Brendan Smialowski, Agence France-Presse
40, Maine — 2, D
A moderate Democrat and veteran who previously worked for Republican Senator, Susan Collins. In 2021, Jared was committed to bipartisan solutions around infrastructure and stood out as the lone Democrat in the House to vote against the Build Back Better Act.
After serving as a Marine, Jared worked on Senator Collins’ Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee before being elected to the Maine House of Representatives.
After serving as a Marine, Jared worked on Sen. Susan Collins’ Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee before being elected to serve in the Maine State legislature. In 2019, Jared was sworn into Congress and made headlines at the end of last year after being the sole Democrat to vote against the Build Back Better bill.
Remember when Congress passed a bipartisan infrastructure bill and the president made it law? Did that seem like years ago?? It was literally a couple months ago – how time flies. BUT, the cool thing is that we’re already starting to see the results of the bill in action. Jared pointed out a project in his district funded by the bill – a clean up at a contaminated mine site. These small projects are going to stop popping up all over so keep an eye out and decide if you think the bipartisan bill was a worthy cause!
Jared spent his 2021 working on infrastructure. As a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, Jared released a detailed bipartisan framework for infrastructure that calls for $1.25 trillion in spending over eight years. For a while, Jared was pretty secretive when it came to his true feelings about Democrats’ large “human infrastructure.” But after progressive groups put pressure on moderates like Jared over delaying a vote on the large Democratic spending package, Jared stood his ground. Jared also caught (a lot) of media attention and hate from Democrats over being the only Democrat to vote against the Build Back Better bill. Jared tried to justify his vote by saying he felt Democrats could “do better”.
The GEAR program in the state of Maine is one of the more successful grant programs that prepares economically disadvantaged students for college. Except that the U.S. Education Department failed to renew funding for the program, and now Jared is leading the bipartisan delegation from Maine in demanding answers. They’ve written to Secretary Cardona expressing concern over the rejection for funding renewal, saying the DOE “hasn’t provided a justification for why it didn’t prioritize GEAR UP over other non-established state programs.” The program has assisted thousands of students and families, and would have helped an estimated 6,500 more over the next seven years, for which they applied. It’s unclear why this seemingly successful program was rejected and if it has the chance to be reinstated with enough renewed support.
Who was the most talked about Democrat last week? Well, it was Jared of course after he was the only Democrat to vote against the Build Back Better act. As you can imagine there was some praise, but also a lot of hate. Jared’s reasoning was that he felt Democrats can “do better” than what was already included in the social spending package, but he did not rule out voting for it after the Senate votes on it. Jared is known as a “Centrist Democrat”, and this isn’t the first time he has not voted in line with his party. Will Jared become the new Kyrsten Sinema? We are waiting in anticipation. 😊
43, Missouri, R