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Upcoming Mobile Office Days in Milton and Navarre this Wednesday, May 27


Upcoming Mobile Office Days in Milton and Navarre this Wednesday, May 27

In order to better serve the needs of constituents who are not close to the Pensacola or Fort Walton Beach offices, special “mobile office days” modeled after “veterans’ assistance days” have been established to better serve our growing population in Northwest Florida. I am pleased to announce upcoming office hours that will be held Wednesday, May 27. My staff will be available to answer questions about problems with federal agencies or other issues affecting the First Congressional District at the following locations and times: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce (5247 Stewart Street in Milton) and 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (8543 Navarre Parkway in Navarre). Read More



U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL-01) announced that he will be touring the Federal Courthouse in Pensacola, Florida along with Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA-09), and Ways and Means Committee member Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16.)  The Federal Courthouse has been plagued with water intrusion and mold issues. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has oversight jurisdiction over federal buildings and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA.)

Immediately following the tour, there will be a press conference on the steps of the Courthouse.


Press Conference with Congressman Jeff Miller, Congressman Bill Shuster, and Congressman Vern Buchanan


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

10:30 a.m. CT


Pensacola Federal Courthouse

1 N. Palafox St.

Pensacola, FL



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Washington, D.C.— Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL-01) will appear Monday onFox and Friends on Fox News Channel to discuss the replacement Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which VA says will now cost $1.73 billion – more than $1 billion over budget. The project is the biggest construction failure in VA history. Miller is expected to be interviewed at approximately 7:15 a.m. Central Time.  


Who:     Congressman Jeff Miller
What:    Fox and Friends
When:   Monday, March 23, 2015.  7:15 a.m. C.T.  (8:15 E.T.)
Where:  Fox News Channel

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Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL-01) issued the following statement today in response to remarks from the White House sharply criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tactics during his reelection campaign, warning that they could alter U.S. policy towards Israel and the Palestinian bid for statehood:

“I find it ironic and deeply disappointing that this President would jeopardize the relationship with our strongest ally in the region over divisive campaign rhetoric. Israel has a right to defend itself against those countries and individuals wishing to do it harm. I also find it troubling that the President seems willing to unravel the deep-seated alliance and friendship with Israel because the will of the Israeli people does not fit neatly into the President’s agenda and world view. With 7 out of 10 Americans favorably viewing Israel, President Obama certainly does not speak for the vast majority of the American people.

Israel provides a beacon of hope in a corner of the world marred by darkness, evil, and death. It is critical that we provide the support needed to help protect the sovereignty of Israel and the right of its people to defend themselves from terrorism and the threat of a nuclear Iran.

I hope President Obama will reconsider his administration’s inflammatory rhetoric regarding America’s relationship with Israel and continue the support of one of our closest allies.” Read More



Congressman Jeff Miller (R-Fl-01) today issued the following statement regarding the announcement by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that it will abandon its plan to ban a widely-used bullet used for the AR-15, the most popular sporting rifle in the United States:

 “I am encouraged today by the announcement from the ATF that it will no longer seek to ban M855 or “green tip” ammunition.  I am proud to be part of the strong bipartisan effort to avert the Obama Administration’s overreach in limiting the Second Amendment by fiat.

The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is an individual and sacred right that cannot be infringed.  It is my hope that the tremendous opposition to the ATF’s proposal will send an unequivocal message to those who wish to take firearms out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. However, this Administration has shown time and again it is willing to subvert the legislative process in order to achieve its agenda.  I will remain diligent in my efforts to prevent this and other overreaches by this Administration.”

Last week, Congressman Jeff Miller joined 239 Members of Congress in sending a letter to ATF Director B. Todd Jones expressing strong concern about the Obama Administration’s plan to ban the manufacture and importation of a common ammunition used for the AR-15, the M855 or “green tip.”


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Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL-01) issued the following statement today:

“The United States and Israel have enjoyed a deep-seated alliance and friendship since the founding of the modern state of Israel.Our citizens share the common values of personal freedom and individual rights, as well as a desire for a peaceful existence.Israel provides a beacon of hope in a corner of the world marred by darkness, evil, and death.It is critical that we provide the support needed to help protect the sovereignty of Israel and the right of its people to defend themselves from terrorism and the threat of a nuclear Iran.

We must continue to nurture and reinforce this strong alliance, not just for our own strategic benefit or for the stability brought to an unstable region, but also to show that the world is a brighter place under the light of the freedom provided by our two nations.

I appreciated hearing Prime Minister Netanyahu’s perspective today. Mr. Prime Minister, I continue to stand with Israel, and the people of the United States continue to support the Israeli people.”

Link to Text of the Prime Minister's Speech

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Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL-01) today reminded constituents of additional office hours as part of his successful mobile office program. In order to better serve the needs of constituents who are not close to the Congressman’s Pensacola or Ft. Walton offices, special “mobile office” days have been established. Expanding on the idea first used for “veteran’s assistance days”, members of his staff will be manning the office answering questions about problems with federal agencies or issues affecting the First Congressional District.

“This is just another way we can better serve our growing population in Northwest Florida,” Miller said. “We tried the mobile office concept earlier, and we had such an outstanding turnout that we decided to expand the concept and add more dates and locations to the program.”

The dates and times of the mobile office days are listed below.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

10:00 am - 11:30 am – Holmes County Chamber of Commerce
106 E. Byrd Avenue, Bonifay, Florida 

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 pm – Walton County Chamber of Commerce
95 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, Florida

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U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL-1) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“I had hoped to hear President Obama reach out to both sides of the aisle and embrace the opportunity to work with the new Majority in Congress to improve the economy, defend our shores, and make life better for all Americans.  I had also hoped the President would have built on areas of agreement between the parties, for example the continued need to reform the VA, and demonstrate some leadership. Unfortunately, President Obama’s laundry list of agenda items focused on the failed policies of the past.

 President Obama said last year that his policies were on the ballot last November.  If that was indeed the case Mr. President, your policies lost.

 Americans have said they want a secure border, more jobs, better wages, and lower health care and education costs.  In short, they want a government that works for them.

 To truly right this economy, we need to cut government spending, we have to shrink the size of the federal government, and we have to stop the federal intrusion and overreach that hurts hardworking Americans.  We need to move towards a balanced budget, and this government needs to stop mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren.”





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Bipartisan Veterans Suicide Prevention Act Passes House


Yesterday, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (Clay Hunt SAV) Act passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill was introduced last week by Chairman Jeff Miller and Reps. Tim Walz (D-MN) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and named in honor of the late Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and veterans advocate Clay Hunt. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.


Following House passage of the bill, Chairman Miller and Reps. Walz and Duckworth released the following statements:


“Once again, the House took an important step to help stop the epidemic of veteran suicides. It’s time for comprehensive, new ideas to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of mental health care available to our veterans, and that’s exactly what the Clay Hunt SAV Act would provide. The bill would ensure VA’s mental health and suicide prevention efforts receive crucial independent, third party oversight while creating a greater accounting of available services and fostering an enhanced community approach to delivering veterans suicide prevention and mental health care treatment, which is why I urge my colleagues in the Senate to join me in supporting it.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


“The Clay Hunt SAV Act represents a major step forward in the fight to end veteran suicide. I’m pleased the House took swift action in the 114th Congress to move this bill forward. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to do the same. Let’s work together to send this bipartisan bill to the President for his signature,” Rep. Walz, the highest ranking enlisted soldier to ever serve in Congress, said. “The fight, however, does not end after this bill becomes law. There is still more that must be done to improve mental health care for our veterans. I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress, veterans, and veterans’ advocates to ensure that improving care for our warriors remains a top priority.”


“Currently, there are over 2 million Post 9/11 Veterans across the country, and this number will only increase as our military force structure continues to draw down.  As the nature of war changes, the injuries our warriors sustain also change. Increasingly, theirs are invisible wounds, which do not have simple treatment and do not always manifest immediately,” Representative Duckworth said. “Just as these Veterans remained faithful to our country on the battlefield, it is our turn as their Representatives to remain faithful to them and it is our responsibility as a nation to, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, ‘care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.’ This responsibility includes ensuring that when our service men and women make the brave decision to seek help, they get the quality assistance and treatment they deserve in a timely manner. I am proud that this bipartisan legislation takes a crucial step in reducing Veteran suicide.”


A 2012 report from the Department of Veterans Affairs noted that an average of 18-22 veterans have committed suicide each day for more than a decade.


The Clay Hunt SAV Act seeks to quell this epidemic by:


Increasing Access to Mental Health Care and Capacity at VA to Meet Demand

  • Requires VA to create a one-stop, interactive website to serve as a centralized source of information regarding all department mental health services.
  • Addresses the shortage of mental health care professionals by authorizing VA to conduct a student loan repayment pilot program aimed at recruiting and retaining psychiatrists.


Improving the Quality of Care and Boosting Accountability at VA

  • Requires a yearly evaluation of all VA mental health care and suicide prevention practices and programs to find out what’s working and what’s not working and make recommendations to improve care.


Developing a Community Support System for Veterans 

o   Establishes a pilot program to assist veterans transitioning from active duty to veteran status.

o   Requires VA to collaborate with nonprofit mental health organizations to improve the efficiency of suicide prevention efforts.

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Miller Newsletter - 12/14/14


US Congressman Jeff Miller of Florida's 1st District
Miller Newsletter
December 14, 2014

Washington Update

House Passage of Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations, 2015
On December 11, the House passed H.R.83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, to provide funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2015 for 11 of the 12 annual appropriations bills and short term funding for the Department of Homeland Security. I voted against H.R.83 mainly because it does nothing to address the President’s recent executive actions pertaining to amnesty for illegal immigrants. Furthermore, it appropriates $1.01 trillion in discretionary spending, yet it does little to institute the many spending reforms necessary to get our fiscal house back in order.

With the American people rightly concerned about the President’s executive amnesty, I, along with more than 60 of my colleagues, introduced an amendment to H.R.83 that would have expressly prevented any appropriate funds, or collected fees, from being used to implement, administer, enforce, or carry out the President’s executive amnesty. I was extremely disappointed, however, that Members were not given the opportunity to vote on this amendment, and therefore was not adopted and included in the underlying measure.

While there was good to be found in the measure, including advanced funding for veterans, additional resources to address the backlog of veterans disability claims, funds to help essential readiness programs at the Department of Defense, a $350 million cut in IRS funding, continuing the trend of cutting Environmental Protection Agency funding for the fifth consecutive year, preserving important pro-life riders, and amending harmful Dodd-Frank swaps pushout requirements, H.R.83 highlights the difficulties inherent in funding our government in a fiscally responsible manner through last-minute spending measures.

There is no question that we must move back to regular order to ensure each of the 12 annual appropriations bills receives the thorough scrutiny needed to cut spending and work towards the necessary goal of balancing our budget. In the House, we have consistently passed the majority of the 12 spending bills on time, and I sincerely hope that the 114th Congress will provide a new opportunity to bring the Senate on board as we work to bring fiscal responsibility back to Washington. I also believe it is necessary for both the House and Senate to work together to carry out our role as a constitutional check on the executive branch. Without question, the President’s executive amnesty must be stopped, and we must protect the American people from big government programs, like Obamacare, which continues to harm hard-working families and businesses. Rest assured, as we start the new Congress next month, I will continue to stand strong for the conservative constitutional principles of limited government, individual liberty, and fiscal responsibility upon which our great Nation was founded.

House Oversight Hearing on Obamacare Transparency
With the price of Obamacare continuing to skyrocket, raising premiums and health care costs along with it, the House held a hearing last week to examine the numerous failures of transparency related the President’s massive takeover of our Nation’s health care system. This hearing presented a chance for two of the key figures behind the law to testify under oath to answer the concerns raised by the American people.

David Gruber, an MIT economist and one of the key architects of the law, appeared before the committee following the recent publication of comments in which he said that the keys to passing Obamacare were “the stupidity of the American voter” and a “lack of transparency.” Gruber, who according to press accounts received millions of dollars in taxpayer funds as a consultant on Obamacare, displayed a shocking level of disinterest, simply repeating time and again a half-hearted apology, refusing to comply with requests to fully disclose the compensation he received for his work on Obamacare, and demonstrating a general disregard for transparency.

Unfortunately, the obfuscation surrounding Obamacare has continued well after then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Throughout the implementation and roll out of Obamacare, the Administration has continued to try and hide the many problems and issues with the law, with misrepresentations and false statements. In August of this year, Administrator Tavenner proudly announced that the 2014 Obamacare enrollment of 7.3 million people had exceeded the Administration’s 7 million target; however, last month new information came to light revealing that these numbers had been inflated by the Administration reportedly doubling enrollees who signed up for both health care and dental plans. The enrollee count for 2014 is now officially 6.7 million, but given the Administration’s myriad failures, the American people have significant reason to be suspicious of all figures coming from the Administration. At the hearing, Administrator Tavenner failed to adequately address the concerns raised by Members of Congress, doing little to reassure the American people, who are hurting as Obamacare raises healthcare costs across the board.

Obamacare must be repealed and replaced, and last week’s hearing simply underscored this undeniable reality.

Veterans Corner

House Passage of H.R.5059, the Clay Hunt SAV Act
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (Clay Hunt SAV) Act last week.  Named in honor of the late Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and veterans advocate Clay Hunt, the Clay Hunt SAV Act would help ensure VA’s mental health and suicide prevention efforts receive crucial independent, third party oversight while creating a greater accounting of available services and fostering an enhanced community approach to delivering veterans suicide prevention and mental health care treatment.

Despite record mental health staffing and budget levels at the Department of Veterans Affairs, today's veterans are falling victim to the invisible wounds of war all too often. An average of 18 to 22 veterans take their own lives each day - a heartbreaking statistic that has remained unchanged for more than a decade. In passing the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, the House took an important step toward putting an end to this grim status quo.  To view my December 9 remarks on the House Floor, click on the image below.

Click on the image above view my December 9 remarks during House debate on H.R.5059, the Clay Hunt SAV Act.

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Hearing on Evaluating Federal and Community Efforts to Eliminate Veteran Homelessness
The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing Thursday to examine the status and sustainability of Department of Veterans Affairs veteran homelessness prevention efforts.

In November 2009, then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki announced a plan to end veteran homelessness within five years. Five years later that goal remains elusive, although the number of homeless veterans has fallen by about 33 percent since 2010, according to VA statistics. Despite the fact that VA operates more than 20 programs dedicated to providing assistance with housing, healthcare and/or employment for homeless or at-risk veterans and that VA’s spending on targeted homelessness prevention efforts has increased from $376 million in Fiscal Year 2009 to more than $1.6 billion in Fiscal Year 2015, the department is struggling to adequately perform basic yet vital tasks such as answering phones at its National Call Center for Homeless Veterans and referring homeless veterans in need of care to VA medical facilities and support services, according to a recent inspector general report.

To view the hearing and my opening remarks, click on the images below.

Click on the left image to view Part I (start at 27:58) of the December 11 House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Hearing and the right image to view Part II (start at 1:55).

Miller Media Clips
To read some recent press clips highlighting my work on behalf of Florida's First Congressional District and our Nation’s veterans and servicemembers, click on the links below:

VA employees doubt agency can police itself
VA Hospital Project Grinds to a Halt Amid Budget Overruns
House passes bill to improve military mental health care
U.S. House backs bill to cut vets’ suicide rate
Bipartisan Veterans Suicide Prevention Act Passes House
John Boehner Will Take Up Tim Walz's and Jeff Miller's Veteran Suicide Bill

In the District
As a strong supporter of religious liberty, I was dismayed to learn that the Town of Jay will not be displaying the traditional nativity scene in front of Jay City Hall this Christmas. According to reports, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Town of Jay claiming that the nativity scene display at City Hall is prohibited by the Supreme Court. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is a Wisconsin based nonprofit that advocates for agnostics and atheists, claims displaying a nativity scene on government property is impermissible and furthermore an isolating gesture to non-Christians. I strongly disagree with the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s assertions, and as a man of faith and a defender of religious liberty, I believe it is vital to stand up in defense of religious freedom. Our Founding Fathers ensured that we establish no official religion in this country, nor should we; however, it was not the Founders' intent to keep God out of government or public life, but to keep the government out of the church.

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In Memory of Charles Hutton “Bull” Rigdon, Jr.
Northwest Florida lost a great man with the recent passing of Bull Rigdon. Bull was a devoted family man, a patriotic veteran and civil servant, committed civic leader, an exceptional elected official, and a great friend. Bull’s list of accomplishments and his lasting legacy of service to our Nation and to our community are true testament to his character. Bull paired a 40-plus year career as a civil servant at Eglin with more than three decades of local public service both on the Fort Walton Beach City Council and the Okaloosa Gas Board.

Those who were fortunate enough to know Bull can also attest to his generosity and selflessness, personified by the charitable work he carried out as a Shriner and a Mason, and, of course, thousands in Northwest Florida have visited the Bull Rigdon Fairgrounds in Fort Walton Beach, which was named in honor of Bull in recognition of his outstanding service as CEO of the Northwest Florida Fair.

I was personally privileged to call Bull a friend, and I know that his legacy will live on forever in Northwest Florida. Vicki and I extend our deepest prayers and condolences to his wife Helen Hunt Rigdon; children, Karen Rigdon Hughes and Charles William Rigdon; grandchildren Charles William Lamkin, Lauren Ashley Rigdon, Blake William Rigdon and Montana Dodson; sister, Ouida Rigdon Miller; stepson, Michael B. Dodson; and the entire Rigdon family.

From left: Colonel George E. "Bud" Day (Ret.); Charles Hutton "Bull" Rigdon, Jr.; Mrs.Vicki Miller; Congressman Jeff Miller; and Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney

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Veterans & Military Hiring Fair


6th Annual Northwest Florida Veterans and Military Job Fair
Friday, November 2nd, 2012 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Navarre Conference Center
8700 Navarre Parkway
Navarre, Florida

Click here for more information on the Jobs Fair
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Veterans Expo


Veterans Expo Pensacola
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
WSRE Amos Auditorium
1000 College Boulevard
Pensacola, FL 32504

Veterans Expo Fort Walton Beach
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Northwest Florida Fair Grounds
1958 Lewis Turner Blvd.
Fort Walton Beach,  FL  32547

Bringing together organizations (Federal, State, non-profits, and businesses that have a dedicated Veteran component) for a one day “one-stop shop” venue  that will provide information, support and will answer any veteran benefits related questions or issues. Read More

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336 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4136
Fax 202-225-3414

United States Representative Jeff Miller serves Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.  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 $150 billion.

Miller also serves on the House Armed Services Committees (HASC.)  As a senior member of HASC, Miller has proven to be a strong advocate for our men and women in uniform, and he is one of the leading proponents of Naval Aviation, Special Operations, and Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E.)  Miller was instrumental in helping establish Eglin Air Force Base as the joint primary training location for the F-35 Lightning II.

Congressman Miller was appointed to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). The HPSCI provides policy guidance and sets classified funding levels for the sixteen agencies of the Intelligence Community funded by the National Intelligence Program and the Military Intelligence Program. Recently, the Intelligence Committee has held important hearings on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, U.S. Intelligence Operations against Al Qaeda, and Security Clearance Reform.

Congressman Miller also serves on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), where he serves as Vice Chairman of  the subcommittee on Transatlantic Defense and Security Cooperation.

Since coming to Congress, Miller has established himself as one of the staunchest conservatives in the House. He has championed numerous tax relief and veterans’ measures and fought for less government, less taxes, and more personal freedom.

Mr. Miller was sworn in as State Representative in 1998 and again in 2000 to serve District 1. He has served as Chairman of the Utilities & Telecommunications Committee. He was also a member of the Congressional Redistricting Committee, the Committee on General Government Appropriations, the Committee on Rules, Ethics & Elections, and the Council for Ready Infrastructure. He is the past Chairman of the Escambia County Legislative Delegation for 1999-2000.

In addition to his prior service as a State Legislator, Congressman Miller is active in the community as a board member of the Santa Rosa County United Way, the Pregnancy Resource Center of Milton, the Gulf Coast Council of Boy Scouts of America, and the Florida FFA Foundation. He is a member of the Florida Historical Society and various area Chambers of Commerce. Congressman Miller is a native Floridian and was born in 1959. Prior to serving in elected office, he was a real estate broker and deputy sheriff. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1984 at the University of Florida.

Representative Miller is married to the former Vicki Griswold. They are members of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola. They have two children and three grandchildren.

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