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 – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has published an op-ed on how to rebuild America’s infrastructure in the Hartford Courant with Ronald M. DeFeo, President and CEO of the Terex Corporation, a manufacturing company headquartered in Connecticut.
Delaney is the only former CEO of a publicly-traded company in Congress.
Washington, D.C.—Thursday, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs passed the Johnson-Crapo housing finance reform bill out of committee. The Johnson-Crapo plan uses the Corker-Warner proposal as its base architecture and winds down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
WASHINGTON – Sunday’s print edition of the Washington Post featured an op-ed from Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) on using tax reform to address America’s infrastructure deficit. Absent Congressional action, the Highway Trust Fund will become insolvent this summer, threatening thousands of projects around the country.
WASHINGTON – Today’s Financial Times featured an editorial on the “moribund” state of support for infrastructure in the United States and argued that Congressman John K. Delaney’s Partnership to Build America Act (H.R. 2084) should be a part of the solution. The Financial Times concluded, “the Delaney bill deserves to be passed.”
On April 30, 2014, the Financial Times published an editorial on the state of U.S. infrastructure, arguing that "US economic growth is increasingly constrained by ever-lengthening commutes, transport delays and glitches."
One of the solutions proposed by the paper is the Partnership to Build America Act (H.R. 2084), which currently has over 30 Republican and 30 Democratic cosponsors.
The paper writes:
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has voted against the fiscal year 2015 Ryan Budget. During debate on the Ryan Budget on Wednesday, Congressman Delaney spoke on the House floor, speaking out against the goals of the Ryan Budget.
To view Delaney’s floor speech on the Ryan Budget, click here.
Congressman Delaney’s remarks on the floor were as follows:
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) appeared on MSNBC on April 6, 2014, to discuss the Ryan Budget with Alex Witt. Delaney explained his view that the Ryan Budget does not have the right analytic framework or the proper goals, which should include rebuilding America's infrastructure and supporting education.
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.