Democratic Representative Jared Golden of Maine again opposes his party, voting against a sweeping social and environmental bill on Friday that President Joe Biden hailed as “another giant leap” for the country.
After casting the only Democratic vote against the legislation, Golden lambasted the bill and said he would not support what he described as a $ 280 billion tax break for millionaires.
“I don’t think people should take that sort of thing as the price of doing business,” he told The Associated Press in an interview.
This isn’t the first time Golden has stood alone, at least among Democrats, voting against one of Biden’s top priorities. He was the only Democrat in Congress to oppose the Biden administration’s $ 1.9 billion COVID-19 relief plan in March, which he called “too big, too fast” and contributed to rampant inflation. “I will also support this vote,” he said.
It’s all part of a delicate political balance for Golden, a Marine Corps veteran who serves an increasingly conservative district in the Maine countryside. His district, which covers nearly four-fifths of the area of Maine, voted for former President Donald Trump in 2020 even as he returned Golden to Congress for a second term. Republicans have made him a prime target as they attempt to win back the House in next year’s election.
His decision to break ranks on Biden’s bill drew contempt from Twitter on Friday. Some critics have called him a DINO, or “Democrat in name only”.
Golden ignored the criticism. He said he was not worried about himself, but the Democrats as a whole if they wanted to retain their majority in Congress in the midterm elections.
Son said his opposition to Biden’s bill centered on the national and local tax deduction, where a cap of $ 10,000 would be raised to $ 80,000. He said 88% of millionaires would get an average tax break of $ 17,000, while just over 1% of the profits would go to people earning less than $ 100,000. These people would get $ 20 or $ 30 under the provision, he said.
It’s not the sort of thing Democrats should be supporting, Golden said.
“Sometimes the truth hurts,” he said.
The good news, he said, is that the bill will be reviewed in the Senate. He said he expects these negotiations to produce a final version of the bill he can support.
Golden noted that Biden has sworn for months that the global proposal will be funded by the wealthy who do not pay their share of taxes.
“We have to get there,” he said.
Sharp reported from Portland, Maine.