The Committee on House Administration will hold its Organizational Meeting on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in the Committee Hearing Room located in 1310 LHOB. The meeting agenda includes 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.”
The U.S. House of Representatives welcomes William A. Burck as outside counsel for the House’s lawsuit against President Obama.
• The House passed a resolution (H.Res.676) on July 30, 2014. • H.Res.676 authorizes the Speaker, on behalf of the House of Representatives, to file suit against President Obama for failing to uphold his constitutional obligation to enforce U.S. law. • Mr. Burck previously served as outside counsel for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, United States House of Representatives v. Eric Holder, Jr.Read More
Chairman Miller signs contract for the House of Representatives’ legal representation to challenge President’s failure to adhere to Constitution
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, signed the contract for the House of Representatives’ outside counsel to represent the House during the lawsuit against the President. The House passed a resolution (H. Res. 676) authorizing the Speaker, on behalf of the House of Representatives, to file suit against President Obama for failing to uphold his constitutional obligation to enforce U.S. law. As Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, Miller must review and approve this contract.
Chairman Miller: “No President is above nor should operate beyond the limits of the Constitution. The House of Representatives, using regular order and the powers that the Constitution has provided, calls upon our government’s system of checks and balances and asks the judicial branch to examine the President’s failure to faithfully execute the law. The President must be held accountable, and the House will continue to act in an open and transparent manner to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”
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.”
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