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 – Thursday evening the House voted on legislation to fund the government. The measure passed 219-206.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) issues the following statement:
“The bill before us isn’t perfect. It is, however, a constructive compromise that is the product of a negotiation with each side at the table, House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans.
WASHINGTON – Wednesday, the Social Innovation Fund at the Corporation for National and Community Service announced the winners of their $12 million grant competition to expand and scale the Pay For Success model. Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) gave the keynote address at the announcement ceremony and participated in a “fireside chat” with Jean Case of the Case Foundation and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams about the potential of Pay For Success in the United States.
WASHINGTON – Thursday the House passed The Jobs for America Act (H.R.4), legislation that includes multiple bills and is designed to reduce taxes, regulations, and unfunded mandates. The Jobs for America Act also encourages small business growth, research and development, and the hiring of more veterans. The bill reforms the Affordable Care Act to prevent unintended consequences that lead to more workers becoming part-time and forbids state and local governments from taxing internet access.
WASHINGTON – Tuesday, the House Committee on Ways and Means hosted a hearing on Social Impact Bonds, an innovative way of improving government services while reducing costs. Titled, “Social Impact Bonds: Can They Help Government Achieve Better Results for Families in Need” the hearing was held by the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources and featured testimony from experts in the public and private sector. The hearing was chaired by Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA-8).
WASHINGTON – On August 14, 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. According to the Social Security Administration, as of December 2013 there were 917,497 Social Security beneficiaries in Maryland and 111,219 beneficiaries in the Sixth District.
WASHINGTON – Monday’s Washington Times features an op-ed by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) and Congressman Todd Young (IN-9) on how Social Impact Bonds can improve public sector outcomes and reduce taxpayer costs.
A provision to help prevent the Highway Trust Fund from running a deficit has been added to a bill sponsored by Congressman John Delaney (D-Md), the Partnership to Build America Act.
The legislation would set up a infrastructure fund which would lend out money to states, counties and municipalities for repairs to roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, education and communications.
WASHINGTON – Thursday Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted for a package of tax breaks designed to encourage charitable giving in the United States. The House passed the legislation, The Fighting Hunger Incentive Act of 2014 (H.R. 4719) in a 277-130 vote.
The bill restores and makes permanent three charitable-giving tax provisions that expired last year and creates two new tax benefits.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) announces his intention to introduce legislation this fall that would provide funding for a long-term highway bill at increased levels of investment. The Delaney bill will provide additional transportation revenue through international tax reform and provide a long-term solution to funding the Highway Trust Fund. Yesterday, the House passed the Highway and Transportation Funding Act (H.R. 5021), which extends authorization for the Surface Transportation programs (MAP-21) until May 31 and patches the Highway Trust Fund only through May.
Washington, D.C. – Representatives John K. Delaney (MD-6), John Carney (DE – at large), and Jim Himes (CT-4) today introduced innovative housing finance reform legislation, the Partnership to Strengthen Homeownership Act (H.R. 5055). This legislation preserves the 30-year fixed rate mortgage and protects American taxpayers by using private sector pricing to reduce the risk of future bailouts. It shifts the housing finance market away from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and keeps home ownership attainable for working families by strengthening affordable housing programs.