National Security and Servicemembers

Congressman Golden speaks with service members.

After 9/11, Jared answered the call to serve our country and enlisted in the Marines, deploying overseas to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He knows firsthand the consequences of sending our troops into foreign conflicts without a clear, well-articulated strategy for their mission and their withdrawal. He uses his experience as a Marine combat veteran when confronted with national security decisions in Congress. 

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Jared works across the aisle to create policies that keep America safe and ensure that our servicemembers have the training and tools they need to fight for our country.

Jared believes we need to reevaluate the use of the American military in foreign conflicts and strike a pragmatic balance: we must be clear-eyed about the consequences of withdrawing our troops from strategically important regions in the fight against terrorism, like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, while acknowledging that nation-building and long, protracted wars are not in our country’s best interests.

Earlier this year, Jared voted to affirm Congress’ authority under the War Powers Resolution and prevent the administration from a military attack on Iran unless authorized by Congress. He also voted to repeal the 2002 Authorized Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq, which provided the Bush Administration with authority to attack Iraq during the reign of Saddam Hussein. The Iraq AUMF has been rendered obsolete and is not needed by the Pentagon to conduct current military operations. 

Jared deeply respects Maine’s servicemembers and also knows many civilian Mainers play a critically important role in our national defense as well. Thousands perform vital defense work in our state, including building the finest warships on the planet at Bath Iron Works and defense research at our universities. Jared uses his position on the Armed Services Committee to support these institutions and their workers at the federal level, ensuring that they have access to the resources they need and helping create a level playing field to compete for federal contracts.

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May 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, Jr., and U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Congressman Jared Golden announced that they will begin accepting nomination applications from Maine high school students for appointments to the United States service academies operated by the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Merchant Marine.  No nomination is required to apply to the United States Coast Guard Academy.

March 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and three bipartisan colleagues — Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-08), Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), and Congressman Peter Meijer (MI-03) — introduced a new bill this month to help Congress reclaim its constitutional war powers by repealing outdated Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs). The bill would end the 1957, 1991, and 2002 AUMFs, formally ending the Congressional authorization for the Gulf and Iraq wars, as well as an open-ended Cold War-era authorization of force in the Middle East. 

February 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) has been named a Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. As Vice Chair, Golden takes on an elevated role on the subcommittee, which oversees naval acquisition and contracts for military shipbuilding performed at Bath Iron Works, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and other shipyards across the country. 

January 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) today voted against waiving the requirement that retired and former servicemembers take at least seven years between their military service and serving as secretary of defense. President Biden is seeking to waive the requirement, which is intended to protect the American tradition of civilian control of the military, for his nominee for defense secretary, retired General Lloyd Austin. General Austin has been retired for four years.

Golden released the following statement explaining his vote: 

December 10, 2020 Press Release

LEWISTON — Today, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) announced his office’s nominees to the United States Service Academies—the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, U.S. Military Academy at West Point and U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs. To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, applicants must be nominated by an authorized nominating source, which includes Members of Congress.

December 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — The conference report of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) — the final version of the legislation — passed the House last night. The legislation contained a number of Congressman Jared Golden’s (ME-02) priorities for American national security, Maine shipbuilders, and servicemembers and their families. Golden was a member of the conference committee that produced the report and secured the important provisions over nearly a year of work on the House Armed Services Committee. 

November 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) released the following statement in reaction to the Trump Administration’s planned reduction of troops in Afghanistan:

October 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Following the introduction of legislation earlier this year by Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Senator Angus King (I-ME) to make admission to national parks free for Gold Star Families – an idea proposed to Congressman Golden by a constituent – the U.S. Department of the Interior announced earlier today it would implement the lawmakers’ proposal nationwide. Starting November 11, 2020, entrance fees for Gold Star Families will be waived at all national parks and other federal public lands, including at Acadia National Park. Veterans will also have their fees waived. 

September 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) led a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers to call on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Committee leadership to preserve language from his Gold Star Families Park Pass Act in the FY21 NDAA.

September 14, 2020 Press Release

Service Academy Night, Wednesday September 23 2020, you can RSVP at https://bit.ly/3gs4afn