New Democrat Coalition Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) issued the following statement on the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. as President of the United States and Kamala D. Harris as Vice President of the United States.
"Today begins a new chapter in American history. After a stormy, unpredictable, and at times dangerous period, today brings new light and hope for our future. This will be a future we can all share in. President Biden pledged to be a leader for all of America, just as the presi…
Today Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08), incoming Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, and New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and NDC Chair-Emeritus Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06), expressed their delight at President-elect Biden's game-changing support for automatic stabilizers, tying unemployment benefits to pandemic and economic conditions.
In the summer of 2020, Beyer and New Democrat Coalition leaders put forth a legislative proposal to automatically trigger continued and adjuste…
New Democrat Coalition Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) issued the following statement on the incoming Biden-Harris Administration's legislative package to fund vaccinations and provide immediate, direct economic relief to working families and communities bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis:
"New Dems welcome the release of President-elect Biden's legislative package and look forward to achieving our shared priorities with the incoming administration. Americans need additional aid and stimulus …
The centrist New Democrat Coalition is adding six more bills to its slate of endorsed proposals to combat and respond to climate change.
There's little chance that any of these measures will move by themselves before the year's end, with the legislative calendar rapidly closing amid the November elections.
And while elements of some of these proposals have already been incorporated into the massive energy package the House is expected to pass later today, the underlying bill is being opposed b…
The New Democrat Coalition (NDC), chaired by Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06), is the largest ideological House Democratic caucus at 104 Members strong. With 42 freshman, New Dem Members are the majority makers in the 116th Congress. The NDC are forward-thinking Democrats committed to identifying pragmatic, pro-growth, and innovative policy solutions to the challenges we face as nation.
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You've probably heard of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but you may not have heard of Derek Kilmer. Kilmer grew up in a timber region in Washington State that had seen many of its logging jobs disappear. First at Princeton, then getting a Ph.D. at Oxford, he studied how towns recover from deindustrialization. He went back home to help his community recover economically and now represents that community in Congress.
Kilmer is the chairman of the largest ideologi…
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
'There is no time to waste.'
As Americans grapple with the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis and communities take significant measures to contain its spread, we are already seeing serious disruptions in everyday life and significant economic impacts. Now is the time for Congress to take bold, bipartisan action to protect the health, safety, and well-being of the American people.
Two weeks ago, Congress passed an $8.3 billion emergency spending package to support the response to COVID… Continue Reading
The New Democrat Coalition (NDC) hopes everyone had a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving break.
This week, the NDC hosted its leadership elections for the 117th Congress. The Coalition applauds NDC Chair-elect Suzan DelBene (WA-01) who currently serves as Vice Chair for Policy Coordination. In addition, NDC Members elected Reps. Ami Bera (CA-07), Sharice Davids (KS-03), Annie Kuster (NH-02), and Scott Peters (CA-52) to serve as Vice Chairs and Rep.-elect Kathy Manning (NC-06) to serve as Freshman … Continue Reading
As Members returned to Washington, House Democrats began holding virtual elections for Democratic Caucus Leadership positions in the 117th Congress. Over the past two weeks, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) has hosted forums with candidates for House Leadership and open Committee Chair positions. Last week, the NDC proudly endorsed NDC Whip Pete Aguilar for Democratic Caucus Vice Chair in its first ever endorsement of a candidate for a leadership position. The NDC congratulates each of the elect… Continue Reading
This week, following New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Members' push for further action on COVID-19 relief before Congress adjourns, Speaker Pelosi unveiled an updated version of The Heroes Act. NDC Chair Derek Kilmer applauded the Speaker's leadership, and New Dem Members overwhelmingly came together to support its passage in the House.
Our constituents are hurting, and public health officials warn of a coming resurgent wave of infections this fall. It's time for the Senate and Administration to j… Continue Reading