Rare T. rex dinosaur skeleton is one of the most complete ever discoveredThe skull of the T. rex skeleton known as the Wankel T.rex Photo courtesy Museum of the Rockies
Harrison Township, MI – Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), issued the following statement on today’s arrival of the new T. rex skeleton to be added to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH):
“Today begins an exciting new chapter for one of the nation’s most beloved museums, the National Museum of Natural History. This T. rex dinosaur skeleton is an incredible rare find, and there is no better place to display it than at the NMNH where individuals of all ages from around the world can marvel at one of the most famous and largest carnivores to roam the earth, at no cost. I look forward to the opening of the museum’s new dinosaur hall, and offer my sincere congratulations to the NMNH Director Kirk Johnson and museum staff for their efforts in bringing this fossil to the Smithsonian.”
T. rex arrives in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of the National Museum of Natural History
Background: The new Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, known as Wankel T. rex, will be part of the Natural History Museum’s new dinosaur hall exhibit scheduled to open in 2019. It was discovered in 1988 by Montana rancher Kathy Wankel, and is one of the most complete T. rex fossils with 80-85% of the skeleton recovered. Prior to joining the Smithsonian’s collection, the T. rex owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was on display at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT. For more information: http://www.mnh.si.edu/
WASHINGTON – The Committee on House Administration, led by Chairman Candice Miller, R-Mich., will hold a hearing on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 entitled, “The National Zoo of Today and Tomorrow – an Innovative Center Focused on the Care and Conservation of the World’s Species.” The Committee will receive an update on the current health and management of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, as well as discuss the Zoo’s important science and research activities regarding endangered species and its overall contribution to the world’s conservation efforts.
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WASHINGTON – Today, Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller, R-Mich., held a hearing discussing the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in order to receive an update on the current health and management of the National Zoo and the National Zoo’s important science and research activities regarding endangered species, as well as its overall contribution to the world’s conservation efforts. Miller said:
“The Smithsonian Institution, based in the nation’s capital, is the largest museum and research complex in the world. Today our Committee examined one of the most popular Smithsonian facilities, the National Zoo, which is home to one of our nation’s and the world’s most expansive and fascinating living collections. The National Zoo has a unique role as a federal zoo supported by the taxpayers. It is truly a zoo provided by and for the people.
“I appreciate the witnesses’ appearance today and their frankness regarding the National Zoo’s financial operations, animal care, and the conservation research they are accomplishing at their facilities and around the world. Both the directors of the National Zoo and its research arm, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, testified how federal resources are being used to run and manage the facilities, and how the use of technology and social media enables the National Zoo to spread education and share knowledge with future scientists.
“Collaboration is key to the National Zoo’s success. I was pleased to hear that the National Zoo Director is continually focused on finding the best formula to utilize federal funds responsibly, as well as working with private companies and leveraging all of these resources to not only enhance the zoo experience, but also to support its wildlife conservation research and life-saving efforts.”
This commission would be paid for entirely by private funds
WASHINGTON – Today, Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller R-Mich., held a markup of the bill to establish a commission to study the potential creation of a National Women’s History Museum (H.R. 863). The measure was passed out of the Committee by a bipartisan and unanimous voice vote. H.R. 863 now awaits consideration from the House Committee on Natural Resources. Miller said:
“The accomplishments of women are woven throughout the tapestry of our great nation’s history – within small towns and large cities, within each state, and across the entire nation. Women have contributed in every war effort, been inventors and architects, business innovators, and our leaders shaping America’s politics.
“Creating a commission, which would be paid for and maintained entirely with private funds, to study a future museum is an important step towards memorializing America’s memory of the deep and enduring contributions women have made. It is especially important to fully explore how such a museum would integrate within our existing Smithsonian Institution.
“I am pleased that our Committee voted to move this bill forward and to provide an opportunity to determine how our nation can best represent the significant milestones and advancements of our foremothers.”
Bill ends taxpayer funding for political party conventions and reallocates $126 million to the NIH for children’s research
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (MI-10) released the following statement applauding the Senate’s passage of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, H.R. 2019. This legislation was sponsored by Committee on House Administration member Representative Gregg Harper (MS-03) and was passed in the House with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 295-103. H.R. 2019 ends $126 million in taxpayer funding for political party conventions and redirects that funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and pediatric research. H.R. 2019 now heads to the President for his signature. Miller said:
“Gabriella Miller’s bravery inspired us all and the passage of this legislation, which redirects $126 million in taxpayer funds from partisan political party conventions to pediatric research at the NIH, honors her all too short life and will hopefully lead to cures to help other American children. While requiring taxpayers to subsidize political party conventions is a waste of taxpayer dollars, funding vital pediatric research is a noble use of those dollars and much better reflects the values of our great nation. I thank Mr. Harper for authoring this bill and his steadfast leadership which resulted in the bipartisan charge to get it to the President’s desk.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller R-Mich. issued the following statement on the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents selection of Dr. David J. Skorton as the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian, effective July 2015. Dr. Skorton, who currently serves as president of Cornell University and is a board-certified cardiologist, will succeed Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough. Miller said:
“I offer my sincere congratulations to Dr. Skorton as he prepares to take the helm of guiding the Smithsonian Institution and building upon Secretary Clough’s outstanding work of preserving our national treasures. Dr. Skorton has an impressive resume serving as president of two of our nation’s universities, and is well suited to lead the charge of an extraordinary and diverse organization that is the Smithsonian. I look forward to the new leadership he will bring to one of our nation’s – and the world’s – leading institution in education and research.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) submitted comments urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) not to adopt proposed rules regulating non-profit 501(c)(4) groups’ ability to participate in our nation’s political discussions. Committee on House Administration Members Representatives Gregg Harper (MS-03), Phil Gingrey (GA-11), Aaron Schock (IL-18), Todd Rokita (IN-04), and Richard Nugent (FL-11) joined Chairman Miller in submitting comments to the Secretary of the Treasury against the IRS’ proposed rules. Highlighting concerns to the IRS’ proposed regulations, Miller said: “Our federal government should never be in the business of limiting guaranteed First Amendment rights. Yet the IRS’ proposed regulations would, if adopted, restrict speech and influence the outcome of elections. Rather than merely clarifying existing law, the proposed regulations would significantly expand the agency’s role in restricting the ability of 501(c)(4)s organizations to engage in political activity. We cannot allow the expansion of the IRS’ position as a regulator of political speech. The IRS has a long and troubling history of targeting political opponents of the Administration with its vast enforcement power. Additionally, imposing a new set of regulations on political activity months before an election further lends the appearance of a politically motivated decision behind the rulemaking. “The Federal Election Commission was created to regulate political speech, and avoids partisan manipulation by being structured to prevent one party from controlling its decisions. The IRS lacks that partisan protection and all too often throughout its history the IRS has been used by those who are in power in the Administration as a political tool against those who are not. The last thing that should happen is to expand the scope of political activity subject to regulations by the IRS – precisely what the agency’s proposed regulations would do. “We cannot allow the expansion of the IRS’ role in the regulation of political activity and give them carte blanch authority to drive our nation’s political conversation, especially given the recent scandal involving the agency’s improper targeting of ideologically conservative groups. We urge the IRS to, at a minimum, delay their proposed regulations respective effective dates until after the elections, and no sooner than January 1, 2015. These proposed regulations are rooted in the belief that social welfare activity does not include political activity. But one can think of few activities intended more clearly to promote the general welfare of the United States than engaging in the political process.” Note: Click here to view the letter sent to the Secretary of the Treasury.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller, R-Mich., issued the following statement regarding today’s release of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration report: “I thank the members of the Commission whose six-month study identified ways our state and local election officials can improve the voting process for every American. Having served as Michigan’s Chief Elections Official as my state’s Secretary of State, I understand the challenges every state faces in ensuring free, fair, open and accurate elections. I hope these recommendations will assist the states in a useful, effective and non-partisan way to accomplish that important goal. The administration of elections is inherently a state function so I do not believe that new one-size-fits-all Washington mandates would be of assistance. It is my firm belief that the primary role for the federal government in election administration is to work with the United States military and state election officials to make certain that the brave Americans that our nation sends overseas to defend our freedom are able to cast their votes. This has been a focus of the Committee on House Administration and we will continue to work with each stakeholder to make certain our military members are able to exercise their sacred franchise.” ###Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller, R-Mich., issued the following statement regarding today’s hearing on the creation of a National Women’s History Museum:
"From aiding and serving alongside other patriots during the Revolutionary War to working as CEO’s of today’s Fortune 500 companies – including Michigan’s Mary Barra recently being named CEO of General Motors –women play a major role in our nation’s rich history. They have stepped to the forefront of innovation, business, politics – you name it – whether within their own community, their state, or across the entire nation."
“Their stories are important to share as their accomplishments make up the very fabric of our nation. That is why I believe Congress should seriously consider the establishment of a national women’s museum paid for and maintained entirely with private funds. And creating a commission to study this endeavor is an important first step.
“I want to thank our witnesses who testified today, especially Representatives Blackburn and Maloney, for their continued dedication and persistence on this important, and frankly overdue, national acknowledgement. I believe that it is our shared responsibility to keep this history alive for today’s generation and the generations to come.”
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