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2014 Congressional Art Competition Winner Announced
Congressman Mike Michaud announced today that Jessica Chen, a senior at Bangor High School, was selected as the winner of this year's Congressional Art Competition for Maine's Second District.

Apr 20, 2014 - 12:07:12 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

State
Funding for Maine Cold Case Homicide Unit
Congressman Mike Michaud is working with Attorney General Janet Mills to help secure federal funding for efforts to launch a homicide squad dedicating to investigating and solving the more than 100 cold cases in Maine. Michaud has long-supported state legislation introduced by Rep. Stephen Stanley (D-Medway) that would establish a unit equipped to investigate cold cases. The legislation was inspired by the 1980 murder of an East Millinocket teenage girl.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:07:12 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

News
13 First-Place Winners in 19th Annual "Try Prayer" Contest
EASTON, Mass. -- Family Rosary announces the winners of the 2014 "Try Prayer! It Works!" contest. The 19th annual national competition -- which encourages students to express their faith through art, poetry and prose -- attracted nearly 3,000 entries from across the country.
Apr 12, 2014 - 12:10:38 AM

State
Crisis & Counseling Centers receives $15,000 technology grant
AUGUSTA -- The Davis Family Foundation recently announced that it will award a $15,000 grant to Crisis & Counseling Centers (C&C) for its "EHR (Electronic Health Record) Without Walls" project.
Apr 12, 2014 - 12:07:33 AM

News
Rep. Michaud Reacts to House Passage of Irresponsible Ryan Budget
WASHINGTON, DC -- Republicans in the House passed Rep. Paul Ryan's harmful budget before adjourning for a two week recess, and left town without taking up a Senate-passed bill to reinstate the extension of unemployment benefits for 9,000 Mainers. The Ryan budget, which Rep. Michaud voted against, is designed to place an increased burden on the backs of virtually all Americans -- from middle-class families, to veterans, to seniors.
Apr 12, 2014 - 12:05:32 AM

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Samuel Bistrian's Roma Boots
Roma Boots was founded in 2009 by Romanian-born Samuel Bistrian as a way to combine his love for fashion with compassion. He received his first pair of hand-me-down rain boots at the age of six while living in Transylvania, and when the Communist regime fell at the age of eight he came to America in search of a better life. Now that he has grown up and embarked on a career in the fashion world, Bistrian has finally found a way to help other children from his home country reach for their own dreams.
Apr 11, 2014 - 7:10:30 AM

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Michaud & Pingree Applaud Move toward New Rail Safety Rules
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced plans today to develop a new rule that would require a minimum of two- person crews on crude oil trains and other crew size standards for freight and passenger rail operations. The proposed rule aligns with legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Michaud and Rep. Chellie Pingree last summer, H.R. 3040, the Safe Freight Act, which enjoys bipartisan support and would ensure a minimum of two-person crews on all freight trains.
Apr 11, 2014 - 7:07:11 AM

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Typhoon Haiyan Proceeds to be Split
WASHINGTON--Members of the U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee ratified a recommendation to evenly distribute the proceeds of the special collection for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan between humanitarian relief and long-term church reconstruction and program needs. The decision was made during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Administrative Committee Meeting on March 11-12.
Apr 10, 2014 - 12:15:31 AM

State
Time Running Out to Act on Unemployment Benefits
House leadership's refusal to act on legislation will leave thousands of Mainers without benefits for the rest of the month. Congressman Mike Michaud is continuing to urge Speaker John Boehner to take up an unemployment benefits extension package that passed the Senate with bipartisan support earlier this week. The legislation would bring relief to nearly 3 million unemployed Americans -- and 9,000 Mainers.
Apr 10, 2014 - 12:13:06 AM

State
House vote would provide relief to 9,000 Mainers
Congressman Mike Michaud is calling on Speaker John Boehner to bring to the House floor legislation that would extend emergency unemployment benefits for millions of Americans - including 9,000 Mainers. Rep. Michaud sent a letter to Speaker Boehner early this morning following bipartisan passage of the extension through the U.S. Senate last night. Michaud also is co-sponsoring a House companion bill to the Senate-passed extension. Like the Senate version, the House bill Michaud supports would immediately extend emergency unemployment insurance for nearly three million Americans.
Apr 10, 2014 - 12:05:22 AM

News
Scam Alert: Fake Malaysian Airline News Used as Click Bait
Marlborough, MA - The world is eager for news about the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. So eager, in fact, that scammers are taking advantage of our curiosity. Don't fall for click bait teasers promoting exclusive footage of found passengers. It sounds like a sick April Fool's joke, but it's a real scam.
Apr 6, 2014 - 12:10:31 AM

State
Efforts to Deny Americans Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage
Congressman Mike Michaud has voted against H.R. 2575, legislation that would make it easier for employers to deny hardworking Americans healthcare coverage. The bill changes the definition of a full-time work week under the Affordable Care Act from 30 to 40 hours a week -- and in the process puts at risk the employee-sponsored health coverage of one million people, according to estimates from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
Apr 6, 2014 - 12:07:28 AM

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Michaud Joins Red Sox at White House to Celebrate 2013 World Series Title
Congressman Mike Michaud joined the Boston Red Sox at the White House to celebrate the Sox's 2013 World Series title. Michaud, along with President Obama and the New England Congressional Delegation, participated in a South Lawn ceremony honoring the World Series champs.
Apr 3, 2014 - 5:30:38 AM

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Declassification of Intelligence Committee Information on Torture
Bishop Richard E. Pates, Chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, applauds the recent decision by Senators Susan Collins (R/ME) and Angus King (I-ME) to vote in favor of declassifying parts of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's (SSCI) report on CIA interrogation practices. Support from all Senators on the Committee in an upcoming vote on the release of this report is crucial to putting this shameful chapter of U.S. sponsored torture behind us.
Apr 3, 2014 - 5:20:08 AM

News
Latest Effort to Bring Minimum Wage Increase to a Vote
Congressman Mike Michaud today voted in support of allowing the House to consider an amendment to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Michaud is a co-sponsor of a bill supporting the minimum wage increase. House Republicans succeeded in defeating today's effort.
Apr 3, 2014 - 5:17:28 AM

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Call For Action on Immigration Reform
NOGALES, Arizona--Led by Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Migration traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border April 1, and celebrated Mass in remembrance of migrants who have died attempting to reach the United States. This Mission for Migrants included a wreath laying ceremony and a tour of the border. It was inspired by the trip by Pope Francis to Lampedusa, Italy, last year to pray for migrants who died attempting to reach Europe by boat.
Apr 2, 2014 - 2:05:31 AM

State
Dan Rafter - New Communications Director for Rep. Michaud
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Mike Michaud has announced that he has hired Dan Rafter to serve as his new Communications Director. Rafter replaces Ed Gilman who has joined the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Rafter joins Michaud's office from the Human Rights Campaign, where he served as Associate Director of Communications.
Apr 2, 2014 - 2:03:33 AM

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Increased Spending by Catholic Church for Child Protection
WASHINGTON--U.S. dioceses and religious orders in 2013 increased what they spent on child protection by more than 50 percent over what they spent the year before, according to the 2013 report from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). In 2013, dioceses and religious orders spent $41,721,675 for child protection efforts, an increase of more than $15 million over the previous year, when they spent $26,583,087.
Mar 30, 2014 - 12:07:30 AM

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2014 Family Rosary Lenten Retreat on Sunday, April 6
EASTON, Mass. -- Area families and individuals are invited to pray together at the 2014 Family Rosary Lenten Retreat on Sunday, April 6, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth, Mass. Led in English and Spanish tracks, this special program will include inspiring speakers, Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary prayer, and praise and worship music.
Mar 28, 2014 - 7:10:34 AM

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Senate Asked to Support Smarter Sentencing Act
WASHINGTON--The Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 1410) is a "modest first step in reforming our nation's broken sentencing policies," said the chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and the president of Catholic Charities USA in a March 27 letter to the U.S. Senate supporting the bill.
Mar 28, 2014 - 7:05:15 AM

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The importance of the Meals on Wheels Program
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Mike Michaud has joined with several of his House colleagues to introduce a resolution recognizing the importance of the Meals on Wheels Program. More than 5,000 programs across the country, supported by federal funding made available by the Older Americans Act (AOA), help to provide seniors with nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks every day.
Mar 28, 2014 - 7:02:31 AM

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Legislation would undo 31-year old commonsense rule
Mountaintop mining is the process of removing the top of a mountain to recover coal seams. Although federal law requires that the mountain be closely returned to its original contours, not all of the displaced rock can physically be returned. Rock is often buried in valleys below, and if not disposed of properly, can contaminate or cut off vital streams.
Mar 26, 2014 - 12:23:03 AM

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Court Appearance Summons an E-mail Scam
Watch out for fake emails informing you that you are being summoned for a court appearance. The file attached to the fake email is actually malware
Mar 26, 2014 - 12:05:32 AM

State
The 'Not Here' Conference on sex trafficking: Maine April 10
Stephanie Henry will be the 'keynote' address at the NOT HERE conference www.not-here.me on April 10th outside of Portland and Lewiston, Maine sharing her stories, her advice/warnings and power to make a difference. Henry's organization Activism for Empowerment is a supporter of the conference. Henry is also featured in a lifetime documentary about human trafficking, which will have its debut at the conference and similar conferences across the United States this Spring.
Mar 23, 2014 - 12:07:30 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

State
National Emergency Grant for Maine
WASHINGTON, DC -- $256,696 in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funding has been provided to assist approximately 100 workers impacted by layoffs at Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC, in Lincoln, Maine. "The Mainers laid-off from Lincoln Paper and Tissue are some of the hardest working men and women in the country. This emergency funding will help those affected by layoffs train for and find meaningful new employment," said Michaud. "My staff and I will continue to stand ready to assist these workers in any way possible."
Mar 19, 2014 - 6:43:30 AM

News
Overseas Council celebrates 40 years of spiritual education and growth
In 1974, a group of businessmen launched Overseas Council for Seoul Theological Seminary with the vision of providing scholarship funds for seminaries in South Korea. After 40 years of support, hard work and dedication of many involved, the nonprofit organization has become known as Overseas Council and has grown to support 130 seminaries and Bible colleges in 70 countries around the world.
Mar 16, 2014 - 12:23:02 AM

State
Maine Law Enforcement Praise Introduction of Bill
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Mike Michaud has joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in introducing legislation to withdraw Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approval of painkiller Zohydro ER. The legislation, An Act to Prohibit Zohydro, would also prohibit the FDA from approving any version of the drug that is not formulated to prevent abuse. The controversial new painkiller was approved by the FDA last year, despite warnings from its panel of experts that the drug would likely be abused.
Mar 16, 2014 - 12:12:23 AM

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Catholic Commendation for Initiative To Resolve Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
WASHINGTON--Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, chairman of the bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, hailed efforts of President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Mar 14, 2014 - 2:53:24 PM

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Passage of ACA Fix for First Responders
Congressman Mike Michaud today praised last night's House passage of the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act. Michaud is a cosponsor of the bill, which ensures that volunteer firefighters and emergency medical responders do not count toward a municipality's responsibility to provide certain employees health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Mar 13, 2014 - 12:13:26 AM

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New President of Holy Cross Family Ministries
EASTON, Mass. -- For nearly 14 years Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C, has led Family Theater Productions based on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood as they use mass media to entertain, inspire and educate families. While that may sound like unusual work for a priest; it isn't for this priest.
Mar 13, 2014 - 12:10:05 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

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Hampton Roads Naval Museum Director Wins Prestigious Award
The YWCA of South Hampton Roads recently announced Elizabeth Poulliot, Director of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, as one of its Women of Distinction Award honorees. She won the military category of the awards. "We are pleased to recognize an exceptional group of women each year from our community who blaze a trail for others and serve as positive role models for all women," said Ruth T. Jones, Executive Director of the YWCA of South Hampton Roads.
Mar 12, 2014 - 6:12:29 AM

News
Prohibit Discrimination in Federal Workplace
Congressman Mike Michaud has announced that he will help lead an effort to urge President Obama to take action to prohibit workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans.
Mar 7, 2014 - 8:17:45 AM

News
Human Consequences of Broken Immigration System
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, joined by bishops on the border, will travel to Nogales, Arizona, March 30-April 1 to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and celebrate Mass on behalf of the close to 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998.
Mar 7, 2014 - 8:13:19 AM

News
Honor Diaries Premiering This Week
Clarion Project's new film, Honor Diaries, features nine women's rights activists who expose the oppression of women in Muslim-majority societies. The film highlights the abuses of female genital mutilation, honor killings, acts of violence and gender inequality.
Mar 7, 2014 - 8:10:03 AM

State
Atlantic Salmon Federation 24th Annual Fundraising Dinner in Freeport, Maine
St Andrews, N.B. - The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) will raise funding in March for important conservation and restoration work in Maine. A fundraising dinner that includes silent and live auctions and a raffle is scheduled for March 15 at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. The occasion will provide an opportunity to highlight some program successes such as the Penobscot River Restoration Project.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:20:29 AM

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