John Delaney

Read John Delaney’s positions on all 11 planks of the Pledge Agenda.
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I. Jobs for All – by Investing in Rebuilding America and a Green New Deal
1. Jobs for All – Created by Rebuilding America
2. Invest in a Green Economy
II. Fight Inequality
3. Empower Workers to Reduce Inequality
4. Opportunity and Justice for All – With Focus on Communities Harmed by Racism
5. Guarantee Women’s Economic Equality
III. A New Social Contract – for Income and Retirement Security – and Healthcare and Education for All

6. High Quality Public Education – Pre-K to University
7. Medicare for All – And Shared Economic Security
IV. Stop Corporations, Banks, and the Wealthy from Controlling Our Economy and Our Democracy
8. Make Corporations and the Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share
9. Close Wall Street’s Casino
10. Rescue Democracy from Special Interests
V. A Global Strategy for Working Americans

11. A Global Strategy for Working Americans

I. Jobs for All – by Investing in Rebuilding America and a Green New Deal
1. Jobs for All – Created by Rebuilding America

  • “Congressman Delaney has proposed a $200 billion federal infrastructure investment, which – combined with other capital from states, local governments, and the private sector – would ostensibly “create $1 trillion of infrastructure funding, create 10 million jobs, rebuild our country.” (CNBC, 01/08/18)
  • “To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to live the American Dream, John Delaney proposes making significant investments in the areas that have been left behind by globalization and providing the necessary resources to prepare for the future of work.”
  • “Direct investment in communities that have been left behind by globalization and technological change:
    • Delaney will give priority in government contracting to companies with a majority of employees located in economically struggling communities. Ensuring that the government supports businesses that are not in already-prosperous areas will promote economic growth in areas that have suffered due to globalization and automation.
    • Delaney supports opportunity zones, which encourage private investment in distressed communities by providing tax incentives on certain long-term investments. Investment from the private sector, supported by the right incentives, can turn around economically-struggling communities.
    • Making an investment to rebuild our infrastructure will create jobs in hard-hit communities and encourage economic growth. This includes transportation, high speed internet, and clean water systems.
  • Delaney pledges to create an infrastructure bank and a Highway Trust Fund.” (Delaney 2020, Heartland Fair Deal)

2. Invest in a Green Economy

  • Greenpeace gave Congressman Delaney a C- on climate change, putting him in 14th place in their ranking of the 2020 presidential candidates on the issue. According to the NGO: “Delaney doesn’t support the Green New Deal, and compared the plan to “Trump saying that Mexico is going to pay for the wall.” Instead, he plans to increase clean energy research and eliminate $5 billion in fossil fuel subsidies — and invest heavily in unproven “negative emission technologies” to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. He has not signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, and voted to expedite liquified natural gas exports as a member of Congress. His climate plan has some positives, but misses the mark in moving us to a just and safe renewable energy economy that puts people first.” (Greenpeace)
  • “…while I absolutely applaud all the enthusiasm behind the Green New Deal, because we need that energy to fight climate change, the Green New Deal as it has been proposed is about as realistic as Trump saying that Mexico is going to pay for the wall.” (Delaney press release, 02/14/19)
  • We have to stop talking about climate, we have to take action now. As President, I believe I can get a large Carbon Tax – Dividend passed into law and do something real to address climate change.” (Delaney press release, 02/14/19)
  • Rep. Delaney has introduced a campaign plan to increase investments in Negative Emissions Technology (NET). The plan calls for an “end to subsidies for fossil fuels and for a $5 billion annual subsidy for negative emissions technology. Combined with a carbon tax, innovation in negative emissions technologies can lead to net zero carbon by 2050.” (Delaney press release, 02/14/19)

II. Fight Inequality
3. Empower Workers to Reduce Inequality

  • Delaney has proposed doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit to “help hardworking families make ends meet. The EITC has lifted millions of people out of poverty, including 2.8 million adults and nearly 3 million children in 2016 alone. Delaney would also expand EITC eligibility for childless adults to increase the incentive to work and stop our tax code from burdening low-wage earners.” (Delaney 2020, Economic Opportunity)

4. Opportunity and Justice for All – With a Focus on Communities Harmed by Racism

  • “Delaney supports comprehensive immigration reform. As a congressman, he cosponsored the DREAM Act in 2017, which would have provided a path to citizenship for so-called “Dreamers,” young undocumented immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. He called President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, “cruel, heartless and mean-spirited,” and said deporting “Dreamers” would be both morally wrong and damaging to the economy. Delaney believes immigration reform should be modeled on the bipartisan 2013 Senate immigration bill, which would have given undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship and increased border security funding.” (PBS, 02/14/19)
  • “Delaney would negotiate a comprehensive immigration reform deal. Immigration reform needs to be accomplished with bipartisan support, such as the bipartisan deal that passed the Senate in 2013. Comprehensive immigration reform should:
    • Create a clear path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and DREAMers.
    • Invest in effective border security, including high tech solutions, fencing, increased security personnel, and improvements to ports of entry to improve national security.
    • Reform the visa program for guest workers.
    • Increase refugee cap for resettlement in the U.S.” (Delaney 2020, Immigration)
  • “Presidential candidate John Delaney is pledging to use federal dollars to fund start-up incubators at HBCUs, end the use of cash bail at the federal level, remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act, and increase funding for body cameras for police officers.” (The Root, 04/04/19)
  • On his website, Delaney outlines his Commitment to Black America, which includes plans to use federal dollars to fund start-up incubators at HBCU’s, end the use of cash bail at the federal level, remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act, and increase funding for body cameras for police officers. (John Delaney, Commitment to Black America)

5. Guarantee Women’s Economic Equality

III. A New Social Contract – for Income and Retirement Security – and Healthcare and Education for All
6. High Quality Public Education – Pre-K to University

  • Delaney does notsupport a free college program.
  • “Delaney believes Pre-K through 14 education (two-year community college or technical training) is the new K-12 and that children should have it guaranteed.” (Delaney 2020, Education)
  • “Delaney introduced legislation to allow borrowers to discharge public and private student loan debt in bankruptcy proceedings. Bankruptcy allows people a legal way to restructure their debts and work their way out of difficult financial situations, but unlike credit card debt, personal loans, or secured debt like car loans and mortgages, in most cases student loans cannot be modified in bankruptcy proceedings.” (Delaney 2020, Education)
  • Delaney supports student loan forgiveness for people who have lived in designated “rural communities” for at least 10 years. (Delaney 2020, Heartland Fair Deal)

7. Medicare for All – And Shared Economic Security

  • “Delaney supports universal health care but says Sen. Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-all bill is not the way. He has proposed his own system that leaves Medicare in place for people over 65 and creates a new public plan for people under 65.” (Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • Delaney does not believe that eliminating the private insurance industry should be a part of a universal health care program: “I think eliminating private insurance would ultimately be bad for patients and bad for the quality of our health-care system overall. My universal health-care plan guarantees all Americans coverage, but also allows people to purchase supplemental plans.” (Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • Delaney does not believe undocumented immigrants should be covered under a government-run health plan. “My universal health care plan would cover tax paying legal permanent residents.” (Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • Delaney supports giving the federal government the ability to negotiate Medicare drug prices and supports importing drugs from other countries (provided regulations for safety). However, he does not think having the federal government produce and sell generic drugs to lower the prices “is the right answer for drug policies.” (Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • Delaney vows to “create a new public health care plan for all Americans under the age of 65 while preserving traditional Medicare. The new plan would protect the reforms delivered by the Affordable Care Act, including guaranteed coverage of preexisting conditions and essential health benefits, and would make access truly universal.”
    • The plan would guarantee universal coverage. People would be automatically enrolled in the public plan, but be able to opt out  the while keeping private insurance plans optional. (Delaney 2020, Universal Health Care)
  • “In order to address the rising drug prices, Delaney would:
    • Allow the federal government to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies
    • To address the unfair cost differential between the U.S. and other OECD countries, the government would institute a 100% excise tax, levied on the pharmaceutical company on the difference between the average price of a drug sold in the U.S. and the price of that drug in similarly economically developed countries.” (Delaney 2020, Prescription Drugs)

IV. Stop Corporations, Banks, and the Wealthy from Controlling Our Economy and Our Democracy
8. Make Corporations and the Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share

  • Congressman Delaney has proposed raising the corporate tax rate from just below 21% to 23% to – partially – fund a $200 billion “transformative” federal infrastructure plan. (CBS, 01/08/18)

9. Close Wall Street’s Casino

  • Last year, Delaney voted to weaken a the Volker Rule, “a key Wall Street Regulation…which forbids banks from making speculative investments with people’s money (with some exceptions). (Splinter, 04/13/18)

10. Rescue Democracy from Special Interests

  • “In Congress, John Delaney introduced the Open Our Democracy Act, which would:
    • Prohibit gerrymandering and require states to establish independent commissions to draw Congressional district boundaries
    • Make Election Day a federal holiday so workers have time to vote.
  • John supports the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would require that states with a history of violating voting rights get approval from the Department of Justice before making any changes to election procedures or voting requirements. He also supports automatic voter registration and same day registration [in accordance with the rest of the candidate field].
  • John supports a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.” (Delaney 2020, Fixing Our Broken Politics)
  • Delaney also believes in term limits for Supreme Court justices, but is against adding justices through court “packing.” He supports statehood for DC and Puerto Rico, as well as granting voting rights to the formerly incarcerated (in accordance with the rest of the candidate field). (Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • Delaney would preserve the electoral college,  and he is against both eliminating the Senate filibuster and lowering the voting age to 16. (Washington Post, 04/11/19)

V. A Global Strategy for Working Americans
11. A Global Strategy for Working Americans

  • While in Congress, Delaney was one of a few Democrats who supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and he is interested in revisiting the trade deal if elected in 2020. (PBS, 02/04/19)
  • Delaney pledges to “Reenter the TPP so we can expand markets in Asia and counter China’s dominance in those markets.” (Delaney 2020, Heartland Fair Deal)
  • Wants to build a public and private international coalition against China’s intellectual property theft, and compete against China in Asia with a TPP-style trade deal. (Quartz, 04/14/19)
  • Delaney has praised the Senate’s decision to withdraw military aid from Saudi forces fighting in Yemen. He has not spoken publicly about Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from Syria. (Atlantic Council, 12/14/18)
  • Delaney supported recognizing Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela and imposing economic sanctions on the country, while opposing military intervention to depose of Nicholas Maduro. (Huffington Post, 01/30/19)