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 – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has filed the Honest Dynamic Scoring Resolution, legislation that would make sure that the economic benefits of smart public investments in areas such as infrastructure, research and development and education are accurately reflected in budget projections. The bipartisan legislation was introduced with lead Republican Congressman Richard Hanna (NY-22) and Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52).
WASHINGTON – Tuesday, it was reported that the House will likely consider a three-month extension to the Highway Trust Fund on Wednesday, a short-term patch following two weeks of heated debate in the Senate. Absent Congressional action, the Highway Trust Fund, the nation’s primary source of federal transportation funding, will lose authority on July 31 endangering projects nationwide. Congress has implemented short-term patches to the Highway Trust Fund 34 times since 2005.
WASHINGTON – On Friday, the Senate formally started debate on a six-year highway bill, which includes a provision to delay requirements for the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC), an automated train navigation system to improve rail safety. Enacted in 2008, the original deadline required railroad companies to install PTC systems by December 2015. The Senate highway bill would push the deadline back to December 2018. The bill also cuts the Highway Safety Improvement Program by $1.2 billion over six years.
WASHINGTON – On Friday, July 24, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Award for the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department. The grant provides the fire department with $278,736 to assist the department with volunteer recruitment and retention.
WASHINGTON – On July 24, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Award for the Ellerslie Volunteer Fire Company. The $94,477 grant provides the Ellerslie Volunteer Fire Company with funding for a new self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA). According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), half of all fire departments do not have the resources to equip all firefighters on a shift with SCBA.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) led a letter from the New Democrat Coalition to Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi calling for a permanent solution to funding the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). The letter states, “there is bipartisan agreement that Congress should replenish the Highway Trust Fund with revenues raised through international tax reform that includes ‘deemed repatriation’ of U.S. dollars stranded overseas – this will also make U.S.-based companies more competitive.”
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John K. Delaney (all D-Md.), today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $25,000 to the Town of Grantsville, in Garrett County, for the Grantsville Revitalization Plan and Agricultural Village Study project. The funds will be used to coordinate several disparate existing plans into a cohesive and actionable economic development strategy for the future.
WASHINGTON – According to a new poll conducted for Morning Consult 64% of registered voters think using overseas profits to build and maintain the nation’s highways is a good idea, including 70% of Democrats, 62% of Independents and 60% of Republicans. Since 2013 Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has advocated for using repatriated revenues for new infrastructure projects, an innovative bipartisan solution that has secured support from both parties.
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, June 10, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) introduced an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 2685) increasing funding for the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free housing near hospitals for military and veterans’ families.
The Delaney amendment, which increases Fisher House funding from $5 to $10 million, passed the House by voice vote and will be included in the House-version of the underlying appropriations bill. A vote on final passage of the full bill is expected this week.
WASHINGTON – Thursday, the House of Representatives is expected to consider the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2577). The legislation includes a 33% cut in federal support for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, reducing federal funding by $50 million.