New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer, NDC Vice Chair Scott Peters, and the NDC Climate Change Task Force, led by Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Don Beyer, Sean Casten, Elaine Luria, and Susan Wild, released policy principles to combat climate change. In doing so, the NDC Climate Change Task Force seeks to address the climate challenge with the urgency the crisis demands. The principles embrace the notion that the U.S., through its powerful economy and culture of innovation, can be best po…
Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer, Vice-Chair for Policy Suzan DelBene, and NDC Trade Task Force Co-Chairs Ron Kind, Rick Larsen, Gregory Meeks, and Lizzie Fletcher released the following statement on the status of the discussions between Ambassador Lighthizer and the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Working Group:
"New Democrats support updating NAFTA to reflect 21st century trade issues. We are encouraged by the progress being made by the NAFTA Working Group and…
Today, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan budget and debt ceiling agreement that removes sequestration, sets the framework for our appropriations process for the next two years, and suspends the debt ceiling until July 31, 2021. Failure to reach this agreement would have resulted in drastic across the board cuts to national security and domestic spending, moved the United States closer to default on our financial obligations, and increased the risk of an another government shutdown…
On Congressional Startup Day, we honor and elevate the entrepreneurs and small businesses that drive our economy
Pennsylvania Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, third from left, visits with employees at Berks LaunchBox, a startup based in Reading, Pa. (Courtesy Office of Rep. Chrissy Houlahan)
OPINION - Benjamin Franklin once said, "Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes."
Our Founding Fathers built the greatest country in the world through harnessing the entrepreneurial spi…
Rep. Derek Kilmer, a Washington Democrat who chairs the moderate, business-friendly New Democrat Coalition, sought to downplay disputes within his own party, calling them "false divisions within the caucus."
On health care, campaign finance, immigration and gun control matters, Democrats are more unified than divided, Kilmer told C-SPAN "Newsmakers" in an interview that airs on July 28, despite recent intraparty conflicts on such matters as the border crisis and legislation to raise the mini…
It was an early summer afternoon and already the headlines were screaming.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had suffered a "striking" defeat, "capitulating" to Senate Republicans on a plan to send emergency funding to the U.S./Mexico border, "infuriating" a loud and vocal faction in her own party.
Almost lost in the race between major media outlets to craft the most incendiary headlines and leads was that the House had just voted, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, to send a $4.6 billion human…
Vice Chair Scott Peters at Wildcat Discovery Technologies in San Diego, CA
Startups are an integral component of our nation's robust economy, accounting for nearly two million new jobs last year alone. The entrepreneurs who start them drive innovation and advancement, increase our global competitiveness, and help everyone become more prosperous.
Congressional Startup Day, previously known as Startup Day Across America, began in 2013 with former New Dem Vice-Chair Jared Polis, now the Govern… Continue Reading
The high cost of housing is the single biggest squeeze on household budgets and a significant drag on the economy. It is forcing Americans to live on the street, reducing GDP by trillions of dollars, substantially reducing Americans' retirement savings, and undermining growth in a post-recession era.
The New Democrat Coalition knows affordable housing is paramount to the economic security of American families. That's why the New Democrat Coalition Housing Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Denny Heck, … Continue Reading
America faces a housing shortage that totals millions of housing units across the country. Home prices and rents are rising faster than wages, and construction is not keeping up with demand. Recently, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Housing Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Denny Heck, Katie Hill and Ben McAdams held a forum with two panels to address various challenges that contribute to America's housing crisis. The first panel included Dr. Corianne Payton Scally, the Principal Research Associate in the… Continue Reading
This week, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan budget and debt ceiling agreement that removes sequestration, sets the framework for our appropriations process for the next two years, and suspends the debt ceiling until July 31, 2021. The House also passed the New Dem-endorsed Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act among other important priorities.
The NDC also sent a letter to President Trump urging him to recommit to working with Congre… Continue Reading
This week, the House passed the bipartisan Intelligence Authorization bill. We are proud of the leadership of Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Jim Himes, and other New Dem Members on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for their work on this bill that will give our intelligence community the tools needed to help keep Americans safe. After making changes to increase Member support, the House also passed the Raise the Wage Act which will gradually increase the federal minimum wage and incre… Continue Reading
This week the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2500, FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included many priorities led by NDC Members both on and off the Armed Services Committee. Ensuring the safety and security of our country and all Americans is a fundamental responsibility of Congress. New Democrat Coalition Members were proud to support the passage of this year's defense authorization which gives our service members what they need to be successful in their mission.
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