Washington, D.C.— Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL-01) will appear Monday onFox and Friends on Fox News Channel to discuss the replacement Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which VA says will now cost $1.73 billion – more than $1 billion over budget. The project is the biggest construction failure in VA history. Miller is expected to be interviewed at approximately 7:15 a.m. Central Time.
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Congressman Jeff Miller (R-Fl-01) today issued the following statement regarding the announcement by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that it will abandon its plan to ban a widely-used bullet used for the AR-15, the most popular sporting rifle in the United States:
“I am encouraged today by the announcement from the ATF that it will no longer seek to ban M855 or “green tip” ammunition. I am proud to be part of the strong bipartisan effort to avert the Obama Administration’s overreach in limiting the Second Amendment by fiat.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is an individual and sacred right that cannot be infringed. It is my hope that the tremendous opposition to the ATF’s proposal will send an unequivocal message to those who wish to take firearms out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. However, this Administration has shown time and again it is willing to subvert the legislative process in order to achieve its agenda. I will remain diligent in my efforts to prevent this and other overreaches by this Administration.”
Last week, Congressman Jeff Miller joined 239 Members of Congress in sending a letter to ATF Director B. Todd Jones expressing strong concern about the Obama Administration’s plan to ban the manufacture and importation of a common ammunition used for the AR-15, the M855 or “green tip.”
Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL-01) issued the following statement today:
U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL-1) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:
“I had hoped to hear President Obama reach out to both sides of the aisle and embrace the opportunity to work with the new Majority in Congress to improve the economy, defend our shores, and make life better for all Americans. I had also hoped the President would have built on areas of agreement between the parties, for example the continued need to reform the VA, and demonstrate some leadership. Unfortunately, President Obama’s laundry list of agenda items focused on the failed policies of the past.
President Obama said last year that his policies were on the ballot last November. If that was indeed the case Mr. President, your policies lost.
Americans have said they want a secure border, more jobs, better wages, and lower health care and education costs. In short, they want a government that works for them.
To truly right this economy, we need to cut government spending, we have to shrink the size of the federal government, and we have to stop the federal intrusion and overreach that hurts hardworking Americans. We need to move towards a balanced budget, and this government needs to stop mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren.”
Yesterday, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (Clay Hunt SAV) Act passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill was introduced last week by Chairman Jeff Miller and Reps. Tim Walz (D-MN) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and named in honor of the late Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and veterans advocate Clay Hunt. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
Following House passage of the bill, Chairman Miller and Reps. Walz and Duckworth released the following statements:
“Once again, the House took an important step to help stop the epidemic of veteran suicides. It’s time for comprehensive, new ideas to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of mental health care available to our veterans, and that’s exactly what the Clay Hunt SAV Act would provide. The bill would ensure VA’s mental health and suicide prevention efforts receive crucial independent, third party oversight while creating a greater accounting of available services and fostering an enhanced community approach to delivering veterans suicide prevention and mental health care treatment, which is why I urge my colleagues in the Senate to join me in supporting it.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
“The Clay Hunt SAV Act represents a major step forward in the fight to end veteran suicide. I’m pleased the House took swift action in the 114th Congress to move this bill forward. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to do the same. Let’s work together to send this bipartisan bill to the President for his signature,” Rep. Walz, the highest ranking enlisted soldier to ever serve in Congress, said. “The fight, however, does not end after this bill becomes law. There is still more that must be done to improve mental health care for our veterans. I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress, veterans, and veterans’ advocates to ensure that improving care for our warriors remains a top priority.”
“Currently, there are over 2 million Post 9/11 Veterans across the country, and this number will only increase as our military force structure continues to draw down. As the nature of war changes, the injuries our warriors sustain also change. Increasingly, theirs are invisible wounds, which do not have simple treatment and do not always manifest immediately,” Representative Duckworth said. “Just as these Veterans remained faithful to our country on the battlefield, it is our turn as their Representatives to remain faithful to them and it is our responsibility as a nation to, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, ‘care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.’ This responsibility includes ensuring that when our service men and women make the brave decision to seek help, they get the quality assistance and treatment they deserve in a timely manner. I am proud that this bipartisan legislation takes a crucial step in reducing Veteran suicide.”
A 2012 report from the Department of Veterans Affairs noted that an average of 18-22 veterans have committed suicide each day for more than a decade.
The Clay Hunt SAV Act seeks to quell this epidemic by:
Increasing Access to Mental Health Care and Capacity at VA to Meet Demand
Improving the Quality of Care and Boosting Accountability at VA
Developing a Community Support System for Veterans
o Establishes a pilot program to assist veterans transitioning from active duty to veteran status.
o Requires VA to collaborate with nonprofit mental health organizations to improve the efficiency of suicide prevention efforts.Read More
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MILLER ANNOUNCES MOBILE OFFICE DAYS FOR OKALOOSA COUNTY
Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL-01) announced today additional office hours as part of his successful mobile office program. In order to better serve the needs of constituents who are not close to the Congressman’s Pensacola or Ft. Walton offices, special “mobile office” days have been established. Expanding on the idea first used for “veteran’s assistance days”, members of his staff will be manning the office answering questions about problems with federal agencies or issues affecting the First Congressional District.
“This is just another way we can better serve our growing population in Northwest Florida,” Miller said. “We tried the mobile office concept earlier, and we had such an outstanding turnout that we decided to expand the concept and add more dates and locations to the program.”
The dates and times of the mobile office days are listed below.
Friday, December 12, 2014
10:00 am - 11:30 am – Bluewater Bay Clubhouse
2000 Bluewater Bay Boulevard, Niceville, Florida
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 pm – Niceville City Hall
208 N. Partin Drive, Niceville, Florida
336 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
United States Representative Jeff Miller serves Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is responsible for authorization and oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA.) VA is the second largest department in the federal government with over 300,000 employees and a budget of over $150 billion.
Miller also serves on the House Armed Services Committees (HASC.) As a senior member of HASC, Miller has proven to be a strong advocate for our men and women in uniform, and he is one of the leading proponents of Naval Aviation, Special Operations, and Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E.) Miller was instrumental in helping establish Eglin Air Force Base as the joint primary training location for the F-35 Lightning II.
Congressman Miller was appointed to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). The HPSCI provides policy guidance and sets classified funding levels for the sixteen agencies of the Intelligence Community funded by the National Intelligence Program and the Military Intelligence Program. Recently, the Intelligence Committee has held important hearings on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, U.S. Intelligence Operations against Al Qaeda, and Security Clearance Reform.
Congressman Miller also serves on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), where he serves as Vice Chairman of the subcommittee on Transatlantic Defense and Security Cooperation.
Since coming to Congress, Miller has established himself as one of the staunchest conservatives in the House. He has championed numerous tax relief and veterans’ measures and fought for less government, less taxes, and more personal freedom.
Mr. Miller was sworn in as State Representative in 1998 and again in 2000 to serve District 1. He has served as Chairman of the Utilities & Telecommunications Committee. He was also a member of the Congressional Redistricting Committee, the Committee on General Government Appropriations, the Committee on Rules, Ethics & Elections, and the Council for Ready Infrastructure. He is the past Chairman of the Escambia County Legislative Delegation for 1999-2000.
In addition to his prior service as a State Legislator, Congressman Miller is active in the community as a board member of the Santa Rosa County United Way, the Pregnancy Resource Center of Milton, the Gulf Coast Council of Boy Scouts of America, and the Florida FFA Foundation. He is a member of the Florida Historical Society and various area Chambers of Commerce. Congressman Miller is a native Floridian and was born in 1959. Prior to serving in elected office, he was a real estate broker and deputy sheriff. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1984 at the University of Florida.
Representative Miller is married to the former Vicki Griswold. They are members of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola. They have two children and three grandchildren.
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