STATEWIDE — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said earlier this week that Democrats are nearing a deal on the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
For Maine, the bill would include $1.3 billion for highways and roads, $225 million for bridges, $100 million for broadband, and $390 million for lead pipe replacement, among other items.
Maine Democrat Congressman Jared Golden said the bill has been held up 11 weeks in the House of Representatives and should have been voted on much earlier.
“Poor legislative strategy in my opinion,” he said. “I think they’ve been very clear and very public about why it’s being held up. They view it as leverage over ongoing negotiations over another bill that has nothing to do with this infrastructure bill.
“I have stated repeatedly both privately and publicly that they are mistaken if they think this is a strategy that will work or is helping them or the president’s agenda in any way,” Golden said.
Golden said reauthorization for federal transportation infrastructure funding runs out on Oct. 31 and if Congress holds out any longer, infrastructure programs in Maine that use federal money could be in jeopardy.