When Jared asks small business owners, town managers, and other Mainers working to create jobs and develop our state’s economy about their most pressing needs, rebuilding Maine’s infrastructure is almost always high on the list. Investing in infrastructure creates jobs, boosts local economies, and helps our rural communities thrive. Jared serves as Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure, leading the committee’s work to rebuild American infrastructure.
As one of the most rural states in the country, we know better than most the impact that deteriorating roads, rail, and other infrastructure have on our daily lives. For many Mainers, it means thousands of dollars in car repairs and lost wages thanks to delays or closures. For businesses large and small, it means higher costs, late shipments, and other issues that put them at a competitive disadvantage.
In an increasingly dysfunctional and partisan Washington, improving America’s infrastructure is one of the few issues that both Republicans and Democrats claim is a priority. Jared has pushed for both parties to back up their words with actions and work across the aisle on a strong infrastructure bill that finally makes the investment we need in roads, bridges, and rail. As an infrastructure bill takes shape, Jared will work to ensure that any legislation doesn’t disadvantage cash-poor states like Maine against populous, cash-rich states like New York, Massachusetts, and California.
Jared understands that broadband internet access is one of the most significant infrastructure challenges holding back many rural communities and small businesses. He’s made expanding rural broadband a priority in his first year in Congress. In September, Jared brought a congressional hearing to Machias to learn from the small broadband providers working to expand broadband to rural communities Down East about the challenges they’re facing.
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WASHINGTON — Today Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) announced three new sets of loans and grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), providing more than $6.5 million in additional support for projects in Maine. They include two sets of upgrades for water and wastewater systems in Gardiner and Livermore Falls, and new funding to enhance rural telehealth accessibility through MaineHealth.
LEWISTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08), the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Subcontracting and Infrastructure, introduced the bipartisan Small Business Last Mile Act today. The bill would improve high speed internet access for small businesses in rural areas by helping small businesses build the ‘last mile’ of broadband infrastructure.
WASHINGTON — As Maine students confront the realities of learning from home for the rest of the school year, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) called on House and Senate leadership this week to allocate an additional $2 billion for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) E-rate program and allow it to purchase mobile hotspots to support Maine students without access to high-speed broadband internet.
BANGOR — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) used his district work period last week to meet with constituents in Bangor, Lisbon Falls, and Rangeley, holding roundtables with local small businesses, hearing from Mainers helping their fellow community members recover from substance use disorder, and celebrating the opening of a new small business in Lisbon Falls.
Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) spent a busy weekend in Washington and Penobscot Counties, making stops in Baileyville, Jonesport, Machias and Pembroke to tour mills, celebrate Maine’s Forest Products Industry Week, meet with constituents, and celebrate the more than 2,000 people who gained access to high-speed broadband in Baileyville and Calais.
WASHINGTON — With more than 2,600 Maine children diagnosed or likely to have been diagnosed with lead poisoning in Maine in the past 5 years, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) introduced comprehensive legislation today that would direct the federal government to take the action necessary to end lead poisoning in American homes.
MACHIAS, ME — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) brought a congressional field hearing to the University of Maine at Machias yesterday to hear from the small businesses, organizations, and stakeholders working to build out broadband infrastructure in rural Maine. Golden, chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting & Infrastructure, was joined by Subcommittee Ranking Member Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) for the bipartisan hearing, which sought to identify policy changes that will help connect small businesses in rural Maine with broadband internet.
WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) joined Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) to introduce bipartisan legislation to help improve infrastructure at America’s fire stations. The Fire Station Infrastructure Safety Act would provide data on the age and conditions of every fire station in the country, a key step for Congress to develop policies to update aging fire station infrastructure around the country.
EAST MILLINOCKET— Dozens of Mainers joined Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) at the Katahdin Higher Education Center in East Millinocket for a town hall on Monday night. At the town hall, Golden and his constituents discussed a range of ideas and proposals to grow the economy and create good jobs in rural Maine as well as the environment in Washington that is holding back progress on these issues.
Washington, D.C.— Today, Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME), Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure held a hearing focused on improving broadband mapping in rural areas across the country. The hearing featured testimony from rural broadband carriers on the challenges that they face, and ways broadband mapping can be improved going forward.