WASHINGTON, DC -- This morning, Representative Mike Michaud joined over 70 Democratic, Republican and Independent members of Congress to announce a legislative package designed to make government work better. Michaud is a member of a congressional "problem solvers" group organized by No Labels that has been working to build trust across the aisle in order to end the gridlock in Washington. In the attached photo, Michaud is talking to Senators Joe Manchin and Angus King prior to the start of the event. A video clip of Michaud's remarks at today's event can be found here.
"As long as it's a good idea, it shouldn't matter if it comes from a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent. Congress should come together to pursue solutions for the American people," said Michaud.
The legislative package announced today includes bills that would withhold congressional pay if Congress doesn't agree on a budget; consolidate duplicative federal programs as identified by the Government Accountability Office, cut federal agency travel budgets by 50 percent in favor of video conferencing, and make government more efficient and functional. A full list of the bills can be found here.
Michaud has consistently worked in a bipartisan way since coming to Congress, regularly partnering with Republicans to get things done. For example, he recently led a letter signed by 230 members of Congress (co-lead by another Democrat and 2 Republicans) urging President Obama to address currency manipulation as negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement continue. Most recently, he teamed up with Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) to get the Army to not only admit to losing a massive amount of war records, but forcing action to fix it so that veterans down the line are not harmed by record gaps.
Michaud first started working with No Labels when they came out with a plan to "Make Congress Work," which he fully endorsed and has been pushing for some time. A key component of that agenda is the "No Budget, No Pay" Act, which Michaud first cosponsored in 2011. A form of that bill was enacted this past year.