John Delaney on Welfare & Poverty

Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MD-6


Invest in rural America: opportunity zones & doubled EITC

Investment has been concentrated in a small number of cities and rural America has been left behind. Reversing this trend requires investment:
Source: 2020 Presidential Campaign website JohnDelaney.com , May 2, 2019

Social justice is fine, but separate church and state

At the South-by-Southwest conference, Delaney reflected on his Catholic faith by arguing despite those beliefs, he still doesn't think religion should inform public policy. "I firmly believe in the separation of church and state, full stop," the Maryland Democrat said when asked how his religion would shape his approach in office.

He said his "social justice orientation" comes from his Catholic faith "to some extent." But he said he doesn't think his church's doctrine "should decide public policy in this country."

"I also believe strongly in the freedom of religion, right, and I believe strongly in the separation of church and state. So I don't believe religious doctrine should inform public policy," he said.

Source: CNN KFile on 2019 SXSW conference in Austin , Mar 11, 2019

Double the earned income tax credit (EITC)

I've called for doubling the earned income tax credit, which I think is one of the most successful tax programs we have in this country. This is a tax credit that goes in the pocket of working families. You have to work to get it, but it's designed for hardworking families. And instead of doing the tax cuts that the Republicans just did, we should have done something like doubled the earned income tax credit, because that would help hardworking families.
Source: CNN Town Hall on 2020 Democratic presidential primary , Mar 10, 2019

Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients.

Congressional Summary:

Proponent's Argument for voting Yes:

Opponent's Argument for voting No: