National Security and Defense
Our all-volunteer military is the greatest fighting force the world has ever known and is the envy of the globe. In Congress, we have a responsibility to provide our defense agencies and soldiers with the resources they need to protect our country and support our allies. Supporting our nation’s military also means that ensuring that the brave men and women of our armed forced receive the support they deserve.
In the 21st century, threats to our nation’s security come in a variety of forms and we must continue to be vigilant against terrorism. In addition to traditional defense measures, cyber-security and bio-defense, including the important work done in Maryland at facilities like Fort Detrick is absolutely essential.
I voted to provide critical funding for defense operations and included a much-deserved 1.8% pay increase for military personnel in the 2014 Defense Appropriations Bill, which also included new initiatives to prevent sexual assault in the military.
During debate of the Defense Appropriations Bill, I offered an amendment to increase funding for Fisher House, which provides free lodging near hospitals for military families when servicemen and veterans are receiving care. My amendment increased funding from $4 million to $20 million and will allow four new Fisher Houses to be built across the country. These new houses are owned and operated by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and will allow approximately 2,000 additional military families per year to stay with their heroes in their time of need at the hospital.
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WASHINGTON – This evening marks the beginning of Yom Haatzmaut, Israeli Independence Day.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:
“Today I join with my colleagues in Congress and my constituents in wishing the people of Israel a happy Independence Day. For 66 years our two countries have been bound together in friendship, respect, and cooperation. For millions of Americans, Israel is more than just an ally, it is their spiritual home.
WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched the Veterans Employment Center, an online resource for veterans looking for new career opportunities and for employers interested in hiring veterans and transitioning service members. The Veterans Employment Center includes public and private sector job listings, a skills translator and resume builder, as well as a resume bank for employers. On the day of the site launch, there were over 300 listings for jobs in Maryland.
WASHINGTON – Today’s Baltimore Sun includes an op-ed from Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) which calls on the White House to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and increase American natural gas exports. Delaney writes, “The right analytical framework for these decisions has several component questions: what's consistent with our environmental and energy policy objectives, what's in our economic self-interest, and what serves our geopolitical goals. Keystone fails each of these tests, while increasing natural gas exports passes them all.”
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) issues the following statement on the efforts to bring the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) headquarters to Maryland:
WASHINGTON – The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that “the U.S. could suffer a coast-to-coast blackout if saboteurs knocked out just nine of the country’s 55,000 electric-transmission substations.” The Journal report was based on internal data produced by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in models conducted last year. A.P.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) wrote Monday to the White House and the State Department urging them to prioritize the release of Montgomery County resident Warren Weinstein, who was kidnapped by al-Qaeda in 2011 in Pakistan.
WASHINGTON – Today the House passed H.R. 3626, extending the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 10 years. The law prohibits the manufacture or possession of firearms undetectable to X-ray machines and metal detectors. The bill, which passed the House by a voice vote, comes on the heels of reports that lethal plastic weapons, invisible to metal detectors, may be manufactured at home using 3-dimensional printing technologies.
For Immediate Release: December 3, 2013
Contact: Will McDonald, 202-225-2721
Delaney Attends Vigil for Alan Gross, Calls for Maryland Native’s Release from Cuban Prison
WASHINGTON – Friday, President Obama announced that he spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the first contact between the leaders of Iran and the United States since 1979.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) issues the following statement:
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, the House voted down the Amash Amendment by a 205-217 vote. Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted against the amendment.
Delaney releases the following statement: