Design A Better Life Jacket and Win $10,000
The BoatUS Foundation, along with the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), have teamed up to seek out the newest technologies and design ideas with the "Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition" which kicks off today. "We believe there are some creative folks out there that can help us rethink a 100-year-old design with fresh, out-of-the-box ideas," said BoatUS Foundation President Chris Edmonston. A $10,000 cash award goes to the winning designer and inventors have until April 15, 2015 to submit their idea to www.BoatUS.org/design.
Aug 22, 2014 - 3:57:53 AM
Black Ribbon Day
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation works to pass bipartisan legislation creating a national day of remembrance and educates Congress on horrors of totalitarian ideology
Aug 22, 2014 - 3:53:32 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
USCCB commitment to the Middle East.
The committee, which is chaired by Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden of Baltimore, listed tensions between Christians in Muslims in different parts of the world as a primary reason for reaffirming the need for dialogue. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called on the bishops to consider taking up a special collection "to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for our affected brothers and sisters in the Middle East."
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:10:31 AM
Breaking the Amazon Monopoly
David Rocheleau wants to end this cycle by breaking into the audiobook market with My Audiobook Library, which would offer over 55,000 titles from top publishers at a significantly cheaper price than Amazon or other competitors.
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:05:47 AM
Nearly $400,000 in Firefighting Grants to Bridgewater, Brownfield, and Skowhegan
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud today announced nearly $400,000 in FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grants to the towns of Bridgewater, Brownfield, and Skowhegan. The Bridgewater Fire Department will receive approximately $25,000 for personal protective gear, worn by firefighters in dangerous environments; the Brownfield Volunteer Fire Department will receive nearly $239,000 for a new tanker truck, used for transporting large amounts of water to emergencies; and the Skowhegan Fire Department will receive nearly $135,000 for self contained breathing apparatuses.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:17:46 AM
2014 Labor Day Statement Focuses on Unemployment Among Young People
WASHINGTON--The high unemployment rate of young adults, both in the United States and around the world, is the focus of the 2014 Labor Day Statement from the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. The statement, dated September 1, draws on Pope Francis' teaching against an "economy of exclusion" and applies it to the millions of unemployed young adults in the United States.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:15:12 AM
Michaud Honored for His Leadership in Promoting Economic Development
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) is honoring U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud with an award for his outstanding leadership in promoting regional economic development. Michaud, who is a longtime member of the Economic Development Subcommittee on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, last year received NADO's Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of leadership on the issue.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:10:11 AM
Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Pledges
The statement was first developed at a June 25 meeting of the dialogue, which is co-chaired by Rabbi David Straus, chairman of the National Council of Synagogues, and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:05:28 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
A call for Susan Collins to step up on S.J. Res. 19
Sen. Collins Should Co-Sponsor Constitutional Amendment to Curb Flow of Money in Politics. Amendment Is Historic Step Forward to Reestablishing People's Authority, Restoring Democracy, Reversing Rise of Oligarchy
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:10:37 AM
Money for Maine: Federal aid and Investments
Department of Labor funding will go toward assisting workers impacted by layoffs at the East Millinocket mill and $400,000 NOAA Investment for Penobscot River Habitat Conservation
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:05:40 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
Genetically Engineered Food
"I'm deeply concerned that agencies like the EPA and USDA are making decisions about chemicals that can be applied to fields and crops without having a full appreciation of how those chemicals will impact the surrounding community -- everything from what it means for plants and livestock, to the health impacts on those who consume treated crops,"
Aug 8, 2014 - 4:25:23 AM
Interview with Retired Brigadier General Ernie Audino
Ernie Audino, Retired Brigadier General in United State Army, spent a year in Kurdistan fighting alongside the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, getting to know the Kurds very well. I began studying Kurdish issues and Kurdish history at the US National War College in 2002- 2003. My professor was a man very well known to the Kurds, Ambassador Peter Galbraith.
Aug 3, 2014 - 6:23:32 AM
Michaud Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan VA Conference Bill
WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Senate tonight passed the VA conference agreement that Rep. Mike Michaud worked to finalize with Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) this past weekend. The House passed the conference legislation yesterday by an overwhelming 420-5 vote.
Aug 1, 2014 - 1:15:37 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
Flight bans and rocket attacks don't deter Americans going to Israel
"Now more than ever, the people of Israel need to know that Jews around the world stand in support of our homeland and her people," said JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson, who is leading the mission of 35 participants from across the country along with mission chairs Lauren Mescon, Melinda Wolf, and Vivian Grossman and vice-chair Rabbi Brian Glusman.
Jul 31, 2014 - 1:50:39 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
Air Traffic Controller Wins Federal Settlement from Government Union Bosses After Overt Religious Discrimination
Potomac, VA (July 29, 2014) -- With the help of National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employee has won a federal settlement from a government union that used his religious beliefs to punish him for resigning his union membership.
Jul 30, 2014 - 7:25:11 AM
Israel attracts foreign investors while confronting terrorism
Japan Times, July 18, 2014: "If the EU walks away from doing business with Israel, its companies will lose out while China's will gain.... China is expanding its economic interest in Israel...acquiring large positions in key Israeli industries.... China needs all of these assets to modernize and transform its economy. China has a massive industrial and global reach, while Israel has expertise in every area of high- tech.... China has become a close second to the U.S. in the number of technology projects co-managed by Israel's Office of the Chief Scientist
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:07:06 AM
Michaud Statement on Appeals Courts' Healthcare Rulings
WASHINGTON, DC -- Two different appeals courts have issued conflicting rulings related to a provision of the Affordable Care Act which allows consumers to receive subsidies for healthcare plans purchased on exchanges established by the federal government. The first ruling, from a panel on the District of Columbia's Circuit Court, invalidated an IRS regulation regarding the ability of qualifying low- and middle-income consumers to receive subsidies for insurance plans purchased on a federally run exchange. The second ruling reached the opposite conclusion, and upheld the provision of subsidies on federal exchanges. Maine currently operates on a federally established healthcare insurance exchange.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:23:39 AM
USCCB Chairmen Respond to 'Unprecedented and Extreme' Executive Order
WASHINGTON--The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with great concern to President Obama's July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" discrimination and to forbid "gender identity" discrimination in the employment of federal employees. The problems the bishops identify in the order relate both to the flaws in its core prohibitions, and to its lack of religious freedom protection.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:17:11 AM
Pursue an Israel-Hamas Ceasefire and Work for Lasting Peace
WASHINGTON--The United States should seek an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, provide humanitarian relief to the vulnerable people of Gaza, and return to the challenge of pursuing a just and lasting peace, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. The July 21 letter addressed Hamas' rocket attacks and the Israeli response.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:05:14 AM
Michaud Urges Increased Efforts to Protect Access to Women's Health Clinics
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is asking for increased enforcement of a federal law meant to ensure safe access to women's health clinics, following a recent Supreme Court decision striking down a buffer zone in Massachusetts and the ensuing decision by the Portland City Council to repeal a buffer zone at the city's Planned Parenthood clinic. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Michaud called on Holder to increase Department of Justice (DOJ) efforts related to the enforcement of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which makes it a crime for individuals to use force or physical obstruction to prevent others from providing or obtaining reproductive health services.
Jul 18, 2014 - 2:47:37 AM
USCCB Comments Pre and Post S. 2578 vote
The following are two articles from the Conference of Catholic Bishops discussing their opposition to S. 2578. The first article arrived before the vote and the second after the vote.
Jul 16, 2014 - 6:52:31 PM
Michaud Votes to Pass Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud voted in favor of legislation that will temporarily fund the Highway Trust Fund, which was otherwise projected to become insolvent by the end of this month. H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, reauthorizes the Highway Trust Fund through May 31, 2015. The bill passed the House of Representatives this evening by a 367-55 vote. Michaud is continuing to call on Republican leadership in the House to address a longer-term funding mechanism and reauthorization of transportation programs, to avoid another funding crisis in less than a year -- when this current bill would expire.
Jul 16, 2014 - 6:47:15 PM
$5 Million in Catholic Church Grants to East and Central Europe
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe approved 211 grants for a total of $4,998,428 in aid to finance pastoral, educational, and construction projects in Central and Eastern Europe. The subcommittee evaluated and approved grant proposals for 2014 during the bishops' annual spring General Assembly on June 10, in New Orleans.
Jul 16, 2014 - 6:42:44 PM
Obama wants $4 billion for the illegal aliens
Jul 16, 2014 - 12:02:30 AM
Brantley Gilbert "Let it Ride" tour tickets available July 18th
BANGOR, ME - Global Spectrum proudly announces that country rocker, Brantley Gilbert, will perform in Bangor at Cross Insurance Center on Sunday, September 28 at 6:30pm. The "Let it Ride" tour will feature Aaron Lewis, lead vocalist and founding member of the rock group Stained, as the opening act along with special guests Chase Bryant and Brian Davis.
Jul 14, 2014 - 12:17:21 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
Rep. Michaud Co-Sponsoring Bill to Protect Infants from Opiate Abuse
WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud today announced his co-sponsorship of legislation aimed at helping infants impacted by opiate abuse during pregnancy. H.R. 4888, the Coordinated Recovery Initiative for Babies (CRIB) Act of 2014, is an important step toward tackling Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). NAS has been increasing at a rapid rate across the country as the opiate abuse crisis continues, and newborns affected experience a multitude of harmful side effects such as seizures, breathing problems, fever, difficulty sleeping, tremors, stiff limbs, difficulty feeding, irritability, and dehydration.
Jul 11, 2014 - 2:07:25 AM
Restoring Funding for Tidal Power in Federal Spending Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Michael Michaud and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree helped restore $9 million in funding for a program that has already invested over $18 million in Maine tidal projects since 2008. Michaud, who had previously led a House effort to support funding for the program, joined Pingree, a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, to successfully push for an amendment to the bill that sets spending levels for the Department of Energy. Their amendment, which was also sponsored by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, passed the House today by a wide margin, including the support of dozens of Republicans.
Jul 11, 2014 - 2:00:46 AM
Stop Hezbollah Now! Support S. 2329
Hezbollah has been a dangerous and destabilizing force in the Middle East and around the world for more than thirty years. It has committed many acts of terrorism, violence and intimidation. The U.S. Congress may soon act on this problem, but they need to hear from you.
Jul 11, 2014 - 1:57:10 AM
Rep. Michaud Co-Sponsoring Legislation to Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is co-sponsoring legislation that would ensure for-profit corporations provide female employees with access to healthcare items and services as required under federal law. The bill, the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act, would essentially reverse the Supreme Court's recent decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which held that certain for-profit corporations could deny its employees coverage of contraception if it conflicted with the employer's religious beliefs.
Jul 11, 2014 - 1:55:42 AM
Economic Boost for Maine
Grants to Denmark and Sullivan Fire Departments and an investment aware for the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission total almost $300,000.
Jul 9, 2014 - 9:00:30 PM