Congressman John Delaney

Representing the 6th District of Maryland
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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

Jun 1, 2016

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) will host a College Financial Aid Workshop June 11 in Frederick. The event will take place at Tuscarora High School and will feature representatives from federal, state and local institutions and agencies who will be on hand to answer questions about financial aid options and how to finance college and career goals. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

Please register for the event by clicking here.

May 16, 2016

WASHINGTON – Congressman Delaney filed legislation today to extend federal HUBZone eligibility for Garrett County businesses through 2022. The GARRETT HubZone Redesignation Act would reform the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) management of the HUBZone program, giving Garrett County and similar communities nationwide significantly more time to benefit from the program and adjust to potential changes. Absent congressional action, Garrett County will lose HUBZone status in 2018.

Apr 8, 2016

FREDERICK - Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) and Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner cohosted a panel discussion on the business climate in Frederick County on Friday April 8 at Hood College. A former entrepreneur, Congressman Delaney is the only former CEO of a publicly-traded company in the House of Representatives. The panel discussion featured local business leaders and touched on the importance of infrastructure, access to capital and how to encourage local economic development.

Apr 4, 2016

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) will join Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner in hosting a panel discussion on the business climate in Frederick County on Friday April 8 at Hood College. A former entrepreneur, Congressman Delaney is the only former CEO of a publicly-trraded company in the House of Representatives. 

To attend Friday's panel, please register by emailing or by calling 301-926-0300. 

WHAT: Panel Discussion on Frederick County's Business Climate

Mar 30, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.), today announced that the Town of Westernport has been awarded $2.2 million in federal grants and $600,000 in federal loans to install a new water system and water tank. The new tank will improve service for more than 1,144 households and 45 businesses in Allegany County.


Mar 3, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Congressman John K. Delaney (Md.-6) and Congressman Ben Luján (N.M.-3) have filed resolutions in the House and Senate affirming the establishment of a national goal of more than 50 percent of America’s electricity production coming from clean and carbon-free electricity sources by 2030 and calling for the enactment of new legislation to achieve this goal. In a show of significant support for this initiative, the “50x30 Resolutions” are cosponsored by 30 Senators and 103 House Members.

Feb 26, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $87,000 federal grant to Allegany College to purchase 15 new dental hygiene units which will improve efficiency for students, reduce expensive repair costs, and help maintain hygiene services offered to the public. The new equipment for Allegany College’s dental hygiene program will improve training for approximately 100 students with 4,000 dental hygiene patients within two years.


Feb 18, 2016

WASHINGTON – According to a report released today by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) 58,495 of the nation’s bridges are structurally deficient, including 5,313 in Maryland. Nationwide, nearly 10% of the nation’s bridges are in need of repair. One of the busiest structurally deficient bridges in the country is the I-695/U.S. 1 bridge in Baltimore, which handles 193,000 crossings a day. Congressman John K.

Feb 18, 2016

From the Cumberland Times-News:


CUMBERLAND — U.S. Rep. John Delaney was treated to a tour of the Footer Dye Works building on Wednesday during a visit to Western Maryland.


"It's exciting to see a redevelopment project here in Cumberland," said Delaney while meeting members of the press prior to the tour.


Feb 8, 2016

ROCKVILLE – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) joined federal, state and local officials Monday at the dedication of the new National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) facility in Rockville. The dedication ceremony marked the opening of expanded new facilities for NCCoE. The new facility includes 22 labs dedicated to issues such as access control, mobile device security, online identity authentication, data integrity, situational awareness and IT asset management.