WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency announced that it will delay, by 90 days, its decision on the construction of Ontario Power Generation’s proposed deep geological repository for nuclear waste off the shore of Lake Huron:
“I welcome the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s announcement that it has postponed its final decision on the proposed deep geological repository, which would place 7 million cubic feet of nuclear waste within a mile of Lake Huron. Storing radioactive nuclear waste within such close proximity of our Great Lakes puts the millions of Americans and Canadians who rely on them in unnecessary danger. I hope that this additional 90-day review period will give Canadian authorities time to take the prudent course of action and not permit the construction of this nuclear site so close to the Great Lakes.”
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 on the $103 million contract awarded to BAE Systems of Sterling Heights to build prototypes of new Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs) for the U.S. Marine Corps to replace their Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs):
“I want to congratulate BAE on this much-deserved win. It is a true testament to its cutting-edge defense capabilities and the overall advancement of defense innovation in Southeast Michigan – America’s Arsenal of Democracy. Often the front line of combat, the U.S. Marine Corps must have the capability to quickly maneuver from sea to land and on nearly every terrain, which is what their fleet of AAVs are used for. However, their aging fleet of AAVs, dating back to the 1970s, needs to be replaced, and BAE is a proven defense manufacturer that can develop and build a replacement ACV that will improve the safety and mobility of our troops.”
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement ahead of Thanksgiving:
“On November 26th, millions of Americans will gather together to celebrate the Thanksgiving Day holiday, the day our nation sets aside each year for family, feast and football.
“There are, of course, reasons for gratitude for feast and family and football, but it is also useful to remember that America's Thanksgiving has its origins in a young nation's desire to express gratitude for the conditions that made those things for which they were grateful possible.
“For that they turned to religious faith.
“From the initial observances by the pilgrims in the 17th century, to the first national Thanksgiving proclamation by George Washington in 1789, and continuing through Abraham Lincoln's designation of a national holiday in 1863, the ‘thanks’ in Thanksgiving was directed to the divine.
“To ‘Almighty God,’ our ‘great Lord’ and ‘beneficent Father,’ whose blessings had allowed us to survive and prosper through privation in the wilderness, the creation of a nation and its near dissolution in a bloody civil war.
“Their thanks were directed not merely at the fruits of those blessings, but their source, who made it possible for the development of a civil society where freedom could flourish.
“As our first president said in his proclamation of 1789, we offer ‘prayer and supplication to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations...to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws.’
“Our forebears correctly sensed their good fortune was not shared by all people in all times and places. It relied on divine providence.
“I believe that providence continues to direct the American project, and for that we are all deeply grateful. Happy Thanksgiving.”
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) joined the Library of Congress’ Acting Librarian, David Mao, and other congressional leaders in presenting musician Willie Nelson with the seventh Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
“For more than six decades, Willie Nelson has pushed the boundaries of country music, even incorporating elements of jazz, blues, folk, rock, and even Latin styles, creating a truly unique musical character.” Miller said. “With over 200 recordings, Willie Nelson has become one of our country’s most beloved singer-songwriters, and he is now the first country singer to join this elite group of our nation’s most iconic musicians honored by the Library of Congress.”
About the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song: Created by the Library of Congress in 2007, the Gershwin Prize honors one artist whose lifetime contributions in the field of music exemplifies the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin. The award recipient is recognized for their promotion of song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding.
WASHINGTON – 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 emphasizing the need to advance her legislation, the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R. 158), to help the Department of Homeland Security identify and stop terrorists with Western passports from entering the United States:
“Yesterday, the House took an important step to stop terrorists trying to exploit the U.S. refugee resettlement program by passing the American SAFE Act. However, there are other weaknesses that we need to address, including deficiencies with the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, which allows for visa-free travel into the U.S. Currently, there are 38 countries participating in our Visa Waiver Program, including many countries whose citizens have been, and are being recruited by ISIS. For example, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind of the horrific attacks in Paris, was a citizen of Belgium – a participant of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program.
“While DHS continuously vets all visa applicants against our terrorism databases, we do not routinely get the critical information we need to identify and stop foreign fighters bound for the U.S. from our overseas partners in the program, which is why I introduced the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act. My bill empowers DHS by giving it the authority to suspend a country’s participation in the program if it fails to provide us with the pertinent information needed to stop terrorists from entering the U.S. Additionally, my bill strengthens our counterterrorism efforts by codifying the Department’s newly adopted practice of collecting additional biographical data during the application process.
“Over the past week, since the Paris attacks, we’ve seen additional proposals to modify the Visa Waiver Program, including a Senate proposal to limit visa-free travel for individuals who have traveled to Syria and/or Iraq in the past five years. I welcome that proposal and any other proposal that may improve the program. However, my bill, which has already been vetted and passed by the full Committee, must now go before the full House – we cannot wait. It is even supported by U.S. Travel and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, who is responsible for administering the program. It is my hope that, while we vet every option on the table to improve the program, the House take immediate action when we return to pass my legislation.”
Key provisions of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R. 158):
· Allows the Secretary of Homeland Security to suspend participation of countries in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) if they do not share terrorism and foreign traveler data with the United States
· Clarifies that the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is a counterterrorism tool and requires DHS to consider including additional information pertaining to terrorism threats to better screen foreign travelers
· Requires an annual threat assessment conducted by the Director of National Intelligence and DHS to assess information sharing between VWP countries and the United States
· Requires an annual intelligence assessment conducted by the Director of National Intelligence and DHS to assess airport, passport and travel document standards
· Directs DHS to report, within 30 days, on what additional data might be necessary to improve ESTA as a counterterrorism tool to screen travelers
Washington – 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 on House passage of the American Safety Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038):
“The federal government’s first and foremost responsibility, as outlined in the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution, is to provide for the common defense of American citizens. This is a responsibility every member of the U.S. Congress, as well as the President, accepts when sworn into office. Today, in an effort to uphold that oath, a bipartisan majority of the House passed legislation that would pause the U.S. Syrian and Iraqi refugee resettlement program while our intelligence community establishes a more comprehensive vetting and certification process for each U.S.-bound refugee.
“Unfortunately, the President has already announced his intention to veto this legislation – a total abandonment of sound judgement. When ISIS openly brags about its efforts to exploit the hospitality of western nations accepting Syrian refugees, why would the President refuse such a commonsense proposal to implement higher security standards that would help protect Americans? Given this Administration’s misjudgment of ISIS’s capabilities and its failure to create a strategy to defeat the terrorist organization, I am not surprised by this latest veto threat; but I am extremely concerned by it and sincerely hope he reconsiders. As we saw last Friday, ISIS poses a real threat to the West, and we, working with our allies, need to get serious about defeating this terrorist organization, which starts with keeping them off U.S. soil.”
To ensure that comprehensive background checks are conducted on every refugee from Syria and Iraq seeking admittance into the United State, the American SAFE Act requires:
The legislation also creates an additional layer of protection by requiring the DHS Inspector General to independently assess the refugee approvals—making sure that high-risk individuals do not slip through the cracks.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after the House passed the Fed Oversight Reform and Modernization Transparency (FORM) Act (H.R. 3189), legislation that directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct an audit of the U.S. Federal Reserve and requires the central bank to disclose the methodology behind its monetary policy decisions:
“The Federal Reserve, as this country’s central banking system, has a tremendous impact on our economy. Its monetary policies, including its decisions to raise and lower interest rates, impact nearly every American’s ability to secure and pay home mortgages, car loans, and credit cards. It influences when, how, and if we invest our hard-earned dollars. However, to the detriment of greater economic predictability, transparency, and stability, the agency operates in secrecy behind closed doors, denying public access to the methodology of their monetary policy decisions.
“Today, to infuse much-needed transparency and accountability into the Federal Reserve’s operations, the House passed legislation that would require the agency to fully disclose the methodology behind its decisions and actions, as well as require the agency to conduct a cost-benefit analysis for all new regulations, which would protect small banks and businesses from being forced to bear the cost of overregulation. Additionally, this legislation provides the authority for the GAO to conduct a long-overdue audit of the agency.”
Highlights of the Fed Oversight Reform and Modernization Transparency (FORM) Act:
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, issued the following statement after the Administration announced its decision to delay plans to close the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:
“In an effort to make good on a misguided campaign promise, President Obama has been constantly seeking ways to close Gitmo, most recently floating the idea of relocating dangerous Gitmo detainees to U.S. facilities. Any attempt to move these dangerous, known terrorists to U.S. soil would undermine our efforts to safeguard the Homeland. Therefore, while I welcome today’s decision by the President to delay his plan to close Gitmo, which even his own Attorney General said was illegal, I will continue to press the Administration to abandon the plan altogether.”
Washington – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 (H.R. 1321), legislation she cosponsored to ban the production and distribution of household products that contain synthetic microbeads:
“Microbeads pose a serious threat to the health of the Great Lakes, which account for over 20 percent of the world’s freshwater drinking supply, and recent studies have already identified high concentrations of them. Added to personal care products like exfoliating soaps and scrubs, these tiny synthetic plastic microbeads pass right through our water filtration and treatment plants and attract other pollutants in the Lakes before being consumed by fish and wildlife, thus becoming part of our food chain.
“There are already a small number of Great Lakes states that have implemented a ban on microbeads, and even more states are currently considering a similar ban. However, despite my natural reluctance to impose federal requirements on states, in this case, I believe the threat they pose is too great to wait for everyone to adopt this necessary ban, which is why I cosponsored the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015. This important legislation, which unanimously passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will implement a nation-wide ban on the manufacturing and sale of products, stopping them from further infiltrating our precious waterways. Today was a critical first step in protecting our Great Lakes, and I thank Chairman Upton for his leadership on this issue. I look forward to full House and Senate consideration of this critical legislation and am hopeful the President will sign it into law.”
The Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 (H.R. 1321), introduced by Rep. Fred Upton (MI-6) and Rep. Frank Pallone (NJ-6), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will ban the use of microbeads in rinse-off cosmetic products. The ban on manufacturing microbeads will begin on July 1, 2017, the ban on manufacturing over-the-counter drugs and on sales of cosmetics with microbeads will begin on July 1, 2018, and the ban on sales of over-the-counter drugs containing microbeads will begin July 1, 2019.
WASHINGTON – 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 participating in a joint hearing with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs entitled: “The Rise of Radicalism: Growing Terrorist Sanctuaries and the Threat to the U.S. Homeland:”
“First, I would like to thank our troops who are currently fighting in the Middle East in the war against ISIS, especially the servicemen and women who have been and are currently operating A-10s in the region and who have been incredibly effective in-theater, even destroying an ISIS oil truck convoy just this past weekend. Michigan’s 10th District includes Selfridge Air National Guard Base, home to an A-10 fighter squadron that just returned home from a 6-month deployment to the Middle East to help in the fight against ISIS. I am proud of the platform’s success and the men and women who operate it.
“Notwithstanding the amazing efforts and success of our brave troops fighting overseas, the fact remains that this Administration has failed to present and execute a comprehensive strategy to defeat and destroy ISIS as promised when it initiated airstrikes last year. Furthermore, It is my concern that this Administration is underestimating the capabilities of ISIS, especially considering his insistence to increase the number of Syrian refugees being admitted into the U.S.
“While we are a compassionate nation, we must recognize the serious threat posed by terrorists looking to exploit our generosity by disguising themselves as refugees. It was just over 10 years ago, when two young brothers came to this country to receive political asylum to escape their war-torn country. They seemed harmless, so we took them in. They repaid us for our compassion by placing pressure cooker bombs at the end of the Boston Marathon, killing three Americans, including an 8-year-old boy, and wounding hundreds of others. We need to get serious about the threats we subject American citizens to when we blindly open our doors, and this is especially true with Syrian refugees, who I believe we are currently incapable of adequately screening. Furthermore, we need to reconsider helping Syrians flee when they are the ones who should be in Iraq and Syria helping to defend and eventually rebuild their homelands.
“Additionally, we need to address the instability across the Middle East that has provided safe haven for terrorist organizations like ISIS to continue to train and radicalize foreign fighters. Today, we find ourselves engaged in a different type of war – a guerilla war – where the enemy isn’t clearly defined by uniform or allegiance and is becoming increasingly difficult to identify and stop. To address these growing threats, we need to recommit to our homeland security, national defense, and intelligence capabilities.
“Today, at a joint hearing on terrorist sanctuaries, I heard from national security experts about ways we can stop these foreign fighters before they reach U.S. soil. According to the Homeland Security Task Force on Foreign Fighters, over 30,000 people from 100 countries have traveled to the Middle East to join ISIS. Many of these recruits hold passports from European and other Western countries that participate in the U.S. preclearance operations and/or our Visa Waiver program, making these foreign fighters only a flight away.
“Over the last year, I have championed legislation, the Preclearance Authorization Act of 2015 and the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015, to expand and improve these security programs. These bills are critical to modernizing our customs procedures, ensuring they can keep pace with the ever-evolving face of terror. Specifically, the preclearance legislation would authorize the Department of Homeland Security to expand our preclearance operations to other countries, essentially pushing out our borders. My Visa Waiver Program bill would authorize the Department of Homeland Security to suspend a country’s participation in our Visa Waiver Program if or when they fail to provide us with critical security information and intelligence. While I believe more needs to be done to protect our Homeland against threats, domestically and abroad, including suspending the Syrian refugee resettlement program, I believe these bills are an important first step.”
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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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Honored to present Willie Nelson with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. For more than six decades, he has pushed the boundaries of country