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July 2, 2019 In The News

When wages temporarily stopped for thousands of federal workers during the government shutdown in January, nearly 100 lawmakers signed over or donated their paycheck to show solidarity.

But Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.), elected just weeks earlier, literally couldn’t afford the gesture.

June 25, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Jared Golden chaired a meeting of the House Small Business Committee, where he heard an earful of complaints about federal policies affecting business. One is a transportation rule affecting young truck drivers.

The Committee heard from several business owners, including Jason Brochu, president of the Pleasant River Paper located in Maine. He told lawmakers that his company has been hurt by trade and federal regulatory policies and urged lawmakers to address policies that hurt small business.

June 4, 2019 In The News

House votes on rules to begin debate on legislation are typically party-line tests. But when nine Democrats voted Tuesday against the rule for an immigration bill, it was a high-water mark for Democratic defections this year.

Still, Democrats are more unified on such votes than the House majority party has been in all but two years of the last decade. 

May 20, 2019 In The News

Upset by what he saw as “a cynical move” by congressional leaders, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden protested their decision to tie several bipartisan measures aimed at lowering prescription drug prices to proposals to strengthen the Affordable Care Act.

Though the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved the package, the Lewiston legislator said including the ACA provisions killed an opportunity to give the Republican-controlled Senate legislation it might approve.

March 11, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Jared Golden of Maine went toe-to-toe Friday on the floor of the House of Representatives with a Republican leader over a Democratic proposal to ease voting and promote public financing of campaigns.

After the minority leader, California’s Kevin McCarthy, blasted the measure as something “the Democrat socialist majority” wants “to take more of your money and give it to the politicians,” Golden fired back.

March 9, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A package of more than 100 federal lands bills that the U.S. House of Representatives passed last week includes the Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act.

The Senate had passed the omnibus lands bill earlier last month. So, now all that is needed for it to become law is the president’s signature.

The Acadia portion of the 260-page bill validates the National Park Service’s 2015 expansion of the park’s boundary to include 1,441 acres of donated land on the Schoodic Peninsula. A large portion of that land is now the Schoodic Woods Campground.

March 8, 2019 In The News

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed HR 1, the Democratic-backed election reform bill that includes an amendment from Maine 2nd District Rep. Jared Golden providing the rules for public financing for congressional races. The floor debate over that amendment Friday triggered a heated exchange between Golden and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

February 13, 2019 In The News

2nd District U.S. Rep. Jared Golden is urging his colleagues on the House Small Business Committee to develop an infrastructure package that focuses on small businesses and rural states.

He pressed U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President Thomas Sullivan to lay out the priorities of Chamber members.

“Would they would put the priority on something like broadband, would they put it on something like rail development, would they put it in straight roads and bridges?” asked Golden.

Sullivan responded, "all of the above."

February 12, 2019 In The News

The 116th Congress could make history with HR 1, a bold set of reforms that would make it easier for Americans to vote, crack down on money-in-politics corruption, and shine a light on dark money in political campaigns.

February 1, 2019 In The News

PORTLAND, Maine — By the end of the day Friday, federal workers who went weeks without pay during the government shutdown will finally get the money they deserve.

"Every morning we'd wake up during the shutdown time frame and we're just kind of hoping that that would be the day that he would get paid and things would go back to normal, and every day it wasn't,” Lindsay Scott said.

Scott, a wife of a member of the U.S. Coast Guard based in Kittery, first spoke with NEWS CENTER Maine five weeks ago when they were just starting to feel the impact of the shutdown.