Congressman Mike Michaud issued the following statement on the
President's address this evening before a joint session of Congress.
Michaud, who helped lead the bipartisan seating effort again this year, sat with Republican Congressman Howard Coble of North Carolina.
having conducted a year-long examination of Maine's manufacturers and
touring many of them, I strongly support the President's call to do more
to boost this critical sector of our economy. One thing he could do
right now is require the Defense Department to comply with the Berry Amendment. He wouldn't need Congress to do it, and it would boost manufacturing and job creation in Maine.
any progress this year and in the years ahead will require changing the
way Washington works. Sitting together is nice, but bipartisanship
needs to extend to the halls of Congress, committee rooms, floor debate,
I join many Mainers in being frustrated with the way
leaders in our nation's capitol have conducted business, and it's long
past time for a change in how Congress operates. It shouldn't be about
scoring narrow political points, but about what's right for the country
as a whole.
I believe that we can get there, but it's going to take both sides and the White House working together to accomplish it.