Chairman Miller with U.S. Capitol Police Chief Verderosa
WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) today held a hearing on the current state of the United States Capitol Police. The Committee heard from the new U.S. Capitol Chief of Police, Matthew Verderosa, regarding the U.S. Capitol Police’s budget priorities, recent security events and respective actions taken. Additionally, Chief Verderosa addressed the U.S. Capitol Police’s security initiatives, both current and future. Following the hearing, Chairman Miller said:
“The U.S. Capitol Police is a law enforcement agency with a very unique mission. The force is charged with protecting and serving the U.S. Capitol, the seat of our nation’s democracy. The Capitol Complex and the institution of Congress are physical symbols of our free society, and the fact remains that we face threats from numerous directions. Our Committee thanks Chief Verderosa for his testimony today before the Committee on the progress that has been made with ongoing security initiatives to keep the campus and all those who work and visit here safe. The Chief also shared with the Committee his vision to continue to develop the force – working with every level of officer and management to put in place the best solutions for safety and security. Our Committee works with the Capitol Police on a daily basis to ensure that they have the tools, authority, and support needed to keep our Capitol safe and secure for all. We commend each of the U.S. Capitol Police officers on their work in protecting this great institution and the millions of visitors each year.”
WASHINGTON – Today, the Committee on House Administration unanimously passed the Library of Congress Modernization Act of 2016 (H.R.5227), the Gold Star Families Voices Act (H.R.4511), and the reauthorizations of both the sound and recording film preservation boards and foundations of the Library of Congress (H.R.4092). The measures now head to the full House for consideration. Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) issued the following statement after the Committee’s markup:
“Today, the Committee acted in a clear and bipartisan way to move forward legislation aimed at enriching the Library of Congress, its mission, and enhancing access to the wonderful educational resources the Library provides.
“I was proud to introduce H.R. 5227, the Library Modernization Act, along with Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA) and our Committee’s Vice Chair Gregg Harper (R-MS). This bill grants the National Library Service for the Blind, under the jurisdiction of the Library of Congress, the ability to provide greater access to braille resources, specifically digital braille readers and materials. Increasing this access is of significant importance and a creative and innovative use of today’s modern technology. Additionally, the bill authorizes the creation of a National Collection Stewardship Fund intended to ease the challenges the Library faces with its collection and storage backlog of material infrastructure needs. This fund will use existing appropriated funds which will be reallocated in order to assist with applying sufficient resources for the Library’s needs.
“The Gold Star Families Voices Act, H.R.4511, updates the Library of Congress’ Veterans Oral History Project that was created by Congress in 2000. The project’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make accessible America’s war veterans accounts of events. Currently, submissions are limited to firsthand veteran accounts. Championed by Representative Chis Smith (R-NJ), this bill allows the immediate family members of veterans who died as a result of their wartime service or were missing in action to provide stories on behalf of their relatives who gave their lives for their country. This important addition will only enhance the Veterans History Project and the experience of the countless individuals who access and learn from these accounts.
“Finally, H.R.4092, which was introduced by Ranking Member Brady, extends the sunset dates for the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board and the National Recording Preservation Foundation, as well as the National Film Preservation Board and National Film Preservation Foundation through the year 2026. These sound recordings and films provide a tremendous amount of value when preserving our past, present, and future. These artistic works are snapshots of a generation’s culture, ideas, dreams, and innovations that make up our nation’s heritage. I am pleased that we passed this measure today to make certain these preservation boards and foundations have the authorizations needed to continue this important work.”
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May 17, 2016
1310 Longworth House Office Building
The Committee on House Administration, led by Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), will hold a markup and hearing on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 10:45 a.m. in Room 1310 of the Longworth House Office Building. During the markup, the Committee will consider Committee Resolutions and House bills. The following Committee Resolutions and House bills to be considered are:
o Committee Resolution 114- transfer of the House Safe Program o Committee Resolution 114- updating the Voucher Documentation Standards o H.R.5160, To amend title 40, United States Code, to include as part of the buildings and grounds of the National Gallery of Art any buildings and other areas within the boundaries of any real estate or other property interests acquired by the National Gallery of Art o H.R.4511, Gold Star Families Voices Act o H.R.4092, To reauthorize the sound and recording film preservation programs of the Library of Congress, and for other purposes o H.R.4733, To permit the United States Capitol Police to accept certain property from other Federal agencies and to dispose of certain property in its possession o H.R.5227, The Library of Congress Modernization Act of 2016 o H.R.4734, To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to permit candidates for election for Federal office to designate an individual who will be authorized to disburse funds of the authorized campaign committees of the candidate in the event of the death of the candidate
Immediately following the markup, the Committee will hold a hearing entitled: Safeguarding our Symbol of Democracy: U.S. Capitol Police’s Management Plan for 2017 and Beyond. The Committee will hear from the Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police on the overall security status of the U.S. Capitol.
Additional information for the Markup via the Committee Repository.
Additional information for the Hearing via the Committee Repository.
If you have any questions, please contact the Committee at (202) 225-8281. Persons requiring special accommodations should contact C. Maggie Moore at (202) 225-8281, 48 hours prior to the scheduled hearing.Read More
WASHINGTON – Today, 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 2015:
“Today, I am proud to announce that the House of Representatives’ has received a clean audit for fiscal year 2015. This audit marks the 18th consecutive year in which the House received a clean opinion for the financial audit, no doubt stemming directly from the leadership of the Speaker of the House, our Committee, and each House support office’s consistent and bipartisan efforts to move this Institution forward. Additionally, the House remains in good financial standing as a direct result of the countless hours of hard work by the committed men and women who make up the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer and the Office of the House Inspector General. These audits help the House plan for and track numerous milestones so that we retain the highest standards of accountability and constantly strengthen our foundation for many years to come.”
In 1999, the House received the first-ever clean financial audit on the previous year’s operations, a trend which has continued for 18 consecutive years.
WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) today announced that a new display will don the walls of the tunnel between Rayburn House Office Building and the U.S. Capitol. Following the completion of the tunnel renovation, Chairman Miller is directing the Architect of the Capitol to install a reproduction of the commemorative quarters issued by the U.S. Mint depicting the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of the United States. Chairman Miller said:
“Today, I am pleased to announce a new and representative display to be fashioned on the walls of the tunnel leading into the U.S. Capitol Building. A print of each state’s commemorative coin will be tastefully displayed for this highly trafficked area as each quarter serves as a reminder of the ideals, landmarks, and people from each state, as well as this nation’s great motto, ‘out of many, one.’
“Prior to the renovation, a flag from each state was on display in the tunnel. Given the controversy surrounding confederate imagery, I decided to install a new display. I am well aware of how many Americans negatively view the confederate flag, and, personally, I am very sympathetic to these views. However, I also believe that it is not the business of the federal government to dictate what flag each state flies. This is the ‘People’s House’ where each congressional district sends their designated representative to be their voice in the halls of Congress. With that, it is common practice for each Member of Congress to display their state flag, alongside of the American flag, outside their individual offices and in this way all state flags are displayed on Capitol Hill.”
WASHINGTON – Today, Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) and Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA) issued the following statement in response to the shooting incident that occurred at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center:
“We want to commend the U.S. Capitol Police for their brave and swift actions to secure the entire Capitol complex and all of the occupants, including numerous visitors, during today’s incident. Today’s events remind us all of the risks these officers assume to protect each of us every day, and we thank them for their preparedness and response. We remain in constant contact with the U.S. Capitol Police as they investigate today’s incident.”
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the National POW/MIA Remembrance Act of 2015 (H.R. 1670), a measure to direct the Architect of the Capitol to obtain a chair featuring the logo of the National League of POW/MIA Families and have it placed on display in the U.S. Capitol. The measure now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration. Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) made the following remarks in support of the measure:
“As Members of Congress, we each represent diverse congressional districts, but one of the things that ties us together are the many brave men and women that we represent who stood on the battle lines in defense of our nation’s freedom, our liberty, and our way of life. This legislation introduced by our colleague Representative Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts, honors American prisoners of war and Americans missing in action. The chair will serve as the permanent reminder of the enormous sacrifice made by those who served our country and were taken as POWs or listed as MIA. The importance of remembering and honoring their great sacrifice can never be overstated. Our nation has a responsibility to them and to their families who have shared in their sacrifice and we must never forget.
“Our heroes deserve to be honored, especially in the U.S. Capitol, which is itself a symbol of our American beliefs and the liberties and freedoms they sacrificed to defend. This chair will honor veterans like Sam Johnson, one of our colleagues in the House. Sam is one of the most stalwart protectors of those who have served and who himself endured nearly seven years as a POW, including 42 months in solitary confinement, in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. 43 years ago, Sam Johnson returned to the United States to be reunited with his loved ones and we are so honored to have the privilege to serve with him today here in this House.
“In addition to Sam Johnson, when I think about the meaning behind this memorial, I think about an individual who lives in my district. His first name is Donald, but many know him by the name Digger, Digger O’Dell. Digger enlisted in 1952 into the Air Force. He was shot down in October of 1967 and was kept prisoner for five and a half years in Hanoi Hilton. Thankfully, Digger made it home, as Sam did, after all those years in a North Vietnam camp. He is now in his eighties, and serves as a member of our local air base community council, and chairs a fundraising event for the Special Olympics. Digger is a remarkable man. He is one of many who selflessly served our nation, facing enormous adversity. There is my husband, Don, a former F-100 fighter pilot and proud member of the 154th Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of American in Macomb County – one of the largest in our entire nation.
“These heroes who so bravely served our nation deserve to be honored, especially in the U.S. Capitol. And certainly, this chair with the POW/MIA logo on it will forever demonstrate that we will never forget.”
The National POW/MIA Remembrance Act of 2015 (H.R. 1670) directs the Architect of the Capitol to obtain a chair featuring the logo of the National League of POW/MIA Families and place it in the U.S. Capitol.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:30 a.m. 1310 Longworth House Office Building
The Committee on House Administration, led by Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), announced that the Committee will hold a markup to consider Committee Resolutions amending and approving House regulations under the Committee’s jurisdiction on Wednesday, March 16th at 10:30 AM.
The following Committee Resolutions to be considered are:
Additional information for the Markup via the Committee Repository.
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Pictured: Representative Janice Hahn (CA-44), Chairman Candice Miller (MI-10), and Colleen Shogan, Deputy Director of National and International Outreach at the Library of Congress
WASHINGTON – Today, Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (MI-10) participated in a Women’s History Month forum with Representative Janice Hahn (CA-44) hosted by the Library of Congress. During the forum, both members discussed their personal experiences that led them into public service, as well as their experiences serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“My career in public service started at an early age when, working for my family’s marina business, I led an effort to stop an excise tax on boat storage. I remember my father telling me that, ‘you can’t fight city hall.’ Well, we fought city hall and won, and that’s when I realized that I could make a difference advocating for my peers, my community, and eventually, my state.” Miller said. “I have been blessed to have a career which spans nearly four decades, where I served at the local, state, and federal levels of government. I was the first female Harrison Township Supervisor, Michigan’s first female Secretary of State, and, in 2002, I was elected to represent Michigan’s 10th Congressional District.
“In Congress, I believe that women bring a different perspective to the table. I also strongly believe that, in Congress, we don’t have just ‘women’s issues.’ All issues are women’s issues, from transportation to security, and we need more women involved in politics, from the school board and local levels to the federal levels,” said Miller. “Our accomplishments stem from different experiences, from being mothers, to caregivers, to teachers, to business owners, but women must stand on their own merits to get involved.”
Note: Chairman Candice Miller’s career in public service reflects a long history of efficiency and cost effectiveness – from her early roots on the Harrison Township Board of Trustees, to her current responsibilities representing Michigan’s 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Miller is currently serving her seventh term after first being elected to office in November of 2002. In addition to representing the views of Michigan’s 10th Congressional District in the Halls of Congress, Representative Miller serves as Chairman of the Committee on House Administration – currently serving as the only woman chair of a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. She serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and is a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
WASHINGTON – Today, Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) and Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA) issued the following statement on the Capitol Police Board’s selection of Matthew R. Verderosa as the new Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police:
“We congratulate Matt Verderosa on his selection as the next Chief of the United States Capitol Police. Since Matt became Assistant Chief last year, the Committee has worked productively with him on a wide range of issues, each with the goal of making sure that the U.S. Capitol Complex is a safe and open environment for Members, staff, and visitors. We look forward to continued collaboration with Matt in his new role as Chief, and once again congratulate him as he prepares to assume command of the dedicated men and women who make up the U.S. Capitol Police.”
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