Rep. George Miller
- Homepage: http://www.house.gov/georgemiller/
April 2010: '"If cases are stuck for months or years at the review commission, MSHA cannot impose stronger penalties for the worst mine operators," Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), chairman of the labor committee, said at a hearing in February on the backlog issue.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/09/AR2010040905653.html
July 2009: 'Rep. George Miller (D., Calif.) is working on a new set of rules that could limit the use of restraint and seclusion, provide funding to train school staff, and require communication with parents if extreme disciplinary measures are used. Says Miller: “We’re meeting with the Obama Administration and education experts about a federal action to keep kids safe and stop horrific abuses from going unchecked.”'http://www.parade.com/news/intelligence-report/archive/090726-should-schools-use-restraints-on-students.html
July 2008: 'According to his prepared remarks, Representative George Miller, Democrat of California and chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, will tell the hearing, “Although the Department of Labor currently has the necessary tools to fight wage theft, the G.A.O. investigation suggests that the problem of wage theft is only getting worse because of weaker enforcement.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/15/washington/15labor.html
May 2008: '“Even after the near-disaster in March, the company forged ahead with plans to do the same kind of retreat mining in the South Barrier that it had done, with nearly catastrophic consequences, in the North Barrier,” said Rep. George Miller, Democrat from California and chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, which conducted the investigation.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/09/us/08cnd-mine.html
September 2007: 'Speaking to the same group minutes before the education secretary, Representative George Miller, the California Democrat who is chairman of the education committee, said that he remained “strongly committed” to the principles of No Child Left Behind, but he said that the law needed more flexibility.'http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/06/education/06child.html
October 2007: The report was released at an emotionally wrenching hearing of the House education committee, where lawmakers heard from the parents of three teenagers who died [in privately run "boot camps"]. Representative George Miller, the California Democrat who is head of the committee, said he planned to introduce legislation early next year to create a federal role in regulating the industry, a move that the ranking Republican, Representative Howard P. McKeon of California, said he would most likely support.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/11/washington/11report.html
July 2007: Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the chairman, said the five-year-old [No Child Left Behind] law, a cornerstone of President Bush's domestic policy, has put too much emphasis on standardized testing.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/30/AR2007073001711.html
July 2007: 'Nonprofit student lenders enjoy special benefits, such as exemption from federal income taxes,' Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) said in a statement. 'In exchange, they must honor their charitable mission, which is to help financially strapped students pay for college. When they stray from that mission, they shouldn't enjoy any special benefits.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/18/AR2007071802392.html
May 2007: Human Rights Watch endorsed the bill in its report. It enlisted House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.), who sponsored the bill, to speak on behalf of it in a conference call with reporters yesterday.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/30/AR2007043001679.html
March 2007: The hearing was the first of two planned this year by the committee's chairman, Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), to determine if the Labor Department is adequately overseeing the 401(k) industry and to help craft legislation requiring money managers to fully disclose what they charge and to manage 401(k) plans to maximize returns for retirees.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/06/AR2007030601993.html
April 2007: 'The purpose of Reading First is to help schoolchildren learn to read, not feather the nests of a select group of well-connected individuals and organizations,' says Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., who chairs the House Committee on Education and Labor.http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-04-15-textbooks-congress_N.htm
January 2007: ...House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.), the sponsor of the minimum-wage bill that included the Marianas but not Samoa, according to committee aides. The aides said the Samoan economy does not have the diversity and vibrancy to handle the mainland's minimum wage, nor does the island have anything like the labor rights abuses Miller found in the Marianas.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/08/AR2007010801641.html
July 2006: “The Bush administration has a responsibility to make sure that federal taxpayer dollars are not being sent to organizations that discriminate, but it is failing to uphold that responsibility,” said Representative George Miller of California, the senior Democrat on the Committee on Education and the Workforce...”http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/19/washington/19faith.html
January 2005: Rep. George Miller (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House education committee, said the Williams contract "is propaganda, it's unethical, it's dangerous and it's illegal" and called it "worthy of Pravda." Committee Chairman John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) agreed to join Miller in requesting an inspector general's investigation, a spokesman said.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A56330-2005Jan7.html
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Apr 10, 2010 Mines avoid crackdowns by challenging safety citations
QUOTE: By contesting the citations, the 32 mines were able to avoid falling into a "potential pattern of violation" category, which would have brought closer scrutiny and moved regulators a step closer to the ability to restrict or shut down operations.
Washington Post Jul 26, 2009 Should Schools Use Restraints on Students?
QUOTE: The Government Accountability Office reported more than 33,000 incidents of restraint or seclusion [of students] last year at schools in Texas and California, two of only six states that track such data. Nineteen states have no regulations at all regarding the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.
Mar 24, 2009 Labor Agency Is Failing Workers, Report Says
QUOTE: The federal agency [the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division] charged with enforcing minimum wage, overtime and many other labor laws is failing in that role, leaving millions of workers vulnerable, Congressional auditors have found.
New York Times Jul 15, 2008 Department Is Criticized on Disputes Over Wages
QUOTE: The Government Accountability Office sharply criticizes the Wage and Hour Division of the Labor Department in two reports to be issued on Tuesday, saying it mishandled many overtime and minimum-wage complaints and delayed investigating hundreds of cases for a year or more.
New York Times Jun 07, 2008 Workers on Hunger Strike Say They Were Misled on Visas
QUOTE: The workers, who walked off jobs in Gulf Coast shipyards in early March, say they were victims of human trafficking when they were brought to the United States under a temporary guest worker program. The hunger strike is meant to pressure federal officials, and comes as Congress is debating an expansion of the guest worker program, known as H-2B for the type of temporary visa the workers receive.
New York Times May 08, 2008 Utah Mine Disaster Was Preventable, Report Says
QUOTE: The general manager and possibly other senior staff at the Crandall Canyon Mine near Huntington, Utah, where 9 miners died in August 2007, hid information from federal mining officials that could have prevented the disaster and should face criminal charges...
New York Times Oct 11, 2007 Report Recounts Horrors of Youth Boot Camps
QUOTE: Reports of abuse of troubled young people in privately run boot camps and other residential treatment centers are widespread, with examples numbering in the thousands, according to a federal report released Wednesday. The report also found that managers of these programs, which are largely unregulated, faced little or no punishment for their actions.
New York Times Sep 06, 2007 Secretary of Education Criticizes Proposal
QUOTE: Education Secretary Margaret Spellings on Wednesday criticized a Congressional proposal to soften provisions of President’s Bush signature education law, saying it would severely weaken the federal effort to raise achievement among poor and minority children.
New York Times Sep 01, 2007 Democrats Try to Soften Bush’s Education Law
QUOTE: For the suburbs, for example, Mr. Miller’s draft would draw a distinction between schools failing across the board and those where only some student groups failed to meet annual testing goals. It would give a nod to teachers’ concerns by allowing states to consider not just annual math and reading scores in deciding whether a school passes muster but other measures, including tests in history, science and civics; graduation rates; and Advanced Placement tests.
New York Times Jul 31, 2007 'No Child' Needs to Expand Beyond Tests, Chair Says
QUOTE: No Child Left Behind has come under attack from conservatives, who see the law as a federal intrusion into public schools, and from liberals, who believe it focuses too much on standardized tests. [But] the law has kept the support of leading Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
Washington Post Jul 19, 2007 Nonprofit Student Lenders Scrutinized: Probe Called for on Tax Status
QUOTE: The chairman of the House education committee called yesterday for an investigation into whether nonprofit student loan companies are abusing their tax-exempt status.
Washington Post Jul 12, 2007 House Backs Increasing Student Loans: Republicans, Senate Proposal Lean More Toward Grants
QUOTE: Lending companies said the subsidy cuts would drive many of them out of business and prevent them from passing benefits on to students .... But Education Secretary Margaret Spellings signaled support for the Senate version, which she called "a good, strong step forward."
Washington Post Jun 21, 2007 Student Loan Overhaul Advances: Votes Expected By House, Senate
QUOTE: Federal and state investigations have found conflicts of interest among lenders, universities and government regulators....Many Democrats have long decried subsidies to the lending industry as a waste of taxpayer dollars and have promoted direct lending by the government to students. Republicans have generally sided with the lending industry, contending that the companies bring needed competition to the market.
Washington Post May 01, 2007 Wal-Mart's Union Stance Attacked: Retailer's Tactics Are Extreme, Human Rights Group Says
QUOTE: Human Rights Watch, an advocacy group based in New York, released a report yesterday detailing what it called excessively aggressive tactics by Wal-Mart Stores to stop union organization in its stores.
Washington Post Apr 16, 2007 Multibillion dollar textbook scandal reaches Congress
QUOTE: A key part of President Bush's efforts to remake public education, Reading First was launched in 2002, giving schools $1 billion a year to improve reading in early elementary grades. Five years later, early evidence suggests that it may be helping. But investigators say a handful of advisers have railroaded schools into buying textbooks and other materials that they and associates developed.
USA TODAY Mar 22, 2007 Utah heats up long-simmering school-voucher debate
QUOTE: Governor has signed into law the first 'universal' voucher program in the US...Proponents argue that families should be able to apply some tax dollars to whatever school they choose. Opponents insist that public money should be used only for public schools, rather than to subsidize private and religious institutions.
Christian Science Monitor Mar 21, 2007 'No Child Left Behind' losing steam
QUOTE: Democrats, who now control both the House and Senate, say that they initially supported NCLB on the promise that federal funding would give schools the resources they needed to implement the new law...it still has been underfunded by some $70.9 billion, below levels authorized by law, say critics ranging from top Democrats to education associations and teachers unions.
Christian Science Monitor Mar 07, 2007 Lawmakers Scrutinize Fees for 401(k) Plans
QUOTE: Workers are being overcharged tens of billions of dollars a year in unnecessary and often hidden fees imposed on popular, company-sponsored retirement savings plans known as 401(k)s, financial experts told a congressional committee yesterday.
Washington Post Jan 09, 2007 Minimum-Wage Bill Stirs Controversy in Pacific Islands: Democrats Aim Raise for Northern Marianas but Not Samoa
QUOTE: Democrats have long tried to pull the Northern Marianas under the umbrella of U.S. labor laws, accusing the island government and its industry leaders of coddling sweatshops and turning a blind eye to forced abortions and indentured servitude....But Republican leadership aides accused the Democrats of using a double standard by imposing the higher minimum wage on a government with a Republican representative to the United States while continuing to exempt a territory with a Democratic delegate. American Samoa and the tuna industry...
Washington Post Jul 19, 2006 Report Faults Safeguards in Religion Program
QUOTE: The Bush administration’s program of financing social service initiatives run by religiously affiliated groups lacks adequate safeguards against religious discrimination and has yet to measure the performance of the groups...
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