WASHINGTON – Today, Candice Miller (MI-10), Chairman of the Committee on House Administration and the Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards (Franking Commission), reminded Members of the House about the House policy allowing for the incidental use of holiday greetings, such as “Merry Christmas,” in constituent communications. Last year, at the direction of Chairman Miller, the Commission adopted a new policy permitting Members to include holiday salutations in communications to constituents during the holiday season.
“When I assumed the Chairmanship of the House’s Franking Commission, the prohibition on simple holiday greetings stood out to me as extreme and unwarranted, which is why I implemented a new commonsense policy that allows Members to include incidental holiday wishes in their communications with constituents,” Miller said. “Now, the franking regulations allow for polite holiday greetings while still guarding taxpayers from any misuse of official funds.”
Background: Prior to the rule change in December of 2013, Members were prohibited from including a holiday salutation, even incidental, in any constituent correspondence no matter how ordinary such language may have been. While all communications sent with official resources must still be about official business and comply with additional content rules, Members may now add an incidental “Happy Thanksgiving,” “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” etc.
WASHINGTON – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced that he has reappointed Rep. Candice S. Miller (MI-10) to serve as Chairman of the Committee on House Administration in the 114th Congress:
“We wouldn’t be where we are today in making the people’s House less costly and more accountable without Candice Miller,” Speaker Boehner said. “As Administration chairman, she consistently puts taxpayers first, even and especially when it means making tough calls and asking the institution to do more with less. Chairman Miller should take much pride in what she and her team have accomplished and will accomplish on behalf of the American people.”
“I thank Speaker Boehner for his confidence in me and the opportunity to continue my service as the Chairman of the Committee on House Administration for the 114th Congress,” Chairman Miller said. “Over the past two years, the Committee has worked to ensure that America continues to have open, free and fair elections. Additionally, the Committee works to improve the way the House operates by saving taxpayer dollars, and improving communication with constituents by using low-cost digital tools. Over the next two years as Chairman I look forward to continuing our oversight over House operations and facilities, as well as making certain that this House remains open and accessible to the people we are here to serve.”
Governor Chris Christie and Chairman Candice Miller
WASHINGTON – Today, as Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, the U.S. House of Representatives’ committee responsible for the New Member Orientation program for Members-elect, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) welcomed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as he addressed the Republican freshman class of the 114th Congress during the Chairman’s Lunch. Following the Governor’s remarks, Chairman Miller issued the following statement:
“On Election Day, the American people not only gave us their votes, but they also empowered us with the responsibility to govern this great nation. Today, we heard from an individual who embodies what it is to be an effective leader and put their constituency first. Since his election, Governor Chris Christie has propelled his state forward under the principles of limited government, lower taxes, spending restraints, and strengthening the rights of the individual and has made government work for the people of New Jersey. Governor Christie is not afraid to take on criticism, and he is not afraid to lead. He understands the people are expecting governance and accountability. I cannot think of a more appropriate speaker for the new Republican members of the House. I thank him for joining us here today to share a few words with us as the 114th Congress begins to take on the many challenges our nation faces.”
WASHINGTON – Today, as Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, the U.S. House of Representatives’ committee responsible for the New Member Orientation program for Members-elect, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) welcomed the freshman class of the 114th Congress. After kicking off the Committee’s orientation program, Rep. Miller issued the following statement:
“Today, I had the distinct honor of welcoming the freshman class of the 114th Congress to Washington, D.C. to participate in the New Member Orientation program. As Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, one of my primary responsibilities is to help Members-elect understand the mechanics of becoming a Member, which includes setting up D.C. and District offices, hiring staff, and knowing the rules and procedures of the House, so that they are ready to serve their constituents as soon as they are sworn into office.
“This freshman class consists of an extremely talented, eager and diverse group of individuals from across the country – including our five new Members-elect from the great state of Michigan. I look forward to serving with them, as colleagues, and working together to address the challenges facing our nation.”
The U.S. House of Representatives welcomes William A. Burck as outside counsel for the House’s lawsuit against President Obama.
• The House passed a resolution (H.Res.676) on July 30, 2014. • H.Res.676 authorizes the Speaker, on behalf of the House of Representatives, to file suit against President Obama for failing to uphold his constitutional obligation to enforce U.S. law. • Mr. Burck previously served as outside counsel for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, United States House of Representatives v. Eric Holder, Jr.Read More
Chairman Miller signs contract for the House of Representatives’ legal representation to challenge President’s failure to adhere to Constitution
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, signed the contract for the House of Representatives’ outside counsel to represent the House during the lawsuit against the President. The House passed a resolution (H. Res. 676) authorizing the Speaker, on behalf of the House of Representatives, to file suit against President Obama for failing to uphold his constitutional obligation to enforce U.S. law. As Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, Miller must review and approve this contract.
Chairman Miller: “No President is above nor should operate beyond the limits of the Constitution. The House of Representatives, using regular order and the powers that the Constitution has provided, calls upon our government’s system of checks and balances and asks the judicial branch to examine the President’s failure to faithfully execute the law. The President must be held accountable, and the House will continue to act in an open and transparent manner to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”
Miller says House resolution to challenge President’s failure to adhere to Constitution necessary to restore checks and balances
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, voted in favor of a House resolution (H. Res. 676) that authorizes the U.S. House of Representatives to file suit against President Obama for failing to uphold his constitutional obligation to enforce U.S. law. Prior to House passage, Rep. Miller delivered the following remarks on the House Floor in support of the resolution:
“The ultimate law of our great nation is not the important work we undertake here in this House, above all, it is the Constitution we all swear to preserve, protect and defend.
“The first words of the Constitution, Article 1, Section 1, are the following:
‘All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.’
“Not some, but all legislative powers are vested in the Congress of the United States. No other entity of our federal government has the power to write law – not the executive branch or the judicial branch – only Congress.
“Article 1, Section 7, states the following:
‘Every bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it becomes a law, be presented to the President of the United States; if he approves he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it…’
“If he approves, it shall become law, if not, he vetoes the law and sends it back to Congress. Nowhere is the President given the authority to rewrite the law on his own.
“And Article 2, Section 3, places the following responsibility with the President:
‘He shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.’
“This resolution asks the third branch of government, the judicial branch, to solve problems arising from the President’s failure to faithfully execute the law, specifically aspects of the Affordable Care Act, as he is required in Article 2, Section 3, and to have exercised power expressly given to Congress to write the law under Article 1.
“The founders in their genius put in place this system of checks and balances for a very important purpose, which is to make certain that no one person could both impose and enforce the law, because that type of action amounts to tyranny. In short, we have no king in this nation.
“As the Representative of the people of the 10th District of Michigan, and someone who is sworn to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, I believe strongly that I have a responsibility to support this resolution so that the courts can affirm that legislative power is vested in this House, the People’s House, and not in the White House.
“As the Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, I will have the responsibility to verify that any contracts with those who will litigate this case comport to the rules of the House. That is a responsibility that I take very seriously.
“As such, many on the minority side have asked how much this will cost. My answer is that we do not yet know because no contracts have been negotiated and we do not know how long such litigation will take to conclude.
“But the questions I would ask are ‘what price do you put on the adherence to the rule of law?’ ‘What price do you place on the continuation of our system of checks and balances?’ And ‘what price would you place on our Constitution?’
“My answer to each is ‘priceless.’ I can assure all of my colleagues that this process will move forward with due diligence, it will be conducted within the rules of this House, and it is my firm hope that, in the end, the courts will uphold the constitutional principles that are the bedrock upon which our great nation has been built.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller, R-Mich. released the following statement on the hearing, “Examining the Voting Process – How States Can Build on Recommendations from the Bauer-Ginsberg Commission,” where the Committee received testimony from the Co-Chairs of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. The hearing was held to discuss how state and local election officials can improve the voting process by using recommendations contained in the Commission’s report, otherwise known as the Bauer-Ginsberg Commission report, and other “good government” practices. Miller said:
“The right to vote is a sacred right that protects our democracy. As a former Michigan Secretary of State, I am no stranger to the challenges election officers face every day. It was my duty, and that of other Secretary of States, to ensure each and every election ran smoothly, that the voting process was accessible and understandable to citizens of voting age, and most importantly that the results were as accurate as possible when we go to elect our public leaders.
“The administration of elections is inherently a state function, and it is my firm belief that the primary role for the federal government in election administration is not to dictate to local officials or to place mandates on them, but simply to help in an advisory way so that state election officials can do their important work to make certain that every American citizen is able to cast their vote.
“The report of the Bauer-Ginsberg Commission focused on utilizing good, local governance over elections, and made recommendations on different ideas to help locals improve upon their own voting process. During our hearing, our Members were able to listen to our two witnesses on their experience running this Commission, and what they learned from the various state and local election officials from around the country. The Commission’s report proves that our elections can, and will, improve if ‘good government’ practices are used.
“The Commission put forward a list of recommendations and best practices for state and local officials to tailor to their own jurisdictions and improve upon their own practices where needed. We thank the members of the Commission for their service and thank the two Co-Chairs, Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsberg, for their testimony. As our nation looks towards the upcoming midterm election, my hope is that these recommendations and best practices can help state and local election officials run a more effective election.”
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