Wednesday, January 14, 2015 7:22 am
Tribune Staff Reports
UPPER THUMB — U.S. Rep. Candace Miller, R-Harrison Township, has outlined her legislative priorities for 2015 — priorities that include not only Michigan protection, but advancement
“With Republican majorities in both chambers, I believe we can tackle some much-needed reforms,” Miller said in a prepared statement. “(Reforms) that will protect the homeland, create even greater economic opportunity and preserve Michigan’s natural resources for future generations.”
Miller’s goals for 2015 include:
• Tax reform — According to Miller, the best way to “turbocharge” the economy would be to adopt fundamental tax simplification and reform.
• Asian carp — “I also believe we need to stop Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes,” read the statement. Last year, Miller introduced legislation that would authorize a complete hydrologic separation between the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan to prevent the carp from invading. This year, she said she plans to reintroduce the legislation and work with colleagues to “identify ways to stop Asian carp.”
• Transportation and infrastructure — This year, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will take up the reauthorization of the national highway bill with the final product to come before the House this summer.
“I will be deeply involved in the process to make certain Michigan gets our fair share so that our highway infrastructure can better meet our needs,” Miller said.
• Energy — Miller also outlined the need to focus on regulatory reforms and domestic energy production, which includes sending President Obama commonsense legislation “approving the long-overdue construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline” to help reduce the price of gas and the reliance on foreign sources of energy.
Miller conveyed confidence in the ability to accomplish her 2015 goals by working with colleagues from both sides of the aisle.
“I can help advance these reforms and initiatives that will create more opportunities for all of the hardworking families in Michigan’s 10th Congressional District,” she said.
Miller also will continue to serve as vice chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Chair of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, according to a press release earlier this week.