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Washington— Reps. Candice Miller and Mike Rogers will help lead the Republican transition in the U.S. House.
Miller and Rogers announced Monday they’ve been named to the GOP Majority Transition Committee, the group of Republican U.S. House members and members-elect who’ll work to smooth the transfer of the majority leadership from Democrats, led by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to the GOP, likely to be led by Rep. John Boehner of Ohio.
Miller, the 10th District representative who handily defeated Democrat Henry Yanez in the Nov. 2 election, said in a statement she would be focusing “on bringing forward legislation that will generate job creation, cuts in federal spending and reforms to the way Congress operates” using the GOP’s “Pledge to America” as a road map. Rogers easily won re-election for Michigan’s 8th District against Democrat Lance Enderle.
Boehner, the House minority leader, unveiled the pledge this fall. It laid out a policy plan for a Republican-led U.S. House, including extending Bush-era tax cuts and repealing the health care reform law passed in March by the Democrat-led Congress.
The appointment of Miller of Harrison Township and Rogers of Brighton came as Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, laid out his case for repealing the health care reform law in an op-ed piece published in Monday’s editions of USA Today. He offered an alternative bill by the GOP that would curb malpractice lawsuits and force insurers to sell across state lines, while maintaining similar protections of the Democrats’ bill, including a ban on canceling policies and allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance through age 25.
Camp is the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee; Rep. Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak, is chairman. Camp is in line to become chairman when the GOP takes over the 112th Congress, which convenes in January.