WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that it will award Operation Stonegarden grants to Macomb, St. Clair, and Sanilac counties, as well as port security grants to Macomb County, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Algonac Fire Department to enhance security and interagency coordination:
“The first and foremost responsibility of the federal government as written in the Preamble of the Constitution is to provide for the common defense of this nation and its citizens. Therefore, it is critical that the Department of Homeland Security work with and support our local law enforcement agencies, especially those along our borders,” Rep. Miller said. “These grants help improve interagency coordination and create a force multiplier for our agencies tasked with keeping our borders safe. I am extremely pleased with today’s announcement and believe that these new funds will go a long way in securing our northern border, which gets more hits on the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE) list than the southern border.”
"The Sheriff's Office is pleased to be awarded the port security grant here in Macomb County,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony M. Wickersham. “The additional funds will help strengthen our ability to patrol Lake St. Clair, respond to emergencies, and help secure our international border."
“This Stonegarden Grant helps us secure our borders, and we know how difficult it is to receive funding for public safety when competing against the southern border,” St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon said. “We are so grateful for Congresswoman Miller, as, time and time again, she has been able to bring support into St. Clair County for the first responders so the men and women in law enforcement can have the necessary tools to carry out their mission, and we appreciate her efforts.”
DHS Operation Stonegarden:
The FY 2016 Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) program provides funding to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state, and Federal law enforcement agencies in a joint mission to secure the United States’ borders along routes of ingress from international borders to include travel corridors in states bordering Mexico and Canada, as well as states and territories with international water borders. For FY 2016, Macomb County was awarded $94,013; St. Clair County was awarded $104,207; and Sanilac County was awarded $52,929.
DHS Port Security Grant Program:
The FY 2016 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) provides funding to support transportation infrastructure security activities to implement Area Maritime Transportation Security Plans and facility security plans among port authorities, facility operators, and state and local government agencies required to provide port security services. The intent of the FY 2016 PSGP is to competitively award grant funding to assist ports in obtaining the resources required to support the National Preparedness Goal’s associated Mission Areas and Core Capabilities. For FY 2016, Macomb County was awarded $419,598; the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department was awarded $110,551; and the City of Algonac Fire Department was awarded $118,101.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after meeting with over 400 farmers from Tuscola, Huron, Sanilac, St. Clair, and Macomb counties at Goma Dairy Farm for the 12th Annual Dinner on the Farm:
“In 2004, the Michigan Farm Bureau hosted its first Dinner on the Farm, such a unique and one-of-a-kind event that gives farmers and ranchers the opportunity to discuss the important issues at home and in Washington and how they impact their businesses. Tonight, 12 years later, I celebrated my last Dinner on the Farm at Goma Dairy Farm with members of the agriculture community from across Michigan’s 10th Congressional District, many of whom I have come to call my good friends. Fighting alongside them, we’ve had some great victories over the years and I am confident, that with the Michigan Farm Bureau’s great leadership and other fierce advocates within Michigan’s Congressional delegation, our agriculture industry will continue to thrive.”
About Dinner on the Farm:
Each year, the county farm bureaus in Michigan’s 10th Congressional District take turns hosting this event, featuring Rep. Miller, to showcase Michigan’s rich agriculture community. This year’s dinner is being hosted by the Sanilac County Farm Bureau. The annual event is not a fundraiser and is open to all county farm bureau members.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 4-4 in United States v. Texas, therefore upholding the lower court’s injunction blocking President Obama’s executive action to grant amnesty to millions of immigrants here illegally:
“Today’s decision is a major victory for the 26 states, including Michigan, that filed suit against the President’s executive overreach. I have always said that the constitutionality of the President’s executive action will be properly decided by the courts, and, today, it was. The Supreme Court’s ruling upholds the separation of powers outlined in our Constitution, striking down the President’s blatant constitutional overreach, which would have provided de facto amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.”
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Candice Miller (MI-10) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) issued the following joint statement on the Great Lakes Compact Council’s vote to approve Waukesha, Wisconsin’s application to divert 8.2 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan:
“We strongly disagree with today’s vote by the Great Lakes Compact Council approving Waukesha’s request to divert over 8 million gallons of water from Lake Michigan per day. There is nothing more instinctively wrong to Michiganians than to allow for the diversion of the precious, finite resource our magnificent lakes provide.
“Waukesha has known about elevated radium levels in their water supply for decades and has failed to act. Now, taking the easy way out, they are asking to syphon water from Lake Michigan. The fact is, they do not meet the criteria required to divert water from the Great Lakes and have not exhausted all alternatives as required by the Compact. Even an independent analysis conducted by a Wisconsin-based coalition of environmental groups – the Wisconsin Compact Implementation Coalition – concluded that Waukesha can, in fact, meet its own water needs by treating existing groundwater wells for radium just as neighboring communities currently do.
“While involved parties who supported this approval claim that we can monitor and enforce the treatment and return of diverted water, the truth is we can’t as evidenced by the inability to accurately monitor and limit the billions of gallons of water being diverted through the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, even despite a consent decree issued by the Supreme Court. Since that decree was issued, subsequent inquires have uncovered diversion levels exceeding the agreed upon amount by nearly 15% as well as insufficiently slow accounting practices, seriously calling into question promises that we can enforce the return of water diverted by Waukesha.
“Protecting and preserving our Great Lakes – one of Mother Nature’s most magnificent treasures – is absolutely critical to preserving our Great Lakes, which is why we have been adamant this application be denied. Today’s decision was a critical first test for the Compact since it was ratified by Congress in 2008. In approving this request, it has failed, setting a precedent that contradicts the Compact’s mission and undermines the water management progress made by the Compact.”
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that it will award Dryden Fire Department a $47,562 grant to help with operations and safety.
“The brave men and women who serve our communities selflessly put their lives on the line to protect ours,” said Miller. “However, budgetary restrictions have made it increasingly difficult for them to provide the vital emergency services our communities rely on them for. I congratulate the Dryden Fire Department on this much needed grant and thank them for their dedicated service.”
“This grant will allow us to purchase new gear for the 25 firefighters in our department,” said Chief Mark Hagemeister. “Our current gear is expiring after a useful life of 10 years and, with each set of gear costing about $2,000, this grant is greatly appreciated.”
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 and other local first responders. The Dryden Fire Department was awarded $47,562 for operations and safety which it will use to purchase new equipment.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that it will award Sterling Heights Fire Department $176,346 in grants to help with operations and safety.
“Our communities rely on the lifesaving services provided by the brave men and women of our local fire department,” said Miller. “Unfortunately, many of our local departments are faced with shrinking budgets, hindering their ability to maintain the resources and manpower they need to effectively do their jobs. This grant will assist the Sterling Heights Fire Department in its mission to protect Sterling Heights and its surrounding communities.”
“The Sterling Heights Fire Department is very pleased to be awarded $176,346 from this round of the Assistance to Firefighter Grants in the category of Operations and Safety,” said Chief Chris Martin. “This award will replace 2 air filling stations at Fire Stations 1 and 5. The current units are very old and are frequently out of service in need of repair. This compromises our ability to fill the air bottles that Firefighters use while fighting fires. The units are estimated to cost $110,000. We were also approved for another round of comprehensive physicals for all Firefighters under the Wellness and Fitness Initiative. We were approved approximately $66,000 for that. This is great news for our department.”
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 and other local first responders. The Sterling Heights Fire Department was awarded $176,346, which it will use to replace 2 outdated air filling stations.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette sent a letter to the governors of the 8 Great Lakes states urging them to oppose Waukesha, Wisconsin’s application to divert 8.2 million gallons of water per day from the Great Lakes when they meet on June 21st.
“Our magnificent Great Lakes are one of Mother Nature’s most treasured natural wonders, and it is critical that we are the best stewards of this precious resource,” said Miller. “Approving Waukesha’s request to divert 8.2 million gallons of water per day from the Great Lakes, the first application since the inception of the Compact, would be a precedent-setting setback that would threaten the water management progress made by the Compact. Again, I urge the Governors to deny the application when they meet next week.”
“The integrity of the Great Lakes is critical not just for Michigan and the other Great Lakes states, but for our entire country. The Great Lakes are Michigan’s crown jewels and are key to our economy and quality of life,” said Schuette. “As the first application of its kind under the compact, the Compact Council must ensure that every condition is met at the highest standard to protect the integrity of our water.”
A PDF of the signed letter is available here.
Full text of the letter is as follows:
June 14, 2016
Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council
c/o Council of Great Lakes Governors
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2700
Chicago, IL 60606
Dear Compact Council Alternates and Secretariat:
As members of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council, you will meet in just one week to determine the application by Waukesha, Wisconsin to divert 8.2 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan. We strongly urge you to vote against this proposal not just for the benefit of our great state of Michigan but for the benefit of the entire Great Lakes region.
Our argument is simple: the Great Lakes Compact was specifically designed to prevent the diversion of water from the Great Lakes and approving this application is setting a bad precedent. While it is true that Waukesha finds itself in a difficult position with high levels of radium and other contaminants in its groundwater supply, we firmly believe the critical elements of the Compact have not been met and there is no justification for an exception. Furthermore, the delicate ecosystem of the Great Lakes is also at stake because of both the quantity of water being diverted from it and the quality of water that may be replaced in it.
The integrity of the Compact is being tested for the first time with this request and it is critical that the impetus to its creation be considered. Opening our Great Lakes to a municipality that is outside of the Great Lakes Basin boundary lines and one that has not exhausted other options is certain to generate new requests that will thus demand to be held to the same reduced standard of eligibility.
Over the past several months, elected officials, environmental groups, and interested citizens have voiced their concerns on this application. There have been more questions raised than answers provided. It would seem prudent that such an important, precedent-setting decision to open the Compact be reserved for a circumstance where the public support and factual record indicate a clear answer.
We appreciate the difficulty in making this decision. However, Waukesha has had many years in which to research and find a remedy and there is not an urgent need to push this decision through right now.
All eight governors must approve this application for the diversion to occur. You have the influence and the authority to reject this by one, single vote. We ask you to do so on behalf of the millions of people who rely on the Great Lakes for clean water.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice-Chair of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement after last night’s shooting in Orlando, Florida:
“I am absolutely shocked and horrified over the tragic event that transpired last night in Orlando. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims as we try to find clarity in the wake of this senseless tragedy.”
(Left to right: DNR Fisheries Chief Jim Dexter, Director of the Office of the Great Lakes Jon Allan, Gov. Snyder, Rep. Miller, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.)
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after joining Governor Rick Snyder, Department of Environmental Quality Office of the Great Lakes Director Jon Allan, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, and other state and local officials for the unveiling of Michigan’s Water Strategy, a multi-tier strategy to manage, protect, and enhance the Great Lakes and connected waterways:
“Throughout my tenure, one of my principal advocacies has been protecting and preserving the Great Lakes and their surrounding waterways. Like many Michiganians, I grew up along the shores of the Great Lakes, so I understand they are more than just a source of recreation. They are our way of life and in our DNA. Included in Michigan’s Water Strategy unveiled today are actions and recommendations to address inadequate and ill-managed underground infrastructure and to reestablish a real time water monitoring system. Furthermore, it outlines action to prevent Asian carp from infiltrating the Great Lakes by recommending the initiation of construction at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam, a critical chokepoint in preventing Asian carp from entering the basin. I welcome this long-term strategy, which, as the first of its kind, takes a comprehensive approach to protecting our magnificent Great Lakes for generations to come.”
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement on the House Floor prior to passage of the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act, a four-year reauthorization that improves pipeline safety and requires operators of onshore pipelines more than 150 feet underwater, such as Enbridge’s Line 5, conduct internal integrity assessments at least once a year and external inspections based on environmental risk:
“I rise today in strong support of this legislation, which includes critical protections for one of this nation’s most precious resources: the Great Lakes – an invaluable national asset that accounts for 20 percent of the world’s surface freshwater supply, as well as hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars in economic activity.
“Today, millions and million gallons per day of hazardous liquids are transported through pipelines across various points in the Great Lakes, including Enbridge Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac and several others under the St. Clair River in my district, making their safe operation of paramount concern.
“There is zero room for error in the Great Lakes, especially with regard to the aging Line 5 pipeline that runs under the environmentally sensitive Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, where there is a strong current and any rupture would be difficult to contain.
“Today’s bill includes important provisions that will require operators of onshore pipelines more than 150 feet underwater, such as Line 5, to conduct internal integrity assessments at least once a year, as well as external assessments; also to designate the Great Lakes as a ‘USA ecological resource’ so that there is greater scrutiny on integrity management procedures; and finally require that emergency spill response plans include procedures for waterways and shorelines that contain ice coverage, which provides additional protections to the unique environment of the Great Lakes.
“It wasn’t long ago that we witnessed Enbridge’s Line 6B spill – the largest on-shore oil spill in U.S. history – in the Kalamazoo River in Southwest Michigan. Cleanup took 4 years, and Enbridge was fined $3.7 million by DOT for over two-dozen safety violations.
“After the Line 6B spill, I called on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to further investigate the condition of Line 6B under the St. Clair River in my district. Because of our inquiry, the pipeline under St. Clair was completely replaced – 3,450 feet of pipeline – to address fundamental structural integrity issues Enbridge had been reluctant to address.
“I understand we need energy, but it is imperative we do everything within our power to ensure we are transporting these products in a way that does not threaten our Great Lakes.”
320 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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Yesterday, I celebrated what is, without a doubt, one of my favorite events each year -a tradition I will truly miss https://t.co/5vAu5oxm52
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Congratulations to Utica HS Senior Jillian Oberts whose artwork is now displayed in the U.S. Capitol. https://t.co/xpUNU4RzK2
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Selfridge's A-10 Warthogs make history once again during Operation Saber Strike 16. https://t.co/6ToykTHgj7
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SCOTUS upholds Constitution’s separation of powers https://t.co/ZdBFEj11eH
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Here is a great video from my 12th and last Dinner on the Farm event. I thank Goma Dairy for hosting this year’s event and the entire Michigan
Yesterday, I celebrated what is, without a doubt, one of my favorite events each year - a tradition I will truly miss.
Selfridge's A-10 Thunderbolts make history once again during Operation Saber Strike 16.
Utica High School Senior Jillian Obert's "The Journey" is unveiled in the U.S. Capitol. Congratulations, Jillian
This month, MDOT and TARDEC have been conducting a series of joint tests on connected military vehicle convoys on I-69. These vehicles exchange