Candice Miller

Candice Miller


Rep. Miller on Release of Alan Gross


WASHINGTON D.C.  – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, issued the following statement on the release of Alan Gross and U.S. relations with Cuba:  “Every American today celebrates the fact that, for the first time in five years, Alan Gross will be home to spend this holiday season in the warm embrace of his family.  The fact is that Alan Gross should never have been arrested and certainly should not have had five years of his life stolen from him by the corrupt Castro regime for simply trying to provide internet access for members of the Jewish community in Cuba.  Unfortunately, this type of tyranny is all too common in Castro’s Cuba. “In exchange for Mr. Gross’s freedom, President Obama sent back to Cuba three spies convicted of espionage against America, including one who was convicted of conspiracy to murder Americans.  In stark contrast, Mr. Gross was working as an international aid worker.  This sets a very dangerous precedent, as similar dictatorial regimes across the world now know the price that can be extracted when Americans are taken and wrongfully imprisoned which could put countless Americans at risk across the globe. “The fact that President Obama has decided to liberalize relations with the dictatorial Castro regime without requiring the regime to allow political freedom for the Cuban people is a betrayal of America’s pro-democracy principles and a propaganda coup for the regime.  Additionally, the opening of diplomatic relations and weakening sanctions will simply provide more hard currency to the Western Hemisphere’s worst abuser of human rights.  Today, Cuba is the only nation in our hemisphere where the people have no ability to participate in elections that choose their leaders, and that will not change with the President’s action today.   Instead, the Castro regime is now empowered and emboldened.  If President Obama wanted real change for the Cuban people, he would have continued the demand to force the Castro regime to answer to its own people, who continue to be denied basic human rights, in free and fair elections. ”   ### Read More

Rep. Miller Applauds $ 1.7 Million Grant for The Paslin Company


Harrison Township, MI – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) applauded the announcement that the Michigan Strategic Fund has approved a $1.7 million grant to The Paslin Company to aid in its expansion and the development of a new facility in Shelby Township. “A longtime Macomb County business, The Paslin Company has given so much to the community and is known for its esteemed record of corporate citizenship and charitable giving,” Miller said. “Its expansion, which will include a new facility in Shelby Township and is expected to create 224 new jobs, is certain to be an economic boost for the community and underscores the benefit of supporting our local manufacturing businesses here in the heartland of American innovation.”  About The Paslin Company: Incorporated in 1937, The Paslin Company is a family-owned and recognized leader in the construction and integration of manufacturing assembly and automation systems.  Based out of Warren, the company plans to expand to a new facility in Shelby Township, investing more than $20.6 million and creating over 200 new jobs. As a result of the expansion, the project has been awarded a $1.7 million Michigan Business Development performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in other states. The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) was created in 1984 to promote economic development and create jobs in Michigan.  For more information about MSF, please visit them online:   ###   Read More

Rep. Miller on Terrorist Attack in Pakistan


WASHINGTON D.C.  – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, issued the following statement on the violent terrorist attack against schoolchildren in Pakistan:  “Today’s heinous attack in Pakistan tragically ended the innocent lives of at least 132 schoolchildren massacred by Pakistani Taliban – Islamist militants whose evil is without limits. There is no act more barbaric and cowardly than attacking innocent children. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. It is my hope that, working with its allies, including the United States, Pakistani leaders intensify efforts to seek and destroy any and all safe-havens where these terrorists hide.” ### Read More

Rep. Miller on Hostage Incident in Sydney


WASHINGTON D.C.  – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, issued the following statement on the hostage incident that occurred in Sydney, Australia: “Today’s terrorist attack in Sydney, Australia stands as another reminder of the need for constant vigilance against the threat of violent Islamic extremists.  The dual threat from foreign terrorists seeking to enter our nation and those radicalized here at home requires that we continue to work to identify these threats and do everything within our power to stop them before they strike.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Australia and the victims of this attack.  The American people share your grief and stand with you in the fight against these barbarians.”   ### Read More

Holiday Exhibit at U.S. Botanic Garden


Greetings, I recently had an opportunity to tour the U.S. Botanic Garden’s holiday display in Washington D.C. that features a special lighthouse exhibit highlighting some of the nation’s most iconic lighthouses, including Michigan’s Whitefish Point Lighthouse. There is also an amazing collection of model trains throughout the exhibit that is guaranteed to impress.  Here’s a short video preview of the display, which is open through January 4, 2015.  For more information on this exhibit, visit the Botanic Garden online. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! [[{"fid":"385","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] (Click to watch) -Rep. Candice Miller Read More

Rep. Miller: More Needs to Be Done to Restore and Preserve Great Lakes


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Rep. Miller on Reunion of Castro Family in Huron County


WASHINGTON D.C.  – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement congratulating the Castro family on their recent reunion after assisting Kelly Castro in her prolonged efforts to bring husband, father of three and U.S. veteran, Sergio Castro, home to join his family in Huron County:   “I want to extend my most sincere congratulations to the entire Castro family as they celebrate Sergio’s return to Michigan.  For over a year, Kelly and Sergio diligently fought for his return, rightfully seeking the appropriate and legal path to U.S. residency and citizenship. I welcome Sergio home, thank him for his service to this country and wish him and his family a wonderful holiday season together.” Sergio Castro, a Panamanian citizen, served in the U.S. military from 1997 until 2000 when he was honorably discharged. He and his wife Kelly Castro, a Michigan native, moved to Panama with their three children. In 2013, the family moved back to Michigan. However, upon reentering the U.S., Sergio was not allowed to join his family because his visa had expired. After seeking assistance from Rep. Miller’s congressional office, and working with immigration services for more than a year, the family was reunited in December of 2014. ### Read More

Rep. Miller Honored by Southeastern Michigan’s Home Builders Association


[[{"fid":"380","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] (Southeast MI Home Builders Association President Paul Aragona presents Rep. Miller with Distinguished Service Award)   Harrison Township, MI – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) received the Distinguished Service to Government Award from the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan for her outstanding support of the home building industry. “I am honored to receive this recognition from an industry that plays such an important role in our communities,” Miller said. “New home construction is a sure sign of economic vitality, which is why I will continue to fight for a more efficient and cost-effective government that fuels the growth of our building industries and helps make the dream of homeownership an affordable one.” “As the Executive Officer of the Home Builders Association, we were extremely pleased to honor Representative Miller for her dedication and work in supporting all aspects of residential housing in southeast Michigan,” Home Builders Association CEO Michael Stoskopf said. “Representative Miller has been a longtime friend and supporter of the Association of Southeastern Michigan and our state and national associations.” ### Read More

Miller Votes for Legislation to Stop Executive Action on Immigration


WASHINGTON D.C.  – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, issued the following statement after voting for the Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014 (H.R. 5759), which reverses the President’s executive action on immigration and prevents the Administration from taking future action beyond the scope of its constitutional limitations to exempt or defer deportation of immigrants residing in the U.S. illegally: “President Obama stated publicly on 22 separate occasions that he lacks the executive authority to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, once even stating, ‘I’m the President of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States.  My job is to execute the laws that are passed.’ I agree and so did the Framers of the U.S. Constitution.  “Article I, Section 8 and Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution clearly give Congress the power and responsibility to establish our laws and the President the power and responsibility to enforce them.  Sadly, despite the will of the American people and his constitutional limitations, the President decided to bypass Congress and grant amnesty to millions.  And just as we saw after the President’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program which contributed to this summer’s surge of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing our southern border, his most recent constitutional overreach is certain to increase the number of those seeking refuge in the U.S. illegally. “In addition to creating and adopting a strategic plan to improve our border security, which I fully expect the Republican-controlled House and Senate to complete in early 2015, we need to reverse this most recent, unashamed overreach.  In order to accomplish that and stop future action that violates the Administration’s constitutional limitations and worsens our already broken immigration system, the Senate must take this bill up immediately and pass it.” The Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014 (H.R. 5759): Reaffirms the constitutional principles that only Congress has the power to write immigration laws and that the President must enforce those laws; Prevents President Obama or any future president from exempting or deferring the removal of categories of unlawful aliens except to the extent that the president is relying on his constitutional powers over foreign affairs or utilizing exceptions provided for in the bill for exceptional humanitarian and law enforcement circumstances; Prevents President Obama or any future president from considering such aliens to be lawfully present in the United States (and thus ineligible for the rights and privileges available to lawfully present aliens); Prevents President Obama or any future president from granting work authorization to such aliens; and Takes effect as if enacted on November 20, 2014, thus nullifying the President’s recent executive action.   ### Read More

House Passes Bill to Increase Opportunity and Independence for Individuals with Disabilities


WASHINGTON D.C.  – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after the House passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (H.R. 647), legislation she cosponsored to help reduce financial hardships for individuals with disabilities: “Today, the House passed legislation, with overwhelming bipartisan support, that will undoubtedly help increase opportunities for individuals with disabilities by providing them with a chance to dedicate a larger portion of their earnings to their everyday living expenses, such as transportation and education, without having to forfeit the vital services they already receive through federal programs. This measure is an important step to helping more hardworking individuals with disabilities achieve greater independence and fulfilling lives.”   The ABLE Act (H.R. 647), introduced in the 113th Congress by Rep. Crenshaw (OH-4), is federal legislation that aims to ease financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities by making tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing, and transportation. ABLE would help supplement benefits already provided through private insurances, the Medicaid program, the supplemental security income program, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources of income.   ### Read More

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Representative 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.

Representative Miller is currently serving her sixth term after first being elected to office in November 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, as well as Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security; and is a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  Representative Miller is also a member of the Deputy Whip Team.  In Congress, Representative Miller has been a leader on protecting the Great Lakes and promoting Michigan industry

Prior to her election to Congress, Representative Miller served two successful terms as Michigan’s Secretary of State.  Miller made dramatically improving customer service the hallmark of her administration and her work was recognized by the voters in 1998 when she was overwhelmingly re-elected, winning every county in the state and becoming the first statewide elected official to achieve a margin of victory of over 1,000,000 votes.  Her leadership not only led to improved services in Secretary of State Branch Offices, but also in the administration of elections.  Following the disputed 2000 election, the Ford – Carter Commission on National Election Reform cited Michigan’s Qualified Voter File, pioneered by Miller, as a national model, and also began the process of implementing a statewide uniform voting system.  All of her election reforms helped to reinforce Michigan’s reputation for free, fair, and open elections.

Representative Miller’s career in public service began when she was elected to the Harrison Township Board of Trustees in 1979.  Only one year later, she was elected Harrison Township Supervisor, becoming the youngest Supervisor in her township’s history, the first Republican since the Great Depression, and the first woman ever elected to the post.  During her 12 years as Supervisor, Harrison Township experienced explosive growth as she held the line on taxes and streamlining government to allow for job creation; all the while being hailed for doing so in an environmentally sensible manner.  In 1992 she was elected Macomb County Treasurer becoming the first Republican to win a countywide office in Macomb County in more than 60 years.

She and her husband, Retired Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Donald Miller, continue to reside in Harrison Township.  Judge Miller formerly served as Colonel in the Air National Guard.  He flew missions in Vietnam and was the base commander at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.  They have one daughter.

For the 113th Congress, Representative Miller was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Committee on House Administration (CHA), and is currently serving as the only woman chair of a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.  CHA was established in 1947 and is charged with the oversight of federal elections and the day-to-day operations of the House of Representatives.

The Committee has the responsibility to ensure that the House of Representatives runs in an effective and efficient manner which is vital as we work to meet the many challenges facing this great nation.  Most importantly, this committee has jurisdiction over the federal election process, and as Chairman, Representative Miller is committed to making certain that the Committee enacts rules to ensure our nation continues to have open, free and fair elections.

Representative Miller’s past record and work experience as Chief Elections Officer during her time as Michigan’s Secretary of State will assist in accomplishing the many challenges set before our nation and ensuring that America effectively leads in the area of elections as that is the foundation for our democracy.

Representative Miller has served on the House Committee on Homeland Security since March 2008.  Representative Miller is currently serving as Vice Chair of the full House Committee on Homeland Security, and will continue to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Securityfor the 113th Congress, a position she has held since January 2011.  She is also serving as a member of the Subcommittee on Transportation Security.

The federal government’s first and foremost responsibility is to provide for our national defense, and our common defense begins with a secure homeland.  The Committee is charged oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and ensuring the primary focus remains on the protection of the American people.

As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, Representative Miller has exercised effective oversight and created legislative efforts to ensure our nation’s borders are adequately secured against illegal immigration, drug and human smuggling, as well as the exploitation of the legitimate visa process.  During her tenure as Chairman in the 112th Congress, Representative Miller crafted important oversight legislation, such as to require DHS to produce a plan to secure the border and ensure the right mix of manpower, technology, and infrastructure is implemented to meeting the mission of a secure border.  In addition, Representative Miller crafted legislation to increase oversight over the maritime security mission of DHS, as well as strengthening maritime security at home and abroad as we trade with our trusted partners.

Within her roles on the Committee in the 113th Congress, Representative Miller will continue to push needed legislation that will ensure we implement strong protections for our borders and global supply chain.  Our nation’s borders can and must be secured, and her goal will be to see that DHS is making progress to confront the threats of terrorism, cyber security, and mismanagement of the Department in these areas vital to our national security and continuing to work towards a secure border and a safer homeland.

Michigan’s 10th Congressional District is a border district.  It is home to the Blue Water Bridge which is the second busiest commercial border crossing on the northern tier, Selfridge Air National Guard Base which has expanding missions in the area of homeland security, Coast Guard stations at Selfridge, Port Huron, and Harbor Beach, it borders Chemical Valley which is one of the largest collections of petro-chemical operations in North America, the CN Rail Tunnel which is the busiest rail artery in the U.S., and is where the genesis of important trade arteries interstates I-94 and I-69.

Miller has focused her efforts on building a stronger presence of homeland security assets at Selfridge, enhancing the security of our airways, roadways, railways, and waterways, in addition to securing our food and water supplies by enhancing Northern Border security.

The Committee on Homeland Security was established in 2002 to provide congressional oversight for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and better protect the American people against a possible terrorist attack.  Many of the programs at Selfridge and the armed service reserves throughout the 10th Congressional District fall under the purview of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  The Committee on Homeland Security provides oversight for the department and handles issues dealing with transportation security, border and port security, critical infrastructure protection, cyber security, and science and technology, emergency preparedness, emerging threats, intelligence and information sharing, investigations, and management and procurement.

In 2007, Representative Miller was appointed to the full House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  Representative Miller is also a member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, as well as the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.  Representative Miller is the only member from Michigan serving on this Committee, and takes seriously the need to advocate on behalf of Michigan to ensure that the state is returned its fair share of tax dollars for many infrastructure needs.  She believes that all avenues of transportation, whether on land or on the sea, are important to improve, maintain, and support surrounding economic growth.

Michigan’s 10th Congressional District is host to the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, MI which is the second most traveled border crossing in North America.  It is a vital component of economic expansion, not just for the district, but for the region, state, and nation.  This Committee allows her to offer enhanced oversight and influences to ensure this portal and others like it receive the federal attention they need and deserve.

The Committee also holds jurisdiction over water quality issues. Throughout her career in public service, protecting the Great Lakes has been one of Representative Miller’s principal advocacies.  She is a vocal proponent for policy designed to preserve and protect Michigan’s most cherished natural resource.

The Committee has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads.  The Committee also has jurisdiction over other aspects of our national infrastructure, such as clean water and waste water management, the transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction, the management of federally owned real estate and public buildings, the development of economically depressed rural and urban areas, disaster preparedness and response, and hazardous materials transportation.

The Committee’s broad oversight portfolio includes many federal agencies, including the Department of Transportation, the U.S. Coast Guard, Amtrak, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the General Services Administration, the Army Corps of Engineers, and others.

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