WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after joining TACOM Life Cycle Command for its changing of command ceremony:
“Major General Gwen Bingham, the first female commander of the United States Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, has been an extraordinary leader. I thank her for her service and am confident that Major General Clark LeMasters will lead TACOM with the same standard of excellence. With 19,000 military and civilian acquisitions and logistics professionals responsible for 65% of the equipment our Army combat teams use, TACOM is a critical component of our national defense that, under Major General LeMasters’ guidance, will continue to ensure our servicemen and women have the equipment they need to do their job.”
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after the Department of Treasury released its bi-annual Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partner of the United States report restructured under Miller’s currency manipulation provision, included in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, which requires the U.S. Department of Treasury to monitor and report to Congress a list of U.S. trading partners unfairly manipulating the global marketplace:
“For years, I have heard from Michigan manufacturers, from small parts suppliers to our Big Three auto companies, about the unfair competitive disadvantage placed upon them by nations that manipulate their currency. It is impossible to overemphasize the importance of leveling the playing field for these domestic manufacturers, especially our auto industry. However, part of the problem has been, for decades, administrations of both political parties have refused to publically name countries that manipulate their currency and engage in unfair trading practices.
“In order to help protect our nation’s economy and provide increased transparency, last year, I worked with House leadership, including then-Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, to negotiate strong currency manipulation language be included in the customs bill. My provision, for the first time, puts in place a three-part test to define those engaging in unfair currency manipulation practices and establishes a currency manipulation watch list, which must be reported to Congress every 6 months.
“Today, in accordance with my provision, the Department of Treasury released their bi-annual report naming China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Germany to the department’s currency manipulation watch list, which includes countries that warrant additional scrutiny because of questionable currency manipulation and trading practices. This report is an important first step in identifying and holding accountable trading partners that unfairly manipulate the global market place, helping to further protect our domestic manufacturing industries.”
The currency manipulation protection provisions included in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, for the first time, establish criteria that define currency manipulation and require 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 provisions require 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.
WASHINGTON – Today, Reps. Candice Miller (MI-10) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) issued the following statement after receiving notice that Plains LPG Services, LP has withdrawn its request to the State Department for a federal permit allowing the transport of oil through aging pipelines under the St. Clair River:
“We are thrilled to hear that Plains LPG has decided to withdraw its request to the State Department for a permit to transport oil through a pair of 98-year-old pipelines under the St. Clair River. As we’ve said, given the strong currents in the St. Clair, any spill would quickly spread and have a devastating impact on the entire region, which is why we petitioned the State Department to extend the public comment period so that more stakeholders could weigh in. As a result of this extension and increased transparency, the State Department received nearly 700 additional comments pointing out that too little is known about the construction and current condition of the pipelines for anyone to be confident that they can safely transport oil. Fortunately, by withdrawing their request, Plains LPG has put to rest the valid concerns over shipping crude oil through these pipes.”
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after introducing the Great Lakes Pipeline Safety Act of 2016, which would require the Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to terminate the operation of Enbridge’s Line 5 if, based on an 18-month comprehensive study mandated by the bill, the Administrator finds that the pipeline poses a significant risk:
“Any rupture of Enbridge’s 63-year-old Line 5, which transports 23 million gallons of contaminants a day, would have a catastrophic impact on the Great Lakes, especially if it occurred along the portion that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron converge. Just last month, the University of Michigan Water Center released a study where researchers estimated the impact of a leak in Line 5 under 840 different weather scenarios. According to the study, over 700 miles of Great Lakes shoreline could be impacted, and Mackinac Island, Bois Blanc Island, and the coastline around Mackinac City would certainly be impacted in almost every scenario. That, however, is just a snapshot of the damage a rupture would cause.
“We need to take into consideration the devastating impact such a spill would have on the environment, as well as the economic impact. Most importantly, we need a course of action that will prevent these pipes from causing irreparable damage. That’s why, today, I introduced the Great Lakes Pipeline Safety Act. My legislation requires that, within 18 months, the Department of Transportation complete comprehensive studies on both the environmental and economic impact of a rupture. It also requires the Department, in collaboration with Enbridge, to evaluate the condition and structural integrity of the pipeline. Furthermore, it requires PHMSA to shut down the pipeline should it, at the conclusion of these studies, find that continued operation poses a significant risk.
“I understand that we need energy, and Canada is the largest foreign energy supplier to Michigan and the U.S., but it is imperative that both countries do everything within their power to ensure we are transporting these products in a way that does not threaten our Great Lakes. In this case, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. I understand many may consider this to be too drastic and costly a move, but I guarantee the price of inaction will be higher.”
The Great Lakes Pipeline Safety Act of 2016:
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10), co-chair of the bicameral, bipartisan Great Lakes Task Force, delivered the following statement on the House Floor in support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2016 (H.R. 233), legislation that reauthorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million a year for 5 years:
“Protecting and preserving the Great Lakes has been one of my primary advocacies throughout my entire tenure in public office.
“I grew up on the Great Lakes and my family was in the marina industry so the Lakes were more than just a source of recreation, they put food on the table, and like so many from the region, the Great Lakes are a proud part of our identity.
“Our Great Lakes generate billions of dollars each year through fishing and shipping industries and recreational activities. They account for roughly 85% of this country’s fresh water drinking supply and over 20% worldwide.
“Unfortunately, we have not been the best stewards of these magnificent Lakes, and we owe it to future generations to help assure they are preserved and protected.
"One way to do that is through the continued funding and support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. For years, the Administration has proposed budgets that include cutting millions of dollars to GLRI. But, it is Congress that has always stepped in to recover the funding. This is just one reason why I support this bill because it authorizes funding at the essential levels - $300M – for the next 5 years.
“Over the years, I have seen, firsthand, the impact GLRI is having on our Lakes. From dredging to beach and shoreline restoration to fighting against invasive species, the projects they support are critical to protecting and restoring the Great Lakes’ ecosystems and natural habitats.
“Just last fall I was thrilled to be part of the unveiling of $20 million in GLRI grants for the Clinton River Restoration. The Clinton River, which flows through a major metropolitan area, is in desperate need of restoration. This funding will go a long way in ensuring the Clinton River is no longer an Area of Concern and has a thriving ecosystem and watershed.
“God gave us these magnificent Lakes that have provided us with so much, but we need to be better stewards of them and have a lot of making up to do to Mother Nature. I believe this bill goes a long way in bringing the necessary attention and resources to a problem we have long ago identified.”
Highlights of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2016 (H.R. 233):
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement on the passing of Paul Welday:
“I am shocked and extremely saddened by the news of Paul’s sudden passing. He was a good friend whose compassion and excitement for public service was contagious, and he never turned down an opportunity to mentor others and share his political insight. To Paul’s beautiful family, I express my most sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.”
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) announced the winners of this year’s Artistic Discovery Art Competition. This year, over 240 pieces of artwork from students throughout Michigan’s 10th Congressional District were submitted in the competition.
“First, I want to congratulate all of this year’s competition winners. With more than 240 pieces of amazing artwork, this year’s submissions are a testament to the talent and artistic ability of these bright young artists. I would also like to thank our judges, who had a particularly difficult job choosing between so many outstanding submissions, and all of our student’s teachers, who continue to help and encourage students throughout our community to express themselves through art.”
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after joining other state and local officials at Selfridge Air National Guard Base to celebrate the groundbreaking of Selfridge’s 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 capabilities for 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 here have become a national model of effectiveness and efficiency. This new $32.6 million investment, the largest construction project in the base’s history, will enhance the base’s capabilities and ensure it remains a top-of-the-line, cutting-edge military facility. This project is an investment in the future of Selfridge and our entire national defense.”
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WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after reports that Imperial Oil Limited, a Canadian petroleum company, accidentally spilled water containing hydrochloric acid into the St. Clair River:
“Chemical Valley and the plants that line the St. Clair River pose a threat to the purity of water consumed by millions of residents across Southeast Michigan. Understanding this threat, in 2006, I helped secure federal funding to build and support a high-tech, real-time water quality monitoring system that stretched from Lake Huron to Lake Erie. After the installation of this system, the number of chemical spills dropped significantly.
“Unfortunately, maintaining this system was not made a priority, and it eventually crumbled. Today, with the news of this most recent spill in the St. Clair River within such close proximity to multiple water intake facilities, we are reminded of threat posed by such spills and of the need to revive a monitoring system that provides residents with the assurances they deserve.”
Pipeline provisions apply more stringent pipeline safety regulations for pipes in the Great Lakes; requires emergency spill response plans that take ice coverage into account
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing our Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016, which includes two provisions she requested be included that will improve pipeline safety throughout the Great Lakes region:
“I applaud today’s Committee passage of the PIPES Act, which included provisions that strengthen protections for one of this nation’s most precious resources: the Great Lakes, which have been one of my principal advocacies throughout my tenure in Congress. They are an invaluable national asset, containing one-fifth of the world’s fresh surface water and 95 percent of the nation’s freshwater supply. Over 40 million people depend on the Great Lakes for drinking water, as well as hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars in economic activity, along with more than 3,500 species of plants and animals.
“However, millions and million gallons per day of hazardous liquids are transported through pipelines across various points in the Great Lakes, including 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 regards to the aging Enbridge Line 5 pipeline that runs under the environmentally sensitive Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
“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 this 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 replaced to address fundamental structural integrity issues Enbridge had been reluctant to address.
“Just this year, I sent a letter to Secretary Kerry regarding a permit request for a 98-year-old pipeline under the St. Clair River that nearly slipped by with barely any public comment. Once the issue was made public, the Secretary reopened the public comment period, and they received over 670 comments after extending the deadline. There are multiple drinking water intakes on the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair, and reactivating a 98-year-old pipeline is worth taking the time to fully assess the risks involved.
“These are just some of the reasons why I asked that this bill include these important provisions. They will designate the Great Lakes as a ‘USA ecological resource,’ meaning any pipelines in close proximity must undergo additional integrity management procedures beyond standard pipeline safety measures.
“They will also 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. In the swift currents of the Straits of Mackinac, St. Clair River, and other areas in the Great Lakes, any oil spill would quickly become catastrophic in itself, let alone under the partial to full ice coverage that occurs on the Great Lakes every winter. It is in our best interest, then, to ensure we have emergency response plans for all contingencies, particularly those for unique environments such as the Great Lakes.
The Great Lakes provisions included in the PIPES Act require the Secretary of Transportation to designate the Great Lakes as USA ecological resources, which will require the implementation of more stringent pipeline integrity management practices. They also require the owner and/or operator of a hazardous liquid pipeline facility to prepare an emergency response plan that takes into account ice coverage common during the winter months.
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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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