Senate Joint Resolution 19
Senator Ted Cruz is leading the charge against this measure. S.J. Res 19 will allow Congress, for the first time, ever, to begin regulating political speech. Mr. Obama and his liberal allies don't like being confronted by groups like the U.S. Justice Foundation. They hate the idea that ordinary citizens can band together and run political ads, distribute leaflets, and even stage protests.
Sep 24, 2014 - 7:45:55 AM
Benghazi Panel Begins Hearings
ACT! for America has been on the front lines of the Benghazi issue since the 2012 attack that killed four Americans including a U.S. Ambassador. Our unrelenting efforts led to the creation of the House Benghazi Special Committee. Today, Wednesday, September 17th, the Committee will hold its first open hearing, led by Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC/4).
Sep 17, 2014 - 12:07:41 AM
Rep. Michaud Responds to President Obama's National Address on ISIS
"I support the President's plans to expand airstrikes against ISIS targets. It's also a positive sign that the President is asking for Congressional authority to arm and train forces within Syria to fight members of ISIS in their country, as this is clearly beyond the current scope of our operations. I will be attending a classified briefing tomorrow for Members of Congress, and I expect we will receive more comprehensive details that will be necessary as we consider the President's request.
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:00:38 AM
Michaud: It's Time for a VA Reform Roadmap
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, Ranking Member on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, has announced the first of several proposed starting points for comprehensive changes to how our nation's veterans receive services and benefits.
Sep 9, 2014 - 7:43:39 PM
Another Unconstitutional Executive Overreach!
This "treaty" Obama wants to sign gives the United Nations direct control over American factories, workers - even our farmers. Our Senate and House will see their power stripped away by government employees following Obama's unlawful orders. This is why you must act and do so NOW!
Sep 7, 2014 - 12:10:40 AM
Lessons of 9/11 Unlearned
It is difficult and disheartening to believe that, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, America seems to have forgotten the lessons learned that terrible day. For instance, the federal government has lost track of 6,000 foreigners here in the USA on student visas who have been specifically identified as potential threats to America and its citizens. President Obama has lifted restrictions on students from war torn Libya, allowing them to do aviation training in the US. 300 US citizens have gone to fight for the Islamic State including one now dead jihadist was who an employee of Delta Airlines.
Sep 5, 2014 - 12:22:20 AM
Murder Charges against the Boeing Company Re Asiana 214 Accident
A little more than a year ago, on July 6, 2013, Asiana Flight 214, a Boeing 777 on a scheduled passenger flight from Seoul, South Korea, crashed while attempting to land at San Francisco International Airport. Three people were killed and 181 were injured in the accident and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a post-crash fire. Criminal misconduct on the part of the Boeing Company prior to the events of July 6, 2013, played a significant role in the preventable accident and is in large part to blame for the crash of Asiana Flight 214.
Sep 5, 2014 - 12:15:32 AM
2,300 FedEx Ground staff vindicated in Court of Appeal
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that a class of 2,300 individuals working for FedEx Ground was misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. As a result, FedEx may owe its workforce of drivers hundreds of millions of dollars for illegally shifting to them the costs of such things as the FedEx branded trucks, FedEx branded uniforms, and FedEx scanners, as well as missed meal and rest period pay, overtime compensation, and penalties. The case, known as Alexander v. FedEx Ground, covers employees in California from 2000 - 2007. The ruling can be found on the Leonard Carder website.
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:12:05 AM
Islamic State Lurking in the Background in Ferguson
In fact, the ISIS sign at the Ferguson march is perhaps no surprise given that the Islamic State has made extensive use of social media to conduct outreach to protesters there.
Aug 21, 2014 - 12:17:33 AM
Bipartisan Call for VA to Improve Gulf War Vet Policies
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud led a bipartisan letter sent today to Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald, calling on the Secretary to strengthen a committee tasked with researching illnesses many Gulf War veterans experience. The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses was created by Congress in 1998, and is tasked with making recommendations to the VA Secretary about health problems associated with service during the Persian Gulf War. VA has dramatically curtailed the independence of the committee, impacting its ability to assess the effectiveness of research that could help Gulf War vets.
Aug 21, 2014 - 12:05:31 AM
Help Force the Senate to Pass S. 2118 - the Enforce the Law Act!
Mr. Obama is on the verge of abusing his presidential executive powers once again - this time to unilaterally enact a massive amnesty program that will hand the equivalent of citizenship over to millions of illegal aliens already living in the U.S., while opening the door to a new flood of even more illegal aliens....That is, also, why we believe the real purpose is to set up immigration offices throughout Islamic countries such as Libya, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Obama, has shown time-after-time that he supports radical Islam.
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:17:46 AM
Unite to Oppose "Cyber Information and Sharing Act"
The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence just passed the horrible "Cyber Information and Sharing Act" (CISA). It now is up for a final Senate vote. This measure allows private companies, and the government, to spy on you. It's supposed to be an anti-computer terrorism and hacking law. However, it is very broadly worded, and it will give the federal government, and its allied businesses, incredible power over ordinary citizens like you and like me. This bill is a renamed version of the CISPA bill that was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year. If the Senate votes it through, Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., will get exactly what he's always wanted -- a law allowing him to spy on U.S. internet users!
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:22:35 AM
An Appeal to Stop the Persecution of American Citizens
I received the following article in an email. It concerns an appeal to all American Citizens across both the spectrum and the country to help an American Citizen who is being persecuted in America by the American Government. This is the same government which is spying on American Citizens; arbitrarily decides which foods you can and cannot eat, and which, in order to win votes, withdrew troops from Iraq and now finds itself back at square one protecting the Kurds of Iraq (here and here). But who will protect Americans from the American Government?
Aug 10, 2014 - 12:17:31 AM
New VA Law is one of the Most Comprehensive, Bipartisan Bills Passed this Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The VA healthcare legislation passed by Congress was signed into law by President Obama earlier today, and it represents one of the most comprehensive and bipartisan pieces of legislation passed into law by the 113th Congress. The legislation was finalized by U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, along with Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and other members of the conference committee tasked with reconciling House and Senate bills.
Aug 8, 2014 - 9:10:16 AM
USCCB Chairmen Strongly Endorse the Inclusion Act
WASHINGTON--Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gave their strong support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014, which was introduced on July 30 by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) in the U.S. House of Representatives and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) in the U.S. Senate.
Aug 1, 2014 - 1:12:39 AM
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
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
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
Reaction Statement on Hobby Lobby case: from President of Lutheran Church
We live, knowing that the First Amendment guarantees us not only the right to worship, but also to practice our faith as Lutheran citizens of this great nation, serving our neighbor where the Lord has placed us.
Jul 2, 2014 - 1:57:41 AM
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
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
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
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
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
Addressing the VA healthcare crisis
This is the first formal conference committee for the Veterans' Affairs Committee since 1999.
Jun 24, 2014 - 12:03:03 AM
$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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mr. President, Please Address Currency Manipulation in Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations
Testimony from U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Capitol Hill, reveals that currency manipulation has not been discussed in trade talks.
May 13, 2014 - 12:10:18 AM
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
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
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
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
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
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