Today, New Democrat Coalition Chair Emeritus Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), along with Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), introduced the bipartisan Rebuilding Economies and Creating Opportunities for More People Everywhere to Excel Act (RECOMPETE Act). The RECOMPETE Act would establish a new federal grant program at the Economic Development Agency (EDA) that would empower persistently distressed communities to develop, implement, and carry out 10-year econom…
On July 16th, Congressman Carbajal led 19 Members of Congress in a letter to President Biden urging the administration to include a national infrastructure bank in the final bipartisan infrastructure package. The same day, Congressman Carbajal reintroduced the National Infrastructure Investment Corporation (NIIC) Act which lays out how such a bank would operate. The bill sets up a national bank that could leverage both federal and private dollars in order to help address the current funding shor…
Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Leadership and Infrastructure Task Force Members, 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) sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging for the inclusion of NDC-endorsed priorities in the final infrastructure bill. The priorities include 15 NDC-endorsed bills that were included in the House-passed, bipartisan Investin…
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…
In case you missed it: In honor of National Public Health Week, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Vice Chair for Outreach Ami Bera M.D. joined the Progressive Policy Institute's (PPI) Radically Pragmatic Podcast. Rep. Bera, a practicing physician, discussed the critical funding provisions in the American Rescue Plan and the state of health care after the COVID-19 pandemic with PPI's Director of Health Care, Arielle Kane. The NDC, which has long advocated for driving down the costs of health care and …
In case you missed it: The New Democrat Coalition (NDC) launched its Immigration Task Force co-chaired by Reps. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) and Greg Stanton (AZ-09). In its first action of the 117th Congress, the NDC Immigration Task Force Co-Chairs along with NDC Leadership Representative Kathy Manning (NC-06) announced the Coalition's endorsement of two key immigration reform bills: H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, and H.R. 1603, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.
The NDC Immigration…
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 the House passed the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act, which included multiple provisions based on fifteen New Democrat Coalition (NDC) endorsed bills. House passage of the INVEST in America Act charts the path forward for President Biden's bipartisan infrastructure framework in Congress.
NDC Leadership Members met with senior White House officials earlier this week to discuss NDC priorities for the bipartisan … Continue Reading
Infrastructure season continued during the month of June. With yesterday's announcement of an agreement by President Biden and a bipartisan group of Senators on an infrastructure framework, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) is encouraged by the progress being made towards a key pillar of our agenda to modernize our infrastructure, combat climate change, and create jobs. A bipartisan infrastructure package and additional legislation for further investments in other priorities is critical to buildi… Continue Reading
This week, the House passed bills that included provisions from two New Dem-endorsed bills to better prepare our country, protect our democracy, and respond to domestic terrorism following the January 6th insurrection. The Coalition was proud to support both these measures to help our country prevent and better prepare for any future threats. This comes after the NDC endorsed a slate of bills last month in response to the events of January 6th.
New Dem Members also urged House leadership to rec… Continue Reading