U.S. District Court grants the U.S. House of Representatives standing to purse litigation against President’s unilateral transfer of funds without required congressional appropriations
WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) issued the following statement regarding U.S. House of Representatives v. Burwell, the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against President Obama for failing to uphold his constitutional obligation to enforce U.S. law:
“The President failed to faithfully execute the laws of our nation, and I thank the Court for today’s ruling allowing the House’s lawsuit to move forward. No President is above nor should operate beyond the limits of our nation’s government framework, and the House will continue to act in an open and transparent manner to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”
WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (MI-10) and Ranking Member Robert Brady (PA-01) today issued the following statement regarding U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine’s retirement announcement:
“The Committee thanks Chief Kim Dine for his years of service leading the U.S. Capitol Police and wishes him well in retirement. The dedicated men and women who make up the U.S. Capitol Police work tirelessly every day to protect the entire Capitol Complex, each Member of Congress, staffer, and millions of visitors each and every year. Our Committee looks forward to working closely with the Capitol Police Board as the group conducts a thorough and extensive search for qualified candidates to serve as the next Chief of Police. This leadership position is extremely important as the entire department works to carry out the tradition of excellence and meet its mission in a unified and effective manner.”
WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) released the following statement after House Democrats introduced a second resolution calling for the removal of the State of Mississippi flag from the U.S. Capitol. Chairman Miller said:
“I appreciate the Minority Leader introducing a revised version of Rep. Thompson’s resolution and look forward to hearing from more of my colleagues in the House as the Committee on House Administration gives these resolutions every serious consideration. Obviously, removing any state flag from our nation’s Capitol would be precedent setting, something which requires much thought, deliberation and input from all parties, especially those from the state whose flag is being asked to be removed. After hearing comments made by some of Mississippi’s elected officials at the state level, and watching the action taken by South Carolina, I believe the people of Mississippi will also take up this issue and give it every serious consideration. I realize that as Chairman of the Committee on House Administration I am obligated to take into consideration input from all stakeholders, and I look forward to hearing their input. However, speaking for myself, personally, I am proud of the South Carolinians for the action they took to remove what so many consider – including myself – this symbol of divisiveness.”
WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) today held a hearing on the current state of the Smithsonian Institution. The Committee heard from Albert Horvath, the Acting Secretary, on the ongoing and future priorities of the Smithsonian, which include the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture next year, efforts to expand their reach in our nation’s schools and learning environments, and plans to meet the on-going challenges for protecting the 138 million items in the collections. Miller said:
“The size and scope of the Smithsonian Institution presents enormous opportunities to achieve their mission of continually increasing the reach of knowledge. Our Committee commends the Smithsonian for their unrelenting efforts to identify ways it can help to revitalize education across our nation, especially by expanding the digital access to items in their collection and utilizing innovations such as 3D-printing to offer new ways to experience these items. I appreciate Acting Secretary Horvath’s frankness in regards to the challenges ahead concerning the physical conditions of some of the museums. The Smithsonian must strike the right balance when it comes to utilizing federal funds responsibly, as well as working with private funding resources. The Committee will be interested in seeing the Smithsonian’s plans to ensure that the physical state of the museums and the collections each houses are properly managed and preserved for future generations. The Smithsonian is so much more than “our Nation’s Attic” – this institution plays an important role in collecting, preserving and making the richness and depth of the American experience accessible to all, and we look forward to its continued service.”
Chairman Miller examines some of the items from the Smithsonian’s collection
The items from the Smithsonian included:Recently-found photo of Harriet Tubman (1820–1913), from the National Portrait Gallery Harriet Tubman led scores of slaves to freedom after her own escape from bondage in 1849. She provided nursing care to Union army soldiers and former slaves during the Civil War, and also conducted daring reconnaissance missions in Confederate-held territory while serving as a trusted army scout and spy. (H. Seymour Squyer (1848–1905) - Printing-out paper print, c. 1885)
Liotta-Cooley Artificial Heart, from the National Museum of American History The first completely artificial heart implanted in a human, this pneumatic pump was developed by Domingo Liotta and implanted by surgeon Denton Cooley on April 4, 1969, at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston. The recipient, Haskell Karp, lived for sixty-four hours with the artificial heart until a human heart was available for transplant. Although Karp died soon after receiving a real heart, the procedure demonstrated the viability of artificial hearts as a bridge to transplant in cardiac patients.
Meteorites, from the National Museum of Natural History 1. Lorton Virginia Meteorite fell, not surprisingly, in Lorton, Virginia, on Monday, January 18, 2010, into a doctor’s office. 2. Piece of the Chelyabinsk, Russia, meteorite that fell February 15th, 2013 and caused a large amount of damage in the town of Chelyabinsk.
Chuck Brown’s Guitar, from the Anacostia Community Museum Chuck Brown (1936-2012) had a great impact upon the development of Go-Go music, a percussive musical style emanating from Southeast Washington, D.C. and Prince Georges County, Maryland. Known as the “Godfather of Go-go,” Brown‘s most popular songs, including “Run Joe” and “Bustin’ Loose,” brought Go-Go to an international audience.
Materials from the Hindenburg, housed at the National Postal Museum 1. Postcard from Hindenburg Postcard from Hindenburg’s flight over the opening ceremonies of the 1936 Olympics in Germany, where Jesse Owens won four gold medals. The postcard has an Olympic postmark and a black and white picture of the Berlin Olympic stadium. 2. Piece of Fabric from Hindenburg A sheet of stationery with letterhead of F.W. von Meister. A piece of fabric is stapled to the paper. A note on the stationary attests that this is a salvaged portion of the Hindenburg.
The Committee on House Administration led by Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), will hold a hearing on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. in Room 1310 of the Longworth House Office Building entitled: The State of the Smithsonian. The Committee will receive an update on current and future priorities of the Smithsonian from the Acting Secretary.
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WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) today issued the following statement regarding Dr. James Billington’s, the Librarian of Congress, retirement announcement effective January 1, 2016. Miller said:
“The Library of Congress, the world’s largest library, is one of our nation’s most treasured institutions charged with the monumental task of collecting, preserving and dispersing a vast collection of educational resources. For nearly three decades, the Library has been led by Dr. James Billington, a champion who put his heart and soul into making sure the institution continued to build upon its strong tradition of expanding access to information that furthered the progress of knowledge. I thank Dr. Billington for his unwavering commitment and dedication to the Library and its important mission, and I wish him the best in his retirement.”
The Committee on House Administration led by Chairman Candice Miller, R-Mich., will hold a hearing on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 1310 of the Longworth House Office Building entitled: House Officer Priorities for 2016 and Beyond. The Committee will receive an update from the Clerk of the House, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the Chief Administrative Officer.
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WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) issued the following statement after the House’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Statement Audit reporting a clean opinion for fiscal year 2014:
“I am proud to announce that the House of Representatives has received a clean audit for fiscal year 2014. Under the strong leadership of Speaker John Boehner, and with the professionalism of the entire House operations team, especially the Office of the House Inspector General and the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, the House continues to remain in good financial standing. Many enhancements have been made over the years and there will always be areas for improvement, but together the House and all of the support offices have worked hard to move this institution forward. This independent financial audit allows for constant improvement and strengthening of our foundation for many years to come. Together, we continue to work on finding fiscally responsible solutions to support the House’s daily operations, and our focus remains on maintaining the highest standards of accountability to the American people.”
In 1999, the House received the first-ever clean financial audit on the previous year’s operations, a trend which has continued for seventeen consecutive years.
The Committee on House Administration led by Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), will hold a hearing on the United States Capitol Police on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 1310 of the Longworth House Office Building. The Committee will hear from the Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police on the overall security status of the U.S. Capitol.
The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20th at 2:00 p.m. in 1310 Longworth House Office Building. Live webcast will begin at the start of the hearing.
Witness: • Kim Dine, Chief, U.S. Capitol Police
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Please note: Only congressionally credentialed members of the media will be allowed access to the press viewing area in the committee hearing room. Members of the media who are not congressionally credentialed may contact their respective Galleries to apply for a temporary press credential (see numbers below).
Gallery contact information: House Radio/TV Gallery: (202) 225-5214 House Periodical Gallery: (202) 225-2941 House Daily Press Gallery: (202) 225-3945 Photographer Gallery: (202) 224-6548
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SC-4 United States Capitol
Organizational Meeting for the 114th Congress
Designation of Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library.
Adoption of rules governing the procedures of the Joint Committee.
Joint Committee photograph
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