Lawmakers Unveil Plan to Tackle the VA Claims Backlog
Joined by veteran groups on Capitol Hill, House lawmakers unveiled a legislative package today designed to help the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) accomplish its goal to eliminate the backlog by 2015. All ten bills in the package have now been introduced, and a summary of the plan can be found here.
May 23, 2013 - 12:56:03 AM
TheTeaParty.net to IRS: "Apology not accepted"
The claim in this Media Release (and various places on the internet) that -- The Obama administration has used the IRS as a political weapon -- is debunked at www.forbes.com. Whilst that article specifically does mention illegalities, the suggestion that President Obama or some other administration official 'got to' the Commissioner of the IRS is debunked on the following basis
May 12, 2013 - 12:07:17 AM
Protecting Military Families from Foreclosure
Reps. Elijah E Cummings, Mike Michaud, Adam Smith, Susan Davis, Mark Takano, and John Tierney, the Ranking Members of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, the Committee on Armed Services, the Subcommittee on Military Personnel, the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, and the Subcommittee on National Security, introduced H.R. 1842, the Military Family Home Protection Act, to strengthen foreclosure protections for U.S. military servicemembers and their families.
May 8, 2013 - 1:33:20 AM
Michaud Reacts to Passage of FAA Bill
"Safe and efficient air travel is critical to the travelling public as well as our nation's economy," said Michaud, a longtime member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. "While this bill represents a positive step, it is not a comprehensive approach to the sequester's indiscriminate cuts. Everything from critical education resources to important economic development funding has been impacted. I believe Congress must renew efforts to comprehensively address the impacts of the sequester so that another crisis isn't just around the corner."
Apr 28, 2013 - 5:07:36 AM
Michaud Leads Push to Help VA Address Growing Claims Backlog
Democrats on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee have announced a coordinated legislative effort to help the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) in its efforts to address the growing backlog of claims. The 10 bills, which are outlined below, seek to help VA accomplish its goal to eliminate the backlog by 2015.
Apr 26, 2013 - 5:22:56 AM
Committee Examines ACA Impact on VA and Veterans
Today, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs held an oversight hearing on the strategic and policy implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on veterans eligible for and engaged with health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Committee members examined the potential impact of the law and VA's efforts to understand, implement, and meet the ACA's requirements.
Apr 24, 2013 - 8:21:42 PM
Rep. Michaud Praises New VA Claims Backlog Initiative
"The announcement today by Secretary Shinseki and Undersecretary Hickey shows that the VA is serious about reducing the backlog and is willing to put forward new ideas to get it done. I remain firm in my support of the VA, and these leaders. We have a way to go on solving the backlog, but I believe we will get there if Congress, the VA, the unions and veteran support organizations work together.
Apr 21, 2013 - 12:10:37 AM
President's Budget Reneges on Promise to Middle Class Americans
Changing the current cost of living allowance formula to a stingier and less accurate Chained CPI is an immediate benefit cut for millions living on already modest incomes. The White House knows this formula is not more accurate for seniors, which is why it's promised exemptions and bumps to try and soften the blow for some. But it still leaves millions of seniors facing benefit cuts, breaking the promise President Obama made to protect America's middle class families.
Apr 12, 2013 - 9:20:54 AM
Ranking Member Michaud opposes "chained CPI" proposal
The Administration's budget includes a proposal to utilize what is called a "chained CPI" in place of the current method of calculating inflation. This proposal could impact a number of federal programs, including Social Security and VA benefits. Michaud expressed his concern over the proposal during today's hearing.
Apr 12, 2013 - 9:14:30 AM
2.3 million Petitions Delivered to the White House
Today's White House protest marks the beginning of a mobilization of Americans nationwide. Tomorrow, Americans will follow up today's petition delivery with a Congressional Call-In day telling members to oppose the chained CPI. Citizens will call the National Committee's toll-free legislative hotline to connect to their representatives on Capitol Hill in one easy call. That number is: (800) 998-0180.
Apr 10, 2013 - 12:17:39 AM
Seniors Mobilize for April 10th Congressional Call-in Day
The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is mobilizing advocates across the nation in a Congressional Call-In day on Wednesday, April 10th, the day that President Obama releases his budget including cuts to Social Security.
Apr 9, 2013 - 3:39:47 AM
Seniors, Retired Veterans, and the Disabled Will Pay Down Our Nation's Debt
"If news reports today are correct, President Obama will soon renege on his commitment to keep Social Security out of the deficit debate, ignoring his campaign promise to millions of Americans that he would protect vital middle class programs like Social Security. By including a proposal in his 2014 budget to change the current cost of living allowance formula to a stingier and less accurate Chained CPI, the President has suggested an immediate benefit cut of $130 per year for the typical 65-year old retiree that would grow exponentially to a $1,400 cut after 30 years of retirement.
Apr 5, 2013 - 10:24:48 PM
Comparison of Tax Plans in U.S. Senate and House Budgets
This week the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives will vote on two dramatically different budget proposals drafted by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, respectively. Americans for Tax Fairness, a national coalition representing more than 275 groups pressing for a fairer tax system, urges you to endorse the revenue proposal in the Murray budget and to editorialize against the revenue plan in the Ryan budget.
Mar 18, 2013 - 10:53:21 PM
America Needs The Randy & Andy Tag Team In The Presidential Ring Together
The Committee to Draft Judge Andrew Napolitano for President Stands With Rand and Urges Rand to Stand with Us in Urging The Judge to Throw His Hat in the Ring for 2016. March 18, 2013 Lawrence A. Hunter, Chairman of The Committee to Draft Judge Andrew Napolitano for President in 2016, released the following statement:
Mar 18, 2013 - 10:51:20 PM
Awarded for Expose: "DNC County Chairman: Christians Want Jewish People to Die."
The Tea Party News Network's Scottie Nell Hughes' expose of anti-Christian rhetoric at the DNC earned her the Blog Bash Best in Show Award. The YouTube clip went viral.
Mar 16, 2013 - 6:55:29 AM
VP Candidate Wayne Allyn Root to become Executive Vice Chairman of The Conservative Caucus
Legendary grassroots organization set to launch nationwide grassroots "Cyber Precinct Organization"... The Conservative Caucus (TCC), one of America's oldest and most influential national conservative organizations, is proud to announce the appointment of Wayne Allyn Root as its new Executive Vice Chairman. TCC was founded in October, 1974, by conservative icon and former Chairman Howard Phillips and current Chairman Peter Thomas.
Mar 13, 2013 - 8:51:56 AM
GOP Budget Plan -- More of the Same
"Once again, House Republicans have re-introduced the same flawed budget approach middle-class Americans have rejected in poll after poll and most importantly at the ballot box. Rather than deal with the true challenges facing this nation, including; slow economic growth, high unemployment, and unprecedented income inequality, the GOP/Ryan budget targets middle-class seniors and their families with massive cuts to pay for tax cuts benefiting huge corporations and the wealthiest among us. Americans want a balanced approach to the national budget. This cuts-only plan isn't it.
Mar 13, 2013 - 8:40:55 AM
AFSCME President Lee Saunders on Ryan GOP Budget
Ryan Budget is nothing more than a time machine ride back to financial instability Paul Ryan and House Republican leaders are not fooling anyone. The so-called "new" Ryan GOP budget is just more of the same outdated, ill-advised, backwards thinking ideas that Americans have soundly rejected time and time again.
Mar 13, 2013 - 8:38:21 AM
Special Operations Speaks Endorses Larry Grooms for SC-1
CAPT Larry Bailey, USN (Ret.), and COL Dick Brauer, Jr., USAF (Ret.), co-founders of Special Operations Speaks, released the following statement declaring their endorsement of State Senator Larry Grooms in the special election to fill Senator Tim Scott's vacant Congressional seat.
Mar 8, 2013 - 4:40:05 AM
48 percent support Tea Party
The nation's largest tea party organization commissioned an independent poll to determine whether a national sample of Americans prefer tea party principles of limited government to liberal and progressive policies. 48 percent of those surveyed declared support for "tea party principles" of "limited government," "free markets" and "personal responsibility" over 21 percent "progressive, liberal principles" of "big government," "higher taxes," and "more spending."
Mar 6, 2013 - 10:09:56 PM
Tea Party News Network to Bring WiFi to Conservative Conference
"We're delighted that we could step in and provide internet for CPAC. It's all well and good that mainstream media organizations can shell out hundreds of dollars for internet, but for many of the thousands of bloggers and conservative activists that will be there, paying that steep a price for internet is an undue burden," said Scottie Nell Hughes, News Director of the Tea Party News Network.
Mar 2, 2013 - 5:28:30 AM
Committee Examines VA, DOD Integrated Electronic Health Record Efforts
"In transforming the VA into a 21st century agency, we envisioned a seamless record that could benefit the men and women who have served this country honorably," said Rep. Michaud. "Quite frankly, I am uncomfortable with the direction we are headed and skeptical that we will reach the goal of a single integrated record.
Feb 28, 2013 - 6:18:33 AM
Tea Party News Network to Fund WiFi for CPAC
The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced that the Tea Party News Network will sponsor free WiFi for all CPAC 2013 attendees, including media. The 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference will be held Thursday, March 14 - Saturday, March 16, 2013.
Feb 27, 2013 - 7:57:18 AM
Michaud, Miller Aim to Fund Entire Veterans Budget One Year In Advance
The bill would require Congress to fully fund the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) discretionary budget a year ahead of schedule, ensuring that all VA services will have timely, predictable funding in an era where continuing resolutions and threats of government shutdowns are all too frequent.
Feb 27, 2013 - 7:55:45 AM
The racist outcome of gun control
"It is unconscionable that in 2013 we have folks harboring a pre-civil rights era mentality that... seeks to keep guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens just for being in urban, higher percentage minority areas"
Feb 25, 2013 - 9:48:36 PM
Nation's Largest Tea Party Group Endorses Broun for Senate
With Congressman Paul Broun's announcement that he is running for U.S. Senate, the nation's largest grassroots tea party organization endorses Rep. Broun's candidacy.
Feb 24, 2013 - 12:10:31 AM
Better Business Bureau campaign to reach college students
"BBB wants young adults to make smart purchasing decisions and avoid possible scams," said Paula Fleming, Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the local BBB. "BBB's beat poetry video is an creative piece that will help inform young adults."
Feb 22, 2013 - 12:03:03 AM
Larry Ward, organizer of Gun Appreciation Day, joins the Resistance
"The President and his cronies in Congress have exploited the tragedy at Sandy Hook to a shameful degree. They need to understand that people across this country don't appreciate their manipulative tactics, and aren't buying their rhetoric. Supporters of the Second Amendment aren't just 'clinging to guns and religion,' as President Obama would say. We come from all parts of the country, and all walks of life, and we deeply value our rights and our liberty.
Feb 20, 2013 - 12:28:03 AM
Harvard Biased versus Israel, Pro Arab? Do Tell
CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Dr. Daniel Pipes tells Harvard and anyone else who will listen that Harvard has a big time prejudice against Israel plus is pro-Arab/Muslim.
Feb 17, 2013 - 12:25:00 AM
VA Mental Health Care Examined at Hearing
WASHINGTON, DC -- The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a hearing today on the mental health care services provided to veterans. The hearing examined a broad range of issues, including veteran suicide, providing timely access and quality care, and the progress VA has made in a variety of areas concerning mental health.
Feb 14, 2013 - 9:47:33 PM
Michaud and Green Reintroduce Bills Targeting Veteran Homelessness
On January 23rd, Representative Mike Michaud, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and Representative Al Green (TX-09) reintroduced two bills that would impact homelessness among veterans: H.R. 384, the Homes for Heroes Act, and H.R. 385, the Housing Assistance for Veterans Act (HAVEN Act).
Jan 27, 2013 - 1:07:30 AM
Michaud & Miller Introduce Bipartisan GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act
Chairman Jeff Miller (FL-01) and Ranking Member Mike Michaud (ME-02) of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs have introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R. 357) that would require schools eligible for GI Bill education benefits to give veterans in-state tuition rates even though they may not be residents of the states where the schools are located.
Jan 25, 2013 - 12:05:23 AM
Expanding CHAMPVA's Maximum Eligibility Age for Veterans' Children
CHAMPVA is a comprehensive health care program in which the VA shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries, such as the spouse or child of a veteran who is disabled or died from a service-connected disability. Legislation has already been passed allowing TRICARE to cover children on their parents' plan up to age 26.
Jan 17, 2013 - 5:37:40 PM
Michaud Meets with President of Somalia
Congressman Mike Michaud joined a bipartisan gathering of members of Congress to welcome Somalia President Hassan Sheik Mohamud to the United States Capitol today. (Photos.)
Jan 16, 2013 - 12:03:27 AM
January 19 "Gun Appreciation Day"
Washington, D.C. - A new coalition of gun rights and conservative groups has proclaimed January 19, 2013, "Gun Appreciation Day" and begun urging Americans nationwide to show their support for gun ownership by turning out en masse at gun stores, ranges, and shows from coast to coast.
Jan 8, 2013 - 10:34:21 PM
Tea Party Declaration of War
"We expected Democrats to vote for the largest tax increase in decades and to not cut a dime from the federal budget. We didn't expect Republicans to do the same."
Jan 2, 2013 - 10:21:04 PM
Tea Party Pledge on Higher Tax 'Plan B'
"Not one dime in new taxes, not one nickel in new spending, and for the love of God and the future of our country, not one red cent in new debt. Enough is enough."
Dec 21, 2012 - 6:15:21 AM
Americans for Prosperity Delivers Letters to Senators Snowe and Collins
Americans for Prosperity - Maine, the state's leading advocate for reducing the tax burden on hardworking Mainers, partnered with Maine Heritage Policy Center to deliver letters to Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. The letters are signed by citizens, legislators, and opinion leaders who want to urge the Senators to vote against tax increases and support spending cuts during the lame duck.
Dec 16, 2012 - 12:15:09 AM
"The Tea Party has a long memory..."
Washington, D.C.- TheTeaParty.Net joined GOP Congressional members on Wednesday to present 160,000 signed petitions demanding that Congress not raise taxes on Americans. (See Video) The grassroots tea party group was joined by Sen. Rand Paul and Reps. Tim Huelskamp, John Fleming and Louie Gohmert.
Dec 14, 2012 - 5:53:18 AM
New Research Sheds Light on Gulf War Illness
Last year, Michaud worked to pass an appropriations amendment into law that secured a $10 million budget for the Department of Defense Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Research Program, which will help improve research into treatments and live up to the recommendations of a landmark report of the Institute of Medicine that called for a major national research effort to identify treatments.
Dec 14, 2012 - 5:43:27 AM