U.S. Representative for Maine’s 2nd congressional district Jared Golden was the only House Democrat to vote in favor of reinstating airline pilots who were fired or forced to resign due to vaccine mandates.
The Wednesday evening vote was on whether to adopt an amendment to H.R. 3935, the “Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act,” that would require airlines to reinstate pilots who lost their jobs because of the vaccine mandates.
The bill is meant to address a shortage of pilots that began during the COVID-19 pandemic — an issue which is likely to cause increasing travel delays.
Rep. Golden joined 140 Republicans to vote in favor of adopting the amendment.
All 211 other voting Democrats voted against the amendment, alongside 83 Republicans.
Golden, a Marine veteran, recently attracted the ire of Maine liberals for his affirmative vote on a defense budget which had a Republican-added amendment prohibiting the Secretary of Defense from paying for or reimbursing expenses relating to abortion services.
Another amendment prohibited Department of Defense coverage of sex reassignment surgeries and gender hormone treatments for transgender individuals.
Golden was the only Democratic Rep to vote in favor of an amendment to the budget that would block the Department of Defense from making participation in training or support for certain race-based concepts a requirement for hiring, promotion, or retention of individuals.