Golden Statement on Updated HEROES Act Vote
WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) released a statement today following his vote against the updated HEROES Act late last night.
“Mainers are sick and tired of the grandstanding and empty promises” said Congressman Golden. “I support many of the provisions in this legislation, but my constituents need real relief now, not another partisan package with no chance of becoming law. The White House has signaled a willingness to get a deal — one that would deliver support to millions of struggling families, communities, and small businesses. Congressional leaders need to stop the posturing, meet this moment, and get a deal. Failure should not be an option.”
Congressman Golden voted against an earlier version of the partisan HEROES Act for similar reasons, and he has consistently called for party leaders to put the country’s immediate need for relief above their political concerns.
- After supporting the bipartisan CARES Act in March, Golden raised concern about how significantly partisan politics had delayed the legislation while thousands of Americans died and millions lost their jobs.
- In May, as party leaders began to retreat from the bipartisan approach that had led to the CARES Act, Golden led a group of his colleagues to urge House leadership to abandon their partisan effort. The group made clear that a vote on such a bill would result in gridlock and an inability to provide for their communities.
- When Democratic leaders continued their partisan approach and brought the HEROES Act to the floor in late May, Golden voted against the bill. While he supported many of the provisions in the bill, he did not support passing a partisan bill that was not designed to become law.
- As the congressman anticipated, progress towards a bipartisan deal came to a halt after the HEROES Act passed the House. The summer saw months of inaction as the coronavirus continued to spread uncontrolled, small business support and unemployment assistance expired, and hospitals continued to experience financial strain. Golden again brought together a bipartisan group of legislators to demand that Congressional leaders do their duty and return to negotiations for a deal.
- Just last week, Golden continued to lead his colleagues to push for a bipartisan compromise. He organized a bipartisan group of 34 lawmakers to pressure the speaker and minority leader to find a deal. Golden suggested the bipartisan proposal put forward by the Problem Solvers Caucus as a starting point for negotiations, and proof that a deal between the two parties could be had.