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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jean Michaud, 79, loving mother of Congressman Mike Michaud and his five siblings and grandmother to 11 grandchildren, who died peacefully from natural causes Wednesday morning at Millinocket Hospital. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Michaud family, and out of respect for their loss we ask that any calls or inquiries be directed to his office.
WASHINGTON, DC – On December 28th, Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) will expire if Congress does not renew it. According to the Maine Department of Labor, this expiration would impact between 3,600 and 4,200 of the 16,402 Maine unemployment compensation claimants. EUC provides additional federal unemployment insurance benefits to eligible individuals who have exhausted all available benefits from their state unemployment compensation programs. Nationally, 1.3 million jobless workers will have their benefits cut off on December 28th.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Mike Michaud praised Senate passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
After Park Service Ends 80-year Relationship with Maine Company, Michaud and Pingree Request Congressional Review of Acadia Concessions Contract
WASHINGTON, DC – After the National Park Service (NPS) announced it would not renew a contract with a Maine-based company that has provided concessions in Acadia National Park for 80 years, Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree have asked the House Natural Resources Committee to review Park Service contracting procedures and their impact on the local economy. The Park Service is expected to submit a new ten-year concessions contract for Acadia National Park (ANP) to the committee next month, which will start a 60-day congressional review process.
WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Mike Michaud joined the bipartisan leadership of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees on Capitol Hill today to call on Speaker Boehner to hold a vote on H.R. 813, a bill Michaud and Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) introduced to provide advanced funding to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A photo from this morning’s event is attached.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed a bill Representative Mike Michaud cosponsored to preserves EPA’s policy (adopted in 1976) that treats forest roads as nonpoint sources under the Clean Water Act. The legislation, the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act, has strong bipartisan support because it codifies the EPA’s successful policy that forest roads are best regulated through state-adopted Best Management Practices (BMPs).
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation (H.R. 2189) designed to help the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) accomplish its goal of eliminating its claims backlog by 2015. The legislation incorporates provisions from a number of bills that were announced by members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee earlier this year as part of a 10 bill legislative package led by Representative Mike Michaud, the committee’s top Democrat.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Mike Michaud praised the City of Boston for continuing to do business with Falcon Performance Footwear in Auburn, Maine. Yesterday, Michaud visited the company with Roderick J. Fraser Jr., Commissioner of the Boston Fire Department. Two years ago, Boston purchased 1,625 pairs of boots for its firefighters through a Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). They have since agreed to continue purchasing the Maine-made fire boots due to their excellent performance.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Maine Congressional delegation announced today that it is supporting the New England Consortium’s application to build a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute within New England.
WASHINGTON, DC – This evening, Representative Mike Michaud voted for a bipartisan bill introduced by Senate leaders to end the shutdown and address the debt ceiling. The bill passed the House by a vote of 285-144.