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 – 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.
WASHINGTON- Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2860, the OPM IG Act, which would increase oversight of government activity and facilitate further reduction in government waste. This bill would authorize the Inspector General of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to use existing funds from the OPM’s revolving fund to cover the costs of audits and investigations of the agency. In recent years, OPM has been involved in a number of high-profile scandals.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted for the bill’s passage.
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, December 12, 2013 the House voted to approve the bipartisan, bicameral budget compromise brokered by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray. The agreement authorizes funding for federal agencies through the fall of 2015, avoiding a government shutdown for the next two years. Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted for the agreement.
Delaney issues the following statement:
On Sunday, November 24, 2013, John joined MSNBC's Alex Witt to discuss the latest news from Washington. They discussed the latest on the potential agreement with Iran, the budget conference, and John's infrasturcture bill.
WASHINGTON – Friday’s Washington Post features an op-ed by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) calling on the budget conference to focus on rebuilding America’s infrastructure.
Delaney is the only former CEO of a publicly traded company serving in Congress.
The op-ed can be read below or online here.
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday a bipartisan agreement was reached in the Senate to end the government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling. The compromise (S. Amendments to H.R. 2775) will open the government through Jan. 15, lift the debt ceiling through Feb. 7, and ensure back pay for furloughed federal workers.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:
WASHINGTON – With the government shutdown entering a third week and the debt ceiling deadline looming, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) issues the following statement:
WASHINGTON - Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) joined President Obama and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-8) in Rockville to highlight the federal shutdown’s harsh impact on our country’s economy, including small businesses. Appearing at the M. Luis Construction Company, a Rockville asphalt plant, the President delivered remarks explaining that damage from the government shut down along with a potential failure to raise the debt ceiling could significantly harm the economy.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) authored an op-ed today in the Frederick News-Postcriticizing the partisan actions that led to a government shutdown and called for Congress to focus on deficit reduction and growing the economy.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (D-MD-6) is an original cosponsor of the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, which ensures that all federal employees receive retroactive pay in the event of a federal shutdown.
Delaney is joined on the bill by Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rob Wittman (R-VA), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Scott Rigell (R-VA). Reps. Jim Moran (D-VA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) are the lead sponsors.