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Miller to Serve as Chair of Homeland Security Border & Maritime Security Subcommittee

by Candice Miller on December 24, 2010

U.S. Congresswoman Candice Miller (MI-10) announced she has been appointed to serve as Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security for the 112th Congress, which will convene on January 5th. 
 
“The first and foremost responsibility of the federal government is to provide for our national defense, a responsibility spelled out clearly in the preamble of our Constitution. No aspect of that responsibility is more important than protecting our homeland.  I have proudly served on the House Homeland Security Committee for the past three years and I understand well the important mission with which we are charged.   I look forward to working Chairman-elect of the Committee on Homeland Security, Peter T. King (NY-3), whose commitment to the security of our nation’s citizens is unwavering and whose leadership is unquestioned.  I am very humbled by the confidence he has shown in me by appointing me to serve as the Chairman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee,” Miller said.
 
Chairman-elect Peter T. King said:  “I am very pleased to make this appointment.  As a member of the Homeland Security Committee since 2008, Candice has demonstrated her steadfast commitment to protecting our homeland from the terrorists who continue to plot and execute attacks against our nation.  Candice has served admirably, first as the deputy ranking member and, for much of the last year, as the top Republican of the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism, during which time she has demanded that the Obama Administration present a strategy for securing our northern and southern borders.  Following the 2009 Christmas Day attack on Northwest Flight 253 over Detroit, Candice further distinguished herself as a Member of Congress who is determined to defeat the terrorist threats against our nation.”
 
Miller continued: “Given the fact that I represent one of the busiest border crossings on our northern border, I understand the serious challenges we face and in my time in Congress and on this committee we have significantly grown the presence of homeland security assets to address these challenges.  Selfridge is home to the Northern Border Air Wing of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the SBInet border security system, and soon will be home to the Operational Integration Center of CBP which will be used to coordinate security efforts of all federal, state and local law enforcement and security partners.  Selfridge is also home to the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit and the Border Patrol Detroit Sector headquarters. 
 
“This subcommittee will also have jurisdiction over the Coast Guard which has a presence in Port Huron where the cutter Hollyhock is stationed performing vital ice breaking, buoy tending, search and rescue, boater safety and border security missions. The Coast Guard also has a station in Harbor Beach which performs search and rescue and boater safety missions. 
 
“In addition, my district is home to the Blue Water Bridge which is the second busiest border crossing on our northern border and the genesis of I-94 and I-69, two of the most important trade arteries in our nation.  We are also home to the CN Rail Tunnel which is the busiest rail entry into our nation.  These border crossings are vital to maintaining the steady flow of commerce and people across the Canadian border that is central to our economy and way of life.  I will make certain those challenges are recognized and addressed so that we can not only provide necessary security, but also protect and grow our economy.
 
“Our nation also faces daunting challenges along our southern border where drug cartels, human smuggling rings and a steady flow of illegal immigrants pose a great threat to the security of our homeland.  The American people are properly demanding that we secure our borders and maintain operational control of our borders.  As Chairman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, the American people can trust that we will work to determine and deploy the right mix of personnel, technology and infrastructure necessary to finally secure that border. 
 
“The American people can be certain that our committee will provide the oversight necessary to ensure that this administration and this Congress are doing the work necessary to secure this nation.  I am thankful to Chairman-elect King for the responsibility with which he has entrusted me, and I am ready to get to work,” Miller concluded.
 
Miller is currently serving as the lead Republican on the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border, Maritime Security and Global Counterterrorism and has been a member of the full Homeland Security Committee since March of 2008.

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