Candice Miller

Candice Miller

MICHIGAN's 10th DISTRICT

Reps Miller, Dingell Applaud Mayors’ Request to Examine the Merits of WI Water Diversion Request

2016/08/26

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Candice Miller (MI-10) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) issued the following statement after the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative requested a hearing to examine the merits of Waukesha, Wisconsin’s water diversion request, which was approved by the Great Lakes Compact Council in June:

“We applaud the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative’s request to hold a hearing, where they can closely examine the merits of Waukesha’s request to divert over eight million gallons of water from Lake Michigan per day. We agree with the local leaders’ assertion that Waukesha, in fact, did not exhaust all other options, and, therefore, its request did not meet the criteria required to divert water from the Great Lakes and should not have been approved.  It is our hope that the Compact Council will grant this request and seriously consider the ramifications of this approval allowing for the diversion of the precious, finite resources our magnificent lakes provide.

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is a binational coalition of over 120 U.S. and Canadian mayors and local officials working to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

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DOD & Air Force Fail to Identify Suitable Replacement for A-10, GAO Study Says

2016/08/24

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that found the Department of Defense and U.S. Air Force failed to identify a suitable replacement for the A-10:

“This most recent GAO study underscores what I have heard from our troops time and time again – the A-10 “Warthog” performs a critical, comprehensive mission unparalleled by any other aircraft in the Air Force’s inventory. Any attempt to divest the fleet without a suitable replacement would be a shortsighted cut that would severely impact our ability to protect our troops on the ground around the world. Until a suitable replacement can be identified, it is critical that we not only protect the A-10 fleet, but continue to invest in the maintenance and modernization of the aircraft.”

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Rep. Miller Visits Partridge Creek Dialysis in Chesterfield

2016/08/24

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after visiting the DaVita Partridge Creek Dialysis facility in Chesterfield, MI.

“The dedicated healthcare professionals at DaVita’s Partridge Creek Dialysis facility in Chesterfield provide life-saving medical services that many individuals in our community rely on,” Rep. Miller said after the visit. “Today, I had the opportunity to meet the talented medical staff and learn, firsthand, how they are improving the quality of life for their patients receiving dialysis treatment, as well as discuss opportunities for the facility to expand on the medical services they provide.”

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Rep. Miller Tours IPEX Facility

2016/08/24

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), issued the following statement after touring the IPEX fabrication facility in Chesterfield, MI.

“Today, I toured IPEX Corporation’s state-of-the-art Chesterfield facility, which opened its doors in 2013,” Miller said. “Seeing their operations firsthand, it is easy to understand how the manufacturing company boasts one of the world’s top lines of thermoplastic piping systems that have led to consistent growth over the last 50 years. Their systems are now used for underground water and sewer projects all around the world – from Macomb County to Kuwait.”

The IPEX companies design and manufacture a diverse range of integrated piping products professionals need to manage the full spectrum of today’s municipal, industrial, commercial and residential projects.

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Rep. Miller Cautions New DEQ Director Against Taking Hands Off Approach to Enbridge Line 5

2016/08/23

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) sent a letter to the newly appointed Michigan Department of Environment Quality Director, Heidi Grether, urging her to engage in discussions regarding the threat Enbridge’s Line 5 poses to the Great Lakes.

“It is shortsighted to imply that the state of Michigan plays no role in considering whether or not a pipeline should be shut down,” Miller wrote. “As the head of one of the most important agencies in our state, I believe you can lead by example and spearhead the discussion among all of the relevant stakeholders – those at the federal, state, local, and international level.”

A PDF of the signed letter is available here.

Full text of the letter is as follows:

August 23, 2016

C. Heidi Grether

Director

Department of Environmental Quality

State of Michigan

P.O. Box 30473

Lansing, MI 48909

Dear Director Grether:

First, I would like to congratulate you on your new position with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  With over 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline and thriving recreational, commercial and ecotourism industries, the state of Michigan depends on a healthy environment for its livelihood.  Therefore, the role of DEQ Director is one of the most critical positions in the state government, and I urge you to approach this new opportunity with open-mindedness and receptiveness to the challenges that you inherited and those that may lie ahead.

I write to you today after reading your recent comments regarding Enbridge Line 5.  It is my understanding that you believe it is premature to discuss shutting down Line 5 and that, even if it was time to shut down Line 5, the state of Michigan does not have any control over that process.  I could not disagree with you more on this position.

As you know, millions of gallons of hazardous liquids are transported through pipelines across various points of the Great Lakes every day, including Enbridge Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac and several others under the St. Clair River in my district.  Ensuring the safe operation of these pipelines is of paramount concern to me.  There is zero room for error in the Great Lakes, especially the environmentally sensitive area in the Straits.   Any rupture of a pipeline in this area would be catastrophic, particularly due to the strong currents making containment difficult.

You may recall that it was only a few years ago that Enbridge’s Line 6B experienced a disastrous oil spill in the Kalamazoo River in southwest Michigan.  This was the largest on-shore oil spill in U.S. history, and it took nearly four years to clean up.  Imagine a similar oil spill in the water where the elements are more difficult to control for remediation.  Such an event would cripple the state’s economy and could severely damage the ecosystem in the Great Lakes.

After that spill, we had our own personal experience with Line 6B in southeast Michigan.  The integrity of the pipeline running under the St. Clair River had some anomalies.  I expressed grave concern about these dents, but Enbridge’s initial solution was to reduce the pipeline pressure by half. This was not an acceptable fix and, after tremendous input from the public, Enbridge subsequently replaced the entire 3,600 foot portion of the pipeline under the St. Clair River.  This lesson demonstrates that persistence and transparency are key elements to ensuring that oil companies are doing everything within their power to make these pipelines safe for transporting their product. 

Enbridge Line 5 is a 63-year old pipeline. As with any aging infrastructure, there are integrity issues that must be properly monitored and addressed.  To state that it is premature to discuss shutting down Line 5 takes one punitive measure off the table and limits the amount of leverage that would compel Enbridge to ensure proper maintenance of its pipelines.  Earlier this month, the state announced that Enbridge violated its 1953 pipeline easement, which mandates certain anchors support gaps across the lakebed where the Line 5 pipelines sit.  It is my understanding that Enbridge is in the process of installing new supports.  It is important to keep in mind that, without strenuous oversight and involvement by the state, this violation may not have been uncovered – or, if it was, it may not have been discovered before it was too late.  

While you are correct in stating that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is the federal agency with power over the operation of pipelines, the federal pipeline safety statutes divest considerable authority to the states – especially with inspections.  It is shortsighted to imply that the state of Michigan plays no role in considering whether or not a pipeline should be shut down.  As the head of one of the most important agencies in our state, I believe you can lead by example and spearhead the discussion among all of the relevant stakeholders – those at the federal, state, local, and international level.

I stand ready to work with you in ensuring that our Great Lakes and state continue to thrive, and I look forward to the opportunity to discuss this further with you.

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Rep. Miller Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Boating Industries Association

2016/08/17

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), received the Raymond L. Underwood Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Boating Industries Association’s Board of Directors for her unwavering support of Michigan’s maritime industry.  Rep. Miller issued the following statement after receiving the award: 

“It is such an honor to have been presented with this award named after Ray Underwood – an individual who has tirelessly and successfully advocated for the boating industry for over 40 years. Like many proud Michiganians, boating is a way of life for me.  I grew up working at my family’s small marina business on the shores of Lake St. Clair.   For us, boating wasn’t just a source of recreation, it was how we put food on the table and paid the mortgage, so I certainly understand and have a great appreciation for the industry. 

“Our proud maritime industry plays a critical role in our state and national economies, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country and generating billions in revenue annually. In the U.S. House, where I serve as Co-Chair of the Congressional Boating Caucus, I have always worked to advance policies and regulations that facilitate the industry’s growth, and I plan to continue to support it going forward.

“The Michigan Boating Industries Association, which represents more than 350 marine businesses in Michigan, is a critical component in preserving the vitality of Michigan’s boating industry. Its members, through their participation in the Clean Marina Program, have also demonstrated their dedication and commitment to being good environmental stewards of our waterways so that future generations may also reap the benefits our magnificent lakes offer. I am very grateful for the Association’s advocacy and extremely   honored to receive this humbling acknowledgement.”

About the Michigan Boating Industries Association:
The Michigan Boating Industries Association is a non-profit trade association dedicated to the promotion, protection and advancement of the recreational boating industry in Michigan. The MBIA currently represents more than 350 marine businesses in Michigan and serves as the voice of recreational boating in Michigan. 

 

 

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City of Utica Receives $273,715 Grant from Dept. of Homeland Security

2016/08/10

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that it will award the City of Utica a $273,715 grant to help with operations and safety.                                                                      

“Our first responders put their lives on the line to protect ours,” said Rep. Candice Miller. “Unfortunately, budgetary restrictions have made it increasingly difficult for local departments to provide the vital, emergency services our communities rely on.  I congratulate the City of Utica on this much-needed grant, and thank their first responders for their dedicated service.”

“I am very grateful for this grant program because it helps local departments facing budget constraints and cuts,” said City of Utica Chief Kevin Wilseck.  “We plan to use this funding to purchase new air packs that are desperately needed, as well as new turnout gear for the entire crew so they will now be completely outfitted.”

In cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program intended to support local fire departments and other local first responders.

 

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Rep. Miller Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Executive Drive

2016/08/10

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) joined officials with the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, County Executive Mark Hackel and other dignitaries at the grand re-opening of Executive Drive in Harrison Township. 

“Today’s grand opening of the newly-reconstructed Executive Drive is another sign of Southeast Michigan’s economic resurgence,” Miller said after the event. “Now, with wider lanes, new sidewalks, and a new drainage system that will prevent flooding, this new industrial access road will help facilitate YanFeng’s large, job-creating expansion and is certain to have a very positive economic, environmental, and aesthetic impact – especially for the residents of Harrison Township.

Background:
Constructed in 1973, Executive Drive had undergone few improvements over its 43-year history, impairing access and maneuverability to manufacturers in the industrial park. In 2015, the Michigan Department of Transportation awarded a Transportation Economic Development Fund grant of $1,634,640 to rebuild Executive Drive. The grant was matched by $700,560 from the Macomb County Department of Roads. 

Construction started April 4, 2016, and was completed August 7, 2016. The road improvements helped incentivized Yanfeng USA to invest $56.6 million to occupy and renovate a vacant building with the space needed to accommodate growing business needs. The investment is expected to create up to 519 new jobs over three years.

    

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How to protect Lake St. Clair

2016/08/06

Like an unseen mid-summer sunrise, some of life’s greatest gifts can go unopened.

This is especially true of the natural world which surrounds us and sustains us, and whose beauty and benefits we should never take for granted.

So I am grateful to have had the opportunity this year to participate in the 9th Annual Lake St. Clair Appreciation Day last week, hosted by the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce.

The Macomb Chamber sponsors this event to highlight the vital role Lake St. Clair — often called the heart of the Great Lakes — plays in our economic, recreational and spiritual lives. And to promote and encourage efforts to preserve that vitality for future generations.

The lake itself takes no heed of our words. But its survival, and that of its larger Great Lakes cousins rely on us to back them up with action.

Consider the resource:

Lake St. Clair’s 430 square miles contain dozens of fish species, and world class sport fisheries for walleye, perch, smallmouth bass and muskellunge.

Along St. Clair Shores in Macomb County alone are more than 60 private, commercial and municipal marinas, along with miles of public beachfront.

The economic impact of Lake St. Clair on our region is incalculable, but it is, at a minimum, a major contributor to Michigan’s $3.9 billion annual, recreational boating industry.

There is little question that an overwhelming majority of those of us who live in southeast Michigan appreciate Lake St. Clair. On a personal level, I grew up relying on our family’s Harrison Township marina to put food on the table and pay the mortgage.

Unfortunately, we have not always been the best stewards of our magnificent Lakes, and we have, for too long, tolerated the degradation of Lake St. Clair water quality from combined sewage and storm water overflows caused by aging and inadequate infrastructure.

We have an obligation to be vigilant about threats to our water resources, as we were earlier this year when a Texas-based petroleum transporter sought authorization to use a pair of nearly century-old pipelines spanning the St. Clair River to ship crude oil. In the wake of significant public outcry, the request was withdrawn in April.

We also need to do a better job of monitoring water quality in real time, as we did for a brief period early this century with a federally-funded system with stations stretching from Lake Huron to Lake Erie. Sadly, when federal funding for the system ended, monitoring was suspended.

We need to foster and encourage efforts to protect the lakes, like the private-public partnership which created the “Clean Marina Initiative,” assisting marina operators in the development of environmentally friendly operating procedures, and certifying those which meet its standards.

Finally, I believe our appreciation for Lake St. Clair, and the inland seas to which it is connected is real, deep and unalterable. However, our appreciation must be more than just sentiment. We must take action that protects and preserves our lake so that our children and our children’s children may also appreciate it the way we do.

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller represents Michigan’s 10th Congressional District.

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Miller, Trott Urge President Against Forcing Lame-Duck TPP Vote

2016/08/01

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Candice Miller (MI-10) and Dave Trott (MI-11) along with Representatives Bill Shuster (PA-9), Tim Murphy (PA-18), Ed Whitfield (KY-1), and Ted Yoho (FL-3) sent a letter to President Obama underscoring the widespread concern about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and urging him not to force a vote on an agreement of this consequence through a “lame duck” Congress. 

“I represent Southeast Michigan, a region that has suffered decades of economic devastation due to unfair currency manipulation practices from overseas competitors like Japan, China, and South Korea. During my tenure, I have advocated for strong protections against currency manipulation. In fact, working with then-House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan I negotiated the inclusion of strong currency manipulation provisions in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, which was enacted into law earlier this year. As a result of my provisions, back in April, the Treasury Department released its bi-annual report naming China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Germany  to the department’s currency manipulation watch list. While this is an important first step to bringing much-needed scrutiny to countries that engage in currency manipulation and other unfair trading practices, more must be done to protect American manufacturers. If this Administration was serious about protecting U.S. manufacturing, then it would have insisted that the Trans-Pacific Partnership have strong currency manipulation protections, which it doesn’t. That’s why I, along with several of my colleagues in the House, am urging President Obama to not force Congress to vote on the trade deal during the upcoming lame duck session. A deal of such magnitude and consequence should be debated and approved by the new Administration and Congress, not outgoing members such as myself. Americans deserve an opportunity to hold our President and their elected representatives in Congress accountable, and forcing this bad deal through a lame duck would deny them that opportunity.” – Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10)

“The TPP trade agreement does not contain the currency manipulation rules needed to protect Michigan families and our manufacturing industry. Like many Americans, I am not convinced that, in its current form, the TPP will do enough to protect Michigan workers and grow our state’s economy.  While I believe trade is critical for Michigan jobs, I urge President Obama not to pursue a vote on the TPP during a lame-duck session of Congress.  Any attempt to do so will only further erode the American people’s confidence in their government. The president should respect the voters’ choice of a new Chief Executive and allow his successor to work with Congress to negotiate a stronger agreement that puts Michigan workers and businesses first.” –Rep. Dave Trott (MI-11)

Under the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which passed Congress in 2015, Congress has 90 in-session days to consider the Trans-Pacific Partnership after it is formally presented to Congress by the President.

A PDF of the signed letter is available here.

Full text of the letter is as follows:

August 1, 2016

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

As our constituents have repeatedly expressed, America has deep and widespread concern about international trade agreements’ negative impact on American jobs, manufacturing, and the economy.

We believe a great deal more work is needed in renegotiations to ensure the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) works for American workers – and not just those of our trading partners.

A high-standard agreement is critical for the future of trade, since it not only includes the 12 currently participating countries, but is also a template which other countries can, and will, join in the future.  

America is already losing millions of jobs to the TPP’s current members – much of that driven by those countries’ currency manipulation.  

Notably, the TPP does not include enforceable rules to stop currency manipulators. Once America has given up the leverage of gaining full access to its consumer markets, the possibility of prohibiting currency manipulation – or reaching equitable agreements in many other areas – will be lost forever.

Additionally, the U.S. International Trade Commission’s recent report on TPP ignored the devastating potential impact that foreign currency manipulation could have on American jobs. Even using this and other optimistic assumptions, the report estimated only anemic growth and meager job creation across all sectors of our economy – while projecting American manufacturing would shrink.

As a result of these and many other failures, the TPP must be renegotiated in order to address 21st century trade issues and ensure American workers a competitive level playing field in the global economy.  

Some in your Administration reportedly believe passage of TPP should be attempted following November’s election.  We respectfully, but strongly, disagree.

TPP will set the template for trade for the next generation.  It will not only impact the current 12 member nations but also countries like South Korea and China that could join in the future.  A “lame duck” Congress should not vote on an agreement of this consequence – it would be an end-run around the American people immediately following an election.

We urge you not to send TPP implementing legislation to Congress in 2016.

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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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