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 – Thursday Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted for a package of tax breaks designed to encourage charitable giving in the United States. The House passed the legislation, The Fighting Hunger Incentive Act of 2014 (H.R. 4719) in a 277-130 vote.
The bill restores and makes permanent three charitable-giving tax provisions that expired last year and creates two new tax benefits.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) announces his intention to introduce legislation this fall that would provide funding for a long-term highway bill at increased levels of investment. The Delaney bill will provide additional transportation revenue through international tax reform and provide a long-term solution to funding the Highway Trust Fund. Yesterday, the House passed the Highway and Transportation Funding Act (H.R. 5021), which extends authorization for the Surface Transportation programs (MAP-21) until May 31 and patches the Highway Trust Fund only through May.
Washington, D.C. – Representatives John K. Delaney (MD-6), John Carney (DE – at large), and Jim Himes (CT-4) today introduced innovative housing finance reform legislation, the Partnership to Strengthen Homeownership Act (H.R. 5055). This legislation preserves the 30-year fixed rate mortgage and protects American taxpayers by using private sector pricing to reduce the risk of future bailouts. It shifts the housing finance market away from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and keeps home ownership attainable for working families by strengthening affordable housing programs.
WASHINGTON - Reps. Todd Young (R-IN9) and John Delaney (D-MD6) introduced H.R. 4885, the Social Impact Bond Act, on Wednesday, legislation that would foster the creation of public-private partnerships that harness philanthropic and other private-sector investments to scale up scientifically-proven social and public health programs. Joining Young and Delaney in introducing the bill were Reps. Tim Griffin (R-AR2), John Larson (D-CT1), Tom Reed (R-NY23), Jared Polis (D-CO2), Dennis Ross (R-FL15), Joe Kennedy (D-MA4), and Aaron Schock (R-IL18).
WASHINGTON – On May 30, 2014 Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) filed the Social Security Commission Act of 2014 with Congressman Tom Cole (OK-4).
The Social Security Commission Act of 2014 is designed to bring both parties and both chambers together, in conjunction with the President, to find a solution that guarantees the long-term health of Social Security.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) and Congressman Tom Cole (OK-4) filed today the Social Security Commission Act of 2014. The legislation creates a bicameral and bipartisan commission that is modelled after the 1983 Social Security Commission. The Social Security Commission Act of 2014 is designed to bring both parties and both chambers together, in conjunction with the President, to find a solution that guarantees the long-term health of Social Security.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) introduced an amendment to the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015 (H.R. 4660) to increase funding for Pay For Success. Delaney’s amendment passed by voice vote Thursday. The amendment increased funding in the evidence-based justice programs account by $1 million, and will be used in programs to reduce recidivism. Increased funding for Pay For Success was fully offset, and did not increase the overall funding of the underlying legislation.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has published an op-ed on how to rebuild America’s infrastructure in the Hartford Courant with Ronald M. DeFeo, President and CEO of the Terex Corporation, a manufacturing company headquartered in Connecticut.
Delaney is the only former CEO of a publicly-traded company in Congress.
Washington, D.C.—Thursday, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs passed the Johnson-Crapo housing finance reform bill out of committee. The Johnson-Crapo plan uses the Corker-Warner proposal as its base architecture and winds down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
WASHINGTON – Sunday’s print edition of the Washington Post featured an op-ed from Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) on using tax reform to address America’s infrastructure deficit. Absent Congressional action, the Highway Trust Fund will become insolvent this summer, threatening thousands of projects around the country.