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 – More than 61,000 bridges in the United States are structurally deficient, according to a report published this week by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. Data from the report shows that Maryland is home to 5,305 compromised bridges, with about 6 percent of all bridges in the state labeled as structurally deficient.
WASHINGTON – On March 24, 2015 Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) filed the Social Security Commission Act of 2015 with Congressman Tom Cole (OK-4). The legislation is designed to find a solution that guarantees the long-term health of Social Security, bringing together both parties in coordination with the President. The legislation mandates 75 year solvency for Social Security.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) and Congressman Tom Cole (OK-4) have filed legislation to guarantee the long-term solvency of Social Security. The Social Security Commission Act of 2015 creates a bicameral and bipartisan commission that is designed to bring both parties and chambers of Congress together, along with the President, to ensure that Social Security is fully funded for decades to come. The commission created by the legislation is modelled on the 1983 Social Security Commission and would automatically produce an up or down vote in Congress.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6), Congressman John Carney (DE-At Large) and Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) have introduced legislation designed to protect the fixed-rate 30-year mortgage – a key instrument to ensure home affordability for the middle class – and shield American taxpayers from future bailouts by reforming the housing finance system. The Partnership to Strengthen Homeownership Act combines the private sector’s superior ability to price risk with the federal government’s unique ability to provide capacity.
WASHINGTON – Senator Ben Cardin (MD) and Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) have urged the federal government to restore Allegany County’s rural designation, which will maintain local eligibility for federal rural health care funding. The Cardin-Delaney letter was sent to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In their letter, Rep. Delaney and Senator Cardin informed Sec. Burwell that Allegany County is a largely rural community and that access to vital health programs and services should be restored.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) successfully amended House legislation to improve teacher training and retention. During consideration of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (H.R. 5), Delaney offered an amendment that improves training and retention programs by allowing state and local governments to use Pay for Success initiatives to improve outcomes and save money.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) is an original cosponsor of bipartisan legislation that ensures that all Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees receive retroactive pay if there is a DHS shutdown, regardless of their furlough status. The DHS Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act was filed by Rep. Don Beyer (VA-8) with Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-1) as the lead Republican.
WASHINGTON – The White House has announced that President Obama’s 2016 Budget proposal will include international tax reform to pay for new infrastructure projects. This is the same framework Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has advocated for two years, building a bipartisan coalition in Congress around combining international tax reform and infrastructure.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) will introduce new bipartisan legislation to address the Highway Trust Fund solvency crisis and spur new infrastructure projects across the country. A new approach to funding and financing America’s infrastructure, The Infrastructure 2.0 Act uses international corporate tax reform to patch the Highway Trust Fund hole for six years, creates a new financing tool and establishes a path for broader pro-growth tax reform and improved infrastructure financing.
WASHINGTON – On January 20, 2015 President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress for the State of the Union Address. In his remarks, the President stated, “let’s pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan” to create jobs and “make this country stronger for decades to come.”