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 – On May 30, 2014 Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) filed the Social Security Commission Act of 2014 with Congressman Tom Cole (OK-4).
The Social Security Commission Act of 2014 is designed to bring both parties and both chambers together, in conjunction with the President, to find a solution that guarantees the long-term health of Social Security.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) and Congressman Tom Cole (OK-4) filed today the Social Security Commission Act of 2014. The legislation creates a bicameral and bipartisan commission that is modelled after the 1983 Social Security Commission. The Social Security Commission Act of 2014 is designed to bring both parties and both chambers together, in conjunction with the President, to find a solution that guarantees the long-term health of Social Security.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) introduced an amendment to the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015 (H.R. 4660) to increase funding for Pay For Success. Delaney’s amendment passed by voice vote Thursday. The amendment increased funding in the evidence-based justice programs account by $1 million, and will be used in programs to reduce recidivism. Increased funding for Pay For Success was fully offset, and did not increase the overall funding of the underlying legislation.
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.