BANGOR — Democrat Jared Golden said Wednesday he believed he has made a difference in Mainers’ lives during his first term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The incumbent serving in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District was interviewed by ABC 7 and FOX 22 news anchors JR Mitchell and Kayla Fish as they discussed the topics of this election campaign. Golden is being challenged this year by former state representative Dale Crafts.
A former assistant majority leader in the Maine House of Representatives, Golden said he counts as one of his successes the fact Veterans Administration plans to locate a 24-bed inpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment facility in Augusta.
“I passed through the House of Representatives a bill to reauthorize an important program called the Small Business Development Centers,” he said. “There’s eleven of them in Maine’s second district. They’re there to provide important assistance to small business owners. Yet, that has not passed through the House So, obviously I would like to see that work be completed.”
Among the topics Golden discussed was whether The Affordable Care Act should be repealed, which may be argued before the Supreme Court as early as the last week of October.
“We voted in the house to say we don’t support that and we think that law should stand,” he said.
Although the House of Representatives has no say in the Supreme Court nominations, Golden was asked what he thought about the process.
“I agree with our two United States Senators, Senator King, Senator Collins, who both agree that there shouldn’t be a vote to fill that seat until after the election,” he said.
Golden expressed frustration while talking about how Congress is handling this current round of talks surrounding another COVID-19 relief package.
“So I think it’s important that Congress step up. We have a lot of people who are unemployed and have lost a job and continue to need assistance,” the Lewiston Democrat said.