May 22, 2022

Lone Democrat who voted against Build Back Better speaks out

The only Democrat who voted with Republicans on Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) on the Build Back Better plan weighed in on his party’s decision to support President Joe Biden’s massive spending plan according to The Washington Examiner.

“I believe we’ve made progress so far, but there is still time left, and it’s not too late to do better. I will be voting no tonight, but that doesn’t mean I will oppose a final version of this bill if some meaningful changes are made to this legislation,” Golden said in a statement.

Golden said that he couldn’t put his voting weight behind such a sharp increase for to the state and local tax deductions, also known as SALT, and said he’s concerned about its potential negative effect on inflation.

“The SALT giveaway in the Build Back Better Act is larger than the child care, pre-K, healthcare, or senior care provisions of the bill,” the congressman said.

“As a result, the legislation would give a millionaire nearly 20 times more money than it would provide a low-income family through the Child Tax Credit,” Golden said.

The Maine Democrat said that he hoped the bill would have undone some of the other tax cuts passed by Republicans in 2017 and that would have added a tax on those with a net worth in the billions. 

“The federal government has pumped $6 trillion into the economy in the last 18 months,” Golden added. “Many Mainers are feeling the consequences of this in the form of rising prices every time they go to the grocery store or refill their gas tank. While a variety of factors contribute to inflation, Congress can’t wash its hands of the role it has played.”

He did, however, have good things to say about the adjustments to renewable tax credits and the assistance program for low-income families. 

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