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 – Today the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure began markup on a six-year Highway Bill that essentially maintains current funding levels. The American Society of Civil Engineers has given America’s infrastructure a D+ grade and have stated that we need an additional $3.6 trillion in infrastructure investment by 2020.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) wrote to House Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster Thursday, urging him to increase baseline funding levels in the next highway bill. The Transportation & Infrastructure Committee is expected to markup a new highway bill next week. In his letter, Delaney wrote, “Instead of continuing our glide path to a third-world infrastructure, our next highway bill should reverse course and start our infrastructure comeback.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) is an original cosponsor of the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (H.R. 3635), legislation filed today that would secure retroactive pay for all federal employees during a federal government shutdown, regardless of furlough status. The legislation was introduced by Congressman Don Beyer (VA-8). An agreement to fund the government must be reached by October 1 to avoid a shutdown.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $110,000 federal grant to Garrett College to expand health career training programs at the Career Technology Training Center in Accident.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded $12,219 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 – On August 14, 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. To mark the anniversary, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) published an op-ed on the success of Social Security and how we can secure its future, in the Huffington Post.
The op-ed is available online here and the text is copied below:
WASHINGTON – On July 30, 1975 President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating Medicare and Medicaid.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:
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.