(PECK) -- Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller celebrated the 10th anniversary of her annual Dinner on the Farm event this week, mingling with more than 400 of her Dist. 10 constituents June 30 in Sanilac County. Hosts Dennis and Lori Quandt gave Miller a tour of their cash crop farm outside Peck, after which the congresswoman met with a gathering of local Farm Bureau leaders from Sanilac and neighboring counties.
Echoing her prepared remarks at the subsequent dinner reception, Miller addressed several topics impacting Michigan agriculture, including infrastructure, immigration reform and border security.
Farmers in attendance asked Miller for her views on agriculture's current beef with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—that its proposed new rule to expand the definition of "waters of the United States" in the Clean Water Act amounts to an egregious over-reach of federal regulatory authority.
"This administration has taken the regulatory process to a whole new level—into the stratosphere, really," Miller said. "It's really unreasonable.
"There's been a significant amount of push-back" in D.C. from her and a substantial number of like-minded lawmakers, Miller said, noting that she was one of more than 230 legislators who signed a letter imploring the EPA to rescind the proposed rule.
"We want them to work with congress and come to a reasonable agreement," she said. "I can't predict what'll happen, but we have to keep the pressure on."
More than 400 Farm Bureau members from around the Thumb converged on Peck for this year's Dinner on the Farm.
Miller cited her status as vice chair of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Homeland Security in addressing the recent influx of immigrant children across the United States' border with Mexico. Miller called out the Obama administration for mishandling what she described as a "humanitarian crisis" caused by a "tsunami of children."
"The president has done absolutely the wrong thing by increasing foreign aid" to Mexico and the Central American countries believed to be sending unaccompanied young children to enter the U.S. illegally. "We are not the ATM machine of the world," Miller said, adding that she feels the National Guard should be deployed to bolster border security.
The annual Dinner on the Farm is co-sponsored by the Huron, Lapeer, Macomb, Sanilac, St. Clair and Tuscola County Farm Bureaus, and provides an opportunity for the Mt. Clemens Republican to hear directly from Thumb-area farmers about key ag-related issues. Miller has represented constituents in Michigan's 10th District since 2003.