candice miller http://michiganradio.org en 2 from Michigan champion the A-10 in Congress--and right now, they're winning http://michiganradio.org/post/2-michigan-champion-10-congress-and-right-now-theyre-winning <p>If Congress has its way, it looks like the country’s fleet of A-10 warplanes <a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20140522/NEWS/140529937/latest-defense-bills-save-selfridge-air-fleet-more-than-700-jobs">will keep on flying for at least for another year</a>.</p><p>The Obama Administration has repeatedly tried to retire the A-10 “Warthog,” an aircraft with origins in the Cold War era. The Defense Department says it’s now obsolete.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17749 at http://michiganradio.org 2 from Michigan champion the A-10 in Congress--and right now, they're winning Defense budget proposal may affect Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/defense-budget-proposal-may-affect-michigan <p>Michigan may stand to gain and lose in the proposed U.S. Department of Defense budget plans.</p><p></p><p>The budget plan <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/02/24/282123650/hagel-proposes-cuts-to-size-and-spending-of-armed-forces">Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel</a> laid out yesterday cuts spending on what’s seen as old Cold War hardware and spends more money on "21st&nbsp;century weapons".</p><p></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16586 at http://michiganradio.org Defense budget proposal may affect Michigan Michigan congressmen split on the 'State of the Union' speech http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressmen-split-state-union-speech <p>Michigan’s congressional delegation had a mixed reaction to the president’s State of the Union address last night.</p><p>Democrat John Dingell says Congress is capable of acting on the president’s call for a higher minimum wage and restoring federal jobless benefits.</p><p>“Whether they will or not I don’t know because as you know, the Republicans run Congress,” Dingell said after the president’s speech.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:24:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16225 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan congressmen split on the 'State of the Union' speech Michigan's congressional delegation divided on government shutdown/debt ceiling vote http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-divided-government-shutdowndebt-ceiling-vote <p></p><p>Last night&rsquo;s vote to end the federal government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling divided Michigan&rsquo;s Republican congress.</p><p>The legislation reopens the government through Jan. 15<sup>th</sup> and permits the U.S. Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7<sup>th</sup> or perhaps a month longer.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Congress faced a midnight deadline Thursday. That&#39;s when U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew had said the government would reach the current $16.7 trillion debt limit and could no longer borrow to meet its obligations.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 03:41:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 14870 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's congressional delegation divided on government shutdown/debt ceiling vote Michigan Republicans sign on to defund Obamacare http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republicans-sign-defund-obamacare <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">All nine of Michigan’s Republican members of Congress <a href="http://clerk.house.gov/floorsummary/floor.aspx?day=20130920&amp;today=20130920">voted</a> for House legislation that would <a href="http://tomgraves.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=342272">defund the Affordable Care Act</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The bill is a part of a recent political ultimatum coming from Republican lawmakers: either cut </span>Obamacare<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> or shut down the government.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The language was attached to a continuing resolution — a temporary measure that allows the government to maintain the current levels of funding to federal agencies while Congress works out a fully-fledged budget plan.</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:51:27 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14524 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republicans sign on to defund Obamacare Michigan's congressional delegation remains divided on Syria after the president's speech http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-remains-divided-syria-after-presidents-speech <p>The president’s speech last night on Syria is drawing mixed reactions from Michigan’s Congressional delegation.</p><p>Senator Carl Levin says the president “made a forceful and persuasive case” for confronting the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own citizens.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says Congress should approve a resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria as a way of supporting diplomatic efforts.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 03:04:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 14368 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's congressional delegation remains divided on Syria after the president's speech Michigan Farm Bureau not happy with US-House-passed Farm Bill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-farm-bureau-not-happy-us-house-passed-farm-bill <p>Michigan’s agribusiness leaders are hoping Congress will restore food assistance programs to the 2013 Farm Bill.</p><p>House Republicans approved a Farm Bill on Thursday, without any funding for food stamp programs, like&nbsp;the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as SNAP.</p><p>For decades, Congress has approved massive spending bills to help the nation’s farmers and provide help for the poor to buy food. But conservative House members passed a Farm Bill without the food stamp funding.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:01:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 13503 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Farm Bureau not happy with US-House-passed Farm Bill Losing your horse http://michiganradio.org/post/texas-governor-rick-perry-michigan-congresswoman-candice-miller <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Back before warfare became mechanized, one of the worst things that could happen, especially in the cavalry, was to have your horse shot out from under you on a battlefield.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:24:50 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5874 at http://michiganradio.org Losing your horse Very little "common ground" for Michigan U.S. Reps http://michiganradio.org/post/very-little-common-ground-michigan-us-reps <p><a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110926/METRO/109260412/1361/Michigan-s-U.S.-reps-trade-barbs-on-economy">Three Michigan members of Congress</a> talked about jobs, the federal budget deficit, and partisan gridlock at the Detroit Economic Club.</p><p>Democrats Gary Peters and Sander Levin, and Republican Candice Miller all represent suburban Detroit districts in the U.S. House.</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 22:36:17 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4315 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Political Roundup http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-political-roundup <p><strong>13th District: Johnson Is In</strong></p><p>State Senator Bert Johnson just got into the race for Michigan&rsquo;s 13th Congressional District. Johnson made the announcement yesterday in Highland Park. Many political observers believe Johnson will face U.S. Rep. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/list/term/1484">John Conyers</a> in a Democratic primary for the seat. Though Rep. Conyers currently represents the state&rsquo;s 14th Congressional District, it&rsquo;s believed, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/redistricting-michigan-new-political-maps-michigan-legislature">due to redistricting</a>, that he&rsquo;ll run in 2012 in the 13th District. U.S. Rep. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/hansen-clarke">Hansen Clarke</a>, who currently represents the state&rsquo;s 13th District, announced earlier this month his intention to run in 2012 in the new 14th Congressional District.</p><p><strong>Miller Supports Hoekstra</strong></p><p>Michigan Republican Congresswoman<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/list/term/1574"> Candice Miller</a> says she supports former West Michigan Congressman <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/pete-hoekstra">Pete Hoesktra</a> in his bid to become the GOP challenger in the 2012 election against incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow. Earlier this week, Governor <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Rick Snyder</a> formally<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-endorses-hoekstra"> endorsed Hoekstra</a> as well. Hoekstra faces fellow Republicans <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/list/term/3628">Clark Durant</a>, a Detroit charter school executive; Randy Hekman, a former Kent County Probate Judge; Gary Glenn, President of the American Family Association of Michigan; and businessman Pete Konetchy.</p><p><strong>Melton Steps Down</strong></p><p>Democratic State Representative <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/list/term/3144">Tim Melton</a> of Pontiac is <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/democrat-leaves-lansing-lobby-school-reforms">stepping down from his seat</a> in the state legislature. Melton, who made the announcement yesterday, is taking a job in California with <a href="http://www.studentsfirst.org/">StudentsFirst</a>, an education reform group lead by Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington D.C., public school system. When Democrats controlled the state House, Melton was chair of that chamber&rsquo;s Education Committee. Melton is the third state lawmaker in recent years to leave office early for another job. Melton says term limits could make leaving early a trend for state politicians. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:00:46 +0000 Zoe Clark 3977 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Political Roundup Looking for ways to improve border security http://michiganradio.org/post/looking-ways-improve-border-security <p><a href="http://candicemiller.house.gov/2011/04/advisory-border-security-enforcement---dhss-cooperation-with-state-local-law-enforcement-stakeholder.shtml">Congresswoman Candice Miller</a> is chairing a hearing this week&nbsp;&nbsp;on the need for greater coordination of law enforcement resources on America&rsquo;s borders.&nbsp;&nbsp; Miller says <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103181125">Mexico&rsquo;s expanding drug war</a> poses a growing threat to border states.</p> Mon, 02 May 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 2284 at http://michiganradio.org Looking for ways to improve border security Rep. Miller expected to introduce bill to secure U.S. borders http://michiganradio.org/post/rep-miller-expected-introduce-bill-secure-us-borders <p>U.S. Representative <a href="http://candicemiller.house.gov/">Candice Miller</a> (R-Harrison Township) is expected to introduce a bill today that would order the Department of Homeland Security to create a plan to secure 100 percent of the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada, the Detroit News <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110331/POLITICS02/103310388/1024/POLITICS03/Miller-bill-seeks-%E2%80%98100-percent%E2%80%99-secure-U.S.-borders-by-2016">reports</a>. From the News:</p><blockquote><p>A draft copy of the bill, the Secure Border Act of 2011, was obtained Wednesday by The Detroit News. It would require DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and her agency, within 180 days of its passage, to identify how to bring the northern and southern borders under full &quot;operational control&quot; &mdash; meaning authorities have clear ways of patrolling and controlling passage over a border &mdash; within five years.</p><p>Achieving full operational control of the borders would likely cost hundreds of millions of dollars or more, if current projections are any indication.</p><p>Among the potential solutions are increased levels of fencing and boosted patrols on the southern border, while the U.S.-Canada border would be a prime candidate for a beefed-up Coast Guard presence in the Great Lakes, watch towers like those deployed along the St. Clair River and unmanned aerial drones in use in states like Arizona.</p><p>Both borders are far below that 100 percent goal. Forty-four percent of the U.S.-Mexican border is estimated to be under operational control; the U.S.-Canadian border is less than 2 percent controlled.</p></blockquote><p>Rep. Miller chairs the Subcommittee on Maritime and Border Security in the U.S. House of Representatives. Thu, 31 Mar 2011 10:54:25 +0000 Zoe Clark 1860 at http://michiganradio.org Rep. Miller expected to introduce bill to secure U.S. borders International border expected to be topic at Obama, Harper meeting http://michiganradio.org/post/international-border-expected-be-topic-obama-harper-meeting <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama">President Obama </a>is scheduled to sit down with Canada’s prime minister in Washington D.C. tomorrow.</p><p>The meeting comes just a few days after the release of a government <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama">report </a>that said only 32 miles of the two countries’ four-thousand-mile shared border has an “acceptable” level of security.</p><p>Michigan <a href="http://candicemiller.house.gov/">Congresswoman Candice Miller </a>says the report confirmed what she’s been saying for some time.</p><blockquote><p>"Not to minimize the problems with the drug cartels and the problems we’re having on the Southern border, but we are under-resourced on the Northern border, and with the small amount of resources we have, to have them continue to raid those resources and ship them to the Southern border, I think is a mistake."</p></blockquote><p>Canadian press reports say President Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper are close to signing a landmark security and trade deal. Thu, 03 Feb 2011 22:10:36 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1160 at http://michiganradio.org International border expected to be topic at Obama, Harper meeting