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John Delaney

Former Maryland congressman

  • former Maryland congressman
  • born April 16, 1963, Wood-Ridge, N.J.
  • graduated Columbia University in 1985, Georgetown University Law Center 1988
  • U.S. House 2013-2019

Delaney on impeachment:

“Impeachment is a political process, which has historically been divisive and difficult on the morale of the country. It is a path no American, regardless of party, celebrates the country pursuing. Speaker Pelosi has exercised extremely good judgment on this question thus far, and I agree with her decision today to move forward with an official impeachment inquiry. She deserves our support. The President’s behavior, combined with the administration’s refusal to cooperate, leaves her no other choice. Our nation can only be as strong as the rules that govern it. My hope is that we come out of these dark times stronger and more united as a country.” – Facebook, 9/24/19

Impeachment is a political process, which has historically been divisive and difficult on the morale of the country. It…

Posted by John K. Delaney on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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Health care

His plan would be a catastrophic insurance package that would cover only major, high-cost medical expenses. Everyone under the age of 65 would be enrolled.

Individuals could opt-out or use tax credit to purchase their own insurance.*

A former health care financier, the ex-Maryland congressman supports universal government health care program for all under 65 but not Medicare for all, and backs keeping private insurance; on Medicaid for all, he says there’s no way to pay for it and it’s “bad policy.”

Medicare for people older than 65 would be untouched.

Delaney is pro-choice. He supports public funding for abortion and requiring religious groups to cover birth control and abortion in employee insurance.

*His proposal calls for the new insurance system to absorb both Medicaid and Affordable Care Act subsidies.


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His top three priorities are:

  1. passing legislation for universal background checks,
  2. limiting the availability of “certain high-powered, military-style assault weapons,” and
  3. passing a national red flag law.*

*Delaney calls for a ban on “semiautomatic weapons that have military-style features, including the AR-15,” as well as a ban on “high-capacity magazines” and “all accessories designed to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic weapon, including bump stocks and trigger cranks.”

  • Delaney co-sponsored the Assault Weapons Ban Act, which would ban semiautomatic weapons that have military-style features, including the AR-15.
  • This legislation also includes a ban on high-capacity magazines.*


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Climate change/environment

The businessman’s carbon “cap and dividend” proposal would set a $15 fee on every ton of carbon dioxide emitted, which would increase by $10 per year until U.S. emissions fall by 90 percent compared to a 2015 baseline.

He would push the US to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Immigration/child-parent separation, detention and border wall

Delaney does not favor decriminalizing border crossings.

He supports a path to citizenship for DREAMers and undocumented immigrants under 2013 Senate Immigration bill.*

The Democrat supports spending more on border security.

* Delaney referred to President Trump’s decision to repeal DACA as “cruel, heartless and mean-spirited.”

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Economy/minimum wage/income inequality

The former US representative would nearly double the Earned Income Tax Credit and would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and index it to inflation by rolling back Trump’s 2017 tax cuts and increase capital gains for higher earners.

Delaney calls for raising the corporate tax rate to as high as 27 percent from 21 percent to fund infrastructure and create more jobs to boost the U.S. economy.

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Education/student debt/free tuition

He says every American should be able to attend community college for free (or first two years of college) or receive free technical training and  “universal Pre K-14.” He proposes doing this through a federal-state partnership.

Delaney is pitching a national service program, where young people could participate in the military or programs addressing climate, community or infrastructure and receive a scholarship in exchange.

Delaney proposes forgiving student loans to people who move to rural America for 10 years.

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Foreign policy

On pulling troops out of Afghanistan, he said, it is “in our self-interest as a country to keep a small presence there.”

The Democrat voted for Iran Nuclear Deal and opposed the Trump administration’s move to pull out of it.

Delaney supports the Senate vote declaring Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Delaney has also praised the Senate’s decision to withdraw military aid from Saudi forces fighting in Yemen.

He supports an independent State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel.

Delaney said on China: “I don’t agree with the president’s tactics, but I think his instincts are correct. We do have a big issue with China. There is tremendous bipartisan support on the notion that we have economic, national security, military issues with China.”

A view From congress

John Delaney's view on


The former Maryland congressman outlined a program that would require all Americans to sign up for national service for one year, with the option to serve for two upon graduating high school or turning 18, in exchange for payment and up two or three years of free tuition at a public college or university depending time served.

Delaney doesn’t want to cut military spending.

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Maryland Democrat supports allowing state-legal markets to operate without fear of punishment from the federal government. *

Candidate co-sponsored cannabis-related bills while in Congress, including one that sought to protect individuals in states that legalized marijuana from federal interference.

He suggests support for legalization and thinks “the federal government should get out of the way.”

Delaney backed an amendment to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans during in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

* “I think the federal government should get out of the way and let that movement continue because right now the federal government is blocking it by keeping marijuana as a scheduled substance.”