Infrastructure

Congressman Golden speaks with two people.

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.

More on Infrastructure

July 21, 2021 Press Release

PFAS Action Act contains Golden provision to help protect firefighters from PFAS on the job

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) voted today to pass the PFAS Action Act, bipartisan legislation that would help to remove dangerous “forever chemicals,” or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from drinking water, end the production of the chemicals, and increase federal funding to remove contamination. 

July 15, 2021 Press Release

Members to Pelosi: “We strongly urge — and pledge to work with you to bring about — a House vote on this legislation before the August recess and without any unnecessary or artificial delay upon arrival from the Senate.” 

June 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and his colleagues in the Problem Solvers Caucus unveiled today the framework for a $1.25 trillion infrastructure deal that could win support from both parties. The plan, which would include $762 billion in new funding over the next 8 years, has the largest amount of bipartisan support of any comprehensive infrastructure proposal this Congress. 

April 21, 2021 Page

This Congress, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is taking requests from Members of Congress — as a part of a process distinct from Community Project Funding requests — for transportation and infrastructure projects that qualify. 

March 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA)Jared Golden (D-ME) and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Community Broadband Act, legislation that will empower local communities to ensure their residents have broadband access by removing roadblocks for public-private partnerships and locally-owned broadband systems.

October 20, 2020 Press Release

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.

August 14, 2020 Press Release

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. 

April 9, 2020 Press Release

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.

February 26, 2020 Press Release

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.

October 28, 2019 Press Release

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.