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 – The House has passed the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report, which includes provisions to reform the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program and protect local jobs in Garrett County, Maryland.
WASHINGTON – During floor debate Wednesday evening the House of Representatives passed an amendment authored by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) to fully fund the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC). Congressman Delaney’s amendment to restore NBACC funding had bipartisan support and was cosponsored by Republican Dan Donovan (NY-11). Congressman Delaney amended H.R. 3354, the appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other agencies. A vote on final passage of the overall bill is expected Friday.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has reintroduced the Early Learning Act for the 115th Congress, legislation to create access to universal pre-k nationwide. The Early Learning Act provides states with federal funding to establish high-quality free pre-k programs for all four year old children. Congressman Delaney first introduced the Early Learning Act in 2015.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John K. Delaney successfully introduced an amendment to the 2018 defense appropriations bill (H.R. 3219) that provides an additional $5 million in funding to the Fisher House Foundation, increasing the total funds appropriated to Fisher House to $10 million. The Fisher House Foundation provides military families with free lodging near Department of Veterans Affairs and military hospitals. The Delaney Amendment was accepted during floor debate on H.R. 3219 Thursday.
HAGERSTOWN – Today, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) met with representatives from state and local agencies in Hagerstown to discuss President Trump’s budget proposal and the impact it would have on Western Maryland. The White House budget includes major cuts to programs that support economic development, local infrastructure, public health, social services and community programs for those in need.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has published an op-ed in U.S. News & World Report on President Trump’s infrastructure plan. Congressman Delaney’s op-ed argues that if the White House’s proposal is overly-reliant on public-private-partnerships, it will be insufficient.
WASHINGTON – President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget, released this week, zeroes out funding for the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) in Frederick, Maryland and calls for its closure. The NBACC is operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is a one-of-a-kind facility dedicated to defending the United States against biological threats. The NBACC supports preparedness planning, intelligence assessments and bio-forensic analysis. The lab often assists the FBI in investigating bioterrorism and bio-crime and employs over 180 people.
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, the White House released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2018. President Trump’s budget includes major cuts to education, environmental protection and cleanup, science and research, health care and the social safety net. The White House budget also includes $1.6 billion to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and large tax cuts for the wealthy.
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, the White House released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, which includes a 13% reduction in funding for the Department of Transportation along with a fact sheet in the budget’s appendix outlining a potential “infrastructure initiative” from the Administration. The fact sheet refers to $200 billion in outlays, but with little information on how the initiative will be funded or how it will work.
WASHINGTON – According to reports President Trump will unveil his tax reform proposal Wednesday. Since 2013, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has been the leading voice in Congress for using revenues from international tax reform to rebuild America’s infrastructure. Over 50 Democrats and 50 Republican have cosponsored Delaney legislation using this framework.