Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after accompanying the crew of the USCGC Hollyhock, a 225-ft U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, on its regularly-scheduled mission from Port Huron, MI:
"Today, I had the great privilege of accompanying Admiral Midgette and the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard's Hollyhock icebreaker on its mission from Port Huron. I was interested to see up close the vast amount of ice blanketing Lake Huron and extremely impressed with the skill, dedication and persistence demonstrated by the crew of the Hollyhock as they cut through the ice.
"The U.S. Coast Guard, specifically its District 9 fleet stationed on the Great Lakes, plays a vital role to our commerce and safety by keeping our waterways open. This winter's brutally cold conditions create even greater challenges as they work to stay ahead of the ice and prepare for ice jams during the spring thaw.
"As Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security and a life-long resident of the Great Lakes, I want to reaffirm my commitment to ensuring that they have the resources they need and express my sincere gratitude for their service."
As Chair of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, which has oversight of the U.S. Coast Guard, Rep. Miller has paid particularly close attention to the resources dedicated to the Great Lakes.