In June 2014, No Labels awarded U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud its “Problem Solver Seal of Approval,” citing his ability to bring people together and willingness to work across the aisle to move the U.S. forward.

No Labels – a national movement dedicated to a new politics of problem solving – said that Michaud, a candidate for governor in Maine, earned the recognition “for endorsing the process to build a National Strategic Agenda – where leaders agree to a number of key goals and commit to trying to find policy options to meet them.”

In 2013, No Labels also praised Michaud, saying that he “has been leading by example, co-sponsoring more than 50 bills with other members of the No Labels Problem Solvers group committed to ending the gridlock in Washington.”

The full text of the 2014 release is below:

No Labels – a national movement dedicated to a new politics of problem solving – has awarded the Problem Solver Seal of Approval to Mike Michaud, a candidate for governor in Maine, for endorsing the process to build a National Strategic Agenda – where leaders agree to a number of key goals and commit to trying to find policy options to meet them.

Michaud – who currently represents Maine’s 2nd district in the U.S. Congress – has worked closely with No Labels in its efforts to reform Congress and fix the way our government works.

“In the U.S. Congress, Mike Michaud has been working to usher in a new politics of problem solving. And we’re excited to see him take that attitude back to Maine in his race for governor,” said No Labels co-founder Mark McKinnon. “His support for the  National Strategic Agenda is so important because we need advocates for this plan in state houses and capitols across America. So having Mike on board with the National Strategic Agenda will really help fuel our grassroots energy at the state level.”

No Labels’ National Strategic Agenda calls for America’s political leaders to commit to a new governing process that can enable us to meet four key national goals:

  • Grow 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years
  • Secure Medicare and Social Security for another 75 years
  • Balance the federal budget by 2030
  • Make America energy secure by 2035

“America needs a shared vision for where we want to go and how we get there,” said McKinnon. “We’re at the beginning of a long process to forge agreement among our leaders on the goals of this agenda and on the policies that can help us reach those goals. It will take more than just members of Congress. We need governors, state and local reps and regular citizens. The more people like Mike Michaud we can get to support the agenda, the better chance we’ll have of success.”

Though the National Strategic Agenda articulates a number of ambitious goals, the specific policies to achieve them will be decided in the year ahead in a series of meetings across the nation with members of Congress, state and local government leaders, members of the business and non-profit community and citizens. Mike Michaud will be a part of this process.

More than 80 members of Congress have endorsed the National Strategic Agenda.

For more information about No Labels and its campaign for a National Strategic Agenda, contactCaroline@NoLabels.org.

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