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
Health Plans and Abortion
WASHINGTON--The General Counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) filed comments with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), September 3, on a proposed regulation on health plans for members of Congress and their staff. The comments urged the OPM to comply with a longstanding policy against subsidizing federal employee plans that include elective abortions. The comments were signed by Anthony Picarello, USCCB associate general secretary and general counsel, and Michael Moses, associate general counsel.
Sep 5, 2013 - 5:43:08 AM
Catholic Bishops call for ceasefire in Syria
WASHINGTON--Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, called on Secretary of State John Kerry to work with other governments to "obtain a ceasefire" in Syria and create "a future for all Syrians, one that respects human rights and religious freedom." Bishop Pates made the call in an August 29 letter to Secretary Kerry.
Sep 1, 2013 - 8:43:34 PM
Wake-up America! Innocent-Sounding Treaty Poses a Major Threat to Liberty
They are trying to keep the facts about this radical treaty away from the American people while they scare senators with the threat that they will be smeared as hating the disabled if they dare oppose this treaty. Campaign for Liberty believes that the government needs to be reminded how serious 'Real' Americans are about defending their freedom.
Aug 29, 2013 - 1:36:06 AM
Say "No" to helping our enemies! Say "NO" to arming al Qaeda!
Whilst Americans might deplore the humanitarian disaster happening in Syria, they need to remember that America's enemies are America's enemies. It's Assad /Iran/ Hezbollah on one side and the Syrian rebels/al Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood on the other.
Aug 29, 2013 - 1:33:08 AM
Meditation in Classroom Project
In response to the rash of school shootings that seem to occur on an almost regular basis on campuses across the country, "the time has arrived to re-evaluate and reconsider introducing meditation in the schools," said Amato. "While meditation has been practiced for hundreds of years, and its benefits widely recognized, it has not become mainstream enough to be utilized as a coping tool."
Aug 26, 2013 - 12:53:52 AM
Court ruling doesn't affect Oklahoma ALAC
ALAC does not single out sharia law but instead prohibits judges from applying any foreign law if doing so conflicts with the Constitution or constitutional rights. ALAC has not been challenged in court in any of the states where it has been passed. In fact, last September a judge in Kansas ruled he could not apply sharia law in a case because of the ALAC legislation Kansas passed earlier in the year.
Aug 22, 2013 - 12:07:19 AM
Firestorm Growing Over Mortgage Seizure Plan
Richmond has already notified 624 homeowners, offering to buy their loans. Those offers would need to be refused before the city could follow through with its vow to invoke eminent domain powers in order to force the sale of the non-delinquent loans so the homeowners could get their debt balances reduced to comport with the current actual values of their properties.
Aug 17, 2013 - 12:05:32 AM
American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) legislation
We are still waiting for Governor Pat McCrory to sign North Carolina's American Laws for American Courts legislation so it becomes law in North Carolina. He has until August 25th to do so and he is being pounded by opposition groups like CAIR--who have unleashed their national members on North Carolina--to veto the bill.
Aug 15, 2013 - 2:55:07 PM
Michaud Introduces Bill Requiring Two-Person Train Crews
August 2, 2013, Representative Mike Michaud introduced "The Safe Freight Act," a bill requiring a minimum of two-person crews for freight trains. Representative Chellie Pingree is an original cosponsor of the bill. Following the rail accident in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada recently issued an emergency directive implementing several safety enhancements, including requiring a minimum of two-person crews for trains carrying hazardous materials. However, no such requirement exists in the United States.
Aug 4, 2013 - 1:10:52 AM
Michaud Calls on Speaker to Move Forward with Farm Bill Conference
WASHINGTON, DC -- August 1, 2013, Representative Mike Michaud joined 50 of his House colleagues in sending a letter to Speaker John Boehner urging him to take immediate action and convene a Farm Bill conference committee before adjourning for a five-week August recess. The extension of the 2008 Farm Bill expires on September 30th, and Congress is schedule to be in session only 11 days for the entire month of September. Proceeding to conference now would allow House and Senate negotiators to work out the differences between the House and Senate bills before the current law's expiration.
Aug 2, 2013 - 1:28:03 AM
Bipartisan, Bicameral Government Reform Package
Representative Mike Michaud has joined over 70 Democratic, Republican and Independent members of Congress to announce a legislative package designed to make government work better. Michaud is a member of a congressional "problem solvers" group organized by No Labels that has been working to build trust across the aisle in order to end the gridlock in Washington.
Jul 19, 2013 - 4:32:37 AM
Audit the IRS
No natural disaster or foreign enemy has hurt us as much as our own government. The economic collapse that still has 12 million Americans unemployed was caused by our government insisting first that every American should own a home and then disastrously, that no one should restrain the new trillion dollar marketplace in toxic mortgages. Insult on top of injury then forced taxpayers to bail out the guilty parties.
Jun 20, 2013 - 2:00:43 AM
SPJ calls on Attorney General to uphold government's own media guidelines
Leaders of the Society of Professional Journalists expressed concern Friday about the possible weakening of existing Department of Justice guidelines governing investigations that involve the news media. "While not perfect from a journalist's perspective, the guidelines are quite good," said SPJ President Sonny Albarado in a letter responding to Attorney General Eric Holder's invitation to attend one of a series of off-the-record policy meetings at Justice. "We would object to any attempt to water them down, include new exceptions and caveats or otherwise make it easier for the government to disregard."
Jun 9, 2013 - 12:10:13 AM
Obama: Address Currency Manipulation in TPP
June 6: 2013. Today, 230 House lawmakers sent a bipartisan letter to President Obama urging him to address currency manipulation as negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continue. The letter was led by Representatives Mike Michaud (D-Maine), John D. Dingell (D-Michigan), Sam Graves (R-Missouri), and Rick Crawford (R-Arkansas).
Jun 8, 2013 - 11:38:00 PM
Bill to Help Victims of Military Sexual Assault Passes House
Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 671, the Ruth Moore Act of 2013. The bill is designed to push the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to update its regulations in order to better serve victims of military sexual trauma (MST). More specifically, the bill seeks to have MST specified as an in-service stressor and that updated regulations also recognize the full range of physical and mental disabilities that may result from sexual assault. Consideration of H.R. 671, which was introduced by Rep. Chellie Pingree (Maine-01), was managed on the House floor by the Veterans' Affairs Committee.
Jun 4, 2013 - 6:23:16 PM
Say "Thank You" to Families of the Fallen
In honor of Memorial Day, a unique social media campaign hopes to raise awareness of the sacrifices made by families who have lost loved ones that served in the military. After all, memorial day is not really about cookouts and car sales.
May 24, 2013 - 9:11:58 PM