Golden Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, Rule Vote

November 6, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) applauded the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The legislation will now head to the president’s desk for his signature. 

“Democrats, Republicans, and the White House have worked together to make a once-in-a-generation investment in jobs and better roads, bridges, broadband, replacing lead pipes, and much more. This bill will create and support Maine construction jobs and it’s a clear win for our state and the entire country.”

“Since Senator Collins and I met with fellow members of Congress at Governor Hogan’s residence seven months ago to begin developing the framework the bipartisan infrastructure bill is based upon, I have been proud to be a member of this bipartisan effort.” - Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02)

The legislation is projected to invest  $1.3 billion in Maine’s roads, $225 million for bridges, $390 million to remove dangerous lead pipes, $74 million for airports, nearly $100 million for affordable broadband, and hundreds of millions of dollars for climate infrastructure like emissions reductions, electrical grid upgrades, and resiliency. 

Golden has been at the forefront of efforts over the past several months to get the bill passed through the House. In April, Golden participated in a two-day bipartisan infrastructure summit with other members of Congress, including other members of the Problem Solvers Caucus and a bipartisan group of senators, and governors, including Senator Collins. On June 9, Congressman Golden and his colleagues in the Problem Solvers Caucus unveiled a bipartisan infrastructure framework. Their framework was the basis of the blueprint agreed to by the White House and Senate negotiators two weeks later and passed through the Senate.

Congressman Golden also voted to open debate on the Build Back Better Act and will continue to review the 2,000-page legislation and forthcoming budgetary analysis before it comes to the House floor for a vote later this month. 

“I also voted to open debate on the Build Back Better Act tonight, with the expectation that we will receive a cost and budget analysis from the Congressional Budget Office in the coming days. In the meantime, I will continue to review the details of this bill now that we have a finalized draft.”- Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02)

On Wednesday, the congressman wrote an update to his constituents on the negotiations in which he noted some areas of progress on the legislation, as well as provisions in the bill that required additional work.