John Delaney in Survey of 2012 House campaign websites

On Education: D.C. Opportunity Scholarship gives parents more options

A one-size-fits-all approach to education is wrong. While we need strong oversight and accountability, schools should have greater flexibility to manage and size programs, compensate top-performing educators, and embrace technology. We must also give schools the flexibility to create innovative solutions for pressing issues such as dropout prevention and achievement gaps.

Increasing flexibility in education also means giving parents more options for their children. Parental choice is vital to expanding opportunity and giving many greater access to a variety of educational programs. Charter schools, implemented appropriately, should be part of the equation.

The federal government, through the Department of Education, has a role in making our schools better and in improving educational outcomes. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship uses federal funds to give parents more options and I support this program.

Source: 2012 House campaign website,, "Issues" Nov 6, 2012

On Energy & Oil: Institute a revenue-neutral national carbon tax

To preserve our environment for future generations, we need to address our dependence on the fossil fuels that are contributing to climate change. Instituting a national carbon tax is one way to create certainty for the markets and guidelines for industry that will help foster investment, research, and development for a clean energy economy.

According to a 2008 study by the Congressional Budget Office, such a tax would be the most efficient incentive-based option for reducing emissions and could be relatively simple to implement. A revenue-neutral plan will also protect families from increased energy costs.

Source: 2012 House campaign website,, "Issues" Nov 6, 2012

On Government Reform: Extend lobbying ban to 5 years; pass STOCK Act too