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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement from the President on the Retirement of Congressman George Miller

George Miller has proudly represented the people of California in Congress for nearly 40 years, and he has spent his career fighting to grow and strengthen the middle class.  Because of his tireless efforts, our air and water are cleaner, our workers’ rights are better protected,  more young people can afford to go to college, and more working families can make ends meet.  George was a chief author of the first bill I signed into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  His decades-long fight to bring quality, affordable health insurance to millions of Americans made him an indispensable partner in developing and passing the Affordable Care Act.  And he continues to fight for our shared belief that a minimum wage should be a wage you can live on.  Michelle and I thank Congressman Miller for his service and leadership, and we wish him, his wife Cynthia, and their children and grandchildren the very best in the future.