John Delaney on Technology

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


Boost infrastructure spending by raising gasoline tax

John Delaney on Transportation: Boost infrastructure spending through raising the gasoline tax

No candidates have similar views. A traditionally unpopular political position, so far only one person has come out in favor of raising the gas tax for transportation spending, combined with also changing corporate tax rates: John Delaney. Delaney's proposal is among the most detailed in the Democratic field: a $1 trillion, 10-year plan with a $250 billion federal contribution; the rest would be made up by state and local contributions and public-private partnerships. He also calls for a $50 billion infrastructure bank to fund projects across energy, water, transportation and telecommunications.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Adopt California's strict privacy rules federally

John Delaney on Online Privacy: Congress should adopt California's privacy rules.

At least one candidate has suggested Congress emulate California's own sweeping online privacy law, considered the toughest in the country. "I favor digital privacy legislation at the federal level very similar to what California has done," former Rep. John Delaney told The New York Times. "I think that's the right framework."

The California Consumer Privacy Act, set to go into effect in 2020, gives consumers the right to opt out of the sale of their personal information, to request that their data be deleted and to request that companies disclose what information gets collected on them. It allows the state to fine companies for violations and, under certain circumstances, lets individual Californians sue companies for failing to keep their data secure.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Don't break up tech giants; regulate them instead

John Delaney on Tech Competition & Antitrust: We need to regulate them instead.

THREE CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Kirsten Gillibrand; Seth Moulton; Beto O`Rourke.

A number of candidates argue that new regulations, which most of the 2020 Democratic field agrees should be placed on online giants like Google and Facebook, would end up addressing many of the concerns that the companies' scale and market power raise. In doing so, they have spurned overt calls by progressive candidates like Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to break up tech titans.

"I think the first thing to do with tech giants is to significantly increase the regulation and make sure we've updated not only the antitrust laws in this country but the communications laws in this country so they can be appropriately regulated and they don't exercise monopoly power," former Maryland Rep. John Delaney told the Times.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

National AI Strategy focused on security

On Artificial Intelligence: We need a National AI Strategy focused on employment, security, and ethics. The U.S. must create a whole of government strategy that will provide the tools and skills necessary for the country to win the international AI race. For that to occur, the U.S. must:
Source: 2020 Presidential Campaign website JohnDelaney.com , May 2, 2019

Bipartisanship on infrastructure, digital privacy, and more

The former technology executive did what he had to make his pitch for moderation and accord. "I don't think bipartisanship is a dirty word," he said.

He ticked off six possible areas of common ground he thinks both parties could find if he's president--a carbon tax; infrastructure spending; criminal justice reform; immigration reform; digital privacy and a new national service programme. You have to admit, he's an optimist.

Source: BBC.com on 2020 Democratic primary contenders at 2019 SXSW , Mar 12, 2019

National strategy for artificial intelligence & automation

By 2030, 50 million jobs in our country could be displaced or fundamentally changed because of artificial intelligence and automation. I've called for a national artificial intelligence strategy. Our national AI strategy should focus on work, it should focus on national security. It should focus on privacy. And it should focus on programming bias, meaning the machines that are going to make all the decisions that human beings have historically made. We've had a hard time getting the bias out of our human-based society. I worry it's going to be programmed into all the machines.
Source: CNN Town Hall on 2020 Democratic presidential primary , Mar 10, 2019

Maintain and invest in 21st-century infrastructure

Not only is infrastructure the biggest public investment our country makes, but it also has the second-highest return on investment of any government expenditure. (Research is the highest.) And I knew that over the past few decades, although our investment infrastructure had gone up in absolute dollars, when expressed as a percentage of our economy it had actually, and shockingly, been cut by half. You could see the ramifications of this neglect everywhere.

Our world-class infrastructure was one of the most important drivers of our competitive economic strength throughout the twentieth century. It allowed companies to grow, boosted their productivity, and, as a result created higher living standards for our own citizens. But the failure

Source: The Right Answer, by Rep. John Delaney, p. 30-1 , May 29, 2018

More money into R&D, to enable entrepreneurial risk

How can we encourage a more entrepreneurial America? Here are some steps I believe we should take that would help. I'm convinced that taking these four steps will help Americans, and our government, become far more innovative. I'm also convinced that if we don't learn how to become more innovative, our economic system and our very democracy will soon be at risk.
Source: The Right Answer, by Rep. John Delaney, p.124-6 , May 29, 2018

Voted NO on protecting cyber security by sharing data with government.

Congressional Summary:

Proponent's Argument for voting Yes:

Opponent's Argument for voting No:
Reference: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act; Bill H.R.624 ; vote number 13-HV117 on Apr 18, 2013

Sponsored investing $1 billion in transportation projects.

Delaney co-sponsored TIGER Grants Act

Congressional Summary: TIGER Grants for Job Creation Act: Congress finds the following:

  1. The economy is struggling to recover from the recession. The unemployment rate is nearly 8%.
  2. The American Society of Civil Engineers' 2009 Report Card for America's Infrastructure estimated that there is a $549 billion shortfall in investments in roads and bridges and an additional $190 billion shortfall in investments in transit.
  3. TIGER, formally known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant program, is a nationwide competitive grant program that creates jobs by funding investments in transportation infrastructure.
An additional amount for National Infrastructure Investments of $1 billion shall become available, and shall be exempt from any sequestration.

Opponent's argument against bill:(The Reason Foundation, July 6, 2012):

The US Constitution authorizes Congress "to regulate Commerce...among the several States." However, the five non-motorized transportation projects, the six transit projects and the six multimodal projects TIGER Grants have funded serve no national need. Some of the port, passenger rai

Source: H.R.1124 13-H1124 on Mar 13, 2013

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