Honored and Humbled to Serve

By Rep. Bruce Poliquin (ME-02)

 

One of the greatest honors of my life is serving in Congress on behalf of all the hardworking families, small businesses and communities of Maine’s 2nd District. I was humbled and thrilled to be sworn in to office at the beginning of this year to begin my second term as your representative.

This past year, we won some major victories for Maine families, communities, Veterans and local job creators, but there is still more work to be done. Since day one in Congress, I’ve worked with everyone regardless of party—Republicans, Democrats and Independents—to get the job done for Maine.

My number one priority is creating and protecting jobs. One of my main focuses this last Congress has been on helping secure 900 shoe manufacturing jobs in Maine at New Balance. For years, Maine politicians have worked unsuccessfully to get legislation through in Congress to require the Department of Defense (DOD) to adhere to the Berry Amendment, a provision which requires the DOD to use American-made products for new recruits whenever possible. New Balance is one of the few companies that continues to hire American workers and produce footwear here in the U.S.

I am absolutely thrilled that, after a months-long and hard fought effort, we finally had this monumental language officially signed into law this past year. This is a huge accomplishment, and I’m not going to let up an inch until it is fully implemented to secure the 900 Maine jobs at Skowhegan, Norway and Norridgewock.

In Congress, I have also been a steadfast opponent of bad and unfair trade deals, namely the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which have the potential to hurt jobs and local businesses in Maine. That’s why I voted, twice, against “fast track” trade authority, or trade promotion authority, despite pressure from powerful Washington special interest groups and leaders of my own party. I don’t work for any one party—I work for you, the people of Maine.

I am also extremely proud of the services that our Congressional office has been able to provide to help hundreds of Mainers in the past two years. Whether it is a Veteran experiencing issues at the VA or a citizen needing assistance with a case at the IRS, my staff is available to help. I encourage anyone who is experiencing problems with a government agency, including our Veterans when dealing with the VA, to contact my Congressional office in downtown Bangor at 6 State Street, by phone at 942-0583, or online at Poliquin.House.Gov.

There is much more work to be done. Our Great State of Maine and our Nation face many critical challenges.  Please know that I am working hard, every day, to serve you and that I will continue to work here at home and in Washington for our families, local businesses and communities. It is an honor to represent you and our fellow Mainers in Congress.