Maine's Jared Golden Shrugs off 'Democrat in Name Only' Label After Opposing Biden Bill

Maine Representative Jared Golden has once again opposed a new bill approved by President Joe Biden.

The Democrat was the only vote in his party against the Build Back Better plan, saying that he made his decision due to what he described as "a $280 billion tax break for millionaires." He previously voted against the $1.9 billion COVID-19 relief package in March.

"I believe we've made progress so far, but there is still time left, and it's not too late to do better," he said in a statement. "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."

In an interview with the Associated Press, he said that people deserve better than the policies proposed by the Biden administration. Golden also stood by his vote against the COVID package.

"I don't think people should accept things like this as the price of doing business," he said.

His recent opposition toward these bills has resulted in some party members calling him a "Democrat in Name Only" or a "DINO." However, he dismissed these accusations, saying that he's worried for the future of the Democratic party if they are unable to hold their congressional majorities during the midterm elections.

Regarding the Build Back Better bill, he said that 88 percent of millionaires would get a tax break of approximately $17,000. Meanwhile, little more than 1 percent of benefits would go to people making less than $100,000 per year. Golden maintained that Democrats shouldn't support that, regardless of the party the current president is in.

"Sometimes the truth hurts," he said.

The Build Back Better bill is expected to be revised when it reaches the Senate.

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U.S. Representative Jared Golden shrugged off criticism for voting against President Joe Biden's Build Back Better bill. Golden walks through the U.S. Capitol building on November 5 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images

Golden said the March COVID package was "too big, too fast" and contributed to creeping inflation.

It's all part of a delicate political balancing act for Golden, a Marine Corps veteran who serves an increasingly conservative district in rural Maine. His district, which covers almost four-fifths of Maine's land area, voted for former President Donald Trump in 2020 even as it sent Golden to Congress for a second term. Republicans have made it a top target as they try to win back the House in next year's election.

His decision to break ranks on Biden's bill attracted some Twitter scorn Friday.

He said his opposition to Biden's bill centered on the state and local tax deduction, where a $10,000 cap would be raised to $80,000. People making under $100,000 would get back $20 or $30 under the provision, he said.

He said he expects those negotiations will produce a final version of the bill that he can support.

Golden noted that Biden has vowed for months that the overall proposal would be funded by rich people who don't pay their share in taxes.

"We need to deliver on that," he said.

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U.S. Representative Jared Golden on November 19 voted against an expansive social and environment bill that President Joe Biden hailed as “another giant step forward” for the country. Golden speaks at Acadia National Park, June 18 in Winter Harbor, Maine. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File