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
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.”
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