The New Democrat Coalition is made up of 103 forward-thinking Democrats who are committed to pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies. New Democrats are a solutions oriented coalition seeking to bridge the gap between left and right by challenging outmoded partisan approaches to governing. New Democrats believe the challenges ahead are too great for Members of Congress to refuse to cooperate purely out of partisanship.
The Coalition's Work in the 116th Congress:
The New Democrat Coalition (NDC) is the largest it has ever been with 103 total Members and 42 Freshman Members. Our record-breaking membership makes us the largest ideological House caucus, and New Democrats make up more than forty percent of the Democratic Caucus.
We are laser-focused on growing the economic pie and creating jobs in urban areas, suburbs, and rural America. Whether engaging on infrastructure, the future of work, or other issues, there’s an enormous need for impact as the Coalition works to create greater economic opportunity for more Americans across the nation.
The New Democrat Coalition has an 11 Member leadership team. Under the leadership of Vice Chair for Policy Suzan DelBene, the Coalition has launched 8 policy task forces. All the task forces have been active, holding meetings, and pushing forward bold ideas and innovative solutions. Read more about the scope of each Task Force below, or in Roll Call and Politico.
- The Climate Change Task Force
- Co-Chairs: Reps. Don Beyer, Sean Casten, Susan Wild, and Elaine Luria
- The Future of Work Task Force
- Co-Chairs: Reps. Bill Foster, Chris Pappas, Haley Stevens, and Lisa Blunt Rochester
- The Health Care Task Force
- Co-Chairs: Reps. Angie Craig, Kurt Schrader, Kim Schrier, and Greg Stanton
- The Housing Task Force
- Co-Chairs: Reps. Denny Heck, Ben McAdams, and Norma Torres
- The Infrastructure Task Force
- Co-Chairs: Reps. Stacey Plaskett, Jason Crow, Elissa Slotkin, and Salud Carbajal
- The National Security Task Force
- Co-Chairs: Reps. Anthony Brown, Brendan Boyle, Brad Schneider, and Abigail Spanberger
- The Technology Task Force
- Co-Chairs: Reps. Sharice Davids, Kendra Horn, Harley Rouda, and Darren Soto
- The Trade Task Force
- Co-Chairs: Reps. Ron Kind, Rick Larsen, Greg Meeks, and Lizzie Fletcher
The NDC has also been active in endorsing bills and policy priorities, many of which have already been passed by the House.
- H.R. 1, the For the People Act, and NDC Vice Chair Terri Sewell’s H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act. NDC Members proposed many of the pro-democracy, anti-corruption reforms included in the packages, ranging from election security measures, ethics reforms, transparent campaign ads, and other voting rights measures.
- H.R. 5, The Equality Act, a bill to ban discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in arenas such as housing, employment, federal funding, education, credit, and jury service.
- H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, a bill that would enable America to join every other nation on the planet in committing to the Paris Climate Agreement.
- H.R. 965 The Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act. This bill establishes a process by which generic drug manufacturers can obtain drug samples for testing and developing a generic version of that drug.
- New Dem Rep. Kurt Schrader’s H.R. 938 The Bringing Low-Cost Options and Competition While Keeping Incentives for New Generics (BLOCKING) Act. This would discourage generic manufacturers from using exclusivity periods to block the approval of other generics.
- H.R. 1499 Protecting Consumer Access to Generic Drugs of 2019. This would prohibit the use of pay-for-delay agreements that result in generics delaying development or market entry.
- New Dem Reps. Tom O’Halleran and Jimmy Panetta’s H.R. 1781, the bipartisan Payment Commission Data Act of 2019, provides the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) with access to drug pricing and rebate data in order for these independent, non-partisan commissions to help Congress better understand the true costs of prescription drugs to consumers and taxpayers.
- H.R. 1520, the Purple Book Continuity Act of 2019, would codify publication of the patents of approved biological products in the Purple Book in a similar format and with similar requirements to the Orange Book, specify that the Purple Book should be published electronically on FDA’s website and updated routinely, and direct FDA to consider the types of patents that should be listed in the Purple Book.
- H.R. 1503, the Orange Book Transparency Act of 2019, would help to ensure that the Orange Book is accurate and up-to-date, by requiring manufacturers to share complete and timely information with FDA, as well as ensuring that patents listed in the Orange Book are relevant to the approved drug product. Patents found to be invalid through a court decision or a decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board would be required to be removed promptly.
- NAFTA 2.0 priorities supporting the prospect of updating NAFTA to reflect the modern trade issues of the 21st century economy.
- New Dem Rep. Raul Ruiz’s H.R. 3239, the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Custody Act, which would establish basic humanitarian standards of care for individuals in CBP custody.
More on what the New Democrat Coalition has done in the first 200+ days of the 116th Congress:
On Health Care
Our constituents elected a Democratic majority in the House and chose candidates who stood strongly in support of protecting those with pre-existing conditions and bringing down health care costs for all. Now that we are in the House Majority, New Dems are following through on these pledges and have taken decisive action to build on the Affordable Care Act to tackle rising health care costs.
This Congress, the NDC urged the Committees of jurisdiction to focus on building on the Affordable Care Act to stabilize the individual health care marketplace; reverse Republican sabotage of the ACA; bring down health care costs for consumers; create a dedicated reinsurance program; create state innovation grants; and provide additional premium assistance. The NDC endorsed a series of bipartisan prescription drug bills and urged House Democratic leadership to move these bipartisan drug pricing bills forward on their own to increase their chances of passing the Senate and being signed into law.
NDC Members sent a letter to President Trump urging him to recommit to working with Congress on comprehensive and bipartisan legislation to bring America’s infrastructure into the 21st century. Modernizing America’s aging infrastructure is essential to creating jobs, spurring economic growth, and increasing our global competitiveness. As one of the most immediate ways Americans interact with their government on a daily basis, we must work across the aisle to rebuild, repair, and expand our nation’s infrastructure.
In building on the Coalition’s work from last Congress and formulating our infrastructure priorities for this Congress, the NDC launched a listening tour around the country. The NDC will build policy proposals taken from the listening tour and other discussions to better advocate for the priorities of Americans across the nation as Congress develops an infrastructure package.
The NDC is committed to maintaining the United States’ position as a global leader and supports smart trade policy that benefits American workers, businesses, farmers, and consumers. Since its founding, the Coalition has been integral to the congressional consideration of every major trade initiative. New Dems support updating the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to reflect the modern trade issues of the 21st century economy and released NAFTA 2.0 priorities.
The NDC continues to urge Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and our colleagues on both of the aisle to continue working with NDC and the Speaker’s Working Group to resolve the outstanding issues that must be addressed for a successful, bipartisan passage of the updated NAFTA. We have also spoken out against the President’s unilateral tariff actions including his threats to levy tariffs on imported autos and auto parts.
On the Future of Work
As advancements in technology and artificial intelligence continue to impact our economy and the nature of work, it is vital we have access to the most accurate data on how these trends are affecting American workers. The task force is building on the work from last Congress’s Economic Opportunity Agenda: A Future that Works. Task Force Co-Chairs passed legislation urging the Bureau of Labor Statistics to measure labor trends and conduct the contingent worker survey, which measures people in non-traditional work arrangements.
NDC Members knows affordable housing is paramount to the economic security of American families. That’s why the New Democrat Coalition held a housing forum with two panels to discuss measurable solutions to address America’s housing crisis. More on the ecosystem of the housing market today and how housing supply is not meeting demand. Building on last Congress’s Millions of Missing Homes Report, NDC Members will continue to engage with stakeholders and constituents to better understand the contributing problems so Congress can better address the housing crisis.
On Climate Change and the Environment
Climate change is an existential threat to the health, national security, economic prosperity, and future of our people and planet. NDC seeks to foster a pro-climate agenda that would meet the targets set by the Paris Climate Agreement. The NDC Climate Change Task Force released policy principles to combat climate change. The principles embrace the notion that the U.S., through its powerful economy and culture of innovation, can be well-positioned to be the global leader developing and producing the next generation technologies to help the global community combat climate change. Read the one-pager and the full principles.
The House passed the NDC-endorsed H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, a bill that would enable America to join every other nation on the planet in committing to the Paris Climate Agreement. New Dem Members also supported legislation to expand research and innovation to understand and address ocean acidification and coastal community vulnerabilities, which are driven in large part by climate change.
NDC is pleased by the swift legislative steps taken in the current Congress to address climate change, including the formation of a Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, hearings held by House committees, and broad legislation which will come to the floor soon. We are discussing additional proposals that would boost clean energy innovation and rapidly reduce carbon pollution.
On the Border Crisis
Our national values demand we take action to ensure our government is working for the people. NDC has taken the steps necessary to help prevent the needless loss of another child in the custody of our federal government. New Dems were proud to endorse Rep. Raul Ruiz’s H.R. 3239, the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Custody Act, which would establish basic humanitarian standards of care for individuals in CBP custody. This bill passed the House.
New Dems were also proud to support the House passage of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, which provides permanent status and a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients.
On National Security
Ensuring the safety and security of our country and all Americans is a fundamental responsibility of Congress. NDC Members supported the House passage of H.R. 2500, FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes the funding needed for a strong, smart national defense strategy. NDC also encouraged the State Department to assess critical vacancies. Specifically, NDC requested the expansion of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on the impact of personnel vacancies on our country’s national security and foreign policy objectives. New Dem Members also spoke out about the Trump Administration's continued lack of a coherent strategy towards Iran, the significance of D-Day, and the 70th anniversary of NATO.
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