Golden, Group of 9 Democrats Secure Deal to Ensure Standalone Vote on Bipartisan Infrastructure Package
WASHINGTON — After a weeks-long campaign to press House leadership to split apart consideration of the bipartisan infrastructure bill from the passage of a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and a group of eight of his House colleagues secured an agreement that successfully prevents the two bills from being tied together and sets a firm date for a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
“After weeks of work with eight other Democrats and House leadership, we have secured a standalone vote on the bipartisan infrastructure package by September 27th. This successfully removes the bipartisan infrastructure package from being held hostage to other legislation and establishes a firm path for Congress to send this once-in-a-generation infrastructure bill to the president.
“If Washington worked the way it was supposed to, Congress would have already passed the bipartisan infrastructure package into law. Instead, House leaders pursued a strategy that held the infrastructure legislation hostage to passage of a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill — a process that could take months — delaying and putting at risk funding Maine needs to replace lead pipes, fix roads and bridges, expand broadband, and much more.
“The deal we are announcing today guarantees that the bipartisan infrastructure package will stand on its own two feet and receive a standalone vote no later than September 27th. We also secured a commitment from the Speaker that any reconciliation package that comes before the House will have been pre-negotiated with all 50 of our Democratic colleagues in the Senate, laying the groundwork for as much consensus as possible on a future reconciliation bill.
“Legislating is never easy — in a negotiation, neither side gets everything they want — but this is a solid deal that ensures the bipartisan infrastructure legislation will move forward on its own.” - Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02)
Over the past month, Golden has repeatedly stated his opposition to passing a budget resolution without a guarantee that the House would pass the bipartisan infrastructure proposal approved earlier this month by the Senate. Golden has led his colleagues in the House to push for passage of the bipartisan infrastructure package as soon as possible, and helped to craft the legislative framework that the bill is based on. Earlier this month, Congressman Golden announced he would not consider supporting the budget resolution to advance the $3.5 trillion proposal unless the bipartisan infrastructure package was passed first. Last week, the congressman rallied with construction workers and union members in support of the bipartisan infrastructure package. Earlier this week, he and a group of 8 House Democrats laid out their argument in an op-ed to the Washington Post.