News 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
National 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
National 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
News 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
News 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
News 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
News 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
News 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
News 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
State 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
News $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
State 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
National 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
News 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
News 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
News 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
News 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
State 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
News Subcommittee on the Church in Africa Awards Nearly $1.3 Million
WASHINGTON--The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Africa approved 46 grants totaling $1,260,571 to assist the pastoral work of the Church in Africa. The subcommittee approved the grants during their June 10 meeting in New Orleans.
Jul 9, 2014 - 8:50:32 PM
News Archbishop Urges Broken Federal Drug Sentencing Guidelines to be Fixed
WASHINGTON--The Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and the president of Catholic Charities USA, urged the U.S. Sentencing Commission to retroactively fix flawed federal sentencing guidelines for federal non-violent drug offences.
Jul 8, 2014 - 7:47:39 PM
News Reaffirming Church Commitment to Immigration Reform
WASHINGTON--Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Migration, stated July 7, that the Catholic community "will continue to push" lawmakers to pass immigration reform legislation this year, regardless of political commentary that Congress is unlikely to act this year.
Jul 8, 2014 - 7:37:24 PM
State Day One to open new residential treatment center in mid-Maine
SOUTH PORTLAND -- Day One recently won a bid from Maine Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) to serve youth from all over Maine at a residential treatment program in mid-Maine. Day One currently operates two homes in Southern Maine providing the same services and is Maine's leading agency preventing and treating youth substance abuse with more than 40 years of experience.
Jul 4, 2014 - 12:15:35 AM
News Obama Administration Urged To Reconsider Returning Children
WASHINGTON--Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Migration, called upon the Obama Administration, July 2, to reconsider their proposed request to Congress for "fast track" authority to expedite the removal of unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America. Current law permits children from non-contiguous countries to remain in the country until their request for asylum or immigration relief is considered by an immigration judge.
Jul 4, 2014 - 12:10:03 AM
State $325,000 in Grants to Bradley and Madison Fire Departments
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congressman Mike Michaud announced that the Bradley Volunteer Fire Department and the Madison Fire Department will receive nearly $325,000 in operations and safety grants through FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. FEMA will provide $142,500 to Bradley and $179,835 to Madison to fund new equipment at each department.
Jul 4, 2014 - 12:05:02 AM
National 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
National 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
News Human Rights Campaign Endorses Susan Collins for U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has announced that it is endorsing U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) for reelection to the United States Senate. HRC is the nation's largest civil rights organization and represents more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide working to achieve equality for LGBT Americans.
Jun 26, 2014 - 1:25:57 AM
National 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
National 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
National 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
News Novus Medical Detox encourages stricter prescribing protocols
Studies show that 70 percent of Americans are on prescription drugs and consume 80 percent of the world's supply of painkillers. Prescription drug use has become a public health threat, signaling a need for stricter prescription-monitoring programs which indicate details such as when and where patients have controlled medications filled. But while the programs could help prevent patients from getting controlled medications from multiple physicians, current models could benefit from modernization due to the minimal level of information sharing among states
Jun 25, 2014 - 12:05:19 AM
This is the first formal conference committee for the Veterans' Affairs Committee since 1999.
Jun 24, 2014 - 12:03:03 AM
National $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
News Pay attention to Syrian refugee crisis
WASHINGTON--On World Refugee Day, celebrated June 20, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Migration, called upon the U.S. government to do more to assist vulnerable Syrian refugees in the Middle East and to protect the rights of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jun 22, 2014 - 10:12:20 PM
National 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
News Naming Rights Agreement for Newly Renovated Portland Arena
Portland, ME -- June 18, 2014 -- Cross Insurance, a subsidiary of Cross Financial Corp., and one of the largest independent insurance providers in New England, and the Cumberland County Civic Center announced today they have signed a new, long-term naming rights agreement to name the Portland, Maine-based, nearly 7,000-seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue the Cross Insurance Arena.
Jun 20, 2014 - 5:00:12 AM
News Michaud Appointed as VA Reform Bill Conferee
WASHINGTON, D.C. June 18 -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, Ranking Member on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, was appointed today to serve on the conference panel of House and Senate lawmakers tasked with finalizing legislation to address the systemic shortcomings within the VA healthcare system. The panel consists of six Democrats and eight Republicans.
Jun 20, 2014 - 4:55:32 AM