Golden Calls on Negotiators to Compromise & Avert Shutdown, Recommits to Federal Workers
WASHINGTON — Following news that talks to keep the government open had broken down, U.S. Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) urged congressional negotiators today to come back to the table and make a deal.
“Enough is enough,” said Golden. “Both parties have to put the needs of the country above politics. Republicans need to stop moving the goalposts and Democrats need to stop drawing lines in the sand. The American people, myself included, are frustrated with Congress and the president and we’re angry at the harm inflicted on federal workers and their families. Shutdown or not, I’ll continue to fight for federal workers affected by Washington’s dysfunction.”
Should another shutdown occur, Golden will continue to stand up for federal workers and their families. Since taking office, Golden has:
- Introduced bipartisan legislation to withhold pay from members of Congress, the president, and vice president if federal workers aren’t paid;
- Bucked his party leadership to support a measure to pay federal workers during the last shutdown;
- Cosponsored a bipartisan bill to ensure that Coast Guardsmen are paid during government shutdowns; and
- Voted 11 separate times to fund all or part of the government and send federal employees back to work.