WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement in response to reports that negotiators in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which includes the U.S. and 11 other countries, have reached an agreement:
“This summer, Congress passed Trade Promotion Authority, legislation that established a transparent process by which the American people and their elected representatives in Congress will have the opportunity to thoroughly examine the provisions included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Today, the Administration announced that an agreement has been reached between the U.S. and the 11 other participating countries. While I will reserve my final judgement until I have the opportunity to review the text myself, early reports indicate that the deal falls short in providing American auto manufacturers with critical protections against currency manipulation – underscoring the need for Congress to send the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act to the President for his signature.
“This important legislation, which has already passed both chambers and is being reconciled in conference, includes strong provisions I negotiated with House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan and the Administration to help protect our auto industry against currency manipulation. If adopted, they will, for the first time, put in place a three-part test to define currency manipulation with specific guidance requiring nations that manipulate their currency to be identified and that remedial action be taken to level the playing field.
“Throughout my tenure, I have heard time and time again from Michigan manufacturers, particularly our Big Three auto companies, about the unfair competitive disadvantage they face when countries, such as Japan and China, manipulate their currency. It is unfair and harming American industries, which is why my currency manipulation provisions must be made law, especially now with the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.”
Congresswoman Candice Miller’s currency manipulation protection provision included in the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act, for the first time, establishes criteria that defines currency manipulation and requires the U.S. Treasury Department to, within 180 days of enactment and every 180 days thereafter, submit to Congress a report on all U.S. trading partners that are engaged in the unfair practice. Additionally, the provision requires the Administration to initiate enhanced bilateral engagement with trading partners that engage in currency manipulation and take remedial action against those that refuse to take corrective action.
The Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act passed in both the House and Senate this summer, and the two versions are being reconciled in conference.
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 House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report for FY16:
“The federal government’s first and foremost responsibility, as outlined in the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution, is to provide for the common defense of its citizens. That is a responsibility every member of the U.S. Congress, as well as the President, accepts when sworn into office. It is an obligation I take very seriously and one that has been faithfully executed by my colleagues, past and present, as evidenced by congressional passage of a National Defense Authorization Act for the past 53 consecutive years.
“This year, once again, a bipartisan majority of Congress has passed a National Defense Authorization Act that provides the brave servicemen and women of our Armed Forces with the resources they need to combat the complex, ever-evolving threats posed by international terror organizations threatening Americans at home and abroad. The NDAA for FY16 includes much-needed reforms to fix our military’s wasteful acquisitions processes and modernize and expand its benefits system for retired personnel. It provides the necessary funding for our military to invest in new technologies, like unmanned aircraft. It also provides the resources needed to maintain the proven and relied-upon weapons systems currently in use, like the A-10, including the recently deployed 127th Wing out of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.
“The National Defense Authorization Act for FY16, for which I was proud to serve as a conferee, is a critical component to ensuring our national security. Therefore, any attempt by President Obama – our Commander-in-Chief – to hold this critical defense authorization hostage in hopes of increasing non-defense discretionary spending would be extremely misguided, which is why I call on him to reconsider his veto threat and sign this bill into law.”
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security and Vice-Chair of Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement after House passage of the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act (H.R. 3457), legislation she cosponsored to prohibit economic sanction relief for Iran until it pays the court-ordered $43 billion in damages it owes its terror victims.
“Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, funding terror organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah, which continue to wage violent attacks against countless around the world. According to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1977, the families of victims of Iranian-funded terror attacks can seek damages in court. Over the last 15 years, U.S. federal courts have awarded victims and their families from across the U.S., including Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth Welch of Grand Rapids killed in the 1984 attack on the U.S. Embassy Annex in Beirut, $43 billion in damages as a result of Iranian terrorism. To date, Iran has not paid these victims a single cent.
“Despite that, neglecting these victims, the Administration entered into an agreement that will give Iran access to $150 billion without, first, requiring they pay these victims. It is inconceivable. As a result of this shortsighted deal, Iran will soon receive a multi-billion dollar economic boost, while its victims continue to wait for the court-ordered compensation they are due.
“Today, in response to this gross oversight by the Administration, the House passed legislation that prohibits the lifting of economic sanctions under the Iran nuclear deal until the President certifies to Congress that Iran has paid its victims in full. I want to thank my colleagues in the House for their support and encourage my colleagues in the Senate to take swift action to advance this important legislation.
The Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act (H.R. 3457) prohibits the President from waiving, suspending, reducing, or providing relief from sanctions currently in place against the Islamic Republic of Iran until the Presidents has certified to Congress that Iran has paid each federal court judgement. The legislation will include judgements issued after the terrorism exception under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, as created (April 24, 1996), to the most recent judgement that utilized the terrorism exception (May 22, 2015).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after the Administration formally announced the rollout of its new ozone level standards aimed at radically reducing surface-level ozone levels:
“Today, the EPA handed down a final rule to radically reduce ozone levels, a rule that reflects the type of burdensome overreach we have come to expect from this Administration. President Obama, unable to achieve his political legacy through the deliberative legislative process, has turned to governing through regulations and executive orders, and, now, Michigan will pay a steep price for what American manufacturers are calling the most expensive regulation in U.S. history.
“Earlier this year, the Supreme Court nullified another tyrannical EPA rule regulating mercury regulations on coal and oil-fired power plants, citing the agency failed to take the high cost of compliance into consideration. Unfortunately, this ruling was too late for nine power plants in Michigan, all of which were forced to shut down. Again ignoring the high cost of compliance, the EPA handed down a new rule that the National Association of Manufacturers estimates will cost our nation’s industries $1.1 trillion, which will undoubtedly have a large impact on the recovering manufacturing industry in Southeast Michigan. I have always maintained that we must be good stewards of our environment. However, we must balance our environmental regulations with the economic burdens on American business.”
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards confirmed that Planned Parenthood fails to provide mammograms at any of its facilities:
“On October 17th, 2012, during the second presidential debate, Obama said, ‘there are millions of women all across the country who rely on Planned Parenthood for not just contraceptive care –they rely on it for mammograms, for cervical cancer screenings.’ Yesterday, during a House oversight hearing on Planned Parenthood, the organization’s President, Cecile Richards, who claimed the organization provided mammograms in 2011, confirmed that not a single one of the over 650 Planned Parenthood clinics in the U.S. offers mammograms, unlike the estimated 13,540 federally qualified health centers across the U.S., which do.
“I find it absolutely unconscionable that Planned Parenthood, a women’s health provider, fails to provide one of the most important cancer screening services for women. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women today will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, a cancer that is currently the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second leading cause of death for them. Yet, Planned Parenthood, which claims to provide high-quality healthcare services to women, does not even offer mammograms?
“Coupled with the outrageous revelations which surfaced over the summer, this shocking failure to provide women with one of the most critical cancer screening services underscores the need for Congress to continue its investigation into Planned Parenthood. Additionally, the House has sought, and should continue to seek, legislative measures that strip Planned Parenthood’s eligibility to continue the use of federal funds.”
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement applauding Governor Rick Snyder’s appointment of Oakland County’s Colleen O’Brien to serve on the Michigan Court of Appeals:
“I applaud Governor Snyder’s decision to appoint Colleen O’Brien to the Michigan Court of Appeals. Since 1998, she has served the citizens of Oakland County as a member of its Circuit Court. I have come to know Colleen as a person of character and compassion, and I believe her vast legal experience and sound judgement make her an ideal candidate to serve on the Court of Appeals. I want to congratulate Judge O’Brien on this appointment and thank her for her continued service to Michigan.”
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) and Representative Debbie Dingell (MI-12) issued the following statements after introducing a House Resolution designating October 2nd as National Manufacturing Day:
“This nation was built, in large part, by the hardworking men and women of the manufacturing industry, and it continues to serve as the backbone of our economy – contributing over $2 trillion to the economy in 2014 alone,” Miller said. “The establishment of National Manufacturing Day, a national day of recognition, is an appropriate way to honor the critical role manufacturing workers play not only in keeping the United States on the cutting edge of innovation in an increasingly competitive global market, but also in supporting our national defense operations at home and abroad. It is said that a country which loses its manufacturing sector loses its ability to defend itself. It is thanks to our booming manufacturers, especially those here in Southeast Michigan, the heartland of American innovation, that we continue to protect the freedoms and liberties we hold so dear.”
“Manufacturing is the heart and soul of the American economy,” said Dingell. “On October 2nd, manufacturing plants in Michigan and across the country will open their doors so that people in their communities can see the innovative products made by the best workers in the world. It is my hope that it will also inspire the next generation of young people to pursue careers in manufacturing, technology and engineering. This is the day we need to recommit to keeping manufacturing in this country and supporting the working men and women who continue to fuel American innovation.”
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 after the Committee’s bipartisan Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel released its final report highlighting the growing security threat posed by foreign fighter travel and intelligence-gathering recommendations necessary to countering terrorist travel to the U.S., which are specifically addressed in preclearance and visa waiver legislation already championed by Miller:
“Today, the special Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel released its report, which included 32 key findings, many of which underscore the urgent need for this country to drastically improve its intelligence-gathering techniques to prevent foreign fighters recruited and trained by terrorist organizations, like ISIL, from traveling to the U.S.
“According to the report, nearly 30,000 people from over 100 countries have traveled to Syria and Iraq seeking to join jihadist organizations that aspire to attack Americans here on U.S. soil. Many of these recruits hold passports from France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada and other Western nations that participate in U.S. preclearance operations and/or our Visa Waiver Program – two U.S. programs that can be more effective in countering terrorist travel to the U.S. The report’s findings specifically highlight the gaps in the ad hoc, intermittent and incomplete information shared by our partnering countries – significantly hindering our ability to identify and stop foreign fighters traveling to the U.S.
“The weaknesses in our information-gathering pose a very real threat and demand a more forceful approach towards countries unwilling to share pertinent terrorist information with the U.S., which is why, over the past two Congresses, I have worked to advance legislation that would significantly improve our ability to gather intelligence using their participation as leverage. Specifically, I have worked to advance the Preclearance Authorization Act of 2015 and the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015. These bills authorize the Department of Homeland Security to make information-sharing a precondition to participation in either our preclearance or visa waiver programs.
“Over the past few years, I have repeatedly expressed concern over the grave threat posed by weaknesses in our information-gathering capabilities. The fact is, as highlighted by the Task Force report released today, if we do not have good intelligence on the travel of these fighters, or if our allies are not appropriately sharing information, U.S. citizens are at risk. I want to thank the members of the Task Force for their hard work and hope that this report will help advance the reforms necessary to address this serious threat.”
Key provisions of the Preclearance Authorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 998), which passed the House on July 27, 2015, include:
Key provisions of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R. 158):
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after the House unanimously passed the Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015 (H.R. 2835), bipartisan legislation she cosponsored to ensure retiring service members are made aware of job opportunities with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and that the agency considers hiring such qualified candidates.
“Our nation’s retiring veterans, many of whom face challenges when reintegrating back into civilian life, have the military training that makes them especially qualified for service with CBP. Today, the House passed bipartisan legislation that is a win-win for retiring service members looking for employment, as well as CBP seeking highly qualified candidates.
“This legislation gives preference to former service members of the Armed Forces during recruiting events and job fairs and increases outreach to qualified personnel, educating them on how their military skills can be utilized in civilian occupations within the Department of Defense, an initiative I have long advocated for as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security. Retired veterans have the training and expertise that seamlessly transfers to CBP assignments and duties, making them ideal candidates. Our brave servicemen and women have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that make this country the greatest in the world, and they deserve the opportunity to continue to put their skills to work for themselves.”
The Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015 requires DHS, in conjunction with the Department of Defense, to ensure separating service members are aware of hiring opportunities for positions within CBP. The legislation also requires DHS to consider hiring qualified retiring servicemen and women.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) applauded the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement that, through its Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP), it will award St. Clair Community College with a $444,098 annual grant, for five years, to expand academic opportunities for low-income students.
“St. Clair County Community College plays a critical role in ensuring our future workforce has the skills it needs to remain on the cutting edge of innovation in today’s global economy,” Miller said. “This grant from the Department of Education will help SC4 in fulfilling its mission to maximize student success through increased access to academic opportunities.
“Our campus is very excited to receive funding. The grant will help SC4 implement a variety of new technologies and add further resources to enhance the overall student experience. Our campus will build guided pathways and increase advising and career outreach to accelerate student completion,” said Dr. Kevin Pollock, St. Clair County Community College President. "This grant is not only an affirmation of the great work being done on our campus, but will allow us to expand our student support efforts with the goal of continually increasing student success.”
The U.S. Department of Education, through SIP, awards funding to help eligible institutions of higher education become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.
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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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