July 21, 2013

Washington Notebook: Baldacci, Bennett join forces for Fix the Debt Day of Action

By Kevin Miller kmiller@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Alden Smith, a self-described student from Sangerville, has also filed candidacy paperwork with the FEC to run as a Democrat for Michaud's seat. Smith reported loaning himself $10,000 for his campaign.

NO LABELS, PLENTY OF HEAT

Michaud and Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, were among nearly 70 members of Congress who unveiled a bipartisan package of legislation during an event that had plenty of heat -- temperature-wise, that is, not rhetorically speaking.

Michaud and King are members of the No Labels group's "Problem Solvers" club, which bills itself as a coalition of Democrats, Republicans and independents willing to work together on major issues. The group gathered for an ill-timed news conference in the sun in front of the Capitol on Thursday, when temperatures were in the upper 90s but the oppressive humidity made it feel like triple digits.

The legislative package announced Thursday included, among other things, applying a "No Budget, No Pay Act" that would withhold lawmakers' paychecks unless they pass both budget and spending bills on time; a bill to cut federal agency travel by 50 percent and require video conferencing; and King's proposal for a biennial -- or two-year -- budgeting system for the federal government.

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