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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Mike Michaud was informed by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Assistant Secretary Peter Kovar that the agency has approved a measure to help many of the Lewiston fire victims obtain alternative housing more quickly.
WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Mike Michaud, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, reacted to today’s White House announcement that American businesses have hired or trained 290,000 veterans and military spouses over the past two years and have committed to hiring 435,000 more by 2018.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Mike Michaud reacted to Congress clearing a bill to provide the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flexibility to avoid furloughs and resulting airport delays caused by sequestration.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Mike Michaud reintroduced the “Maine Coastal Islands Wilderness Act,” which designates 13 islands of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is a cosponsor of the bill, which is supported by numerous Maine conservation organizations and local businesses.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Democrats on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee announced a coordinated legislative effort to help the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) in its efforts to address the growing backlog of claims. The 10 bills in the package seek to help VA accomplish its goal to eliminate the backlog by 2015.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree welcomed news that Acadia National Park would receive a $25,000 grant from the National Park Foundation to support an education program that brings middle school students and teachers to the park.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs sent a bipartisan letter to Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Chuck Hagel urging him to follow through on a February 2013 plan to improve disability benefits claims processing for transitioning service members and veterans. The mutually agreed upon plan that the DoD and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) struck calls for the DoD to begin the transfer of complete and certified Service Treatment Records (STRs) to VA immediately, with electronic transfer capabilities to be in place by December 31, 2013.
WASHINGTON, DC – Last night, Representative Mike Michaud sent a letter signed by a bipartisan group of his colleagues to House Ways and Means Committee leaders urging them to support the tax treatment of working forests across America.
“This is a tragic day for Boston and America. The explosions and the violence are shocking, and the unknowns raise questions. Regardless of the cause and what’s behind this, I know I join all Mainers and countless Americans in extending my thoughts and prayers to all those that were affected today.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing on President Obama’s recently released Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) budget request. VA Secretary Shinseki, VA leaders and veteran service organizations all testified at today’s full committee hearing. The overall VA budget request for fiscal year 2014 is $152.7 billion.