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, D.C.—Tuesday, Senate Banking Chairman Tim Johnson and Senator Mike Crapo, the committee’s ranking Republican, unveiled a bipartisan agreement on housing finance reform. The Johnson-Crapo plan would use Corker-Warner as its base architecture and wind down Fannie and Freddie.
WASHINGTON – The 2015 Budget released by the White House Tuesday includes strong support for the Pay for Success model. The President’s Budget encouraged the use of Pay for Success in the Department of Justice and the Corporation for National and Community Service and included a new $300 million dollar Pay for Success fund.
WASHINGTON – Today, the President released his FY 2015 Budget, which included strong support for infrastructure investment. The President’s Budget included a $302 billion dollar surface transportation reauthorization proposal, a modernization and streamlining of the permitting process for new projects, and support for a National Infrastructure Bank.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6), Congressman Jared Polis (CO-2) and thirteen House colleagues have written to President Obama, recommending that the White House include Pay for Success funding in the fiscal year 2015 budget. The letter was sent to the President on Friday.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has authored an op-ed supporting the bipartisan Pay For Success model in The Hill. Also known as Social Impact Bonds, Pay For Success can improve public services, save taxpayer dollars, and encourage data-driven decision making in government. The model has been used successfully in Utah, New York, Colorado, and other states.
WASHINGTON – Today House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (MI-4) announced his tax reform package. The Chairman’s proposal includes taxing corporate profits held overseas at a reduced rate of 8.75%, payable over eight years, to provide a one-time supplement to the Highway Trust Fund of approximately $126.5 billion.
WASHINGTON – In Tuesday’s edition of the Tampa Tribune, the paper’s editorial board called upon President Obama to endorse Rep. John K. Delaney’s (MD-6) Partnership to Build America Act. Delaney’s infrastructure bill currently has 25 Democratic and 25 Republican cosponsors in the House.
WASHINGTON – In a January 23 letter to President Obama, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) have urged the White House to address the nation’s infrastructure deficit in the 2014 State of the Union. The AGC letter calls for bipartisan solutions to the infrastructure gap, including support for Congressman John K. Delaney’s (MD-6) Partnership to Build America Act (H.R. 2084).
WASHINGTON – According to a new report by Bloomberg, Canada has passed the United States in terms of business friendliness. Bloomberg’s Best Countries for Business Report ranked Hong Kong first, Canada second, the United States third. Last year, Canada was sixth and the United States was second. The Bloomberg rankings used six criteria: economic integration, startup costs, labor and material costs, transportation, inflation and corruption, and the consumer base.
WASHINGTON – Wednesday the House voted 359 to 67 to pass an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014. The bill’s funding level is within the $1.012 trillion cap on discretionary spending set by last month’s Bipartisan Budget Act
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted for the bill.