Candice Miller

Candice Miller

MICHIGAN's 10th DISTRICT

House Passes Legislation to Authorize Customs and Border Protection

2014/07/28

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation to authorize the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the first time.  Specifically, the House passed by voice vote H.R. 3846, the United States Customs and Border Protection Authorization Act, which was introduced by Subcommittee Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI). Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) joined in co-sponsoring the bill. For the first time since the creation of the Department, this legislation provides the authorization of border, maritime, and transportation security responsibilities and functions in DHS and the establishment of CBP. Chairman McCaul on H.R. 3846: “I am pleased the House has passed the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Authorization Act, which will authorize CBP for the first time ever. As an agency with more than 44,000 Federal law enforcement officers, it is critical that Congress provide greater transparency, accountability and oversight to CBP on a routine basis. Authorizing the Department and its components like CBP remains my top priority for the Homeland Security Committee. Next Congress, I intend to lead the first ever DHS authorization through regular order in partnership with my fellow chairmen.” Subcommittee Chairman Miller on H.R. 3846: “With over 44,000 law enforcement officers, Customs Border Protection is the largest federal law enforcement agency in the nation and has the paramount responsibility of protecting our border and investigating cross-border crime. With the ongoing crisis of unaccompanied children crossing the border, we are reminded how difficult their mission is and so critical to our national security. However, since the Department of Homeland Security was created in 2002, the agency, which has significantly grown and evolved over the years, has never been formally authorized by Congress. Today, the House passed legislation that provides the necessary statutory authorization that will protect the agency's mission by providing our officers and agents proper authorities to carry out their important work.” ### Read More

Rep. Miller: Israel has Right to Defend Itself Against Hamas

2014/07/24

Washington – 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, issued the following statement on the continued Hamas attacks against Israel in Gaza and Israel:   “Every nation has a right to self defense, including Israel.  Over the last several months, Israel has been attacked repeatedly with thousands of rockets fired randomly at civilian targets by the terrorist group Hamas from the Gaza Strip.  I know how the United States would respond if any of our neighbors did the same thing; we would vigorously defend ourselves by attacking those who attack us.  Why should Israel be any different? “In the 1970’s, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir said, ‘Peace will come when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us.’  With Hamas terrorists placing innocent Palestinian women and children at sites where missiles targeted for Israeli civilians are stored and fired, it seems that day has sadly not yet arrived for Hamas.  The difference between Hamas terrorists and Israel was clearly stated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who earlier this week said, ‘the difference between us: we are using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles.’ “The fact that so many civilians have become victims in the current conflict is heartbreaking, but there is no moral equivalence between Israel’s legitimate right to self defense and the Hamas terror organization continuing to hide their terror machine behind civilians in order to protect those tools from being destroyed.  It is Hamas that puts its own civilians at risk as Israel works to stop the relentless rocket attacks on its citizens.  World outrage over the conflict in Gaza should be rightly focused on Hamas terrorists, not Israel.  “If the Palestinian people really want peace and security, they will convince Hamas to end the rocket attacks immediately.  Israel does not want war, but it cannot allow its citizens to be continually at risk from ceaseless rocket attacks launched from Gaza.  America must continue to stand by our friend and ally Israel as she defends her citizens from those attacks, and we must continue to work to convince the Palestinian people that the only way to live side by side in peace is to choose peace.” ### Read More

House Administration Reviews Voting Process & Bauer-Ginsberg Commission Recommendations

2014/07/24

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller, R-Mich. released the following statement on the hearing, “Examining the Voting Process – How States Can Build on Recommendations from the Bauer-Ginsberg Commission,” where the Committee received testimony from the Co-Chairs of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.  The hearing was held to discuss how state and local election officials can improve the voting process by using recommendations contained in the Commission’s report, otherwise known as the Bauer-Ginsberg Commission report, and other “good government” practices.  Miller said: “The right to vote is a sacred right that protects our democracy.  As a former Michigan Secretary of State, I am no stranger to the challenges election officers face every day.  It was my duty, and that of other Secretary of States, to ensure each and every election ran smoothly, that the voting process was accessible and understandable to citizens of voting age, and most importantly that the results were as accurate as possible when we go to elect our public leaders.  “The administration of elections is inherently a state function, and it is my firm belief that the primary role for the federal government in election administration is not to dictate to local officials or to place mandates on them, but simply to help in an advisory way so that state election officials can do their important work to make certain that every American citizen is able to cast their vote.  “The report of the Bauer-Ginsberg Commission focused on utilizing good, local governance over elections, and made recommendations on different ideas to help locals improve upon their own voting process.  During our hearing, our Members were able to listen to our two witnesses on their experience running this Commission, and what they learned from the various state and local election officials from around the country. The Commission’s report proves that our elections can, and will, improve if ‘good government’ practices are used. “The Commission put forward a list of recommendations and best practices for state and local officials to tailor to their own jurisdictions and improve upon their own practices where needed. We thank the members of the Commission for their service and thank the two Co-Chairs, Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsberg, for their testimony.  As our nation looks towards the upcoming midterm election, my hope is that these recommendations and best practices can help state and local election officials run a more effective election.”   ### Read More

Rep. Miller Calls on Administration to Help Christian ISIS Victims in Iraq

2014/07/24

Washington – 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, issued the following statement on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) violence against Christians in Iraq: “For nearly two millennia, Christians have been living and worshiping across Iraq, but these ancient communities are now suffering a near genocide at the hands of the Islamic extremist group ISIS.  Christians in Mosul, Iraq were threatened by ISIS and offered three options: convert to Islam, pay a religious tax, or die by the sword.  As a result, most have been forced to flee with all of their possessions stolen by the terrorists. Many have been forced to convert against their will, and others have been outright slaughtered by these barbarians. Such actions cannot be allowed to stand, and it is long past time for the world community and the Obama Administration to provide the promised help to the Iraqi Christian community.  “The Kurds in Northern Iraq are to be commended for stepping up and providing some measure of support and security for fleeing Iraqi Christians, but they need assistance.  The Administration needs to step up and help the Kurds and leaders of the Iraqi Christian community. The Administration must also forcefully advocate for the creation of a new province in the Iraqi Nineveh Plane which can serve as a safe haven for Iraqi Christians working hand-in-hand with the Kurds.  “The Iraqi Christians have not taken up arms against any group and have only hoped to live in peace in a region where they have been for nearly two thousand years.  Promise after promise has been made to provide them security, and each time those promises have not been kept.  It is time to keep those promises.” ### Read More

Rep. Miller Applauds YanFeng USA Automotive Trim Systems, Inc. for Tax Credit to Create an Additional 519 Jobs

2014/07/23

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) applauded the Michigan Strategic Fund’s tax credit amendment allowing YanFeng USA Automotive Trim System’s creation of an addition 519 jobs and location expansion to the City of Warren. “This expansion is excellent for Harrison Township and the City of Warren,” Rep. Miller stated. “I applaud YanFeng USA’s expansion, and I believe it will have a positive economic impact on the community.” YanFeng USA Automotive Trim Systems, Inc. offers manufacturing, welding, assembly of automotive components and delivery services to U.S. automotive OEMs. In 2010, it was awarded a 7-year tax credit for the opening of their new facility in Harrison Township and its creation of 131 new jobs. Its continued expansion has earned it multiple new contracts. 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: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/michigan-strategic-fund-msf/ ### Read More

Rep. Miller Applauds $507,000 for Magna Interior Trim Components

2014/07/23

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) applauded the Michigan Strategic Fund’s announcement that it will award Magna Exteriors and Interiors USA, Inc., DBA Magna Interior Trim Components $507,000 to support their continued growth in Benzonia and China Townships expected to create as many as 169 jobs.  “This grant is excellent news for our expanding auto industry,” Rep. Miller stated.  “I applaud this grant to help Magna Interior Trim Components with its continued growth and believe it will have a significant economic impact on our communities.”  Magna Exteriors and Interiors USA, Inc., DBA Magna Interior Trim Components, is a subsidiary of Magna International, Inc. In January 2014, Magna Interior Trim received an $822,000 grant for expansions at its locations in Benzonia and China Townships, which were expected to generate $3.6 million and create 274 jobs. Since then, the company has created the 274 positions and has experienced additional growth which will require the hiring an additional 169 employees. 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:http://www.michiganbusiness.org/michigan-strategic-fund-msf/ ### Read More

Rep. Miller Applauds $165,000 Grant to Walbro Engine Management, LLC in Cass City

2014/07/23

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) applauded the Michigan Strategic Fund’s $165,000 grant to Walbro Engine Management, LLC for its expansion in Cass City expected to create 28 new jobs. “This grant is excellent news for Cass City,” Rep. Miller stated.  “I applaud this grant to help Walbro Engine Management, LLC with their expansion, and I believe it will have a significant economic impact on the community.” Walbro Engine Management, LLC, established in 1950 in Fenton and relocated to Cass City in 1954, is a manufacturer of carburetors, ignition systems, fuel storage systems, and other components for power equipment, marine, and recreational applications. The company is expanding its current facility in Cass City, investing nearly $4.2 million and creating 28 new jobs. 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: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/michigan-strategic-fund-msf/ ### Read More

Rep. Miller Applauds $850,000 Grant to Eissmann North America for New Facility in Port Huron

2014/07/23

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) applauded the Michigan Strategic Fund’s $850,000 grant to Essimann North America to help establish a new facility, Eissmann Automotive Port Huron LLC, to be built in Port Huron and expected to create 225 jobs.   “This expansion is excellent news for Port Huron,” Rep. Miller stated.  “I applaud this grant to help establish the new facility, and I believe that it will have a significant economic impact on the community and our auto manufacturing industry in general.” Eissmann Automotive Port Huron LLC, is a newly formed entity under Eissmann North America. Eissmann North America manufactures automotive interior components such as instrument panels, door panels, interior trim, shifter modules and console trim products. Eissmann North America currently has production facilities Pell City, AL and Mexico as well as a technical office in Troy, MI with 21 employees. The company wishes to expand its U.S. activities by establishing a North American headquarters and new manufacturing facility in the City of Port Huron, investing up to $13.55 million and creating up to 225 jobs. 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: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/michigan-strategic-fund-msf/ ### Read More

Utica Fire Department to Receive $46,550 Grant from Department of Homeland Security

2014/07/23

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that it will award the Utica Fire Department with a $46,550 grant for operations and safety. “Local firefighters across the State often put their lives on the line to save ours.  Unfortunately, it is often difficult for them to secure the resources necessary to ensure they can effectively and safely do their jobs,” Miller stated. “This grant will help ensure that they can continue to provide their critical lifesaving services to the community.” The Department plans to utilize this grant to replace its outdated compressor used to fill the air pak cylinders used by the firemen in active situations. “The acquisition of a fully contained fill station for filling our cylinders will support the department in its mission by providing its members with a safe, updated model rather than the outdated model we currently use,” said Fire Chief Kevin Wilseck. “This new model meets the NFPA 1901 and 1500 safety standards, providing a much safer environment for the firefighters.” Background: In cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program intended to support local fire departments.  ### Read More

Rep. Miller Votes for Legislation to Promote Michigan as International Tourist Destination

2014/07/22

Washington – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after House passage of the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014 that reauthorizes Brand USA, a public-private partnership designed to increase international tourism in the U.S., including Michigan, through its promotion of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan campaign: “Leveraging the partnership between public and private sectors with shared interests in tourism, Brand USA has helped promote the U.S. as a premier destination for international travelers. In 2013 alone, reports show the public-private partnership accounted for approximately 1.1 million additional international visitors and $3.4 billion in additional revenue, including new tourists to Michigan through Brand USA’s promotion of Pure Michigan.       “Using fees collected by foreign visitors and private contributions, Brand USA helps draw tourists to Michigan, generating revenue and jobs for our local communities. Today’s passage of the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act is an important step to ensuring our tourism industry remains a vibrant part of our economy.” The Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4450): Launched in 2010 under the Travel Promotion Act (TPA), Brand USA is a non-profit, public-private partnership that assists in financing an international advertising campaign for the United States as a travel destination. Under Brand USA, a $10 fee is assessed once every two years on visa-free international visitors who enter the United States under the Department of Homeland Security’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). This federal contribution is capped at $100 million a year and requires a matching contribution from the U.S. tourism industry.  Under current law, TPA and Brand USA will expire on September 30, 2015. H.R. 4450 would extend these efforts through September 30, 2020. ### 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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