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As the largest Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives, the New Democrat Coalition is made up of 99 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.  

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A note from NDC Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01)

Welcome to the online home of the New Democrat Coalition! 

Our Coalition hit the ground running on day one of the 117th Congress. We began the new year by releasing an ambitious 100 Day Agenda to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, modernize our nation’s infrastructure, protect and expand Americans’ health care, and restore American global leadership. Despite a slim majority in Congress and twin economic and public health crises, we have made incredible progress on this sweeping economic agenda. 

We often say that the New Dem motto is to “Get Stuff Done” – and that is exactly what we've been doinin 2021. From the American Rescue Plan and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to the House-passed Build Back Better Act, New Dems played a central role in shaping and passing transformational legislation to build back better from COVID-19, grow the economy, create jobs, and strengthen the middle class.    

As we reflect on this year, I want to highlight the incredible talent of our members. New Dems have been working tirelessly to deliver for their constituents and I am so grateful for the opportunity to lead our Coalition during the 117th Congress. I want to thank all NDC members, Task Force co-chairs, and our leadership team for their efforts to move our coalition and our country forward. I am particularly thankful for the guidance of my predecessor and fellow member of the Washington State delegation, NDC Chair Emeritus Derek Kilmer. In the New Year, I look forward to working together to advance pro- economic growth and pro-innovation policies that provide more opportunities for more people in more places.   

In 2021, our Coalition continued to grow as we welcomed eight new Members, including Reps. Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07), Shontel Brown (OH-11), Sara Jacobs (CA-53), Kathy Manning (NC-06), Frank Mrvan (IN-01), Deborah Ross (NC-02), Marilyn Strickland (WA-10), and Nikema Williams (GA-05). The Coalition now stands at 97 Members strong as the largest ideological Democratic caucus and the center of gravity for the House majority. 

This Congress, the NDC is led by a 10 Member Leadership Team:  

  • Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) – Vice Chair for Policy  
  • Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) – Vice Chair for Communications  
  • Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-03)– Vice Chair for Member Services  
  • Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07) – Vice Chair for Outreach  
  • Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06) – Whip  
  • Rep. Kathy Manning (NC-06) – Freshman Leadership Representative    
  • Rep. Stacey Plaskett (Del-VI) – Leadership Member  
  • Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10) – Leadership Member  
  • Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06) – Chair Emeritus

As policy leaders in Congress, we established seven policy task forces led by New Dem issue area experts to fininnovative solutions to our nation’s most difficult challenges:     

All year, our Coalition has worked closely with the Biden-Harris administration to advance the President’s economic agenda. Our members had several productive meetings and calls with President Biden, White House officials, and the President’s cabinet, including Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese.

New Dems have been key players in the legislative process and helped enact laws to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, jumpstart the economy, and move the country forward with innovative policy solutions. New Dems stood united in passing the American Rescue Plan to get shots in arms and money in pockets and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to create jobs and make a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s roads, bridges and ports. New Dems also secured key provisions in the House-passed Build Back Better Act, which would grow the economy, cut taxes for the middle class, and lower health care and child care costs for American families. New Dems are continuing to work now to find a path forward for this critical legislation. 

Thanks to the work of the New Democrat Coalition, the economy is roaring, jobs are coming back, and wages are rising. As much progress as we have made, our work is never done. While Democrats in the House have passed countless bills this year, it’s time for the Senate to act on NDC-endorsed top priorities, including the For the People Actthe John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Actthe Equality Actthe George Floyd Justice in Policing Actthe American Dream and Promise Act, and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. New Dems’ 100 Day Agenda paved the way for the House-passage of these bills, and we will continue working with our colleagues on the other side of the aisle and Capitol to break through the gridlock and deliver these wins for the American people.   

Our members have been recognized in the press for our success in the House passing and shaping the legislative agenda. To close out the year with a bang, our Coalition was named a Forbes Person of the Year for Democrats Driving Tax Policy! We’re also driving conversations back home in our districts too. We’ve welcomed President Biden and other senior administration officials to our communities. We’ve met with workers, families, and businesses to learn about their hopes and needs, and to talk about the big infrastructure investments we’re making. And, we’ve heard the movinstories of families who can now cover the cost of bills and groceries thanks to the enhanced Biden Child Tax Credit. These are the Americans that elected New Dems in 2018 and 2020 to produce real results that address the needs of their communities, and these are the Americans that will head to the polls next November to decide who holds the gavel in 2023.      

Our priorities for next year are clear: deliver real results for our constituents, keep our Democratic majority, find a path forward for the Build Back Better Act, act swiftly on upcoming legislative priorities like a final version of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, and help our members communicate our impressive accomplishments back home. We hit the ground runninin 2021, and we’ll be doing it again in 2022.  

Wishing everyone a peaceful and happy holiday season with your family, friends, and loved ones. I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year to keep getting stuff done!   

Sincerely,   

Suzan DelBene