Michael Michaud This manufactured crisis: House Action on CR
This bill does nothing but move our nation closer to a government shutdown. Rather than consider the Senate-passed bill that would avoid a shutdown and allow for continued negotiations, House leaders chose more political brinkmanship. - Rep Michaud
Sep 29, 2013 - 12:39:14 AM
Michael Michaud Fighting a Threat to Local Jobs
But it's important to know that we are not asking for a special carve out in preserving these tariffs. In fact, just the opposite is true. All our workers and companies in the U.S. want is a level playing field to compete on. In fact, even with these tariffs, Vietnam's footwear sector has managed to grow to the second largest exporter of shoes to the U.S., second behind only China.
Jul 20, 2012 - 9:21:09 PM
Michael Michaud Rep. Michaud : Common Cause Press Conference May 15, 2012
I want to thank Common Cause for inviting me to speak today. I am very glad to be a plaintiff in this court case, which I think gets at the very heart of dysfunction in D.C. I joined this case because I believe the Senate filibuster has evolved into an unconstitutional, undemocratic tool that has drastically hindered Congress' ability to consider and pass legislation.
May 18, 2012 - 7:25:45 AM
Michael Michaud A bank you may have never heard of...
Increasing the Bank's authorization levels will allow the institution to better compete with other country's export financing and better combat illegal subsidies offered by foreign governments. At no cost to taxpayers, it ensures that American businesses, including Maine businesses throughout our state, have the export financing they need to sell their products around the world.
Apr 21, 2012 - 7:53:09 AM
Michael Michaud A bill to support thousands of jobs in Maine
he bill maintains
investments for highways and public transportation, consolidates and
streamlines highway programs, strengthens safety, eliminates earmarks,
establishes a national freight program, institutes performance measures
and improves accountability for transportation infrastructure
investments. At a time when 50 percent of our nation's roads are in
disrepair and 70,000 bridges are structurally deficient, we can't afford
inaction on this issue.
Mar 23, 2012 - 9:38:34 AM
Michael Michaud A Win for Trade Enforcement (Almost)
I've made changing the way our country approaches trade a top
priority because of how directly it impacts our economy in Maine and
nationally. For once, it seems that we are about to finally improve the
way we enforce trade agreements. This is a very positive development
because doing so would help ensure that our businesses are on a more
level playing field globally, which would help boost job creation and
economic development in Maine.
Mar 2, 2012 - 6:11:45 AM
Michael Michaud Closure Impacts Hampden & Beyond
Rolling back services and firing employees is not the way to restore
the firm financial footing that is needed at the U.S. Postal Service
(USPS). Unfortunately, that's exactly what the USPS did when it
announced recently that it plans to close its Hampden mail processing
facility in addition to hundreds of others throughout our country.
Feb 29, 2012 - 4:56:40 AM
Over the past few years, we've all seen the types of projects that
get included in spending bills despite widespread opposition. But these
projects continue to get funded because they are incorporated in
"must-pass" omnibus bills.
Feb 14, 2012 - 3:27:07 AM
Michael Michaud Insider Trading Bill Awaiting Action
In November, a CBS 60 Minutes expose reported on the unfortunate
practice of Members of Congress using their influence and power to make a
profit with non-public information. While the Securities in Exchange
Act of 1934 banned insider trading on Wall Street, its application to
elected officials is often disputed.
Feb 3, 2012 - 3:40:26 PM
Michael Michaud China's Actions Deserve U.S. Response
In 2008, China - despite having no lumber natural resources to speak of - became the world's largest producer of paper products. Such laser-focused and at-all-costs plans are typical of China's government. And this presents the main challenge Congress and communities all across America face: How do you respond to and engage economically with a country that so flagrantly violates international rules?
Apr 2, 2011 - 2:23:09 AM
Michael Michaud DC Spending Debate Directly Impacts Maine
In Washington, too often major initiatives are pushed forward by party leaders with little input from the rank and file. Both parties are guilty of this. But the new leadership in the House of Representatives just took it to the next level with a spending bill that will have serious, negative consequences for Maine.
Feb 27, 2011 - 9:21:57 AM
Michael Michaud Health Care Reform: Let's Work Together to Make it Better
When I voted for the Affordable Care Act, I recognized at the time that it wasn't perfect. But I also recognized that just like with other major initiatives in U.S. history, we'd have a chance to amend it and improve it moving forward. That's why I worked to introduce a bipartisan bill on January 12th that would repeal the section that requires more paper work from small businesses.
Jan 21, 2011 - 6:03:05 AM
Michael Michaud Start to the new Congress: a mixed bag
Every two years a new Congress starts. Now, more than ever, both parties need to use this new session to work together to pass policies that will boost our economy and create jobs. We also need to focus on reducing our national debt.
Jan 13, 2011 - 12:20:59 AM
Michael Michaud Just because a deal is cut doesn't mean it's good for Maine
How this Congress and this President think that the way forward on tax policy is to spend more and borrow more is beyond me. Maine families and small businesses balance their checkbooks, and it's long past time that the federal government at least attempts to do the same.
Dec 18, 2010 - 12:09:57 AM
Michael Michaud Veterans Day Statement
This Veterans' Day we honor the men and women who have risked their lives defending our nation, and the families who have stood by them.
Nov 11, 2010 - 12:05:24 AM
Michael Michaud Progress Made for Maine's Economy and Veterans
On September 29th, Congress adjourned. I voted against adjourning because there is still business left unfinished. But, with that said, there has been some progress made on two issues that are very important to our state: a change in trade policy to help our economy and a new program to help veterans access health care closer to home.
Oct 2, 2010 - 12:25:57 AM
Michael Michaud A Common-Sense Direction on Trade
That is why my colleagues and I requested a meeting with President Obama to discuss how we can fix the Korea-U.S. FTA and ways we can improve our long-term trade strategy.
Jul 25, 2010 - 12:25:40 AM
Michael Michaud Spud Snub Needs To Be Fixed
Mainers understand the value of our potato industry to many of our communities and our state's economy. But we also get that it can be a nutritional food to eat. Unfortunately the folks in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) don't get it.
Jun 19, 2010 - 4:39:05 AM
Michael Michaud Keep the Emails Coming...
Sharing local experiences serves a critical role in building the case for a permanent change to Maine's Interstate truck weight limits.
Mar 12, 2010 - 12:15:41 AM
Michael Michaud Congress Should Stay in Session to Reform Health Care
I've told my colleagues that we should not leave Washington for the August break if that's what it takes to get a good health care reform package passed. Mainers know that this is too big and too important to rush. But the need for reform is now, and we must act.
Jul 27, 2009 - 12:09:49 AM
Michael Michaud A Clean Energy Future for Our State
From 2001 to 2007, the average family's annual spending on oil, gas and electricity increased by $1,100. At the same time we were all paying more, Big Oil posted the largest profits in the history of American business. We cannot stand for more of the same failed policies of the last few decades, where prices go up, consumers suffer, and only big business benefits. The status quo is unacceptable and is costing all of us a lot.
Jul 5, 2009 - 11:51:22 PM
Michael Michaud Maine Deserves a Level Playing Field
It's no secret that our country is in the midst of a tough recession. Mainers feel it everyday. We read about the layoffs and see mills shutdown machines or cease operations. It's long past time that federal trade policies put our state and our country back on a level playing field with our foreign competitors. Our ability to create jobs and grow our economy depends on it.
Jun 28, 2009 - 11:16:22 AM
Michael Michaud Maine Heroes Deserve Homes
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported earlier this year that Maine has more than 140 homeless veterans. This number is unacceptable. As Mainers and as Americans, we have a shared commitment to ensure that those who lay their lives on the line for our safety are able to return to a home, and not the streets.
Jun 19, 2009 - 10:58:04 AM