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.
More on Federal Budget
WASHINGTON – On September 30, 2013, federal appropriations expired.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) issues the following statement on the government shutdown:
WASHINGTON – On Friday, September 20, the House voted on H.J. Res 59, a bill to fund the government by continuing resolution that included provisions to defund the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and prioritize debt payments in the case of default.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:
Delaney Op-Ed in Washington Post: Debt Prioritization Not Rooted in Financial Reality, Bad for Nation’s Standing
For Immediate Release: January 15, 2013 Contact: Will McDonald 202-225-2721
Congressman John Delaney Tells Bloomberg Debt Ceiling Default Would be “Catastrophic” for Economy
Delaney argues debt ceiling should not be part of spending negotiations