Committee on House Administration

Candice Miller

Statement on the Passing of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Vernon Alston

2016/01/25

WASHINGTON - Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice S. Miller (R-MI) issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Vernon J. Alston, who died Saturday, January 23, 2016 while off duty:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Vernon J. Alston who passed away on Saturday.  We join with the entire Capitol Police Force in remembering him and his 20 years of dedicated service to our community.  This is a tremendous and sudden loss for the U.S. Capitol, and his smile and positive attitude will be forever missed."

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Customer Service is a Critical Component to an Effective Copyright Office

2015/12/02

WASHINGTON – Today, the Committee on House Administration held a hearing entitled: Improving Customer Service for the Copyright Community.  During the hearing, Committee Members discussed with witnesses the current IT functionality of the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office, areas where the Copyright Office is focused on improving their overall customer service, and how, working together, the leadership within the Library and its Copyright Office are meeting the demands of today’s digital age.  Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) and Ranking Member Bob Brady (D-PA) issued the following statements:

“The Copyright Office is a critical component of our nation’s economic growth as it assists in innovation, creativity, and the distribution of those creative products.  The Copyright Office needs to be as forward thinking as its customers – this means they need a technology infrastructure to meet the demands of their customers,” Miller said. “Today, the Committee heard from the Library regarding their inefficient IT system and how those inadequacies have been impacting the Copyright Office and the copyright community.  While much work is still needed, we are encouraged that the Library is addressing areas that require immediate attention and long-term improvements in order to properly support the Copyright Office.”

“Investing in a robust, modern Copyright Office needs to be a top priority for the Library of Congress and I’m glad that Acting Librarian David Mao is making the right investments to provide this important service,” Brady said. “I will continue to work with the Librarian and his team to make sure he has the resources he needs to provide good customer service for this component of the Library’s important mission.”

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National POW/MIA Remembrance Act of 2015 Passes House Administration

2015/12/02

WASHINGTON – Today, the Committee on House Administration unanimously passed the National POW/MIA Remembrance Act of 2015 (H.R. 1670), a measure to direct the Architect of the Capitol to obtain a chair featuring the logo of the National League of POW/MIA Families and have it placed on display in the U.S. Capitol.  The measure now heads to the full House for consideration.  Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) and Ranking Member Bob Brady (D-PA) issued the following statements after the Committee’s markup: 

“As Members of Congress, we each represent districts with constituents that have selflessly defended our nation on the frontlines of battle.  It is thanks to them that we enjoy the principles of freedom, liberty, and democracy that make this country the greatest in the world.  The importance of remembering and honoring their sacrifice, and that of their families, cannot be understated,” Miller said.  “This chair will serve as a permanent reminder for those who work in and visit the Capitol of what these individuals, including one of our very own colleagues Sam Johnson, gave in service to our nation.  May we always remember their service and sacrifice.”

“This chair will serve as a timeless reminder of the sacrifice our service men and women and their families have given our country,” Brady said. “It will bring us one step closer to honoring their courage and commitment to‎ our great nation.”

The National POW/MIA Remembrance Act of 2015 (H.R. 1670) directs the Architect of the Capitol to obtain a chair featuring the logo of the National League of POW/MIA Families and place it in the U.S. Capitol.

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Markup: H.R.1670 & Hearing: Improving Customer Service for the Copyright Community

2015/11/25

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December 2, 2015

1310 Longworth House Office Building

11:00 A.M.

The Committee on House Administration, led by Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), will hold a markup and hearing on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in Room 1310 of the Longworth House Office Building. 

First, the Committee will consider a measure to direct the Architect of the Capitol to obtain a chair featuring the logo of the National League of POW/MIA Families to be placed on display in the U.S. Capitol.

Item to be considered: • H.R.1670, The National POW/MIA Remembrance Act of 2015

Immediately following the markup, the Committee will hold a hearing entitled:  Improving Customer Service for the Copyright Community - Ensuring the Copyright Office and the Library of Congress are able to meet the demands of the digital ageThe Committee will receive an update on the current state of management over the entire Library of Congress information technology systems, as well as how both the Copyright Office and the Library of Congress are working together to meet the demands of today’s digital age.

Additional information for the Markup via the Committee Repository.

Additional information for the Hearing via the Committee Repository.

If you have any questions, please contact the Committee at (202) 225-8281.

Persons requiring special accommodations should contact John L. Dickhaus at (202) 225-8281, 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

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House Administration to Consider Committee Resolution to Permit Officially-Sanctioned Competitions

2015/10/26

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WASHINGTON – – The Committee on House Administration, led by Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), announced that the Committee will hold a markup to consider a Committee Resolution amending the Committee regulations to permit Officially-sanctioned Competitions on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in 1310 Longworth House Office Building.

Item to be considered: • Committee Resolution amending Committee regulations to permit Officially-sanctioned Competitions

Additional information via the Committee Repository.

If you have any questions, please contact the Committee at (202) 225-8281. Persons requiring special accommodations should contact John L. Dickhaus at (202) 225-8281, 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

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House Administration Adopts Changes to Regulations Governing Member Spending

2015/10/21

WASHINGTON – Today, the Committee on House Administration, led by Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), Ranking Member Brady, as well as the Committee’s bipartisan review group led by Committee Members Representatives Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), voted to adopt changes to the regulations governing Member spending.  These changes were the result of a seven month review of the regulations that govern expenditures from the Members’ Representational Allowance.  Representatives Davis and Lofgren’s review group identified ways to strengthen the House internal expense review process, and made recommendations that continue the Institution’s work to protect the taxpayer dollar and remain transparent, accountable and responsible to the constituents each Member is here in Congress to represent.  The Members said:

“Each Member is sent to Washington to represent their constituents’ views and advocate on their behalf.  This requires each Member’s actions to reflect their constituents’ interests as well – not just how we vote on the House Floor, but also how we spend our official representational budgets – our MRAs.  And it is this Committee’s responsibility to help provide that process of accountability,” said Miller.  “The resolution we adopted today provides new controls and clarity for spending regulations where needed, and will institute more transparency in the disclosing of expenditures.  I want to thank all of our Committee Members, especially Representatives Davis and Lofgren, who spearheaded the review that prompted the important reforms we adopted today.”

“Today’s meeting was an important first start to the important work we must do to continuously improve and evaluate House operations, and how we support Member offices,” said Brady.  “I look forward to additional conversations about this, and applaud Chairman Miller’s leadership in moving this important resolution forward.”

“As members of Congress, we have a responsibility to our constituents to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars and I believe that begins with how we spend our individual office allowances,” said Davis.  “The reforms made today will create even greater transparency and accountability within a system that is already more transparent than any other branch of government.  I want to thank Chairman Miller and Ranking Member Brady for the opportunity to lead this bipartisan review with Representative Lofgren and my colleagues for their support today.  I look forward to not only implementing these important reforms in the coming weeks and months but building upon them so the people’s House continues to be guided by rules and regulations that instill integrity and accountability within this great institution.”

“This panel has reviewed a lot of documents, consulted with outside groups, Members of Congress and staff, and other stakeholders in formulating this resolution,” said Lofgren.  “There is much merit in these changes in procedure. Most importantly, we’re continuing a commitment to greater transparency.  Today is a solid start, but there remains more work to do, and I’m pleased that Chairman Miller is considering further meetings to examine these additional steps.”

Background: This bipartisan review was led by Committee Members Representatives Rodney Davis (IL-13) and Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and included an examination of the regulations governing official expenses for each Congressional Member Office and identified opportunities for the Committee to provide enhanced education for each Member of the House. The Members began this review at the end of March 2015.

The text of the Committee Resolution adopted today can be found here.

The changes to the Members’ Congressional Handbook take effect immediately following the Committee’s Resolution passage.  Additional changes to provide further transparency and responsibility will take effect at the beginning of the next legislative year.

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House Administration to Consider Committee Resolution Amending Regulations Governing Member Spending

2015/10/19

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WASHINGTON – The Committee on House Administration led by Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), announced that the Committee will hold a markup to consider a Committee Resolution amending the House regulations governing the Members’ Representational Allowance on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. in 1310 Longworth House Office Building:

Item to be considered: • Committee Resolution amending the Committee’s regulations and for other purposes

Additional information via the Committee Repository.

If you have any questions, please contact the Committee at (202) 225-8281. Persons requiring special accommodations should contact John L. Dickhaus at (202) 225-8281, 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

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Chairman Miller on U.S. House v. Burwell Ruling

2015/09/09

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.”

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House Admin Statement on USCP Chief Dine's Retirement Announcement

2015/08/04

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.”

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Chairman Miller Statement on Resolutions Directing the Removal of Mississippi State Flag from U.S. Capitol

2015/07/09

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.”

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Membership

Barbara Comstock

VIRGINIA's 10th DISTRICT

Rodney L. Davis

ILLINOIS' 13th DISTRICT

Gregg Harper

MISSISSIPPI's 3rd DISTRICT

Candice Miller

MICHIGAN's 10th DISTRICT

Rich Nugent

FLORIDA's 11th DISTRICT

Mark Walker

NORTH CAROLINA's 6th DISTRICT

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