their accompanying family members or nonmedical attendants.

“While we’ll never be able to repay our heroic servicemen and women for the sacrifices they’ve made in the line of duty, it should be our top priority to make their lives back home as easy and comfortable as possible,” said a statement from Joyce. “Now we’ll be able to ensure that our wounded warriors are able to get through airport security quickly and comfortably, and avoid any disruptive or difficult screening practices.”

The bill was was endorsed by the American Legion, Disabled Veterans of American, Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the American Federation of Government Employees

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Bipartisanship keeps Great Lakes Restoration Initiative afloat: editorial

The machinations of congressional apparatchiks are best left behind closed doors.

“Nobody likes to see the sausage being made,” admits U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, a Russell Township Republican.

But when the horse-trading results in the reinstatement of $150 million slashed from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, it’s worth celebrating. Particularly when the horse-trader-in-chief — Joyce — was vilified by many last week after he appeared to cave in the fight to protect the largest freshwater ecosystem on the continent.

At the time, Joyce told Plain Dealer Washington Bureau Chief Stephen Koff that he would “reluctantly” support a proposed subcommittee spending bill that gutted the initiative from $285 million this year to $60 million in 2014.

He did add, though, that he would be back before the House Appropriations Committee on July 30 with an amendment to pump that pittance into the triple digits.

And that’s exactly what Joyce did.

On Wednesday the bipartisan committee added the $150 million for the program aimed at environmental and invasive threats to the Great Lakes. Joyce says he got those dollars added back in by extending a federal program that would generate $150 million in helium sales in 2014.

The bill will now fund the initiative at $210 million — less than half the unprecedented $475 million President Barack Obama authorized in his inaugural 2010 budget.

Still, $210 million is better than $60 million. It’s a serious commitment to continue the cleanup and restoration of the Great Lakes.

It is encouraging to learn that the fate of this irreplaceable natural resource — one that Joyce estimates supports 1.5 million jobs regionally generating $62 billion in wages each year — transcends the troubled waters of congressional party politics, after all.

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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative gets big funding boost from Joyce amendment

Legislation to provide funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative continues to evolve in Washington, D.C.

The initiative annually provides funding to help clean up the Great Lakes.

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee last week initially had set the funding for the initiative at $60 million for the next fiscal year.

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Russell Township, who is a House Appropriations Committee member, was able to get an amendment adopted that increased the funding level to $210 million.

His amendment was considered to be budget neutral because it extended a federal helium program that sells the gas to companies, said Adam Wolf, senior legislative assistant for Joyce.

It’s also possible that an additional amount could be appropriated when Congress returns from an August recess, but any additional amount appropriated would most likely need to be considered budget neutral as well, Wolf said.

During a news conference July 22 at Lake Metroparks Lake Erie Bluffs in Perry Township, Joyce announced that the initiative was part of the Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act of 2013 that he introduced.

GLEEPA is a larger bill and within the measure Congress would be authorized to appropriate initiative funding for up to $475 million annually.

Wolf said that $299.5 million was appropriated for the initiative in fiscal year 2011 and $299.4 million was appropriated in fiscal year 2012.

For fiscal year 2013, $284.13 million was appropriated for the initiative after the federal sequestration, he said.
Joyce cited a Northeast Ohio example of how the initiative funds were previously be used in Northeast Ohio.

He said the funding helped provide cleanup of 630,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment in the Ashtabula River that contained 25,000 pounds of hazardous compounds.

Joyce said passage of the amendment to increase the funding level from $60 million to $210 million was a big win for the Great Lakes region.

“The Great Lakes are directly connected to 1.5 million jobs, generating $62 billion in wages, and providing over 30 million Americans clean drinking water,” Joyce said in a statement.

“It’s crucial that Congress works in a bipartisan manner to protect the entire Great Lakes region and preserve its economic might and environmental integrity.”

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House spending committee boosts Great Lakes cleanup money at request of Rep. Dave Joyce

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday restored $150 million in funding that an earlier spending plan had cut from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and Republicans on the committee said they’ll strive to secure more money for the program.
The latest version of the bill would provide $210 million in 2014 for the initiative, which cleans pollution from the lakes, combats invasive species, and restores wetlands. That would be a reduction from the $285 million the program will get this year, but it’s significantly more than the $60 million that was in last weeks’ draft of the bill.

This is a big win for the Great Lakes region, but our work isn’t done,” said Russell Township GOP Rep. Dave Joyce, who offered the amendment to restore the money along with Pennsylvania Republican Charlie Dent. “It’s crucial that Congress works in a bipartisan manner to protect the entire Great Lakes region and preserve its economic might and environmental integrity.”

Joyce said the Great Lakes provide over 30 million Americans with clean drinking water and are directly connected to 1.5 million jobs that generate $62 billion in wages each year.

Joyce’s amendment restored the money by extending a federal helium program that sells gas to companies that use it to make products including smartphones and fiberoptic cables. The Congressional Budget Office says extending the program would give the government an extra $150 million in 2014 from helium sales.

Democrats on the funding committee, including Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and Tim Ryan of the Niles area, had backed a different amendment that would have added $223 million to the program. Republicans opposed that alternative because it didn’t describe where the extra money would come from.

Kaptur noted that the Great Lakes restoration program used to get $475 million each year in federal money, and said even that amount wasn’t sufficient to fight the algae blooms and invasive species that threaten the world’s largest freshwater fishery.

“Those of us from the Great Lakes are outnumbered in the Congress regionally,” she said. “This is our moment to plead for you to please provide us full funding.”

Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson, who chairs the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, admitted the bill’s earlier version cut Great Lakes programs too drastically and said even the $210 million level is still “probably not enough.”

“We will work to try to get it to a higher level,” Simpson said.

Great Lakes environmental groups welcomed the increase, but agreed that $210 million won’t adequately fund cleanup programs. Jordan Lubetkin of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition said $300 million would be more appropriate.

“The reemergence of algal blooms, ongoing beach closings, statewide fish consumption advisories and toxic pollution continue to remind us that the Great Lakes desperately need our help,” Lubetkin said.

Former Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority Chairman Michael Wager, a Democrat who is seeking Joyce’s congressional seat, accused Joyce of playing “the Washington game” by voting for last week’s significant cuts to “a vitally important program so he could turn around and appear heroic to his constituents by restoring a portion of that funding.”

“For that he wants to receive kudos,” said Moreland Hills’ Wager, who noted that funds would still be reduced by $75 million from 2013 levels. “He gets none from me.”

Joyce spokeswoman Christyn Keyes said Joyce’s efforts were “about the Great Lakes, not a political campaign.”

“Rep. Joyce worked in a bipartisan manner to secure an additional $150 million to protect one of the greatest economic and environmental resources in the region.” said Keyes. “That’s a fact, not politics.”

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Congressman Joyce Urges Students to Avoid Texting While Driving

If Mayfield area teenagers didn’t already have enough reasons to avoid texting while driving, they got a few emphatic ones from a visiting congressman on Monday.

As part of U.S. Rep. David Joyce’s visit to Mayfield High School, the legislator commanded students to avoid the now illegal practice.

While students brought up privacy legislation and gay marriage during the question-and-answer segment, texting was a topic Joyce brought up on his own. Watch the video above to see how passionate he is on the topic.

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Getting Dave Re-elected Declared Top Priority for House GOP

Congressional Republicans, seeking to counter efforts by President Barack Obama and Democrats to win the House next year, are launching a program Monday aimed at preserving their 17-seat majority.

The National Republican Congressional Committee will unveil what it dubs the “Patriot Program,” which will provide support to the party’s most endangered incumbents.

Republicans say the objective is to shore up members facing the toughest races before the 2014 election season heats up in earnest. They say they want to spend much of next year focusing their firepower on vulnerable Democrats with an eye toward building on their majority.

“We know that Barack Obama’s most important goal is to get Nancy Pelosi elected speaker of the House,” Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner, who is helping to oversee the Patriot Program, said in an interview. “This is an offensive program that will expand the playing field by helping keep members who are critical to our majority.”

The 11 Republicans who are being named to the Patriot Program are: Reps. Mike Coffman of Colorado, Rodney Davis of Illinois, Jeff Denham and David Valadao of California, Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Bob Gibbs and David Joyce of Ohio, Chris Gibson of New York, Joe Heck of Nevada, Steve Southerland of Florida and Jackie Walorski of Indiana.
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Rep. Dave Joyce outstrips congressional challenger Michael Wager in fundraising

Collecting big bucks from political action committees during the first quarter of 2013 helped newly elected GOP Rep. Dave Joyce outstrip the fundraising tally from his potential Democratic challenger Michael Wager.

Joyce, who is among the Democratic party’s top political targets next year, collected $172.500 from political action committees and $61,700 from individuals this year to finish the quarter with a $463,374 bankroll, newly filed Federal Election Commission reports show.

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