Committee on House Administration

Candice Miller

The State of the Smithsonian is Strong; Prepared to Meet the Challenges Ahead

2015/06/17

WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) today held a hearing on the current state of the Smithsonian Institution.  The Committee heard from Albert Horvath, the Acting Secretary, on the ongoing and future priorities of the Smithsonian, which include the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture next year, efforts to expand their reach in our nation’s schools and learning environments, and plans to meet the on-going challenges for protecting the 138 million items in the collections.  Miller said:

“The size and scope of the Smithsonian Institution presents enormous opportunities to achieve their mission of continually increasing the reach of knowledge.  Our Committee commends the Smithsonian for their unrelenting efforts to identify ways it can help to revitalize education across our nation, especially by expanding the digital access to items in their collection and utilizing innovations such as 3D-printing to offer new ways to experience these items.  I appreciate Acting Secretary Horvath’s frankness in regards to the challenges ahead concerning the physical conditions of some of the museums.  The Smithsonian must strike the right balance when it comes to utilizing federal funds responsibly, as well as working with private funding resources.  The Committee will be interested in seeing the Smithsonian’s plans to ensure that the physical state of the museums and the collections each houses are properly managed and preserved for future generations.  The Smithsonian is so much more than “our Nation’s Attic” – this institution plays an important role in collecting, preserving and making the richness and depth of the American experience accessible to all, and we look forward to its continued service.”

   Chairman Miller examines some of the items from the Smithsonian’s collection

The items from the Smithsonian included:Recently-found photo of Harriet Tubman (1820–1913), from the National Portrait Gallery Harriet Tubman led scores of slaves to freedom after her own escape from bondage in 1849. She provided nursing care to Union army soldiers and former slaves during the Civil War, and also conducted daring reconnaissance missions in Confederate-held territory while serving as a trusted army scout and spy. (H. Seymour Squyer (1848–1905) - Printing-out paper print, c. 1885)

Liotta-Cooley Artificial Heart, from the National Museum of American History The first completely artificial heart implanted in a human, this pneumatic pump was developed by Domingo Liotta and implanted by surgeon Denton Cooley on April 4, 1969, at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston. The recipient, Haskell Karp, lived for sixty-four hours with the artificial heart until a human heart was available for transplant. Although Karp died soon after receiving a real heart, the procedure demonstrated the viability of artificial hearts as a bridge to transplant in cardiac patients.

Meteorites, from the National Museum of Natural History 1. Lorton Virginia Meteorite fell, not surprisingly, in Lorton, Virginia, on Monday, January 18, 2010, into a doctor’s office. 2. Piece of the Chelyabinsk, Russia, meteorite that fell February 15th, 2013 and caused a large amount of damage in the town of Chelyabinsk.

Chuck Brown’s Guitar, from the Anacostia Community Museum Chuck Brown (1936-2012) had a great impact upon the development of Go-Go music, a percussive musical style emanating from Southeast Washington, D.C. and Prince Georges County, Maryland. Known as the “Godfather of Go-go,” Brown‘s most popular songs, including “Run Joe” and “Bustin’ Loose,” brought Go-Go to an international audience.

Materials from the Hindenburg, housed at the National Postal Museum 1. Postcard from Hindenburg Postcard from Hindenburg’s flight over the opening ceremonies of the 1936 Olympics in Germany, where Jesse Owens won four gold medals. The postcard has an Olympic postmark and a black and white picture of the Berlin Olympic stadium. 2. Piece of Fabric from Hindenburg A sheet of stationery with letterhead of F.W. von Meister. A piece of fabric is stapled to the paper. A note on the stationary attests that this is a salvaged portion of the Hindenburg.

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Committee Hearing: The State of the Smithsonian

2015/06/10

The Committee on House Administration led by Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), will hold a hearing on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. in Room 1310 of the Longworth House Office Building entitled: The State of the Smithsonian.  The Committee will receive an update on current and future priorities of the Smithsonian from the Acting Secretary.

More information via the Committee Repository.

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Statement on Librarian of Congress Dr. Billington’s Retirement Announcement

2015/06/10

WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) today issued the following statement regarding Dr. James Billington’s, the Librarian of Congress, retirement announcement effective January 1, 2016.  Miller said:

“The Library of Congress, the world’s largest library, is one of our nation’s most treasured institutions charged with the monumental task of collecting, preserving and dispersing a vast collection of educational resources.  For nearly three decades, the Library has been led by Dr. James Billington, a champion who put his heart and soul into making sure the institution continued to build upon its strong tradition of expanding access to information that furthered the progress of knowledge.  I thank Dr. Billington for his unwavering commitment and dedication to the Library and its important mission, and I wish him the best in his retirement.” 

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House Officer Priorities for 2016 and Beyond

2015/05/27

The Committee on House Administration led by Chairman Candice Miller, R-Mich., will hold a hearing on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 1310 of the Longworth House Office Building entitled: House Officer Priorities for 2016 and Beyond.  The Committee will receive an update from the Clerk of the House, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the Chief Administrative Officer.

More 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 hearing.

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House Receives Clean Opinion in FY 2014 Financial Audit

2015/05/20

WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) issued the following statement after the House’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Statement Audit reporting a clean opinion for fiscal year 2014:

“I am proud to announce that the House of Representatives has received a clean audit for fiscal year 2014.  Under the strong leadership of Speaker John Boehner, and with the professionalism of the entire House operations team, especially the Office of the House Inspector General and the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, the House continues to remain in good financial standing.  Many enhancements have been made over the years and there will always be areas for improvement, but together the House and all of the support offices have worked hard to move this institution forward.  This independent financial audit allows for constant improvement and strengthening of our foundation for many years to come.  Together, we continue to work on finding fiscally responsible solutions to support the House’s daily operations, and our focus remains on maintaining the highest standards of accountability to the American people.”

In 1999, the House received the first-ever clean financial audit on the previous year’s operations, a trend which has continued for seventeen consecutive years.

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Committee Hearing on the United States Capitol Police

2015/05/14

The Committee on House Administration led by Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), will hold a hearing on the United States Capitol Police on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 1310 of the Longworth House Office Building.  The Committee will hear from the Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police on the overall security status of the U.S. Capitol. 

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20th at 2:00 p.m. in 1310 Longworth House Office Building.  Live webcast will begin at the start of the hearing.

Witness: • Kim Dine, Chief, U.S. Capitol Police

More information via the Committee Repository.

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

Please note: Only congressionally credentialed members of the media will be allowed access to the press viewing area in the committee hearing room. Members of the media who are not congressionally credentialed may contact their respective Galleries to apply for a temporary press credential (see numbers below).

Gallery contact information: House Radio/TV Gallery: (202) 225-5214 House Periodical Gallery: (202) 225-2941 House Daily Press Gallery: (202) 225-3945  Photographer Gallery: (202) 224-6548

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Joint Committee on the Library: Organizational Meeting

2015/05/14

************************************************************************ JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE LIBRARY

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SC-4 United States Capitol

3:40 P.M.

Organizational Meeting for the 114th Congress

Designation of Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library.

Adoption of rules governing the procedures of the Joint Committee.

Joint Committee photograph

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

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Joint Committee on Printing: Organizational Meeting

2015/05/14

************************************************************************ JOINT COMMITTEE ON PRINTING

************************************************************************ May 14, 2015

SC-4 United States Capitol

3:40 P.M.

Organizational Meeting for the 114th Congress

Designation of Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Printing.

Adoption of rules governing the procedures of the Joint Committee.

Joint Committee photograph  

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

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Miller, Brady Statement on Unsecured USCP Firearms

2015/05/01

WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) and Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA) issued the following statement regarding unsecured firearms in the U.S. Capitol Complex:

“The recent reports of unattended firearms left behind by U.S. Capitol Police Officers are extremely concerning.  The fact that dangerous weapons were left in the open, potentially within reach of the general public, is unacceptable.  We will be looking for a full briefing on these incidents, how they happened, what corrective action has been taken, and how we hopefully do not have similar instances in the future.”

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Rep. Mark Walker Joins Committee on House Administration for 114th Congress

2015/04/30

WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) issued the following statement welcoming the newest Republican Member on the Committee on House Administration for the remainder of the 114th Congress:

“I am honored to welcome Representative Mark Walker (NC-06) to the Committee on House Administration.  Rep. Walker brings a fresh perspective as one of our newest colleagues in the House, and I look forward to his contributions to our Committee’s oversight over the security of our Capitol Complex, as well as the guidance our Committee provides.  Together, our Members are dedicated to protecting the integrity of our nation’s system of open, free and fair elections, working with the House Officers to improve day-to-day House operations, and providing enhanced education to assist Members with the functioning of their office and communication with their constituents.”

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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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