The Honorable Walter B. Jones Member of Congress, 3rd Congressional District of North CarolinaMore information available via the Committee Repository
WASHINGTON – Today, Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller, R-MI, issued the following statement after the House Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Statement Audit reporting a clean opinion for fiscal year 2013:
“The House of Representatives continues to lead by example, hold ourselves accountable, and strengthen our protection of taxpayers’ dollars. I’m proud to report that the House has received a clean audit for fiscal year 2013. Under the strong leadership of Speaker John Boehner and with the dedicated professionalism of the entire House Operations Team, we have been able to keep the House in good financial standing.
“As stewards of the People’s House, it is incumbent on us to identify where we might have weaknesses and address them for the betterment of this body and the nation we serve. That is why having this independent financial audit performed is important, and their recommendations allow for continued improvement. We must strive to meet our mission of implementing the highest levels of accountability on our own day-to-day practices, and ensure that the House lives up to the promises made to the citizens of this nation.”
In 1999, the House received the first-ever clean financial audit on the previous year’s operations, a trend which has continued for sixteen consecutive years.
WASHINGTON – Today, Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller R-Mich. made the following comments on the House Floor in support of an amendment to provide additional funds to the Congressional Office of Compliance for the purpose of conducting awareness training on individual rights and protecting against sexual harassment. This amendment, introduced by Representative Jackie Speier (CA-14), was approved by voice vote and included in the overall Legislative Branch Appropriations Act of 2015 (H.R. 4487).
“Madame Speaker, I rise to support this amendment, which provides additional funds to the Congressional Office of Compliance. This is the agency that is tasked with making sure that Members of Congress and, very importantly, their staff are aware of what their individual rights are and how to protect themselves against sexual harassment in the workplace. Unfortunately, sometimes it seems like the Members are protected but perhaps their staffs are not are as aware or protected as they need to be. This is not a partisan issue; we have seen incidents over the years of both sides of the aisles here. This week, I had met with the senior staff of the Congressional Office of Compliance and their board of directors, and we discussed what type of training might be helpful for when we put together our new member orientation program in the fall, and various kinds of things they can do. And of course they need a bit more cash to be able to really step-up, particularly with the internet and various things they can do with awareness training. That is why this amendment is very important.
“Congress needs to be held to the highest standards, and at a minimum, we need to be held to the same standards that we hold private business out in the marketplace regarding the workplace. Every employee needs to work in an environment that they feel is free from sexual harassment. And if they feel threatened in any way, they need to be able to be sure that they understand their rights and what recourse they have to protect themselves, without fear of retribution. Congress needs to be a leader on this issue, I really feel that by conducting awareness training will help stop any unfortunate situation, and if not stop it, then allow the individual to protect themselves. That is an important thing for all of us. I urge support for this amendment.”
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.”
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