National Security and Servicemembers

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.

More on National Security and Servicemembers

July 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) announced legislation he is introducing with Republican Congressman Jack Bergman (MI-01) to direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to collect important data from veterans being screened for COVID-19 who have also been exposed to harmful toxins from burn pits during service in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Pandemic Care for Burn Pits Exposure Act requires the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals to determine whether veterans and servicemembers undergoing testing for COVID-19 have be

July 8, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and a group of 13 members of Congress have introduced new legislation requiring the U.S. government to identify, analyze, and combat efforts by the Chinese government to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 2, 2020 Press Release

Legislation contains 3% raise for servicemembers, an additional DDG-51 destroyer built at BIW, and planning requirements for the shipbuilding workforce

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) used his position on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) this week to push for and secure important priorities for America’s national defense, Maine’s shipbuilders and the future shipbuilding workforce, servicemembers, and Maine universities and manufacturers in the FY2021 defense authorization bill that was reported out of committee. 

June 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) announced today his cosponsorship of H.R. 2750, the Justice for Servicemembers Act. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Congressman David Cicilline (RI-01), would help servicemembers protect themselves against landlords, cable companies, and other businesses who unfairly punish servicemembers who are forced to cancel leases and other contracts when they relocate for active duty.

April 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) released a statement calling for the resignation of Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Golden’s statement follows the Secretary’s leadership failure aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt yesterday and expresses the congressman's continuing concern over the Navy’s refusal to seriously address the public health threats facing the shipbuilding workforce across the country.

March 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Responding to grave concerns about public health and military readiness as the coronavirus spreads in Maine, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) released a statement today urging the Department of Defense to extend deadlines for ships being built at Bath Iron Works (BIW). 

January 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — To stand up for Congress’ war powers and encourage accountability and meaningful debate before entering into new conflicts in the Middle East, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) voted this week for a bipartisan repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).