Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) met with President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Treasury Secretary Yellen at the White House to continue discussions on advancing the Build Back Better economic agenda and the NDC's top policy priorities. Following the meeting, Chair DelBene released the below statement:
"Today's meeting at the White House marks a step forward in getting both the Build Back Better Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act across the f…
Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) issued the following statement on the enhanced Child Tax Credit (CTC), one of the Coalition's top priorities in reconciliation:
"President Biden and NDC Members ran and won on rebuilding the American middle-class, and the enhanced Child Tax Credit is a cornerstone of the President's Build Back Better economic agenda. Through the American Rescue Plan Act, we delivered a historic tax cut that has empowered 36 million middle-class a…
The New Democrat Coalition (NDC) is excited to announce that Emma Weir joined the team as the Coalition's new communications director this week.
"Composed of 95 forward-thinking members of the House Democratic Caucus, the Coalition is currently playing an important role in deciding the path forward for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Build Back Better Act - and Emma will be critical to that effort," said NDC Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01). "Emma, like New Dems, is committe…
Two Midwestern Congresswomen have been named chairs of the New Democrat Coalition Rural Reinvestment Taskforce.
Cindy Axne of Iowa and Cheri Bustos of Illinois will lead the group, which aims to develop and advance policy solutions that support Rural America.
Axne says the task force will ensure rural communities have a seat at the table in Congress, focusing on a wide range of issues like broadband, healthcare, and the impacts of a changing climate.
Bustos says rural areas are in need of str…
Senators negotiating a $579 billion infrastructure package are aiming to finish negotiations early this week, under pressure from colleagues to salvage an August recess and to allow the Senate to turn to preventing a government shutdown and debt ceiling default in the fall.
A pending five-week break scheduled to begin Aug. 9 is motivating the 22-member bipartisan group to end dickering over relatively minor components of their plan after Republicans spurned Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer'…
In case you missed it: New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) penned an op-ed in The American Independent calling for the permanent expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC). A one-year expansion was included in the American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law in March:
"A one-year version of our proposal was included in the American Rescue Plan. That's because the New Democrat Coalition, a group of 94 forward-thinking Democrats that I lead in the House, endorsed the American…
Child poverty has been a pervasive issue in the United States as nearly 11 million children are considered poor. That's one in seven children. Rising costs of living - from basic necessities, like rent and groceries, to transportation and childcare - coupled with stagnating wages are putting more children and their families below the poverty line.
COVID-19 has made it worse as families deal with record levels of unemployment. When schools transitioned fully to remote learning, many parents were… Continue Reading
The question on every parent's mind right now is whether children can safely go back to school this fall. It is a difficult one because there is still so much we don't know about this illness and its transmissibility in children.
As a mom, a pediatrician, a person at higher risk for severe illness from the coronavirus, and the daughter of a schoolteacher, I look at this issue from all of these perspectives.
Let me say first there is no doubt in my mind that, on the whole, children are far bett… Continue Reading
Most of us remember that terrifying scene from "Jaws."
Brody, played by Roy Scheider, leans over the boat and sees the shark that's terrorizing the local summer resort town for the first time, and is blown away by its size. In shock, he staggers back to the boat's cabin and reports to the skipper, "You're gonna need a bigger boat."
As we've seen the massive disruptions to the lives of workers, families and health care providers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it's hard not to think of that s… Continue Reading
This week, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Members convened in the House to advance two pieces of important legislation: the fiscal year 2022 budget resolution and H.R. 4 The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Passage of the budget resolution is a key first step to advancing President Biden and New Dem priorities to build back better and create more opportunity for Americans. As the House begins the budget reconciliation process, the NDC is focused on advancing legislation that prioriti… Continue Reading
This week, the House advanced nine government funding bills for the 2022 fiscal year. These bills reflected the many contributions of New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Members on and off the Appropriations Committee. In addition, Congress cleared important legislation to fund necessary security improvements at the Capitol complex and expedite the special immigrant visas for Afghan allies who assisted U.S. troops during combat in Afghanistan.
New Dem Members met with Speaker Nancy Pelosi to discuss … Continue Reading
In recent weeks, the New Democrat Coalition has worked to advance our priorities as discussions continue in Congress on the bipartisan infrastructure framework and expected budget reconciliation bill, in concert with the President's Build Back Better Agenda.
Led by NDC Infrastructure Task Force Co-Chairs Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) and Norma Torres (CA-35), NDC Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01), and NDC Policy Vice Chair Scott Peters (CA-52), the NDC sent a letter to Senate and House leadership urgin… Continue Reading