Jobs and the Economy

The great recession left millions of Americans unemployed and millions more struggling to support their families. Although we’ve made progress, it is clear that we still have work to do. Moreover longer-term changes, brought by globalization and technology, have drastically changed our economy in the last three decades. With that in mind, competitiveness – how we can position our businesses and workers to compete on a global market –  is the lens through which I analyze economic policy.

As the only former CEO of a publicly traded company currently serving in Congress, I understand that we need a vibrant private sector to create long-term job growth and a strong middle class. I support policies that encourage entrepreneurship, innovation, and a better climate for business.

There is also a role for government in making our country more competitive. Around the globe the healthiest economies are those where the public and private sector work together. My competitiveness agenda has five key components: 1) investing in a world-class education and research system for our workers, 2) developing a national energy policy that encourages domestic energy production with a goal towards becoming an alternative energy leader, 3) immigration reform so that the best and brightest can work for our companies, 4) infrastructure investment to rebuild our roads and bridges, and 5) a grand bargain budget deal to get our fiscal house in order.

In May I introduced the first major component of my competitiveness agenda, the Partnership to Build America Act (H.R. 2084). My legislation would finance up to $750 billion in infrastructure investment at no cost to the taxpayer, instead bonds would be sold to the private sector. With strong support from Republicans and Democrats, it represents the bipartisan approach to job creation that I believe is essential. For more information on the Partnership to Build America Act, click here.

More on Jobs and the Economy

Oct 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen with Congressman John K. Delaney (All D-Md.) announced Thursday that Hagerstown Regional Airport, Richard A.

Sep 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) reacted to the Trump Administration’s announcement of a pay freeze for federal employees:

“Millions of families and hundreds of thousands of federal employees would be hurt by this decision, and I stand with my fellow members of Congress to push back against this decision. That’s why I was an original cosponsor of the FAIR Act (H.R. 4775), which would provide a 3 percent pay increase for the federal workforce in FY2019.

Jul 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted against H.Con.Res. 119, a resolution vilifying a carbon tax, and spoke on the floor in opposition. (Video of Remarks)

“Beyond the fact this is just a partisan stunt, people deserve better from Congress,” added Rep. Delaney. “We should have a real debate with hearings and experts, and determine smart policy that can protect our environment AND lead to economic growth. We don’t have to choose between the two, we just need to work together.”

Jun 27, 2018

WASHINGTON –Today, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted against H.R. 6136 – which overwhelmingly failed by a margin of 301-121 and was the second Republican attempt to make our currently broken immigration system even worse – after voting against H.R. 4760 six days ago.

Apr 27, 2018

Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4, the “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018,” a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration through 2023. The legislation included funding for the Essential Air Service (EAS) Program, the Federal Contract Tower Program, and important aviation training and workforce development efforts. The legislation also includes consumer protection and safety reforms.

Apr 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – The European Union’s executive branch, the European Commission, has announced that it will increase its investment in artificial intelligence (AI) research and development by €1.5 billion and called on member states to invest €20 billion as well.  

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6), the founder of the House AI Caucus, says that the European Union’s action should get the attention of U.S. policymakers.

Feb 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Monday, the White House released their infrastructure proposal.

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

Jan 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) wrote to President Donald Trump, urging him to embrace a bipartisan approach on infrastructure. Multiple reports have indicated that infrastructure will be a top White House priority in 2018.

Nov 29, 2017

WASHINGTON – During Wednesday’s Joint Economic Committee hearing on the economic outlook with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) urged Chair Yellen to consider growing income inequality and the impacts that potential policy changes could have on the bottom 60% of Americans. During his question period with the Chair, Congressman Delaney spoke extensively about the economic outlook once the data has been disaggregated to account for widening gaps between the top 40% and the bottom 60% since 1980.

Nov 1, 2017

WASHINGTON – House Republicans announced Tuesday that they would delay the release of their tax bill.