WASHINGTON, DC — Maine’s 2nd Congressional District Rep. Jared Golden was one of two House Democrats to vote against President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.
“During challenging times, the country needs its elected leaders to work together to meet the most urgent needs in their communities,” Golden said in a press release. “This bill addresses urgent needs, and then buries them under a mountain of unnecessary or untimely spending.”
He said that less than 20 percent of the spending addresses pressing COVID challenges. Golden said he supported these portions of the bill, which include funding for vaccine distribution and emergency federal unemployment assistance.
According to the press release, he said most of this bill duplicates ongoing COVID assistance programs and includes policies that should be considered but do not belong on this particular bill.
He said between last year’s spending and this package, this would reach almost $6 trillion, and it could put other programs, such as Medicare, at risk and take resources from future priorities.
After narrowly passing the U.S. House early Saturday morning, the bill will now head to the U.S. Senate for approval.