Candice Miller

Candice Miller

MICHIGAN's 10th DISTRICT

Rep. Miller Statement Honoring Memorial Day

2016/05/27

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement ahead of Memorial Day:  

“On Monday, May 30, our nation will observe Memorial Day, recognizing the sacrifice and honoring the service of those who have died in defense of our nation.

“While Memorial Day has become as well a symbolic kickoff of the summer season, it is first and foremost a somber celebration, dedicated to honoring the memory of those whose future summers were foreclosed forever on our behalf.

“There are no words to adequately express our gratitude to them, or the sympathy we feel for those who loved and mourn them.

“Yet it remains our obligation to convey in whatever way we can how thankful we remain, and to pray for those in today's Armed Services who remain in harm's way on our behalf, with the fervent hope that each of them will return home to enjoy the freedom their sacrifice made possible. 

“From the time of this nation's founding, millions of its citizens have placed themselves in harm's way to preserve and defend the "self-evident" truths of the American idea as articulated in the Declaration of Independence. That "all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."

“Thanks to those whose earthly pursuits all ended on the battlefield, the American idea survives into the 21st century. On Memorial Day, we can, and should, say thank you.”

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Miller, Dingell Lead Letter to Great Lakes States’ Governors Urging Them to Deny Wisconsin’s Water Diversion Request

2016/05/26

WASHINGTON – Today, Reps. Candice Miller (MI-10) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12), along Michigan Representatives Benishek, Bishop, Conyers, Huizenga, Lawrence, Moolenaar, Trott, Upton, Walberg, sent a letter to the governors of the 8 Great Lakes’ states urging them to deny Waukesha, Wisconsin’s application to divert 8.2 million gallons of water per day from the Great Lakes when they meet as the Great Lakes Compact Council on June 21st:

“This request from Waukesha is precedent-setting,” Members of the Michigan delegation said in the letter. “We firmly believe the approval of this request would threaten the precious, finite resources provided by our Lakes. It takes all eight governors to approve the request for diversion. We ask that you use your vote to deny this request and protect all the Great Lakes states and their people.”

A PDF of the signed letter is available here.

Full text of the letter is as follows:

May 26, 2016

The Honorable Rick Snyder                              The Honorable Scott Walker
Governor                                                            Governor
State of Michigan                                               State of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 30013                                                  115 East Capitol
Lansing, MI 48909                                             Madison, WI 53702

The Honorable John Kasich                              The Honorable Bruce Rauner
Governor                                                            Governor
State of Ohio                                                      State of Illinois
77 S. High Street, 30th Floor                              State Capitol, 207 Statehouse
Columbus, OH  43215                                       Springfield, IL 62706

The Honorable Mike Pence                               The Honorable Mark Dayton
Governor                                                            Governor
State of Indiana                                                  State of Minnesota
Office of the Governor, Statehouse                   130 State Capitol
Indianapolis, IN 46204                                       St. Paul, MN 55155

The Honorable Andrew Cuomo                         The Honorable Tom Wolf
Governor                                                             Governor
State of New York                                               Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
NYS State Capitol Building                               Main Capitol Building, Room 225
Albany, NY 12224                                              Harrisburg, PA 17120

Dear Great Lakes Governors:

We write to you today to express our concern over the preliminary approval by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Regional Body for the application by Waukesha, Wisconsin to divert 8.2 million gallons of water per day from the Great Lakes.  When the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council (Governors’ Compact Council) meets next month for the final determination of this application, we strongly urge you to vote against this proposal and vote in favor of protecting and preserving our Great Lakes.

As you know, the Great Lakes Compact is a legally binding agreement among the eight Great Lakes states that sets parameters and restrictions governing the management of the Great Lakes.  It establishes responsible standards for water use and conservation in the basin.  The Compact was adopted in 2008 after bipartisan efforts at the state and federal levels of government.  It has been the catalyst for significant improvements to the management and conservation of the Lakes’ water supply. 

Earlier this year, the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin submitted a request to divert water from Lake Michigan.  The Compact allows for water diversion to communities within the basin but only under rare and strict conditions.  We do not believe the city of Waukesha has made a compelling case that satisfies the severe circumstances outlined in the Compact for its requested diversion of 8.2 million gallons of water per day.

One of Waukesha’s arguments for requiring this water is that there are high levels of radium and other contaminants in the groundwater supply and the only source for clean water for its residents is Lake Michigan.  However, we believe that Waukesha has not exhausted all of its options for providing safe and clean water to its residents.  Diverting water from the Great Lakes should be a last resort only employed when every other means possible has been exhausted.

Former Ohio Governor Bob Taft recently penned an op-ed outlining his concerns on Waukesha’s application and the greater impact it has on water security.  As a chief executive and someone who had to make difficult choices like the one that is presented before you today, Gov. Taft does not believe Waukesha has satisfied the conditions that he fought for during the development of the Compact.  A governor’s day-to-day decision-making focuses on what is in the best interest of his state. The governors of the Great Lakes states are in a different situation because our economies and livelihoods are so intertwined.  Here, we ask that you look at the Waukesha water diversion request in the prism of what is in the best interest of the Great Lakes.

While we do believe that Michigan has the most to lose from the approval of this diversion request, our opposition does not come from a parochial perspective; rather, it comes from a more holistic concern of the health of the Great Lakes and the welfare of all those who rely on them for their livelihood. Waukesha’s diversion request is the first of its kind for the Compact, but it will certainly not be the last attempt to test the Compact.  Any approval of diversion from our Lakes must meet the highest standards so we do not unknowingly set a precedent that will haunt us years from now.

This request from Waukesha is precedent-setting. We firmly believe the approval of this request would threaten the precious, finite resources provided by our Lakes.  It takes all eight governors to approve the request for diversion.  We ask that you use your vote to deny this request and protect all the Great Lakes states and their people. 

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House Passes Bipartisan Legislation Modernizing Nation’s Energy Infrastructure

2016/05/25

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after a bipartisan majority of the House passed the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (S. 2012), legislation that modernizes our energy infrastructure, invests in our nation’s energy independence, and protects the security of our nation’s electricity system:  

“Thanks to the implementation of new, cutting-edge energy technologies, the United States now stands as one of the world’s largest energy producers. However, our antiquated energy infrastructure has failed to keep pace with our nation’s energy resurgence. Today, in an effort to bolster our nation’s energy capabilities and capacity, the House passed legislation that modernizes our energy infrastructure, streamlining the way energy is produced and transported and ensuring our electrical grid is protected from the types of cyberattacks that have become a trademark of modern warfare.

“I strongly believe that energy independence equals national security, and we must do everything we can to continue to stimulate domestic energy production and wean the U.S. off its reliance on foreign fossil fuels. This legislation takes an all-of-the-above approach to energy independence, the importance of which was underscored by Gov. Snyder’s recent declaration of a State of Energy Emergency for this holiday weekend due to an unexpected disruption in supply. The House’s comprehensive approach will help us harness our country’s energy abundance and prevent these types of energy shortages in the future.”

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Rep. Miller Applauds $2.1 Million Loan for New Cosworth Facility in Shelby Township

2016/05/24

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) applauded the announcement that the Michigan Strategic Fund has approved a $2.1 million performance-based loan to Cosworth to establish a new facility in Shelby Township.

“Cosworth’s new one-stop-shop facility, expected to create a minimum of 50 new jobs and generate $30 million in capital investment, is a welcome addition to Shelby Township,” Miller said. “This loan, which will hopefully convert to a grant with increased job creation, will create an economic boost for the Township and further proves that an investment in the continued resurgence of our domestic automotive industry is an investment in our communities and the hardworking men and women who make Southeast Michigan the heartland of American innovation.”

Cosworth, founded in 1958 and headquartered in Northampton, UK, is a world leader in automotive engineering and manufacturing.  The company supplies electronics and powertrain products to vehicle manufacturers, motorsports teams and performance enthusiasts around the world.

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/

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Miller Announces Service Academy Appointees for the Class of 2020

2016/05/23

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement announcing the service academy nominees who have received an Offer of Appointment to the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy for the class of 2020 from Michigan’s 10th District:

“I would like to extend my most sincere congratulations to the outstanding young individuals who received an Offer of Appointment to one of our country’s esteemed service academies. Each of these distinguished students exhibit excellent academic achievements, as well as superb leadership qualities and outstanding community engagement. They are truly some of Michigan’s best and brightest. I look forward to meeting them in person to congratulate them and their families on this outstanding achievement and thank them for their commitment to this great nation.” 

2016 Service Academy Appointees:

Rita Koenigbauer – Ira Township

United States Air Force Academy

Jacob Lemelin – Macomb Township

United States Military Academy at West Point

James Niemeyer – Ray Township

United States Military Academy at West Point

Stephen Rumsey – Avoca

United States Air Force Academy

Alexander Stoyka – Chesterfield

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Patrick Sutherland – Carsonville

United States Military Academy at West Point

Alexander Yeiser – Chesterfield

United States Naval Academy

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Miller, Dingell Send Letter Urging Snyder to Deny Wisconsin’s Water Diversion Request

2016/05/19

WASHINGTON – Today, Reps. Candice Miller (MI-10) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) sent a letter to Governor Snyder urging him to deny Waukesha, Wisconsin’s application to divert 8.2 million gallons of water per day from the Great Lakes:

“Since the Great Lakes Compact was signed in 2008, we’ve seen significant improvements in the management and conservation of the Great Lakes’ finite water supply,” Miller and Dingell said in a joint statement after sending the letter. “Approving this application to divert water would be a precedent-setting setback that would threaten the progress made by the Compact and, ultimately, our magnificent Great Lakes. That is why, today, we are urging Gov. Snyder to deny this application when it comes before the Compact Council next month.”

A PDF of the signed letter is available here.

Full text of the letter is as follows:

May 19, 2016

The Honorable Rick Snyder
Governor
State of Michigan
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909

Dear Governor Snyder:

We write to you today to express our grave concern over the preliminary approval by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Regional Body to approve the application by Waukesha, Wisconsin to divert 8.2 million gallons of water per day from the Great Lakes.  When the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council (Governors’ Compact Council) meets next month for the final determination of this application, we strongly urge you to vote against this proposal and vote in favor of protecting and preserving our Great Lakes.

As you know, the Great Lakes Compact is a legally binding agreement among the eight Great Lakes states that sets parameters and restrictions governing the management of the Great Lakes.  It establishes responsible standards for water use and conservation in the basin.  The Compact was adopted in 2008 after bipartisan efforts at the state and federal levels of government.  It has been the catalyst for significant improvements to the management and conservation of the Lakes’ water supply.

Earlier this year, the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin submitted a request to divert water from Lake Michigan.  The Compact allows for water diversion to communities within the basin but only under rare and strict conditions.  We do not believe the city of Waukesha has made a compelling case that satisfies the severe circumstances outlined in the Compact for its requested diversion of 8.2 million gallons of water per day.

One of Waukesha’s arguments for requiring this water is that there are high levels of radium and other contaminants in the groundwater supply and the only source for clean water for its residents is Lake Michigan.  We in Michigan are acutely aware of the dangers and concerns of a contaminated water supply.  However, we believe that Waukesha has not exhausted all of its options for providing safe and clean water to its residents.  Diverting water from the Great Lakes should be a last resort only employed when every other means possible has been exhausted.

The State of Michigan has a long history with managing water levels in the Great Lakes.  Since 1900, water has been diverted from Lake Michigan to the Great Lakes system in Chicago, Illinois, for a variety of reasons.  Diversion of Lake Michigan waters has varied substantially over the years and has been the source of controversy, including a case before the U.S. Supreme Court and a subsequent consent decree.  Under the consent decree, Illinois was limited to diverting no more than 3,200 cubic feet of water per second each year.  As you recall, in 1995, a dispute arose between Michigan and Illinois because more water was being diverted from Lake Michigan through the Chicago diversion than was allowed by the court decree – levels exceeding as much as 15% more than agreed upon.  This dispute was eventually resolved but it remains in the recent memory of Michiganians and creates hesitation when they are asked to support another effort to divert water from Lake Michigan. This is a mistake we need to learn from.

This request from Waukesha is precedent-setting. This is the first time such an application has been presented since the Compact was ratified.  We firmly believe the approval of this request would threaten the precious, finite resources provided by our Lakes.  As one of eight votes on the Governors’ Compact Council, we urge you to vote against this application.  It takes all eight governors to approve the request for diversion.  We believe you have the ability to stop this latest attempt to pillage our magnificent Lakes and protect it for future generations.  We ask that you do the right thing.

Sincerely,

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Rep. Miller on Crash of EgyptAir Flight 804

2016/05/19

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after wreckage found in the Mediterranean Sea confirmed that EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed with 66 passengers aboard:

“While officials are still investigating the unusual circumstances that led to last night’s crash of EgyptAir Flight 804, I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers to the passengers and crew aboard the flight, as well as their families and loved ones. I hope that officials take swift action in providing clarity as to how this tragic event unfolded.”

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House Passes Defense Authorization to Bolster Strength and Readiness of U.S. Military Force

2016/05/19

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement on House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY17:

“As stated in the Preamble of our Constitution, the first and foremost responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the common defense of its citizens. However, over the course of this Administration, our military has  been stripped of the resources and funding they need, forcing them to defer maintenance, reduce training, and halt the modernization of our force. Simply put, our military personnel do not have the resources they need to safely and effectively do their jobs.

“Today, the House passed the National Defense Authorization for FY17, which fully funds the Department of Defense at its base funding levels, investing in core DoD programs that return strength and readiness to our military. It protects and invests in proven platforms, such as the A-10 Warthogs, including those stationed at Selfridge ANGB that recently returned from the Middle East where they performed brilliantly in the fight against ISIS.

“Furthermore, this legislation puts our servicemen and women first, giving them the full pay raise they are legally entitled, but have been denied by the President for the last 3 years. Additionally, this legislation reforms veterans’ healthcare, providing them greater access to quality care without raising their individual healthcare costs.

“Unfortunately, earlier this week, in a move than undermines our servicemen and women, the President threatened to veto this critical legislation. At a time when we are actively fighting terrorist threats at home and abroad, this is simply unacceptable and irresponsible. Our troops put their lives on the line every day so that we can enjoy the freedoms and liberties that make this country the greatest in the world. We more than owe them our full support and assurance that we will do everything we can to help them safely and effectively do their job. I urge the President to seriously reconsider his veto threat. From authorizing investments in new equipment and technological upgrades to improving our troops’ access to the quality care they deserve, this authorization will go a long way in restoring the support our troops need and this nation’s military readiness and capabilities.”

Highlights of the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

  • Fully funds the Department of Defense at base funding level of $574 billion
  • Prevents the Air Force from divesting the A-10 fleet and Invests $218.5 million in fleet, including $120 million for new wings
  • Fully funds the 2.1% pay raise for our troops
  • Improves quality and sustainability of and access to veteran’s healthcare

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House Passes Targeted Funding to Stop Spread of Zika Virus

2016/05/19

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after House passage of the Zika Response Appropriations Act of 2016, which provides funding to control the spread of the Zika virus and for vaccine research:

“Over the last year, we have witnessed an outbreak of the Zika virus throughout South America and the debilitating effects the virus has on those affected, especially expectant mothers and their unborn children. Here in the U.S. there are already 503 cases.

“Today, the House passed legislation that provides funding for agencies like the Center for Disease Control and the National Institute of Health to help control the spread of the virus, as well as develop a vaccine and cure. With mosquito season fast approaching, it is critical that we take immediate, substantive action to protect every U.S. resident, especially expectant mothers and children.”

The Zika Response Appropriations Act of 2016 provides:

  • $170 million to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for mosquito control efforts and Zika response and readiness
  • $230 million to the National Institute of Health (NIH) for pre-clinical and clinical development of vaccines
  • $103 million to the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) for the research and development of diagnostic tests and vaccines
  • $119.1 million to the U.S. State Department and USAID for global health programs and international mosquito control efforts

The $622.1 million in funding under the Zika Response Appropriation Act of 2016 is fully offset by $352.1 million in unused funding from the 2014 Ebola outbreak and $270 million in unused administrative funding within the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Miller Expresses Concern Over Preliminary Approval to Divert Water from Great Lakes

2016/05/18

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Regional Body issued a preliminary approval for Waukesha, Wisconsin to divert 8.2 million gallons of water per day from the Great Lakes:

“Throughout my tenure, one of my utmost priorities has been protecting and preserving our magnificent Great Lakes, and one of my biggest concerns has been low water levels throughout the basin. While there are many reasons the Lakes experience low water levels, such as less ice coverage or lower rain totals, we cannot ignore the billions of gallons of water per year being diverted from the Great Lakes through the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal down the Mississippi River. This was a mistake we need to learn from.

“Today, upon reviewing Waukesha, Wisconsin’s diversion application, the first water diversion application submitted since the creation of the Great Lakes Compact in 2008, the Regional Body issued a preliminary approval for Waukesha to divert up to 8.2 million gallons of water per day from the Great Lakes. In my opinion, Waukesha has failed to meet the criteria required to receive water from the Great Lakes. Diverting water from the Great Lakes should be a last resort only employed when every other means possible has been exhausted. Therefore, I call on the Compact Council, comprised of the 8 governors of the Great Lakes states, to deny this application when they meet next month.

“Thanks to the Great Lakes Compact, there have been significant improvements to the management and conservation of the Lakes’ water supply, and approving this request to divert water now would be a precedent-setting setback that would threaten the precious, finite resources provided by our magnificent Lakes.”

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Contact Information

320 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2106
Fax 202-226-1169
candicemiller.house.gov

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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Dan Benishek

MICHIGAN's 1st DISTRICT

Bill Huizenga

MICHIGAN's 2nd DISTRICT

Justin Amash

MICHIGAN's 3rd DISTRICT

John Moolenaar

MICHIGAN's 4th DISTRICT

Fred Upton

MICHIGAN's 6th DISTRICT

Tim Walberg

MICHIGAN's 7th DISTRICT

Mike Bishop

MICHIGAN's 8th DISTRICT

Dave Trott

MICHIGAN's 11th DISTRICT

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