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.”
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.”
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