Candice Miller

Candice Miller


Rep. Miller Applauds $200,000 Grant for Lippert Components Manufacturing


Harrison Township, MI – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) applauded the announcement that the Michigan Strategic Fund has approved a grant totaling $200,000 to Lippert Components Manufacturing for the acquisition and expansion of Innovative Design Solutions (IDS), Inc. in Sterling Heights.  The expansion is expected to create 102 new jobs.  “This grant will go a long way to ensure Lippert’s success in expanding IDS’s operations and economic output, as well as create much-needed jobs in the region,” Miller said.  “Along with many other manufacturers here in Southeast Michigan, their continued growth helps make this region the heartland of American innovation.”   Lippert Components Manufacturing, Inc., a subsidiary of Drew Industries Incorporated, supplies a broad array of components for the leading manufacturers of recreational vehicles, as well as adjacent industries including buses; trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment and other cargo; truck campers; truck caps; manufactured housing; modular housing; and factory-built mobile office units. Lippert recently acquired Innovative Design Solutions (IDS), Inc., a Sterling Heights-based designer, developer and manufacturer of electronic device technology systems that encompass a wide variety of RV applications. The company plans to retain and grow the IDS operations in Sterling Heights, investing up to $1.7 million and adding 102 new jobs. As a result, the project has been awarded a $200,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Indiana. The City of Sterling Heights is offering support to the project in the form of free use of public facilities related to the project. Individuals interested in careers with Lippert should visit 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 Shootings in Ottawa


Harrison Township, MI – U.S. Representative 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 today’s shootings in Ottawa, Canada: “Today’s shootings in Ottawa serve as a sobering reminder that, along with the U.S., Canada – our great neighbor to the north and closest ally – remains a target of terror threats both foreign and domestic, and that we must remain vigilant and maintain a strong collaborative relationship to stop those who wish to inflict harm upon our great nations. Representing a district that shares a porous border with Canada, I have long maintained a close working relationship with Canadian officials and know we share similar national security challenges and objectives. As we continue to learn more about this situation, I want to reaffirm my commitment to our shared national security interests, and I extend my thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.” ### Read More

Rep. Miller Asks FDA to Consider Allowing Ebola Patients to Access Experimental Treatments


Harrison Township, MI – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, sent a letter to the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Margaret Hamburg, requesting that the agency consider allowing Ebola patients in the U.S. to access experimental treatments like ZMapp. "Ebola patients facing such abrupt life-or-death circumstances here in the U.S. should have access to experimental treatments,” Miller said. “And certainly those diagnosed here in America should be given an option to take experimental drugs.” Below is the text of the letter sent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration: October 15, 2014 Margaret A. Hamburg Commissioner U.S. Food and Drug Administration 10903 New Hampshire Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20993 Dear Dr. Hamburg: I write today to express concern about the current Ebola virus epidemic, particularly with respect to an experimental treatment, ZMapp, that has been developed but is not yet widely available.  As of October 10, 2014, over 8,000 cases of Ebola have been reported worldwide – 50% of which have resulted in death.  The availability of ZMapp may be able to stem the tide of this epidemic, and I ask that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allow for this drug to be used for the treatment of those who contract Ebola in the United States. Currently, there are only experimental treatments for Ebola in the earliest stages of development.  ZMapp, for instance, is an experimental treatment for individuals infected with this virus.  It has not yet been fully tested in humans for safety or effectiveness.  Despite this, the two U.S. patients who contracted Ebola in Africa – Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol – were treated with ZMapp and both have survived.  Unfortunately, the first patient to have been diagnosed with this disease in the United States was not given this drug and did not survive.  In the past several days two new patients have been diagnosed with Ebola.  This number is expected to rise.  Time is of the essence if the United States is to demonstrate to the world that it is a leader in combating this unprecedented public health crisis. There are currently no FDA approved vaccines for Ebola.  There are also no FDA approved treatments for Ebola.  When a drug is not approved, Congress has granted to the FDA authority to allow access to potentially promising products for life-saving measures for patients facing fatal diseases such as Ebola.  I urge the FDA to use this authority to allow patients diagnosed with Ebola in the United States to be granted access to ZMapp and other potentially helpful drugs that may be developed while this epidemic continues to spread.  I fully understand that there is a risk associated with drugs that have not gone through complete FDA clinical trials, but this should be a decision that I believe should be left to patients that are facing life or death and the doctors who are treating them, and access to such potentially lifesaving treatments should not be denied or hindered by the U.S. government. Sincerely, Candice S. Miller Member of Congress ### Read More

Rep. Miller Calls for Suspension of Travel Visas from Impacted Areas of West Africa until Ebola Outbreak is Under Control


Harrison Township, MI – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, joined the Chairman of the full Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-10), and other Committee members calling on U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and U.S. Department of State Secretary John Kerry to temporarily suspend travel visas for individuals traveling from areas of West Africa impacted by the Ebola virus until the outbreak is under control.  Additionally, to help protect Americans against international travelers who could cause harm, either terror or pandemic, Rep. Miller announced plans to modify legislation she recently introduced, which would strengthen the Visa Waiver Program, to require participating countries to enter into agreements with the U.S. to screen “at-risk” travelers in the event of a pandemic. If implemented, this new provision would require other participating waiver program countries to screen passengers from Ebola impacted countries traveling through to the U.S.  She has also added a provision that would give the Secretary of Homeland Security the ability to suspend a country’s participation in the waiver program in the event of a severe pandemic. "We don't need to be alarmist, but our first priority must be to protect Americans,” Miller said. “These are prudent steps that we can take to protect our citizens while our health officials get their arms around this problem. The time to act is now." Below is the text of the letter sent to Secretaries Johnson and Kerry outlining the request.  October 15, 2014 The Honorable Jeh Johnson Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security Nebraska Avenue Center Washington, DC 20528 The Honorable John Kerry Secretary U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 Dear Secretaries Johnson and Kerry, We write today concerning the urgent need to contain the Ebola Virus. While we understand significant efforts are underway to screen travelers at the point of exit leaving West Africa, as well as recently established procedures established at five ports of entry in the United States, we believe additional steps should be considered to curtail the potential spread of Ebola to the United States. Last week, the Committee on Homeland Security held a field hearing in Dallas, Texas, where we received testimony from Federal, State and local officials on the government’s current response to the recent Ebola cases in Texas. While we remain confident in CBP’s ability to adequately screen individuals with overt signs of disease, given the virus’s long incubation period of up to 21 days, individuals carrying the virus may not show symptoms when they leave West Africa or upon entry in the United States.  As was the case with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola case in Dallas, symptoms manifested days after he arrived. Despite the strong public health system in the United States to combat a spread of Ebola, the most recent cases involving the two Dallas health care workers demonstrates the vulnerabilities of our system and steep learning curve public health officials are facing.  In light of these current vulnerabilities, we urge you to consider temporarily suspending visas of individuals from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone until the outbreak is under control.  Such a measure would ensure healthcare workers and supplies are able to be transported to impacted areas of West Africa, while also ensuring the public health and safety of the American public. Taking such action to temporarily suspend some of the 13,500 visas would improve the American public’s confidence of public health officials to limit the spread of Ebola to the United States, while simultaneously permitting a robust effort by the U.S. Government and global health agencies to combat this vicious disease in West Africa. Moreover, we believe that any individuals that are diagnosed with Ebola should go to one of the four hospitals (Emory University Hospital, National Institutes of Health, Nebraska Medical Center, St. Patrick Hospital in Montana) that specialize in the treatment of this disease. I urge your consideration of these necessary steps to prohibit the spread of this deadly virus.  I thank you for your attention to this grave matter and wish you the best of luck as our nation faces this public health crisis. Sincerely, Representative Michael McCaul Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security Representative Candice Miller Chairman, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security Representative Peter King Chairman, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence Representative Jeff Duncan Chairman, Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency Representative Richard Hudson Chairman, Subcommittee on Transportation and Security Representative Susan Brooks Chairman, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications      ### Read More

Rep. Miller Joins U.S. Coast Guard on Routine Patrol of Blue Water Area


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Rep. Miller Tours Magna Exterior Trim Components in China Township


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Rep. Miller on President’s Efforts to Close Gitmo and Transfer Terrorists to U.S.


Harrison Township, MI – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement on reports that the Administration is currently contemplating options to override federal laws that prevent him from closing the United States’ detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transferring the terrorists to the U.S.: "In June, President Obama sidestepped the law, which required consultation with Congress at least 30 days in advance of any Gitmo transfer, and traded five deadly Taliban detainees, putting this country and our troops overseas at risk. Now, he is considering an even more drastic, dangerous breach of his authority as he weighs options to override Congress, close the base entirely and transfer nearly 150 terrorists to U.S. soil. “There is no question that President Obama wants to close Guantanamo despite the overwhelming opposition of the American people and in defiance of the law passed by the people's representatives. He simply does not have the authority to make such perilous, consequential decisions without Congress, and he certainly should not continue down this path without allowing the American people to weigh in on decisions that jeopardize their security. As we continue to wage the war on terror in the Middle East, the President’s insistence on bringing terrorists into the U.S. is troubling and dangerous.” ### Read More

Rep. Miller on 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Recipients


Harrison Township, MI – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement on the announcement that Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India are this year’s recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize: “In this dangerous world, where there are far too many examples of inhumanity, it is appropriate today that the Nobel Peace Prize Committee gave this annual award to two individuals who represent the best of humanity. “Malala Yousafzai is a 17-year-old Pakistani young woman who, two years ago, was shot in the head by the Taliban for simply stating that girls have the right to an education.  Most would have not had the courage and strength to fight back against such atrocities, but Malala did fight back and has become a positive leading voice in the world for the rights of young women.  It is totally appropriate that, today, Malala was informed of this great honor while attending school in Birmingham, England. “Kailash Satyarthi, who shares this prize with Malala, was a businessman and electrical engineer in India who gave up his career to become an activist leader in the effort to end child slavery and the exploitation of children.  Because of his efforts, tens of thousands of children have been rescued from slavery and given a chance to live their lives.  “I applaud the Nobel Committee for choosing a young woman and a 60-year-old man who are both tireless and undaunted advocates for dignity, humanity and the value of every child.  These two individuals have truly been examples that should be highlighted, and their message must be heard.” ### Read More

Rep. Miller Tours Downriver Community Services’ New Haven Facility


Harrison Township, MI – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) joined the Executive Director and staff of Downriver Community Services at their New Haven location to tour the facility and discuss how the healthcare group will utilize new grant funds, totaling $217,314, recently awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The grant is part of HHS’s Expanded Services program aimed at improving healthcare access to underserved populations in their service areas.  “Downriver Community Services provides critical health and human services to residents throughout Macomb and St. Clair Counties, especially those often overlooked and underserved,” Miller said. “Today, I had the opportunity to see, firsthand, the quality care they offer at their New Haven facility and meet some of their talented medical staff.  I also had an opportunity to discuss their future plans to expand their services with the funds provided by HHS.  I applaud them for their outstanding service, and I am confident that the grant will help them continue to improve the quality of life for nearby residents.” Downriver Community Services, Inc. provides a range of community based health and human services which promote the physical and mental health of all members of the community, especially the underserved. For more information, please visit them online:     ### Read More

Rep. Miller Presents Bronze Star to Sons of Deceased WWII Veteran


(From left: the late William Dodt’s grandson Rich, son Rick, Rep. Miller, and sons William and Ken)   Harrison Township, MI – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) presented a Bronze Star and Medal of Occupation to Rick, William and Ken Dodt, who accepted the medals on behalf of their father, the late William Dodt, for his service to this country during WWII for which he also received a Purple Heart. Rep. Miller issued the following statement after the presentation:   “On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and propelled America into World War II. Shortly thereafter, in January 1942, William Dodt, at age 31 while working at a factory in Detroit making aircraft engines for a Chrysler subsidiary, was drafted to serve in the United States Army. Perhaps because of his background in the manufacturing industry in Michigan, William was assigned to the 13th Armored Division, a tank recovery unit which would help repair tanks damaged in combat.   “The 13th started combat operations during the first week of April 1945 with the target being the Ruhr Valley.  It was the industrial heartland of Germany and would strangle and kill the German war machine if taken. How fitting for a man from the manufacturing plants of the Detroit to go to Germany and take their industrial heartland.   “The battle for the Ruhr was the most important and most deadly that the 13th Armored Division would engage during the war. They faced determined German opposition hoping to make one last stand.  During this intense battle is when Dodt truly made his mark in defense of freedom.   “William Dodt was one who served above and beyond. He earned the American Theater Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Medal and the Purple Heart.   “Today, it was my great honor, on behalf of a very grateful nation, to present the Bronze Star to his three sons, Rick, William and Ken, and his grandson Rich, for his incredibly brave actions in defense of freedom.”   About the late Mr. William Dodt: (1910-1991) Born in Detroit, William Dodt was drafted in 1942 despite a heart murmur and served as part of the 13th Armored Division during WWII.  He was a Staff Sergeant and then Warrant Officer Junior Grade and served during the last push in Germany where U.S and Allied forces successfully overran German forces before they surrendered in May of 1945. William was nominated for a Bronze Star for his service between April 10th and May 2nd of 1945, when he was charged with tank recovery during combat operations.  Despite often being left behind in enemy territory with little or no support in hazardous terrain, William demonstrated a high order of initiative, bravery and leadership in completing his mission. William Dodt passed away in 1991 at his residence in Sterling Heights, MI.   ### 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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