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Rep. Miller Critical of President’s State of the Union Response to Spending Cuts, Voting Reform

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller voiced opposition to several actions proposed by President Barack Obama in his 2013 State of the Union Tuesday.

The need to expand domestic energy production and innovation was one of the only topics addressed by President Barack Obama during his State of the Union Tuesday to receive support from U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI). 

Miller, who serves Michigan’s 10th congressional district, released a number of statements following Tuesday’s speech detailing her opposing view on issues ranging from state election rights to tax increases.

Chief among her concerns was the president’s response to the ongoing “sequester” – a series of automatic, across-the-board budget cuts enacted into law in 2011 and due to take effect at the end of the month unless Congress passes a resolution to avoid it.

“During tonight’s address to the nation, the President outlined very briefly why he thought the pending automatic federal spending cuts set to go into effect this year are a bad idea,” Miller stated. “However, the solution the President offered to replace the sequestration cuts, increasing taxes yet again, is even worse and would harm our economy."

In return for compromise on the sequester, Obama said he would agree to "modest" Medicare reform but held firm with his call for Congress to pass "comprehensive tax reform" that would close "tax loopholes and deductions for the well-off and well-connected."

Domestic energy production

While issues like taxes and the deficit are likely to remain highly partisan, there is some hope in other areas. Miller was complimentary to the president’s call to expand domestic energy production and innovation and said she is particularly hopeful that Congress can work together "on the idea to increase research and development for the use of our abundant natural gas reserves."

"Not only will this bolster our economic security, but in turn our national security through the use of domestic energy production and availability," she added.

Immigration reform/border security

Speaking to her role as Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, Miller offered mixed views on Obama’s call for comprehensive immigration reform.

“Although our immigration system is imperfect and is in need of serious reforms, comprehensive immigration reform can only be considered once the American people are convinced the border is secure,” she said. “As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, I want to ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes made in the past by accepting empty promises on border security.”

To verify these claims of the border being more secure than ever, Miller proposed that the Department of Homeland Security be forced to develop a comprehensive plan to secure the border and implement a system to measure progress.

Voting reform

The congresswoman also weighed in on the president’s proposal to establish a “non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience” and ideally eliminate experiences like that of special State of the Union guest Desiline Victor, who, at 102 years old, waited in line more than three hours to cast her vote in Florida.

“The President tonight noted long lines in the state of Florida at last November’s election. The state of Florida has recognized that they have a problem and Governor Rick Scott and Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner have put forward solutions to those problems which are currently being considered by the Florida legislature,” Miller said. “That is the way this issue should be dealt with because there is not a Washington one-size-fits-all solution that will solve Florida’s, or any other state’s, problems.”

Miller, who once served as Michigan’s Secretary of State, reiterated her belief that the administration of elections is “a state issue,” adding that the problem of long lines at polling places is “confined to very few states” and should not be influenced by a commission formed at the federal level.

Which parts of the president's speech did you agree/disagree with?

John P February 14, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Congressional Republicans are taking the economy hostage again—threatening to blow it up unless vital services for working families are cut. Call your members of Congress today, and tell them to stand up to these bullies, reject benefit cuts for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and cancel the across-the-board budget cuts under the sequester that would affect working families, such as cuts to food and workplace safety, education, and more. Instead, Congress should close loopholes for Wall Street and the richest 2%—especially loopholes that encourage job offshoring, allow corporations to pay no taxes, enrich the already wealthy, and bar the government from negotiating lower prices with drug companies. Call your members of Congress today at 888-659-9401. Tell them to stop these heartless cuts!
kidcat24 February 18, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Yes and don't forget what Boehner said after the Budget Control Act of 2011 passed. Which included the sequester. Boehner ~ " I got 98% of what I wanted"

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