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, 2013

WASHINGTON - Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) joined President Obama and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-8) in Rockville to highlight the federal shutdown’s harsh impact on our country’s economy, including small businesses. Appearing at the M. Luis Construction Company, a Rockville asphalt plant, the President delivered remarks explaining that damage from the government shut down along with a potential failure to raise the debt ceiling could significantly harm the economy.

Sep 30, 2013

WASHINGTON - On Monday, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) participated in a wide-ranging panel discussion focused on improving our nation’s infrastructure and breaking Congressional gridlock. Sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and Third Way, the panel brought together industry stakeholders and thought leaders. In addition to Congressman Delaney, the panel included Janet Kavinoky from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ron DeFeo, CEO of the Terex Corporation; and Dr. R. Richard Geddes, of AEI.

Sep 20, 2013

WASHINGTON – On Friday, September 20, the House voted on H.J. Res 59, a bill to fund the government by continuing resolution that included provisions to defund the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and prioritize debt payments in the case of default.

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

Jun 12, 2013

WASHINGTON – Wednesday the House Committee on Financial Services held a full committee hearing titled, “Beyond the GSEs: Examples of Successful Housing Finance Models without Explicit Government Guarantees.” During the hearing, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) stressed that when evaluating the GSEs our analysis should include a full assessment of both the economic costs and benefits associated with our current housing model.

Addressing the panel, Delaney asked:

May 22, 2013

WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) today introduced The Partnership to Build America Act (H.R. 2084). Featuring a bipartisan group of 13 Republican and 13 Democratic co-sponsors, the Partnership to Build America Act upgrades America’s aging infrastructure with no additional burden to taxpayers.   

Feb 27, 2013

Delaney Meets with Greater Cumberland Committee, Discusses Economic Development and North-South Highway

Feb 1, 2013

Delaney Meets with Fort Detrick Alliance, Discusses Local Economic Development


FREDERICK – Congressman John K. Delaney met with representatives of the Fort Detrick Alliance yesterday in Frederick. A non-profit dedicated to strengthening relationships between Fort Detrick and local governments, businesses, and residents; the Fort Detrick Alliance facilitates communication between stakeholders and aids in regional economic development. Congressman Delaney met with Richard Griffin, President, and Caroline Cash, Executive Director.

Jan 16, 2013

For Immediate Release: January 16, 2013                     Contact: Will McDonald 202-225-2721

Congressman John Delaney Named to House Subcommittees on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, Oversight and Investigations

Jan 15, 2013

For Immediate Release: January 15, 2013                     Contact: Will McDonald 202-225-2721


Congressman John Delaney Tells Bloomberg Debt Ceiling Default Would be “Catastrophic” for Economy
Delaney argues debt ceiling should not be part of spending negotiations