WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (MI-10) and Ranking Member Robert Brady (PA-01) today issued the following statement discussing the security response to last week’s incident involving a small aircraft landing on the U.S. Capitol grounds. Miller and Brady said:
“This week, we met with U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine and House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving to discuss the communications process alerting Members and every office within the Capitol complex of emergency situations. It is vital during any emergency that information must be delivered quickly and accurately in order to ensure the safety of the public, staff and Members. Both the Capitol Police and the Sergeant at Arms are quickly and decisively taking steps to identify any possible vulnerability that may exist in the complex and improve protocols for responding to any emerging threats. Our Committee will remain in close contact with those who are responsible for providing security throughout this process. Bottom line, there is no room for error when responding to any potentially dangerous situation. We thank the men and women of the Capitol Police for their service and continued commitment to our Capitol’s security.”
WASHINGTON – House Administration Committee Chairman Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and Ranking Member Bob Brady (D-Pa.) issued the following statement today concerning the Committee’s review of current House regulations and practices with regards to official expenditures. The panel is led by Representatives Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.). The Members said:
“Representatives Davis and Lofgren are in the initial stages of a comprehensive review of the regulations governing use and requirements of the Members’ Representational Allowance (MRA). They intend to engage with many stakeholders to examine the exhaustive list of House procedures, requirements, and duties each Member is obligated to act in accordance with. Upon completion, they look forward to taking steps to ensure every office is provided with the education and resources they need to clearly understand all House Rules governing the MRA.”
WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (MI-10) and Ranking Member Robert Brady (PA-01) today issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s incident with a small aircraft landing on the U.S. Capitol Grounds. Miller and Brady said:
“We are in close contact with the U.S. Capitol Police during the review of yesterday’s incident with a small aircraft landing on the U.S. Capitol Grounds. Frankly, the individual is fortunate that this stunt did not cost him his life. Bottom line, this small aircraft should have never been able to access protected airspace and land on the U.S. Capitol Grounds – and this cannot happen again. Our Committee will work with the U.S. Capitol Police and both the House and Senate Sergeant at Arms to ensure that this incident is fully reviewed and security measures are updated to make certain the protection of Members of Congress, staff, visitors and the entire Capitol Complex remains at the highest level.”
WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (MI-10) and Ranking Member Bob Brady (PA-01) together announced that the Committee will be evaluating and reviewing current standards and procedures in an effort to clarify House regulations and practices. This bipartisan review will be led by Committee Members Representative Rodney Davis (IL-13) and Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and will include an examination of the regulations governing official expenses for each Congressional Member Office and opportunities for the Committee to provide enhanced education for each Member of the House.
“The Committee on House Administration, led by Representatives Rodney Davis and Zoe Lofgren, both former congressional office staffers, will review current House regulations and explore ways to strengthen the regulations governing official expenses, as well as ways to enhance the training and educational opportunities available to assist each office with compliance. Each Member of this House takes an Oath of Office and promises to be the caretaker and champion for their congressional seat. This is an immense and sacred responsibility that should be considered in a bipartisan way and it will be,” Chairman Miller said. “The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement – and our group of Members is committed to finding solutions.”
“I’m happy to join with Chairman Miller in this important initiative and pleased that my friend Rep. Zoe Lofgren has agreed to serve in this important role,” said Ranking Member Brady. “Every effort should be made to ensure that the rules and regulations governing Member spending of taxpayer dollars are clear, straightforward and instill the elements of integrity and transparency. I look forward to working with my Democratic colleagues on the Committee and my friends across the aisle. The importance of ensuring accountability within this great institution crosses all partisan boundaries.”
“As a former congressional staffer and now a member of Congress, I have the highest respect for this institution,” said Davis. “I am honored to be chosen with my colleague Congresswoman Lofgren to lead a review of our current standards and procedures. We have a great responsibility as Members of Congress to be good stewards of taxpayers’ dollars and I look forward to working with my colleagues to make understanding and complying with House rules and regulations as seamless as possible.”
“As Members of Congress, there is no greater responsibility than maintaining the trust of those we have been elected to represent,” said Lofgren. “The rules and regulations that govern our conduct, including the manner in which we serve as stewards of taxpayer resources, are not only designed to reinforce that trust, they also serve to ensure the integrity of this institution. I look forward to working with my colleague Mr. Davis as we review the effectiveness of these measures.”
WASHINGTON – Today, the House passed H.Res.132, funding House committees for the 114th Congress, by unanimous voice vote. Committee Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) issued the following statement after House passage:
“House committees have worked hard to find legislative solutions for our nation while each conducts vigorous oversight of the executive and judicial branches of government. The committee funding authorization for the 114th Congress was thoughtfully developed in a bipartisan manner and covers specific requests from each Chair and Ranking Member. The increase authorized in this resolution is modest and targeted, and does not require any new spending in the House’s overall budget, only redirecting already approved resources to new priorities.
“There were many needs for this targeted additional funding. For example, the Armed Services Committee has a great need for additional specialized staff to help with conducting vigorous oversight in pursuit of major overdue reforms at the Pentagon which could save the nation tens of billions of dollars. Another example is the Veterans Affairs Committee which has immense new challenges with conducting the oversight needed to get to the bottom of the scandalous treatment of our veterans at VA hospitals across this nation, and to make the legislative changes which are necessary to ensure that those who have served the cause of freedom get the care and benefits they have earned. We not only believe that this is a very fiscally responsible use of additional resources, but an imperative duty. In addition, this authorized funding will be used for committees’ overall increased oversight, as well as an increase in field hearings, a possible Judicial impeachment, and to create legislative reforms for problematic or failing agencies.
“With the passage of this resolution, the House authorizes a very fiscally prudent use of additional resources.” Background on H.Res.132: House Rules require the Committee on House Administration to establish authorization levels for House committees each Congress.
H.Res.132, Omnibus Resolution for Committee Funding in the 114th Congress
Committee Res. 114-6, Limitation on Allocation of Franked Mail
H.R.195, Election Assistance Commission Termination Act
H.R.412, “To reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns”
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The Committee on House Administration led by Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), will hold a hearing, “Committee Funding for the 114th Congress,” on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., in the Committee Hearing Room located in 1310 LHOB.
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The Committee on House Administration held its Organizational Meeting on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in the Committee Hearing Room located in 1310 LHOB. The meeting agenda included the adoption of the Committee Rules, its oversight plan and the House Parking Policy for the 114th Congress.Read More
House Administration Continues to Aid the House in Spending Less & Operating Effectively
WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) made the following statement touting the effective operations of the U.S. House of Representatives over the past year:
“Over the past four years since the Republicans took control of the House, we have dedicated ourselves to furthering effective government while protecting the taxpayer dollar. The House received its sixteenth consecutive 'clean' audit, demonstrating our regard for transparency and accountability for the taxpayer dollar. The House also led the effort in ending the millions of dollars in taxpayer funding previously provided to host political party conventions and redirected that funding for pediatric research. Together with the House Officers, the House has worked to prioritize its resources and rein in costs, as well as increase the level of transparency, accountability and public access to our operations. We have also worked hard to increase the availability of low-cost digital tools to improve our daily functions, and most importantly, have a dynamic discussion with our constituents. Good policies and effective oversight provide for a more accountable government, and the Committee is dedicated to carrying these priorities into 2015.”
Highlights: The House received an unqualified or ‘‘clean’’ opinion on its financial statements and internal controls over financial reporting for the FY 2013. This was the sixteenth consecutive ‘‘clean’’ audit the House has received.
The Committee continued to work with House Leadership and Legislative Branch Appropriations to reduce overall costs and efficiently manage House operations. Over the past four years the cumulative taxpayer savings are estimated to be $594 million, calculated using FY 2010 Legislative Branch Appropriations as the baseline.
The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act (H.R. 2019) was sponsored by Committee on House Administration Member Representative Gregg Harper (MS-03), passed both the House and Senate with strong bipartisan support and was signed into law on April 3, 2014. H.R. 2019 ends $126 million in taxpayer funding for political party conventions and redirects that funding to the National Institutes of Health and pediatric research.
The Committee continued the mission to ensure our system of open, free and fair elections remains at the highest level of integrity by examining the report of the Bauer-Ginsberg Commission which focused on utilizing good, local governance over elections, and made recommendations on different ideas to help locals improve upon their own voting process.
WASHINGTON – Today, Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), issued the following statement welcoming the Republican Members selected by House Speaker John Boehner to serve on the Committee on House Administration for the 114th Congress:
“I welcome the new and returning Members selected by Speaker Boehner to serve on the Committee, and I look forward to working with them to assure the People’s House is run in the most efficient, cost-effective and transparent fashion, as well as ensure our system of open, free and fair elections remains at the highest level of integrity. Each Member brings unique qualifications to the table, and will undoubtedly contribute to the valuable oversight and guidance our Committee provides. The Committee has recently ended a very successful New Member Orientation program and I look forward to enhancing how we assist our new Members with adjusting to service in the House. Additionally, we will be providing training and education to help Members continue to improve their daily operations and communication with their constituents.”
As selected by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, the returning Republican Members are: Representative Gregg Harper, R-MS-03 (returning for a fourth term on the Committee) Representative Richard Nugent, R-FL-11 (returning for a third term on the Committee) Representative Aaron Schock, R-IL-18 (returning for a third term on the Committee)
New Republican Members to the Committee are: Representative-elect Barbara Comstock, R-VA-10 Representative Rodney Davis, R-IL-13
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