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 – Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a hearing on the fatal Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) accident which took place in January 2015 at L’Enfant Plaza. In his opening statement, Christopher A.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.), today announced that the Town of Westernport has been awarded $2.2 million in federal grants and $600,000 in federal loans to install a new water system and water tank. The new tank will improve service for more than 1,144 households and 45 businesses in Allegany County.
WASHINGTON – Members of Maryland’s House Delegation met today with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Edward P. Chamberlayne, Commander and District Engineer of the Baltimore District office, for an update on the Corps’ current activities and projects in Maryland. Colonel Chamberlayne also discussed the Corps’ budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2017 which includes the Baltimore Harbor and channel dredging, Poplar Island, and Chesapeake Bay comprehensive plan. Delegation Members participating in today’s meeting were Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Chris Van Hollen, C.A.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $87,000 federal grant to Allegany College to purchase 15 new dental hygiene units which will improve efficiency for students, reduce expensive repair costs, and help maintain hygiene services offered to the public. The new equipment for Allegany College’s dental hygiene program will improve training for approximately 100 students with 4,000 dental hygiene patients within two years.
WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) urged colleagues in the House of Representatives to join him in increasing federal support for the Fisher House Foundation in the federal budget for fiscal year 2017. The request to House members was made in a Dear Colleague letter co-authored by House Committee on Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller (FL-1), Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Congressman Walter Jones (NC-3).
WASHINGTON – According to a report released today by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) 58,495 of the nation’s bridges are structurally deficient, including 5,313 in Maryland. Nationwide, nearly 10% of the nation’s bridges are in need of repair. One of the busiest structurally deficient bridges in the country is the I-695/U.S. 1 bridge in Baltimore, which handles 193,000 crossings a day. Congressman John K.
WASHINGTON – This week the White House announced a new Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) with a goal of putting in place a long-term strategy to enhance cybersecurity protections for government, businesses, consumers and taxpayers. The CNAP includes a new Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, additional funding for federal cybersecurity programs and personnel within law enforcement, consumer education and an upgrade to existing protections within federal IT systems.
MCHENRY — U.S. Rep. John Delaney will tour the new WVU Cancer Institute at Garrett Regional Medical Center later this month.
Delaney was helpful in the development of the institute by supporting efforts with governmental agencies that ultimately approved funding for the center, hospital officials said.
ROCKVILLE – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) joined federal, state and local officials Monday at the dedication of the new National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) facility in Rockville. The dedication ceremony marked the opening of expanded new facilities for NCCoE. The new facility includes 22 labs dedicated to issues such as access control, mobile device security, online identity authentication, data integrity, situational awareness and IT asset management.
WASHINGTON – The House considered today a new conference Highway Bill, the FAST Act, legislation that broadly maintains current federal investment in infrastructure for the next five years. The legislation, which passed the House, patches the funding gap in the Highway Trust Fund with a variety of one-time offsets, including contracting out IRS services, selling off a portion of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, using revenues from the Federal Reserve and increasing customs fees.