WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to place a hold on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan:
“I applaud today’s decision by the Supreme Court to place a hold on the President’s unrealistic Clean Power Plan as it makes its way through the judicial process. Unable to achieve his political legacy through the legislative process, this President continues to unilaterally govern through regulators and executive orders, suffocating businesses and the American middle class. This proposed set of burdensome regulations that would be forced upon American energy producers, specifically the coal power plants heavily relied upon in Michigan, would undoubtedly take a toll on our region, stifling our recovering manufacturing industry. I’ve always said that more needs to be done to protect our environment and natural resources, however, we must not hastily force radical regulations on energy producers, essentially shutting down our main sources of electricity without giving them the adequate time to comply.”
(Homeland Security Committee Chairman McCaul and Vice-Chair Miller view the reflecting pools at the National September 11 Memorial.)
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice-Chair of the Committee on Homeland Security and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, issued the following statement after the House passed the National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act (H.R. 3036), legislation she co-sponsored to designate the National September 11 Memorial located at the World Trade Center site in New York City as a national memorial:
“More than 15 years ago, we witnessed one the most horrific attacks against our nation carried out by terrorists in an attempt to demolish the pillars of freedom and democracy that make this country the greatest in the world. However, in the wake of those attacks we witnessed the unwavering resolve and resilience of the American spirit.
“Today, in the footprint of the World Trade Center are the names of the nearly 3,000 loved ones who lost their lives on that historic day. Just a few months ago, I, along with my colleagues on the Committee on Homeland Security, had the opportunity to experience this moving memorial and the museum that pays tribute to the everyday people who became extraordinary heroes in the face of tragedy.
“Today, the House passed legislation that designates this memorial as a national memorial, ensuring the memory of that day and the events that transpired will never be forgotten. We shall always remember the innocent lives lost on September 11th, the sacrifice made by those brave first responders, and the families they left behind. We will never forget.”
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), issued the following statement after Selfridge Air National Guard Base announced it will construct a new $32.6 million jet fuel storage and delivery system, the largest single construction contract ever awarded at Selfridge, which will provide for the rapid refueling of the base’s aircraft:
“Hosting every branch of the U.S. military and the Department of Homeland Security, Selfridge Air National Guard Base is vital to our national security at home and abroad. For nearly 100 years, Selfridge and the brave men and women stationed there have become a model of effectiveness and efficiency and this new $32.6 million investment will not only preserve the base’s capabilities and ensure its readiness, but will make it a top of the line, cutting edge military facility.”
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WASHINGTON D.C. – 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 Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced the retirement of the A-10 Thunderbolt II will be delayed until at least 2022:
“After years of trying to divest the A-10 fleet, the Administration, no longer able to ignore the aircraft’s unparalleled performance in theater, has finally abandoned their shortsighted efforts. The A-10, without question, provides the best close air support in combat throughout the world, as evidenced by their critical role in the Middle East in the fight against ISIS. Throughout my entire career, I have been a tireless advocate for the preservation of the fleet and applaud the Administration’s long overdue decision to protect this indispensable aircraft, which provides critical capabilities for our troops on the ground around the world.
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 House passed the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act (H.R. 3662), legislation that prohibits the President from lifting economic sanctions on Iranian financial institutions until the U.S. certifies they no longer support terror organizations or Iran’s ballistic or conventional weapons programs:
“Six months ago, the Administration negotiated a flawed nuclear deal with Iran in an effort to curb its nuclear program. Under this deal, in exchange for unverified reductions to Iran’s nuclear capabilities, the Administration lifted economic sanctions on Iran. Since then, in a desperate attempt to keep this deal on track, the Administration has turned a blind eye to Iran’s repeated violations of various United Nations Security Council resolutions.
“Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror and a country that proudly celebrates, ‘death to America.’ It has proven time and time again that it cannot be trusted, and ignoring its repeated violations of international agreements only encourages more defiance. Today, to stop this Administration from giving Iran and those who support terror free rein, the House passed the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act. This legislation will block the removal of sanctions against individuals and companies that continue to back terror activities that threaten the U.S. and our allies.”
Highlights of the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act (H.R. 3662):
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after introducing the Drinking Water Contamination Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2016, which provides $1 billion in emergency funding to replace Flint, Michigan’s underground water line infrastructure:
“As our entire country is now painfully aware, because of an epic failure of government at every level, the local level, the state level, and the federal level, the citizens of Flint, Michigan have been drinking contaminated water for almost 2 years. Especially vulnerable to the high lead levels are a generation of children and babies – American children and babies – not from a different country. They are our children, who will pay the consequences.
“The State of Michigan has acknowledged culpability and is stepping up. However, the federal government, through the EPA, also has some culpability, so it is entirely appropriate for the federal government to step up as well. The underground pipes have been so corroded they will, apparently, continue to pose a threat to the residents of Flint until they are replaced.
“America is a compassionate nation, and when our fellow Americans face a disaster, we always, always step up. After Hurricanes like Katrina and Sandy, we spent billions of dollars replacing people’s property. And when wildfires roared through the West destroying people’s property – we stepped up. And in this case, we’re not talking about people’s property that has been damaged. We’re talking about thousands of people – especially children – who have been hurt and continue to be hurt. And Lord knows, we spend billions of dollars helping other countries. As an example, we have spent billions in Iraq and Afghanistan building and improving their infrastructure.
“That’s why, today, I am introducing an emergency supplemental bill to provide $1 billion dollars to be used to replace the water pipes in Flint. And I realize that this is a lot of money. I am well aware of the limited federal resources we have, and I know that getting support for this will be very difficult, so I don’t want to give the residents of Flint false hope. This will be a tough fight, but I believe it is one that is absolutely necessary.
“This might not be a natural disaster caused by Mother Nature, but, make no mistake, it is a disaster and, in so many ways, it so much worse because it is a manmade disaster. I think in my lifetime this may be one of the worst disasters I have ever seen in America.
“There are other things that are happening to the city of Flint because of this, which goes beyond health. The economy of Flint is being impacted. Whether you own a restaurant, or a gas station, or a local 7-11, you are impacted. So the side benefit of investing these dollars is it will also help the local economy, which needs it desperately.
“I consider myself to be fiscally conservative. However, we cannot turn our backs on the citizens of Flint. These are American citizens, American children and American babies, and we must take care of our own.”
Full bill text available here.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after meeting with Trajko Vejanoski, President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia:
“As the Chairman of the Caucus on Macedonia and Macedonian-Americans, I was proud to welcome Trajko Vejanoski, President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, to our nation’s capital. Southeast Michigan, which I am so proud to represent, is home to one of the largest populations of Macedonian-Americans in the country. Macedonia has long been a great friend and ally of the United States and the causes of freedom and democracy, and it is critical the U.S. do all it can to strongly advocate for their accession into the North American Treaty Organization (NATO).”
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) will welcome an Honor Flight of “Original Rosies” women who worked the factories during World War II, producing munitions and war supplies critical to an Allied victory, including those from the greater Detroit area, to Washington, D.C. Representatives Dingell and Miller issued the following statement ahead of the March 22nd event:
“Seventy years ago, the ‘Original Rosies’ stepped up and showed the world that ‘We can do it.’ Now it’s our turn to thank them for their contributions on the home front, which secured a victory in World War II and forever changed the role of women in the workplace. We thank Ford, the Yankee Air Museum and Talons Out Honor Flight for making this trip a reality and look forward to welcoming these incredible women to our nation’s capital to show them the memorials in their honor and personally thank them for their role in protecting the freedoms we hold dear.”
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after the airfield operations management team at Selfridge Air National Guard Base was named Air National Guard’s Airfield Operations Complex of the Year for 2015:
“Throughout my tenure, it has been my utmost honor to represent Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Knowing the caliber of the brave men and women who serve there, it comes as no surprise their airfield operations management team has been named the Air National Guard’s Airfield Operations Complex of the Year. Their dedication and professionalism should serve as a model for our entire military, and I congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), former Harrison Township Supervisor, Macomb County Treasurer, and Michigan Secretary of State, issued the following statement after receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Township Association, only the fourth Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Michigan Township Association in its 63-year history:
“The Michigan Township Association plays such a critical role in representing and advocating for Michigan’s more than 1,200 townships. As we all know, the local government is closest to the people and, as a former township supervisor, I have a very good understanding of and a great appreciation for the challenges they face. It is this understanding that makes this award particularly special for me. I thank the Michigan Township Association and its township members for this extraordinarily humbling honor.
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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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