National Michaud, Veterans' Affairs Conferees Approve Bipartisan VA Deal
WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and members of the Conference Committee tasked with finalizing VA reform legislation approved a bipartisan agreement last night, advancing their report to the floors of the full House and Senate, respectively. The approval comes after Rep. Michaud worked with leaders on both sides of the aisle to finalize a bipartisan agreement over the weekend. Michaud serves as Ranking Member on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.
Jul 30, 2014 - 7:32:34 AM
National Demand Senate to vote NO! on the Crest Act
The level of U.S. government involvement in fostering the invasion plaguing America right now is staggering. Once we scratch beyond the mainstream media's shallow surface we find layer upon layer of perfidy. And even with these layers laid directly at the foot of the government, Congress will do absolutely nothing to address it or represent the will of the people unless we, the People, speak up and do so loudly!
Jul 30, 2014 - 7:27:47 AM
National Improving Mental Health Services for Veterans
WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is co-sponsoring a comprehensive, bipartisan bill aimed at preventing veteran suicide by improving the quality, capacity, and access to mental health services within the VA. Yesterday, Michaud joined Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) in leading a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on mental health services and suicide prevention for veterans. Michaud serves as Ranking Member on the committee.
Jul 13, 2014 - 2:07:15 AM
National USCCB Reaction to Supreme Court Decision on Hobby Lobby
The Court ruled that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) "preventive services" mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as applied to these employers to the extent that it would have forced them to provide insurance coverage for drugs and devices that violate their religious convictions on respect for human life. The statement follows:
Jul 2, 2014 - 1:53:27 AM
National Rep. Michaud Statement on Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling
"I'm disappointed by today's ruling and believe it is an affront to a woman's right to access basic healthcare services," said Michaud. "I have the utmost respect for religious freedom -- it is one of the defining principles of our nation. However, I believe today's ruling sets a dangerous precedent that opens up the door to discrimination in the workplace under the guise of religion. Unfortunately, this is not the direction in which we should be moving."
Jul 2, 2014 - 1:47:20 AM
National VA Legislation Conference begins
WASHINGTON, DC -June 24, 2014 - Rep. Mike Michaud is joining House and Senate lawmakers today in the opening meeting of the Conference Committee for H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. The group of 28 lawmakers is tasked with reconciling Senate and House-passed legislation aimed at addressing the VA healthcare crisis. As Ranking Member on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Michaud will play a lead role in the talks.
Jun 25, 2014 - 12:17:32 AM
National Honoring Debra Burlingame September 11
The evening of this September 11th ACT! for America will host its annual National Conference Dinner Gala as part of our 2014 National Conference. During this year's gala we will publicly honor some of those who work tirelessly every day to protect and defend our great nation. Not only will we walk as a strong unit to Capitol Hill on 9/11 to highlight the importance of national security issues to our federal legislators, but also you will have the opportunity throughout the conference to learn valuable information on how YOU can impact the security of our nation and the protection of our democratic freedoms.
Jun 25, 2014 - 12:12:22 AM
National Bipartisan Letter to USDA & FDA Urging Lifting of EU Shellfish Ban
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Mike Michaud joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the groups to address the EU's ban on U.S. shellfish imports. In 2009, the EU banned all U.S. imports of live, fresh, frozen, or processed shellfish products after FDA inspectors blocked imports of EU-originated shellfish to the U.S.
Jun 25, 2014 - 12:07:11 AM
This is the first formal conference committee for the Veterans' Affairs Committee since 1999.
Jun 24, 2014 - 12:03:03 AM
National $20 Million for Continued Gulf War Illness Research
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a Defense appropriations bill that includes $20 million for the continued funding of the Gulf War Illness Research Program. Rep. Mike Michaud led efforts to ensure the funding for the program. He worked across the aisle with Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) in sending a letter with nearly 70 bipartisan Members of Congress expressing support for the continuation of the program. Michaud sent the letter to the leadership of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense earlier this spring.
Jun 22, 2014 - 10:20:08 PM
National Brigitte Gabriel turns the table on Political Correctness
I have received letters and e-mails from all over the country in support of my response to Ms. Ahmed. I am humbled by, and appreciative of, this support and encouragement. And I want you to know that I intend to continue standing up to individuals like this who seek only to misrepresent the truth and who use the liberal media to spread falsehoods about the Islamist threat that surrounds us. Ms. Ahmed is CEO/President of Saba Ahmed, LLC a Washington, DC, lobbying firm. She is the friend of the family of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the Somali-American accused of attempting to bomb a Portland Christmas tree lighting ceremony in 2010.
Jun 20, 2014 - 5:05:34 AM
National Speaker Boehner Please Preserve Saturday Mail Delivery
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree are calling on Speaker John Boehner to abandon a proposal to temporarily address the impending shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund by eliminating Saturday mail delivery. In a letter to the Speaker, Michaud and Pingree say it is irresponsible to try to address one job crisis by creating another. Speaker Boehner is pushing the measure despite a majority of the House supporting H.Res. 30, which expresses the importance of continuing six-day mail delivery for working families, in particular.
Jun 8, 2014 - 12:15:25 AM
National USCCB President urges Congress To Reform Nation's Immigration System
WASHINGTON--Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), called upon Congress to reform our nation's immigration system. "The time to act is now," said Archbishop Kurtz in a June 5 statement. He spoke in advance of the spring meeting of the U.S. bishops, to be held June 10-13, in New Orleans.
Jun 6, 2014 - 10:00:28 AM
National Mike Michaud Takes New Steps to Address VA Issues
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Mike Michaud, Ranking Member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, this morning authorized the issuance of an additional subpoena to VA officials pending their appearance before the committee next week. The VA has indicated that three officials will appear before the full committee on Wednesday to address the shortcomings in care at a number of VA facilities across the country. Today's motion provides for the subpoena to be automatically issued should the officials not appear as planned on Wednesday.
May 23, 2014 - 7:40:55 AM
National A Call to support the International Violence Against Women Act
As horrifying as this story is, the reality is that violence against women worldwide is endemic. The use of rape as a weapon of war, systems of male guardianship that treat women as perpetual minors, so-called 'honor violence' and female genital mutilation are, for millions of women around the world, brutal realities. We urge you to take action. We have prepared an email for you to send to your congressperson which calls on them to support the International Violence Against Women Act.
May 16, 2014 - 7:47:20 AM
National Application of Foreign Law in Courts bill signed into law
This past Monday, May 12th, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed SB 386, the "Application of Foreign Law in Courts" bill into law. It's been a long haul -- four years to be exact -- but the continued pressure by our grassroots activists has resulted in yet another important legislative win.
May 16, 2014 - 7:45:37 AM
National 2014 National Migration Conference
WASHINGTON--Registration for the 2014 National Migration Conference is already well underway. The conference is scheduled for July 7-10, at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The event is organized by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) and the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS).
May 15, 2014 - 9:25:24 AM
National Rep. Trey Gowdy appointed chair of Benghazi Committee
After over 18 months of sustained pressure on federal legislators by you and our other 280,000 grassroots activists -- including thousands of office visits, phone calls and e-mails to members of the U.S. Congress -- ACT helped get over 182 congressmen (over 80 percent of House Republicans) to co-sponsor Rep. Frank Wolf's bill creating a Benghazi special Committee. Last Friday House Speaker Boehner announced that he will convene a special Benghazi committee. Yesterday he appointed Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) as its Chair
May 7, 2014 - 7:42:10 AM
National Efforts to Raise the Minimum Wage
The Fair Minimum Wage Act would raise the minimum wage to $8.20 an hour within three months of enactment. The wage would increase to $9.15 an hour within a year, and to $10.10 an hour within two years. A recent study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute found that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would generate $22 billion in increased economic activity.
May 2, 2014 - 8:12:17 AM
National Voters Say We Can Pray in Public Meetings
"This has always been a praying nation, despite its very secular Constitution," said Peter J. Woolley, professor of comparative politics at Fairleigh Dickinson University. "People generally see generic prayer as harmless, if not uplifting, not as something that is oppressive."
Apr 23, 2014 - 12:07:04 AM
National Update on Virginia General Assembly's commendation of 9/11 Mosque
In the end, the Virginia legislature knows that ACT! for America is watching what they do and that we will hold them accountable. Shortly after ACT! for America's powerful response to the commendation resolution, Alphonso Lopez, the sponsor of the resolution, decided to drop his candidacy for Virginia's 8th congressional district race.
Apr 18, 2014 - 8:07:11 AM
National Weakening yen puts American workers at a sharp disadvantage
"There's no question that the decreasing value of the yen hurts American businesses and, more importantly, hurts the average American worker," said Michaud. "Currency protections that safeguard against manipulation are central to any trade agreement. President Obama has an opportunity to directly engage with Prime Minister Abe on his government's ongoing effort to devalue the yen, and I certainly hope he raises the issue and conveys why it is so unacceptable."
Apr 18, 2014 - 7:55:02 AM
National Calls to Bring Postal Reform Legislation to the Floor
Congressman Mike Michaud is calling on Speaker John Boehner to prioritize legislation that would promote the stability and sustainability of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Rep. Michaud has sent a letter to the Speaker urging him to take action following the April recess. If Speaker Boehner refuses to act, postal facility hours will be cut, service standards will be reduced, and thousands of postal jobs will be lost.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:07:16 AM
National Urging President to Take Action on Workplace Discrimination
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Mike Michaud has joined with 194 of his congressional colleagues in sending a letter urging President Obama to issue an executive order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Mar 19, 2014 - 6:52:26 AM
National Concern Over Potentially Dangerous Drug Zohydro
WASHINGTON, DC -- Northern New England's House Delegation sent a letter to the FDA today voicing concern about its approval of Zohydro, a powerful new painkiller which is ten times more potent than Vicodin. The FDA's decision came despite an 11-2 recommendation against approval by the Administration's panel of experts because of Zohydro's likelihood to be abused.
Mar 12, 2014 - 6:15:10 AM
National Pentagon Contractors Exploring Business with Iran
Department of Defense contractors are looking to make LOTS of money at the American taxpayers' expense by doing business with the Iranian regime. At least 13 major international companies have said in recent weeks that they aim to reenter the Iranian marketplace over the next several months. The companies have received Pentagon contracts totaling well over $107 billion, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis that tracked DoD contracts awarded since fiscal year 2009.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:10:19 AM
National "My Army Benefits" scammers fraudulent site
The "My Army Benefits" website at usmilitarybenifit.org is a fraudulent site designed to "collect soldiers' Army Knowledge Online, email accounts and passwords." The site also falsely claims that "the U.S. military has granted access to unclaimed and accumulated benefits for active duty soldiers, and that benefits not claimed within the stipulated period will be available for claims after 60 months," according to investigators.
Feb 21, 2014 - 6:23:14 AM
National Bishop Pates Urges Ratification of Mine Ban Treaty
WASHINGTON--The United States should sign and ratify the Convention on the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and Their Destruction, also known as the Ottawa Convention or the Mine Ban Treaty, said the chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace in a letter to National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice.
Feb 21, 2014 - 6:13:07 AM
National Emergency long-term unemployment benefits
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Congressman Mike Michaud called upon House leadership to immediately act to renew emergency long-term unemployment benefits, which expired in December. New analysis released yesterday shows that the expiration of the program will have cost the Maine economy $7.8 million in January and February alone.
Feb 20, 2014 - 4:26:01 AM
National Marriage Protection Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is needed
WASHINGTON--Expressing strong support for the federal Marriage Protection Amendment (H. J. Res. 51) introduced by Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) in the U.S. House of Representatives, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said, "The amendment would secure in law throughout the country the basic truth known to reason that marriage is the union of one man and one woman." Archbishop Cordileone , chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, made the comments in a February 19 letter of support to Rep. Huelskamp.
Feb 20, 2014 - 4:19:15 AM
National Four Congress co-sponsors of Benghazi Legislation
Over the last few days alone, FOUR Members of Congress have decided to cosponsor Rep. Wolf's Benghazi bill, bringing the total number of cosponsors to 184. That's over 80 percent of Republicans in the House of Representatives! Though this is wonderful progress, we must now redouble our efforts so that Speaker Boehner brings H. Res. 36 to the House floor for a vote.
Feb 14, 2014 - 12:17:29 AM
National Walgreens Fires Pharmacist for Refusing to Violate His Religious Beliefs
Dr. Hall, a Baptist, entertains profound religious and moral objections to dispensing abortifacients, or abortion-inducing drugs, such as "Plan B." For six years, Walgreens respected Dr. Hall's religious beliefs and gave him only favorable reviews for his work performance. But in August 2013, Walgreens did an "about-face" and tried to force Dr. Hall to dispense Plan B in violation of his beliefs. When Dr. Hall indicated his intent to continue following the internal procedures that accommodated his beliefs, Walgreens fired him.
Feb 13, 2014 - 5:37:04 AM
National Trendlines: Al-Monitor & PBS NewsHour Team web specials on the Middle East
The first, PBS NewsHour/Al-Monitor Trendlines, dealing with "Syria After Geneva 2," will examine the prospects of ending the country's bloody civil war after a historic but largely unfruitful meeting of the Syrian government and opposition leaders. The program will be streamed on both organizations websites on Thursday, February 13 at 7 p.m. EST.
Feb 12, 2014 - 12:15:02 AM
National Coast Guard Bill Advances with Michaud Priorities
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted to advance legislation to reauthorize United States Coast Guard (USGC) operations through fiscal year 2016. The bill included several priorities requested by Congressman Mike Michaud, including provisions aimed to make it easier for Navy and Coast Guard veterans to obtain civilian employment.
Feb 12, 2014 - 12:12:30 AM
National Catholic Leaders Urge Legislators to Promote Peace
WASHINGTON--Hundreds of leaders in Catholic social ministry from dioceses, parishes, national Catholic organizations and universities of the United States urged their members of Congress to promote peace abroad through negotiations, humanitarian assistance and development and to work against poverty in the United States. The meetings the afternoon of February 4 took place as part of the 2014 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:10:50 AM
National Michaud Bill Providing Veterans In-State Tuition Passes House
WASHINGTON, DC -- The House of Representatives has passed the "GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act" (H.R. 357), a bipartisan bill that would require schools eligible for GI Bill education benefits to give all veterans in-state tuition rates even if they are not residents of the states where the schools are located. H.R. 357 was introduced last year by House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Ranking Member Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME).
Feb 5, 2014 - 12:15:38 AM
National IWF Files Amicus Brief in Hobby Lobby/Conestoga Wood
The Independent Women's Forum (IWF) has filed an Amicus Curiae brief in support of Hobby Lobby, Inc., and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., who are challenging the ObamaCare contraception mandate before the Supreme Court.
Feb 1, 2014 - 2:13:03 AM
National Michaud Responds to State of the Union Address
Wages have stagnated for decades while the moneyed special interests have gamed the system, gotten rich, and fought tooth and nail to keep it that way. It's long past time that America's workers are made a national priority. We need to raise the minimum wage because work should pay. Families should be able to make ends meet and not fall into poverty if they put in a full day's work -- period.
Jan 29, 2014 - 12:25:02 AM