One-on-one: Rep. Steve Stivers on Trump’s tax returns, immigration and combatting youth homelessness

The Spectrum

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Democrats in the House of Representatives are fighting hard to get a look at President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

Rep. Steve Stivers, a Republican representing central Ohio in Congress, said he believes that all presidential candidates should release their tax returns, but that congressional Democrats are going about getting Trump’s the wrong way.

“I think the president should voluntarily give his tax returns,” he said. “When they don’t, voters can decide whatever that means.”

Stiver said that subpoena power should be reserved for serious situations and he is not convinced this is a serious enough situation. Instead, he thinks this could be yet another example of the contentious relationship between the White House and congressional Democrats.

The president and Democrats frequently trade barbs on social media, something Stivers says is unnecessary.

“We need to be in the business of trying to bring our country together. There are serious issues in our country where people disagree,” he said.

One of those serious issues is immigration. When asked why Republicans couldn’t pass immigration reform during the two years of Trump’s presidency that they controlled the House, Stivers said there wasn’t enough consensus for any plan that came to the floor.

 “I voted for three different bills none of them passed the House unfortunately,” he said.

Stivers said adding more judges or magistrates at the border to deal with immigration cases should be a top priority that way cases can be processed much faster than they are now.

“We need to properly staff the justice system,” he said. “Justice delayed is justice denied.”

Another serious problem for the country is youth homelessness, an issue Stivers is trying to fight.

 “The Department of Housing and Urban Development does not count anybody as homeless unless they’re 18 years old,” he said. “There are lots of people who are homeless at 14, 15, 16, 17.”

He said the first step to combatting the problem is counting the number of homeless youth and then working to get them the help they need. Even though there is no official count, Stivers said estimates of the number of homeless youth are alarming.

“We know it’s somewhere between 700,000 and 1.2 million in the country,” he said with “a few hundred” in central Ohio.

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