In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo, U.S. Rep. Jared Golden talks with fellow hikers on the top of Black Mountain in Rumford. Credit: Natalie Williams / BDN

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden of Maine’s 2nd District said members of his party should work with Republicans on pandemic relief, and not use slim majorities in the House and Senate to pass their own measure.

Golden is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus in the House, made up of about 50 members evenly split between parties. He said they are continuing work on pandemic relief legislation and should be given the time to work out a bipartisan package.

“Some of the people in the Problem Solvers Caucus are very conservative and others progressive. What matters is whether or not they are willing to be pragmatic in accepting where we are as a country and what needs to be done,” he said.

Golden said instead of enormous packages with controversial provisions and large price tags, Congress should focus on a plan that includes areas of agreement between the two parties, and send it to President Joe Biden for his signature.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.