Congressman Mike Michaud Visits Calais Rotary Club

On May 1st, U.S. Congressman Mike Michaud attended a luncheon meeting of the Calais Rotary Club that was held in the Renaud Room at the Washington County Community College.

The congressman, along with 20 Rotarians, feasted on a scrumptious meal prepared by the WCCC Culinary Arts students.

Michaud has represented Maine’s Second Congressional District in Congress since 2003. He is currently in his sixth term and serves on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and on the House Transportation Committee, all critical to Washington County. 

The congressman has a huge geographical base to cover because Maine’s Second Congressional District is the largest congressional district by size east of the Mississippi River and one of the most veteran-populated districts per capita in the country. Michard was elected the ranking member of the full committee last December and previously held leadership positions on the Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Benefits.

During the past decade, Michaud and his colleagues on the Committee have led the battle to pass legislation that provided historic budget increases for the VA, expanded access to VA health care, improved health services for all veterans, and modernized benefits earned by America’s service members. Michard discussed several of those issues during his meeting with Rotarians.

He also talked about recent efforts by him and his committee colleagues to introduce a package of bills designed to help the VA accomplish its goals of eliminating the health claims backlog by 2015. The congressman also talked about his efforts to champion research on Gulf War illness and said he has reintroduced a bill to help Maine veterans concerned about Agent Orange and herbicides exposure at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in Canada.

The congressman also talked about reimbursement issues that concern Medicare and Medicaid and said he was opposed to efforts to impose border-crossing fees which he said would hurt the state economically.

During the question and answer period, WCCC President William Cassidy welcomed Michaud and applauded him for being an advocate of the community colleges system. He also praised the congressman for his work on behalf of veterans. 

Former WCCC President Joyce Hedlund then asked Michaud about his plans to run for governor. The congressman paused and smiled then said he was thinking about it, but presently was focused on his role and things he hoped to accomplish on the Veterans Affair Committee. 

Calais Rotary Club President Carl Royer thanked Michaud for speaking to the club, and presented him with a coffee mug with the Rotary International “Four Way Test”.  

Respectfully submitted by The Calais Rotary Club.