WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) applauded Michigan Strategic Fund’s approval of a $250,000 grant for the restoration of the historic Garfield Inn in Port Austin, Michigan.
“Located near the beautiful shores of Lake Huron since the 1850s, the Garfield Inn is a National Historic Site and architectural landmark frequented in the 1860s by then Congressman and later President James Garfield. Sadly, since 2010, this historical treasure has stood empty,” said Rep. Candice Miller. “This grant, awarded by the Michigan Strategic Fund, will aid in the restoration of the Garfield Inn to its former glory so that it may continue to serve as a Port Austin landmark for generations to come.”
The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) was created in 1984 to promote economic development and create jobs in Michigan. For more information about MSF, please visit them online: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/michigan-strategic-fund-msf/
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), co-chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, issued the following statement after joining the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce and other state and local officials for the 9th Annual Lake St. Clair Appreciation Day:
“Throughout my tenure, one of my principal advocacies has been protecting and preserving our magnificent Great Lakes. Growing up along the shores of Lake St. Clair, I understand that the Lakes are more than just a recreational joy, they are a way of life and a critical component to our economic vitality. Unfortunately, we have not been the best stewards of this precious natural resource.
“Today, I was pleased to attend the 9th Annual Lake St. Clair Appreciation Day hosted by the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce where we discussed how we can be better stewards of Lake St. Clair, protecting it against invasive species, restoring the cleanliness of our waterways, and maintaining the highest water quality standards. We all need to work together to ensure our Lakes may be vibrant for generations to come.”
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after joining AIM Computer Solutions at their reconstructed headquarters to celebrate their grand re-opening:
“Just 10 months ago, AIM Computer Solutions’ corporate headquarters was decimated by a devastating electrical fire. Yet, despite this setback, they have had a record breaking year, continuing to create jobs in Macomb County. Their new state-of-the-art facility is a monument to their story of resilience and renewal – one that truly represents the spirit of Michigan – the comeback state. It is thanks to companies, like AIM, that support our automotive industry and provide them with the innovative solutions they need, that our domestic manufacturers continue to remain on the cutting edge.”
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after honoring Ret. Col. Donald “Digger” O’Dell at the Selfridge Base Community Council meeting where he received the “Ambassador of Peace” medal:
“A few months ago, I had the honor of joining Digger O’Dell and over 300 Vietnam Veterans from across Michigan’s 10th district for a ceremony commemorating their brave and selfless service to this country. These veterans endured the horrors of war because, like every generation of Americans, they wanted peace, not just for the United States, but for people around the world.
“All of our nation’s veterans have fought valiantly in defense of this country and the freedoms and liberties we all enjoy. However, few have sacrificed more than Digger. Shot down during a mission over North Vietnam in 1967, Digger spent 5 ½ long years as a POW in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. For Digger’s commitment and service to this nation we are eternally grateful. He is truly an inspiration to us all. I cannot think of a person who is more deserving of this medal, “Ambassador of Peace”, than my good friend and great patriot, Digger O’Dell.”
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, applauded House passage of three bills she cosponsored to expand sanctions against Iran for its continued support of terrorism, its continued development and testing of its ballistic missile program, and for its ongoing human rights abuses. The legislative package also blocks Iran from getting access to the U.S. dollar and blocks the Administration from paying Iran $8.6 million for some of its reactor materials – heavy water. Upon passage of these measures, Rep. Miller issued the following statement:
“In an effort to keep its flawed nuclear deal with Iran on track, this Administration has turned a blind eye towards the deplorable, destabilizing actions undertaken by Iran. Instead of moderating Iran’s aggression, this nuclear deal has only emboldened Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as evidenced by its continued support for terrorist organizations and its human rights abuse. While the Administration continues to pretend the deal is working, Iran continues to develop, test and advance its ballistic missile program.
“As the world’s leading state sponsor of terror and a country that proudly celebrates, ‘death to America,’ Iran has proven time and time again that it cannot and should not be trusted. We cannot afford to ignore its repeated violations of international security agreements, which only encourages more defiance and further threatens global security.
“To force this Administration to take action, the House passed a package of three bills I was proud to cosponsor that increase sanctions against Iran for continuing its destabilizing actions. This legislation also blocks the Administration from subsidizing Iran’s activity by blocking the Administration from paying the Iran $8.6 million for its reactor materials and blocking its access to the U.S. dollar. It simply doesn’t make sense that the U.S. would subsidize the very terrorist activity we are fighting here at home and abroad.”
The three Iran bills that passed the House are as follows:
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after an overwhelming bipartisan majority of the House passed the Senate amendment to S. 764, requiring food manufacturers to disclose the presence of GMOs in their products:
“American farmers and food producers provide the highest quality product to consumers throughout the country and around the world. However, having to comply with a patchwork of state regulations on GMO labeling requirements threatens their ability to continue to provide an abundant and affordable supply to consumers. Today, after much bipartisan deliberation and input from all affected stakeholders, the House passed legislation, supported by both the American and Michigan Farm Bureaus, that establishes national GMO labeling guidelines. This important legislation provides critical information for consumers, helping them make their own informed decisions, while providing certainty and clarity for farmers and producers nationwide.”
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after House passage of the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act 2017 (H.R. 5538), legislation that provides over $2 billion for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, provides loan forgiveness to Flint for its drinking water infrastructure upgrades, and fully funds the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million:
“The tragedy in Flint is a grave reminder of the adverse impact aging underground infrastructure can have on our quality of life if ignored. It impacts the water we drink and the waterways that support our economy and livelihood, which means we must be vigilant in our efforts to maintain and upgrade our underground infrastructure.
“Today, the House passed legislation that prioritizes restoring safe drinking water in Flint by providing $207 million in new funding for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and loan relief. Under this legislation, the State of Michigan would be able to forgive Flint’s $21 million in loan debt, freeing up millions of dollars that can be put towards additional recovery and prevention efforts. It also provides $1 billion to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and $50 million in new funding for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Program, programs which help communities modernize their aging underground water infrastructure and mitigate combined sewer overflows and storm water runoff like the ones that have caused so many beach closures throughout my district.
“Furthermore, this legislation fully funds the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a program aimed at restoring our magnificent Great Lakes, at $300 million. Just last year, the initiative awarded $20 million in grants to the Clinton River Area of Concern, which, over the course of many years, has been decimated by combined sewer overflows, storm water runoff, and river bank erosion. It is critical programs like this that accelerate the rejuvenation of our waterways and help ensure they can provide clean water to their surrounding communities.”
Highlights of the Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act 2017 (H.R. 5538):
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Candice Miller (MI-10), and Darin LaHood (IL-18) today introduced bipartisan legislation to support fish and wildlife in the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 2016 authorizes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to work with states and other agencies to develop and execute proposals to conserve, restore and manage fish and wildlife populations, and their habitats. Since 1998, the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act has provided federal funding to 148 research and restoration projects in the Great Lakes Basin – from restoring habitat for the Kirtland Warbler, an endangered species, to detecting the successful reproduction of Lake Trout in southern Michigan. The program was last reauthorized in 2006.
For high-quality video of the bill introduction, please click here.
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“As someone who grew up on the St. Clair River, protecting the Great Lakes and its diverse species is personal to me and to so many who call Michigan home,” said Rep. Dingell. “The Great Lakes are a way of life – providing fresh water, fish and wildlife habitat, and countless opportunities for recreation, while supporting our state’s economy and hundreds of thousands of jobs. We’ve seen what happens when we all work together to protect our Great Lakes, and I am proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation with my colleagues Congresswoman Miller and Congressman LaHood to conserve fish and wildlife, combat the threat of invasive species, and protect the Great Lakes for generations to come.”
“Throughout my tenure, one of my principal advocacies has been protecting and preserving our magnificent Great Lakes and the diverse wildlife that call them home,” said Rep. Candice Miller. “For those of us who grew up along the shores of the Great Lakes, we understand that they are more than just a recreational joy, they are a way of life – the way we put food on the table and pay the mortgage. Supporting billions of dollars of recreational and commercial industries each year, as well as 20% of the world’s surface fresh water supply, the vitality of our Great Lakes is critical to the vivacity of our region and the world. The reauthorization and update of the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act will continue to provide the resources the Fish and Wildlife Service needs to protect our precious Great Lakes.”
“As a father who regularly enjoys the outdoors with my three sons, I am pleased to introduce this bipartisan legislation with my colleagues, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Congresswoman Candice Miller. Reauthorizing and updating the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act will increase economic opportunities for our fishermen and improve conservation efforts,” stated Rep. Darin LaHood. “As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, I look forward to continuing to be a champion in Congress for the proper maintenance of our Great Lakes.”
“The Great Lakes region in some areas has lost 90 percent of its historical wetlands,” said David Brakhage, Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional director. “The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act is an invaluable resource in Ducks Unlimited’s efforts to protect and restore wetlands, which provides habitat for hundreds of wildlife species and clean drinking and recreational water for millions of people.”
“The Alliance for the Great Lakes supports the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 2016 which is critical to sustainable fish and wildlife management in our region,” said Molly M. Flanagan, Vice President for Policy at the Alliance for the Great Lakes. “We thank Congresswomen Dingell and Miller and Congressman LaHood for their leadership in sponsoring this legislation and for recognizing the importance of a healthy Great Lakes ecosystem to Great Lakes communities.”
“The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act has, since 1990, supported essential efforts to restore fish and wildlife populations in the Great Lakes basin,” said Robert Lambe, executive secretary of the binational Great Lakes Fishery Commission. “The law also has led to habitat improvement, better law enforcement, and stronger connections between those who manage fisheries and those who manage wildlife. It is truly an ecosystem-based approach. The Great Lakes Fishery Commission is a solid supporter of this bill and commends Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Congresswoman Candice Miller, and Congressman Darin LaHood for their leadership and support for the $7 billion Great Lakes fishery.”
"Funding for conservation is critical to Michigan's fish and wildlife resources, and the economies they support,” said Daniel Eichinger, Executive Director of Michigan United Conservation Clubs. “We thank Congresswoman Miller, Congresswoman Dingell, and Congressman LaHood for providing bipartisan leadership for our Great Lakes."
The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act has also been endorsed by the American Sportfishing Association, Trout Unlimited, the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, and the Ohio Conservation Federation. The bill would authorize $6 million annually through 2021 to implement restoration projects and FWS activities related to the Great Lakes region, and would require a 25% non-federal match of total project cost. For more information, please click here.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, applauded the 127th Wing out of Selfridge Air National Guard Base for being awarded the Carl A. Spaatz Award, which is presented to the overall most outstanding flying unit in the Air National Guard.
“Throughout my tenure, it has been my utmost honor to represent Selfridge Air National Guard Base,” said Rep. Candice Miller. “Knowing the caliber of the brave men and women who serve there, it comes as no surprise that the 127th Wing has been named the top flying unit in the National Guard. During a recent deployment to Iraq and Syria, the 127th Wing performed brilliantly, professionally, and fearlessly in the fight against ISIS. This award is further testament to the Wing’s unparalleled effectiveness in theater around the world.”
"The work performed by the 127th Wing in 2015 rivals that of any flying unit in the U.S. military in recent history," said Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum, 127th Wing commander. "This award represents the great work of our citizen Airmen at every level of the organization - a great recognition of Michigan excellence in action."
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after the House passed the Conference Report to accompany the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, legislation aimed at tackling the rise of opioid abuse in the United States:
“This country’s rapidly-growing, deadly opioid epidemic is impacting millions of Americans from across the country and from every walk of life. Today, with an estimated 129 Americans dying from drug overdoses each day, it has become the leading cause of injury death nationwide with drug-related overdoses rising 14 percent in my home state of Michigan in 2014 alone. At the heart of this tragedy are the families, friends, and loved ones left behind and the grief that strikes at the core of our communities.
“Today, in an effort to address this terrible epidemic, the House passed the final conference report on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. This legislation provides states with resources to help train first responders to treat overdoses and expands access to effective medication-assisted treatments. It also authorizes grants for states to establish and maintain prescription drug monitoring programs. While this legislation is an important step to addressing this epidemic, I do believe more needs to be done to help those struggling with opioid addiction get the treatment they desperately need. With that, it is my hope that, through the appropriations process, Congress will be able to provide additional funding for treatment programs. In the interim, I strongly urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this important measure and send it to the President’s desk. With the rapid pace this epidemic is sweeping across the nation, we must jump on every opportunity to address it head-on – lives depend in it.”
Highlights of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016:
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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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