Congressman John Delaney

Representing the 6th District of Maryland
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Federal Budget

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.

More on Federal Budget

Nov 22, 2013

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

Oct 16, 2013

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:

Oct 14, 2013

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:

Oct 4, 2013

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.

Oct 2, 2013

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.

The op-ed is available online here.


Oct 1, 2013

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.

Oct 1, 2013

WASHINGTON – On September 30, 2013, federal appropriations expired.

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) issues the following statement on the government shutdown:

Sep 20, 2013

WASHINGTON – On Friday, September 20, the House voted on H.J. Res 59, a bill to fund the government by continuing resolution that included provisions to defund the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and prioritize debt payments in the case of default.

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:

May 7, 2013

Delaney Op-Ed in Washington Post: Debt Prioritization Not Rooted in Financial Reality, Bad for Nation’s Standing

Jan 15, 2013

For Immediate Release: January 15, 2013                     Contact: Will McDonald 202-225-2721


Congressman John Delaney Tells Bloomberg Debt Ceiling Default Would be “Catastrophic” for Economy
Delaney argues debt ceiling should not be part of spending negotiations