Our federal budget should reflect our national priorities and values. In my view, that means that we’re supporting our troops and protecting our country, positioning the next generation to thrive, making sure that our veterans and seniors receive the benefits they deserve.
On budget matters, rather than careening from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis, Congress should focus on passing a grand budget deal that reduces the deficit in a balanced way. We should do our job, which is to come together, negotiate in good faith, and find a solution. I support a balanced approach that fundamentally changes our fiscal trajectory and reduces our debt. In my role as a Freshman Class President, I hosted a bipartisan member briefing with Simpson and Bowles, and believe their balanced, data-driven, approach should be emulated in Congress.
In my view, the recent budgets offered by Congressman Ryan and supported by the majority in Congress are wrong for the country. I believe Democrats should lead on deficit reduction and entitlement reform and we should continue to reach across the aisle and push for a grand bargain budget deal along the lines of Simpson-Bowles.
Smart budgets include investments in the future, including proper support for education and job training, science and research, alternative energy, and infrastructure. The budget alternative authored by Rep. Van Hollen presented a better path. Our budget should be oriented towards positioning our country for the next century. Support for federal workers is critical: we can’t expect our federal government to be world-class by marginalizing its employees year after year.
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WASHINGTON – The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded the City of Cumberland a $250,000 grant to conduct planning, engineering and design for road improvements on Baltimore Street and surrounding roads in Cumberland. The grant will be matched by investment from the City and is estimated to support 50 local jobs.
WASHINGTON – Steve Mnuchin, a member of the next Administration’s executive committee and transition team told reporters Thursday that they are “looking at the creation of an infrastructure bank to fund infrastructure investments.”
WASHINGTON, DC — The full House of Representatives unanimously approved bipartisan legislation led by Congressmen Todd Young (R-IN) and John Delaney (D-MD) that expands the use of evidenced-based interventions within the federal government, while driving taxpayer savings. It is the first reform bill of its kind that brings the pay-for-performance model into social and public health sphere. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) are the lead sponsors of similar companion legislation in Senate.
WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan amendment by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) to increase federal support for the Fisher House Foundation, a non-profit that partners with the military to provide free lodging near Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and military hospitals to the families of veterans and service-members receiving care. The Delaney Amendment was considered during floor debate on Wednesday and was adopted by voice vote.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has been named a Fiscal Hero by the Campaign to Fix the Debt for the 114th Congress. To be named a Fiscal Hero, lawmakers must distinguish themselves by casting fiscally responsible votes, prioritizing the national debt as a top issue and working within their party and on a bipartisan basis to improve the nation’s fiscal future.
WASHINGTON – Today, the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing on improving safety and reliability of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Metro system.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney today announced that the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department will receive $37,836 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. As Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a member of the Finance Committee.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney today announced that the Hagerstown Fire Department in Washington County has been awarded $68,433 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. As the Vice Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a member of the Finance Committee.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Delaney filed legislation today to extend federal HUBZone eligibility for Garrett County businesses through 2022. The GARRETT HubZone Redesignation Act would reform the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) management of the HUBZone program, giving Garrett County and similar communities nationwide significantly more time to benefit from the program and adjust to potential changes. Absent congressional action, Garrett County will lose HUBZone status in 2018.
WASHINGTON – Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a hearing on the fatal Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) accident which took place in January 2015 at L’Enfant Plaza. In his opening statement, Christopher A.