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MILLER NAMED CHAIRMAN OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

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Washington, Dec 8, 2010 | Dan McFaul ((202) 225-4136) | comments
Washington, D.C. – Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-OH-08) announced today that Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL-01) has been elected Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
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Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-OH-08) announced today that Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL-01) has been elected Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

“It is certainly a great honor to have the opportunity to serve as chairman of an important committee that is so critical to our country,” said Miller.  “I’m eager to work hard in this new capacity for our veterans and retirees.”

“I can’t think of anyone in the House more capable to serve as the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs than Jeff Miller,” said Boehner.  “Jeff’s efforts for veterans are well documented and his credentials as a conservative leader are without question.  Jeff will continue to work to ensure that all of our nation’s heroes receive the proper respect and care that they earned.”

The Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is responsible for authorization and oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA.)  VA is the second largest department in the federal government with over 300,000 employees and a budget of over $119 billion.  

Since being elected to Congress in 2001, Miller has established himself nationally as a strong advocate for veterans' concerns including his successful support for changes to concurrent pay receipt and his advocacy of a greater co-sharing between the military and veterans' facilities.  In 2004, Miller spearheaded a measure to remedy the inequity in the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) for Social Security recipients.

A staunch fiscal conservative, Miller aims to bring efficiency and a streamlined approach to the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Miller plans for a return to strict oversight, focusing on issues such as claims backlogs as well as safety and security breaches within the department.  

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the more than 22 million veterans who have so proudly served this great nation,” Miller said.  “I will work to ensure that we meet our veterans’ needs.”
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