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  • Mike Michaud testifies in his Senate confirmation hearing and is praised

    Photo: Congressman Mike Michaud in 2013 talking about Veterans affairs in Congress.

    Former 2nd District U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud told Senators on the panel that there are a host of problems many veterans face as they transition from active duty to civilian life, and getting a job and starting a career are among the most important.

    "One of my goals if I am confirmed by the Senate is to look at having a short-term plan and a long-term plan, to start addressing some of these situations and to take into consideration some things that are beyond our control," said Michaud at his confirmation hearing to be the assistant secretary of labor for the Veterans' Employment and Training Service.

    Senators on the Veterans Affairs Committee sited Michaud’s record working for veterans’ issues since he was elected to Congress. It was evident Michaud is well qualified for the job.

    "This is a good Maine man," said U.S. Sen. Angus King. "And we have a saying in Maine that if somebody is pretty good they are referred to as finest kind. And the people on the coast of Maine would say Mike Michaud is finest kind."

    Michaud headed the House Veterans Affairs Committee his last year in Congress.

    "Your experience on the committee is outstanding, your contribution has been outstanding," said Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson to Michaud as he testified. Isakson chairs the confirmation-hearing panel. "I had the privilege of serving a short time in the House with you. As I told you in privacy, I knew from the minute I met you I was not only impressed with your intellect, but your commitment to the job."

    The committee is expected to vote soon on the nomination and if confirmed a vote in the US Senate will follow