Congressman Jared Golden (D-ME) criticized the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill that was passed in the House early Saturday morning and called for more bipartisanship in Washington, a move that comes less than 24 hours after he was one of two Democrats to vote against President Joe Biden’s first major legislative initiative.
In an interview with The Hill on Saturday after the House vote, Golden argued that the $1.9 trillion stimulus wasn’t sufficiently targeted, and suggested that Democrats should have sought GOP support for it. “I like to often remind myself that just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should. It doesn’t mean that it’s in the best interest of the country,” said Golden.
“I guess I would say that I don’t think it was in the best interest of the country. I think that we have ended up with worse public policy as a result, rather than a more targeted bill that would come out of a bipartisan process,” he said.
The stimulus bill would provide $200 billion for public schools, $50 billion for COVID-19 vaccination distribution, contact tracing, and testing, and extend the weekly unemployment booster checks at $400 — instead of $300 — until the end of August of 2021. The bill would also provide a $1,400 stimulus payment to individuals who earn less than $75,000 per year, and would provide $350 billion for states, local governments, and tribal governments.
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