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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Reaction to "Fast Track" Bill to Expedite Trade Agreement Consideration
WASHINGTON DC -- Representative Mike Michaud (D-Maine), Chairman of the House Trade Working Group, issued the following statement today in response to the introduction of legislation by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp granting the president "fast track" authority, which provides for preferential and expedited congressional consideration of trade agreements:
Jan 10, 2014 - 12:03:33 AM
Senate Urged to Promote Decent Work and Just Wages
"A full-year, full-time worker making the minimum wage does not make enough money to raise a child free from poverty. Because the minimum wage is a static number and does not change, each year it becomes more difficult for workers making the minimum wage to survive. . . . Workers deserve a just wage that allows them to live in dignity, form and support families, and contribute to the common good."
Jan 9, 2014 - 12:07:27 AM
Lawmakers Seek Answers from President Obama
"Congress ratifies free trade agreements, and we expect our concerns to be addressed in a strong and effective manner. Thus far, United States trade negotiators have failed to propose currency disciplines in any TPP negotiating rounds, and our written concerns have gone unanswered," lawmakers...
Jan 9, 2014 - 12:05:20 AM
Archbishop Kurtz responds to ACLU's Lawsuit
WASHINGTON--Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called a suit by the American Civil Liberties Union against the U.S. bishops for their "Ethical and Religious Directives" (ERDs) "misguided" and promised to defend Catholic teachings "in season and out."
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:10:12 AM
December 28 Outreach in downtown Washington DC
These guests receive a warm breakfast and instruction in preparation for the caravanned Journey to downtown Washington DC (at a park 3 blocks away from the White House) to feed, counsel and assist hundreds of homeless individuals and families. Hundreds of those that are socially conscious through social media are expected to attend.
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:27:26 AM
Republicans and Democrats Agree: America is Not Safer Today
But Feinstein and Rogers were steadfast in their report to the CNN host. And they are in a position to know: Feinstein is the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Rogers is the chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Moreover, they backed up their assertion with facts. They pointed out that terrorist attacks and fatalities from terror attacks are "up worldwide" and our enemies are hard at work building more powerful, harder to detect bombs with which to attack us. In addition, there are more Jihadist terrorist organizations today than ever before and Al Qaeda is evolving into a broader, worldwide organization focused on carrying out more numerous, smaller attacks, as opposed to the big event, such as September 11th.
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:17:41 AM
Navy Chaplains Support Philippines Relief Efforts
United States Navy chaplains are stationed all over the globe, supporting not only members from the Department of the Navy, but U.S. service members as a whole. U.S. Navy chaplains don't just provide spiritual guidance; they also help support the well-being of service members during difficult times.
Nov 27, 2013 - 5:27:11 AM
Michaud Criticizes VA Construction Process
WASHINGTON, DC -- After approving a bill authorizing major medical facility leases for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the House Veterans' Affairs Committee held a hearing that examined the VA's major construction program. Multiple internal and external reviews, including committee hearings, have found serious deficiencies in the management of the VA's construction program, leading to significant cost increases and substantial delays in the design and construction of medical center projects.
Nov 24, 2013 - 12:17:44 AM
When Conscience triumphs over Law - HHS Mandate
Washington -- In a significant victory for conscience rights, a federal district court in Pennsylvania November 21 handed down the first decision on the merits in a case by Catholic non-profit organizations challenging the final HHS mandate. The Court found that the mandate's "religious employer 'accommodation' places a substantial burden on Plaintiffs' right to freely exercise their religion," determined that the plaintiffs, the Dioceses of Pittsburgh and Erie and related organizations, are "likely to succeed on the merits" of their claim under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and issued a preliminary injunction preventing the government from enforcing the HHS mandate against the plaintiffs.
Nov 23, 2013 - 12:15:00 AM
Community gathers to help Ryan Ferguson
Supporters of 29 year-old Ryan Ferguson, who was just released from prison after serving nine years for a murder he did not commit, have launched a crowdfunding campaign on crowdfunding-for-all platform Fundly to help Ferguson start his new life.
Nov 15, 2013 - 5:40:43 AM
Grid Exercise to Conceal, Not Illuminate, Dangerous National Vulnerabilities?
Mr. Franks, the Co-Chairman of the House Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Caucus, observed: "We note that the industry has often issued such casual assurances when confronted with evidence -- including that contained in no fewer than five different federal government studies in recent years -- that a sustained blackout would be catastrophic. Rather than address this conclusion forthrightly and ensure that corrective actions are taken to prevent such an event, or at least minimize its likelihood, NERC and many of the utilities it represents have historically tried to deflect attention and trivialize the threat."
Nov 10, 2013 - 1:07:03 AM
Applebee's FREE Thank You Meal for the nation's veterans Nov 11
This Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, Applebee's is once again continuing the tradition the brand started five years ago by thanking our nation's veterans and active duty military and inviting them to their neighborhood Applebee's for a FREE Thank You Meal. Applebee's expects to serve more than 1 million FREE meals from its special Veterans Day menu of seven signature entrees like the 7 oz. House Sirloin.
Nov 6, 2013 - 5:40:10 AM
Extend and Expand New Market Tax Credit
Unless Congress acts to extend the NMTC, businesses and communities across the country will lose an important source of capital. With a fragile economic recovery still under way, now is not the time to cut off this critical source of financing. As such, we ask that you support action to provide an indefinite authorization and additional annual credit authority for the New Markets Tax Credit.
Nov 1, 2013 - 12:13:40 AM
Call for Advanced VA Funding -- H.R. 813
The VA currently receives its health care budget a year in advance, and Michaud and Miller's bill would ensure that the remaining VA budget is treated the same way. The bill would also bring commonsense budget reform to the VA by ensuring that the resources needed are in place in order to care for our veterans.
Oct 31, 2013 - 5:57:09 AM
Bill Impacting Maine Forest Roads Passes Committee
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has passed a bill Representative Mike Michaud cosponsored to preserves EPA's policy (adopted in 1976) that treats forest roads as nonpoint sources under the Clean Water Act. The legislation, the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act, has strong bipartisan support because it codifies the EPA's successful policy that forest roads are best regulated through state-adopted Best Management Practices (BMPs).
Oct 31, 2013 - 5:47:54 AM
Passage of Bill to Address VA's Claims Backlog
WASHINGTON, DC -- Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation (H.R. 2189) designed to help the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) accomplish its goal of eliminating its claims backlog by 2015. The legislation incorporates provisions from a number of bills that were announced by members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee earlier this year as part of a 10 bill legislative package led by Representative Mike Michaud, the committee's top Democrat.
Oct 29, 2013 - 2:07:48 AM
By-passing PC: ACT! for America's "The Thin Blue Line Project"
It's my great pleasure to announce the launch of a project we've been working on for over a year -- one that could change the course of anti-terrorism strategies and tactics! We call it "ACT! for America Education's Thin Blue Line Project." Unfortunately, thanks to suffocating political correctness in our country, most law enforcement professionals aren't getting the information, materials and training they need to effectively understand and fight Islamist terrorism.
Oct 25, 2013 - 12:15:12 AM
Michaud Urges Army to Support National Guard
Representative Mike Michaud has joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues in sending a letter to Army leaders, as they begin to prepare the Quadrennial Defense Review, urging them not to cut the National Guard and Reserve component budget and personnel disproportionately when compared to the Active Duty. The letter addresses concerns brought to Michaud's attention by Brigadier General James D. Campbell, Adjutant General of the Maine National Guard.
Oct 15, 2013 - 6:15:22 AM
Michaud Joins Republicans and Democrats to Urge Washington to End Stalemate
WASHINGTON, DC -- Representative Mike Michaud joined over 40 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle today on Capitol Hill to urge congressional leaders and President Obama to work together to solve the fiscal standoff.
Oct 11, 2013 - 6:56:14 AM
Rep. Michaud Reacts to VA Furlough Announcement
WASHINGTON, DC -- Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME), Ranking Member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, has reacted to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcement that over 7,000 Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) employees will be put into furlough status and that regional VBA offices will be closed. In addition, 2,754 Office of Information Technology employees will be furloughed due to the exhaustion of FY 2013 carry over funding. Despite these furloughs, claims processing and payments are expected to continue through late October.
Oct 9, 2013 - 6:14:19 AM
Rep. Michaud Condemns Use of Veterans as Political Pawns
Representative Mike Michaud (ME-02), Ranking Member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, spoke on the House floor today during debate on H.J.Res. 72, a bill that partially funds VA operations and furthers the standoff over the government shutdown. Michaud has previously spoken out against piecemeal approaches pursued by Republican leaders.
Oct 4, 2013 - 12:03:20 AM
VA "Administrative Expenses" Subject to Sequestration
"This is a sad day for America," said Michaud. "While some critical services are spared, the government shutdown will have a direct impact on many veterans. I'm especially concerned with the impact a drawn-out shutdown could have on the ability of VA to make benefit payments. The political games need to stop and we must pass a funding resolution as soon as possible. Our veterans did nothing to deserve this uncertainty and shouldn't be shouldering the burden of a broken Congress. This shutdown illustrates the real need for Congress to provide advance appropriations for all VA programs, not just health care."
Oct 2, 2013 - 12:15:13 AM
Catholic Bishops appeal to Congress
WASHINGTON--The bishops who chair three committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged Congress to fulfill the basic role of government and meet the challenges facing the United States at home and abroad. In September 30 letters to the House and Senate, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, and Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, cited issues including rampant domestic unemployment and the millions of people displaced by the conflict in Syria.
Oct 2, 2013 - 12:05:58 AM
The unyielding ideology of a few
"This piecemeal approach is no way to run a government. We can't pick favorites to fund in a stop-gap fashion. We need to end the government shutdown so we can come to a compromise on the bigger budget and debt issues before us."
Oct 1, 2013 - 11:50:44 PM
Honoring Vietnam Veterans and Their Families
The family entertainment network INSP expanded its commitment to veterans recently by partnering with The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration and providing the Commemoration with the network's video, entitled "Thank You For Your Service," a moving homage to Vietnam Veterans.
Oct 1, 2013 - 11:43:44 PM
Please Adopt a Health Care Conscience Rights Act
WASHINGTON--"Preserving religious freedom and the right of conscience for all who take part in our health care system" is an increasingly grave concern as Congress considers "must-pass" legislation in the days ahead, said the chairmen of two committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Sep 29, 2013 - 12:45:32 AM
The Catholic Church and Affordable Care Act
The Catholic Church in America has long been a leader in providing affordable health care, and in advocating for policies that advance that goal. The bishops on a national level have been at it for almost one hundred years, and our heroic women and men religious have done so even longer. Yet, instead of spending our time, energy, and treasure on increasing access to health care, as we have done for many decades, we're now forced to spend those resources on determining how to respond to recently enacted government regulations that restrict and burden our religious freedom.
Sep 20, 2013 - 6:10:57 AM