Golden Stands Firm on Good Governance, Requests Time to Read Legislation, Receive Cost Analysis Before Considering Build Back Better Act

November 5, 2021
Press Release
The 2,000 page Build Back Better Act was still being written late last night

Congressional Budget Office analysis is required for the Senate to take up reconciliation legislation

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) released the following statement today:

“No matter what political elites say, the American people want their members of Congress to analyze and understand the details of the legislation before we vote on it. This is not a new concept. It’s the same legitimate request Democratic leaders made in 2017 before Speaker Paul Ryan rushed a reconciliation bill to the floor without a full understanding of the budgetary impacts. The more than 2,000-page bill House leadership wants to vote on today was still being written early this morning. In the past 48 hours, over $200 billion is estimated to have been added to the bill, including provisions that negotiators openly admit will not pass in the Senate.

“Unless there is a clear and pressing emergency, like when the coronavirus set upon the nation in March 2020 and speed was essential, the bare minimum — the absolute least — our constituents expect is that their elected representatives will take the time to review the text of a massive bill and analyze its impact in full. I am still at the table and ready to work, but we need the time and information to do this right and I am not currently in a position to support this bill.” - Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02)

In addition to the congressman’s desire to understand the full budgetary impacts of the legislation before voting on it, action from the House today would not speed up negotiations or consideration in the Senate. Without the CBO analysis, the legislation cannot be taken up in the Senate under the rules governing the reconciliation process.