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

Jul 9, 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John K. Delaney (all D-Md.), today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $25,000 to the Town of Grantsville, in Garrett County, for the Grantsville Revitalization Plan and Agricultural Village Study project. The funds will be used to coordinate several disparate existing plans into a cohesive and actionable economic development strategy for the future.

Jul 2, 2015

WASHINGTON – According to a new poll conducted for Morning Consult 64% of registered voters think using overseas profits to build and maintain the nation’s highways is a good idea, including 70% of Democrats, 62% of Independents and 60% of Republicans. Since 2013 Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has advocated for using repatriated revenues for new infrastructure projects, an innovative bipartisan solution that has secured support from both parties.

Jun 4, 2015

WASHINGTON – Thursday, the House of Representatives is expected to consider the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2577).  The legislation includes a 33% cut in federal support for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, reducing federal funding by $50 million.  

May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, the House passed legislation to extend the Highway Trust Fund’s spending authority through July 31. The Highway Trust Fund is the nation’s primary tool for federal transportation projects.

May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON – Over 400 Marylanders have written to Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) sharing their stories of how America’s aging infrastructure has impacted their life. Responses came from all five counties in Maryland’s Sixth District and overwhelmingly stated that local and national infrastructure has become inadequate, hurting their quality of life as well as their economic and educational opportunities.

May 13, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, the House Appropriations Committee approved a $50 million dollar funding cut for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The cut, included in the 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill, reduces federal support for WMATA from $150 million to $100 million annually.

May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON – This week the Department of Transportation notified state governments that federal funding for highway, transit and bridges will expire at the end of May.

May 1, 2015

WASHINGTON –Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has filed legislation to reduce carbon pollution and combat climate change in a pro-growth, economically responsible manner that helps working families. Delaney’s legislation offers a new approach, combining efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a reduction in the corporate tax rate and a new program to help impacted coal workers.

Apr 30, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan announced that he is working on a short-term fix for the Highway Trust Fund during an event at the Christian Science Monitor. Speaking at the Monitor’s Breakfast, Ryan discussed using international tax reform to rebuild America’s infrastructure.

Apr 29, 2015

Joint statement issued by Reps. Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11th), Donald S. Beyer Jr. (VA-8th), Barbara Comstock (VA-10th), Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5th), Chris Van Hollen (MD-8th), Donna F. Edwards (MD-4th), John P. Sarbanes (MD-3rd), John K. Delaney (MD-6th), Eleanor Holmes Norton, (DC- At-large):

We are deeply disappointed by the House Appropriations Committee’s proposal to cut $75 million in grant funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro).